Poinsettia Goals

I started this blog to keep track of my favorite lessons I had done at work and to share my ideas. However, recently I have been wanting to blog more about everyday things, things in my life outside the classroom. We'll see how it goes. ūüôā It is Day 5 of the New Year ... … Continue reading Poinsettia Goals


Lost on an Island, Part 2

I first tried this writing prompt with my fourth-graders (which you can read about¬†here) and I enjoyed it so much I decided to use it for my younger grades as well. For first and second graders, I kept the same ideas and instructions as the older kids, but I made it a little simpler. Like … Continue reading Lost on an Island, Part 2

Lost on an Island Writing Prompt

I was looking through some books in our classroom yesterday when I came across these¬†laminated cards that picture¬†school supplies and other objects. I'm not sure what they were used for in the past, but I thought I could turn them into a fun writing prompt for my fourth graders. ¬† ¬†¬† I first told the … Continue reading Lost on an Island Writing Prompt

100th Day!

It's the 100th Day over here at our school! My class of third-graders will arrive in about 10 minutes but I wanted to write about what I've been doing so far for this day! My co-ESL-teacher isn't here today so I have all the kids to myself! Sometimes I'm a little overwhelmed with the larger … Continue reading 100th Day!


Do you ever feel like you're really unorganized, but then¬†everything magically comes together? That was (sort of) me this morning. Even though it's only Tuesday, this week has been a little unusual already. We didn't have any of our normal classes yesterday, and won't have all of them today because of some testing the students … Continue reading Chrysanthemum

Proofreading, Part 3

For the¬†last lesson on proofreading¬†with fourth-grade, I had them each write a paragraph. I gave them a few topics they could choose from: their favorite restaurant, the best part of their day, or how they thought they could be a good friend. Once they had completed their work, they had to find two people in … Continue reading Proofreading, Part 3

My colorful sister is jogging

Or as a subtitle: Nouns, adjectives, and verbs. Throughout the year so far, my classes have done different lessons using nouns, verbs and adjectives. I'd been thinking about doing this activity for a while and thought it¬†would be a good way for my 1st - and 2nd - graders to put all these concepts together. … Continue reading My colorful sister is jogging

Proofreading, part one.

I noticed that a lot of the fourth graders in my class had trouble with spelling and grammar. I wanted to plan some lessons that would help them improve the overall quality of their writing. I decided that it was time to teach them how to proofread. In my first lesson, I turned to the … Continue reading Proofreading, part one.