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

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. 

division game
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