Welcome to my first installment of a blog series on task cards! For the next several months I will be writing about different ways that I use task cards in my classroom. But first, I want to tell you WHY I use these task cards. Why I Use Task Cards in my Classroom 1.  They make it simple to differentiate! I can give cards to certain students or groups of students based on their skill level and needs. I can guide my lowest groups through the task cards while allowing my higher groups to work on them independently.  2. Task cards are simple to prep. I get tired of prepping games and center with tiny pieces to cut! Then I have to add counters and dice. Task cards are a breeze! Just print and cut. You can give students the recording sheet. But they can be used in MANY ways without a recording sheet too! (More in future posts!) 3. Task cards are reusable year after year. You make them once and can use them for years to come. In fact, I use some of my sets multiple times ...
I am so excited that I was given the opportunity to be a part of this great blog hop! I just love the idea of getting to see how teachers use the amazing products in their classrooms!  I got to trade and grade Katie Palmer's See It and Solve it Stories. You can click on the photo to check it out in Katie's store. Right when I got it, I knew this was a good match for me because I LOVE any lesson that allows me to integrate multiple subject areas. Katie's product uniquely integrates language and math! I also knew this would be a great match for my students because they have been a wee bit lazy about reading carefully during math. They just see number and want to do something with them. My students were excited as soon as I told them that they were going to get to be detectives! Of course, I reminded them that detectives have to read carefully if they are going to solve the mystery! I gave them each a partner and they immediately got started. Th...
I have to start with a major confession. I STINK at making anchor charts! I see all these gorgeous ones on blogs. I am in awe. I guess I just never took that class in college! I can't draw anything to save my life. No, I mean it. It is so bad that when I do manage to draw something and my students can tell what it is- they clap for me. Writing in a straight line is hard enough for me. And when I am trying so hard to write large and straight- I always misspell something. It's pathetic. Let's just keep this our little secret though. Shhhhh! We still make anchor charts as a class from time to time. I generally have one displayed in our class library at all times. But for the most part, I like to use computer generated posters. I can make those! And they are easier to store. Now back to my tip.... I love Pinterest! But all the great ideas can get overwhelming. My solution? I had my husband get a Pinterest account. He has a board called "Honey Do List." From time t...
I don't know any teacher who is a big fan of standardized testing. However, they are a fact of life. So when life gives you lemon- make lemon aid! That is exactly what I do with test prep. I make it FUN! In fact, we don't call it test prep in my classroom. We call it spring training! First thing when they come back from Spring Break, we read this poem: What if school were more like baseball? I ask the kids if they would like it is school was more like baseball. Of course they say "YES!" And I respond, "Then lets make it more like baseball! But we have to get ready for the big games (test days) with lots of batting practice." We start by setting some spring training goals... These goals can be very helpful to me as a teacher! Since I teach third grade, it is the first year of standardized testing for my students. They need some instruction in how to be good test takers. So we make a a game day playbook!  I teach them a few tips at a...