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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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Thursday, October 22, 2015

LEGOLAND Discovery Center: Boston!

It has been over a month (a very difficult month for me) since I last blogged.  Why not start blogging again with a review of a trip to LEGOLAND Discovery Center: Boston!  

Upon arriving, you are greeted by a life size LEGO Giraffe!

I received an e-mail inviting me to LEGOLAND on Wednesday, October 14.  LEGOLAND was going to be offering an open house for educators to come by the center and check out workshops that are being offered.  After reading the e-mail, I was intrigued.  This seemed like something I could absolutely use in the classroom.  The workshops, designed specifically for students, offer a variety of topics ranging from storytelling to science to engineering to design to math and to language arts!!  The workshops also were developed to address Common Core Standards. Wow! These workshops take place at the center during a field trip, but can be used in the classroom as well!

When you first entered the center, you went straight into MINILAND, which is the Lego city of Boston.  I was in awe of how intricate these Lego buildings were.

Logan Airport and Boston Harbor Hotel

Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium

The State House and "Make Way For Ducklings"

The Garden and The Boston Marathon Finish Line

While at the open house, they had five workshops on display with helpful staff to go explain the workshops as you walked through. The workshops were created for students in Pre-K through grade six.

The workshops are as followed: Spinning Tops (Pre-K to First), Seasons (Pre-K to First), Spin the Gears (Grades Two and Three), Merry-Go-Round (Grades Four to Six), and What a Great Experience! (Grades Two to Six).  Each workshop brought something different to the table. 

Here's a little synopsis of each workshop:

Spinning Tops:
This workshop addresses English, Language Arts and Reading, and Math CCSS.  Spinning Tops focuses on engineering, design, and math. The children create and build tops.  They are able to collect data on whose top spins the longest.  They are able to learn about forces that affect the performance of the top.

This workshop addresses English, Language Arts and Reading, and Science CCSS.  Seasons focuses on science and speaking and listening.  This workshop teaches about seasons in a hands on way.  Students build and share what they know about the current season.  THis leads to a discussion about weather/weather changes.

Spin the Gears:
This workshop addresses English, Language Arts and Reading, Math, and Science CCSS. Spin the Gears focuses on engineering, design, and math. Students build, model, and experiment with gears.  They explore the difference between drive versus driven as well as clockwise versus counterclockwise.  Force and effort are also touched upon.

This workshop addresses English, Language Arts and Reading, Math, and Science CCSS.  Merry-Go-Round focuses on engineering, design, and math.  In this workshop, students are able to create their own Merry-Go-Round.  They explore gear ratios and experiment with gear trains.  They look to find which spins fastest.

What a Great Experience!:
This workshop addresses English and Language Arts and Reading CCSS.  What a Great Experience! focuses on English Language Arts.  Students are able to build with LEGO bricks to tell a story about an experience they've had in their city.  They are able to use MINILAND as inspiration.  They create characters, a setting, and a plot.

All of these workshops have printout to use in the classroom before, during, and after the workshop.  They can be found easily on the LEGOLAND website!

After exploring these wonderful student workshops, we were able to roam around the center.  There are two rides that students can go on as well as a Ninja Training Course! Children can build cars and race them down different slopes.  There's an earthquake table where students can build skyscrapers to see if they can withstand an earthquake!  They can also climb through a construction site!  There's even a 4D Cinema!

Here are a few pictures from exploring LEGOLAND!:

Becoming Ninjas!

Meeting a new friend!

It's crazy what can be made from LEGO bricks!

Thank you LEGOLAND Discovery Center: Boston for such a wonderful experience! I can't wait to use LEGO bricks more often in my classroom!  I am really excited to share this experience with my students and hope that one day a field trip to a workshop can be made into a reality!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Teacher Week: Classroom Reveal

I am linking up with Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week: Classroom Reveal AND #2GETHERWEAREBETTER!!!  Here's a peek at where I spend my days!

Let's start right at the doors.  I am obsessed with my doors this year!!! I love the game of Scrabble so when I saw something similar I decided to go for it! I played around with the tiles on my living room floor before putting them on the classroom door.

On the inside of my doors I have a behavior chart and charts that say where each student is going after school.  I use a behavior chart with number 1-10.  Students start on a 5 each day and generally move up to a 10!  As they move up the chart they can earn things, such as: stickers or free time.  I try not to move down for negative behavior.  I try to give them a first chance before having to move a clip down.  Since we cannot cover the glass on the door with paper anymore, my assistant made some curtains to hang.  We can close them if there is a lock down, if needed.

I am working on getting this chart on TPT, stay tuned!

On either side of the doors, there are lockers.  I take full advantage of the lockers.  I use magnets and clips for my job chart.  I also keep track of who is out of the room and where they went.

You can find my job chart here or by clicking on the photograph.

After students go to their lockers in the morning, they choose their lunch.  There are different choices for lunch each day and pictures are switched in and out.

This year I received two more computers and brand new desks!!!! How exciting is that?!?!  I could barely contain myself!!!

In the above picture, you can also see where my math terms will go as well as math posters as we continue through the year.  You can also see the AR board.  For every 5 points a student earns, they receive a sweet treat on their ribbon!  Their mailboxes are on the left side of the picture too!

I also decided to reinstate a Morning Meeting this year.  I changed my calendar area around to incorporate the meeting!

I am so glad that I opted to add this back into my schedule!!!

I also revamped my word wall this year.  I decided to make a moving word wall.  All of the words are on rings.  Students can take the rings of words right to their seats if they need help with spelling! We've been in school for two days and it has already come in quite handy!!  I also added a focus wall.  I will be posting daily objectives as well as why we are learning what we are learning.  I also purchases a new alphabet to match the polka dot theme to my room.

You can find multiple word walls and labels here or by clicking on the photograph!
(Dolch Words Pre-Primer through Grade 3)

I also added a writing process poster to my writing area.  I really like the way the area turned out!

I'm also working on adding the writing poster to my store.

Finally we have my library area.  This is just half of my classroom library.  I have bins labeled by letter on this side of the library.  Non-fiction books are on the other side, not pictures.  Also on the other side are seasonal book and book studies.

The library labels can be found here or by clicking the photograph.
(Labels are by Lexile, Guided Reading, Genre, and DRA)

Thanks for stopping by to see where I spend my days with my students!! 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Teacher Week: 5 Fun Facts

Link up with Blog Hoppin' every day this week for Teacher Week!!!!

Fun Fact Fun #1
My last name just changed!  On July 18, 2015, I married my best friend!! A mutual friend tried to set us up, we both said no to her.  A few months after that we were all out one night and that was it! It was the best day ever! I shared a few pictures on my last blog post, but I'll share a few more now!

Photo by Jennifer White Photography http://jlwphoto.zenfolio.com
Getting ready with my fabulous bridesmaids!

Photo by Jennifer White Photography http://jlwphoto.zenfolio.com
Walking down the aisle!

Photo by Jennifer White Photography http://jlwphoto.zenfolio.com
Obsessed! I love my husband!

Fun Fact #2
I am obsessed with polka dots, Harry Potter, and anchors.
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Fun Fact #3
I went to art school for a semester before transferring and becoming a teacher.  I love to paint and it is one of the things I do to relax.


Fun Fact #4
I spend some of the little spare time that I have volunteering for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  I am on the board of directors for the Rhode Island Chapter.  I originally joined because of my husband.  He is one of the co-chairs.  I had been to so many events with him to help out that the board suggested I just become a member!

Fun Fact #5
I'm absolutely a "New England" girl.  Newport and the Cape are two of my favorite places.  I could spend any day walking through Boston.  I love fall football games, Go Pats (free Brady)!! I live in the perfect location, close to the beach and the mountains!! I don't think I would ever be able to leave.

Stay tuned the next few days for more blog posts from Teacher Week!!!!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Currently - August

It's been a while since I have blogged, what better way to get back into it than a Currently Linky hosted by the fabulous Farley from Oh' Boy Fourth Grade

Listening: Right now, I am listening to the T.V. in the background.  My hubby (love saying that!) is relaxing and playing XBox as I do some blogging and school work.

Loving: I am loving being on vacation, until tomorrow, that is.  Tomorrow, I go back to nannying until school starts up again for us! 

Thinking:  I am continuously thinking and reminiscing about our wedding.  I know everyone always says it's the best day, but it truly was! It was the most perfect day ever!

Wanting: I can't wait to see the professional pictures and videos from our special day.  Here are a few of my favorites that some of our guests took:

Ready to walk down the aisle with my dad!

 Just Married!

First Dance!

 Another from the first dance.

Needing: Now that the wedding and honeymoon are over, I need to begin getting ready for B2S.  I feel like I have so much to do, yet, at the same time I feel like I am in a good place.

B2S RAK:  I plan on leaving notes for the other teachers when I go into school and work in my classroom.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge - Week 3: Make Your Masterpiece

Here we go with Week Three!  This week's challenge was to create a new product.  Here were the rules to follow:

I created a Pre-Primer Dolch Word list for a word wall.  The words can be used for centers or flash cards as well.  I plan on adding them into my word wall in my classroom. I am revamping my word wall to be a moving word wall so these cards fit perfectly!!  Click here or the picture to check out my new product!  Don't forget to check out the free alphabet labels too!!!

You can also hop over to my Facebook page to enter to win a free copy of this product!!
Click Here to Enter!

Here's what the word wall currently looks like:

Stay tuned for the after!  I can't wait for it to become a "moving word wall!!!"

Thanks for checking out my new product! Stay tuned because there are some more products coming your way!!!!