Saturday, September 7, 2013

First Week Back to School


That is how I will describe my first week of school in first grade.  I can't say that it was perfect, but I can say that the students left happy, and that they learned what I wanted them to learn the first week.  I was exhausted as I walked out of the school, but I left feeling confident that this year is going to be a great one.  I have a lot of work to do to get these firsties ready to be in first grade, they are only used to being in school half a day so after lunchtime, these kiddos are DONE!  Good thing I have the last lunch wave.  
Students LOVED this Roll Read and Color activity 

               They also loved the 5 rules we learned using whole brain teaching

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Back to School Sale!!!

I am so excited to announce Teacher's Pay Teachers Back to School Sale!  It starts Aug 18 and goes until the 19th. So...load up your wish list, and your shopping cart and use this special promo code: BTS13 to get up to 28% off your favorite sellers' items.  Most teachers selling on TPT (including me) put their whole store at 20% and then TPT gives you an additional 8 % off.  
If you are anything like me, I have been loading up my wish list all summer long.  I have slowly started to move things into my shopping cart. 

Here are a few things that I will definitely be purchasing this Sunday...

Hand Signals (By Clutter Free Classroom)

Here are a few of my Favorite things from my store...

Scrapbooking Through The Year

Stock up and check out starting this Sunday!  I'm heading into the classroom to get things ready.  I can't wait to get all of my new goodies to add next week.  Happy Shopping!!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

It's Finally Here!! It's Finally Here!!! (Can you tell that I am excited?)

So my "baby" is finally here.  Not a real baby, but I have been carrying "it" for about 9 months ha-ha.  The project that I have working on finally went on the market today.  I have been so busy that I was not able to work on it as often as I had wanted to, but I'm finally done with it today :)  Hip Hip Hooray!

This is my Common Core Reader Response Notebook for the Primary grades.  

Here are some tips for implementing this into your classroom

When possible, give students choice for independent reading.  You may need to help guide them to find an appropriate response activity that will suit their selection or what you are working on.

Throughout the year model each type of response so that students have a clear idea of what you are looking for
Respond to student responses in a timely fashion.  Immediate feedback will keep students on track and excited to please you.
Conduct meetings during guided reading, and showcase some exemplar responses during this time.  Then send students back to read and respond on their own while it is fresh in their minds.
Use this resource any way you see fit.  You do not need to have a structured notebook, like I have suggested. You may choose to teach, model, and then practice one skill at a time.

Sneak peak

Off to vacation...relax mode here I come... 


Come visit my store for some more :) 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Teacher's Appreciation Day

Happy Teacher's Appreciation Day to all my fellow teachers out there!  I just got home from Chipotle's and for being a teacher, got a BOGO deal- YUM!

On another good note- Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sale today and tomorrow to honor teachers.  Use the Promo code TAD13 to receive almost 30% off of most items in my store, as well as some other wonderful teachers.  Check it out!


Friday, March 15, 2013

Sale Time

I'm in a good mood, so I decided to have a sale on some of my most popular items.  Happy Weekend!


Friday, March 8, 2013

Something New is in the Works

I'm getting very excited about my new project that I have been working on for the last few months.  I haven't had a ton of time to create new resources, so it's been slow and steady with this one.  I had an unexpected snow day today, so I took some of the time to work on this project.  It is geared towards the Common Core State Standards, and it will be a VERY useful tool for teachers and students.  I can't wait until I have more time to finish it... I am aiming for the big reveal in April.  I'm about 75% finished, and it will be a Large file!  Check out my sneak preview...

Thursday, March 7, 2013

So bad!!!

Ah!  I havent written a blog post in a LONG time!! I'm blaming it on the fact that I am planning my July wedding... But in all honesty, I know that I need to be better at blogging! It was my New Years resolution after all.  I do have a fabulous new freebie to post.  It is geared towards all you primary teachers (k-2).

I hope you enjoy!


Monday, January 28, 2013


I am announcing now that I am having a super duper Sunday Sale on February 3, 2013.  My store will be 28% off EVERYTHING!  All you have to do is use the promo code:SUPER when you are checking out. Start wish listing your favorite things

Here is the link to my store

Here are a few of my favorite things...

100th day unit
Limerick writing
poetry writing
Pick a Prompt Pack (includes expository, persuasive and narrative writing ideas)

If you have any questions about my items, just ask

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Testing Testing Testing...

Mid Year is here, and so are the tests.  I feel for all the teachers who are trying to find meaningful things for their students to do while they complete 4-7 assessments with each student during the 2 week testing period.  I wish that I could solve the problem, and be able to hire someone to do all the testing so that the teachers could teach (wouldn't that be a great business opportunity).  I was in a DATA meeting today, and I just feel for the wonderful Kindergarten teachers who just want to teach, but have to find the time to test too.  I wish I had the magic answer, but instead, I have posted a freebie below.  Here is something that I would consider a meaningful activity for students to work on independently.  Hope it helps just a little bit!

Freebie! Reader Response Brochure

Let me know if you like it!

Check out my store for
Biography and Nonfiction Version

Have a Great Night!


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Great Day

Just got back from an awesome conference presented by Tim Rasinski.  It focused on fluency and comprehension.  I'm super excited to go through the information and to decide how I want to implement it into my teaching.  More on that later this weekend...

TGIF tomorrow

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Rockin' to the Rock Cycle Lyrics

Rockin' to the Rock Cycle...has never been more fun!

If you are teaching Earth Science and the Rock Cycle,  check out my original rap song to teach the cycle.  Please feel free to re-record with your own (and probably much better) voice before you play it for your students haha!


There is a preview to this song, or you can purchase the whole thing in my Teacher Pay Teacher store

Rockin to the Rock Cycle Lyrics
Written and Created by Jennifer Scioscio

Chorus: A cycle is something
Always changing
Round and round
The earth is rearranging

Let’s start with igneous rock
It comes from inside the earth- what a shock

Magma or lava
is how it will start…
A volcano or crack
rips the earth apart

Magma is lava
Inside earth it flows
Lava is magma
When it is exposed

It hardens and forms
An igneous rock
Let’s continue our song
Were on to sedimentary rock


Erosion and weathering
Sediments and sand
Pebbles and mud
Pile up to make the land

Layers and layers
bones, plants and dust
Clamshells, plankton
pile up to form the crust.


Now we’re gonna talk
About the metamorphic rock

Meta means
After…beyond, along
Morphic means
Change. Lets get back to the song

Metamorphic rock
starts out as something old
heat and pressure
make the new rock unfold

some change a little
others change a lot
It all depends on how much pressure
and how hot


A cycle is something
always changing
Round and round
The earth is rearranging

Rocks are cool
Rocks are hot
Rocks are fun
Give them a shot

Collect them
Study them
Give them to a friend
Break them open
The fun has no end

I'm Back!  I decided to revamp my blog and start fresh.  I kind of dropped off the blogging world, but and I'm committed to becoming a blogger this year!  I hope to be able to provide you with some of the best teacher goodies for your classrooms.

Currently, I'm enjoying a snow day on my couch with my 2 pups by my side. I'm reading up on some of my favorite blogs so that I can learn to be a better blogger.  Thankful to be living in New England today...however I'm sure that I will feel differently come June when we are making up days in the 90 degree heat.  Anyway...have a lovely day