I have been on fall break for the past 2 weeks! I was was so blessed to be able to spend one of those weeks at an all inclusive resort on the beach in Cabo San Lucas with my family! We road horses on the beach, parasailed, snorkeled, swam with dolphins and relaxed by the pool. It was pretty warm and didn't feel anything like fall! I was excited when I got back to Phoenix and discovered that fall has come! And it made planning some fun fall activities for my classroom so much more fun! Are you ready to see what I have up my sleeve for the rest of October?! Some of you may remember THIS post from January about my Reading Superbowl. The kids had a blast and I was very pleased by the amount of reading my entire class did during this week. Which got me thinking...I have a sports themed room...kids love some competition...I love when they get excited to read...and the World Series is right around the corner!!! Yes! We must have a Reading World Series! So I got to work and made some th...
Fall break has given me the time to catch on projects on my wish list! Today I put together Common Core Standard binders for reading! These binders are going to help me keep all of my materials and assessments organized. I make things. And I find great freebies. And then I buy awesome products. But it can get hard to keep it organized. My school uses standardized report cards and so I really need my resources sorted by standard. Inside the binders, I have dividers for each standard. I like the number dividers because the number correspond with the standard. I am using the last two to sort my informational text by subject. On each divider, I included a label that reminds me about what is included in the standard. I found these for free HERE . Behind each divider, I put my graphic organizers, interactive journal pieces an assessments for the standard. This part of the binder is a work in process! You know you are a teacher when you get excited about binders! But ...
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.  This quarter my students will be focusing on informational reading and writing. In science we will be learning about deserts. And I just love to mix my science, reading and writing! I am excited to teach them how to paraphrase and take notes, use text features and then use the facts to write an organized report. But in third grade...this can be a disaster! So I made THIS desert research unit! Am I alone or do all students just LOVE using sticky notes?! In this lesson students will research a desert, 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 choose.  The writing pages will help keep writers organized! And they really need h...
I can't believe that it is already time to start planning fall and Halloween activities for our classrooms. Where did first quarter go?! Oh well....second quarter is my favorite! Lots of holidays! This Halloween, I plan to focus on pumpkins. That way students who don't celebrate the holiday can still take part in all of our activities. In reading, we will be reading a recipe for pumpkin bread and answering comprehension questions. They will be working on sequencing using the recipe and practicing their adjectives. And the best part...we'll be making pumpkin bread in the classroom! It is going to smell soooo good! Then we will do some writing about pumpkins. We are going to do all of this using THIS kit. Then in science, we are going to practice using the scientific process. We are going to experiment to see if a large pumpkin has more seeds in it than a small pumpkin. We'll integrate a little math in by practicing weighing the pumpkins and graphing our ...