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)

Hi. My name is Martina Cahill and this is my first blog. I'm so excited to join the blogging world!

I just finished my student teaching at a wonderful school in Grand Junction, Colorado under the best mentor teacher in the whole world.... which is exactly the reason I started my blog. My mentor teacher has the cutest blog ever @ and I basically want to be just like her :).

I have learned so much from her and my experiences in 5th grade and I am so excited to share those experiences with you.

Anyways, 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 last summer. We got married at the wedding chapel in Caesar's Palace with all our closest family and friends there. It was wonderful! I can't believe we have been married almost 9 months now! Aahhhh time flies when you're having fun.

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


Rich and I just moved to Grand Junction about a year ago and I am loving it. It helps that I have the best job in the world working with my mentor teacher. After I was done student teaching last semester I was given the amazing opportunity to continue working in her classroom and, here's the kicker, get paid to do it! Crazy.... I know :). I am so lucky. We have been able to create an amazing differentiated classroom because she has been awesome at making me feel like I have been her co-teacher all year long. Our 5th graders are sooooo spoiled.

That's a little about me and I can't wait to start sharing my 5th grade experiences with you.

Our students are working on science projects that integrate what they have been learning in art. They have some great ideas and I'm so excited to share the final result with you. It will be coming soon so come back and check it out.