Wednesday, July 31, 2013

6:15 AM on a summer Wednesday.... WHAT....

Do you smell that smell??? It's the end of summer smell...
I woke up at 6:15 this morning in such a good mood! My husband is off for 6 days!!! We leave for Branson tomorrow with our kids!! Because my husband is home today I decided to take advantage of it and go to my classroom WITHOUT kids!!! For those of you teaching mammas, you know the importance of this. I started going to my classroom last week, but I always had my kids with me. And yes they love to come and "help" but the truth is you don't get much accomplished!!! So I am so excited to work kid free in my classroom today.
BONUS! My husband took them shopping in Wichita this morning.... So what did I do you might ask???!!! I made some pintrist posters!!
I got so tired of writing the "when finished"  choices on the board last. Then I saw this!! I had to make one and can't wait to laminate it and put it up in my classroom!! The pintrist poster said done, but I learned from my awesome mentor 2 years ago to tell the kiddos they are not done. Turkeys are done. Kids finish their work!! Love her!

I am so excited to have pen pals this year. This is something new to me. My 3rd Graders are going to write to a 2nd Grade class in our district. I made this poster to help them with their pen pal letters!! So fun!!

I actually made this last year. I just got it out so I could finally laminate it. I did get this off of pintrist too. I actually this a Thanksgiving lesson with this. I read a book, then the kids  wrote a paragraph about what they learned. I had them write each sentence on either green, yellow, or red paper. Depending on where the sentence was in the paragraph. So excited to do this lesson again. This time I want to incorporate it sooner in the school year. More fun!!

Now if you will excuse me I am off to work in my classroom WITHOUT my lovely children!!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Math Word Problems

In third grade we have already been introduced to math word problems.  We like to look into the word problems to try and find out what they are asking us to find out. My kids love to play Frog Games to work on these word problem skills. I inherited these Frog Games when I came to third grade last year.
These word problems focus on various math skills. I have my kids play in groups of three. These games also promote working together, let's face it our kids need practice with this as well. My kids ask to play these games during inside recess!! You can order these by grade and by skill. If we are working on multiplication. I just pull out the multiplication stack of cards and they play. Here is the address if you want to check them out.

If you want to check out more ideas from other teachers click on Amber's link from Synonym Rolls & Antonym Moments.

Math Revelation Linky Button

Feels like a new pair of shoes!!

You know that feeling when you put on a new pair of shoes and you get that little confidence boost??!! WELL, that is me now!! I met a wonderful teacher/blogger who helped me with my blog. I have a new header and background. Not only did she help me with the look, she taught me what needs to be done to have a successful blog!!

My next task is to linky up with another teacher/blogger over math word problems. This is just so exciting for me to look forward to!!

    I'd like to give MRS B'S BRIGHT BLESSING a big round of applause for giving me my confidence boost for my blog!! Also MRS. B, you need to kiss your brain for being so creative!!