I had a circus themed classroom this year. It was fun and bright.   But I have to be honest with you...I think it was too primary for my 3rd graders. They didn't dislike it. But they never really got into it.   In January I had a big Superbowl theme in my room.  The kids LOVED it!!! Then in March and April I did a big baseball theme! Again the kids LOVED it! So I got to thinking (which my husband says always leads to more work!)...Why not have a sports themed classroom next year?!!! YES! I can make each quarter a different sports focus. First quarter will be soccer. Second quarter will be football. Third quarter will be baseball and the last quarter will be basketball. YES!!! I think the sports thme is the perfect for creating a classroom based on team work! So for the past month, I have been researching and creating new decor for my classroom next year. (Even though I was supposed to be focusing on the end of THIS year!) I will show you everything that I c...
This idea was orginally inspired by a pin on Pinterest. I ran with the idea and it turned out perfectly!!! I am a firm believer that learning and practice should not stop just because schools stops. I buy workbooks and make educational games for my own four children. Plus, they are still expected to read for at least thirty minutes per day. Wouldn't it be great if all parents felt this way?! But, we know that isn't going to happen. So I want to make reading, writing and math facts fun enough that perhaps my students would CHOOSE to do them over the summer! I explained to my kids just how much information you loose by not practicing over the summer. This shocked them. I'll admit that I was hoping for that reaction. =) So I split my class into three groups and rotated these centers to each group. Each student was given a gallon Ziploc to keep their finished work in. 1. Reading Center: First, they made adorable popcicle bookmarks. I found this idea on Pinterest. Go to t...
My kids have spent the last 8 weeks learning about the ocean! I thought I would share some of the fun things that we have done during our ocean unit because they might make fun end of school year activities. I won't be sharing any specific curriculum that my school developed- but I will share things I came up with of that I purchased on TpT. First, I introduce my ocean unit by telling the kids that I came across this help wanted ad for a Marine Biologist.   I act just as serious as can be. It makes the kids laugh! Next, I have them all apply for the job using this application. I love doing this for a couple reasons. First, it gives me a good idea of what they already know about ocean animals and what they want to know more about. And second, it is a chance for me to show them a real world example of why persuasive writing is so important. One day they will all have to persuade someone to hire them! Would you like to do this with your class? I put my printables on TpT fo...
My kiddos are hard at work today making Teacher Appreciation cards to give to their teachers this week! I wanted to show my appreciation to all my teacher friends in blog land...so I am having a sale on almost every one of my lessons in my TpT store on Monday and Tuesday!!! Check it out ! I recommend the End of Year Grilling Up Math Fun set! It is a fun way to keep the kids learning during those tough last weeks of school! Another recommendation is my End of Year Awards ! Students get to vote for which awards each of their classmates will receive. Fun! Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!...
Actually my kids had a blast with our baseball themed test review. But this teacher could not be happier to be done with state standardized tests! I have shared all kinds of baseball thmed review games. (Just click on "Baseball Theme" on the side bar to see the posts.) I wanted to follow up and show you the last couple of things my kids did before test day. We talked a lot about test taking stratgies. I had them all pick one that they thought should be their own personal goal for test day. They wrote it on a clip art baseball. Then we glued the balls onto baseball mits and decorated our door with their test taking promises. I even made one!   Then right before test day I made a fun pennant with test taking tips. I made an accrostic poem using the word "Swing." The kids loved reading it on their way in the room each morning! In fact my kiddos loved this baseball theme and the fun Superbowl activities from January so much....that I decided to ditch ...