Five for Friday- April 8th

It's Friday and I'm once again linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching and sharing my Five for Friday!

After last week, which felt like an eternity (I mean, who doesn't love reading 7 pages of test directions, verbatim, all week long?), this week positively flew by! Here's some highlights from my week:

Does your class use myON? We have been using it instead of Accelerated Reader this year. If you're not familiar with it, the students choose books based on their interests (the home screen looks a lot like a Netflix for books) and then read and take quizzes. One of the best parts is that the kids can leave a review of the book after they read it, and, once I approve it, other kids in the school can see their reviews. I have made it a requirement this quarter that students do at least one review a week. While I was scrolling through today to make sure each child had a review, I came across these gems:

Book: Green Food Fun 
Review: I have never tried celery sticks with peanut butter. Thank you for the suggestion.
(You learn something new every day!)

Book: Aerosmith- Living the Dream
Review: I like when they don't take off their shirts!
(You and me both, dear.)

Book: Top Ten Urban Legends
Review: I really liked the book a lot because it is like a life lesson. Like for example if you have a daughter or a son who forgets to shut the windows or lock the front or the back door, a stranger can come into the house and rob, kidnap, or take something really valuable to you, just like the clown statue urban legend in this book. So, it is like a life lesson for when you grow up. Urban legends, in my opinion are just made up stories to make your children or any other person, be safe, or just make a scary story so that it is easier to remember when your kids grow up, so that they can always be safe. So those are reasons why I like this book and why I think that they are not real.
(I was truly impressed by this one,) 

Book: Go Kart Racing
Review: I liked it, but try a little harder author. Okay.
(You got told, author.)

Book: Justin Bieber
Review: Justin went to jail like a long time ago like 2011, 2010 maybe or 2012. Because he kill a girl when he was diving it was night time and he didn't see the red light and the girl was waking and Justin was speeding and didn`t see the girl and Justin like kill the girl.
(Yeah...I got nothing for this one!)

Let's just say not all of those were approved. 3rd graders, they hold nothing back!

I'm hoping to have my updated Solar System Choice Board out this weekend.



It's mainly a cosmetic upgrade, but I did add in activity directions and a rubric. I'm also working on a blog post to describe how I teach about the solar system with the multiple intelligences in mind. Make sure to check it out!

Speaking of blogging, I hope you check out my new Wednesday series Why We Do This Wednesday:

I'd love if you joined in and shared your fun stories from the week!

This has kept me in a pretty good mood all week:

At the beginning of the season I thought we might sneak into the playoffs. I had no idea we'd be 1st in our division. Waiting very impatiently for the playoffs schedule to be released! I know I'm going to be a very tired teacher at least a few days this month.

On the agenda this week: portfolio assessments (any other 3rd grade teachers feel my pain?), and if we have time left over, hopefully getting into our Social Studies PBL about US Regions. At this point, with portfolios, DRA, and other alternative assessments I feel like I'm going to be doing some type of assessment all the way up until the end of the year! Yikes!

Another week come and gone! Don't forget to swing by Doodle Bugs Teaching and share your Five for Friday!


  1. Marianna,
    Your blog is super cute, too! We are on Spring Break this week and will begin testing this upcoming week. Woo hoo...not. We are big hockey fans at my house as well. Love the playoffs!
    Storybook Endings

    1. With everyone needing a computer to test now, it seems like it will never end! So excited for the playoffs, aka the "real" season! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I need to check out myON! It sounds fabulous. Those reviews were the best! Have a good weekend.
    Laughter and Consistency

    1. Now that we've been using it consistently, I like it a lot...I just want to make sure they don't forget how to read "real" books not on a screen!

  3. Those reviews are hilarious! I love the way little minds think! :)

  4. Omg, those reviews!! I loved the urban legend one. I'll definitely check out your Wednesday series. Have a great weekend!

    Years That Ask Questions

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Hope to "see" you on Wednesday!

  5. Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I see you have been busy! Love the updated covers! I never heard of moon but I'm checking it out thanks to you! Are you heading to Orlando for conference this year? I hope to meet up!

    1. Still debating...unfortunately my boyfriend doesn't get his on call schedule until the beginning of each month, and I can't go if he's on call that weekend. If I do, we will definitely have to meet up!

  6. Oh my, our school begins testing this week! I am so glad I don't have to monitor or read those test scripts! (I only teach science!) Our groups are testing on the computer this year! Ha! We will see how that goes! Thanks or sharing so much!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

    1. It's always an adventure with computer based tests! Thanks for stopping by :)


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