Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Your kids will LOVE these!

I came across the cutest teacher supply store online.  They have reasonably priced items that your kids will go crazy for! Check out some of my favorites below.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

It's that time of the week again

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Once again, I am linking up with Manic Mondays for Classroom Freebies.  This week I am sharing one of my favorite freebies. 

Comprehension Building Writing Prompts for any Novel

Do you have early finishers that often do not know what to do? This is a great tool for any story or novel. Six fiction writing prompts and four non-fiction writing prompts are included. This would be great for a center or for students to keep in their binders or journals.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Math Mania

I love creating fun math games and centers to reinforce the skills we are working on in class.  Especially with state testing coming up, it is a great way to review past skills and concepts.  Here are a few of my favorites.  Click on the link to purchase these items from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Decimal Mix and Match Game- $2.00

This seven page document covers the place value skill with decimals. Students will match up the standard form, expanded form, and word form. Place value goes to the hundredths place.

Comparing Fractions Game- $2.00

This is a fun game for students to play to the skill of comparing fractions.  Students will each choose one card and whoever has the highest fraction keeps the cards.  They will keep playing until all of the cards are gone.

Long Division Activity- $2.00

This 9 page activity works on students' long division skills. They will choose one of the numbers on the leaf. This will be the dividend. Then choose one of the single digit numbers as your divisor. A paper is provided for them to write the problem and the answer. Remainders are included in these problems. The cute Hawaii theme will engage students.

Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Like Denominators

This is a free 8 page game on adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators.  There are fraction problems and pictures of fractions included.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

March Writing Prompt Freebie and Organizational Binder Covers

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
Well it’s Monday again, so I am linking up with Classroom Freebies for Maniac Mondays.  Make sure to go check out the link-up to find other fantastic freebies.

Get ready for March! This resource has eight different March writing prompts. It would be great for early finishers or a center.  Click on the link below to get your FREEBIE!

In addition, I finally finished creating organizational binder covers and binder spines.  I am an organizational freak and needed something to help me keep the bazillion amounts of papers that I accumulate organized. 
 There are 97 pages and include the following topics:


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What Good Readers Do

Last week after a lesson on inferences I asked my students why they thought we were learning this skill.  Their answers included, “So we can get 100%”, “To fill out the worksheet”, and many other answers that made me bite my tongue.  I finally got the answer I wanted from a student I didn’t necessarily expect it from.  She said so that we can be better readers. 
This really got me thinking.  I want my students to understand WHY we are working so hard on our reading strategies.  Not to get the good grade, but to become better readers.
Today we discussed what a good reader looks like and what they do.  After brainstorming, we used our journals to draw a picture of themselves and list good “reader” habits.  It turned out really cute and my students got a lot out of it.  Take a look at our pictures below. 
Did I mention that I CANNOT draw?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday Funday!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

It’s that time of the week again.  Monday Funday with Maniac Mondays.  I look forward to this every week.  There are so many talented teachers that post wonderful freebies.  Head on over to Classroom Freebies to check them out.
My freebie this week is a great common core resource for teachers. It has each third grade reading standard for literature and informational text. Each standard is written in a teacher format and also a kid-friendly format.  Click on the link below and enjoy J


Saturday, February 9, 2013


We just finished reading Superfudge, by Judy Blume. My students loved this book. It is packed full of humor and is a pretty easy read. Some of the vocabulary was difficult for my third graders, but they really enjoyed it. I have activity packets for each chapter. Click on the links below to check them out at my Teacher's Notebook store.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Classroom Freebies: Maniac Monday

I have linked up with Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies! You can get my Synonym Sorting Activity by clicking on the link below.  In this seven page activity, students will match words that are synonyms. There are nine different pairs of synonyms that students will match up. This is a great reinforcement and works great as a center.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Go Ravens!

I know I’m a little late, but it's time for Farley's Currently!
So here's the scoop:
Listening to all of the pre-Super Bowl buzz.  I am proud to be from Baltimore and am hoping that we crush those 49ers.
Loving the HUGE sale on TpT.  You can't beat 28% off!
Thinking about my observation this week.  Tomorrow we have 30 teachers from local schools coming to see how we implement the Daily 5 in our classes.  Then on Wednesday I have my yearly observation.  I’m sure they will go fine, but I still get the butterflies beforehand.
Wanting the Ravens to be Super Bowl champs. They’ve had a great year and really deserve it.
Needing to finish my report card comments.  Calculating the grades are a piece of cake...however the comments are NOT!  I'm more than half way done, so I just need to buckle down and finish them up.
Pet Peeves: 
Bad grammar.  With my little ones it is understandable, but come on people.  J There, their, and there is one of my biggest pet peeves.  Sometimes on Facebook I have to stop myself from commenting on status’ and correcting their grammar.

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