Monday, November 30, 2015

Elf on the Shelf Ideas for any grade

When I moved to 3rd grade last year from 1st ( by choice ) I had a few reservations.  Although I was more than ready for the big move up, there were a few things I knew I was going to miss.  Like the growth in reading, teaching phonics, 100th day of school, etc.  One of the things I was worried about was the Elf on the Shelf.  
Well ~ of course I couldn't have these new guys miss out on all the fun.  So...Snowflake visited us in third grade.  In the BIG KID WING!!!  How did she even find us?!?
Well I had to get creative since my kids were now { kinda BIG }, no little kid sissy elf ideas would work in Room 8 that's for sure!  So having teenagers I knew I would be well equipped!  My daughter played along and we changed her name in my phone to Snowflake the Elf of course.  She made sure to text me throughout the day on her breaks at high school.  Oh man can you imagine the chaos that ensued!  I would get the DING - DONG text loud enough of course for them to hear and I would put the phone under the doc camera to see what was going on.  It clearly read from Snowflake the Elf - so there were no questions! I even took a picture of her as the contact picture. ( see below )  Snowflake was texting us before her arrival letting us know she was on her way!
 Here is a picture from the first time she texted us:

Look at those faces, sheer delight and shock!  Oh did I have fun with this one!

Snowflake had to do more grown up things of course - she was cool right?  So instead of flying high on our decorations, she was texting a friend on her fake phone, or looking at the date on a calendar of her next concert.  She took a selfie one day and aced a spelling test another day.  
Here are a few more ideas:

Changing up the schedule is a good one, they got a kick out of that.  Wrap up small chocolate chip morsels with aluminum foil and create miniature chocolate chips.  When the kids were engaged, I witnessed a kind act or someone was helpful I would give them one of the elf's 'kisses.'  
Adding a learning target for the ELF is great!  Of course the day I did that the DO curriculum cops were coming around and the assistant superintendent literally laughed out loud.  It was so fun!
So the lesson learned today ~ have fun, be creative.  The students no matter what the age will look forward to this.  It brightens up their day, sends them into laughter and creates a memory that they will never forget.  After all ~ they will always remember how you made them feel right?!!?  Happy Elfing! 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

5 for Friday { pov first and third person } and array surgery

I am having so much fun being back in 3rd grade!  This is my 2nd year back and I just really love the age.  I'm enjoying diving deeper into the units this year and coming up with some fun ways to teach them.  Here are some fun things that we did this week:

So first we introduced POV this week.  These adorable number clip art guys were made by my friend Susanna at Whimsy Clips.  I introduced the concept and we worked on it for a couple days and then we made these cute pov people with her clip art and hung them up.  The kids had a blast and the concept stuck!

You can grab my point of view unit { here }

The little circles are the hands and one says:  The story is told by:  and the second circle says: keywords.  So they had to write the answers in and glue them on the correct POV person.

I have a few chair covers to match some holidays and I move them around the room all day for kids that are on task and engaged.  It looks something like this:

Well I haven't found one for November so I threw together a turkey hat and move that around all day.  The child that has it at the end of the day get to visit our class treasure chest.  I got such a kick out of it when he put it on his head.  It reminded me that 3rd graders are still little. <3

My principal has promised our school that if we were to reach 300 PTA members he would shave his head at Friday line up into a mohawk and dye it blue.  Well...for our little school of 400 students we reached our goal.  He's so fun and the kids loved watching his transformation!

Those 2 cuties are his kids watching daddy get a mohawk!

This lesson was so much fun and my kids got such a kick out of it!  Thanks to More Time 2 Teach for this brillant idea and unit!  We are working on the distributive property for multiplication and this worked like a charm.  I borrow the dr. mask from our nurse and called our unifix cubes specimens...  You can grab this fun unit 
{ here }

Lastly I needed on more behavior tip to help us focus through until Thanksgiving:  This is what I thought up:

This little guy has turned out to be such a blessing!  I pre wrote goals on feathers and when my student meet those goals I tack up that feather.  When the turkey has all his feathers we will have an extra recess..Whoop- whoop!

Well that about sums up my week!  I hope yours was as fun and eventful as mine was.  

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Friday, October 23, 2015

5 for Friday

It's Friday again ( even though this week was super S-L-O-W!  )  Lots of meetings, IEP's etc. .. I 'd just rather be teaching!

How cute is this witchy Melonheadz?!!?  I just love Nikki!

I'm linking on up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs to bring you my 5 for Friday!

  Here's what I've been up to:

We have been working hard on our Planet Reports and had presentations this week:  The kids had to bring a costume to present their report.  They had to wear what they would wear if they were to visit their planet...they were so creative!

Every year the Rotary Club comes in and gives every 3rd grader a dictionary!  It's great fun and the kids love it.  They keep it in their desks all year and then in June they can keep it forever.

It was #gopink day for the middle school so my son went all out!  He has the best spirit ever and loves being a part of ASB.  We had to take a selfie together:

On Sunday I attended a fun San Diego meet up!  It was great because I met so  many new people!  I seem to usually go to the Orange County meet ups so it was nice to try something new.  Lots of talented teachers...and my Chalkie buddy Nicole made my day!

Have you heard of Rocksbox?  It is this amazing subscription box with the most beautiful, affordable pieces.  The best part!?!  You can just 'borrow' the pieces, return the pieces or purchase them at an insider discounted price.  Look how pretty everything is!
If you are interested and want to give it a try - you can use this code to sign up:

One more thing~ I know I already did my 5 but I had to share this, my friend and I received a grant from our district for VAPA supplies and we're on the district website home page - whoopie!

Hope you have a great week!  Link on up so I can hear about it next Friday!!! 

Friday, October 9, 2015

5 for Friday & a FREEBIE

I'm excited to share about this week mostly because it's FRIYAY!!!  This has been the longest week ever!!!!!

I'd love to hear about your week so link on up with Kacey and share your fun!

So here it goes:

We have been TRYING really hard to understand adjectives...I mean really hard.  I think we used all the brain power we could muster in the last 2 weeks on it.  After lots of lessons and not as much learning as I would like I resorted to writing on a pumpkin!
Yes, you heard me right!  I bought a pumpkin for the SOLE purpose of writing on it with a big ol' FAT black permanent marker.  Oh the horror!

I had kids feel the pumpkin, try and lift it and rub their fingers all around it.  Then we talked about how it looked and felt and I started writing:

As you can see my students were just too cute!  After spending the last few weeks talking about character traits they started thinking of the inner traits of the pumpkin and asked if I could write those down I did at the bottom as you can tell.

Well even after the pumpkin fun they still needed more work so we did one of my all time favorite activities for FALL... annnddd here's the best part:  It's a FREEBIE!!!

We brainstormed adjectives we could write in the middle of the candy corn to finish the sentence and hung them up.  I love this activity and so do the kids.  If you want to try this in your classroom you can grab the freebie { here }

We also worked on this fall themed pumpkin patch noun and adjective craftivity.  This is a new product and you can grab it by clicking on the picture below:

Lastly to really make it stick we used my amazingly talented friend Peggy Means' adjective power point!  It was fab!  The interactive slides were the best and really got my kids involved.

If you want to grab this amazing pack from Peggy you can grab it 

{ here }

Lastly to stick with the fall theme we love doing this in October too:

What was you week like?!?  I'd love to hear all about it - link on up at Doodle Bugs Teaching with Kacey.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

5 for Friday { Saturday Edition }

I love linking up with Kacey for 5 for Friday! 

Here's a look at my week:

We had DISCO day at school Friday.  I LOVE dress up days!  I had a hard time with disco day I must say.  I think I'm a cross between disco and hippie. LOL

We discussed Mindset and worked on my sweet friend Lisa's Growth Mindset mini book ( freebie ).  It was awesome ~ grab it {here}

I know I've said it before but I LOVE teaching multiplication!!!  I created a rhyme for every fact 1 -12.  I had it bound this summer at STAPLES and we practice almost every day.  They love saying the chants and seeing the pictures.  If you are interested you can grab this { here }

My daughter had her first homecoming!!!  She looked so pretty all dressed up!

Last week we were working on theme:  It's hard to tell from the photo but the skirt has common themes that come up in stories written on it.  I have a brand new pack that came in handy while working on this: Grab it { here }

As you can tell it's been another busy week as I'm sure we all have but I LOVE MY JOB!!!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend friends. xo