Welcome to Mrs. Starkey's Classroom Website
Grade: 5th
Phone: 970-348-1957
 

Mrs. Starkey

 

Ten Things You May Not Know About Mrs. Starkey :
*Years teaching: 9. I've taught in Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Fourth Grade, and Fifth Grade(for the last 4 years).
*Degree:  University of Northern Colorado, BA Elementary Education as well as Middle School and Secondary Level Social Studies Education; minors in Psychology and Sociology
*Favorite Subjects: Math and Reading
*Greatest Accomplishment:  Raising three extraordinary children; Kenzie (12th grader at Greeley West), Jackson (9th grader at Greeley West), and Megan (7th grader at Chappelow)
*Best Friend: My husband, Derek
*Hobbies: See "Greatest Accomplishment" above; Soccer mom, Swimming mom, Theater mom, Forensics mom, etc.  I also love to work in my garden, and read any book I can get my hands on.
*Pets:  Mr. Doodle (Pekingese security system- cover your ears and watch your ankles)
*Family Business: I am the daughter of two exceptional teachers (now retired), and my sister and I both teach fifth grade!
*Frequently Seen:  Laughing, reading, drinking coffee, and/or eating.
*Hates:  Brussel sprouts and traffic jams.
   
Top Summer Book Picks
This summer, I was reading, reading, and reading some more!  Here are some titles you might want to scoop up on your next trip to the library.  
 
Fiction 
True(... Sort of) by Katherine Hannnigan
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Cruisers by Walter Dean Myers
The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman  -  We went to Nebraska and visited the two-headed cow... I have pictures!
Secrets of the Cicada Summer by Andrea Beaty
The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech 
 
Non-fiction
Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis by James L. Swanson
The Girl Who Survived: A True Story of the Holocaust by Bronia Brandman and Carol Bierman
 
Fantasy/Science Fiction
The City of Ember , The People of Sparks, The Prophet of Yonwood, and The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau
Nick of Time
 by Ted Bell 
Gregor the Overlander (series of 5 books) by Suzanne Collins
Dark Life and Rip Tide(sequel) by Kat Falls 
The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey
Incarceron and Sapphique(sequel) by Catherine Fisher
The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials(sequel) by James Dasher (Have your parent preview these 2 books first, pretty violent stuff.)
 
Fairy Tales 
Half Upon a Time by James Riley
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde
 
Historical Fiction
Chains  and Forge(sequel) by Laurie Halse Anderson (Loved her Fever, 1793, as well!)
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia
Riot by Walter Dean Myers 
The Storm Before Atlanta by Karen Schwabach
Fearless by Elvira Woodruff             
Fire From the Rock by Sharon M. Draper
 
 
Comedy
Letters from a Nut by Ted L. Nancy