Our state testing begins tomorrow. Which means that today was our last day to review before testing. I believe that quality instruction all year is the best test prep. However, I still think some spiral review is good. Especially since our testing is just 3 days after coming back from a  2+ week break! My kids had so much fun reviewing today that they groaned when I told them it was time to clean up and pack up! They had been working on this activity for over three hours! I had no idea they would stay so engaged for so long. Since I had such an amazing day and my teacher heart is so full, I wanted to share this activity right away with my best teacher friends- YOU!  I called our day "Work Hard. Play Hard." And that is just what we did! I put together four reading centers and four math centers. I pulled a couple Scholastic magazines that we had not used and some other activities that we had not gotten to yet during the year. This included a stack of task c...
My students love earning new brag tags. They have been working very hard to meet goals and grow this year. With testing right around the corning, I wanted to create a brag tag to show my students just how proud I am. They are going to love it!  You can grab them for FREE by clicking HERE . Now I just have to decide if I am going to give them the baseball themed ones to match our class test prep theme of the rock ones to match our school theme!  Click on the pictures below to learn more about how I use brag tags in my classroom and find additional sets of brag tags in my store. ...
I wanted to have some fun with my class because I feel so darn lucky to be their teacher! A minute to win it challenge seemed like the perfect activity. It's fun and encourages teamwork. Mostly, I just like to hear them laugh. Warms my teacher heart! I started by splitting my class into six teams: Team Leprechaun Team Clover Team Rainbow Team Green Team Gold Team Lucky For each of the challenges, one person from each team would complete. By the end, each student would have an opportunity to compete for their team and opportunities to cheer for their teammates. You could allow every student to get a turn at each activity but I was a little low on time and supplies. I found this way to be lots of fun and a tad bit easier to run. Here is a look at our challenges.... Marshmallow Stack Students were given a set of chopsticks and a pile of marshmallows from Lucky Charms cereal. They had one minute to see how many marshmallows they could stack. ...
My third graders are knee deep into a geometry math unit. We are having a blast learning about shapes and their attributes! I thought I would share some of the fun activities that have my class begging for more math. Books About Geometry I like to begin our geometry unit by reading the book The Greedy Triangle .  It is an adorable book about a triangle who decides to become a plethora of other shapes before realizing that he likes being a triangle. The book has excellent vocabulary and reviews lots of 2-D shapes. Another fun book to share with your students is If You Were a Quadrilateral . This book does a great job of introducing attributes of quadrilaterals but still being interesting enough to engage our students. Plus, it has a fun activity at the end of the book! Polygon Scavenger Hunt A polygon scavenger hunt is a really fun way to get kids up and out of their seats while they notice shapes all around them. Take your class on a walk around...