I just finished preparing for my annual classroom Easter egg hunt! It took me about 10 minutes to prepare this activity! It was ten minutes of prep that results in some of the most engaging test prep in my classroom! Inside each of the eggs, I have placed mini task cards with all kinds of third grade math and ELA questions. I hide the eggs all over our classroom. The kids find an egg, bring it back to their desk, record their answer and then return the egg. Do you want a good laugh during the hunt? I make my kids hop to retrieve eggs. Like a bunny! It is hilarious! Third graders are pretty darn competitive. I give them a time limit. When our time is up, we check the answers together. The person who correctly completed the most questions receives an award. My daughter won last year! I love that all of my kids are super engaged, moving and reviewing third grade math and ELA skills. You can find all of my questions, an answer key and award in my TpT store. Just cl...
Standardized testing is right around the corner. I think we can all agree that standardized testing is one of the worst parts of teaching. I get to keep my third graders in their desk, taking a test, for four hours straight on three separate days. Great teachers know that this is not healthy! No matter how much we dislike the tests, we have to give them. So why not throw in some fun?!!! I have some ideas for you! Several years ago, I decided that it would be fun to have a theme for test prep. I LOVE themes! Since it happened in the spring, right when spring training is going strong, I decided that baseball would be the best theme. Lots of my students play Little League and so they get very excited about the baseball theme. Testing is a lot like a sports game! You practice hard. You get a good night of sleep and eat healthy. You show up on "game day" and do your very best. First, I have students write their spring training goals. Students write about what they need ...
I absolutely love to teach Social Studies. At the end of each school year, I like to teach about United States landmarks. Most of my students have not traveled to the east coast. So we pretend to travel together! This year, I want to step up my lessons. After we read, research and write about a landmark, I want to give my students an opportunity to build the landmark with Legos! We will travel to different places each day and I know my students will be very engaged in the lesson because of the Lego building. It will be a great way to use our whole brain and make the lesson meaningful and memorable. The problem? I don't have enough Legos for all of my students to be able to participate. The solution? A Donors Choose project! I wrote a request for the Legos and accessories that my class will need to complete this project. You can read my request HERE . I don't have much time to get this project funded and so I am asking for your help! In return, I have a FREEBIE offer fo...
Now that I have been creating products for TpT for two years, I am starting to notice old products that need a facelift. I have learned a lot about design! So I am excited to link up with Primary Possibilities for Makeover Monday. It motivates me to makeover old products and gives you the opportunity to grab them for 20% off for the 48 hours! This week I made ver some Easter literacy centers. I gave them new backgrounds, borders and clip art. I also added a brand new center. The set includes a center for parts of speech, fact & opinion, syllables, dictionary skills and plural nouns. Click on the picture above to grab this set of centers for a steal of a price! ...
There are not words to describe how blessed and blown away I am right now! With your help, I have reached another Teachers pay Teachers sales milestone! I knew about it a couple of weeks ago, but I still jumped a little (maybe a lot) when I saw the TpT Facebook post last night! I don't even think that my feat had quite hit the ground yet, when I noticed this... Over 3,000 followers!!! We just celebrated 1,000 followers last summer. I am so humbled that so many teachers choose to visit my little store. So this is the gushing part....I could not have done any of this without you. So I wanted to share a little about my TpT journey. When I started my TpT store two years ago, I was just doing it to offset the cost of the materials I was buying on TpT for my own class. As we were shifting to the Common Core, I found that I needed to supplement our curriculum. Nothing seemed just right to me. So I began making my own activities. During my first quarter, I made $11. And I was ...
Are you impressed? I am blogging two days in a row! That is an accomplishment for me! I am excited to link up with Farley at Oh Boy 3rd Grade for her March Currently. I hope that this gives you a glimpse of my life right this moment! Listening:  I love country music. I listen to it anytime I am working or driving. I need me some Dierks and Brad to keep me company!!! Loving: I adore my Erin Condren planners. I use the lesson planner for school and I use the life planner for my business and personal plans. I just filled out my calendar for the week. It is scary. But it is pretty. That makes it better! Thinking: I should be packing. I wish that I was packing for a trip to the beach. Instead, I need to pack our entire house for a big move. Moving day is only 12 days away. I will not hyper ventilate. Wanting: I waited until Sunday night to start grading my writing samples. I just hate grading writing. It is tedious. Only 11 more. I can do this. Needing: I need t...