Saturday, August 1, 2015

Five for Friday!

So much has changed since the last time I posted!   I started a new position as a K-3 literacy coach for schools in Georgia and am ecstatic about the opportunity! I've already done several trainings for teachers and coaches, met with the leadership of the school site I'm directly supporting, and am so grateful that I can call what I do work!   I'm really going to miss having a group of students (and classroom!) I can call my own.


I FINALLY cleaned out a room I somewhat made  a guest bedroom to a home office / guest bedroom.  I challenged myself with a $50 budget and used furniture and accessories from other places in the house.  Most of the money went towards spray paint (which was so much easier than actually painting... I tried both!).  I painted the desk, bookcase, and chair so they would match the color theme from the other side of the room (guest bedroom portion).  The frames were from my wedding, bins from my class (spray painted gold), and I bought the A for $10 from Ross.  

Last weekend I went to Chicago to visit my friend Gillian from college. We spent a day on a friend's boat in what they call the "Playpen,"  when to a improv comedy show, and ate some good food!!  It's always fun when we're together!                   

 If you haven't been to Cox Campus... go now!  The website is  and is FREE !!  It is all about language and literacy with an emphasis on how to increase vocabulary through meaningful and intentional conversations and interactive read alouds. Right now it has videos that supports Birth to 5 classrooms, but the strategies are also applicable to K-3.   I've already completed some of the modules and can't wait to share with the teachers/coaches I support.

These are two of my all time favorite teacher TED Talks.  They are perfect to get you motivated for the school year.  I used to watch them throughout the year, especially on my not so good days for a pick me up.

 Rita Pierson:  Every Kid Needs a Champion

Linda Cliatt-Wayman's: How do you fix broken schools?  Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard!                                  

Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Just stopping by to show some pictures of my students enjoying their Suesstastic Day!  Check out the previous post for more details and links to the resources!

The kids are busy reading Dr. Seuss books so that they have a favorite to write about!

We had a special visitor today!  He is a teacher at school and the kids loved seeing "The Cat in the Hat."

Making math fun with  Lorax Shapes!  The kids had really loved this project!  
Source:  Teach With me


 Ended the day with reading "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish."  I wanted something that could be quick so I used jello pudding packs and couldn't find blue... but Dr. Seuss is all about imagination anyways right?  Red "water" for the fishies it is!! 

What's a post celebrating Dr. Seuss without some life-changing quotes?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Read Across America (A Birthday Celebration!)

Tomorrow we will be celebrating Reading Across America week along with Dr. You Know Who's birthday!  This is a brief snapshot at what I plan to do tomorrow.  I'll update with action shots sometime this week.  I found some fun (and standard related) resources over the web and made anything else I needed!  Check below for some freebies!

We will start the day making celebratory hats that they can wear throughout the day.  I will pre-make the cut outs so it doesn't take up too much of their morning work time.


Next, we will read  "The Lorax," for our read aloud.  I bought this in iBooks to play on our Promethean Board (love technology!)   This will connect with our math activity later in the day (keep reading!).   I will also be using this book to teach our "Reading Power Skill" of the week of cause and effect.  

We will continue our normal phonics skill of the week introductory lesson and then break into small groups.

Dr. Seuss themed groups are (all other groups will be norm):  

1.  Reading Nook:  Students will choose from a bin of Dr. Seuss books.  They will then choose their favorite book to use for our opinion writing activity (during writing block). I'll have the students write down their favorite book so they are not trying to run back to find it.

2.  Rhyme Time: Students will sort words into different word families.  

I found the CUTEST Dr. Seuss shape activity.  We just started our geometry unit, so this was a perfect activity to put their math vocabulary to use.  I found this on good ol' pinterest, which led me to, if you register (free), you can get the template for the activity below.  I created the writing page and you can get that by clicking the pic below!

I will be cutting the shapes on orange construction paper and copying the mustaches on yellow paper (again, for times sake!).  We will also be adding arms and legs!  Students will then write 3-5 sentences describing their shape (using defining attributes) and comparing them to other shapes.    Ex:  This is a triangle.  It has 3 sides and 3 vertices.  It has fewer sides than a square, but more sides than a circle.  I can't wait to see how these turn out!


We are currently working on writing opinion pieces. They will reflect on which book they liked the best from their time in their reading nook center. I will also have them illustrate a picture from their favorite part. Click below for the freebie! 

Clipart:  Krista Wallden

We will end our day reading "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" and  eating some jello w/ fishies!  Last year, we did green eggs and ham, but I wanted to change it up!  If you want to do a graphing activity with green eggs and ham.

Source:  Cupcake Diaries 

 Well, that's the plan for tomorrow, check back soon for in action pictures!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Who doesn't love a sale?!  I know I do and I'm ready to SHOP!   Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) is throwing a site-wide sale offering up to 28%!  

 If you are caught in that winter (rain) storm like I am... you have the whole day off to shop!  I've already started adding products to my cart.   My whole store is on SALE, but I highlighted some products you might want to grab while prices are slashed!

Source:  Karen Jones (Thanks for the graphic!)

 Just because February is almost over doesn't mean your students can't learn about historical African Americans that have impacted history!  These are great for small group passages.  It includes single page bios, fill in notes, and an activity!

My Water Cycle Resource Pack is full of activities to keep your kids engaged of all things Water Cycle!  This includes an original reader, vocabulary cards, activity sheets, experiments, and more!

 Spring is in less than 25 days, but it sure doesn't feel like it!  Your kids will be sure to still enjoy some Winter Fun resources!  Check out my math and literacy bundles!  

Testing season is coming up and nobody like to test prep, but it's important we are reviewing with our students what is going to be expected!  This CGI Word problem packets will allow you expose your students to a variety of problems where they will be required to add, subtract, and most importantly SHOW and EXPLAIN their work!  Check out the freebie here!

 Literacy and Math Centers with some Basketball Fun!  
Great way to review math and literacy standards.

Let those Ninja Es help your students learn how to read CVCe word patterns!

Need some new activities for your students to engage in during word work / sight word centers? Check out my mega sight word bundle! I use the single word activity pages for homework and the sticker book and word work task cards are perfect for centers.

Wooh!  There's so much more!  Head over to Teachers Pay Teachers and check out all the other goods that are on sale!  EXTRA Discount Code:  HEROES

Happy Shopping!! 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Five for Friday .. and a Math Freebie!

It's Friday, it's Friday, it's the end of the week it's the last day..!  Whew this has been a WEEK!  I was exhausted... until I took that marvelous nap!  Thank. God. for. naps.   I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for 5 for Friday!  Here's what's been going on in and outside of the classroom this week:

I busted out my Winter Literacy and Math Center pack this week for some math fun.  It's filled with some REALLY great math activities for those difficult Operations & Algebraic Thinking standards (students have THE toughest time with them).  I put a true and false sort and fact family center in their math bins this week for some review.  Check below for a  freebie!

Check out the COMPLETE bundled pack with math and literacy sources!  

 I have quick 2-3 minutes individual conferences with my kids to discuss glows and grows  before they fill out their data chart.  They feel more ownership with their learning and it's great to here them communicate their own strengths and areas to improve.  This is a picture of a student who scored a 20% on his pretest and just saw that he scored a 85% on the post!! Woohoo for growth!!! 

My Thursday night line up is back!!  I haven't watched Grey's yet this season, but so glad Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder are BACK!  Get the wine ready!

 I needed a new heart rate monitor and something to get me motivated decided to invest in a Fitbit.  It was double the price of my old monitor, but so worth it!  Initially, I thought I didn't care about steps or sleep patterns, I just wanted to know how many of those tiny creatures called calories I burned during my workout.  After having it for a week, I realized that knowing all that information was motivating.  You can set up goals for everything that is tracked and it syncs with MyFitnessPal, which I use to track food.  The best part is that you can challenge other Fitbit friends.  I'm competitive, so it motivates me to get up and moving.  Add me if you own one (Chankyna Aribo)!  I'm also looking for more people to challenge.

 Are you ready for some football?!  I grew up in CT so when I'm not rooting for my beloved Redskins, I root for my Michigan man Tom Brady and the rest of the Pats, BUT I really like Wilson and want him to win back to back Superbowls.  So basically, I'm just hoping for a great game, good commercials, an entertaining Katy Perry performance and fun times with my friends (that's not too much to ask is it?)!