Monday, June 1, 2015


I do blog.  I promise.  This school year has been a rollcoaster of a ride since I took a new position at a new school in a new subject while being a fairly new mother.  New, new, and more new...most of it very happy but quite exhausting.

I recently blogged over at my collaborative blog about modeling being a reader for your students.  This is a subject near and dear to my heart and I urge you to check it out.  I found it hard to be a teacher who encourages students to read without being a reader myself.  How can I encourage them to read when I can't do it myself?  At Adventures in Literacy Land, I shared how a dear teacher friend of mine showcased the books she was reading, ones she wanted to read, and what she had finished reading.
Today is June 1st and that means it is time for Currently from Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade.  As part of her Currently she is asking for donations toward helping the animal flooding victims from Wimberly, TX.  I am a definite animal lover and couldn't resist.  Please consider helping the poor animals who have no where to go and who are missing their families.

I love the Fast and the Furious series of movies with Furious 7 being my favorite, but since it isn't available yet, I am settling for Furious 6.  SCHOOL is OUT!  This year has been fantastic and exhausting at the same time.  While students are no longer at school, I still have some days I am working this week (since I am an instructional coach) to wrap it up and get ready for next year.  So almost to the finish line :)

I am super excited about my school's theme for next year - Superheroes in Training.  I am going to decorate my office with a Batman theme.  I am also in charge of decorating the science lab but I am not sure what I want to do there.  I am thinking maybe an Iron Man theme since he was an inventor.  I would love for you to share any links/ideas in the comments to things that would help with our theme next year.

My summer lovin' has a theme of time.  Time is precious and in short supply during the school year when I am trying to balance school and family.  This summer I am going to take some time to spend with my ever-growing toddler.  She learns so much so fast and I don't want to miss out.

Your turn to check out Farley's Currently party and join in the fun.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Teacher Appreciation

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  I am so glad that you dropped by today.  In honor of fantastic teachers every where, I am giving a few of my favorite teacher must-haves.  If you haven't yet, hop on over to the blog I collaborate on with a few of my reading bloggy friends to see some teacher must-haves and then hop back here to participate in the giveaway.

Adventures in Literacy Land

Favorite Teacher Things Giveaway

Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring into a Good Poem

Welcome to our Spring is Here Blog Hop!  My bloggy friends and I are sharing poetry resources in celebration of the arrival of Spring and because April is National Poetry Month.   National Poetry Month was established to "highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets" and "encourage the reading of poems."

I am so glad that Spring is finally arriving in my part of the world.  Winter is not my favorite season.  I love to see new life beginning to bloom and the feeling of hope for a better time after a bleak winter season.  Thinking about "a feeling of hope"  and welcoming spring made me think of the poem "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus because she writes about the Statue of Liberty and welcoming immigrants to the United States to begin a better life.

This poem is one of the 4-5 text exemplars provided in Appendix B of the Common Core State Standards.  "The New Colossus" can be a challenging text for students to read; however, I believe it is important to challenge students in safe, structured environment with support.  Students must learn to persevere in order to lead productive lives and my goal is to teach them how through different experiences - one of them being reading.

 In honor of that poem, I created a small close reading resource that includes a writing piece as a culminating activity.  I aligned the resource to the fourth grade standards but it could also be used in fifth grade.  This is not a one and done activity.  It could take several days to complete.  I would complete one or two steps each day.  Click on the image below to be taken to the file.

Thank you for visiting.  The next stop is The W.I.S.E. Owl who will share a shared reading poetry freebie.  Make sure to check it out!

If you missed any stops on the way, you can start back at the beginning with The Comprehension Connection.


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