Monday, December 30, 2013

2014 Guided Reading Rotation Schedule

Took me countless hours to get this right! I'm looking forward to trying this out next week!

DVD Jewel Case Storage Idea and Classroom Photos

This was a quick Decimal, Fraction, Percent match-up game I used at the beginning of Math class.

DVD Case holds all those little cards the kids need for station work!

Revamped the side of my classroom upon walking in. I brought in a painting from my house and use long, viny plants and pillows to make it home-y.

Always rearranging my tables to keep the kids guessing and motivated!!

Outside wall bulletin board

Imagine It board 

Landforms T-chart (I love a good comparison!)

Unit 5 vocabulary words with pictures! Great for my ESOL kids!

Friday, November 29, 2013

CCSS 5th grade Reading Vocabulary

Yes...I know we are off from school today, but as many of my teacher friends know, we are NEVER off from schoolwork! So, with that being said, I have just spent the last hour or so creating what looks like nothing---NWEA MAP words for reading in the RIT bands 201-220.

I am trying to fill-in-the-gaps with words that don't show up in a TPT purchase I made of Literary Devices this summer.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Immigration in America early 1900s

Just finished revamping my IMMIGRATION powerpoint presentation. It is wordy, but so is the South Carolina support document! Buh-dum-dum!

I always have my kids make T-charts (they know I am obsessed with them) to help them understand the shifts from being an "old" immigrant to "new" immigrant in early 20th century America. Also, for this lesson, I am going to print them a map of Europe and Asia and we will color code Old vs New immigrants by country. Geography skills are totally lacking these days, so I try to add it as much as possible!!

If you would like a copy, please leave your email address in the comment box below! :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Land and Water Science Unit

I found a very quick powerpoint that can either be used whole group, or as a differentiation tool for the students who need less of the "bells and whistles" in order to understand content vocabulary in science.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Gofundme Personal page

My Gofundme Page

I'm a mother, wife, and public school teacher living in South Carolina. A month ago, I had a ruptured appendix, had surgery, but was hospitalized two more times after. My medical bills are piling up, but I can't pay them because as a teacher here, I don't get disability! I am also being docked pay for being out past my sick day allowance. I have helped others in the past, and i hope you will give as much as you can to help me. Thanks so much!!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Industrial Revolution in America

My students are starting the Industrial Revolution, so I made this powerpoint. It adheres to the South Carolina Standard 3.1

Comment below with your email if you would like a copy!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

I;m a TWITTER teacher


Reconstruction Amendments Workstation

This took me 2 hours tonight! Yep...I my Saturday nights are now for school--but I love it!!!

I created this workstation for my students to use in both ELA and Social Studies. Hope it helps!

If you are interested, leave me your email address in the comments area below!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Classroom Set Up 2013-2014

I am just a few things shy of being open for business!! Thanks to my hubby for helping me with the tall stuff :)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Classroom Goodies....misc


First ImagineIt Story Comprehension Station

Small Group First Weeks

Back to School Time!

Well, it's that time of year again when the world seems bright, there is a glimmer in every teacher's eye, and parents cannot wait to send their little ones to school! Ha!

But seriously, I am anxiously awaiting my first year at a new school. I have been in and out of my new building several times over the last few weeks and I still have TONS to get done. I know I am not the only one feeling excited, so I thought I would blog some plans I have used in the past to foster teambuilding and classroom mangement during the first week of school:

Whole Group
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
Mr. Peabody’s Apples
Whole Group
Miss Rumphius
Whole Group
Thank You, Mr. Faulkner
Watch streamline video
Whole Group
Brave Irene
Watch streamline of Brave Irene

  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------WELCOME BAGS FOR STUDENTS
Book: Reading classic novels helps build your vocabulary and makes you smart beyond your years!

Medal: You are all winners in my book! Let’s work together as a team this year!

Silly Straw: There’s always a time and a place to be silly---we will have a lot of fun this year!

Sunglasses: “Your future is so bright, you’ve gotta wear shades!”

Lifesavers: I am your support in and out of the classroom and so are the other adults in the building and your classmates. Never feel weird to ask for help!

Hugs:    If your feelings were hurt, you had a bad day, not feeling so well…remember there is always a hug waiting for you!

Whistle: You have worked so hard to get to the end of elementary school—don’t “blow it” now! Keep your behavior and attitude in check and this will be your best year yet!

Mrs. Penna J

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Currently: August

It's been forever since I have posted a "Currently" from an awesome blogging Guru, Farley