Monday, January 16, 2012

Pinterest Cause & Effect

Hello bloggers,

This week our reading strategy is cause and effect. My newest addiction is PINTEREST!!! I just google my ideas and lots of awesome lesson activities come to my fingertips! I mean what teacher wouldn't love this! Right? Follow me on Pinterest...
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Anyhoo... these are some of the cutest things I am going to try in my classroom this week:

Read If you give a cat a cupcake and complete the cause and effect cats. This is from

This cause and effect game will be perfect for guided reading. This came from:

Pinned Image
Finally, I am going to kick off the week with this anchor chart I found at

Isn't pinterest the best!? Thanks for all who shared :)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Literature Circles

Well, the snow is Buffalo has finally arrived... all at once!!! Since my graduate weekend classes were cancelled :) I have begun thinking about my little third graders. I want to spend more time focused on building comprehension within their reading. During the week, they are showing a deep understanding of the weekly skills and lessons but on the test, the skill does not transfer!! 

So, I think it is time to introduce LITERATURE CIRCLES!? Right!? So, I am looking for some good resources on roles for third graders, management techniques, and much much more! Here are some goodies I have found so far!


Superteacherworksheets has a few free examples:

I like how Mrs. Cowan's site and free resources!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ms. Winston's website with literature circle cards ready to print and use!!

Is anyone using literature circles? How is it going?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Boo.. it's almost November!

Where has the beginning of the school year gone!?

With a new adjustment to third grade, beginning graduate school, and a new HUBBY, life has been hectic (to say the least). I am going to try my very best to carve out some time for my blog and the bloggers I follow. I am always looking for new ideas and exciting ways to spice up my classroom!

Here are some Halloween ideas I have used in my classroom...

Persuasive Writing:
Students made haunted houses and wrote a persuasive story to get their reader to come inside their haunted house!

Exclamatory Sentences:
Students cut out a ghost and wrote an exclamatory sentence that a ghost would say or they would say if they saw a ghost.

RIP Overused Words:
We made a word graveyard for overused words. Each student got a tombstone and sent a word to the graveyard. On the tombstone, students wrote replacement words that could be used since their "favorite" word was now dead!

We carved a pumpkin and wrote a list of steps with transition words (first, next, last, etc.)

Compare & Contrast:
We compared and contrasted our house from a haunted house, apples from pumpkins, and fall to summer.

I am so SORRY I don't have any pictures. I just had to get back on my blog with or without all of the goodies! Stay tuned.. more to come!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Open House Treats

I have been searching around our blogging world and found some great ideas from SOMEONE but I cannot relocate the page.... if this item is yours please let me know so I can give the proper THANK YOU!

These labels are for open house bag of popcorn bags for the kiddos, shown on the other blog. I just made my own label to print and share!

Enjoy :)
Popping In

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Find a Friend

Who has a...?
Hello bloggers, I just created a cute twist to scavenger hunts, but with friends!!! I thought it would be a great way to begin talking before my students sit with a partner and interview each other! (I posted my interview in back to school). I hope someone can use it :)

Find a Friend

Monday, August 15, 2011

Bainbridge Giveaway!

Don't forget to head over to Christina's blog to enter to win her giveaway 'Check Please'! It's such a great thing to have for the WHOLE school year and it's super cute!!

Welcome Letter

Welcome Students!

In the beginning of August, my school sends each family their classroom teacher assignments for the fall. The packet includes a supply list and a welcome letter from the teacher. I wanted to share mine with you! I print it on cute decorated paper from the dollar tree! It always helps with a good first impression :)

On the first day of school, I send home a newsletter filled with another welcome letter, parent & student handbook, parent contact, parent survey, and permission slip to be on my classroom website. I am still working on putting it all together but check back soon!!!
Welcome Students

Here is my classroom supply list!

Supply List