Thursday, November 21, 2013

3rd Grade Thursday- Sticky note teaching...

It's that time again.. Third Grade Thursday!

Today, I thought I'd share a little bit about how you can use sticky notes with Interactive Anchor Charts!

I bought these awesome sticky notes-- they are super sticky, and not just at the top!!!  I knew they would be perfect to add to any anchor chart when teaching.

Here's what I did...

I knew my kids needed some extra practice with types of sentences.  So, I printed off words to make a tree map.  I decided I needed to focus on only a few types of sentences at a time.  So, I stuck them on some white chart paper to form my tree map.  (You can grab the words to make your own tree map by clicking the picture below.)

I asked my students to give examples of the different types of sentences.  Then, I wrote them and asked where it should go.  

If I was in a brick and mortar setting I might pass out the sticky notes to each table and ask each kid to write a sentence.  Then, read it aloud to the class.  Finally, they can place their sticky note sentence where it belongs on the anchor chart.  You might also consider letting their friends decide where it goes.  Turn it into a game.. Just a thought!

The end result:  Don't you just love how colorful it makes the chart!

 I found a million other resources to go with my lesson!!  But, I didn't have time to gather them all for this post.

However, I did have to share this adorable song on Types of Sentences.  So perfect!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

3rd Grade Thursday! Educents Bundle-- worth the money!!!

I had to pop in to ask if you guys had seen the awesome resource on educents this week?!?!

Well, of course I bought it.  I am a new 3rd grade teacher, and I can use all the help I can get!  As much as I love the new challenge/adventure.. it definitely helps to find some great products for a steal!  

Click the picture to check it out!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Thanksgiving Math and Literacy Centers

It's hard to believe that I am blogging about Thanksgiving.  Where in the world did October go???  I mean seriously, before we know it Christmas will be here.  This year sure has flown by!
Well, of course I had to let you guys know that I uploaded my newest unit to TpT.  It's very similar to my Fall/Halloween unit.  So, for those of you that love teaching thematically-- these are perfect for you!
All of the math and literacy centers are Kindergarten Common Core aligned.  I have even listed the standards throughout, just in case you need to post them in your room ;)
One of my favorite things to do with my kinders was an art activity.  However, Kindergarten isn't like in the old days when it was age appropriate to let them express themselves through art and other enriching activities.. now everything must have a purpose! While I understand this... kindergarteners need exposure to art and creativity.  So, I always like to do a fun activity and give it a purpose!!!
One of my favorite activities included in this pack is the informational writing on Thanksgiving and the Mayflower art activity to go with it.  I just LOVE how it turned out!! 
Can't you just see these hanging in your hallway.  Your principal will applaud you for getting in that informational writing-- remember it says with prompting and support!!! lol
If you're headed to my store-- don't forget to check out my November Math Journals as well.
I hope you all are having a super week! 
So glad it's hump day.. I'm exhausted!!!