Monday, March 2, 2015

Fun with Elapsed Time and a Freebie

One of the hardest concepts to teach in second grade was time. But that challenge was also the most rewarding for me! So when I moved up to third, I figured ALL my 3rds  would know how to tell and therefor elapsed time (the third grade standard) would be like a dream boat...

Yeah... not so much... #teacherproblems

Lucky for me, I was well equipped with time to the minute activities. I threw EVERYTHING I had at them, and after about 2 days of intense time book camp, we were ready to move on to our third grade standard of elapsed time. You can see more about teaching time in these posts
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine's Week: Reading, Writing, and Math!

Can you believe it is *almost* Valentine's Day????!!!

I feel like it was only yesterday that I stepped into my new grade, classroom, and school in August and here we already are on the final countdown to state testing???!?!?!?!?

But let's clear that unpleasant thought from our heads and float to the love that is bubbling up in the 3rd grade room of this Applicious teacher. 

This week we're using, "Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch" as our close read. 

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Fractions Part 2- With a FREEBIE!

Fractions: Take Two!! Okay... a few weeks ago, I shared the beginning of our fraction unit with you. You can check out that post here!

Let's dive into the rest of our fraction fun! 

After reviewing our key vocabulary again (every time, folks, every time!) 

fraction vocabulary
(You can check out these posters and so many other fun activities for introducing fractions, here!)

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tips for Reducing Your Grading Papers Stack

New year, new organized you, right? About 4 years ago I made a New Year's resolution to not spend as much time on "school stuff" when I was at home.

The biggest "school stuff" time sucker? Grading papers. Night after night I was siting on the couch checking, marking, and grading mounds of student papers and I was D.O.N.E with it! 

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fractions: Part 1

For the past few weeks we've been knee deep in fractions.

Now, in second grade fractions are "easy" you spend like a week on them and boom you move onto time. 

Third grade...? Yeah... not so much... we're officially on our 4th week of fractions... yeah... Who knew there was soooo much you needed to know about fractions?! LOL! ;)

But here's a peek at our learning so far.

To start  our studies,We reviewed what a fraction is and worked through and discussed some key vocabulary.

I added these posters to help with the concept as well!

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Sunday, January 11, 2015


This was our first week back from break! I had totally forgot how exhausting teaching can be. I tried to keep this week open for review, but still hit some of those harder skills (cuz we're in 3rd now) I thought it'd be fun to do a little unit on Penguins!

We started with a with a KWL interactive anchor chart to get our brains moving.

Instead of a theme specific one,  I made this interactive anchor chart neutral, so I could reuse it over and over again. #timesaver #winning

 After watching a live feed from SeaWorld as our hook,

Penguin camera feed

I gave each student one sticky note and had them write facts that they already knew about Penguins...

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Year Resolutions Tab Book FREEBIE

Can you believe it is *almost* 2015?! I know... time flies! 

I hope you had a wonderful holiday. We had a fabulous time. Christmas with a two year old is so much fun! 

Now that all the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over with, it's time for me to start thinking about my return to school in January... I tried (like seriously, folks!) tried to plan two weeks out before I left on Friday for Winter break. But my mind was else where (Christmas shopping!) and I ended up with just a rough sketch of how I want my return to school in the new year to go... #canyourelate #realteacher 

This left me with planning a little bit while on break. I am easing myself in by starting with something fun! 

This little New Year's resolutions tab books from last year!

New Years resolutions activity

I've updated them for 2015 and printed out a set for my class. This will be a perfect activity to do our first day back! 
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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