Monday, April 28, 2014


I am so lucky to help out future teachers.  This semester I have a practicum student-Karen Garcia-who is doing an amazing job! She will make a great teacher.  Since I am the ESL teacher I have impressed upon her the importance of making content comprehensible and being sure to keep things as hands-on as possible.    She is working with my first graders and has chosen to do life cycles.  She has done a great job with books and activities.  
One of the activities I think is really cool is that she has found a website that supplied her with teeny tiny caterpillars.  I wish I would have thought to take a picture when they first came.  But I was to impress upon you how tiny they were just last week...smaller than a grain of rice.  Now look at how big they were.  The kids had fun today making predictions of how big they would get before they turned into a chrysalis. Here are the pictures I took this morning.  The first one has the lid with the website , hooray for them!

And of course one of my favorite butterfly books!
Here is a cute idea for a life cycle mobile that Karen did with the kiddos.
This is the rest of the kit that she brought.  I'll keep posting on the progress of th caterpillars.  This is so cool! Great job Karen!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Puppy at School

So last Friday my husband and I welcomed a new puppy into our lives.  She is a teeny tiny little miniature  dachshund. We already had one not-so-miniature named Tuff.  Sedona is a little cutie.  Today she had her vet appointment and I had a scheduling dilemma.  Soooooo she came to work with me for the afternoon. Luckily we have her very comfortable with her crate (even if it's a little big for her).  My second graders were so excited.  I told them that with her ears being big for her tiny body she was really sensitive to noise.  I have never seen them so quiet and on task.  As a reward I told them they could do their fluency practice by reading to the puppy.  It was so awesome and adorable.  
She slept through the whole thing!

Poetry...Easier Than You Think

I just recently worked through a poetry unit with my third and fourth grade English Language Learners. It was really a lot of fun.  My students really enjoyed it and didn't even realize how much they were learning about nouns, verbs and adjectives as well as poetic devices such as rhythm & rhyme and alliteration and syllables.  Believe it or not, their favorite type of poem to both read and write was the haiku.  I can remember when I was in elementary school thinking that haiku was very challenging to write.  I am so excited that they came away with positive attitudes towards poetry.  I loved it!
Here are some of the anchor charts we put together:

My students then created a poetry book that they are sooooo proud of.  Right now it's traveling around being shade with their families! Way to go my young friends!