Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sight-Word Summary Activity

My husband is a middle school teacher and he is AWESOME! He has the best ideas for getting kids excited about history and reading. Here is one of the activities my kiddos will be doing tomorrow to understand how the United States became a world power.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Liebster Award...again! Thanks!!!

 I've been nominated not once, but twice for the Liebster Award!

Thank you so much  Fabulous 5th Grade Fun! for giving me this award! It's really cool that people are following my little teaching life and getting something out of it!  :) 
The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It is to show new bloggers that they are appreciated and to help spread the word about new blogs.

1. Beach or Snow? BEACH! I grew up in Long Beach, NY and live near Myrtle Beach, SC!

2. Sweet or Salty? BOTH

3. Do you collect anything? If so, what? If not, what would you start collecting? I collect pins on Pinterest...I am obsessed!

4. Family tradition? Lasagna on Christmas

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Closer to family and still loving teaching

6. If you could change one thing in education, what would it be? Red Tape and Classroom Walk-throughs

7. What is your favorite dinner recipe? My mom's Italian Onion Soup

8. Do you have a TpT store? If yes, what's the link? Nope

9. What is your best teaching memory? Helpingone of my 4th graders get the help he needed. Now, years later, I saw him on Halloween and he and his mom said he was on the honor roll in high school! AWESOME

10. Something you have always wanted to do? Live in Paris for at least 6 months (I got engaged there!)

11. The lottery question...what would be your first purchase? A home in my hometown for my parents and sisters. They would appreciate it since they were hit by Sandy

The Rules:

  • You must post 11 random things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
  • Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
  • Choose 11 blogs you love (with less than 200 followers and link them in your post.)
  • No tag back, but please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so I can learn more about you!


Ramblings of a 5th grade Teacher
Ramblings of a 5th and 6th grade Teacher
5th Grade Tomfoolery
The Reading Sage
Learning in Bliss
Fifth grade Dugout
Nerdy, Nerdy, Nerdy
Mrs. Tilmon Says
Bayside Teacher

1. What is a book you’ve read that changed your life or affected you strongly in some way?
2. What were your favorite things to do when you were a kid?
3. What are your top 3 movies?
4. Which goal for yourself are you most proud of accomplishing?
5. What do you do to pamper yourself after a tough day?
6. What is your favorite holiday and why?
7. How do you balance blogging and teaching with the rest of your life?
8. What trait do you admire most in others? Why?
9. How did you get into education?
10. Why do you blog? What inspired you to start?
11. If you could live in another part of the world, where would it be? Why?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Science Notebooks:Student Work

It is truly amazing what my students come up with ON THEIR OWN. I didn't even have them take notes...these children just took it upon themselves to create their own! Awesome pictures, colors, and use of content vocabulary!

Monday, November 19, 2012


The Study Island Common Core Benchmarking Program gives teachers a snapshot of student proficiencies in relation to the Common Core State Standards. At any time, teachers can assess student progress and pinpoint areas in which students are excelling or need extra practice.
I love this site! It was worth the money out of my own pocket! I can use it for small group instruction, morning work, and independent reading stations!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Classroom Photos 11-2012

What's Happening in Room 303?


iPads have invaded our classroom...and we're loving it!
Create a comic strip on the iPad about the Progressive Reforms during the Industrial Revolution in America

Create a comic strip on the iPad about the Progressive Reforms during the Industrial Revolution in America


Lab Sheet: Separation of Mixtures

Lab Sheet: Separation of Mixtures

Separation of Mixtures

Separation of Mixtures

Mixtures and Solutions: Kool Aid Lab. Which one was more concentrated?

Chromatography with Markers

Mixtures and Solutions: Kool Aid Lab. Which one was more concentrated?

Mixtures and Solutions: Kool Aid Lab. Which one was more concentrated?


Test Prep Imagine It Unit 2 Lesson 4. Timed answers with a partner


Differentiated Math 

Compass Odyssey Math Practice

Compass Odyssey Math Practice

Compass Odyssey Math Practice

Compass Odyssey Math Practice

Compass Odyssey Math Practice

Saturday, November 10, 2012

CCSS Math Practice Standards

After our Everyday math Coach visited, she left us with the CCSS practice standards. I created these labbels that I have placed next to my SMARTboard. I have been placing asterisks next to the standards we use for each EDM lesson.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Classroom and Activity PICTURES

SCIENCE: Matter (iPad Activity) with videos

shared from my District Edmodo page
 found via youtube--Kids loved it!
  1. Show the Matter video as a pre-cursor to the learning.
  2. Have kids find words on the Tagxedo jumble that they know and are relevant to Matter.
  3. Have them watch the video about the three states of matter
  4. Sort-A-Rama at their tables/cooperative groups
  5. Use the iPads to create a Popplet.


Immigrants came to the United States because of both push and pull factors. Often they were pushed out of their home countries because of war, poverty, or discrimination. They were attracted or pulled to the United States because of promises of economic opportunity, religious freedom, and political and social equality.
My children will be completing this Magnet Summary with a partner. This a great way to add writing into the content areas and help children understand how to summarize longer text.