Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Exploring Gizmo Lab

My students had an awesome time exploring minerals using the Gizmo's Mineral Identification Lab

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Properties of Multiplication

This upcoming week, my big babies will be exploring properties of multiplication.  I decided to put together this activity pack that includes interactive journal activity, anchor charts and two center activities for them to use.  

You can get it here on TPT or TN

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Teaching Author's Purpose

This week my big babies (3rd graders) are learning author's purpose.  I was so delighted to have had an author's purpose center activity from 1st grade right on hand.  It worked great as a review and remediation activity for my students.  I updated the pack to add a author's purpose interactive journal sheet for my students to use.

Check it out! TPT

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tackling those Multiplication and Division Word Problems

It's been awhile and a very interesting school year so far.  I was dreading moving to third grade this summer.  The school year began and I was hating third grade, literally.  I was so sad, I couldn't adjust and I just felt like my year was going to be miserable.  Now I am slowly moving into an acceptance and understanding of my third graders.  They are a cool bunch of kids with awesome personalities.  

I realized that I was expecting too much from them and at the end of the day, I was overwhelming them and frustrating myself because they couldn't keep up.  I began teaching third grade just like I taught my 1st graders.  

So last, I was reviewing my lesson plan book and looking at our upcoming interactive journal activities.  I saw that we were beginning our multiplication and division word problem standard.  I knew I would need to create an interactive journal entry for them to write down there key words and strategies.  So I decided to come up with this small multiplication and division activity pack that included an interactive journal entry activity.  TPT

This activity went so well in my classroom today.  I can't wait to post pictures of their journal entries.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Simple, Compound and Complex Sentence

For the past three weeks, my third graders have been learning about simple, compound and complex sentences.  This is our review week, so I decided to create a pack that would allow them to test their own knowledge on this semi-difficult skill.  It's getting close to fall, my favorite season, so I made a fall themed: simple, compound and complex sentence pack.  This pack includes activities on subordinate and coordinate conjunctions, as well. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

September Writing Task Cards

I just updated my Fall Writing Task Card pack and made it specifically for September.  It includes 10 fall themed writing task cards, fall themed writing paper, and two make a word activities with letters.  Most importantly, this first pack is FREE

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Center Ideas and back to school

It's so busy with school starting back.  Just ended week 3 and now I feel like I can breath. I'm slowly getting into the hang of things with 3rd graders.  I'm still working out the kinks with my reading and math centers and hopefully going into September they will start to flow a bit smoother.  I have a small group of really low students who have been struggling to keep up with the 3rd grade materials and readings.  I have been racking my brain to come up with a system that will include them in centers but give them materials that are able to work on independently while I'm with a guided reading group.  I just so happened to walk into one of teammates classrooms and saw these hanging on the wall:
In them she had phonics and fluency centers for her small groups with a color sticker on the bag that matches each group. For example: (blue group had a blue sticker on their bag).  This way each group can grab the bag that was appropriate for their group.   

I have been doing my own version of daily 5 and this is a great way to differentiate my centers.  I also have plenty of small gift bags that I will using to store their stuff.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Monster Place Value

Let the creating of new third grade products begin.  I just finished my 1st week as a 3rd grade teacher and I must say, it's a tad bit different from 1st grade.  I was more relaxed with 1st grade but I have found that I have to keep these 3rd graders busy. They can't have too much down time.  

So I spent my weekend creating and updating some centers that the students need review on and things we will be working on in our first units of study.  Here is my newest pack:  Monster Place Value

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Back to School Sale on TPT

Have you heard about the back to school sale on TPT.  Get 28% off on all your back to school resources. Use promo code BTS13

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Back To School Giveaway

My First Giveaway!

I just love my First Day Jitters Pack so much, I've decided to give it away to 2 lucky winner.  Here is a preview of the pack on TPT.
The giveaway will last until Thursday at midnight.  Winner's will be need to check the blog or my FB page to see if they won.

I'm excited and plan to do one once a month, let the games begin.

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Top Ten Tuesday : Dream Classroom

I am linking up with Courtney from Swimming Into Second, again this week for Top Ten Tuesday.  Yes, I know it is Wednesday.  On yesterday I started the post, got all the way to #10, hit the wrong key and deleted the entire post.  My motivation was gone.  So here I am today trying again.  

My school is old and I always think about what I would do If I could redesign my classroom. Here is my new 3rd grade classroom
My new redesigned classroom would have:

1. More Space

Our classrooms are so small.  What you see above is it. I was standing at the front of the room by the door and you can see straight through.  I can't imagine having to fit 24 big 3rd graders in that room. The rooms on this hall are much smaller than the Kindergarten/1st grade were I was.

2. Tables
I dislike the idea of having desk, especially the ones we have.  They are old, uneven, unstable and gross.  It grosses me out to think of what can be hiding in them and what the kids will stuff in them when Im not looking. I would really prefer to have tables.

3. Classroom Library
How could you not want to read in a classroom library that looks like this. Oh how I wish I had that space.

4. Locker/Cubbies
Yes, Im moving to 3rd grade but my kiddies still need somewhere to put there stuff.  We just have hooks, that are never enough and not big enough to hold a bookbag and jacket.  Cubbies would be perfect.

5.  Bullentin Boards
You would think that with the amount of mandatory stuff we must have up, that we have somewhere to put it. NOT!  I have 1 large and 1 small bullentin board. And wouldn't you know.  The large bullentin board is above the only place in the classroom with plugs and the computers have to go right in front of it, which makes it not so useful. 

6.  iPads
I would not need more bullentin boards if we could get rid of those bulky computers and get some iPads.  Atleast a small group set for the class.  We have one iPad cart but its for the entire school.

7.  A printer
Yes, I said that.  A working color/black and white printer per classroom.  Printing is so hard to do at work.  We have maybe one working printer per grade level that we are all routed too.  It only prints black and white and once the ink runs out. Thats it!  It's 2 color printers in the entire school for staff.  One behind the stage and one in the computer (that we have to sneak and use). 

8.  Bug Free

I won't post a picture of bugs because the freak me out.  My school is in a very wooded area and you guessed it.  Summer and Spring brings out those dreaded cockroaches.  GROSS!!!  I just know I will be sweeping up some when i get back.

9.  Carpet
Scroll up to look at the picture of my classroom.  Now scroll back down and tell me where are we supposed to have whole group time, library reading or centers.  There isn't enough room to designate places for centers and we have hard cold tile floors.  I desperately need a carpet. PreK-2 have carpet. Upper grades do not. I feel discriminated against. LOL

10. Windows
Scroll back up and look at my classroom.  That light is shining through what I call the jail cell window.  Every classroom has 1 really small window so the classroom do not have much natural light at all. Sucks for their electric bill because I would so prefer to have natural light than those bright fluorescent things in the ceilings.

Overall, I love my tiny school with less than 50 staff members probably less than 40.  Old or not, we make it work.  I will say we have white boards and smart boards attached to the white board.  And we just got new ones last year.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Reward Cards and Punch Cards

I have been thinking hard this summer about a reward system that would not require so much candy and other treats.  I am not consistent with clip charts and points, so I came up with the reward card system.  Third graders should be able to keep up with their clips better than I could, so I will keep it to see how it goes.  Any student who makes it to the top will get their star punched at the end of the day on their punch card.  When punch cards are full, they can be redeemed for a rewards card.  There are 16 reward cards for this pack. Click the picture to get these.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Made It - Back to School Style

I linked up with 4th Grade Frolic for the Monday Made -It Link Party. Today I printed my Daily 5 Math and Reading set and laminated it.

Classroom Set Up Before

Went to the school today to try and wipe stuff down, spray and dust.  I managed to wipe down one table and looked around to see how I am going to set up things in my new classroom.  I could not do much because the janitors put me out. LOL. Got to love them, but I warned them I will be back on Thursday and Friday to set up.
Our rooms are small compared to some I see through blogs but I will make it work somehow for me and my 24 new 3rd graders. 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Daily 5 Reading and Math

This summer, I took the time to read up on a new approach to center rotations.  After watching numerous Youtube Videos and reading many blogs, I chose to go with the Daily 5 Approach.  Mines may not be the traditional way, but I like it and I think it will work.  I created these Literacy and Math Rotations with extra signs to incorporate computer time.  I will also be trying out Literature Circles so my Read with Somone Station will be when Literature Circle Groups meet to read with each other.  I will post picture once the school year starts and I get this plan into action.
In the meantime, check out my Daily 5 pack which includes Rotation Cards for up to 4 rotations, Group Cards for up to 4 groups, Headers and center labels with instructions.  I also included numbers to identify students.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top Ten Classroom Must Haves

Just got in from a school related training. Oh, the reality that school is starting back very soon is slowly kicking in.  I decided to check out some blogs and possibly get started on making some anchor charts and came across this awesome link party that I will be continuing.

I am joining Courtney at Swimming in Second for her new Link Party, "Top Ten Tuesdays".  This week is Top Ten Classroom Must Haves.  Let's see if I can think of 10.

1.  My all time must have is my laminator.  

This has been the best investment ever.  I will laminate stuff right in the middle of class.  I just love it.

2.  My interwrite board
When I was told I was moving to 3rd grade from 1st, my first comment was, "oh no they don't have interwrite boards".  Thankfully, the county decided to upgrade and installed brand new boards at the end of the year, in all classrooms.  YAY!

3.  Fresh MARKERS

I purchase so many of markers during back to school when they are $.50 a pack.  I love making anchor charts using fresh markers.

4.  Sticky Notes
I have sticky notes everywhere and use them for everything.

5.  Glue Adhesive
If you have not tried this spray glue adhesive, YOU MUST.  I used it last year and never have I had anything fall off the wall.  Its sticks with no residue.

6.  My planner/gradebook/calendar

I dont have it right here to take a picture of, but having my gradebook and planner together really saves me time.  As well as my calendar

7.  Blue and Green Dollar Tree Baskets

It's an addiction.  I must have them.

8. Pinterest
When I need an idea for an anchor chart or anything, I pull up pinterest.

9.  Wicker Chair
I just love my $5 wicker chair I got off craigslist and spray painted white.  It has a nice pillow now.  I sit in it during carpet time. The kids love it too.

10.  Lap Trays
I love these.  I can turn any corner into a center with lap trays.

So what your must haves?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Commore Core Math Packs

I got some lesson plans done for the first unit of Math.  I decided I needed some center activitie to go along with it, so I created these Common Core Packs for Numbers and Base Ten Unit.  These packs allow students to practice expanded form, written form and compare numbers using the place value system.  This 36 page pack includes 4 activities.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Back to School

So much to do and the summer just seems to be flying by.  I managed to put together these Back to School Packs.  Easy review activities for 2nd and 3rd grade students.  This 28 page pack includes 4 activities:  Long/Short Vowel Sort; Noun, Verb, Adjective Sort; Four Type of Sentence Sort, Addition and Subtraction Activity. 

First Day Jitters!  Me too.  Such a great book to read on the first day of school.  I had jitters all summer as I moving to third grade this year.  This will be my first year ever teaching this grade and oh boy was I afraid.  I feel much better thanks to the awesome third grade blogs out here.  I put together this pack, which is good for grades K-3.  This 23 page pack includes a table of contents, graphic organizers, vocabulary words, writing sheets and more. 

Dollar Deals

I headed to LA Fitness for a quick workout and detoured to Dollar Tree and Target.  I grabbed some cool things.  Dollar Tree:  I grabbed a new calendar, numbers, headers, cursive alphabet and turquoise chevron letters.  Target Dollar Bins: I grabbed 5 white boards (love the new look of them), 3 pocket charts, write and wipe fact cards, 2 bingo games. 

Georgia I Can Social Studies

Last year, I got so tired of writing those "I Can" statements every week on the board.  This summer, I made it a priority goal to type them all out.  I have the ELA and Georgia SS "I Can" statements available on TPT.  Math is on the way!


Friday, July 5, 2013

Updated Products!

Just updated two products from my TPT store.  Both products are common core related.  Check out the Synonym/Antonym Bundle Pack.  This pack includes 5 activities. 
Also updated this long o phonics word work pack.  This pack now includes 42 pages, in color and black and white. 5 activities, 2 worksheet and skills for differentiated learning.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

OWL's in Third: Plurals Party!

OWL's in Third: Plurals Party!: Plurals!  I absolutely love teaching phonics and grammar and all the different rules.  This product can be used for 1st, 2nd or 3rd graders ...

Plurals Party!

Plurals!  I absolutely love teaching phonics and grammar and all the different rules.  This product can be used for 1st, 2nd or 3rd graders learning how to make a singular noun, plural. Get it here on TPT.

Monday, June 24, 2013


Here's a freebie!  Working on some ELA lesson plans for the next school year.  Made a quick ice cream scoop freebie on sorting sentences and fragments.  The activity includes a 2 mini anchor charts and sorting cards.  Click here to get it free on TPT