Monday, December 22, 2008

East Elementary Goodbye Slide Show

Morpheus and the Habitat

The Morpheus Song

Get a Voki now!

About Morpheus

Morpheus and Sports Ed

By: Aaron
Do you want to know about a new cool thing? Four students named Aaron, Josh, Jeffery, and Sawyer do a thing called Sports ed. It is a weekly podcast. I think it is super cool podcast. Check out this episode!

Today Mrs. Abernethy's Global Gorillas showed me their website at
On the home page they have a moving picture of a gorilla beating it's chest. the home page has links to every page on the website. The site has a lot of stuff on it

Spelling Class

By: Spencer

First, at the beginning of the week we have to do our spelling five times each which is due on Tuesday. Then we have to do our spelling book work which is due on Thursday. After those are done we go on to our spelling puzzle. Some of us are on 6th grade spelling and some of us are 5th grade spellers. On Friday we do our spelling tests.

Math Class

By Abigail

First thing in the morning, the fifth graders switch for math. They have either Mr. Lasko, Mrs. Giardina, Mrs. Ohr or Mrs. Abernethy. Today I went to Mrs. Giardina's math class. They had a math test, and when the kids were done they could read quietly. Some of them got on a computer. There is a website called You can work on your facts and play games at the same time. It's really fun.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Lizard the Tornado

Hey! Guess what? I got to meet Mrs. A's lizard, Tornado. At first I was scared. Then i got to meet him.{HE WAS SO COOOOOOL!} All he did was stick to my shirt. They have other animals, too, but [you'll hear about that later.] Some of Mrs. A's students take care of him. Tornado is very calm and so interesting. He has no teeth and he's also very friendly. He has two other friends named Lightning and Thunder. I'll write about them later. Mrs. A's classroom is sooo interesting with all the animals and cool stuff like that. Well, I'll talk to you later. Bye Bye!

Abe's Ode to Morpheus

Morpheus's Flute Lesson

By: Nicolette
Hi,I'm Morpheus. I'm visiting Mrs. Abernethy's fifth grade classroom. I learned something exciting today. Three girls (Nicolette, Stacie, and Shayla) all play the flute. Mrs. Abernethy let them play a song for me and then they told me how to play the song. The song, (you should recognize it) is called "Twinke, Twinkle, Little star." Mrs. Abernethy recorded the song while I was playing it. The song is also known as a Mozart Melody. The flute is the hardest instrument to play in band, Nicolette tells me. I think that they are all doing a fabulous job with the flute. The notes in the song are B,F,G,E,D and C. Listen to me playing the flute with the girls. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks!!!!!

What I Did Today

By: Jessica
Hi, im Morpheus Fortuna. Today I met Mrs. Abernethy's class bunny. His name is Bugs. I helped take care of him. Bugs is so cute. He has a little mohawk kinda. I also met the other animals: Lightning the Lizard, Tornado the Lizard, Thunder the Lizard, Hershey the Guinea Pig, and Lily the Ferret. They are so cute. It was fun. I watched Mrs. Abernethy's math class take a math test. Kaylee and Matt were done first. I sat with Logan while she was taking her test. Well I'll talk to you guys more later and tell you about the rest of the day. Bye!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Morpheaus On Mondays

By: Cassia
Hey I'm going to tell you how cool Mondays are in Mrs. A's room. First everyone switches and goes to math. Math is one of my favorite subjects. What everybody did after that was catch up on their 13 colonies project. They are looking great! After that we had lunch. (yummy) Then we got to go to music. I love to sing. Mrs. A even recorded us. Lastly we got on laptops and went on Study Island. At the end of the day we got to make vokis for our food chain projects.

Listen to our song!

Friday, December 12, 2008

A Bit About Morpheus

Some sixth graders I met last year came to visit this morning before school. They made this video!

(Same video, but experiment to see which is easier to view.)

Morpheus at East Elementary - Day 2

Do you want to hear what I did today, because it's fun and exciting? I am at East Elementary with Mrs. Abernethy's Global Gorillas. They are a busy, working, exciting class during Creativity Friday time. Ryuji, Sawyer, and Joseph made a Garage Band song that they are going to use for the class theme song. Josh, Jeffrey and Aaron were working on their script for a first ever episode of Sports Ed. Kayla S., Kylee and Kaylee were editing the class' Food Chain podcasts using Audacity. Cassia, Skyleigh, Heather and Kortni were writing their script for a Morpheus podcast (You'll hear that later.) Spencer was making a Power Point for literature circle. Nathan was working on his rough draft of a children's book. Abby was working on a Christmas poster. Kayla G. started a Morpheus Power Point (18 slides already!) Nathan and Jesse were working on a Voki for their Food Chain. Stacie, Shayla, Jessica and Taylor were writing a script for a Morpheus movie. Abram was using Windows Movie Maker to make a Morpheus movie. Last, but not least, Megan was working on a scrap book project for their study of the 13 Colonies.

Later in the day I watched their Roanoke plays. They performed four different skits. Wow! They are creative! Here's one of them.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

East Elementary Day 1 Part 1

By: Abram

Hello, I just arrived today at East Elementary School. I was greatly welcomed by the class who I am staying with. They are Mrs. Abernethy's Global Gorillas. I took one look at the classroom and knew I was going to have a great time!!

We went to Santa's Workshop today. I bought a pair of Steeler Socks. (GO STEELERS!) I am going to bring those with me! I tried on a hat and made a new friend.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Bye, Bye for Now East Vincent Friends

Today I am leaving East Vincent Elementary School. I’m going to miss all the East Vincent children. I am very sad to leave my friends. It is so great. I love it here. I want to stay. I tried hiding in the office among all of the other animals there, so I wouldn't have to leave. But the secretary found me! I guess I am not as good at hiding as I thought I was. Maybe one day next year I can come back here and I will be able to see my friends again.

Today I need to go to a new school. So today, I am packing up my things. I am But I will still miss them. It is boring in a box, but I still have some stuff to play with on my trip to my next school.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Making Friends in Second Grade

This week I also visited second grade classes. I had soooo much fun. I was talking to all of the children about the things they like to do at home. I really wish I could go home with all of my new friends and play with them. Read about all of the fun things we could do!

If I could take Morpheus home with me...

First we would go home and when we got home we would do my homework. Next we would play with some toys. Then we would go on my laptop. Last we would go outside if it is raining.

I would take him home on the bus. Next we would go to the airport. At the airport I would go on and airplane.. Then we would go home. At home we would go to the pool and swim. Last we would go home, put on our pajamas and have a pillow fight and dance to music on my dance mat. We would read a book until we fell asleep. In the morning
I would return him.

I would first eat a snack and then play a game. Then we would wash our hands and sit down for dinner. We would have pasta and when we are done, we would go see my stuffed Webkinz, a dog.

First I would take him to wrestling practice. Then read a book. Then play my games. Then take him for a bike ride around the
neighborhood. Then take him to the bookstore and get a book. Then sleep with him and read my new book. Then pay man hunt with all of my friends.

First, I would read him a book. I would invite him to meet my
parents. Then we would eat dinner. Then I would show him my room and show him where he would sleep. He would sleep and then in the middle of the night, we would go to the Great Wall of China and then go to New York.

I would show him the Philadelphia Zoo and the first thing I would show him would be the turtle. Why? Because he is a turtle. After that we would go up in the balloon ride all by ourselves and see lots of things and when we came down I would ask him if he liked the ride.

I would take Morpheus for a ride on my bike and put him in my bike rack. I would ride around my development and show him my friend's house.

I would take Morpheus to the Philadelphia Zoo because Morpheus could see the animals and he could walk around the zoo with me.

I would take Morpheus Fortuna to a big park. I wil show him the swings, slide and the sandbox. I will push him on the swings. I will push him down the slide. We will have so much fun together. I wil take him to lots of paces so at the parek if there is a little shop, I will buy him something healthy. After that I will give him a tiny treat. After we have a little snack, we are going to hang out in the sun and he will put on his sunglasses and look at the clouds and see if we can try to decide what they look like. Maybe a bunny and a TURTLE! Yea!

I would like to bring Morpheus Fortuna to Dutch Wonderland.

I would ike to take Morpheus Fortuna to the Owen J. Roberts High School football game to show him my favorite team and the quarterback's number is 10.

Wow! I Found Me!

Today I went to the computer lab. It was so much fun. I got to get my own password and I also got to play lots of games. I got tired and so I rested a little while. After a few minutes I felt better and then something wonderful happened…The computer went to my own page!

The only things I pressed were favorites and M.F.P! I was so excited. I clicked on a square that said Morpheus’s’ book and I saw all the things I did at other schools. I got to print out a blank piece of paper. Then I drew a picture of the East Vincent Elementary School. I colored the school reddish brownish. I colored the door silver. Then I colored the things on the roof silver too. I colored the roof gray. Then I got tired so I slept a little while. I had the most wonderful dream ever!

Learning in First Grade

This week went to all different classes. I had fun. I visited Mrs. Sack’s first grade classroom. I sat in the Author's Chair and read a book about frogs to the class.
I also visited Miss Boyk’s first grade classroom. She took a picture of me on the rocking chair. I learned how to do word sorts and in math I learned about adding with the number zero.

Her class shared one of their favorite Magic Treehouse books with me!

I had a great time in music class. I even played the drum while the class sang.

My Next School: East Vincent Elementary

I am Morpheus Fortuna. I like going all around the USA to see the schools. It is fun to see them and I like it. This week I’m going to East Vincent.
I want to go to the courtyard, the playground and to lots of different classes to meet new friends!
I arrived in my box. I was so happy and excited to climb out of my box. The kids in Mrs. Nitsche’s class looked at all of my stuff. They said it was cool! They told me that I was going to visit the first and second grade classrooms during my visit.

They wrote about all of the things that I am going to do while I am here. After reading their letters last night, I could tell that am going to be very busy this week. There will not be much time for me to rest. I can hardly wait to visit and meet new friends.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Giving Thanks

Today is Thanksgiving day and I wanted to take a moment to say that I am thankful for all my friends. I'm thankful for all the educators who have welcomed me into their classroom to teach students about the benefits of Web 2.0. Did you know that the last Thursday in November was officially proclaimed Thanksgiving Day by none other than President Lincoln?

As I start to pack my bags for my next journey I thought I would also share a few more photos:

Here we are celebrating a great Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes and corn:

After that we had to have dessert. I just love Apple Pie and vanilla ice cream:

After all that eating, I was sleepy so we decided to take a nice afternoon nap.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Learning on a weekend

Since we couldn't go to Gettysburg today for the Remembrance Day parade, we decided to do some other things here around my friends' house.

First, I started to learn to play the fife. According to Wikipedia, "a fife is a small, high-pitched, transverse flute that is similar to the piccolo, but louder and shriller due to its narrower bore." I learned that during the Civil War, fifes and drums were used to regulate a soldier's day from the time he got up until it was time for bed. Musicians would also entertain the soldiers with various songs just for entertainment and to keep their spirits high. You can read more about Civil War music over at the Teaching the Civil War with Technology Blog.

This is a photo of me practicing the fife.

Also today, one of my friends and I took some time to tear apart an old computer. We learned about how the inside of a computer works and got to see all of the different parts and pieces that make up a computer. This was a lot of fun.

Here is a photo of me and CJ playing with what is left of the computer:

Friday, November 21, 2008

Wizard Of Oz play

Hi everyone,

On Thursday night I went to see a presentation by the SJS drama club. They presented their version of The Wizard of Oz.

They have been practicing their lines and working on the acting. The play was funny especially the part when the wizard used the umbrella as the ball of fire. My favorite part was when Belinda, the Wicked Witch of the West, came out with her cats and the Winkies. One of my friends was a Winkie and was a good witch assistant.

I think that they did a great job. Today they had to do the play again for the school. If I was there I would have been nervous to go on the stage. But they were very professional and did a very good job even though some of them had to ask the prompters for their lines.

Here are some pictures from the play:

Hanging out backstage
good I got my seat to see the play

I got a progam on who is in the play

I was lucky to get on stage before the show starts

I had so much fun going to see the play. I can't wait to go to Gettysburg and after make cookies or go to a hockey game.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Safely Arrived in Mechanicsburg, Pa

Greetings from chilly central Pennsylvania. I wanted to let everyone know that I safely arrived at the Beeghley Family home.

I spent the afternoon with some of my friends at St. Joseph School and then stopped by basketball practice and picked up pizza for dinner. Tonight we plan to celebrate Jacob's 4th birthday.

Plans for my week include going to a preschool classroom, teaching a graduate class, watching a class play and going to Gettysburg for the annual Remembrance Day parade. I may even sneak in a Hershey Bear's game while I'm in town.

Until next time...stay warm.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Morpheus...We will miss you.

I had soooo much fun at Dunbar Township with the K-Kids. Today I helped some students form the letter F, did some exercises with the power up ladies, and helped introduce the number 3. We sang a turtle song in music class and I had fun posing for a picture. I got to wear their Connellsville Area baseball cap and hold a football that they gave me to take on my travels. I hope I can return next year.
K-Kids...thanks for teaching me soooo much and...I'll miss you.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Morpheus Plays the Drums

Today I learned to play the drums with my new band friends. Mrs. Dugger is the band teacher and when she said I could play...I was so excited! It was so much fun.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Morpheus in First Grade

I spent the day in first grade today. I showed the students my website and talked a little about my travels so far. The students took turns reading a story to me during story time. I really enjoyed listening to the first graders read, “The Mystery of the Missing Muffins.” They took me outside for gym class and we jumped rope together. On the way back to our room one of the girls lifted me up so I could get a drink at the fountain. I went to lunch with them and got to meet some other students from other classes. In the afternoon we went to an assembly to see who won the prizes for the fundraiser. One of the first grade students was selected to go in the money machine and a few of the students got to spin the wheel and win money. Our class was even in the pig race, but the 4th graders won this year.
It was a GREAT day in first grade!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Morpheus and the K-Kids

Kindergarten is soooo much fun so far. I helped the K-Kids with their calendar activity and weather chart first thing after the bell rang. I found out that today is suppose to be really warm so I hope we get to go outside later. I saw a really nice playground when I was geocaching yesterday. They made me my own stick for their behavior chart and took my picture for lunch count and attendance. I enjoyed helping with their math and reading worksheets. This week their new letter is Ff so we glued feathers to make the lowercase and uppercase letters. We just ate snack and now we are getting ready for playtime.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Morpheus Arrives at Dunbar Township

Wow, I finally arrived at Dunbar Township Elementary School. It is the largest of the eight elementary schools in Connellsville. Today was Parent Conference Day and there were no students. I went home with Mrs. Michael who is the computer lab teacher. It was Election Day so we stopped to vote on the way to her house. It was very exciting because I had never voted for a President before. Everyone at the polls was nice to us, but they wouldn’t let us take any pictures. When we got to Mrs. Michael’s house her golden retriever, Annie, met us at the door. She was really excited to see me and kept sniffing and licking me. I thought she was cute too.

The next day I met Mrs. Michael’s fourth grade computer lab students. They took me geocaching for their lab activity. It was a lot of fun finding the hidden container called a geocache. In the container was a writing assignment and treats for everyone. We used a hand held GPS unit and typed in longitude and latitude coordinates to find exactly where Mrs. Michael hid the cache. Then we followed the compass on the unit to find exactly where the cache was hidden. The students had to write where they would take me if I got to go home with them tonight. You’ll get to read some of them later. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt that is sooooo much FUN!

At the end of the day I got to meet the K-Kids. They are one of the Kindergarten classes at Dunbar Township. I can’t wait until tomorrow to see what fun things the K-Kids and I will be doing.

Friday, October 17, 2008

We got to take Murphius owtside and we poosht him on the swing and we went on the slide and went on top of the monkeybars.


i saw morphus at alf and i rod the rolrckostr with morphus i rod dise dragins to with him. i had fun.

Friday, October 10, 2008

At my house morpheus and i jumped on the trampulen and gatherd eggs we saw a deer and fownd a turky fether`We looked at the leavs wotched the chikons and ducks and
sat on a log and rode the 4 wheeler and picked flowers and played on the swing set and ate supper. We had a lot of fun to day. before we went to bed we read a book.Im glad morpheus came home with me.

** Student writing is unedited

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