Fabulous Five For Friday!

It's finally Friday so I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for another Five for Friday!  

We had the Scholastic Book Fair this week, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed browsing and buying books.

I was very lucky to receive three books and a pen as gifts from some of my students:

I LOVE having new books!

We did more MCAS (state testing) preparation.  We read the Hello, Good-bye Window by Norman Juster, and the kids really enjoyed the story.  Plus, they did well on the short response question - we are getting better!

We did this fun adjective activity.  First, the kids worked in pairs to think of 8 different kinds of adjectives:  what kind; how many; numbers; colors; temperature words; feelings; and two other categories that I can't remember.  We then got in groups and traveled from poster to poster, adding new adjectives along the way.  Here are some examples:

We wrapped up our chapter on the Massachusetts Bay Colony in Social Studies.  Next, it's on to Massachusetts in the American Revolution which is so exciting to teach since so much history has happened right around here.

Here's a picture of our new pencil sharpener (ours is white):
This pencil sharpener is manual and quiet.  I do find that the kids still prefer the electric sharpener because it's easier.  There are a few steps needed to use the manual sharpener so it does take getting used to. I do like having an alternative to the electric pencil sharpener, and I find it easy to use. 

At school, the kids have 2 designated times to sharpen pencil:  first thing in the morning and after lunch recess.  I encourage them to have 2 sharp pencils at all times.  Plus, they are supposed to have a small sharpener in their desks to use for "emergencies." 

I've had a cold this week so I'm planning to go to bed early and getting a good night's sleep.

Happy Weekend!


  1. Getting new books at the scholastic book fair is NEVER a bad thing! :) I look forward to it every time it comes to our schools as well. You can never have too many! Have a great weekend.
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

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