Saturday, January 24, 2015

this week in 4th...

YEA!! Writing test is completed except for one student who was gone...
This is the week for our biography projects...LOVE, LOVE this week.  Students present as the person in their biography.

Week of building background information...We're reading Seeker of Knowledge next week, so this week we're learning about Egypt.  One item  on my bucket list is to visit Egypt (which will probably never happen), but  teaching about it is always fun.

Reading A-Z always has great booklets to help with background information.

Sunday, January 18, 2015


This week our reading story is Navajo Code Talkers.  This is a great way to share history and reading.  I've been using Karen at TPT to help with focusing on the selection.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Teacher Fun

The teachers wore 'ugly' sweaters to school last week.  We had a full week of class.  Glad we don't have two wasted days next week.
Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 7, 2014


My fellow upper elementary teachers will be getting coffee mugs and coffee from me this year.  I originally bought these for my two grandsons who are discipline-challenged :)   Do you exchange with fellow teachers?  Any creative ideas to share?
Merry Christmas

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


My school is not a google school.
My school does not have email addresses for the upper grades.
My classes have computer class every day (with me) and I have them create projects...and I have no way to send them to me.
My school does not let the computer lab print...anything!

With kidblog,  students can upload a project...and if they want to, share it at home.  It is also giving us a chance to practice writing comments that are constructive and written with correct grammar.  We also get a chance to practice writing 7-up sentences.  

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Character Sketch

My class is preparing to for the state writing (narrative) test in February.  After attending a workshop by Ron Coniglio we've been making our writing more descriptive by adding adjectives, appositives, better verbs, and adverbs.

This week we're describing characters...
1.  age
2.  facial features
3.  clothes
4. happy/sad

I made a powerpoint...hope this goes well.

Saturday, November 1, 2014