Thursday, February 28, 2013

Standardized Testing Bulletin Board

I had to share this fantastic bulletin board created
by Mrs. Rodriguez!

The front of the monster contains questions.

The second cut-out contains answer options.

The back side of the second cut-out holds the correct answer.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Third Grade Common Core

Check out this great resource for 3rd grade teachers!

The Third Grade Common Core Workbook contains posters, activities, and worksheets for each Common Core standard in math and ELA. Everything you need to teach these standards are in one place!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Plane and Solid Shapes

After reading The Greedy Triangle and discussing characteristics of 2D (plane) shapes, the students graphed ordered pairs to draw various shapes.


After graphing the shapes, each one was colored a certain color according to its name.


Then, we sorted quadrilaterals and labeled. Students created their own categories to sort when finished.


After learning about 3D (solid) shapes, students identified them with food. Each student was given a bag with various items and sorted them as cylinders, cones, rectangular prisms, spheres, and cubes. The activity was created by Johanna Tackitt and can be found here.



Once sorted and counted, a graph was made. Also, 2 questions were created that could be answered using their graph.

These are the anchor charts for the week.

After all their hard work, students were treated to a Mardi Gras parade put on by Kindergarten. 

In addition, we had a Mardi Gras/Valentine's celebration. Students brought in treats for their classmates. 


Ms. Gros brought cupcakes that she made. There is not much that she can't do :)  
They look and taste AWESOME!! 

Finally, at the end of the day our school held our end of the quarter PBIS award. Students that did not receive more than a phone call home attended a magic show. They were amazed and thrilled at the performance!




Thursday, February 7, 2013

Author's Purpose

Two activities brought the students' understanding of author's purpose to a deeper level.

The first activity is an adapted version of a Skittles activity I saw on Pinterest. Ms. Gros had to change it a bit because fun size packs of Skittles are a seasonal item -- who knew???

Anyway, she bought M&Ms and they worked just as well. Each student received a bag and had to write a few sentences to Persuade, Inform, and Entertain. 


The next day, student pairs were given a random object (such as a greeting card, toothbrush, stuffed animal, Pez dispenser, tote) and an author's purpose. Using their object, the pairs wrote according to their purpose. When each pair was complete, they read their writing and the class had to determine what their purpose for writing (persuade, inform, entertain) was.



Sunday, February 3, 2013

Fractions and Compare/Contrast

We focused on identifying fractions of a set and of a whole for the first week. One activity was to sort jelly beans according to its color and find the fraction of each color. Once fractions were written, the students created individual and group graphs of their jelly bean colors.


During week 2, we focused on comparing, ordering, and equivalent fractions. I found an amazing resource that includes a 4-day lesson on these skills. 

We started the week with an activity from Illuminations. The students used egg cartons to review finding fractions of a set and then discovered equivalent fractions.

Fraction strips were another manipulative used to find equivalent and compare fractions.


In Reading, we addressed comparing and contrasting. Ms. Gros had each student blindly choose a name of an animal that was written on a piece of paper. Then, they paired up, drew a Venn diagram, and compared and contrasted their chosen animals.

We finished reading Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and began Ramona the Brave.  A Venn diagram has been started to compare and contrast the two books.

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