I am a serious bookworm. I’ve always loved to read, and I can often be found curled up on the couch or in bed with a great book. These feelings have definitely crossed over and influenced my teaching, as I’m always striving to get my students excited and eager to read. I try to find…… Continue reading Interactive Read-Aloud Bulletin Board
I have recently discovered a new math program that I’ve been using daily in my classroom. I actually changed up my math instruction entirely to accommodate using the program during math. Instead of using whole-group math instruction, I am doing twenty-minute centers every day. One center is Zearn math on our Chromebooks, one is small-group…… Continue reading Zearn Math
Our 100th day of school was a couple of weeks ago, and I had seen the cutest writing activity from a college friend and amazing educator, Alison Daugs, to celebrate. She let me in on how she made it happen, and I jumped on the opportunity to use it with my own students as the day…… Continue reading When I Am 100 Years Old…
So far, our snow accumulation has been pretty sad this winter. Last winter, we were so lucky and had TONS of snow! This year, however, has been mainly cold and rainy – at least so far! My students had been talking about how sad they were about the little snow that we do have, and…… Continue reading Make Your Own Snow
Fall break has only just begun, and I am going seriously stir-crazy already! We had plans to work on our pavers, as the weather would finally be nice enough, and then the wind decided to blow twenty miles per hour. It’s so sunny and warm, but the wind is awful! Sooo basically, our plans are…… Continue reading Yarn Pumpkins with Balloons
I can’t believe that I only have three weeks of summer vacation left! I am really excited to get back into the classroom and working with my new little ones, but am also so nervous about the grade switch! Going from third grade to first grade is going to be quite the adjustment, but I’m…… Continue reading Making Word Work Powerful – and Fun!
What is Kahoot? I was completely unaware of Kahoot and had never even heard of it until a few weeks ago. My school district had a training, and the keynote speaker introduced us to this incredible website, even letting us use it. Kahoot is a free website that allows you to create learning activities for any subject…… Continue reading Making Learning Awesome with Kahoot!
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to do an art activity that centered around Valentine’s Day without being too mushy and lovey-dovey for my students. They get so weird about Valentine’s Day in third grade, acting like the opposite sex’s Valentine is a marriage request. It cracks me up! I’m writing this…… Continue reading Valentine’s Day Heart-Shaped Animals Craft
With all of the cold weather and snow that we’ve had lately, I wanted to incorporate the blustery, winter season into my art activity for the week. I had browsed through Pinterest and had seen some amazing projects, but the majority of them required tons of supplies that I didn’t have and were a bit…… Continue reading Winter Hats Art Activity
Like any other teacher, testing day strikes fear into my heart. I worry about everything. Did my students really grasp the material, and enough so to prove it to me on the test? Did they sleep well and eat a good breakfast? Will the test give them anxiety and result in poor performance? You’re probably…… Continue reading Test Prep Gallery Walk