Sunday, September 18, 2016

Earthworm Main Idea Freebie!

This will be a quick post to share a freebie.  I've just updated this one...


Click here to grab it in my store! 

I've included some related links that you may find useful.

National Geographic Kids Earthworm Article

The video below was found on You Tube. As always, watch out for the ads! I always preview before I show anything to students.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Five for Friday-On Saturday

This week was exhausting but great! Doing this post last night just wasn't happening! So, I'm linking up with Five for Friday on Saturday! Thank you to Kacey at Doodlebugs Teaching for hosting. 

My kids and I went to our town's Tomato Festival last weekend. There was a parade, some yummy food, and a baby goat (among other things). We decorated tomatoes. Mine is in the top photo. 

We learned about the difference between predicting and inferring. We kicked off the unit by using predicting puzzles. Each group gets 4 pieces of a puzzle. They need to predict what the image will be and write about the clues that helped them make their prediction.  Then, they assemble the puzzle to confirm their predictions. Read more about this activity and grab the FREE recording sheet by clicking here

Another strategy we've been practicing is determining importance. I started with this fabulous unit by Christina DeCarbo.

We practiced using The Secret Life of Trees and an article in Scholastic News. 


I've been counting calories and trying to exercise regularly. The struggle is real! It's going fairly well, but some days are better than others! The kids and I walked at the track for 30 minutes Thursday night, and then we blew dandelion fluff. We KNOW how to party in our family.

Our newest cat, Sparrow, willingly jumped up on my lap with Sunshine. There is still the occasional hiss and raised paw, but overall the cats have made peace. In case you don't read my blog regularly, I've included a picture of our other cat, Herbie. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Belated Five for Friday-First Week of School!

Happy weekend! I feel like I've really EARNED my weekend this time! I went back to work on Monday, and my students started on Wednesday. I'm SO GLAD I finally got to meet them.  It was a great week! I'm happy to be linking up (a bit belatedly) for Five for Friday. Thanks to Kacey at Doodlebugs Teaching for hosting!


When the students walked into the room for the first time, they could either use Play Dough or work on their first day packets. This gave them time to chat and get comfortable, and it gave me time to teach each group how to sign up for lunch, put away their belongings, etc. This is the best idea I've ever heard of! My friend Lisa at Second Grade Stories gave me the idea. She makes play dough for her students. I buy it. If you want to grab the packet I created, just click here

I read aloud Mr. Peabody's Apples by Madonna. It's my FAVORITE back to school read aloud. In this story, a boy wrongly assumes that his teacher is doing something wrong. He doesn't have all the facts, but he spreads rumors anyway. Mr. Peabody creatively teaches the boy that there is really no way to undo the damage that gossip causes. 

Next, I gave each set of partners a tube of toothpaste and told them to squeeze it ALL out. After that, they were given toothpicks and instructed to put ALL of the toothpaste back into the tube. 

The connection was obvious! You can't take back your words just as you could never get all the toothpaste back into the tube. 

Yesterday we made place value towers in small groups, and then wrote the value of the towers in standard and expanded form. The kids LOVED it. I personally knocked down not ONE, not TWO, but THREE different groups' towers! They forgave me, and we laughed. The recording sheet came from Ashleigh's 3rd Grade Place Value Unit. Like all of her products, it's excellent.

If you're looking for place value materials, check out these.

This is a photo of our snazzy new staff room furniture. On Friday afternoon after the students had gone home, our principal opened up the soda/seltzer machine. Almost everyone flocked to the air-conditioned staff room to chat and enjoy free beverages! It would be nice if this is the start of a new tradition! It was a great way to end the first week. 
It's been nice to come home to my husband, my kids, and my cats this week! Sparrow (bottom photo) and Sunshine (top photo...the fluffy yellow one) have been enjoying sitting on my lap while my husband and I watch NCIS on Netflix. 
I hope you had a great week! Thanks for stopping by.