Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Text Features Booklet

I am suppose to be grading writing prompts and writing up my parent conference forms for the week... but my creative juices are flowing. I created this booklet to review nonfiction text features.

Directions are included on how this booklet should be copied and stapled.

Table of Contents- Students need to number each page and write the headings of each chapter in the table of contents along with the page number.

Caption- Students needs to color the picture and write a caption to match it.

Diagram- Students need to color the diagram and label the parts of the life cycle.

Heading- Students can use the diagram and word bank to write a paragraph about the Pumpkin Life Cycle.

Line Plot- Students need to create a Line Plot with the data given.

Glossary- Students needs to write a sentence about each word in the glossary.

Index- Students need to write important words in the index along with their page numbers.

Click Here for a link to the booklet.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Currently October


Listening- I watch the Cosby Show everyday... so it seems that I'm always listening to it!

Loving- I am loving my class! I have the sweetest bunch of 3rd graders and their parents are always sending me gifts of appreciation. I've had some rough groups and there have been times when I questioned if I could even continue on in this profession, so I'm thankful for those years when I have a "break", where they don't put ALL the low achieving students and behavior problems together in my classroom! I'm also loving the fact that I am officially pain free! For as long as I've been blogging, I've been dealing with chronic pain conditions... ovarian teratoma, uterine fibroids but now that both have been removed, I feel amazing. My parents from last year see me and the notice a huge difference, they tell me I look great, that I seem happier and that I'm even glowing. I didn't realize how bad I had felt until I didn't feel that way anymore.

Thinking- I love my class and parents so much that I'd consider looping to 4th. If it didn't require moving rooms... I'd loop in a heartbeat and I've never taught higher than 3rd before.

Wanting- I want to get all my Christmas Shopping done early this year.

Needing- To get dressed for the State Fair, I took a half personal day on Thursday and went with my friend. Today my husband and I are going. Already ate the sirloin tips and shrimp sandwich. Today I eat the lobster roll and funnel cake.

Trick- I saw this years ago at a school I worked in and I've started it a couple times in schools I've worked in. Thought I'd share.
Click Picture for Boo Gram

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Free October Resources

Three weeks in and I'm an EXHAUSTED! I'm loving my 24 third graders, they are the sweetest children I've ever had the privilege of teaching. They love to spoil me too... to day I've received 4 bags of my favorite Haribo Gummy Bears, a gift card to Hobby Lobby and countless books for my classroom! I was able to get the October Resources redesigned and uploaded. Hope on over The Teaching Oasis and check them out!

October Task Cards

October Poems

October Word Wall Words

Monday, September 1, 2014

Currently September

Listening: trying to find something good on television to watch...
Loving: for the first time in three years I'll be pain free when school starts tomorrow. The doctor has released me, I just have a 10lb lift restriction but that's it. I feel pretty good too.
Thinking: I need to figure out what to wear tomorrow, it's going to be 98* in Richmond and I'm not looking forward recess, the heat index is suppose to be over 100* so I think we may get about 10-15 minutes... I'll just have to make it up to them once it gets cooler.
Wanting: I could really use a week between teacher work week and the first week of school to just relax!
Needing: I wish my momma was still here taking care of me... when she was here my house was clean, food was cooked and laundry was washed and folded. But she's back home now and I'm left to do it by myself.
3 Trips: Since I've been to Maine and the Colorado Rockies I figure I'd like to visit Vermont and the Appalachian Mountains. I'd also love to go to a tropical island or take a cruise of some sort.
I've been busy creating on my computer and decided to make some S'more Themed Reading Strategy and Skill Posters. Click the picture below to download.
S'more Reading Strategy and Skill Posters

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I Survived!

Me on Monday of Teacher Work Week
I survived teacher work week! I was also able to meet 19 of my 25 students at Open House on Friday. Looks like I have a great group that seem eager to learn. I thought I'd share a couple of files with you. This will be my first year having a student that has a peanut allergy, so I thought I should post a sign outside my door alerting to that.
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I also wanted to share the stationary I created for the first week of school. I like to get a baseline writing from every student. This will help me evaluate their writing skills and set goals for them... using capitalization and punctuation correctly, spelling sight words correctly, adding details, and so on. I intend to brainstorm all the things they can possibly tell me about themselves and then have them write about themselves for me to read. Creative Clips came out with some cute S'More Graphics and I couldn't wait to use them somehow!
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Classroom Tour 2014-2015

My classroom is finally finished. In the 11th hour they hired a new teacher for 3rd grade so I felt the need to finish it so I can be available to help her teacher work week.

Here is my writing station, all ready for my bar from Ikea to be hung, that has the containers you can hang on it and my Whole Brain Teaching rules board.

Here you can see my Behavior Clip Chart, my Daily Schedule and my Parent Wish List... got the cupcake idea
from Pinterest.

Here's my calendar, the Super Improver Levels from WBT, 7 Habits of Happy Kids, Life Skill of the Week,
Jobs and Morning Routine.
Above the board our Nonfiction Text Features and Reading Strategy Posters I got from my last school.
Here is my Super Improver Board, students will start off with a White Card, Beginner Level, then once they earn 10 stickers
they move up to the next level, Green Card, Learner Level. I'll put my writing and math posters in this corner.
Carpet Area with my Spiral Wreath with the Birthday Chart hanging below it.

Classroom Library leveled for Accelerated Reader.
Here's the computer nook, workstations and carpet area.
Storage area with boxes set up for sorting community supplies during Open House.
The Back Counter, it will house all of the things my teacher desk use to.
Sink Area
This is my Science Area, it has Engineering and Design Process Posters, Science standards and the Scientific Method.
Reading Group Materials, Chevron Baskets from Michael's.
Genre and Reading Posters... oh and my name banner.
Reading Strategy and Skill Posters
Reading Group Area
Reading Group Area...aka my new teacher desk
View from the door. I've already put out the students' Literacy Binders, Communication Folders and Welcome Treats.

I love setting up my classroom for a new year! Below are some links to some things that are in my room, just in case you want to get them for yours ;)

*Chevron Labels by Learning in Wonderland
*Melonheadz Genre Posters by Rachel Lamb
*Melonheadz Reading Posters by Amy Groesbeck

Monday, August 11, 2014

Free September Resources

September Task Cards from The Teaching Oasis
Hopefully you're family with my website The Teaching Oasis {link to the right}. It's full of free resources for {Virginia} teachers that are geared towards 2nd and 3rd grade.

I started the site back in 2010. Funny thing is, I use to share my resources freely on the Second Grade Teachers Club when a teacher took my resources and several others and started selling them on Teachers Pay Teachers. That's when I had a light bulb moment... if she could sell my resources, so could I. So for two years I successfully sold items. Then God laid it on my heart to offer up my materials once again for free and run the site off of donations. So as hard as it was, I was obedient and did just that. Donations have been able to keep the site live so all is well. Oh, and is it bad that I googled the teachers name {because I will never forget it} when I was in the hospital recovering and saw a mugshot of her... apparently she had been arrested for petty theft a couple of years ago. Can't say I'm surprised, as she has always had questionable character. It's unfortunate that we have people like that teaching our children.
Anyway, I just uploaded updated September Task Cards. Same text, different design. I assume teachers print these and laminate them and place them in a writing center.
 These word wall cards can be printed and laminated, then cut apart. You can keep them in a center or put them on a bulletin board.
I also added monthly poems back to the website. Envision a composition notebook. Opened to a left and right page. On the left students can glue the poem. On the right they can glue the journal strip, respond and even draw and color a picture.

So if you want to stop by and download some free monthly resources, feel free.