Monday, April 29, 2013

Instagram Fun {Teacher Talk Tuesday}

I'm joining up with What the Teacher Wants and Apples and ABCs to share my Instagram account! Follow me at @msthirdgrade!  I need some followers!

 Here are some of my recent posts:

Sunday, April 28, 2013

How to edit iPhone apps and a freebie

How to Edit iPhone Icons

I recently found an awesome app called CocoPPa.  CocoPPa is an app which enables you to make your favorite image as the "one-touch icon" and place the icon on the home screen.  You can create your very own cute and customized home screens using images submitted by creators and users.
Check out my before and after pics of my homescreen.  There are so many cute icons to choose from.  There are tutorials on their website showing you how to revamp your iPhone or iPad.  The only thing to remember is not to delete your original apps.  I just put them in a separate folder.  Have fun!

Another great tutorial I found was from StyleFake.  She has a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to use CocoPPa. 

Maniac Monday Freebie

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
Once again, I am linking up with Classroom Freebies for Maniac Monday.  Problem of the Week. This week I am sharing my 34 page brain teaser packet.   I use one each week as a P.O.W (problem of the week).  My students really look forward to the new brain teaser each week.  An answer key is provided.

Click here for this fun freebie.  I would LOVE to see your comments.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Let's Get Acquainted Linky

This week I am linking up with Flying into First Grade for her Let's Get Acquainted linky. This week's topic is the 3 most favorite places in your classroom.  Since we spend so much of our time in our classrooms, this sounds like a great one. 

#1 My Reading Corner


#2 My Classroom Library


#3 Bulletin Boards and Displays

What are your favorite places in your classroom?  Be sure to link up and join in the fun.


Monday, April 22, 2013

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

I just finished creating my next novel unit pack.  This is a 36 page novel guide for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum.  My students LOVE this novel every year and really have fun with it. 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

This unit includes the following:
  • Page 1- Cover page
  • Pages 2 to 3- Characteristics of a fairy tale
  • Page 4- Chapters 1 to 3 summary
  • Pages 5 to 11- Chapter summaries
  • Page 12- Comprehension questions
  • Pages 13 to 14- Character analysis of the Cowardly Lion
  • Page 15- Novel vs. movie
  • Pages 16 to 19- Vocabulary homework and tests
  • Pages 20 to 22- Questions from novel with page numbers
  • Pages 23 to 36- Acrostic poems for each character
Click here to purchase this unit from my Teacher's Notebook store for $5.00.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pinterest Linky

I love linky parties and found another great one!  I am linking up with Diving Into Learning for her linky,  "Time Spent on Pinterest Should Equal Professional Development Hours."  Below are some of my new favorite finds on Pinterest.  Check out my Pinterest page to see my other boards and pins.

Comma People

I love incorporating art projects with my instruction.  This is a cute lesson where students give four examples of using commas and create a comma person!

Reading Group Crates

These cushion seats come off to reveal white board, etc. storage!  I would love to make these for my classroom.

Fun Free Fonts

I love fonts!  This link provides 20 fun free fonts.  These are great for worksheets or to dress up your classroom.

iFont Maker

Speaking of fonts...I'm so excited to share a fun and easy method to create fonts with your own handwriting! I used an app called iFontMaker on the iPad and made my first font in about 30 minutes. :) It was super fun and self-explanatory.
Be sure to visit Diving Into Learning for other wonderful Pinterest ideas for teachers.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pourquoi Tales

Pourquoi Tales PowerPoint

Your students will LOVE this 14 page PowerPoint. It explains what pourquoi tales are and gives examples. Videos are directly embedded into the PowerPoint that show the following pourquoi tales: why zebras have stripes, how tiger got his stripes, why koala has a stubby tail, why bats fly at night, why parrots are colorful, and why elephant has a long trunk. In addition, the last four slides are organizers so that students can create their own pourquoi tale. Click on the picture below to check out this PowerPoint from my Teachers Notebook store. $2.50

Write Your Own Pourquoi Tale

This is a five page freebie where students will write their own pourquoi tales.  An organizer is provided as well as helpful information.  Click on the picture below to check out this FREEBIE from my Teachers Notebook store. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Brain Teaser Interactive Bulletin Board

My newest product is a 34 page brain teaser packet.  I use one each week as a P.O.W (problem of the week).   I use one of my bulletin boards for this interactive activity.  Students have all week to answer the question on a post-it note.  At the end of the week, any students with correct answer receive a small prize.  My students really look forward to the new brain teaser each week.

Click on the picture below to check out this fun activity.  It costs $3.00 and an answer key is provided.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Possessive Nouns Game

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
This week my Maniac Monday freebie is a fun possessive nouns game.  It is a six page document and is free for you this week!

Possessive Nouns Game

This is a fun and creative game for students to practice singular and plural possessive nouns. The game is three players and is great for a center or a reinforcement activity.
  • Player 1- Toss the coin. Tails- Write a singular noun. Heads- write a plural noun. Write the nouns and possessive form of the noun.
  • Player 2- add a noun that is owned.
  • Player 3- write a complete sentence using the phrase.
Click here for this weeks freebie.  Enjoy!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Common Core: Text Dependent Question Prompts

I am excited about a new product that I just finished.  The Common Core standards focus on students’ ability to read closely to determine what a text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it. 

Rather than asking students questions about their prior knowledge or experience, the standards expect students to respond to questions that can only be answered by referring explicitly back to the text in front of them.

This resource contains 16 text dependent questions. It can be used as a center or for small groups.  Click on page below to view this item at my Teachers Notebook store.

Common Core: Text Dependent Question Prompts

Sunday, April 7, 2013

April Creative Writing Prompts Freebie

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
Once again, I am linking up with Charity Preston for Maniac Mondays.  Head on over to Classroom Freebies to check out all of the wonderful freebies this week.
Get ready for April!  My freebie this week has 14 different April writing prompts. It would be great for early finishers or a center.  Enjoy!

April Creative Writing Prompts


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Currently April

I'm a little late on this, but I'm linking up with Farley for her monthly "Currently" linky.  Check out her blog by clicking on the link below.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Toy Bin Labels Freebie

I recently created toy bin labels for my nephews.  The file includes 40 different labels that will help organize your home.  I wanted to share the freebie with you.  Just click on the picture below to download this from my Teacher's Notebook store.  Enjoy!

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