Saturday, October 10, 2015

Mathematics Centers-Fractions

I survived my first nine weeks of third grade. It has been the best quarter of school I have ever had in my career. No joke, third grade is the best, if given the chance you should give it a try. The curriculum is so interesting, they can do so much, and I come to school every day excited about my teaching my lessons. 

We just finished up a unit on fractions and all of the math centers were hands-on using manipulatives. I have never seen students so eager to get through the whole group lesson so they could work at the centers. For the most part, my math centers have been used as a spiral review of the math skills taught this year. I use task cards with a recording sheet for the students to complete. I decided to switch it up this week and use some of my familiar tools from kindergarten. 

Linking chains in bathroom cups
Students took the chains out and wrote the fractions for each color.

Unifix Cubes
Students wrote the fractions for each color in the stick.

Teddy Bear Counters
Students made a set of bears and wrote the fractions for each color.

Domino Fractions
Students counted the total number of dots and then recorded the 2 fractions (top, bottom) for the set of dots.
Set of counters in a cup
Students emptied the cup and wrote fractions for each color of counters in the set.

Honestly, these were the easiest centers I have created so far this school year. I did not need to print (or laminate) anything except the notes on the boards and the recording sheets. 

I organize my literacy centers this same way and I will post those tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Student Data Notebooks

Last week was my first full week as a Third Grade teacher and I LOVED it! 
This school year I have heard "student goal setting" at least twice, so I felt that having students keep individual student data notebooks was a must this year. This will allow students to know their starting point, set a goal and discuss actions to reach the goal, then record their progress. 
Here are some photos of what I included in my students' notebooks.
 The notebooks do not have very many pages and could have been stapled, but I decided to bind them so I could add pages later.

Reading Standards
The students will record their scores from the weekly tests.

Goal Setting Pages

 Assessment Scores and AR Points

Mathematics Standards (used just like the reading standards)

Goal Setting Pages

Math Facts

Monday, August 10, 2015

First Day Activities

When I think of the first day of school, two things come to mind - overplan and know how they get home!
Here are some of the charts I will complete with the students this short week.
We will discuss how to be a good citizen and a good friend in the classroom.

We will discuss what a good listener looks/acts like and does not look/act like.
We will discuss what their jobs are at school and what my job is at school.

The students will write their responses on post-it notes and add them under the correct heading.

I am using this editable powerpoint from Natalie Kay's TpT store.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

My Owl-Themed Classroom- Part II

This is the view when you walk through the door.

Gathering/Teaching Area and Reading Center

Flat File beside door

Student Mailboxes, Word Work Center, and Small Group Area
Word Work Center
The drawers will be labeled with the choices for this center.

Helpers - I purchased the large pocket card holders about 8 years ago, the helper cards are from 3rd Grade Thought's TpT store and the circles on the sticks are from Kinder Kreations TpT store.
Literacy Centers - the pocket charts are from Target and I made the center cards.
Rules - The owl themed rule cards are from Tweet Resources TpT store.
O.W.L. binders are in the student mailboxes and ready to go!

The chairs are from Sam's Club.

Small Group Materials

The back of the room - writing center and the computers.
Cursive Alphabet from Ladybugs Teacher Files.

Focus Wall (from Leslie's Locker TpT store) and Writing Center

These charts will be used the first day/week of school. I had a hard time figuring out how to hang them on the dry erase board. It is magnetic so I used small magnetic clips and the charts kept sliding down. Then, I hot glued stronger magnets to the clips, nope, that did not work either.
Finally, I used t-pins and the strip (see below) to hang them with skirt clips, which were purchased my first year of teaching 22 years ago to display class books by hanging them from the chalkboard ledge.

Here are the cubbies and a lot of my teaching materials. 
It is easier for me to access materials when they are in plain sight.
My mother made the curtains using the same fabric that is on my bulletin boards.
The math labels are from Amy Groesbeck's TpT store.

The supply bin labels are from Ladybugs Teacher Files and I made the cubby number labels.

Daily Work Drawers-Learning in Wonderland's TpT store
I hope you enjoyed seeing inside my third grade owl-themed classroom.
In case you missed Part I, it is posted below.
Have a great school year!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

My Owl-Themed Classroom-Part I

It's taken two weeks and I still need to hang the curtains (my mom is sewing them-I had a problem with the curtains I purchased) and I need to label the math manipulatives, so I am just showing a section of my room.
Here is the view of the front of the classroom.

Calendar, birthdays and grading scale.
The Making the Grade topper (free) is from Ladybugs Teacher Files blog.
I think I have purchased everything in her TpT store!
The fabric is from Hobby Lobby. It is brown with colorful circles.

I write the daily clear targets for each subject on the small dry erase boards.
I like that they are portable and can be moved to the teacher stations when needed.
The circle subject headings are from Ladybugs Teacher Files TpT store.
Reading Center
The Books are leveled by AR grade level ranges. 
The circle tags are from Ladybugs Teacher Files TpT store.

Student Book Boxes
The boxes were purchased from Really Good Stuff.
Hallway Passes
I purchased these from the TpT store of teaching with peace.

Our classes rotate through PE, Art, Music, Library and Guidance.
I use these cards to remember our special for the day. 

I just had to have these for my clock.
They are from Pink Cat Studio's TpT store.

Please visit to see Part II tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

My Tree with Owls

You need a tree if you have an owl-themed classroom....right?
The owls will have my students' names on them. I use clear labels to print and then stick!
I will add 12 X 12 cardstock and clothespins to display student work on either side of the tree.
That's my owl-I'm in the nest!
I used a brown tissue paper puff ball to make the nest.

This banner will have my name on it.
All of these owl items are from Carson-Dellosa bulletin board kits.

Pocket Chart Tip

These small pocket charts were purchased from the dollar bin at Target. I planned to use them to display our literacy center rotation but they were too wide to fit on my cabinet doors. I had just hemmed 5 curtain panels and did not want to cut and sew back the sides of these pocket charts, so I  cut them to make them thinner and put tape down the sides to prevent the fabric from unraveling. 
I am hoping to post my owl themed classroom reveal tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Treat Bags

Happy Back to School!
 I am so excited for this school year! My classroom is almost completely decorated and organized, my third grade team works together to write lesson plans and find resources/materials and they are ready for the first week, and next week I will meet my third graders at Back to School night.

The students will each get a treat bag with candy at the Back to School night. This year I kept it simple and just made a "Welcome to Third Grade" topper instead of something thematic to match the treat. If you need editable treat bag toppers, I have them here at my TpT store.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Lesson Plans-May 4-21

I have some big news to share-I will be teaching 3rd Grade next year! I am very excited about the move and have already started pinning ideas and searching for materials on TpT. I don't plan to write any new blog posts for this blog, but I am considering a new blog about my first year in 3rd stay tuned.
If you need me for anything, just email me or ask a question at TpT. 

 Here are my plans to finish out this school year!

May 4-8
 We will be reading Baby Brains and Look at Us from Journeys Lesson 29.
The unit can be found here.
Literacy Centers

We will study the long o sound.

For Mathematics we will continue to work on recalling facts to 5 fluently.

Lesson Plans for May 11-15
During our last week we will read the books from Journeys Lesson 30.
We will read the books Pet Show and Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten.
The unit can be found here.

Literacy centers

We will study the long u sound.

In Mathematics, we will continue to work on adding and subtracting facts to 5 fluently.

May 18-21
 We will read some end of the (kindergarten) year books and complete the memory book which is pictured above.
 The memory book can be found here. I had to cover the bottom with labels before I printed it. I did not make a new cover for this school year.
 The students will share it with their parents during the Kindergarten Reception after the Kindergarten Celebration.

In Math we will play Racing Bears (Investigations), Double Compare (Investigations) and Number Bingo.

During the Kindergarten Celebration I will pass these out to every student. After all awards have been passed out the parents are invited to stay for a reception. We will celebrate with cookies and punch!

I have enjoyed teaching kindergarten these past six years and I hope all the posts I have written might help you as you plan your lessons and get your classroom ready for the next school year.
Have a great summer!

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