Saturday, July 27, 2013

Long Range Planning

I only have 4 more days of summer school then I can start my mini vacation. I've got 3 workshops to attend before teacher work week which starts August 26th. I spent four afternoons last week setting up my classroom, my friends think I'm crazy but I want it over and done with by the end of summer school so I don't have to think about it while on vacation. I don't know about you but our teacher work week is filled with meetings and professional development and that leaves very little time to unpack and set your room up.
I've also done my long range plans for next school year. Now that I've taught third grade for two years I finally have a grasp on what to teach when. I downloaded the template from Ginger Snaps and filled in my information. You can click on the picture to take you to all my plans for the year.

I've also been busy creating stuff for my classroom, I blogged last week about the spiral deco mesh wreath I created as well as classroom signs and balloons for the Krazy Straws I purchased for my students birthdays.

Have you been working on anything for your classroom?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Spiral Deco Mesh Wreath

Saw this on Pinterest and knew I had to make one! I bought a small wire wreath from Hobby Lobby but after adding the mesh it grew to almost 4 feet in diameter! Can't wait to hang it on my classroom wall at school!

Spiral Deco Mesh Wreath: Before Ribbon

Spiral Deco Mesh Wreath: After Chevron Ribbon

Sunday, July 21, 2013

American Indains Lapbook

Earlier this month I blogged about the Geography Lapbook I created (

In VA students learn about the American Indians in 2nd grade, then are tested on the material at the end of 3rd grade. So obviously you have to do some serious review, basically reteach, the entire unit. I will have my students each create a lapbook for them to use as a study tool.

American Indians Homes Flipbook and Occupation Flipbook
American Indians Transportation Flip Book, Contributions and American Indians Today
American Indian Geography with mini flap books about each region.
American Indian Vocabulary

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Birthday Krazy Straws

Time for another Pinterest Inspired Idea... I usually give my students a birthday bag with a book of their choice, stickers, pencil, certificate and a couple pieces of candy. This year I decided to make them birthday krazy straws after seeing it on Pinterest. I purchased some birthday themed scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby and used my Cricut Create a Critter Cart to make the balloons. Then I attached the balloons to the straws.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Owl Chevron Name Banner

Per my post earlier in the evening (, I've been busy making name banners for the new school year. I just finished one for my teammate who has an Owl Theme in her classroom and I must say it turned out really cute. I think the Gray really brings out the other colors, now I kinda wish I had used Gray instead of Yellow... but oh well. She's going to be thrilled when she sees it! Can you believe I saw a shop on Etsy selling these for $30... I made it for under $5!

Chevron Name Banner

Can I just say I love Hobby Lobby!! I was there yesterday and they had Chevron Scrapbook paper in Black, Gray, Orange, Pink, Yellow, Dark Blue, Turquoise and Green. So I decided to create me a new name banner for my classroom, I'm not sure if I'm going to hang it over my door way, on my desk or all the wall in the classroom but I'm super excited with the way it turned out. I used my Cricut to cut out the shapes and letters (Sweet Treats Cart and Cherry Limeade Cart). I'm making one for a teammate of mine and I'll post that one when I get finished.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Geography Lapbook

My Goddaughter just finished her 3rd grade year. In VA 3rd graders take standardized tests in every subject and in Science and Social Studies they are tested on the standards from K to 3. Her mom, who's also a teacher, saved all her 2nd & 3rd grade lapbooks for me since I teach 3rd grade. At her school 3rd graders have to bring in 22 manila folders and they make lapbooks for each science and social studies standard. 2nd grade teachers save them and send them up to 3rd so they'll have them the next year.

They look like a great study tool for the big standardized tests at the end of the year. I'm not sure I would do this for every standard, but I'm thinking students could make them for the K-2 standards that they're suppose to remember for the test. I'm thinking of having my students create them for Geography, American Indians, Egypt, China, Famous Americans, Magnets and Weather/Water.

I've already completed my first example: Geography

Cover of 3rd Grade Atlas Lapbook (yes I see the mistake!)
Left: Classroom Map - Right: Comparing and Contrasting Maps and Globes
Left: Virginia Map Skills - Right: United States Geography
Left: Native American Regions - Right: World Geography
Egypt and China
Left: Hemispheres - Vocabulary (you lift the flap to see definition)


Do you do lapbooking in your class? Are there any websites you use to get the materials?

Saturday, July 13, 2013 &

Well any day now my classroom website, which has been a resource for teachers since 2008, will be retiring! All my files and documents have been moved to

Popular items such as the 50 State Postcards (located on the Resources page) and all the many reading response Trifolds (located on the Language Arts page) I've shared have been completed moved over.

So I will be using this blog to share my ideas and using the Teaching Oasis to share documents I create. If you find the documents I've shared useful please consider donating to keep the site up and running.