Friday, January 30, 2015

Five for Friday!

It's been a while since I have been able to link up for

It's Friday and it's raining!
I love curling up with a book and a cup of coffee or tea and reading the day away.

Yesterday I got to sub in a friend's classroom and I had a blast!
We spent the morning working on fractions.
I got ou the markers and chart paper the night before and made these babies.


I realized that I have missed making anchor charts!

We spent the afternoon working on Penguin Chick.
We started out with an anticipation guide.

Then we worked on finding evidence in the text to prove our answers.

Next we worked on Main Idea and Details with the anchor charts.


Finally, we reviewed what we had learned about penguins from the story.

We talked about what we would have to do if we were penguins.

Then we grouped the ideas in order to write a group poem,
How to Be a Penguin

Then we put it all together to write our final draft.

We finished the day working on some of my Penguin goodies.

Can't wait to see their finished comics and stories!

I had so much fun with my 3rd Grade Friends!
Go link up and share your week!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

What ignites YOUR creativity?
(besides coffee!)
What inspires you?

Even more importantly,
What ignites 

Monday, January 26, 2015

What's your WHY?

I was recently inspired by my new blogging friend, 
Sarah, from A Rocky Top Teacher 

Sarah talks about her WHYs in this
Sarah shared many of her reasons, and then challenged us to share ours as well.
It got me to thinking about why I do what I do.

Even though I am not in a classroom on a daily basis anymore, I am still an educator.
And the ideals that led me into teaching some 30 years ago, are still driving me today.
I want to make a difference.
I want children to believe that they have the power to make things happen for themselves.
I want them to believe they CAN!
It's what keeps me going.
So that's my WHY.
Why are YOU an educator?
I'd love to hear your WHYs.
Check out more stories here.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Sunday Scoop and Last Chance for the Giveaway!

It's Sunday, and around here that means getting ready for the week ahead.  This week is going to be a BUSY one!
Starting out on Sunday with The Sunday Scoop and The Teaching Trio helps me get organized.

Must Dos
Laundry and vacuuming are no brainers.
They ALWAYS have to be done!
It's a never-ending job at my house.

My office is a mess disaster.
I'd post a picture, but then I would be shamed.
Suffice it to say that I MUST get it cleaned up and organized

We are having our taxes done by a new accountant and I have to get all the info ready to give him.  I have it all sorted so that I know what's what, but I have to make it so that someone else can make sense of it.

Hope to Dos
Every weekend I hope to get thing for the blog planned out for the week...
You know, best laid plans and all...
Wish me luck!

Makes Me Happy
Connecting with all of you!
Not being in a classroom every day, sometimes I get feeling disconnected.
I recharge by talking to all of my teaching and blogging friends and sharing with you.
You all mean the world to me!

Have you entered this giveaway yet?
I have teamed up with some of my blogging buddies for this great giveaway.
You won't want to miss out!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

What are YOU up to this fine Sunday?
Have a great week!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thematic Thursday - Penguins on Parade!

I mean, who doesn't, right?
They're cute.
They make us laugh when they waddle.
What's not to love?

This week's Thematic Thursday Linky is all about PENGUINS!

I'm going to start out by sharing a few of my favorite Penguin books.
(You can grab any of these books by clicking the titles in the widget at the bottom of this post.)

With her trademark directness and simplicity, Gibbons introduces those irresistibly appealing birds, the penguins. As her pen-and-ink and watercolor paintings reveal, these nonflyers share a basic body shape, but lined up alongside each other across the pages, they are seen to possess distinctive feathering that distinguishes the 17 species from each other.

This fun book from Scholastic is chock FULL of information and gorgeous photographs AND comes with an online companion book!
Scholastic Discover More is a revolutionary new nonfiction line pairing stunning print books with corresponding interactive digital books that extend the learning online.

PENGUINS unlocks a free 48-page digital companion book, AMAZING ANTARCTICA, offering even more information, photos, and videos!

Both of these are about the Emperor Penguins and how they care for the egg and young chick.

These offer more stunning photographs and tons of information about these fascinating birds.

If you were a penguin . . .
You could swim really fast and toboggan on ice.
Sing a happy duet, once or twice.
You could live on land but dive under the sea.
There's a lot penguins can do, just like you and me!
Wendell and Florence Minor create a charming tribute to all the playful fun and activity that comes with being a penguin—which young readers can delight in too!  
This fun book would make a great springboard for the kids to write poems about "How to Be a Penguin."

No study of penguins is complete without the fun fictional tale of Tacky the Penguin.  Tacky the Penguin is a total nonconformist who lives with a group of formal, proper penguins. But it is Tacky who foils the plans of three critters with ``get-rich-quick plans'' that threaten the penguins' existence. With his un-penguin-like antics, Tacky puzzles the hunters to such an extent that they're firmly convinced they cannot be in the ``land of the pretty penguins.'' This is a rollicking tale that clearly shows that there are advantages to being an individual.

Here is  a 5-minute video about Penguins.

Here's one from National Geographic Kids on Emperor Penguins.

...and how about some funny Penguin Brain Breaks?

This will have the kids rolling on the floor.

And one final Penguin Song.

How about some fun activities to go along with all this penguin learning?

Check out these cute displays from

I L♥VE these guys!

This one looks fun for the littler learners.

And I'm in love with this art project from

They are just so bright and cheery!

from Jenny at Art With Jenny K.

For more Penguin themed learning activities, 
check out these fun products from my 

Penguin Pals is an engaging activity incorporating penguins, comics, dialogue, and narrative writing.
It is a huge hit with my kiddos!

The Important Thing About Penguins allows students to use the format from Margaret Wise Brown's The Important Book to demonstrate their learning to create a bulletin board display or class book.

Penguin Acrostics also allow students to showcase their learning in a fun and creative way.

And finally,

In Playful Penguins, students identify sentence types in order to solve penguin riddles or puns.

A couple more Penguin activities for the younger learners include:

from my friend Jennifer at Simply Kinder

WHEW!  That's a LOT of Penguin Fun!

Click on the image below to open and download the PDF.  
You can access all the links to each of the books and ideas in the PDF.  

For these and more penguin ideas, follow my Penguins Pinterest board.
Follow Confessions of aTeaching Junkie's board Penguins on Pinterest.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Need a Good Book to Read?

My name is Teresa and I am a book addict.

How about you?

I just finished reading this wonderful book!

From Amazon...
"Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloguing items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past. Clara Cartwright, eighteen years old in 1929, is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant. Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage, Clara's father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids. But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash, he can no longer afford her care - and Clara is committed to the public asylum. Even as Izzy deals with the challenges of yet another new beginning, Clara's story keeps drawing her into the past. If Clara was never really mentally ill, could something else explain her own mother's violent act? Piecing together Clara's fate compels Izzy to re-examine her own choices - with shocking and unexpected results."

It was a "can't put it down" kind of book!
I was so totally engrossed in the story.
Even better, I was listening to it on Audible.
I love listening to books while I am at the gym and driving around in the car.

You definitely want to check this one out!

I thought I would start a new Linky where we could all share our favorite reads.  Grab the linky button below and share your favorite good reads! Please link up with the cover of the book you are sharing.  Then check out the other good reads and spread a little love of your own.

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