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!