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I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in June 2009. I began my wonderful career teaching first grade shortly thereafter, in August 2009. In June 2016, I completed my Masters with the focus in Reading grades K-6th grade. This will be my sixth year utilizing a blog and hope that it will provide parents with another avenue to view their child's accomplishments throughout the school year.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Learning about Turtles

I hope everyone is enjoying their first day of spring break!  I would like to know what happened to the warm sunny weather???  Sure hope it returns sometime this upcoming week...

We started off our week with help from my daughter, Briana (cannot believe she was there all day and I only managed to get one photo).
She is going to be a great teacher one day! :)

We learned and played 'Ten Turns'.


We wrote numbers on a counting strip as high as we were able.



We learned about box turtles, tortoises, and water turtles.
We wrote our learning on a 'Turtle Thinking Map'.
On Friday, we wrote four facts we learned and then made a turtle craft.


We are all looking forward to the Monday when we get back from break to see the turtles my hubby and daughter will be bringing!

 Our Student of the Week shared!

Have a great week!!!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ah, Springtime!

I really hope I don't jinx us, but wow, how lucky have we been with this gorgeous spring weather?  

This past week, we put our last spot on our Countdown to Spring Ladybug and sang our Spring poem.
Look at how the girls dressed up for the first day of spring!
(oops, I kind of forgot to get a photo of just the boys...they were not too happy not to be included in this one)

We watched a Brainpop Jr. video and then discussed changes that we notice in spring.


We practiced making a pattern and showing it's unit in Math.



We listed some -ar words and made these ever-so-cute pirates*.

Our Student of the Week Shared!

What a wonderful week we had.  
I cannot believe that tomorrow will be the first day of the fourth quarter!  
Happy Spring! :)

*Pirate activity was from The Inspired Apple

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Fairy Tales, Reader's Theater, and Leprechauns, Oh My!

We had another great week in room 109!  This week, I took over 50 photos!!!  I will do my best to select a good sample that will show all of the great things we did.  The kiddos crack me up when I am taking a picture as I hear, "Oh, that will be a good one for the blog."  With that said, here are some of the good ones for the blog...


  We made Rapunzel in her castle* and finished the prompt, 'If I were stuck in a tower I would...'
One student wrote, 'order a pizza.'

We practiced and prepared for our Reader's Theater performances.




The Three Little Pigs performers




The Troll Bridge performers




The Jack's Magic performers

What a wonderful time we had performing for each other as well as Mrs. Langston's and Mr. Holden's classes (and they performed for us too).  What fluent readers we have!

We made leprechauns** and finished the prompt, 'I feel lucky when...' and had a leprechaun visit our classroom!



Last, but certainly not least, our Student of the Week shared.

Have a wonderful week ~ Happy Spring! :)

*Rapunzel activity was from Mrs. Tabb
**Leprechaun activity was from Mrs. Carroll

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Icky, Yucky Germs!

Without naming any names, I just had a parent say to me, that she was surprised with all the illnesses going around, that I was able to stay healthy.  So...guess who has been in bed since Saturday morning?  Boohoo!  Maybe I should try to venture outside in the sunshine and see if the sun can burn this virus out of here!!

Here are a few photos from our magical week:
We began our week with saying what we know about fairy tales.
We have been reading many wonderful fairy tales, noticing their elements, and completing story maps.
We are also practicing our lines to enhance our fluency in fairy tales Reader's Theater.
(photos to follow next week)

We began working on a craft/writing assignment about Rapunzel.




We published and shared our wonderful Literary Nonfiction books!

Our Student of the Week shared.

I'll leave you this week with some of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes.
Have a great week ~ spring is in the air!! :)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Dr. Seuss Week

Whew, what a week!  Dr. Seuss week is one of my favorite, yet exhausting, weeks.  Add to all of the Dr. Seuss fun, Science Night, and you will find one wiped out teacher. ;)  

I first want to share the final products from our American Symbols unit.



I received great feedback from the students who loved looking through books to find facts about these symbols themselves.

Our Student of the Week from the week prior!

Top Hat Tuesday...
...and of course our silly face photo. :)


Wacky Wednesday!


We played Five-in-a-Row.

How precious are they?





Had fun with Oobleck!!!

Our Student of the Week!

We also did a Dr. Seuss Book Study, made three Dr. Seuss related class books, and worked with Dr. Seuss themed Literacy Stations.  Not sure why I didn't take photos of those...regardless, we had a wonderful week!