I recently posted a picture on Instagram (@notsowimpyteacher) of my math centers organized and ready to use. I received dozens of questions and requests for a blog post about my math center rotations. I have blogged MANY times about math centers, but it is a topic that I am passionate about, so I am happy to share! Specifically, this post is going to focus on what my third graders do during centers and how I manage and organize these tasks. I have four math groups in my classroom. They are grouped by ability level. The groups are fluid and always changing based on the skill we are working on. I give an exit ticket every week or two and use the results from the exit ticket to plan my groups for the following week. Since the groups are always changing, I needed a simple way to show students which group they were in. I just laminated paper and hung them on a cabinet door. I use dry erase marker to write student names on the posters each week. (I don't have names written yet b...
I love reading to my class and I get started on day one! I love the books First Day Jitters and The Juice Box Bully , but by the third grade, all of my students have heard these books several times. So I try to mix in some different books to keep it interesting. The following books are my very favorite read alouds for the first week of school. I have included an Amazon affiliate link for each book so that you can easily find the book if you want to add it to your classroom library. I absolutely love Peanut Butter & Cupcake ! It is an adorable story about friendship. Peanut Butter is trying to find someone to play ball with him, but everyone already has a best friend. I know that lots of our kiddos feel that way! The illustrations in this book are really cute and none of my students had ever read the book before. Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun is a fabulous story about being different. It is a cute story that makes the kids laugh. More importantly, it hits on the theme tha...
I am so honored to be hosting this back to school blog link up with Layla from Fancy Free in 4th and Courtney from Ramona Recommends ! They are a blast to work with and we have some awesome back to school photos and tips to share with you during the next four weeks! The first week is all about Teacher Faves! I just started back to school last week (GULP!), so I thought it would be fun to share four of my favorite back to school activities. Save Fred: My third graders had such a fun time with this simple activity. It got them talking with one another and working as a team from day one. You will need plastic cups, 4 paper clips per group, gummy worms and gummy lifesavers. Fred, the worm, was riding in his boat, the cup, when it tipped over. Fred is on top of the boat and he doesn't know how to swim. Lucky for him, he brought a life preserver, the lifesaver. The problem? The life preserver is stuck under the boat. Students will work in groups to pl...