Friday, October 26, 2012

Special Memories

I found a fantastic idea for The Keeping Quilt, that tied perfectly into our memoir writing unit. 
After reading this touching story, we took 6 multi-colored 
post-its and stuck them on a piece of colored construction paper.
The students drew pictures on top of each square and underneath they wrote a little bit about the special memory!
It will totally help them generate ideas during writing workshop.  

this fantastic idea {inspired by} teaching maddeness blog
a fantastic blog..with unbelievable ideas for reading & writing!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The week before Halloween...

           This week in class we have been reading
TheWitches, and sharing our Pumpkin Character projects.
                            {inspired by pinterest}
     The students have really enjoying turning their pumpkins
 into their favorite storybook characters.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

NY Games, Videos, and Printables

                           SpellingCity Banner
        As a parent & teacher I can't begin to tell you how helpful Spelling City is! 
I bought a premium membership last year and I am just beginning to use all of the links and features they offer { grade book} ...It seems like each week the site adds new features and games that are fitting perfectly into my classroom. Today I actually found a link for Science & Social Studies...{I felt like I hit the jack-pot}
           A whole slew of NY games, videos, & printables...My class went crazy!!
                                       link to vocabularyandspellingcity
New York StateNew York is home to so much natural beauty. It is also rich in history and culture. The state symbols of New York are an important part of both. To make it fun to learn, kids can play games to learn that the Rose is the state flower and the Sugar Maple is the state tree. The Empire State has never been more interesting! Have fun learning about the state of New York!!

New York Games, Videos & Printables

New York State Symbols
New York State Memory Match
Unscramble the Symbols
Fun with New York Vocabulary
Spell New York Vocab Words
Hangmouse In New York
New York Word Search
New York
New York Video
Empire State Building
Printable NY Unscramble
New York State Flag Puzzle
New York Stories By You
New York Word-O-Rama

If you haven't checked out spelling city, here are just a few of its features:

SpellingCity bannerSpelling city is a free online site where students can practice and study spelling & vocabulary words.  At the beginning of each week, give your students a link to Spelling City where they can find YOUR weeks spelling/vocabulary words.  Sign up as a Spelling City teacher (free) and enter your word lists.  Students can get onto Spelling City and it will teach your students the spelling words by saying the word and then using it in a sentence.  Students can practice their spelling words by playing games with the words, there are several games to choose from.  Spelling city will even give practice spelling tests to students.

The best part is  that everything is printable ..You can make flash cards, puzzles, even print the words in cursive to practice handwriting... and..the new writing component lets students write sentences or paragraphs using their words. Sounds too good to be true right!! LOL well it is!!
For a small fee, teachers can set up record books and give the final spelling test online. Your students also have their own user name and password, you can log on as teacher and check out what they have been doing.. It is so amazing...Please check it out!

I thought This was great, get the program funded for your classroom. is a national, award-winning nonprofit organization supporting classroom teachers by helping them find funds for approved classroom projects. Teachers who need help covering out-of-pocket classroom expenses (like VocabularySpellingCity Premium Membership) can register to have their classrooms listed on the Adopt-A-Classroom website and made available for donors to fund.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

What's New Stella & Dot ?

Love-Love-Love the new arrivals at stella & dot     I can't wait for my renegade bracelet to arrive...   
the emerson
Poppy IPhone Case

Bryant Park Scarf
Stella & Dot Fall bracelets
the toronto shopaholic & one chic mom showing off their
Stella& Dot bracelet collection! I'm totally In LOVE!
all photos from stella & dot and google