Soooo CUTE!

I just moved to Grand Junction about a year ago and I have already made some of the best friends I have ever had. I came to this town kicking and screaming and now my husband is going to have to drag me away because I love all the people I have met.

On that note, my friend Latasha is literally one of the sweetest human beings on the planet (NO, seriously-this woman is a saint). That being said, she made me the cutest sign for my future classroom and I wanted to show you all because I just loooooooooove it! She made everything my hand and she made it using my favorite colors.... soooo..... here it is:

She made it using crayons and a blowdryer for the paint part. I have seen projects like this before, but she really outdid herself. I just love that girl :).



Science AND Learning AND Art.... Oh My Again!

I finally got around to taking pictures of some of the finished products from our Science and Art projects. I don't have them all, but I wanted y'all to see some of the great projects our students made.

These student scientists used a variety of materials to create a display of many of the things that make up the human body. There are atoms, double helixes, blood cells.... and more. I loved seeing their thinking and what they have learned about the human body.

These two girls made a paper mache eyeball. They even put clay inside the opening to create a lens to make sure their project was anatomically correct. Love it!

This group of scientific learners created double helixes using pipe cleaners.

They even used our classroom chart paper to help them create it! SO proud :).

These scientific learners created blood and oxygen flow through the body and explained the process on their poster board. They used white clay and blue and read paint to create their blood and oxygen flow.

I will post the rest as soon as a I can figure out how to rotate the rest of the pictures off my phone. I don't want y'all to have to look at the screen sideways :).

Good night!


Science AND Learning AND Art.... OH MY!

When I was little and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I used to always say "an artist." I don't think I really knew what I meant by that, and I obviously have chosen a different career path (although teaching is an art form of its own), but I still have a deep appreciation of the arts.

That was the inspiration for my third quarter science assessment in our fifth grade classroom. I wanted the students to show me something amazing they have learned in science, but I also wanted them to show me by utilizing what they have learned in art this year. After they are all done with their projects they are going to reflect on what they have learned in science, what they have learned in art, and why they chose to do the project they selected.

Their projects aren't quite finished yet, but I wanted you all to see some of their projects while they were in the process of creating them because they are doing such an awesome job. Sometimes this kids just blow my mind. 

Some of ours students are making models of some of the systems in the body. This is awesome because studying models is one of the standards for 5th grade science standards in Colorado. (We didn't even tell them that). They are just so smart.... but maybe I am biased.... :).

A few of our girls decided to do a few different things with balloons and paper mache. One group of girls is creating the whole solar system out of balloons and paper mache (crazy, I know) but they are doing a great job!

Another group of girls is creating a paper mache eyeball. I even saw them putting some clay inside of it to serve as the lens in the eye.

These two girls are creating blood plasma. They are putting clear glue in a jar and then making red blood cells out of clay. It looks soooo good already. I was amazed at their red blood cells. They are so accurate.

One pair of students is working on creating DNA double helixes using materials we had in our classroom. They are even using the anchor chart we created during a science lesson! I love when that happens.

This group of boys is making a presentation with models to represent many of the different things that our body is made of. They have been begging me to present their finished project because they are so excited with how it has come out. I can't wait to see the finished projects either :)

That's just a sneak peak of our science/art projects. The finished projects are coming super soon! 

Have a great night!

-Martina (The Hungry Teacher)

Meet Mrs. Cahill (A.K.A. The Hungry Teacher)


I'm Martina Cahill.

It's the summer of 2018 and I realized I hadn't updated my "About Me," section in forever. When I first started this blog, I had literally just finished students teaching (almost 6 years ago gah!) My mentor teacher Kelly had a blog and I basically told her she was nuts if she ever thought I was going to have a blog ha! I actually love it, but she said I would get one and she would be there to tell me, "I told you so." She's basically always right.


I student taught 5th grade in Grand Junction, Colorado under the best mentor teacher in the whole world.... Kelly blogs over at She basically changed my life in every way you can imagine. It was seriously THE BEST student teaching experience in the world, and one of the most memorable years.

I spent the next two years teaching 5th grade in that same school. Kelly went and taught in Spain for a year and went back to her side of the United States after (North and South Carolina). We only got that one year together :(, and I had two different teaching partners at that first school.

My second teaching partner, Shelly, was pretty much the best thing that ever happened to me. We learned so much from each other. I could see us being teaching partners forever. We were set to go into our second year together, but then my husband got his dream job offer across the state. Basically I'm doomed to only spend one year with the best teaching partners.

Anyway, we packed our bags, moved across the state back to Pueblo (the same place we went to college). I taught 6th grade ELA and Science for one year. It was the hardest year of my life and I honestly kind of hated most of it (as always, not because of the kids), BUT it was also one of the best things that happened to me because I learned a lot of stuff I really needed to learn for my current (and favorite) job. If I could go back in time, I would still take that job.

I now teach 7th and 8th grade ELA and don't know how I ever did anything else. It's the BEST JOB EVER.

Anyway, a little about me...

I am originally from the beautiful mountain town of Salida, Colorado and I went to college in Pueblo, Colorado at Colorado State University-Pueblo to get my degree in Elementary Education. Go T-Wolves!

I married my best friend, Richie, in Las Vegas in the summer of 2012. We got married at the wedding chapel in Caesar's Palace with all our closest family and friends there. He was my 7th grade boyfriend (not kidding) so I kind of have a serious soft spot in my heart for middle school relationships.

I have three younger siblings, who are the coolest people I know. We have so much fun together, especially now that we don't live together :).

       Mackenzie, Nico, Me, and Mariah.

And probably the biggest and best change in my life in these last 6 years... We had a little boy, Duke. He's legit the best thing in the world. He makes me want to only have him but also want ten more of him.