Teaching

Under the Sea Classroom Reveal

You guys! My classroom is finished and ready for the first day next week. I am so excited with how it turned out. My aunt was dying to decorate it and we chose an “under the sea” theme. She had been gathering ideas on Pinterest, and we replicated our favorites. The theme went perfectly with…… Continue reading Under the Sea Classroom Reveal

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Leprechaun Traps

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope all of you are going to celebrate tonight, whether that be eating corned beef and cabbage, listening to Flogging Molly, or going out to an Irish pub and really living it up! We’re headed to an Irish pub nearby, The Celt. I’ve never been to an Irish pub – let…… Continue reading Leprechaun Traps

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Spelling Battleship

I’ve been so slow at posting lately, and I’m so sorry! I’ve been crazy busy with school starting back up and new programs being implemented at our elementary school, along with working on my thesis and wrapping up my masters program. More on my thesis and capstone project, an action research project taking place in…… Continue reading Spelling Battleship

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Wax Museum

For our last writing project, I decided to get a little bit more creative. While I was at Edith Bowen Laboratory School, the fifth grade teachers, Joan Kyriopoulos and Jan Farmer, had their students participate in a project termed the Wax Museum. I loved the idea and decided to incorporate it into my own classroom.…… Continue reading Wax Museum

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Kandinsky Murals

For art, we channeled Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky’s abstract, color-rich murals. His works were greatly influenced by Picasso, Van Gogh, and Matisse. Here was our inspiration: For this project, I gave each of my students a white piece of card stock. With the paper vertically on their desks, they measured 2 3/4 inches across and…… Continue reading Kandinsky Murals

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“I Wish” Poems

In my classroom, we had been reading and discussing poetry for a couple of days. I wanted my students to write their own poems, but wasn’t sure where to start. I had remembered from the school I was previously at a poetry assignment one of the teachers had done, and I loved it! I decided…… Continue reading “I Wish” Poems

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Parts of Speech Fitness

At my school, we do something called “Walk to Read.” This consists of students separating into groups for intensive reading instruction based on their own level. This system has proved to be extremely beneficial in reaching target struggle areas for students, and has helped every student gain reading progress. Within my classroom, I have a…… Continue reading Parts of Speech Fitness

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Here’s the SCOOP on our multiplication!

  My students really needed to kick it into gear on memorizing their multiplication facts. I came up with an incentive that helped them gain the motivation needed to start working on them. I made a deal with my students. Depending on how many facts they completed, that would be the determining factor of what…… Continue reading Here’s the SCOOP on our multiplication!