I am using some of my fall break time to get caught up on lessons I have been wanting to create but have been too busy to finish! And I am so excited to announce that my 3rd grade math flaps are done!!! I love using interactive notebooks! Although, there are many different things that my students put in the notebooks, the flaps are a favorite because they are so simple to use. Students just cut, glue and then write samples under the flaps! Use them to supplement to your 3rd grade math curriculum! There are flaps for just about every 3rd grade math Common Core State Standard! There are a total of 48 flaps in the unit! I also included labels and table of content for their notebooks. Each of the flaps has a 3rd grade Common Core math standard on it and an “I Can” statement.  Here is a sample of what the flaps look like inside the notebooks... You can get these HERE in my TpT store! Don't forget that I also have 3rd grade language flaps ! I hope thes...
The Common Core has put an emphasis on informational reading and writing in every grade. Teaching students to do informational writing using informational books can be a challenge. We will be working on informational writing and reading all next quarter in my 3rd grade classroom. And I am so excited about it! I LOVE to mix in some Science and Social Studies into my reading and writing workshop! One project that we will be working on throughout the quarter will be state research reports. Each student will be assigned a state to read about during our weekly book club. Then they will write a report about their state using THIS fun kit that I put together. Am I alone or do all students just LOVE using sticky notes?! In this lesson students will research a state, take notes using sticky notes, turn their notes into a report, illustrate, reflect on their writing and critique a partner's report. You can also have your students create a Table of Contents and Sources page if you choo...
I have been sick since Saturday night. But I had too many important things happening at school to be able to stay home. After taking my cuties on a field, trip yesterday, I was a mess. So I wrote sub plans on the bus ride back and spent the day at home coughing and sneezing. Oh.... and doing grades, report cards and working on some resources for next quarter!!! I can't just rest! I must work or I feel guilty! The good news for you is that I finished my Informational Writing Goals Clip Chart unit! This product is exactly what you need for differentiating goals during writers workshop! It is perfect for working on your common core informational writing standards! Here is how it works: You print the goal posters and display in your classroom where students can see them. Each student will have a clothes pin. After your students have written an informational piece, conference with them and set one goal you want them to focus on. Move their clothes pin to that poster so that...
I am actually a certified Secondary Government teacher. I have a degree in Political Science and before I had kids, I worked for the Arizona Supreme Court as a lobbyist.  But I just love the little guys and so I decided to that becoming an elementary teacher was my calling. Just because I teach Third Grade does NOT mean I can't teach about government! In fact, the little guys eat it up!!! I wanted to give you a little peak into what we did to celebrate Constitution Day in my class. We actually start a couple week before Constitution Day.  I used a couple activities from THIS kit. Our first lesson is a simple, and fun one about what the Constitution is. I divided the class into 4 groups and gave them the materials for a game they had never seen before. I did not give directions. I just tole them to start playing. They looked at me like, "Mrs. Sears, you have officially lost your marbles!" But soon they started trying to play. A couple groups started arguing right away...
My kiddos are going to be working on subtraction with regrouping this week in math. So I put together a simple and fun scavenger hunt. They need a reason to get out of their seats during our math block! Would you like my scavenger hunt for free? Of course you do! You can download it HERE . Have a great week! ...
Many third graders still need some practice with reading sight words. But sight words can be so boring to practice. So I made these game boards... Students roll a die and read the list of sight words that coorspond to the number they rolled. The game can be played independently or partners can compete against one another for a little added fun. The game works great in literacy centers, reading groups or as a fast finisher activity. This is perfect for differentiating since the file includes 12 game boards that are leveled. Each student can work on the board that is appropriate for their level! The bundle includes the first 300 Fry words. Check it out HERE in my TpT store.  And while you are there...download my new FREEBIE ! I made a subtraction with regrouping scavenger hunt! Have a great week at school! ...
When I think about fall, I think about football!!! This year I am capitalizing on my students' interest in football with this fun geography activity and game. Each week we will find out where our home town football team is playing. We will use a map to determine which direction they will be traveling and which states they will fly over. This is good practice for state reconition and using the compass. (You can extend this into a math lesson on Mondays. Go back and compare the scores and find the difference between the two teams!) Then we will practice state recognition with this fun football themed game. Students will draw a state card and find it on the map. If they are correct, they roll a die and move forward that many spaces. The first person to the field goal will win. This game can become more challenging for high grades by using the map without states labeled! You can even give the state cards to fast finishers and ask them to put the states in alphabeti...
In previous posts, I wrote about my reading and writing workshop procedures and my mini lessons. Today I want to share with you a little about my interactive notebooks. Last year I did a lot of flip books and flaps, but I was never really organized enough to have the interactive notebooks. This year, I just knew I had to make it happen. I thought they would really help me to be certain I was teaching each of the Common Core Standards and it would give my students a wonderful reference and hands-one, creative practice. I knew right away that I wanted to start with interactive language notebooks. Grammar is so tricky for 3rd graders!!! Last year we did flaps for nouns and for prefixes and suffixes. They were simple and yet VERY helpful. So I decided to make flaps for the majority of the 3rd Grade Language standards! The kit comes with labels for the front of the student notebooks and a table of contents to help keep the notebooks organized. There are 30 different flaps in the ...
I am pretty certain that I am OCD. I absolutely love labels and having a place for everything. Piles are my enemy. Keeping it all organized as a teacher has been a challenge for an OCD person like myself. Last year I had file folders for everything. My file drawers were stuffed full and I could never find the file folder I was looking for. So this year, I am using binders. A LOT of binders!   All of the binders have covers and spine labels. And don't they look pretty on my Ikea book shelf?! It sits right behind my desk. While I am writing my lesson plans, I can just swivel around and check my reading workshop binder or multiplication binder. It's awesome. So far! On the bottom of the book shelf, I have Ikea book boxes that hold my read alouds and some of my favorite teacher books. I have them organized by topic/theme. But I am still working on getting them labeled. Shame on me! I may even decorate them with some sports paper or ribbon. Too much white for my liking! ...