Wrapping Up October Five For Friday!

Yikes - another month has come and gone!  Now it's time to link up with Doodle Bugs for:

 Morning Messages

This week's Morning Messages dealt with a variety of subjects:

 I love to write Morning Messages that spiral back and review what we've learn.  I also try to review new material like the Friday one - identifying Massachusetts as one of the New England states as well as singular and plural nouns.  Plus, my father was a mailman so I have to ensure that my students know the zip code for Woburn.  They didn't even know what a zip code was - it's a good thing I taught them!

 Listening Center/Book Buddies

This week we have a new Listening Center which includes one of my favorite books - Art Dog - by Thatcher Hurd.  Our Book Buddies thoroughly enjoyed the book, too:

 If you've never read Art Dog, you're in for a treat!  It's such a fun book, especially on CD because it includes music and sound effects!

Click on the above image of check out more on Amazon!

Here's some of the summary from Amazon:

Oh, no! Someone has stolen the Mona Woofa from the Dogopolis Museum of Art and the police don't even realize that they are barking up the wrong tree when they collar their number one suspect. So it's up to Art Dog, the mysterious, masked painter who roams the streets of Dogopolis, to find the missing masterpiece. Zip! Splash! Smoosh! He paints himself a Brushmobile, and he's off––on a wild and funny chase to capture the dastardly crooks. 

This is an all-around amazing book!

 Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

 I managed to read an entire book last week:

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 I got this book from the library because I fell in love with this author's book, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, which told of a family trip to Antarctica (I'd really love to go there, too!).  I enjoyed this book, but I LOVED the other book more.  I'm just feeling lucky that I found time to read last week because we had parent-teacher conferences.  By the way, my conferences went really well, too!

Introduction to the Water Cycle

 On Friday, I introduced the water cycle with a Powerpoint presentation which you can check out for free here:

 My children learned the Water Cycle song on the slide while in Middle School, and they still remember it many years later.  Of course, I had hand movement to help the kids remember the whole process.  Plus, it's a break to stand up and sing!

The Real Reason For Teaching

I received this note from one of my students last week:

I just LOVE getting a short, sweet note like this!

Happy Halloween!

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