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Fintastic Friday Favorites: Giving Sharks and Students a Voice and More!

Hello there!  Welcome to another week of Friday Favorites!  Make sure to link up or check out other great blog posts with Momfessionals or A Little Bit of Everything!

Morning Messages

I do love presenting my Morning Message every day.  My students and I read them out loud at a part of our morning exercises.  Of course, I always try to include (sneak in) educational information!

I am a huge fan of poet Doug Florian and his wry poems.  I changed the last line to read "third graders."  

Opinion Writing

Check out this student sample called "The Stupid Lunchroom" from 2019:

I love the message in this writing!  In addition, I have this student's sister in my class this year.  She is very embarrassed every time I read it.  I bet every school needs a cleaner cafeteria as well!

Of course, my students are very opinionated until they have to write their opinions!

Adapting Every Day

In Science, we are learning about plant and animal adaptations. 

I remind my students that they need to adapt every day depending on what's happening in their environment.  Soon they will be in 4th grade, and that is a huge change!

Still Searching for the Perfect Sandals...

I have tried looking for cornflower blue sandals with little luck, and now I'm looking for gold sandals to go with this dress for my daughter's wedding on June 12th:

Check out the current contenders which are currently on their way.  Part of the problem is my wide foot.  I went up a half size with these sandals and am hoping this helps with the width issue.  I would prefer the top pair because I know that I will wear them again, but I'm thinking the second pair will be more appropriate with my dress (assuming the sandals even fit).  Click on the pictures to check them out on the Nordstrom Rack site.  

As always, I appreciate you visiting my blog!  I hope you're having beautiful weather like we are finally having here in Massachusetts:  sunny and in the 80's!  They even turned the air conditioning on at school!

Currently ~ Magnificent May & Friday Favorites!

Happy May Everyone!  Welcome to another exciting month!  It's time to link up with Anne in Residence for her monthly link-up and with Erika from A Little Bit of Everything and Andrea from Momfessionals for Friday Favorites!


This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week.  Our PTO did a travel theme, and every day, we had special treats from Italian food for lunch to nachos for Cinco de Mayo.  It was an amazing week for delicious treats!


Spring brings on hope for warmer weather and longer days.  In Massachusetts, it doesn't really warm up until June, but if the sun is shining, it feels warmer.  More importantly, as long as it doesn't rain, the kids can go out for recess, and they need to have time to run around and play!


Scaredy Squirrel has a new book:

This new book is a chapter book!  There are 4 chapters.  I have read the first chapter to my students; Scaredy Squirrel receives a crate of unknown origin.  You can guess that Scaredy goes into panic mode!  Click here or on the book cover to check out more at Amazon!


Every week, I check out Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx for new arrivals.  I'm still on the lookout for a new dress and sandals.


My new goal includes finding a dress to wear to my daughter's rehearsal dinner and a pair of sandals to wear to the wedding.  I can definitely wear the sandals I wore to my younger son's wedding and a dress I wore already.  I just can't pass up an opportunity to find a new dress and sandals though!  I have these dresses on order from Nordstrom Rack:

Here's to hoping that spring is in the air where you live!  Thank you for visiting the blog today!  Make sure to check out other great blog posts for:

New Orleans = Friday Favorites!

Happy Phenomenal Friday!  Today I am linking up with Andrea from Momfessionals as well as  Erika from A Little Bit of Everything for:

Yep, I just spent from Monday until today in New Orleans.  This is the first time I have ever visited this city and the first time I have ever seen the Mississippi River!  It's also the first time I ate grits (I had to add jelly to sweeten them up; the waitress advised adding more butter and sugar; that just seemed too unhealthy so I went with the jelly).  Check out some highlights!

Cemetery Tour

New Orleans is under sea level and has a very high water table.  This combination means that burying loved ones poses multiple problems, and they have adapted by making very fancy and ornate cemeteries.  To prevent coffins and bodies from popping out of the ground, New Orleans has above ground tombs.  There are regular cemeteries like St. Patrick's #1

Then, there is this cemetery for the extremely wealthy who want to leave a landmark in their wake: Metairie Cemetery: 

This is Anne Rice's "eternal home."  In addition to this, there are so many more ornate and special structures to check out.  According to our tour guide, you need mucho dinero to be buried here (especially if you want to make a statement).    Either way, this is an amazing and a once in a lifetime experience!

Hurricane Katrina Memorial

Our tour guide told us that he thinks about Hurricane Katrina every day.  During this catastrophic storm, many residents lost their lives and were never identified.  They are all buried in the six crypts at this memorial.

Bayou Time!

One day my husband and I headed to the bayou for an air boat adventure ride to see some alligators!  I learned that:
    *To know how long an alligator is, measure from between its eyes to between its nostrils.  One inch  = one foot.  Consequently, this alligator is about 10 feet long!

While on the cemetery tour, a caterpillar landed on my collar bone.  While brushing the creature off, it fell in my shirt where it did substantial damage.  I did eventually remove the invader, but he panicked and stung me A LOT!  I ended up in Urgent Care where I received a cortisone shot; a prescription ointment; and a prescription tablet to prevent itching.  My advice:  NEVER pick up a caterpillar!

Thank you for checking in this week!  I hope you are enjoying some spring weather!  Make sure to visit other blogs that link up for Friday Favorites by clicking on this link or graphic:

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