Wednesday, September 4, 2013

First Day of Fifth Grade

I am thrilled to be teaching 5th grade at Nuckols Farm Elementary this year! I am excited to begin the school year this week. I want to ask my class: What was your favorite thing about your first day back to school?


Monday, May 13, 2013

Pictures of our Sales Bazaar

Students recently participated in a financial simulation called Bizworld in which they worked as teams to create friendship bracelet companies that would compete in a sales bazaar. They incorporated with the state, raised capital through a venture capitalist (our principal Mrs. Rose) and marketed and manufactured various products including bracelets, necklaces, and keychains.

Here are some pictures of the "sales bazaar," where kindergarten and 1st grade students were invited to spend "Bizbucks" on products from the company they chose.

Each company sold their bracelets to kindergarten and 1st graders, who were give $7 Bizbucks to spend at the bazaar.

                     This picture shows the VP of manufacturing from the company "Buddies Bling" and the VC, Mrs. Rose, wearing a prototype of their companies' special edition bracelet called Springtime Sensation, which was a best-seller at the bazaar!
After each group calculated their profit using the profit equation Revenue-Expenses = Profit (or loss), we worked through a financial statement to calculate each companies worth.
To find out more about this program visit

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Students in 4th and 5th grade have been working in groups to create friendship bracelet companies over the last few weeks. Students have planned, designed, manufactured, marketed, and sold bracelets to other students in a business simulation. We have learned quite a bit about how businesses work by looking at how they plan for expenses, revenues, and try to make a profit. Students have visited a "venture capitalist" (our principal Mrs. Rose) and have also visited "the bank."

I would like students to comment on what they have learned through this business simulation:

Friday, November 16, 2012

Election 2012

We just wrapped up a project on the Presidential Election of 2012. Students chose a topic to report on and presented using our class wiki. We also held mock debates so that students could put into practice what they researched and learned from other groups.

What impacted you most about the election?

Monday, October 22, 2012


We just finished a unit on career exploration in math. Each student researched a different career choice and how math is applied. What was something interesting that you learned when researching for this project?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Island of the Blue Dolphins

We are currently on chapter 7 in the book Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. Karana has just jumped off the boat to swim back to be with her brother on the now abandoned island. How would you feel if you were Karana, alone on a deserted island? How do you think she will survive?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Free Museum Day

Parents and students may want to attend Smithsonian's Free Museum Day on September 29. There are many museums in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro area participating in this event, including Wake Forest's Museum of Anthropology and the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Click here to find other museums participating, and comment below if you went to an area museum. Thanks!

Reynolda Museum, Winston-Salem