Often times people ask me how my schedule looks in 3rd grade, today I am going to share it with you! A quick note: Our day does not go perfect everyday, but we work hard to keep this schedule each day! Our morning routine looks like this.. Enter the classroom, empty folder, check in, use the restroom Start morning tubs When the bell rings, clean up quickly and get out your writing notebook Write on the days prompt while the teacher finishes up last minute items After ... Read More about A Day in the Life of a 3rd Grade Classroom!
I love Google! We have Google Chrome Books in our classroom and we LOVE it! One of my favorite ways is to use Google Quizzes which is a step off of Google Forms. It is great because not only do you take the quiz on the computer so you don't have to copy, but it will grade it all for you and then give it the results right back to the student! It is such an amazing way to assess that truly is more engaging to students. Google Forms does all my assessment work for me! Google forms ... Read More about How to Use Google Forms in the Classroom
I love book clubs and I love when students are reading the same book. But we do not have the time to do book clubs all the time and plus I know kids get tired of having an assigned reading. Due to both of these things I decided to start friendly reads! So, what is a friendly read?Friendly Reads are the new type of book club. They are a book club that will motivate even your most reluctant readers to want to read new novels.Students are externally motivated by their friends and their peers. ... Read More about The Power of a Friendly Read
We LOVE read aloud in third grade! I love reading aloud just for enjoyment and I also love completing novel studies with my students.So, what is the difference of a plain read aloud and a novel studies?Well, we do a read aloud every single day. For a read aloud I read to the students and ask questions for discussion throughout the book. But we do nothing with the book. No graphic organizers, no tests, no nothing! We just read for enjoyment and discussion.For a novel study, we all have a copy of ... Read More about 10 Memorable Read Aloud Novels
Every year we teach the Iditarod to our students. They LOVE it! It is so much fun teaching them something they have never heard about, their engagement is so high! On the first day, I decorate the classroom in lots of snow! I buy cheap snow packs when they go on sale after Christmas. Then, I pretty much just put in everywhere! I also try to make sure that I have some sort of "Igloo". You can make that Igloo with milk jugs or you can throw some snow around your reading ... Read More about The Iditarod in the Classroom