Friday, August 26, 2016

Five for Friday - August 26

It's the beginning of the school year and I'm trying to get back in the swing of things and that means blogging as well. This will be my first Five for Friday of the new school year. Thanks Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting another linky. 

I'm trying out a few new things this year and a homework club is one of them. Instead of students getting punishments for not doing their homework because let's face it they'd much rather be at football practice or dance class. I check homework every morning and I have a set of numbers for each student on the board. If the student did not do their homework then they have to take their number off of the board. At the end of the week, they get a treat if their number is still on the board. So far so good! I'd love to hear how you handle homework in your classroom. 

Our math focus for the last two weeks have been rounding to the nearest tens and hundreds! We started our rounding unit with The Duck Story by Gail Englert! If you're not familiar with The Duck Story you can check it out here. It's a great tool for visual and kinesthetic learners. I had students acting out the story, but I forgot to take pictures so here is our Wall-E robot crossing the road!

I have always wanted a class pet, but I could never decide what kin d of animal to get. Anyone that know me knows I looooove turtles and elephants cue pictures of me on my honeymoon at Atlantis in the Bahamas!! I was obsessed with the sea turtles! 

I know the elephant as a class pet is a little far fetched  ;) so for now meet our class pet, Ellie the Plastic Elephant!

It's the beginning of the year and everyone knows that's a fresh start for everything including teaching rules and procedures! My class this year is struggling a little remembering our classroom procedures no matter how many times I remind and model for them! So I'd love to here from other teachers to see how you make your classroom procedures stick! 

In love with my new Bulletin board!! Thanks Target!! Check out some more pictures of my finished classroom here in my last blog post!

I'll leave you with a little Friday meme! 
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Happy Friday y'all!! I can't wait to read your comments and feedback!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

It's that time of year again!!

Helllloooo Blogger World! I'm sorry for the lack of blog posts this Summer! I have been a very busy bee! Along with getting married this Summer, I have moved into a new house, flown in an airplane for the first time, and been to the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter!! I really hope I can get back in the swing of things after being away for so long!

As fun as my Summer has been, it is now coming to a close! Tomorrow will be our first day of school and I am so excited to meet my new third graders!! In honor of the new school year, I am going to share some pictures of my newly decorated classroom!! 
One of my favorite spots in my reading area!! I decided to number my book this year to help keep my bookshelf a little more organized. I also loooove elephants so I couldn't pass up the turquoise elephant that matched my room!

Information station! 
Since every classroom is equipped with two dry erase boards and a smart board,  I decided to use one of the dry erase boards for information. I've included spaces for math and science standards, vocabulary, activity schedule, homework, and something new I'm trying this year, homework club! For those of you like me that have never used a homework club before, I'll give you a little run down on how it works. In my classroom, every child has a number and when they miss a day of homework they take down their number. At the end of the week or every two weeks, the students with their number still on the board will get a reward. I'd love to hear from those of you who have done a homework club and see how it has worked for you!

It looks a little messy because of pre-planning, but here is my teacher desk!

Here I have my bullentin board with classroom jobs, a calendar, and our anchor charts. I also have two shelves, one for supply baskets and the other for turning in work. I also have my absent pocket chart, where students will find the work they missed. 

Colorful Mathematical Practices!

Now who doesn't love a freshly cleaned pre-students classroom?!!
Here are a few student desks that are already open house ready with Welcome Back Packets and treat for my new class! If you've read my blog before then you know how much I love bubbles, so what better way to start the year than with bubble wands! They are such an inexpensive gift that I can't help but want to use them over and over! Check out the tags I used at Cassie Dahl's TPT store!

Our school wide goal this year is that every child should show growth! Third grade came up with the them "We're growing in the 3rd Grade" hence all the flowers!

Last but not least, my summer project! My name changed this summer so of course I needed a new door hanger so this year I decided to paint my own! I'm really excited about the way it turned out!

 Well it's been fun, but now I need to go get ready for open house!! Can't wait to meet my new class!!