Sunday, July 14, 2013

New Student Survey

If you're in my class this year, I invite you to take the following survey.  
This will help me get to know you both as a person and a learner.
This will be a great year...I hope you are ready to learn a lot and have a blast!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

What Is Donors Choose?

I have previously written about the wonderful organization, Donors Choose.

I currently have a project posted on their site to add 4 Kindle Fires to my classroom.  I am so close to meeting my goal!  I have about two months to raise the remaining $256 for my project to be funded.

However, that IS NOT what I am writing about.  This posting is for all of you teachers out there that aren't aware of this amazing resource!  Please check the site out, consider supporting a teacher, and write a proposal for something that you have been desiring for your students!  

What do you need to inspire, engage and encourage your students?

Link to my project:

Here is a short video explaining DonorsChoose:

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Donor's Choose!

Have you heard of Donor's  It is a great site for teachers to post projects that they envision.  It could be a request for technology, books, tools or other materials for your classroom.

We are hoping to get our project funded! 
Check out our story {HERE}!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Math is Fun! Fraction Help...

We have begun our fraction unit. The kiddos are really enjoying it, mostly because we discuss food a lot! Math is Fun is a great resource for math help (all different content areas). Check it out here: Math Is Fun - Maths Resources

Monday, February 25, 2013

Time Flies...

I honestly don't know where the last month has gone!
We have been doing assessments and I did progress reports...but I really can't believe that it's almost March.  Crazy!

We have been working really hard to understand what it means to infer.  Understanding iinference is difficult for most kids and I was looking for a fun way to teach it.
Boy...did I luck out.  I found the "Inference Investigators" packet on TpT.  It was so fun, the kids really had a blast and most importantly it made learning about inferences easy. 
My kiddos have a great grasp of inferring now.
You can get your own pack {HERE} from Babbling Abby.
Love, love, love it!
Here are some pics.
We ALWAYS start with an "I Can..." statement so the kids know what the objective is.

 This tells them "some" information.  They are infering the rest!

 I  glued these two papers inside manilla folders and laminated them.  These contatined their cules to begin making inferences.
I'll be able to use these in the years to come!

We made a class timeline to find out the missing parts of the story.

Very fun!  Click to follow her blog.  Thanks Abby!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Narrative Writing~Winter Stories

We have been working hard on our writing lately.  I was excited to find this Winter Friends Craftivity from Amy Lemons.  You can get it {HERE}  It has the template for the friends and the writing paper.  She is super talented!  We spent one day filling in a graphic organizer with characters, a setting, a problem and a solution.  Then they began brainstorming for their story.  They were to have 3 paragraphs, introduction to the story, a winter problem and a solution.  They did a rough draft on notebook paper then we did our final, edited drafts on the paper you see in the pics.  The kiddos were so excited to make their "peoples" after we finished all the writing!
Click on the pics to make them larger.

 Our "I Can..." Statement

A look at the whole class!

Monday, January 7, 2013

A New Year...Reflection and Goals

After recharging over winter break, we are going to spend some time the next couple of weeks working on reflection and goals.  I truly believe that third graders are fully aware of what they can do and what goals would be appropriate for them. 

Having said that...they can play us!  Right?  You know what I'm talking about.  "Fake" reading, not completing classwork or homework, "losing" things that need to be completed.

So, here are some ways I'm combating this epidemic:

I post homework completion.  I know some people don't agree with posting things, but it is just a simple X if they turned it in.  No scores.  Completely in their power and it motivates many kiddos.

I send home homework progress reports every couple of months.  This is just a word document with their name, reminders about homework expectations, and that they turned in homework __________ weeks out of _________.  Parents have told me that they appreciate the communication. 
Get my freebie off Tpt {HERE}.

I use tables not desks.  No lost papers.  Organized and neat.  I know you may not have this option.  I requested tables for several years before I got them!

I have students keep all their papers in their cubbies separate from their desk.  Thankfully my firefighter husband enjoys building furniture on the side.  Yay! For me.  I can check their cubbies often and they keep all of their work books and journals there.  Any loose papers go in a "work to finish" folder.  They have a "book box" for their books that they are reading, 3 classroom-good fit books and any library books or books from home, bookmarks, and reading response journal (they must write in their journal after each book they read).  They go "book shopping on Monday and Wednesday and get new books if they need them.  This solves my pet peeve of kids hanging out at the bookcases during independent reading doing guess what?  NOT reading!
Nothing gets lost in their cubbies or book boxes.

I keep a folder with a class list attached in my "Turn in Box".  When students turn in their work they cross their name off and put it in the folder.  I can quickly look and see who is finished/not finished and students get a sense of accomplishment when they finish an assignment.  You know...crossing stuff of their "to do" list.  I also keep a Turn-In Basket Sign that I got off TpT reminding them to check for their name, if everything is complete and if they did their best work.  After they check they highlight their name and turn it in in the folder.  This has dramatically cut down on "no name" papers.

Maybe some of these ideas will help you too.
My next goal is to work on a data board and/or folder for students.  This will help them with their reflection and goals.
Does anyone have any good strategies for posting, sharing and goal setting using student data?