Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Goodbye South!

As you read this, I am probably safely sleeping inside my travel case on my way to Warren Area Elementary Center. What a fun week I had at South! The students taught me so much: from division, to microscopes, to great new vocabulary words! I even learned how to write a persuasive essay. So the next time I need to persuade my owner for some new shoes, I'm ready! Thanks kids! South, I sure will miss you, but I've had so much fun everywhere I've been so far and I'm sure Warren Area Elementary students will just add to all that fun! See you soon, Warren!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Moments with Morpheus

Friday was one of my last days at South, and it was a great one. During morning work, we worked on our last daily edit of the group. During math, we had a fun time practicing with map scales, and then we had a chance to finish our game from the day before. After math, we reviewed our daily edit together and talked more about persuasive letters. Science was really fun again! We looked at blepharisma under our microscopes today. They're little, pink, pear-shaped creatures that glide across your field of view! How cool! We finished our day by reading another good chapter in our book, The Watsons Go To Birmingham. On Monday afternoon I will have to say goodbye to my South friends, and I will be on my way to Warren Area Elementary Center in Warren, PA to meet new friends.

I almost forgot....check out my latest podcast on Fifth Grade Fever! I had a great time talking with Jean! Keep following me on my wiki too:)!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Soaring at South!

Today I had another great day at South. In the morning, we did a daily edit about science. Then we had math. We got to play a game about multiplication. I won! Then we had our spelling test. It wasn't that hard, but it was long. Today we had indoor recess again because it is still raining. I can't wait until it's nice out again! I played Trouble with the boys. It was fun! During read aloud, we read another chapter of The Watsons. In the story, Kenny talked about his toy dinosaurs and the problems he has at school. In science we got to look at our first living microorganisms through the lens of the microscope. Now that was cool!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Surprise! It's Morpheus!

Today during morning work we did another tricky daily edit. In math, we learned what to do with remainders in division number stories. I never knew there was so much to think about when it came to word problems! It was raining today, so we played checkers during indoor recess. In reading class, we read another funny chapter of The Watsons Go To Birmingham. During independent reading, I got to read a book about turtles! How perfect for me! In science, the kids and I learned how to use a compound microscope and we took a careful look deep into an onion. When I looked really carefully, I could see the onion's cells! Wow!

Your favorite bog turtle,
Morpheus Fortuna

P.S. Pop over to the Fifth Grade Fever podcast and listen to me try some of this week's spelling words!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Minutes with Morpheus

Today I had another great day. For morning work, we did a tricky daily edit. I had a lot of fun in math learning how to do division with decimals! Then we went over daily edit. Whew! I'm glad we talked about that one! We also played a wordly wise game where we drew clues on the board that would help others guess the word. Some people even chose to act out the words! In reading, we read a very funny chapter in the book called The Watsons go to Birmingham. Byron got his lips frozen to the car mirror when he tried to kiss himself! The class and I got a good laugh out of that one! Also, in science, we were exploring the mircroscope with the fun little things that we brought from home. During pack-up I said goodbye to everyone as they left!

Morpheus Fortuna

Turtle Talk

Hi I'm Morpheus. I had fun at South today. The teacher introduced me to the class, then we did Scholastic News. Next, we started math. They taught me how to do division quickly without using paper or a calculator! In wordly wise, we did a fill-in worksheet with spelling words. We started a new and funny book about the Watsons in the 1960s. In science, we identified mystery objects in a microscope. That was my first fun full day at South!

Morpheus Fortuna

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Arrival at South Elementary!

Hi! Morpheus here again! After a long trip from Cedar Cliff High School, I have safely arrived at South Elementary. Whew! It feels good to be out in the open again!

Mrs. Moylan introduced me to her class of fifth graders on Friday. What a great bunch of kids they are! They were very excited to meet me, and it was equally exciting for me too. They talked about all of the things they could teach me and the projects they could create to share our learning. I can't wait to see what we'll do together!

Well, I'm off for now to enjoy the beautiful Sunday weather here in Collegeville, Pennsylvania! Talk to you again very soon.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Goodbye Cedar Cliff!

Wow, I had a busy week here at Cedar Cliff! I got to explore the city, the school, and even see my owner during my stay here. I had so much fun! I wish I could stay longer, but I’m leaving soon to visit my next stop, South Elementry! I can’t wait! Goodbye Cedar Cliff!

My day around Cedar Cliff

Hey, it’s Morpheus checking in again! Boy did I have a busy day at Cedar Cliff. I got to work in the school store, and I even got to try on a foam finger and a hat to show my school spirit. Then I got to go down to the office where I met the nice nurse and the school principal Mr. Savidge. He let me sit in his office, so I knew what it would feel like to get in big trouble. Next, I got to meet the guidance counselor Mrs. Gray. She told me that I need to come out of my shell. The rest of the day I did other cool stuff like visit the cafeteria ladies, visit the library, shake hands with the Sergeant, and even get my picture taken with all the school trophies. Probably the most exciting part of my day, however, was meeting the other turtles in the school. I got to meet and learn about the endangered bog turtles, and I even got to see my cousin the snapping turtle. I had so much fun!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Field Trip to Harrisburg, PA

Morpheus here! I just got back from my trip to Harrisburg, and it was great! We visited the Capital building, and there was a cool fountain on the outside I got to see. Then I went to Strawberry Square. That was a lot of fun. After that, I went to the Whitaker center. There was a lot of cool science stuff and an iMax theater with a HUGE screen. Finally, we walked along the Susquehanna River and my fantastic day was over. Well, it’s time for me to get going again, I can’t wait to tell you about my day at Cedar Cliff!

Monday, October 15, 2007

First Field Trip - Central PA

Hey, it’s Morpheus again! I just got back from my field trip on Saturday with Mr. Snyder. I had an awesome time! I was very surprised and excited when I got to see my owner Mr. Lutz again. I also met Mrs. Wissing. We went to Adamstown, which is about an hour away from my stay in Harrisburg. They took me to dinner at this cool restaurant called Black Angus, and I got to listen to them talk about all their teacher stuff. It was cool! I better get going so I can get some sleep for my trip to Harrisburg. Morpheus out!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Arrival in Central Pennsylvania

I finally arrived in central Pennsylvania today at Cedar Cliff High School! I’m right outside the State Capital, Harrisburg. I hear I might even get to go explore the city soon! Well, I have to go now, but I’ll be sure to keep you up to date on my trip!

My Week In Damascus

Wow! I was busy! I helped the third graders plant tulip bulbs, estimate and count pumpkin seeds, write stories about the PTA Reflection theme, I Can Make A Difference," read stories, learned about adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers, played Webkinz with some friends who earned a rewards, and enjoyed many hugs and snuggles! During my last day I spent time in a first grade class where I enjoyed a nice story and then even got to go on the playground with them! I think the time I spend in shipping will give me time to rest for my next location! Good bye, Damascus! Keep reading my blog to keep track of me!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Arrived in Damascus, PA

I arrived safely in Northeastern PA in a small town called Damascus. Did you know that I am only 2 minutes from New York state and the Delaware River! The third graders think I am cute and that I might look like some guy named Franklin! It looks like I am going to be very busy!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Moving on, singing song

I've had a great time visiting East Forest! During my last days there I helped the students to post their first podcast which was really fun. If you want to subscribe, you can use this feed: feeds.feedburner.com/MusicMontage. If you listen closely to the first episode you will hear me singing along. Now I know all the continents and I can find them on the map too.

Before I left, I stopped in the lobby to say good bye to my friend, the East Forest Bear. The East Forest Bear is a black bear. These bears are very common in Pennsylvania and their population is increasing.

Now I'm on my way to Damascus School. I'm really looking forward to meeting Mrs. Sheldon and her class! I'll keep you updated!

Goodbye East Forest!
Hello Damascus!