Sunday, April 29, 2012


I got this fantastic idea from Mrs. Williamson at Welcome to Room 36.  She had the children read the poem Green Giant by Jack Prelutsky.  While reading they created a mental image of the giant.

I thought this was great because we have worked on poetry all month and this allowed the children to see how schema helps mold your mental images while reading poetry.  I wanted them to understand that since every person's schema is different, every giant may look different. 

Here is how some turned out.

The kids loved this activity and truly appreciated all of the different giants.
Thank you Mrs. Williamson for the great idea!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cheep Cheep

Our chick eggs arrived about two weeks ago.  We were able to candle the eggs on Thursday.  I personally was excited to see we had at least 8 good eggs, considering our incubator didn't work last year and we didn't have any chicks hatch. 

Here is a picture of one of the eggs being candled.  Look for a dark spot on the lower left of egg.

Our hatch day is May 1, so stay tuned for pictures of those cute, fluffy babies!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spine Poetry

We have been exploring many forms of poetry this month.  Yesterday, we tried our hand at something new called Spine Poetry.

I broke the children into small groups and we headed to our school library.  Once there, the children were asked to find 5 or 6 book titles that they could use to create a spine poem.  I showed them an example so they understood what we were doing and off they went. 

I loved seeing the children work together, collaborate, and compromise without any disagreements. (OK, we did have 1 disagreement, but I difused it quickly.)   Before long, all the children were finished and I took a picture of each group's poem. 

Here they are:

I loved how some groups had themes while others liked the silliness of what they chose randomly.
Thank you to my cousin, Karen, for giving me the idea! 

Now that they have tried this once and understand what to do, I may have them do this individually and see what they can up with.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Space Shuttle

The space shuttle Discovery flew over our school this morning on it's way to it's final resting place at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum nearby. 
We watched the live feed all morning.  When it was time, we went out on the lawn and waited for it to pass over.  It made 3 laps around D.C. but it was that final lap where we got a great glimpse of it.

The kids(and adults) were cheering and shouting.  It was pretty cool.

After heading in, we watched the final descent and landing.  The children had so many great questions and discussions while watching this.  You can't ask for better teachable moments than these!

Monday, April 9, 2012

"What Went Right Today?" Linky Party

There is something to say about the power of positivity and how it affects your day.  Not that I am a "Debbie Downer," but it is sometimes easier to focus on the negatives rather than the positives.  I can definitely use some work in this department, so to start myself off, I am joining Teresa from Confessions of a Teaching Junky for a great linky called "What Went Right Today?" 

What a great exercise to remember the positives things in your life, no matter how small! 
Here are mine for today:

I am definitely going to start to have my students do this as an end of the day activity.  It may help some of those children who had a tough day leave the classroom on a more positive note.

Be sure to head on over to Confessions of a Teaching Junky and see what went right in other's lives today.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes

My family and I have signed up for our 6th annual Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes in May.  It is a very important cause in our family because my husband, Jeff, has suffered from Type 1(Juvenile) Diabetes for over 17 years now.

Since knowing him, I have had a crash course on how to help him stay on top of it, but every day can be a struggle. I really can't explain the difficulties in words. You truly have to be in it's presence to realize the devastation it causes.
My daughter already knows that my husband has this disease, needs medicine and uses a pump. We DO NOT keep any sort of needles or medicine around but the fact that we have to worry about that is an added stresser. We are slowly explaining to her why he does this, but she won't truly understand it until she is much older. Someday we will have to do the same with my son.

I had a 2nd grade student a few years ago whose mom has Type 1 as well. It was interesting to see diabetes through his eyes because it is where my children will be one day. He knows she needs sugar and knows when mom is "acting funny." The mom says he is constantly asking her if she has her glucometer with her or if she brought her Starburst in case her blood sugar gets low. I am sad to know that he along with so many other children have this burden on their shoulders because their parents suffer from JD. I know Jeff and my worry will always be that one of our children may be diagnosed with it.

What's even worse is there are children out there going through the experience first hand, including a student I had 8 years ago. I had to give him insulin shots numerous times that year because he just wasn't brave enough to do it just yet. In the school system you needed two people to verify the dosage before you could even give it. You had to get permission over the phone from the parent and then sign off on it. He would be "high" or "low" and I had to learn the signs he displayed so I knew what to do for him or when to buzz down for help. He was an active child, so he often didn't exercise caution when he should have. Children are so young to be forced into understanding this complex disease, but it's a fact of life for more children than you know.
That's why this cause is so near and dear to our hearts. I wanted to share our story to spread awareness of this disease and let you know of great opportunities in your area to help, volunteer, walk or even donate to the cause.
You can visit JDRF to find out more.

Also, feel free to visit our team's homepage HERE

Let's all hope that someday we can find a cure.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Happy Birthday and Currently

I just wanted to take a second to wish a Happy Birthday to my son who just turned 2!

Also, I want to wish a Happy Birthday to my daughter who turns 5 on Friday!
We just did a joint party at Chuck E Cheeses this past weekend.  Since they are still little, I can get away with that. :)

It is also nice having them 3 years apart with both birthdays falling right around Spring Break.  I see "birthday vacations" in their future. :)

And now time for my monthly Currently.

Be sure to link up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade or just check out other currentlys.