Sharing my love of literacy

December 28, 2016

Weekly Photos

I had a busy week at school. We had a spirit week. We ended the week with "minute to win it" games which a lot of fun. I did a lot of readings about different holidays in countries around the world. I found some great no prep packets on TPT. 

I had the students highlight each side to compare/contrast. 


One day was "Kindness on a Post-it Note Day. I was sneaky and wrote notes on various lockers. Later in the day I found this stuffed in my teacher bin that I carry from class to class.

Here is another product I found on one of the teacher newsletters I get weekly. I had the students take turns writing the words on the white board during my small group class.

 I took my Mom to tea over break: 

 Seriously, I saw this in Target the DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS! WHY? 

I have not thought about work while on break. The week goes so fast, that I am trying to read some holiday books and just relax. It has been a nice break! I wish it was longer!

Happy Reading!

December 3, 2016

Weekly Photos

Here are some photos from the week:

 The reading book has a disaster unit.  This is the finished web by a student. 

I bought a few items from TPT on Cyber Monday. 
I found a great unit and this mini-poster on TPT. 

I modeled an example.
Then the kiddos highlight 
each part of RACE. 

Grade 7: 
We are reading Edgar Allen Poe
Here are the I can statements from the last Monday:  
Here is an example of an exit ticket I made from my observation: 

I decided to treat myself to my first gingerbread latte this week and I love all the designs I have seen all over the internet. Here was the cup I was given: 

I hope everyone is enjoying teaching during December. It is always a crazy and exciting time! 

Happy Reading ! 

November 3, 2016

Hello November!

I have my formal observation this week, so I have been busy with planning for that lesson.
I only have this pictures to share from last week:


I wish it was a more fancy with this chart, but it works. We have to have learning targets on our walls, so I put these up because they works with all reading lessons. 

Here's hoping my observation goes well. 

Happy Reading! 

March 21, 2016

Busy Month!

I have been SO busy with grad school and my job. I had my second formal observation, an exam, a quiz, and a huge paper due all in the same week. I will be glad when May comes and school is done.

Hard at work last week!

Word Families 

 I bought a packet off of TPT by Karen Jones. 
Her stuff is great!
I use it for a variety of things!
 Getting ready to make word families.
 Another great website I use for word family lessons.
 When I teach - I color code all the time! 

 More lessons from the LLI Kit I use. 

 For my observation, I had the students do poetry stations.

 Station #2  

I am now enjoying my spring break. I am watching random movies and just relaxing! It's been nice!

Happy Reading!

February 17, 2016

Photos from the Week

I am enjoying my week off! I have already stayed up late and screwed up my sleep schedule. I wonder if other teachers do the same thing when they have a week off from school.

Here are some photos from last week:

After reading, students made Venn Diagrams:
 I had a sort activity for the kidos.
Some added an interesting fact.
 We use "I Can" statements.
This time the kidos wrote their own.

 I made a word sort.
I am hoping to add a page and then add it to
 I love this kid! 
She's sweet, hard worker!
This is the Valentine that cutie gave me: 
 I love how the pencil matches!! 

Another student that I love is in a 
different reading group now.
 I had to copy some pages from her writing. 
I love her printing and her pictures!

It was a nice week with my students! They are coming along in reading. A few kids were able to "graduate" from me! Good for them! 

Happy Reading!

January 28, 2016

Observation Photos

Now here are some pictures from my room. These are a week old because last week I had meetings. 
Here are some pictures from my observation lesson. I teach the LLI Program and I added some additional parts to the lesson: 

Writing Model 
I gave the kids a vocabulary sheet and had them circle the words they used in their writing. The kids choose a photo from a bunch I had copied to write about in their journals. 

Exit Ticket
I used this to assess my students. 

In grade three the kidos read a book with the substitute. I loved all the notes she took from the student responses. My next step is to get them to take good notes using text evidence in a graphic organizer.

One more writing sample from a kiddo: 
I guess there is research on having students write without lines, but the perfectionist in me always puts lines in the kidos papers. Plus they love choosing a color from my smelly markers. I think it motivates them to write. Any thoughts?

January 26, 2016

Lots of Photos

I am in deep this week - Reading reports, my formal observation, and two grad classes begin this week. I am sure it will be crazy for awhile. Here are a few random pictures from last week.

Working on beginning blends: 

Making Sentences: 
 Making Sentences with the Long /y/ ending words

Journal Response after reading Goldilocks

Grade One Vowel Patterns 


The students also did a word sort during the week. 

One of my kidos hard at work.

My first graders are moving along to E books.

Below is a previous writing from one of my students in October. 
Here is the kido's writing now. 
I love the growth! 
 I need to work on remembering capitals and end marks. 

 We use "I can" statements in my district.
Do you ?  
 I always tell the students they can be the teacher.
They take turns writing on the board.
Here is the themes they came up with this week.
 The large word at the end cracks me up. 

The snow is finally on it's way. I hope I remember my winter driving skills tomorrow morning! 

Happy Reading!