I am so in love with our interactive notebooks! I have been using them for three years and I have learned a thing or two about making the most of our notebooks with the small amount of time that we have. If you have tons of extra class time and nothing to fill it with, this might not be the right blog post for you. ;-) But if you want to use notebooks and struggle with the time they take, I hope these tips will be helpful. Please tell me that I am not alone...but there is always a handful of students who cut so slow that I have to use all of my will power to keep from grabbing the paper and cutting it myself! Part of the awesomeness of interactive notebooks is that kids are cutting, glueing and moving. So I don't want to take that component away completely. But, I am not opposed to giving them a head start to save a little time! When you print out a page for students to put in their notebook, there is always blank space around the outside edges of the activity. You ca...
I absolutely LOVE my Erin Condren teacher planner and my life planner! They keep me organized and beautiful! I recently shared on Facebook about the 25% off sale that Erin Condren is currently having on all of her teacher products. I immediately got lots of questions about the difference between a teacher planner and a life planner and how I use my planners. I tried to take some pictures to show you, but decided that a video would be best. Please be very kind to me. This is my very first blog video! The first video will take you on a tour of my teacher planner. The next video will take you on a tour of my life planner. Erin Condren has a fabulous 25% off sale right now on all of her teacher products! If it is the life planner that you are interested, she has many of them on sale for 40% off! And the deal gets even better! If you use my referral code , you will receive an email with a $10 off coupon code. You can use the code with the sale! https://www.erinco...
We are smack dab in the middle of our state testing. On our off days, I wanted to give kids a break from our usual routine. But, I really wanted to keep them reviewing! And that is where this graphing project comes in! I have done it for the past two years and it is always a student favorite. I break the class into groups of 4-5 students. Each group must come up with a survey question and answer choices for their question. After I have approved the questions and answer choices, the group will go around the class and survey their classmates. I like to give them a class list to keep track of who they have asked and the person's response. After they have completed the survey, the group works together to put their data into various graphs. I have my students make a tally graph, a bar graph, a pictograph and a line plot graph. The groups also write a paragraph to summarize their data. (Yay, integrating writing into math!) I love listening to my groups work. By this poin...
I have been keeping a BIG secret from you for the past month! It is time to spill the beans! I am honored to be a collaborator on a new blog called iTeach Third! It is a blog written by talented third grade teachers. Just look at the authors! I am in awe by their talent and cannot wait to collaborate and learn from them! We want to celebrate our blog launch by giving you freebies! Each of the collaborators has chosen a paid product in their store that they are giving away today and tomorrow. And the great part? Everyone is a winner! If you follow the iTeach Third Facebook page, you will receive all 11 freebies. No drawing! I just might have included one of my most popular products as my freebie. Trust me, you don't want to miss it! All you have to do is click HERE to head to the iTeach Third blog. On the blog, you will see a rafflecopter that will give you the directions needed to grab all 11 freebies! Be quick. This offer is only good April 12th and 13th! Have a ...
I feel very strongly about using the guided math and math center framework in my classroom. It allows me to differentiate my instruction, give immediate feedback and teach students to properly use manipulatives.  Math centers can lead to many classroom management issues if students are not engaged in meaningful activities or are unsure of the expectations and instructions. But when properly set up, this can be the most meaningful time in your math classroom.  I am often asked how I manage this time and what resources I use. I hope this this post gives you a peak into one of my very favorite times during my day: math centers! I have four different math groups. Therefore, I have organized my centers to include four different centers. Students will go to two different centers per day for 30 minutes each. That gives me the opportunity to meet with two math groups every day for a half hour each. I LOVE having 30 minutes with my small groups! We get more accomplished and waste ...
I adore Angie from Lucky Little Learners and Ashley from Schroeder Shenanigans . They are both so very sweet and everything they create is adorable! They have started a fun link up for the 2nd of every month and I love the topic this month! I am always so curious about how everyone fits it all in. So I can't wait to check out everyone's daily schedule! Now I am going to make a confession. Please don't hate me. Here it goes...I only teach from 7:20-11:40. And it is a full-time contact. Yup. I am serious. My school offers three different schedules that parents can choose from: AM- 7:20-12:30 PM- 11:00-4:10 Traditional- 8:00-3:00 I love the choice. My own children have all been in AM since Kinder. It allows us to complete homework before dance class and scouts. It gives us more family time. So, of course, I was very excited to teach the AM schedule this year. However, this means that I have even less time to teach just as many standards. Here is a peak at my sched...