Monday, April 20, 2015

Task Cards Recording Sheet FREEBIE

There comes a time in every teachers career where they come to embrace things that make their lives easier... 

For me... it is task cards!

task card recording sheet

Let me take a moment and discuss that a little further... 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Interactive Anchor Charts: Now Even BETTER!

If you read my blog, you know I LOVE all things simple, quick, and make my life as a busy teacher easier. AND I especially LOVE sharing those ideas with you! 

Last year, I shared the idea of using Interactive Anchor Charts ( you can read that post here...)  to help keep your kiddos engaged and accountable of their learning. I loved them in second grade, and I love them even more in third! 

Well... today, I am back to share more about Interactive Anchor Charts and how to make them even easier to make and use! #yeah! 

interactive anchor charts

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Charlotte's Web Book Study

Yeah! FSA is over! We finished our last 2 sessions of our state testing this week. My kiddos were pretty fried... but I didn't want to lose speed in our last 9 weeks of 3rd grade. I knew that this week would need a special kind of book to keep my kiddos engaged... 

Charlotte's Web!

Charlotte's Web activities
(You can check out this book on by clicking here or the pic!) 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

3rd Grade Math Review Jeopardy PowerPoint FREEBIE

Ok... we are *this* close to finishing our State Testing! We took a break from testing on Friday, so I thought it would be a perfect time for some fun math review. 

We take our Math portion of the FSA on Monday and Tuesday. Yes... I know... I hope that my kiddos don't eat jelly beans and chocolate eggs for breakfast, either! ;)

To review, we played a 3rd grade math review version of "Jeopardy" in a tournament style against the classroom next door. The kiddos had a blast! (Please note that the name "Jeopardy" is trademarked)

teacher humor

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April Fool's Day and State Testing...

Yeah... those two words should NEVER go together, but for some strange reason this is the second year in a row I am discussing the two in the same post because they're happening at the same time, again! LOL!

Mint test encouragement card

Let's first start with our state testing...

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

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