Elapsed time is my least favorite math concept to teach to third graders. They just don't get it! Many of them still struggle with telling time and basic addition and subtraction. They just don't seem ready for elapsed time. But I plug on and teach it. Over. And Over. And Over AGAIN! Please tell me I am not alone! Since students struggle with the concept, I have seen them get frustrated and give up. In an effort to keep motivation high and frustration low, I like to use scoot activities when we practice elapsed time. I often allow them to work in partners or teams. I think this allows them to learn from one another and have some much needed success. I also think that getting out of their seat and movie makes all the difference. Since I am a holiday LOVER, and so are my students, I knew we needed to use this excitement to practice our elapsed time. So I created THESE reindeer elapsed time task cards. It comes with a recording sheet and I plan to use it like a scoot game. ...
I was really in the holiday spirit yesterday. I had a huge list of holiday lessons that I wanted to make for my class and I made a dent in the list! Still more in the works. Make sure you follow my TpT store so you get notifications when I add them. They just MIGHT be on sale during the first couple of days. HINT HINT I love using holidays to get kids more excited about writing! The Common Core writing standards focus on three types of writing for the third grade: narrative, informational and persuasive. I made THIS cute gingerbread writing unit with a prompt, graphic organizer and writing paper for each type of writing! SWEET! If you are planning to build gingerbread houses in class, then the persuasive writing prompt is a MUST for you! Students will have to convince you to let them build the houses! Make them work for it! I also put together THIS holiday writing menu. And it's FREE! Please leave some feedback if you download. Enjoy!...
We have been getting crafty all week in math! The crafts have been the perfect way to engage my kids (especially since we have math at the very end of the day!) and reenforce the foundational skills of multiplication. I got many of these projects from Amy Lemons. Here is a peak into our week: On Monday, we worked on groups of two. Students were given a math fact on a post-in note and they used the fact to fill in the rest of their word problem. They traced their hands and glued on equal groups of cotton balls. On Tuesday, students used beads and pipe cleaners to make bracelets with equal groups. I thought this activity was really helpful. My students were calling the groups by their color. (ie. yellow group, purple group, etc.) Sometimes it is hard for kids to see a group and this made it very clear. I didn't let the kids keep the bracelets. Instead, I am keeping them. I will be pulling them out as a math center later. Kids will get a few bracelets and write the fact th...
I have already started celebrating Thanksgiving with my kiddos! We have been taking a trip around the world to learn how Thanksgiving is celebrated in other countries. The kids get so excited when I say, "Get out your passports! We leaving for our next adventure!" I am using THIS product by Little Red. This fits perfecting with my reading curriculum since we are focusing on informational text all quarter. The kids love the fun facts and the cat and paste activities. They are doing an amazing job writing post crds from each country to tell their parents what they learned! I am looking forward to continuing this activity this week! I just LOVE all of the products by Little Red! I use lots of their informational text kits in my guided reading groups. An for the next week and a half, I am planning to use THESE passages as my bell work. The topics are so fun and a few are really unique! I am so excited about my plans for the short week of Thanksgiving! We will be us...
Sorry to have been MIA for so long from my blog. School and a head cold have been kicking my butt. I recently did some thinking and realized that I was doing too much for too many people. And without much of any gratitude most of the time!  I had to look at my priorities and decided to put my family and students first. I feel much better! And I have lots of time this weekend for my family and some fun! I haven't had a weekend off in a month! Now on to the sharing... My class spent this past week researching and writing about Veterans Day. They loved it! I heard one of my students say, "I learned so much. I always thought Veterans Day was something to do with animal doctors." Lol! Now I would LOVE to share pics of everything my sweet kiddos did...but my iPhone (what I use for pictures in my class) took a dip in the toilet (Don't ask! lol) yesterday. So no pics for me :-( But I will share a little about what we did and what resources I used. It is not too late t...