Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Christmas Break!!

(to the tune of Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland)

Children scream, they won't lis-in'
When they go, we may miss em',
In all of this pain, we try to stay sane,
Workin' in an element'ry school.
Christmas comes, they're excited,
Though our nerves, they've ignited,
They're off of the walls, they run in the halls,
Workin' in an element'ry school.
In the lunchroom we can hear them yellin'
And we know that they are really wound.
Someone hits, the other says, "I'm tellin'"
And that is when our heads begin to pound.
Pretty soon we'll be restin'
Cause our nerves, they've been testin'
We're happy it's clear
It comes once a year
Christmas in an element'ry school

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Number sense...and regrouping


Well to start off it is almost Christmas Break! 4 more days of school left up here in North East Missouri! w00t w00t.. and how precious is our little Christmas Tree? At my school we are able to celebrate Christmas and call it Christmas and it is wonderful.. (AND HOW THE WORLD SHOULD BE)

Now on to some business...

Bless their hearts, some of my little lovelies have no number sense what so ever. The visual image for a number just does not exist. It is like the number is just a number "7". Not 1+1+1+1+1+1+1... It is a daily struggle for some of my kids and I feel like they are going to be left in the dust.

Another third grade teacher in my building found this awesome regrouping website that serves as a visual aid. You can plug in ANY number you want. Amazing? YES!

First you create your problem, then pull over a "group of ten" to "regroup" into your "ones"
(see how the picture changes??)

It is a great resource for ANY child stuggling with regrouping and can work for basically any grade level considering you can do it with numbers as low as one---up to thousands.
Check it out HERE. It is put on by the Utah State University.

Hope everyone is enjoying their Thursday! I know I am!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Friendly Letter unit *Update*

*I have found a few resources to pass on*
We will be using THIS (click for PDF) for our rough draft!

Found this great video on YouTube to use!

As well as this song (everyone's fav)

I know I already posted it! But it is something everyone must see:)

I also though this website was very useful! I'm going to give the pre-test as a post-test Friday to my students!

Hope everyone has a great Monday! (and now Tuesday!)

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Who doesn't love a good game of Bingo? I know I sure do!

This is a great website for making up bingo cards. They have lots of premade lists, but you can also make your own. Try Upper and lower case letters, series of numbers, sight words,or spelling words. Just another way to put a little fun in everyday activities.

Click here for a redirect

You can do a free try now and make your own cards over and over again without downloading anything! Great resource for any grade level.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Draw a Picture Word Problem Worksheet Freebie!

Drawing a picture for a math problem WAS a new found struggle in my class. I love doing these with my kids and they think they are fun too! HOWEVER I feel like problems such as this are impossible to find online or in my math series workbook.
I quickly made this before school after my 35 minute commute this morning turned into an HOUR!!!

Click here to download the PDF. I lost the cute fonts in the PDF transfer.. sorry!

This is why I was late! Where was MoDot this morning?? Obviously sleeping in...where I should have been;)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Compare/contrast Paragaphs

This week in writing we are doing a compare and contrast writing involving... wait for it.. Christmas and Thanksgiving. Luckily all my students and their families celebrate Christmas. My team teachers did this last year and said their students loved it! I'm excited to get it underway today. First, I am giving them a Venn-diagram to fill out. After that I am showing them an example of a compare/paragraph and a contrast paragraph. This is the one I used:) I highlighted things that are important- Transition words, proper nouns, and commas.

There are several ways Miss Janes and Miss whoever are alike. First, they both are third grade teachers at Bowling Green Elementary. Second, they both like to go shopping. Third, Miss whoever and Miss Janes both enjoy spending time with their friends. These are the ways that Miss Janes and Miss whoever and alike.

There are several ways Miss Janes and Miss whoever are different. First, Miss Gamm has darker hair than Miss Janes. Second, Miss whoever is two years older than Miss Janes. Third, Miss whoever is engaged and Miss Janes is not. These are the several ways that Miss whoever and Miss Janes are different.

Nothing too difficult right? I'm wanting to do another holiday writing on a tradition unit I started a while back.. Hopefully we will have time:)

On another note I passed an ambulance this morning on my way to work. Later I found out it was to pick up my student's sister. At around 7:15 this morning she suffered a seizure and was transported to St. Louis by helicopter. Hopefully we find out some better news this afternoon.. Please keep her family in your prayers.

Stay safe today!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mizzou eThemes & 3-D shapes

As some of you may know I am a recent graduate of the University of Missouri- Columbia...better known as Mizzou (And we are now in the SEC..weird).. so anyways the Mizzou college of EDU host a great "kid safe" website to find learning/teaching resources.

This website is called eThemes and can be found by clicking here

It is updated weekly and is "your source for content-rich, kid-safe online resources". Resources are divided by grade level and you can even submit a request if you are having trouble finding something. I would for sure check it out when you have some free time.

I would love to know if anyone ends up using it:)

Have a great Monday! I can't wait to get finished with tutoring at 4:15 and work out... this is why....


Second graders made these little beauties last week in math. How fun? And yummy if you have leftovers:)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thanksgiving trees

Each hand had a sentence of what each child was thankful for. When you read the hands in order they create a paragraph! Presh!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Currently wantin' and lovin'

Does anyone have own any of the National Geographic Readers Series Books? Like the ones found here? I'm currently obsessed with these and so are my students.

A few that I would love to have...

Perhaps Santa will bring me some?? Maybe?

What are other non-fiction series that you use in your room?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

light bulb moments...

One of my students just rounded 42 to 40 and 38 to 40. Then added them together and got 80. I almost cried. No joke. I want to scream. We hugged. It is going to be a glorious day.

Has anyone else had any of these moments this week?

I just want to dance.

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pinterest Thanksgiving Trees!

Today my little skittles have been wild monkeys. Like jumping off the walls. Could be the weather?? Hummm...

We started this wonderful project today that I think came from Pinterest. I found it at the blog below (that I religiously follow btw)

I also stole this picture off her page!

I was amazed by some of the great things my kids came up with. We used this outline and are going to copy our sentences onto our hands tomorrow! Can't wait:)

Click here to download the Google Doc

Monday, November 7, 2011

Christmas List & Silly Sentence Freebie!

I've been hit with the holiday bug... already getting our class wish list together to send home with parents before Thanksgiving Break.
What is everyone asking for? Here is my list so far!

1. Dry erase markers
2. Wal-mart gift cards
3. pencils
4. Clorox wipes or something comparable
5. hand sanitizer
6. Any 3-5th grade level reading books
7. eraser pencil toppers

I know there are things that I need that I'm not thinking of....

I saw this center idea online about writing spelling words in sentences. I created an easy printable to use

Click here to download the Google Doc

If you haven't seen this before here is an example for the spelling word "airplane": Alice's airplane accidentally asked me for the answer. You try to use "a" sound as much as possible and obviously this makes no sense.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Dollar Tree joys!

How colorful are these plastic containers that I am using for centers? They hold everything! I rotate into four groups. They are from dollar tree. I can't wait to go back and grab a couple more.

What do you use?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friendly Letters EDIT

Please note I can not take credit for this song! I found it randomly on the internet.

Click here to download a printable version

How stinking cute is this song to remember the 5 parts of the letter? I'll make it into an anchor chart in the next couple days when I'm on my home computer.. I don't have access to cutsie fonts here at school:(

Parts of a Letter
(Sung to the tune of the Addams Family TV Show Theme)

The five parts of a letter
Are easy to remember
Heading, greeting, body,
Closing, signature

Parts of a letter (snap, snap)
Parts of a letter (snap, snap)
Parts of a letter, parts of a letter, parts of a letter.

Happy Friday, (snap snap)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Merry Christmas door sign & Proper noun/common noun center!

I was in the spirit today:) Enjoy!

Click here to download PDF

Click to download the PDF

ALSO!! Someone had a GREAT rounding poster.. and it had something to do with a magic fairy..Anyone know what I'm talking about?? I thought I saved it but I can't find it.. HELP:)

Monday, October 31, 2011

First year teacher workshop/Nouns powerpoint

I was able to attend a great workshop for first year teachers this weekend and the speaker provided us with a great online binder that everyone should check out!
I provided the link HERE

or copy and paste the link below into your browser

I also used this great singular/plural power point. Found here. I did not create it however the only way to link it was to save it to my Google docs. It was created by the Lexington School District. They have some great resouces!

Hope everyone survived their Monday. I don't drink soda but today I was about to crash and burn... This little guy came to the rescue

Gross? duh. But I'm in survival mode today. Now home to grade a stack of papers..


Sunday, October 30, 2011

writing letters backwards

I have a student who continues to write letters backwards and numbers backwards. Not really sure what to do. Anyone have any ideas?