Currently November!

Happy November!  It is amazing how fast the fall has gone by.  Now that I have had conferences on a Thursday followed by Halloween on Friday, I feel more adjusted and relaxed.  Now I can join Anne in Residence's monthly link-up and write in my blog (hopefully!):


In my classroom, the kids need to sit 6 feet apart for social distancing, especially while eating snack.  During snack, I love to read to the kids so I have been borrowing e-books on Overdrive.

This way I can show the book on the big screen (whiteboard), and everyone can see the pictures!  With everyone spread out physically, I had to find a way to read books to the kids which is one of my most favorite activities!


As you know, I do love TJ Maxx and Marshall's.  My friend and I go to one of these stores every weekend, and I can always find something to buy (kind of like Target).  This weekend I purchased a cozy pair of Kooba memory foam slippers to wear now that the clocks have been turned back. 

At school, I am planning a unit on Massachusetts Native Americans.  This is my favorite unit of the year.  I have great admiration of how the Native Americans lived and respected nature.  We also make the best diorama for Thanksgiving:

Click here to get the pattern for the wetu (wigwam) and here for the mishoon (canoe) or here for another canoe template.

The students in this picture are in 6th grade now, but I have been doing this project for a long time, and it is a keeper!


This year I spend a great deal of time prepping for our new Reading program:  Fountas and Pinnell; and for our new Phonic program:  Fundations.    Check out an example of how to mark up a word:


I just finished this book:

I enjoyed the story as it contains lots of references to Greek mythology.  However, it is not an easy or relaxing book because there is so much to remember about all the different characters and time periods.  You can click on the book cover to read more at Amazon.

Yesterday I started:  L.A. Weather which is a Reese's Book Club book.  So far, I'm still happy to live in Massachusetts even if it is always sunny and warm in Los Angeles.

As always, thank you for visiting the blog and checking in.  Please let me know if you have any questions about anything in this post.


  1. I am desperate need of comfy slippers - and these look perfect! Love that idea for reading the books..with the pictures on the whiteboard!! Happy November!

  2. That is such a great way to share picture books with a whole class during this time.


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