Meet the Teacher


Rosa Parks

We are going to wrap up February by continuing our studies on famous African Americans.  This week we'll learn about Rosa Parks, who, believe it or not, NONE of my 20 students have heard of.
Here is our writing activity:


Thank you, Mrs. Saylor

Mrs. Saylor nominated me for the Sylish Blog award.  Check out her awesome blogs at


Isn't she great?

Anyway, here are the rules for receiving this award:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 5 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award

About Me:
1.I have been married for 16 years to Tom, my fabulous husband.  We have 2 beautiful children, Emily and Nick, a dog, Romeo, cat, Jacob and lots of fish and a tree frog, Sweet Cheeks, who lives in my classroom.

2. I  LOVE teaching first grade. I have taught many grades but love 1st grade the best! This is my 7th year in 1st grade out of 16 teaching.

3. I love Jesus and my church.

4. I love traveling and have spent a lot of time visiting other countries  I especially love Italy, Greece and Israel.

5. I love to read.  I read all of the time but my new love is reading blogs.  I am amazed by all the fabulous blogs out there.

6. I am a child at heart and love to be around children because of their enthusiasm of the world, their wonder and boundless love.

7. I am a native New Yorker who now lives in Colorado.  I love NY but adore Colorado's easy winters and endless sunshine.   My family is a NYC Italian family made up of  nurses, teachers and NYC firefighters, including my dad and brother. God bless the FDNY, especially those like my brother who survived 9-11-01.

Now Here are 5 Super Stylish Bloggers:

Lindsey at /http://theteacherwife.blogspot.com/

Kinderglynn http://kinderglynn.blogspot.com/

Rachelle and Natalie  http://whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com/

panicked teacher  http://panickedteacher.typepad.com/blog/

Jen at http://shaemata.blogspot.com/

Dr. Seuss Unit - TPT

I just uploaded my new Dr. Seuss unit to TPT.  It is 41 pages of fun!
I hope we have enough time to do most of these activities as we have two 3 day weeks ahead of us and I still haven't touched Dental Health.  Where does the time go?
Here are some highlights of the unit:

Get yours here:


Valentine's Day Fun

Today flew by!  Here are a few snapshots of our day.

Cards we make out of hearts.  They always turn out SO cute!

Poems we wrote inspired by Eloise Greenfield's Honey, I Love


Comprehension-Reading Responses

This bundle has it all for first through third grade teachers (or 4th and 5th grade teachers with strugglers). The jam packed 32 pages includes all of the comprehension strategies and can be used with fiction and non fiction as well as listening center/Listen to Reading Daily 5 area or homework.

Pages include:
Characters, Setting, Main Character Analysis, Mental Images, 3 pages for Connections, 3 pages for Main idea, Synthesis, 4 pages for non fiction features, BME, Asking Questions, Double Bubble Map, Story Map, Fact or Opinion, Super Summary, Sentence Stoppers, Vocabulary, Inferencing, Contractions, Wonder Web and 2 pages for Determining Importance.
This is all you need for teaching and assessing comprehension strategies.


100 Day Fun

Boy am I tired!  100 Day is always fun but a lot of work.  The students had so much fun.  
I love overhearing conversations like, "Mrs. Magro always does the best stuff" or "I wish every day could be 100 day" or "I hope this day never ends".

Here are some photos of our day:
100 Fruit Loops Necklace

100 Day Glasses

100 Day Bottles

100 Day Hat


100 Day Bottles Display

Close ups of the bottle
Great keepsake of a fabulous day.

All of this is included in my 100 Day Mini Unit.  My 100 Day Unit is available at:


Meet the Teacher

 I LOVE reading blogs just like all of you.    One of my fav blogs First Grade Parade is having a   “Meet the Teacher Party”!!!!   First off, here’s a little bit about me…
I am from New York.  I lived there 30 years.  Now I live in Colorado, where believe it or not, the weather is way better, esp. winter.  Also, the cost of living is much less than the NYC metro area.

I have been married for 16 years.  We have 2 children who are ten and eleven.  If you are wondering, neither were planned.  Our first born is a product of invitro after 5 years of infertility.  Second one came along without trying and while breastfeeding.  What lies about breastfeeding being birth control.
I started teaching in 1992. 3 years of special ed, 4 years of kindergarten, 2 years of a 1/2 split, 1 year as literacy specialist, and this is my 6th year in first grade. 
I took a few years off somewhere in there when my cherubs were infants.  I also worked as a early intervention specialist for states of NY and NJ primarily working with toddlers with autism.
  I graduated from the State University of NY at Binghamton {SUNY) undergrad and Univ of CO for Masters.   When I’m not blogging here, you can find me posting about my life at Autism Mom   I love coffee, tea, gardening, italian food, traveling, spending time with my family  and I LOVE Jesus. 

Now for the Q & A

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a teacher?                                             
A:  I would love to travel and write about places I've been.  Otherwise I would be working with at risk children or running a non profit for people with disabilities.

Q: What are your hobbies?                                                                                    
A:    Gardening, reading, dreaming, hiking                                                             

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?                     
A:  a teacher
Q: What are your guilty pleasures?                                                                

A:Online shopping and  Facebook- although I have cut that down a lot.

Q: What is your biggest fear?!                                                                     

A: Fire.  As a daughter and sister of NYC firefighters, fire just terrifies me.

Q: When you’re on vacation, where do you like to go?                                 

 A: HAWAII but I would love to go to Tahiti
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?                                                   

A:  Be truthful and live so you do not regret anything.  You do not want to look back and said you should've.

Q: What do you value most in others?                                                                   

A:  Honesty.  I can deal with the truth-- so please tell me.

Q: If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass down to your kids, what would it be?                                                                                                        

A: Determination or resilience

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world….living or dead…who would it be?                                                                                                             

A:  Jesus
Now tell us one random thing about yourself:
I've traveled across Europe from England to Egypt over many months with just a backpack.

Now it’s time for YOU to join the party!!!!  Here’s what you need to do:  Write a post titled “Meet The Teacher”.  Start with a brief “biography” and then copy & paste the Q&A {using your answers, of course!} 

Organizing the Brain to Enhance Learning

Thinking Maps, Mind Maps whatever you call them.   I made some templates today to share.  Here is the link: