Friday, April 27, 2012

Denver, Here I Come!

This weekend I'm taking off with a couple of colleagues for a week in Denver, Colorado to attend the Spring Thinking Strategies Institute. I am beyond ecstatic at this opportunity to learn more about the thinking strategies our Literacy Team has been so focused on over the last two years. Coming from a Reading First background, this was all new to me upon my move to Florida. I must say I welcomed it with open arms! It has been an eye-opening experience to learn and understand what strong readers do, and being able to pass this information on to my kiddos is so rewarding.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


I don't know about you, but I am LOVING this long weekend. It started off kinda rocky for me--thought I had the flu on Thursday and spent the day sick on the couch. Turns out to be a bad sinus infection (yuck!) and not the flu (yay)! Now that I'm back among the living, I'm putting off chores to catch up with you all!

This is my first "currently" link up! I'm starting to feel like a "real" blogger, ha! Now if only I could be better about posting more often...

Monday, April 2, 2012

Plant Study Guide

We are in the crunch zone! Our state tests begin in 7 school days, and we're still working on completing all units of science before the big day. Luckily we have an extra week until the science tests begin!

Today we started our plant unit. In fifth grade, that means understanding what the functions are of a plant's parts and how plants reproduce. However, that's not all my kiddos will be tested on in a few weeks- our science tests are cumulative from 3rd-5th and cover a huge range of information.

This study sheet covers the main ideas my kiddos need to know about  plants from the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade test specs. Hopefully your kiddos will get some good use out of it, too!