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Hi everyone! My name is Noelle and I am a Special Education teacher (self-contained, grades 3, 4, and 5!) After graduating, I started teaching Kindergarten!!! I had only applied to sub when I was called in for an interview! The following school year I moved schools and changed grade levels. I absolutely love where I am now and what I am doing!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Five for Friday!

Time for Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching!  What a busy week it's been!  I'm excited for the weekend, even though report cards and IEP comments need to be completed.  Hoping for a bit of rest and some nice spring weather too!

Let's start with St. Paddy's Day.  I didn't plan on doing anything big to celebrate, however, I incorporated it into our daily routine throughout the week.  I differentiated every lesson, in every subject.  My students are all on different levels and are not all at the same place in multiplication.  Some had this fill in the blank worksheet while others continued with repeated addition.

During reading while I worked with my reading groups, students had different activities to complete.  One of my lower groups had St. Paddy's sight word work.  They were able to do most of this on their own.  The students had help with identifying the color words, then completed the rest by themselves.

Currently, we are working on multiplication in math.  My students love to be the teacher and write on the board.  At the beginning of a lesson, for review, each student was able to act as the teacher for a problem on the board.  I gave each student a problem to complete.  For example, I said "2 groups of 3."  The student would then go up to the board, draw the groups, label, and write the answer.  It was a great review and they had fun going up and pretending to be me!

For the past two weeks, we have been using poetry to infer.  I decided to take a break from that this week and work on Limericks.  This was an easy way to tie St. Paddy's Day and poetry into my poetry/inference unit.  We read a few different Limericks, then used a Limerick template to write our own.  

The first poem was an example from the template (found on TPT).  We talked about the rhyme scheme and wrote our own (the second poem).

The children then worked on their templates and wrote two Limericks.  I went over the poems with each student, then they wrote them as a final draft.  I may choose one of their poems for writer of the month!

Before this school year, most of my students were barely exposed to any type of science curriculum.  Well, this year I decided to change that with the help of Donors Choose!  I am so thankful for everyone that donated to my cause.  My students are ecstatic and enjoy every science lesson!  We have been studying the human body and are almost done with the unit.  This week we moved onto the skeletal system. 

First, they were introduced to the skeletal system and the bones that make up the body.  We then labeled a skeleton on paper.

Upon completing that, the children cut out bones and put a skeleton together!  They then used their first skeleton on paper to label the skeleton they put together.  The kids love learning about their bones!

Then it was time to incorporate some math into science.  The children paired up and measured their bones!  They had such a great time seeing which bones were long/short and who in the class had the biggest/smallest bones in the class!  

Clockwise starting on the right: Measuring the femur, cranium, femur, and tibia!

While measuring, the children logged the size of their bones.  When they were done, they answered questions about the size of bones.  I love their science notebooks from Lakeshore, which was a part of the Donors Choose package!

Time for report cards this weekend.  We have just switched programs and are now using Skyward.  I'm unsure how I feel about the new program.  Because I have multiple grades in my classroom, each is located in a different section.  In our old program, everything was in one spot as one class.  This program makes me feel like I have three different classes.  It's quite different.  At least the report cards haven't changed (just the program, so far)!  Along with report cards come IEP comments.  My students get their report cards and IEP Goal comments sent home.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and has some nice spring weather to enjoy!

Giggles at Greene with Ms. P

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sunshine Award and Nominations!!

It's just the beginning of my blogging journey and I have been given a Sunshine Blogger Award! Wow! Thank you to Kristin at My Carolina Classroom

Here are the rules:
1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions posted by the blogger who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 bloggers you think bring sunshine to the world.
4. Post 11 questions for nominees to answer.

11 Random Facts:
1. I am only 5 feet tall.  Most of my students are about my height, if not taller.  I am the shortest of my friends and my boyfriend is more than a foot taller than me!
2. I have had glasses since I was about 9.  I have horrible eye sight and if I don't have glasses on or contacts in don't expect much (hah!).
3. If I could be a Disney princess, I would.  I would be Belle.  She's always been my favorite and it's my nickname!
4. I'm an Italian that doesn't cook.  It's not that I can't, I just don't.
5. I love country music, but will listen to just about anything.
6. I have always wished I was better with make-up.  I pretty much only do the basics.
7. I have a slight obsession with anchors, ok a huge obsession. 
8. I am a huge Harry Potter fan!
9. When I lived with my parents we watched Jeopardy just about every night together.  We would play along and keep score.
10. I love peanut butter, all forms, especially with chocolate!
11. I nanny for two boys and I love them to pieces as if they were my own.

11 Questions from Kristin (My Carolina Classroom):
1. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? I would absolutely go to Italy.
2. What is your absolute favorite book (that I should read next)? To be honest, I haven't read a non education related book in a long time.  I wouldn't know what to read!
3. Why did you start blogging? I started with Instagram first and then started blogging.  I'm glad I did!
4. What is your favorite part about blogging?  I have a few favorites.  I love seeing what everyone does in their own classroom.  I love seeing the ideas and putting them to use in my classroom.
5. What advice do you have for new bloggers? Being a new blogger, I am still figuring this out.  I would say to just write what's on your mind.
6. Do you hate packing your lunch as much as I do? It depends.  I try to pack my lunch the night before.  If I pack it in the morning, then yes, I hate it.
7. What is your favorite part about working with kids? My favorite part is when they understand what I'm teaching.  That "Aha" moment.
8. What is your favorite weekend activity?  My favorite weekend activity would have to be relaxing.  It doesn't happen very often, so when it does, I enjoy it!
9. Which social media site is your favorite? My favorite would have to be Instagram.  It's quick and easy, but you can still get the point across!
10. What is one thing about you that people are surprised by? Generally people are surprised that I box.  It must be amusing to see a 5 foot girl with boxing gloves!
11. If you could go back in time, would you? No, I wouldn't.  I really love where/who I am right now.

11 Bloggers I'm nominating, thanks for making my days a bit more sunny (Sorry if any are repeats!):
3. Michelle at Fabulous in First
4. Amanda at One Extra Degree
6. Erica at Erica's Ed-ventures
7. Tiffany at One Fab Teacher
8. Ashley at Schroeder Shenanigans
11. Stephanie at Fourth Grade Shenanigans

Ladies, here are your 11 questions:
1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
2. When you were a child, what was your dream job?
3. What is the one thing that will always make you smile, no matter what?
4. What is your favorite food?
5. If you could be a character from a book, who would it be?
6. What is your biggest classroom pet peeve?
7. What is the one thing you have to do before leaving work?
8. What is the one store you cannot live without?
9. When it comes to teaching, what is your favorite subject?
10. If you could have lunch with anyone, living or non, who would it be?
11. Who is your biggest role model?

Again, thank you to Kristin (My Carolina Classroom) for nominating my new blog.  I am going to try my best to keep it entertaining and sunny!  Another new post will be up soon about the classroom and teaching, but for now hopefully this was enjoyable!

Giggles at Greene with Ms. P

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Liebster Award!

Wow, what an honor.  I have just started blogging and it's nice to know that fellow teacher have noticed and like my blog! Thanks so much ladies!  Both Dirt Road Teacher and Teach Two Reach have nominated me for a Liebster Award!

The guidelines are as follows:

#1- Link back to the blog that nominated me.
#2- Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
#3- Answer the questions posted to me by my nominator.
#4- Share 11 random facts about me

My 11 Questions from Teach Two Reach:

1)  What's your favorite T.V. show?
I have a few.  Right now I'm into House of Cards, Dexter, and my absolute favorite Grey's Anatomy. 
2)  What kind of student were you in school?
I was a good student in school.  Art was always my favorite class.
3)  What kind of child were you to your parents? 
I was always a good kid, but got in trouble when I did something wrong.  I always tried to follow their directions and rules, but I tried to be tough around them. 
4)  When you started your teaching journey, did you get the grade placement you wanted?
My first position was Kindergarten.  I thought it was everything I wanted.  The next year I was moved to a special education self contained room and found that it's definitely where I belong.  I feel that I now am in the placement I want.
5)  What is your usual weekend like?
My usual weekend involves many things.  We are busy throughout the week, so by the weekend I always make sure that there is some time for relaxation.  I work on school things, clean, and hangout with friends, family, and my love!
6)  What chores do you leave until you absolutely HAVE to do them?
I usually leave cleaning the floor until I have to, that and vacuuming.  I'm just not a fan!
7)  Do you see doing anything more with your education degree in a few years?
In a few years I would like to further my degree.  However, I'm not quite sure as to what yet.
8)  What is your favorite fruit, vegetable, and junk food item?
My favorite fruit would have to be watermelons or bananas.  My favorite vegetables are broccoli and cauliflower.  My favorite junk food is Reese's .. anything Reese's.
9)  If you could live anywhere in the world besides the country you live in now, where would it be and
I would want to live in Italy.  I'd want to learn more about where my family is from and see all of the beautiful sights!
10) What’s your favorite animal?
Giraffes are my favorite animal!
11) What’s your biggest strength as a teacher? What would you like to work on?
My biggest strength as a teacher is passion.  I've always been a passionate person, teaching is something I'm definitely passionate about.  I'd like to improve or work on taking constructive criticism.  I'm a very emotional person and any type of criticism can be difficult for me.

My 11 Questions from Dirt Road Teacher:

1. What's your favorite TV show? 
I have a few.  Right now I'm into House of Cards, Dexter, and my absolute favorite Grey's Anatomy. 
2.  Any advice for other new bloggers? 
I would say to link up and be a part of blogs as much as possible.  I've found out how to do many things through simple link ups!
3. What is your favorite/most effective social media site? 
My favorite would be instagram, however, I'm not sure about its effectiveness, HA!
4. What blogs do you like best for creating/technology/selling tips? 
Being a new blogger, I am still looking at different blogs and am unsure of ones that I truly feel a best for different things.  I enjoy seeing what each teacher does and how they do it.
5. What new trend in teaching do you love? 
Blogging!  I never thought I would enjoy this as much as I do!
6. What new trend in teaching do you hate? 
I know this isn't new, but I will never be a fan of testing!
7. What is your favorite junk food?
Any type of Reese's!
8. What is your favorite thing to do over summer break? 
During summer break I nanny for two of the greatest kids around.  I've been with this family for almost four years now! I've seen them continue to grow and blossom into such great boys!
9. How much school work do you do over the summer (including blogging, reading, creating, etc?) 
I do a fair amount.  I am always looking for new things to do and try in the classroom.
10. What would you do if you weren't a teacher?
I would be an artist!
11. Do you have a facebook page? If so, have you ever done a blog hop? (Because I would love to be part of one! ;) haha! 
I only have a personal page, I haven't gotten around to creating a teacher page just yet!

Here are 11 random facts about me:

1.  I first began my college career at an art school.  I wasn't a fan of the school and ended up transferring after just one semester.
2. I'm obsessed with peanut butter.  It's definitely my favorite food, if it can be considered one!
3. I used to hate working out, but after joining my current gym about 2 years ago I now love it.  Boxing and boot camps have been incorporated into a daily routine.
4. I have always wanted a dog and have never had one.  My dad brought a cat home from college, why didn't I bring a dog home?
5. I love painting and if I had more time I would definitely paint a lot more!
6. Even on the weekends I am ready for bed before 9.  It doesn't usually happen though.
7. I always do my best work and if I don't think it's good enough, I do it again.
8. I truly love Harry Potter.  Both the books and the movies.
9. I absolutely would live in Disney if I could!
10. I'm a Tough Mudder!!!! It was definitely one of the best experiences I've been able to be a part of.
11. I started dancing when I was very young.  I was a dancer for just over 15 years!

Now I would like to nominate:

1.  Kristen from Easy Teaching Tools!  I love her helpful TPT products.  It's also apparent that many other people are fond of her as both an individual and a teacher due to comments on her blog!

2. Heather from Learning with Mrs. Langley!  Her classroom set up seems similar to mine, which I love.  Organization can help solve many problems!  I love how her centers are set up!

3. Carrie from Anchored in 3rd Grade!  This was tough because she has over 200 on bloglovin, but under on blogger.  I decided to nominate her anyway!  I love, love, love what she does with her students!  

4.  Mrs. Third Grade!  What a great blog she has!  I have learned a lot through her blog.  She has some great, new ideas!  The blog set up is fantastic and I continuously want to read!

5. Kristin from My Carolina Classroom!  What a great blog! She has some extremely great ideas and puts them to use!  Looks to me like she's a new blogger also.  It's nice to see other new blog pages!

Congratulations Ladies!! Now, here are your questions:
1.  When was the moment you knew you wanted to become a teacher?
2. What curriculum do you follow for ELA and Math?
3.  If you could go back in time would you change anything? Why?
4. Do you work during the summer or take some time to relax?
5. What has been your favorite grade to teach? Why?
6. What's a typical weekend like in your house?
7. If you could become a superhero, other than a teacher of course, which would you choose?
8. What are some of your favorite blog topics to write about?
9. What is your favorite Link Up?
10.  Which movie best describes you/your life?
11.  If you could meet anyone (living or non) who would it be? Why?

Can't wait to see all of the responses!!!
Giggles at Greene with Ms.  P!

Five for Friday.. on Saturday!

I know, I know.. it's Saturday.  I'm a day behind, by hey, it's here now, right?

Exit Slips

This week I added my second item to my TPT store!  Exit slips seem to be a growing trend and are also very helpful! Stop by the store to pick it up!  Click right on the picture to access the store!

This week we began a new guided reading book, Tornado.  To kick off the book, I showed the groups two videos.  The first was a National Geographic on Tornadoes and the second video was the beginning of The Wizard of Oz.  Both showed what a tornado looks like as well as what people do during a tornado.  We don't have tornadoes here, so this was quite a different experience for my children to see!

This week I finished my new word wall (on IG).  I also re-created my instructional group board and classroom library to match (TPT)!  It's safe to say I am obsessed with these new polka dot signs in my classroom.  I'm now moving onto binder labels.  I like having everything match and for me it is also much easier to find things that belong together.  This magnetic tape seemed to be a big hit.  I borrowed it from the art teacher, but here is the link: Magnet Tape

In science, the children are learning about the brain.  The focus this week was on reflexes and reaction time.  The children partnered up and had to do a few different tasks to find out how fast their reaction time or reflex was.  On the left side of the chart one partner closes their eyes for ten seconds and the other partner watched to see if there is a change.  The next part was clapping in front of their face to see what happened to their eyes.  The third was acting like a doctor and tapping just below the knee.  The final activity had one partner drop a ruler and the other partner catch it to measure their reaction time.  They had such a great time doing these activities.  To see more and a video check out my instagram!  We love science, thanks for the help Donor's Choose

I went to target this week with one thing in mind.. St. Patrick's Day pencils.  I had already gone to TWO Dollar Stores and had decided to try Target.  Well Target did not have any left, which upset me.  Three stores and not one had the pencils?  Target still won.  Instead of turning and leaving I continued to look around.  I found these great clip boards in the dollar spot (win!) and grabbed some other things I thought I might need! I did end up finding the pencils at the fourth store, which happened to be another Dollar Store.

Enjoy your weekends everyone! Mine will consist of lesson plan evaluations and report cards, but I will be taking some time for myself to relax and rest up before the start of another busy week!

Giggles at Green
with Ms. P

Saturday, March 1, 2014


Another first for me! Thanks to:

Here's my currently for this morning!

Listening: My boyfriend is the Co-chair for a chapter in the AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) and as been in DC all week advocating.  Listening to him snore is not so bad after not having him home for a week!

Loving: Yesterday marked two weeks since I had surgery.  Thankful to finally be feeling like myself again!  Hopefully after my follow up this week I can return to my regular routine!

Thinking: I really am excited to print my purchases! I can't wait to begin using different ones in my classroom! One of the purchases was a bundle with common core aligned activities for early finishers (both ELA and Math). Yay! Thanks Free-To-Teach!

Wanting: Isn't it the worst when you run out of laminating paper, especially a box that had 200 sheets.  Whoops! Time for a trip to the store to get more.  Picking up ink while I'm there, just in case!

Needing: Breakfast, but what to have?  During the week I usually have a shake and an oatmeal bar.  Since it's the weekend I'm thinking I'd like some actual food!

My answer: Pink and Polka Dots! Hmmmm....