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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Amazon gift card giveaway!!!!!!!

One of my favorite blogs is having a Giveaway! Hop on over to Ashleigh's Education Journey to see how you can join in on the giveaway fun! What's the prize you ask???
$25.00 to spend at my favorite online store:
I already have some books in my shopping cart - just hoping that I win ;-)

Good Luck!!!!

Ashleigh's Education Journey

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Get your $5 book coupon from Scholastic

Get your $5 book coupon from Scholastic

I love Scholastic Book Orders - it is a great way to build your classroom library!
Now, families can get a $5.00 coupon for book clubs! Follow the link for more information you can share with your students.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pinterest Linky Party!!!

I LOVE PINTEREST!!!!!!! But I know I am not the only one :-)
Michelle's Math in the Middle is have a Pinterest Linky Party - head on over I know I will!
 I love to see everyone's pictures - I get so many great teaching ideas and anchor chart examples that really enrich my classroom and teaching!
I would add a link of my board but I have NO IDEA HOW??? If anyone knows how leave me a comment so I can add a link :-)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mission Impossible!!!

Sadly, math is at the end of our day and motivation for 3rd graders at the end of the day is not as easy after lunch :-(

Recently, I cam across a novel way to get them going when their motivation was low - I was just about to assign their independent work when I remembered I had the complete "Mission Impossible" track on my IPOD, before it goes into what we hear on the movie there is a little military band music and that was what they heard while I gave them their directions, quickly they sat up tall, and instead of telling them to get started - I ask them if they accept this mission - of course they shout 'YES!' and get right to work - it was beautiful!!!

Today, I tried it again to refocus them as we lined up (they were a bit chatty). Their mission was to get to lunch in a straight and quiet line - they did a great job and even pretended to be spies, ducking under windows along the way. I know it will not work if used too much so I am going to keep that trick up my sleeve for those days when they need that extra little boost to keep going!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Spelling Homework - OH MY!!!

Nothing new here, just what I have been working on this weekend. I wanted to give student's choice when practicing their spelling, I also wanted to leave the door open to differentiating spelling lists and not using lots of copies on worksheets! So I created this 'Spelling Choices' sheet where students choose how they want to practice their words. At school, we sort our words different ways (think WORDS THEIR WAY). However, for homework I just wanted  them to practice writing their words :-)

Spelling Choice Activities