Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gingerbread Man and Santa Letters

Put a fork in me... I'm D.O.N.E! Is teaching always this hard the week before holiday break?! WHEW! 

We've been keeping busy... busy... busy! 

We've finally finished up our Gingerbread unit and wrote a persuasive letter to the Jolly Man himself! 

First up... our Gingerbread Unit...

We started off our unit by reading a classic retelling of , "The Gingerbread Man". After reading the story, we worked on a retell of the fairy tale using this three tab sheet. 

retelling of gingerbread man

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Writing Folder FREEBIE

Something amazing happened this year... somewhere between learning how to do multiplication and our weekly close reading sessions... My class became writers. 

You heard me right...


For realsies, folks. Every time I turn around, my kiddos have notebook paper on their desks and they are writing. They're writing stories, poems, chapter books, information booklets. I can barely contain my excitement! 

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Multi-Step Word Problems, DECODED!

Even though we just got back from Thanksgiving break and Christmas break is literally just around the corner (how can that be?!) we're still working through content like it's no one's business. Who's got down time in 3rd grade?

This week we've been working through solving multi-step word problems. Now, any teacher can tell you that word problems on their own are tricky enough. Key words, important information, sometimes extra information, it's all hard to sort through when you're just a kid! Multi-step problems take this stress to a whole new level because now you can't just put two numbers together and call it quits, you have to do ANOTHER step to solve! #kidsworsenightmare #ijustwannabedone

solving multi-step word problems

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday Sale!

Have you heard the news?! TpT is having a Cyber Monday Sale! 

Thank you, Michelle, from The 3AM Teacher, for the beautiful graphic! 

You guys know I am OBSESSED with a good sale and online ones are even better. Save BIG while I'm still in my PJ's... did I mention no lines? Yes, please! 

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Monday, November 24, 2014

I Spy Division and a Thankful Heart

Now, don't be jealous, but I am one of those lucky teachers that gets to teach for two days this week! ;)
 Oh and did I mention one of those is an early release day? So, today we were BUSY! BUSY! BUSY! Down time is a dangerous thing in crazy times like these.

To help keep us engaged, I reworked a few of my lesson and converted them to lots of group work with sprigs of fun thrown in!

In math, we've been working on simple division. As a review for this concept, I whipped up a fun, "I Spy" game for my kiddos to complete with a buddy. 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The First Thanksgiving and Turkey Writing

Do you have the whole week of Thanksgiving off, or do you have to teach for a few days? I've got  this week and one and a half days next week to get through before Thanksgiving break, so I've been jam packin' my days with everything and ANYTHING Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving lesson plan ideas for 3rd grade

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Small Moments for BIG Impact in Writings

In writing this past week, I wanted to focus on "small moments" for our writing. 

small moment writing writing ideas

Although, I thought my kids were heading in the right direction with their pieces, I just felt like their stories were missing something...

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Cynthia Rylant- Author Study

Can you believe it is November already?! Where has the time gone? 

I thought I'd pop in today and share our little author study with you this week.

Cynthia Rylant author study

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Finding Your Teacher Voice on Nov. 4th

Unless you live under a rock (ok... or stay away from the internet), you've seen, read, heard about all the bad publicity teachers and the overall educational realm are receiving these days...

Whether's it an influential and well established magazine or a state's governor, it seems people are on an educational witch hunt and teachers are being burned at the stake!

Well... I'm here to tell you... I think it's time for us teachers to find and use our "Teacher Voice"

You know its power..  One little change in your voice and it can...
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Happy Tuesday! I just had to pop in today to share a few details of my AMAZING
 trip to THE BIG CITY with you!

Now this little getaway was part girl's trip, part work trip, and partly just a fun excused to get to New York City. Either way, I had a blast with my partners in crime, Tamara from Mrs. Russel's Room and Tammy from The Resourceful Apple.

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