“Where’s the Setting?” – Inference Station

Read the paragraph below. Answer the two questions in complete sentences at the end of the post in your comment. Label your answers “Question 1” and “Question 2”.

Sam was looking out of his window and all that he could see was water all around him. He was ready to be back on land where he wouldn’t feel the constant rocking back and forth that made him feel sick. The only thing that he had to eat for days was fish because that was the only thing that he could catch.

Question 1: Where is Sam?

Question 2: What evidence did you find that helped you make an inference about the setting of the story?

An Amazing 1st week

The first week of school is filled with anxiety, excitement, fun, and learning.  Our first week was no exception!  We had fun learning about each other through games and Morning Meeting shares.  We are learning new procedures and routines and settling in for a great 3rd grade year.  The classroom is coming alive with student work.  I am so excited for the upcoming year!  Take a look at our video and see just what we have been up to!

 What was your favorite part of the 1st week?  Leave us a comment.


Growing Our Hopes and Dreams


As part of Responsive Classrooms, the students of 3-04 created a display for their 3rd grade Hopes and Dreams!  The boys and girls learned how to use Taxgedo as part of this lesson.  They used pictures of things in nature as their inspiration for our theme of    “Growing Our Hopes and Dreams”.

Leave us some words of encouragement!  We have some big goals to achieve this year and we can’t do it without your help.

Going Green – But How??

  We have all heard the buzz words “Going Green”, ” Environmentally Conscious”, “Conservation”.  Sure they are great words, but what do they mean, and how can little ole me help SAVE the Planet?  I am just one person; I can’t make a difference, can I? YES I can.

Here is a short list of little things that make a BIG difference:

1.  Water your lawn early in the morning, or in the late evening.

2.  Turn off lights and electronic devices when you are not using them.

3.  Plant trees and flowers in your yard and community.

4. Lower your thermostat just a few degrees.

5.  Take short showers or a bath to save water.

6.  Wash clothes in cold water and hang them up to dry to use less energy.

7.  Walk or ride your bike to work!  If this isn’t an option for you, get an office carpool together.  It will save you money and help save the planet!  Win-Win!

So, now that we all know a few things we can do to “Go Green” or become “Environmentally Conscious”, I want to hear from you!

What do you do that helps Mother Earth?


Registration is now open for “GOT TECH 2012″, the summer technology camp for students who will be entering grades 4-8 in the fall of 2012.  This year’s theme is “Going Green”!  Students who attend the camp will take a field trip to one of Memphis’ area nature centers.  On this field trip, students will view the world through the “lens” of Going Green.  The photos and videos collected on the trip will be used to complete various projects throughout the week.

The hands-on GOT TECH 2012 experiences include:

* Animation

* Cartooning

* Blogging

* Field Trip

* Word Clouds

* Video Production

* Digital Photography

* eBook Creation


This camp is FREE for students who attend Memphis City and Shelby County schools.  Dates are June 4-8, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the campuses of Hamilton Middle School, Hickory Ridge Middle School, Kate Bond Middle School and Riverwood Elementary School.


Additional information and online registration can be found at:  http://goo.gl/FAyDM or visit the Memphis City School’s GOT TECH website for more information.


Thank you!

Here it is!!! I just want to thank the amazing students, parents, teachers, and administrators at Riverwood that allow me to grow with my students everyday. It is not everyone who can say that it is a joy to go to work everyday. I am always trying to learn new ways to reach my students and make learning exciting. My co-workers and administration supports that endeavor in every way possible. Thanks for letting me become the teacher I always wanted when I was in elementary school.

What an honor! Thank you!





Last week we had a very special visitor come to Riverwood to talk to our 3rd graders.  Jim Jaggers from News Channel 3 came to talk about the weather.  To my surprise he also came to deliver a very special award.  News Channel 3 sponsors the Educator of the Week and WOW! I won!!!  Thank you so much to my awesome Riverwood students, teachers, and administration for nominating me.  I love you all!

Rainy Day Blues

It was such a yucky day outside today.  We couldn’t even go outside for recess.  Mrs. Bynum likes for us to get our energy out in productive ways so today we did Adventure Fitness.  Our adventure today took us back to colonial times. We learned about the first Thanksgiving and how it was different from the way we celebrate it today and how it was the same.  This website got us up and moving and learning at the same time.  We were so tired that we only made it halfway through… Guess we need to get in shape!  We can’t wait until our next adventure!