Monday, May 28, 2018

Sunday 6 - Transition Words Anchor Chart and More

Thanks to Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade for hosting the Sunday 6!
My third graders have been writing persuasive pieces.  We've used this anchor chart for writing transitions from one supporting reason to another.  
The anchor chart is actually a compilation of other anchor charts I found online.
I have 12 iPads in my classroom - all obtained through grants.
We LOVE using the Epic app for eBooks.
This app has more books than I could ever house in my classroom library and...
 it's free for educators!
Check it out by clicking here.

We still have 2 weeks of school. 
We had to do some goal setting to get us through these final weeks. 
Check out this product in my Teachers Pay Teachers store for helping your students to 

Our final social studies unit is about Japan. 
Our city has a sister city in Japan, so we do lots to learn about this interesting country.
One of the things the students love is to paint Japanese characters.
I put on Japanese music, and it makes for a calm class period.
I lead an after-school STEM Club with three other teachers, and our final meeting is this coming week.
We are going to explore augmented reality, and each student will get one of these!
It's called a Merge Cube, and each side of the cube has multiple games and learning tools that come to life when you use the connected app.
I hope to write a blog post soon to share how this went.

This weekend I tried out a new recipe on the grill, and it was delish!
A couple added bonuses were that it was easy to put together, and had minimal clean-up.
Thanks to Mrs. Wheeler for hosting the link-up!
I'm planning on checking out her Editable EOY Bookmarks!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Poetry in the Third Grade Classroom - 4 Quick Tips

Happy Poetry Month!
While we do poetry all year long, April is a great time to really highlight this genre.
Here are a few tips for incorporating more poetry into your daily routine.

Check out this introductory lesson on Learn Zillion.
This quick video introduces learners to "What Makes a Poem a Poem".
It touches on the vocabulary of line, stanza, rhyme, and title.

Try any of the interactive poem tutorials on the ReadWriteThink website.
This site provides a wide variety of poetry formats to easily access.
Here is what the acrostic poem page looks like:
There are easy to use interactive templates for acrostic, diamante, haiku, shape poems, and much more!
I would suggest sending the link to your students through Google Classroom, and then have them try out the tutorials. 
Or, create a QR code of the website's URL, and post in your room if you have iPads.

Scour your school's library for books by Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and Bruce Lansky.
There are many books by these famous poets, and they are hilarious - kids love them!
You might want to check out Shel Silverstein's website, or Jack Prelutsky's website, too.

This is one my favorite poetry books  - it will have your kids ROFL!

Check out the resources in my School Poetry Kit.
You will find original poems, with reflection questions for each poem.
This kit includes simple examples of a cinquain, limerick, haiku, acrostic, and couplet poems.

Below you can see an example of the haiku poem and follow-up pages.

 Students visualize and draw the poem.
Discussion questions are included for each poem.
Also included are templates for students to write their own poems, as well as a banner!
This kit is on sale for the month of April!  Click here to take a look!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Classroom Olympic Activities - 4 Quick Tips

Do you have Olympic fever??  My class does, and here are some of the things we've got lined up to capitalize on the interest in the epic sporting event.

Check out the Classroom Champions website for inspirational videos from competitors, as well as classroom lessons on goal setting, perseverance and more.

How fun will it be to connect with the athletes while they are in Pyeongchang?
 Learn more about the science behind some of the Olympic events through ScienceNetLinks.
I follow them on Twitter, and they always share lots of cool info!

 Use this forever freebie in my Teachers Pay Teachers store to practice similes.
Some of the similes are related to the Olympics in general, and some will describe specific athletes.
You may want to also check out this product in my store that supports research of individual athletes competing in the Winter Games.
My students have selected an athlete, completed a research page using the team website, and are now excited to watch "their athlete" and the medal count.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Global Classroom Decor - Classroom Tour

I decided upon the theme of a Global Classroom for my third grade students this year.
This theme sprouted from our participation in the Global Read-Aloud project.
I love the way our learning environment reflects our global theme of understanding, respect and communication.
The first wall visitors see upon entering our room is the one above.  I felt it was important to explain to families and other visitors right away on the night of Open House what it meant to be a Global Classroom.
We use PBIS, so it was essential to link our school goals with our classroom goals.
 I created a decor pack that is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store that includes a variety of bulletin board options for implementing a Global Classroom theme.
These theme materials have a burlap background with globe accents.
The set includes a a variety of bulletin board options, as well as suggested lessons and links for setting up a respectful, informed global classroom.

This pack also includes posters and suggested lessons for digital citizenship, like the one below.
Teacher Tips for using the pack are included, too!

A variety of bulletin board letter styles are included.

I found some additional pieces that fit nicely with the theme.
I found this globe at Hobby Lobby.

These squishy globes are from Amazon, and students will receive these as gifts for Christmas.

I absolutely love this book, as it is written in kid-friendly terms.  It is a must-have for any classroom!

As part of our Global Classroom theme we have done a Skype with a Scientist, connected with a classroom in Canada as part of the Global Read Aloud, and invited in a local business owner.
We also connect with parents everyday through Seesaw Learning Journal.

Do you have other suggestions on how to promote and lead a Global Classroom?
I'd love to hear your feedback through a message below!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Monday Motivation - Morning Routine

This week's topic for Monday Motivation hosted by Jen at Teacher at the Beach is morning routines.

Our first bell rings at 8:21, and my third graders come in from their outside line-up spot at about 8:25. I do greet them at my classroom door - I believe having a happy face meeting them in the morning can set the tone for the day.

Once they are in the room, they mark their lunch choice for the day, note any reminders I have posted on the Smart Board

That's it.
  I don't plan any morning work. The students just pull out a favorite book and read for about 20 minutes. They don't have to log the time, they don't have to use a post-it for a reflection, they don't have to record a response in a journal, 
they - just - read.

Students can also work on a writing project if they'd like to do that, too.

I love it, and I think they do too.
During this time I am taking attendance, checking assignment notebooks, and if needed, pulling students aside to review something from the previous day. 

In the photo below you can see the assignment notebooks that we use.
Students bring a 3-ring binder at the beginning of the year, and we put their school-issued assignment notebook inside.  Parents initial it each night (well, most of them do), and I check and initial each morning.
Also, I create a weekly update of events and learning for students to slide into the clear pocket on the cover of their 3-ring binders.
Usually one day of the week I ask students to review multiplication and division facts with flashcards or sheets.  
We switch classes for science and social studies at 8:45, so these options work well for the short time we have before switching.

Also, students do get more reading time during our workshop session later in the day.

What do you think about students having read-to-self time to start their day?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Motivation Monday - Classroom Schedule for Third Grade

This week I'm joining Jen at Teacher by the Beach to share my daily schedule.

This is my schedule from last school year as it was listed on my classroom website.
The website was very easy to create on Google Sites.  You can check it our here.
Here is a zoomed in view of just the schedule!
The specials are highlighted.  We do not have any recess duties.
I had to teach my own computer lab classes, but the rest were led by specialists.
On Thursdays during specials my teaching partners and I had PLC planning time.

I loved having science and social studies the first hour of the day. 
We switch students during that time to help out the grade 2/3 split teacher.  She does not teach any of the SS/Sci to her students but does math during the time those grade levels come to us for SS/Sci. 
So, because I took on her students, I had 30 during the first hour of the day.

Students switch back for math, and I had my homeroom of 24 for the rest of the day.
Here is a picture of my math wall from two years ago.
 We use Math Expressions, and start with multiplication.  I cover the facts until we get to them.
See that chart in the lower center? That is a daily warm-up activity we do to start our math lessons.

There is a new chart for each month, and it serves as a review, or front-load of math content. Here's a sample:
I laminate the charts, and then each day I write a number on the chart in the top space with a Vis-a-vis marker. Students complete the rest of the info about that number in their math notebooks as we discuss the  answers.You can find these charts on sale in my TpT store here!
Also, we use the Seesaw Learning app, so I can save the math charts to the app for students to write on, and save to their feed. 
This is a sample one student saved to her feed last year.
The entire afternoon is for ELA (English/Language Arts) instruction.
We ended the day with small group intervention time.
Students did review activities in small groups while I worked on guided reading/strategy groups.

More on my strategy groups in another post!
How does your schedule work? What do you like best? 
I would love to hear about other options!