Sunday, February 24, 2013

Teacher in need... burned classroom.

As you all may have noticed that I have been absent. I am very sorry. It's been super busy AND I have to confess I have had a bit of writers block. Though I hope to remedy this soon. 

However, when a colleague contacted me the other day about a teacher in need I thought the LEAST I could do was to share with you. So without further ado please meet...

Meet Kayla, aka The High-Tech Teacher from Slick Tricks for Grade Six. Kayla taught her 6th graders in a portable that not only burned but had extensive smoke and water damaged. 
 Take a peek.
Needless to say she lost everything and to make matters worse her school was only able to give her $250.00 to replace everything she lost. :(

The good news is that her school (students as well as fellow teachers) & PTA  rallied around her and were able to help her out some. 
The bad news is that she still needs help rebuilding her classroom library. However, Kayla has not lost hope. She has written a Donors Choose project to help her buy new classroom books for her students. Click on the image below to go to her projects page.
Remember that with Donor's Choose no amount is too small. PLUS if you donate before Monday and use the code INSPIRE, Donors Choose will double your dollars. So let make this count. I am off to go donate myself.

Have a great day and week to come!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Map it Out Monday: February 04, 2013

Hi everyone. Today is a quick one.

Theme: Transportation
Phonemic Awareness skill: Onset and rime, syllables and blending phonemes
Phonics: Letter of the week: Dd (Alphafriend Dudley Duck)
Sight/ HFW word: have, am
Vocab: transportation, vehicle
 Comprehension skill: Main Idea/ Detail
BTW, I just love all the books I am reading for my transportation theme. I take 2 to 3 weeks to get them all read. If you have time check out the ones for this week they are fab.
Theme: Groundhogs Day; Chinese New Year
Phonemic Awareness skill: Segment Phonemes
Phonics: Long o; Vowel patterns: oo (as in book) and compound words
Sight/ HFW word: afraid, any, follow, most, water
Word families: -ook, ood (just noticed a mistake in my plans.) :(
 Comprehension skill: Main Idea/ Details
No 2nd/ 3rd grade plans this week because most of them are off for somt practice state testing. So we are pretty much free writing with the few kids I do have in my group. Time to go teach the rest of the day.