Friday, March 27, 2015

Using a Cool Down Box: Helping students Self Regulate and Reflect

Earlier this year, I broke up with my clip chart. It was hard, scary, and one of the best decisions I made for my class this year. A clip chart just wasn't working for these kiddos. 

Even though Class Dojo helped with some of our "issues".. (Which you can read about all about that here

But, we still needed a space to take a break if we were overwhelmed, upset, or angry... 

Enter the "Cool Down Box"...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Measuring Mass and a Fun Math App

Whew! It's been a busy week, I just *HAVE* to share all the measurement fun we've had these past few weeks!

Last week, I shared how we worked through understanding capacity like scientists. Then, we were ready to move on to mass!

grams and kilograms activities
(You can grab this recording sheet and other resources here in my store!)  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Plants and Spring Center Fun!

Spring has officially sprung here in the Sunshine State! It is only fitting that we're working on plants.

To kick off our plant unit, we discussed the life cycle of a plant. We watched this little video to help our discussion along.

Then it was time to get dirty and have some REAL plant fun! We dissected Lima bean seeds and worked to label the different parts. This is an activity I did last year with my seconds, so I KNEW my thirds would love it, too!

seed dissections, seed activities

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Just So Lucky!

So... we are T-minus 5 days until Spring Break and a mere 8 schools days until our state testing. I know I keep mentioning this... It's only because I am SUPER stressed about it! LOL! 

With all this going against me today, I knew I had to take time out of our busy "review" days and put in some fun writing and a simple craft. I NEEDED something fun and crafty! #teacherproblems #cantakethegirloutofsecondgrade 

Now honestly people, I BARELY have time to breathe, let alone teach AND do a cute craft... so I whipped this easy St. Patrick's Day writing in an effort to bring some fun back in our Applicious Classroom! 

I'm so glad I did too, as they turned out so cute and they were soooo easy!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Boogieing Up Your Responding to Text with SNOTS

If you teach in a Common Core (or fake CC state like I do) then you are very familiar with the idea of "responding to text" and "close reads".  These ideas seem to be fixtures on my lesson plans and although we've been slowly working on a routine with these two practices, we really didn't hit a break through with text marking until we started BOOGIEING through it...

annotating text

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Capacity and a Little Test Prep!

For the most part, third grade has been a HUGE learning experience. I often find myself having to "study up" on concepts before I teach them, especially in math. #teacherproblems

    But when I saw that capacity was taught in MY third grade curriculum, I jumped for joy! YEAH! Something I was used to teaching! 

Capacity (and actually ALL things measurement for that matter) were all part of my second grade realm BCC (Before Common Core). Although this would be a small unit, as it only focuses on the metric system, I was still soooo excited to teach it! 

exploring capacity the hands on way

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Today in My Room...

Today in my room I was reminded why I became a teacher. It seems a little strange consider the amount of stress and frustration this event caused... but stay with me.

Earlier today, during my precious small group literacy time, one of my kiddos had a melt down...
like BIG. TIME. MELT down.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Fun with Elapsed Time and a Freebie

One of the hardest concepts to teach in second grade was time. But that challenge was also the most rewarding for me! So when I moved up to third, I figured ALL my 3rds  would know how to tell and therefor elapsed time (the third grade standard) would be like a dream boat...

Yeah... not so much... #teacherproblems

Lucky for me, I was well equipped with time to the minute activities. I threw EVERYTHING I had at them, and after about 2 days of intense time book camp, we were ready to move on to our third grade standard of elapsed time. You can see more about teaching time in these posts

Monday, February 23, 2015

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