Thursday, February 27, 2014

Duct Tape Class Storage Bag Tutorial

In the world of teaching, one can never have enough storage containers.  This tutorial shows how to make a no-sew storage bag for classroom books, task cards, take home papers, etc. using duct tape and plastic.  Click Here

20 Weeks of Daily Common Core Reading Practice

This document contains 20 weeks of daily Common Core reading practice that can be completed in five minutes a day.  Realistic fiction, historical fiction, folktales, drama/plays, poetry, and informational texts are all included to provide balanced Common Core reading practice.  All of the Common Core Literature and Informational Text Standards are included!  

Many standards repeat across the weeks to provide constant review and keep reading skills sharp. Use this as a morning bell ringer when students first enter the classroom, as daily Common Core homework, or use it for test prep.  Multiple-choice and written response questions are both included.  Questions are posed at different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy to provide thorough and deep understanding of the standards.  Click the link for more information.

Monday, February 24, 2014

I Don't Do Center Rotations

Use a to do list instead of a center rotation in order to increase student engagement and decrease transition times.  Find more details at Raki's Rad Resources.What a strange name for a blog post on a centers blog! However, it's true.  In my classroom, I don't ever rotate through centers.  I do do center activities, but I guide my students through the activities at their own pace by using a To-Do List.  For more information on how I manage my class with To-Do Lists or what my students do during their "center" time, stop by this recent blog post at Raki's Rad Resources for more details.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Centers: Measurement

Hi, Friends! This is Jayne from Smart Kids. After winter break, we're aiming to help our kinders learn about measurement. My center tubs are ready to go. Want to peek?

Center #1: I can describe measurable attributes.

Center #2: I can compare objects with the same attribute.

 Center #3: I can describe measurable attributes.

Center #4: I can compare objects with the same attribute.

Center #5: I can describe more than one attribute.

 Center #6: I can say which has more or less of an attribute.

You can find all of these centers here:

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Plan a Fun Valentine's Day Around Your Curriculum

A holiday like Valentine's Day provides a great opportunity and reminder to make learning FUN!  Too often we get so rigid with our calendar or academic maps, that we forget that we are still teaching kids.  Learning games is a great way to help instill a love of learning that will follow our students into the next grade and beyond.  I'm sharing the activities I'm using to make our learning fu this week. 

I like to space out my Valentine's Day center activities throughout the week of Valentines Day, which is actually going to week, since Valentine's Day is Friday.  I have activities to share with you for both Language Arts and Math, to spread the fun around.

Language Arts:
By this time of year, we have usually covered all or most of the 4 main parts of speech; nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.  Therefore I created a great sorting activity for Valentine's Day.  Students sort word cards into those 4 categories and record their sorts.

If you are like me, you may not have a lot of material to teach ADVERBS.  Until last year, with the implementation of Common Core, adverbs were not covered in third grade, at least not here.  So I've made a BINGO game for further practice identifying the four parts of speech mentioned above; nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. 

I've put both of these activities into one product called Sorting Valentines Parts of Speech.  Click on the preview below to take a look.

My students are still struggling with certain multiplication facts, so I've made a cute game that can be used along with basic fact flash cards, to make it more fun of course.  My daughter was in third grade last year and was also in need of some basic flash card practice.  She was into puppies at that time, so I made this game with her in mind.  It is called Puppy Love Multiplication Flashcards and Board Game.  Click on the preview below to take a closer look.

And I can't end this without sharing my Valentine FREEBIE with you. Continue to reinforce your math as well with this Multiplication fact game to practice 3s and 4s.
Enjoy your kiddos this Valentine's Day!

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