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Currently: Awesome April!

Happy April Everyone!  I hope you are all doing well and having some sunny weather!  This week my 3rd grade students and I are back in the classroom full-time!  Now it is time to join Anne in Residence for her monthly link-up:


Last weekend I have spent a LOT of time planning for this week.  It is a HUGE change for the kids; they are going from two part-time days in school and three part-time days online to five full-time days in the classroom.  Luckily, the weather looks good for next week so we will be able to go out for recess!


I am craving my first ice cream cone of the season in my favorite flavor:  maple walnut.  I love ice cream, especially when the weather warms up!


Everyone I know these days is discussing the Vaccine.  Which one did you get?  Did you get both shots?  I got the Pfizer vaccine, and I get my 2nd shot this coming Saturday (April 10th).  There seems to be no way to predict one's reaction to the 2nd vaccine.  What was your experience?


I am enjoying being able to use my right arm and fingers.  It has been 5 weeks since my surgery to repair my broken wrist.  I am able to remove my brace when I am in my house and when I am sleeping.  I am so thankful and grateful to write and use my right hand to some degree.  I can lift one pound with my right wrist.  Wow!  I can ride my Peloton and stand up with the brace on, of course.  Last month was full of challenges and successes as far as the arm goes!


I am already preparing for next week.  I have to gather all my materials and lessons.  I find that if I am well-prepared and organized then I can concentrate on the kids' learning.

Well, that is all my news for right now.  I hope all is well in your neck of the woods!  

Currently ~ Marvelous March!

Hello there!  Welcome to another installment of Anne in Residence's:


Twelve days ago I slipped on black ice and broke my right arm/wrist.  My orthopedic is making all my decisions.  I had surgery on Wednesday, and I am making good progress after recovering from the day after the surgery.  I am going back tomorrow to find out if I will get a cast or a split as well as to see the occupational therapist.


I imagine spring.  The sun is warming up, and it is so much lighter later in the day.  I want to feel the sun on my face!


I am not making dinner.  Luckily, I discovered Lasagna Love, nominated myself, and enjoyed lasagna today for lunch.  Lasagna Love  includes volunteers who make lasagnas for people who need a lasagna for whatever reason.  You can nominate anyone, including yourself, if you have need of a free lasagna.  They even deliver the lasagna to your door!  What a great idea!


I am reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle right now.  It is a good read because it is inspirational and honest.


My new favorite clothing:  ponchos!  I found these on Amazon, and they are cozy and warm.

As much as I love typing and adding pictures, this is it for this month!  Every day gets easier but ...Here is some good news:  I am learning how to eat and write with my left hand.  I can still learn and adapt!

Happy March everyone!  Stay healthy and well!  Thank you for visiting the blog today!

Turning Your In-Person Morning Message Into An Independent Work Google Form

Hello there!  Today I would like to share a way that I make sure all my students see and read my daily Morning Message.

Background:  This year (so far) has been hybrid.  One group Monday and Tuesday; one group Thursday and Friday; and all online on Wednesday.

Years ago, I took a Responsive Classroom class and started a Morning Meeting routine which includes a Morning Message.  I always made my messages educational so that the kids could review what we have been learning.  

Hybrid learning put a wrench in my routine because only half the class could read the message.  That's when I decided to turn my Morning Message into part of the kids' daily independent work that they do on the computer every afternoon.

Step 1:  Create Morning Message.

I create the Morning Message in Google Slides using:

Here is the Morning Message for Monday:

Step 2:  Create Google Form.

To create the picture of my Morning Message, I follow these steps:

1.   File.
2.  Download
3.  PNG image

Then I head over to Google Forms and create a new Blank Quiz.

Add image (which I downloaded as a PNG).  Here is another example.

Step 3:  Add Questions to Google Form.

I always add 5 questions:  4 that review material in the Morning Message and one short answer for the Fact of the Day.

Step 4:  Assign to Google Classroom!

Step 5:  Go back and change the size to show on the "Big Screen" in class!

If you would like to try out my George Washington Morning Message in a Google Form, it is free on TPT!

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