Friday Favorites ~ Color of the Year, Whales & More!

Hello there, and welcome to another edition of Friday Favorites!  Today I'm excited to link up with Andrea from Momfessionals, Erika from A Little Bit of Everything,  and Narci from Grace and Love.

Pantone Color of the Year

I LOVE color A LOT!  I'm always intrigued by the "Color of the Year."  This year's color is classic blue!


Morning Messages

Morning Messages are so important to my classroom.  I use them to review and reinforce what we're learning in class.  Right now, it's fossils, but I often include empathy because I think this is the word that represents an important life skill.


Tarrytown, New York ~ Home of Sleepy Hollow

Last weekend my husband and I met our daughter in Tarrytown, New York.  She took the train, and we drove a little over 3 hours.  Of course, everything ~ Washington Irving's home, Sunnyside; the Rockefeller Estate;..~ is closed until May.  Luckily, Tarrytown is next to White Plains which is a busy and bustling place where there was a T.J. Maxx which always helps when everything else is not cooperating.

On Sunday, my sister and niece came to join us for lunch, and we visited Patriot Park.  This place is significant due to the capture of Major Andre (a British soldier dressed like and American).  


Whale Day!

Last week our PTO treated us to a fun-filled, in-school adventure from the New England Aquarium about whales.  There was a giant blow-up right whale (the Massachusetts state marine mammal) that centered the program.  The kids had the opportunity to visit a variety of centers all about whales as well as get up close to the blow-up whale.  Check it out:

Here's my class in me in front of the whale!

This week I've been on school vacation so I've been organizing my closet and my school "stuff."  I also managed to get a chest cold so I've been "forced" to rest ~ which is something I rarely do!  

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Fabulous February ~ Currently!

Today I'm linking up with Anne in Residence for:


I'm always looking for new picture books to read to my students, and this list is chock-full of new titles.  Click here to check it out!

One book I'm particularly intrigued by is Fry Bread.  This is the story of a Native American family and bonding over food.


One Sunday morning I was listening to the radio and an interview with author Sarah Ban Breathnach
who wrote Simple Abundance ~ a book of evocative essays - one for every day of the year - for women who wish to live by their own lights.

I went to the library and have been reading this delightful and reassuring book.  It's definitely a mindset I'd love to embrace!  There's also a newer version that has been updated.


I just love Trader Joe's and their frozen foods.  They're easy to make and delicious.  This is a new one I've tried out and would recommend:


My new favorite and cozy sweatshirt comes straight from Amazon:


Next week is the 100th day of school and Valentine's Day!  Best of all, February vacation starts on Friday.  We'll all need a vacation after this exciting and busy week!

Happy Valentine's Day!


Friday Favorites & a Freebie!

Happy Fabulous Friday! 

Happy Weekend everyone!  Thank you for popping in for some up-to-the-minute news!  Today I'm linking up with Erika and Andrea, and Narci for:

Habitats and Morning Messages

Right now we're learning about life cycles and habitats.  I love to incorporate poems into my Morning Messages, and I am really loving Meish Goldish poetry!

What Students Are Supposed To Be Learning in Social Studies

Two years ago I participated in an Atlas project for curriculum development for Social Studies.  I wrote about my experience in my Morning Message the next day:

meaning of the Pledeg of Allegiance

During the professional development, I was noting all this information my third graders were supposed to know. Today I decided to ask this year's students about the Pledge of Allegiance.  Needless to say, we need to revisit the topic.

I'd love for you to ask your students to see what their answers are ~ especially if they're a bit older.  Next week, I'll be reviewing the Pledge of Allegiance question again!

Colorful and Fun Tights

I found these colorful tights at Absolute Socks:

They have so many fun colors ~ also there's a flat shipping rate of $3.99 so I made sure to order several pairs!

Story Structure Post on Collaborative Blog

Our standards-based report card requires us to assess out students in these two areas:
*Demonstrate an understanding of story structure.
*Determine and summarize important ideas and details of a text.

Click here to get your freebie and click here to read the rest of the post!

Google Classroom

My students and I are working together to learn all about Google Classroom.  This week I made a common and proper noun sort that worked (that's the template below)!  There's definitely a learning curve!  I'm currently taking a video class which has been immensely helpful ~ you can check it out here!

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Just January ~ Currently & Happy New Year!

Happy 2020 ~ a new decade and a new year!  Wow, time sure flies when you're busy living your life!  Now it's time to link up once again with Anne in Residence for:


I want to energize and improve this old blog of mine.  I have even found a Facebook group to help:  Kristen Doyle Branding + Design.  In this free group, Kristen writes:

New Year's Resolution: Make your website look & function better without a total redesign!  If that's you, join me in January for AMP UP 2020!
Together, we are going to take one small step every week to improve your website or blog. I'll give you step-by-step instructions for anything techy, I promise!

If you're interested, please check it out.  I am hoping it's just what I need to get going on this resolution.


Every year, I prepare my third graders for our state test (MCAS).  We always read an article about Pack Horse Librarians who travel to bring books to those who live in rural areas.  While browsing through the "Books With A Buzz" section of my local library, I came across this delightful book:

Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, ....The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.

As soon as I realized I had found a grown-up version of one of my favorite MCAS passages, I knew I was going to read and love this book!


I've been cleaning and organizing a lot, especially after Christmas.  I won't bore you with the details, but I did give my younger son, Andrew, and his wife, Angelika, a Dyson vacuum for Christmas, and they LOVE it (as do I!).  I'm always amazed at how well this vacuum works ~ especially the lower price from when I bought mine at least  10 years ago (I paid $500!).


We just got Google Classroom at school so I've been busy teaching myself how to use it and to create my own assignments.  My first creation involved a drag and drop activity that used this background.  The hardest part was learning to drag and drop using the Chromebooks.  Of course, the kids will learn quickly as they always adapt so well to technology.


I'm planning my day tomorrow as we have school tomorrow and Friday.  It will be back to reality and back to my routine.  I'll be stopping at McDonald's for my coffee in the morning.  I'm glad it's a short week and gradual adjustment to getting back to work.

Happy New Year!  Much health and happiness to you!  Thank you for visiting the blog!
Susan Krevat

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