Thursday, March 31, 2016

March Favorites- Educational Articles

This month a clear theme emerged for me, let kids be kids!  Our kids are growing up in a rigid society where learning how to answer a standardized test is more important than inventing and problem solving.  It is time to stop disciplining children for being children and start celebrating them!

Here are a few articles that really hit home for me this month!

1. Finland Schools
Photographer Stuart Conway (Photo)

2. Bringing Imaginary Friends to Life
Photo from

3. Texas Schools Increase Recess

Schools adding more recess to the day
Play time at Brown Elementary in Irving, Texas, one of four public schools in the area to add more recess for the youngest students.- Photo from Today/ 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Moon Unit and Resources

My third grade class just started learning about the solar system. It is a favorite unit among my students year after year. They are mystified and intrigued by the happenings of the solar system. This week be begun studying the moon.

Students created beautiful posters showing the different phases of the moon.

I love reading the book "Faces of the Moon" to students while they point to the phase on their moon poster.

Faces of the moon by Bob Crelin

We also watched Bill Nye's video. Students were cracking up as they learned and reviewed important information.

After the video each student wrote 1 new fact they learned and drew a picture to go with it.

You can download my Free Moon Pack here. It contains a matching sheet, poem, cloze reading and word search. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

100 Follower Thank you!

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Place Value Pack and Freebie

Students come into third grade with a limited understanding of place value. I find that we need  a lot of review in the first few months before dealing with the third grade standards.

In an effort to better support my students I created this Place Value Pack. It includes a memory game and scoot/ scavenger hunt. It also includes 10 worksheets that can be used as homework, morning work, classwork, or even assessments. 
Here is a freebie with a few place value worksheets.