Sharing my LOVE of Literacy!

If you can read this, thank a teacher !!

November 22, 2017


I am a day late, but I am still joining the party!

 Here is a fun Linky party! There are a lot of fun blogs to check out! Go take a look! Here is the link: 

Show-n-Tell Tuesday November  

Mine are below. Enjoy! 


 Teaching a lesson about culture.
I had a kiddo work be my scribe. 
He had such nice writing,I should have him do it all the time.

Notebooks open for state research  
The students just finished their essays. 


It's that time of year again - coffee by a fire.
I met a friend for the buy one share one deal.
It was so funny that afternoon.
I ran into three different people - all teachers. 
 I worked with all of them one point.
Yeah - I have been in a lot of schools! 

Last week was a tough week for many reasons! 
I enjoyed a yummy blackberry bellini 
in honor of surviving my rough week. 

I hope everyone enjoys a blessed Thanksgiving! 
Happy pie eating! 

Happy Reading in between watching those Hallmark movies!  

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.


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!