Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fall in Love with Teaching

I am beyond excited to be taking part in the Third Grade Tribe's Fall in Love with Teaching Blog Hop! These ladies and a few gents are amazing! I have learned so much since I joined this tribe! They are inspirational and so knowledgeable. I hope you will keep hopping through these amazing blogs! Many of these bloggers are having giveaways (including me!) and our tribe is having a HUGE giveaway, so keep reading!


One of the things I truly love about teaching 3rd grade is watching my new kiddos start to really think deeply about text. When they come into 3rd grade, they are just beginning to be able to talk about their reading. When you add partner talk and collaboration into your reading instruction, their thinking just explodes! I love that!
When I began to use constructed response questions paired with our reading series, I could see the level of comprehension rise immediately. No longer were we looking for the correct response to a multiple choice question. Now we wanted to express our thinking by restating the question and supporting our answer with text evidence. This type of activity really lent itself to partner talk and collaborative practices during our language arts block. By encouraging our students to answer questions with a partner, we are giving those struggling readers a huge boost. On the next question, they are ready to tackle it themselves. Not only that - those good readers are modeling how to do it! 
Definitely not the prettiest picture,
BUT look
at all that amazing writing!
Everyday my kiddos are responding to text
and the difference from the
first week of school to now is pretty amazing!
In order for my students to have this opportunity consistently, I began creating my supplemental materials for Reading Wonders during the past school year. As time went on, I realized how valuable this daily practice was for all of my students.  Using the questions stems for Common Core, I created a comprehension question and a word work question for each day of the week.  

I use these constructed response sheets for exit tickets after my reading lesson.  I can quickly see who got it and who didn't.  Then I take a quick classwork grade.  Super easy, super quick!  If you teach using the Reading Wonders series, you might be interested in my constructed response resources.  Because I have included the standard for each question, I have separate resources for Common Core standards and Florida LAFS standards.  You can take a look at these products on TPT by clicking here AND you have the chance to win a bundle pack for Units 1 - 3 by entering the Rafflecopter below!

Reading Wonders 3rd Gr Constructed Response Bundle Pk UnitReading Wonders 3rd Gr Constructed Response Bundle Pk Unit

**Also available in individual units.**

Here's a little peek.....

Even if you don't use a reading series, constructed response is the way to go for deeper thinking about text.  Use question stems with any text.  You will love it too! (If you enter my giveaway and don't need the Reading Wonders Bundle Pack, I will let you choose any product from my store!) Just sharing the love!

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Then enter to win a $50 TPT Gift Card at the Rafflecopter below!

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Don't forget to keep hopping! Teaching with Team W is next! Just click below!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

#Third Grade Tribe Dollar Deals on TPT - This Weekend Only!!

Did you know that if you type #thirdgradetribe into the search bar on TPT, you will see a whole bunch of dollar deals?  Yep, that's right! This weekend only, lots and lots of third grade TPT Sellers are offering dollar deals on Teachers Pay Teachers.  All you have to do is search using our hashtag - #thirdgradetribe!

So, what am I offering??? All three of my True or False - Prove It Math Centers are only $1.00!  So, third grade teachers, aren't you getting ready to start teaching multiplication? I have a center for that. 

Multiplication True or False? Prove It!

Then around Thanksgiving, it will be fraction time - I have a center for that. 

Finally, January or so comes the dreaded Elapsed Time. Guess what?  I have a center for that.

The best part is that my centers include constructed response through error analysis which takes our little mathematicians into higher thinking territory. All for $1.00!

I am also offering my Florida Teacher buddies, the Florida LAFS and MAFS Standards Checklists. 

Florida LAFS Standards Checklist
Florida MAFS Standards Checklist

Don't forget! Just use #thirdgradetribe to find all the amazing dollar deals...but hurry! Cause the sale is this weekend only!

>>>> Make sure you leave feedback for the TPT sellers! You receive TPT credits and they love to see what you think about their products.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Peeking into Classrooms - Go ahead and LOOK!

Hi Friends!  I feel like I have been M.I.A. lately!  Oh, the Back to School blues, right? One minute it was July and I was leisurely working on BTS tasks at home and the next BAM! It was Orientation and I was NOT READY!!!

Part of the problem was my sweet daughter who finished up her summer term at FSU on August 7th. We had to move her and all of her stuff back home and then get her ready for her departure on August 26th for London Study Abroad. In between August 7th and August 26th, this mom wanted to spend major quality time with her (priorities). Also, there was the situation with our school under major construction this summer and let's just say, things weren't exactly rosy (or finished) when we returned. However, here we are 2 weeks in and I'm finally gettting back to blogging.

I've been drooling over all these before and after photos of beautiful classrooms and wishing mine was picture ready - but it's not.  It doesn't feel "pretty", but it does feel like enough - for now.  Again - priorities. HOWEVER, I do have some "purdy" ones to show you!  My teacher bestie Heather has an adorable room and I can't wait to share it!  She graciously sent me lots of pics for you to ooh and aah about and maybe get an idea or two!


Love the pops of color everywhere!

Classroom Library all tucked into this corner.

I just love all the color!  Of course, not every surface is covered yet - need to leave a little room for student work!

Another wonderful teacher friend is Christine, who teaches in Okinawa.  Her room theme is Mrs. Hecox' United Nations. She has had this unique theme for quite awhile and it is perfectly her!  Here is a few of her awesome pics!

Loved the chevron and pops of color on the lower cabinets.
The students will put their buckets
there for drops from others.

See the blue United Nations flag on the right?  

Love these table desk thingys and the carpet (so quiet!).

Also, a little jealous of the lanterns hanging from the
ceiling - no fire marshall there!
Hope you enjoyed this little tour of my teacher besties classrooms!  I LOVE peeking into other classrooms, don't you?  Both of these are amazing and perfectly perfect for each of my friends.

Hope you enjoyed that little peek and maybe got a few ideas!