Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Getting ready...

Well the past couple of weeks have been kind of crazy....I've been sick and I've had a sick child. All 3 of the kids have started baseball/softball practice and we've been car shopping for our oldest. We finally found her a car on our day off yesterday, Yay!!! Now she has about 3 months until she can drive if by herself but hopefully she'll get in some good practice before then.

We are already beginning to prepare for our standardized test in April (we have a practice one in March which will hopefully give us a good indication of what we need to be working on until the "real thing"). I really start getting stressed this time of year because no matter how well you think you've taught something or how smart you think your kiddos are, "that" test always seems to throw some of them for a loop! I hope to be getting some review materials up on my TpT store soon so please be on the look out for that. I will post previews here when they are ready.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Elapsed Time - Freebie

So...we've been working on elapsed time for the past week in our third grade class.  As you all know, elapsed time is an extremely hard concept for the kiddos to understand.  We've been practicing with manipulatives, number lines and t charts. They are beginning to understand a little better than when we first started, but we've still got a long way to go.

On Thursday, we will play a Hop 'n Write game with these new elapsed time Valentine task cards.  My kids love Hop 'n Write, Scoot...whatever name you use. This will give me an idea of who needs additional practice so I know who to pull back in small group time.  During small group, I can take about 4 or 5 of these cards and practice with students on solving the problems with number lines and t charts. If you haven't used task cards during small group, I highly recommend it, you can find out a lot about your kiddos.

I would love it if you would check out these Valentine elapsed time task cards on my TpT store.
It's a Freebie I'm offering so you can check out my work.  Hope you enjoy!

Valentine Elapsed Time Task Cards

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Daily Grammar Practice

Daily Grammar Practice (DGP) is something that I started using this year in my classroom. It is a spiral review of many grammar skills. I have seen a huge growth in my students' scores on these assessments, as well as on standardized tests. The assessments start out fairly easy and get more in depth as the year goes on. These DGP assessments cover 8 parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, interjections and prepositions), quotation marks, subject/verb agreement, types of sentences, comparative and superlative adjectives/adverbs, commas, capitalization, and punctuation. It is a spiral review of all 3rd grade common core language standards.

Please check this out in my TpT store.

Parts of Speech - Daily Grammar Practice

Friday, February 8, 2013

Chocolate Day!!!

Yep, today was Chocolate Day in our Third Grade Classrooms.  We researched the history of chocolate, did chocolate fractions, wrote a chocolate poem and then made dirt cake.  We also made chocolate covered spoons and ate chocolate dipped marshmallows and pretzels.  The kiddos were sugared up for sure!!!

This was all done as a culminating activity after reading the book The Chocolate Touch.  And, it just so happened that it was the same day as our Valentine's Party.  (Yes, we did ours today since Valentine's Day is on a Thursday).

I hope to be posting some pictures soon.  So excited to see I have 6 followers already since I just got up and running on Wednesday this week. 

Please check back often, as I will be working this weekend on adding some things to each heading.

Thanks again!!!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Welcome to my new blog! Thank you Christi Fultz for the cute design!

I am new to the "blogging" world...I know, I'm kind of a late bloomer, but I'm really excited about my new adventure. I'm also excited about hopefully meeting some new friends and sharing some awesome ideas. 

I will be adding to each page, as time permits, so please check back often!