Thursday, December 22, 2016

December Activities

 We were feeling festive as we made some holiday twinkle lights.

 When we finished reading Fig Pudding we tried stolen. Some of the kids liked it and some tried it, but didn't care for it. I love being able to give them these experiences.

 Ugly Sweater Day was a success this week.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Halloween Activities

 During Halloween week we played candy corn BINGO in class and learned all about Homonyms.
 We also engaged in a scavenger hunt and learned many facts about fall and Halloween.

Of course we also dressed up and paraded around school. What fun.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Our Study of Mexico

 We are approaching the start of one of my favorite books, Esperanza Rising. As a prelude to the book we have been learning all about Mexico. This year I actually have a student who just moved here from Mexico this summer. Ximena made a poster and printed some amazing pictures of foods and traditions of Mexico. The other students love to listen to her stories and so do I.

 Three times a week during our 45 minute fifth grade block we take a "brain break" and bust out our dance moves. I feel it really helps keep them motivated and on task, PLUS they love it.
 Today we had a Mexican themed party and introduced the students to various Mexican foods and drink. The kids thought they were taking a test so when they came in and the room was all decorated they were so incredibly excited.
 We served quesadillas, kid friendly sangria, tortilla chips with cheese and churros.
Now the students are REALLY excited to start reading tomorrow.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Year 16 Complete

That's a wrap for my 16th year of teaching. It was a wonderful year and I'll cherish the memories of my students. Onward to the summer and the start of year 10 weeks.

Monday, June 20, 2016

5th Grade Graduation

I had to say farewell to one of my all time favorite students. I've worked with Jared Roggow for three years and what a wonderful boy his is. He has grown and improved leaps and bounds and I will miss him tons next year.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Clayton Island Tours

On Friday I had the pleasure of attending the 4th grade field trip on the Clayton Island Tours. We all had a wonderful afternoon on the St. Lawrence River. It  means so much to be able to show students this beauty that is right in our backyards.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Because of Winn Dixie Party

We finished our book Because of Winn Dixie and had our annual Winn Dixie party. We mirrored our party after the party the characters had in the book. We had Dump Punch, egg salad sandwiches, peanut butter sandwiches, pickles and Littmus Lozenges. The kids had a blast and so did I.

 I am going to miss this group tremendously.

We are also watching the movie and comparing it to the book. Stayed tuned for our end of the year writing pieces.