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Welcome! I hope to use this blog to share some of the amazing things my class and school does to make learning fun! I have been teaching for 15 years already! I started teaching 3rd grade in a Parochial School, then I was hired to teach 1st grade for three years, was moved to 5th grade for 2 years, and then came back to 1st grade in the district where I attended school. I love that I'm able to give back the the school district that guided me to become the teacher I am today! I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, certified 1-8; a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction; and my Administrator License Pre-K-12.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Read Across America

Happy Saturday!
I should already be working in my classroom, but I've had this idea in the back of my head all week and woke up this morning inspired to make it happen! So we're all aware that NEA's Read Across America Day is Friday, March 2nd and many of us are also busy turning this coming Friday into a Seusstastic Day for our kiddos! Well...I wanted to create something that I could use as we complete our America unit but also work in Read Across America. While we continue learning about America's symbols we're going to literally read our way across America! (A little voice in my head is screaming..."CRAZY!!!!" right now! Ha! Ha!)

If you click on the link below you should be directed to a google doc with my pages. Each page has 4 states represented with a vintage postcard picture of the state and a place to write or glue in a picture of the book read. As we read across America the kiddos will add a card to their ring so that when we're finished they'll have a ring with each of our 50 states that they can take home.

For example...On Monday we're going to read a non-fiction piece about Texas. (There are tons of non-fiction books about each of the states. My library has a series of books on each state but I can't remember the name of it right now.) We'll then read a fiction piece of literature (there are literally zillions out there) about Texas. This is one of my absolute favorites to read aloud!
We'll then glue an image of the book cover on the Texas page and add it to our ring! Hoping this makes some sense...I'll post pictures on Monday!

If you have any ideas for fictional stories that represent each state please share them! I'm always on the hunt for new books!

Now I MUST get to my classroom! So much to do! :)
Have a great day!


  1. LOVE Bubba the Cowboy! I read that one during my Cinderella week :)

    ♥ Jen
    The Teachers' Cauldron

    1. oh - and it the link to your google docs didn't work - nothing happend :(

    2. Thanks Jen! I'm trying to fix it now! It was blurry at first so I uploaded a PDF instead and I'm still not having any luck. This happened another time too...not sure what I'm not doing. I'll keep trying!

    3. Okay...I think it's fixed! It wasn't letting me link my PDF to an image...wish I understood! Anyway..I've clicked on my "word" link several times and it's opened so I'm hoping that all is well! Thanks again Jen for giving me a heads-up! :)

  2. The link worked for me! What book are you going to read for Alaska? I have some great books about the Iditarod (which is going on right now)

    ✪ Miss W

    Miss W Teaches

    1. I would love to hear about some authentic Alaskan literature! :) Please share! Loved your picture of the moose on your blog too!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer!
      Wishing I lived in Alabama today! Looks like you girls had a blast!

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    Miss S
    Just Teaching...Kindergarten