Monday, May 28, 2012

Proud to be an American!

     Today on this Memorial Day I would like to state that like that well known Lee Greenwood song I am proud to be an American!  I am extremely thankful for all of the men and women who were willing to give up their lives so that I could live in a free country.  Thank you!  I think that it is vitally important that our students know why we had today off from school and that's not just for a BBQ.  This is why I plan to talk with my students about Memorial Day tomorrow and I would also like to share some free printable resources that I plan on using with my students. 

       Of course there are many, many more resources out there!  If you find or know of something that you really enjoy doing with your students please let me know.  Thanks so much and hoppy Memorial Day <3

Saturday, May 26, 2012

FCAT Scores are Here!

        I can't believe how long it has taken me to post this but our FCAT scores came in on Thursday.  I am so proud and impressed with how well my students did!!!  For those of you not living in Florida "they" increased the difficulty of the test last year and then increased the cut scores (half way through the year) this year.  I could go on and on about that but that will dampen my mood so anyway . . . we were all a little anxious (to say the least) to get the scores back.  When I saw the list I was happy delighted overjoyed elated or maybe all four!  Eighty percent of my students scored at a level 3, which is proficient, or above in both reading and in math!!!  Remember this is a relatively new test, new expectations, my second year teaching 3rd grade reading and my first year teaching 3rd grade math and I am an inclusion teacher this year.  I have to give credit where credit is due my students are very hard workers, actually that doesn't even begin to describe them and I am extremely blessed to have been able to be the person that guided them through their learning this year.  For those of you still awaiting the results of your students' test scores I hope that the results reflect both you and your students hard work this year!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Double Digit Multiplication

        Today we tackled double digit multiplication in math.  Can I tell you something funny?  My kids did really well and said that it was easier then "regular" multiplication.  Not sure that I agree with that one but I am glad that they could see that just because the problems got bigger that didn't really make them harder (as long as they had the foundation).  This is the one thing that I want to make sure that I impress upon my students.  If you are ALWAYS listening, watching, and trying you can accomplish almost any task set before you. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Trouble with Chickens (SSYRA book)

        My students and I recently completed our first SSYRA book for next year and I wanted to give it a little plug in case you might be looking for a great new addition for your classroom library and/or a cute story for a read aloud.  So the author is Doreen Cronin and this chapter book is as funny and amusing as some of her other well known books like Click Clack Moo Cows that Type.  The chapters are brief and include come pictures which is great for students that are transitioning into chapter books because only some visualization is required.  There are some good vocabulary words and a lot of humor!  Without giving away too much the story is about a dog named JJ Tully who is a retired search and rescue dog and has come to live at Barb's house and finds himself getting pulled out of retirement to help his neighbors solve a mysterious disappearance.  My students and I really loved this book and I would highly recommend it!!!  Oh and I almost forgot to mention I think that there is going to be a series of the JJ Tully mystery books (because there is at least a second book), which in my opinion makes it an even better book!
The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery (J. J. Tully Mysteries)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Out of This World

        My school's theme for next year has been decided and it will be "Out of This World!"  I myself have held on to my froggy theme ever since its accidentally creation (long story) nine years ago; therefore, I will have a frog in space type motif next year.  See my friend below :)
        My question out there for you in blog-land is do you recommend any space related read alouds?  I know that I want to read as many of the S.S.Y.R.A. books to my class as possible but I would also like to embrace the school's theme.  I have a short biography on Mae Jemison and a couple of nonfiction space books but I'm looking for a "Hey, you really gotta read this to your class!" kind of book so if you know of one please do share the title (and author if you know it) and I will be so thankful!!!  Thanks so much in advance for your suggestions and Happy Saturday!!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Read for the World Record

        As summer quickly approaches I wanted to let everyone out there know about a way to encourage your students to read over the summer.  That's right, read while not at school!  It is through our great friends at scholastic and it is none other than:
All you have to do is go to register your class and then your students can log their summer reading and have an opportunity to earn prizes.  While we teachers know that the ultimate prize is reading and the adventure, mysteries, knowledge, etc. . . that accompanies it.  But for those kiddos that might need a little more motivation this is where the tangible prizes come into play.  According to the Scholastic website in Summer 2011, students around the world logged 64,213,141 reading minutes.  This year let's see if we can top that!!!