Tuesday, April 8, 2014


State testing in reading is over...
What will I practice more on next year?

  • plurals
  • synonyms
  • simile
  • multiple meaning words
  • homophones
  • prefix & root word for a double suffix word
for the vocabulary part..

  • summarize every story we read
  • setting
  • sequence a story
Not one point of view question :(

continue to stress the difference between genres
read more poems and this can not be any funny poets...only serious ones!

all in all a good testing day...does that mean I'm done testing?--HA HA  I do have 38.5 sick days to use.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Two Days

Two days and it's testing day...We're ready.

I enjoy hearing all the 'comments' on tv and radio about the good and bad of common core (we have our own state assessments)...charter schools, choice...In my rural area the two choices are public school or homeschooling.

Have a good week...I'll be back to teaching on Wednesday (BIG SMILE). ( Wish I was this skinny, but glad I have a smart board and not a chalkboard!)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Two weeks and counting to TEST TIME

Wonderful set of test taking posters from one extra degree  that I turned into a ppt.  I took a screenshot of each poster and then made each a slide.  this way we can discuss and cuss each strategy.  Looking forward to April 9th :)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Thought for the Week..or each day this week

2014-2015 book nominees

2014-2015 Nominees for Nebraska's Golden Sower (intermediate) award...these are the ones I've ordered that look interesting. 
  • Malcolm at Midnight.
  • Tuesdays at the Castle
  •  Adventures of Beanboy
  • Jake and Lily

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring Break

Shouldn't spring break be at least a week long??  I guess I should't complain...Thursday, Friday, and then the weekend.

Shouldn't spring break mean traveling somewhere?

So what does my spring break look like???

  • cleaning out some 'old'  clothes, shoes, and school 'stuff'
  • organizing the toy room--mostly getting all the legos off the floor and into containers
  • working on 'I Can' objectives.  Lucky for me, there are only 12 tested standards for Nebraska 4th graders in reading.  The state test is quickly approaching!
Happy Spring Break to anyone out there enjoying this time.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

PBiS Rally

The last Friday of every month finds our school having a PBiS rally to acknowledge all the zero heroes, readers, and any other academic achievements...  This month the 3rd graders started dancing and the affect was a flash mob dancing.  Video of the fun event.