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November 1, 2017

WHAT...... It's November !!!

Starting a new teaching job after the school year has already begun is HARD! I truly feel like a fish out of water... and I LOVE THE WATER! I am enjoying working with the 5th graders, which isn't a surprise to me because I taught them reading the past three years.

BUT..... 

The math is SUCH A CHALLENGE!  

One of my jobs is to modify and teach the math curriculum. I am learning right along with the students. After spending the past 5 years focused on reading, this really is working my brain!

I have been teaching writing and reading to the students and when several students leave for AIS and Enrichment I have an hour 3 days a week where I plan lessons.

Here are a few random pictures. I have been so busy learning the new ways of a new school district, I have not had a lot of time to take photos. Plus I am working with another teacher in a classroom that isn't really mine.

I know from last year that the students learn figurative language in grade 5 ELA. I always start with alliteration. The kids love it and it's a great way to hook the kids into reading and writing poetry.


I have a small space in front of my desk where I display things. 
The theme mini-sign is from a lesson I taught weeks ago. 


I am so happy when it's writing because I get to teach the class these lessons. he classroom teacher prefers teaching the math and science. Perk for me.  We started a new writing unit. The students are researching a state and then going to write about it. I combined informational and persuasive. The kids have to entice me to want to visit their state.  I am using New York as a model because they studied it last year. They have 4 key categories they have to write about in their essays. These charts were from the Day one lesson. The kiddos were most confused about economy and culture. 



 Geography and History were no brainers for the class.  

The kiddos had bags of NY books and were finding places and things to do in NY.Then we divided them up into the categories. Below shows how the kiddos has trouble with culture. 

Here's a poster of the lesson on teaching kiddos how to "hook" a reader into reading their essay:

Nothing fancy but it works. 

 
This kiddo is a sweetheart and I enjoy working with her! 

I am REALLY trying to remember to take photos of the new things I teach! Hopefully I will get back onto a blogging schedule!

Happy Reading!
Happy PUMPKIN everything!

September 24, 2017

Show and Tell - Is it Fall?

I discovered a new blog while surfing my bloglovin feed. I saw a fun linky party that involves photos. Even though I am later to the party, it looked fun so here it goes!

 
Here's the blog link: 


I started a new job this week! WOO HOO! 
Prior to this year I was a reading teacher in for a maternity leave. 
I did not start the school year and I was feeling pretty low.
The good news is that I had some interviews and YAY..I was hired! 
I am working in a fifth grade classroom as the co-teacher. 


I am a klutz and I slipped on my wooden steps wearing flip flops.
Yep.... In a walking boot! 
That was fun explaining while I was going on interviews! 


When it is 80 in Buffalo, New York on September 23, 
there is ONLY one thing to do:
GO get sponge candy ice cream!!

It's been an exciting week. It will be fun to do this again next month! Hopefully I will have some more pictures.

Happy Reading everyone!

September 13, 2017

Fall is Around the Corner

I did not start the school year. I have been busy, but not teaching.

I have been dealing with a severe foot sprain. I have always been a bit of a klutz and I slid on my wooden steps almost falling. I have been in a walking boot and it has not been fun. My DH made me throw out my flip flops. Oh how I love my flip flops, but I has slide on them twice prior, so I had to say good-bye.

I have an appointment tomorrow and I am hoping I can say good bye to the walking boot!

I have had a few interviews for positions that popped up after school started. It's been a stressful few weeks with everything, but I keep telling myself... things could be worse. I have cousins in Houston and Florida!!! We all have our hill to climb!

Here's hoping for an upturn!

Happy reading!

August 4, 2017

Happy August!

Wait... What happened to July? The summer school program was great and the kids seemed to enjoy the 4 week program.

Here are a some photos from the class:


The student researched marine life animals. We read a literature story to close the daily lessons. One of the books we read was Big Al.

 Below are the books the students used to research a marine animal. 
The kids went to the computer lab choose a picture for their book covers. 



 The students took notes on a variety of topics. 
We typed up their facts. 



Another class came and we had a book sharing. 


The students made an author page in the back of the book.



Last day reflections from the kiddos


I have one month left of summer. I plan to swim, read, nap, and relax. Oh.. yeah... I am also still looking for a position for the fall. Please send me positive vibes. 

Happy Reading! 

July 17, 2017

Loving the summer

Summer is one of my favorite things. I can enjoy my patio, sit outside, swim, and follow any schedule I want! I have been enjoying a variety of books. I switch between a young adult novel to one of my favorite summer beach read authors. Lately, I have been on a Sarah Dessen kick. I then pass the book onto my Mom for her opinion,

 

I also started teaching summer school last week. I have kiddos going into grade 3 and we are following a unit by the program the district uses. Here are a few pics of some charts I made:

 Day One Letter

Day Two Letter

 
 Reminders for the classroom norms of reading independently 

Getting ready for marine life research 

Hoping to take a few pictures next week of the projects the ids will be beginning! I know my posters aren't fancy - but I am OK with that! : ) 

Happy Summer Reading!