Monday, October 29, 2012

Exemplar Read Aloud Texts for the Common Core

The Common Core breaks Literature into Three Categories:  Stories, Poems, and Informational Texts.  Here are some of the recommended Exemplar Texts for grades 2 and 3.  Click on the image to read more about each book at Amazon.


The rest of the Exemplar texts for this level can be found on my blog at Elementary Matters.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Surprise! We are choosing THREE Winners!

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Surprise! We are choosing THREE Winners!: What a fabulous giveaway! Thanks so much to all of you who entered. Hopefully, you found some awesome blogs and TpT stores to follow.To say thanks, I've got an awesome freebie for you! Head on over to see who won and to snag your own freebie! Here's what you will get!  Hurry...TODAY ONLY!

See you there!

Election Day - Child Style

I have mixed feelings about teaching Election Day with my students.  Of course, Election Day is an important day in our country.  We are choosing our leaders.  My little second graders certainly won't "get" the Electoral College process, but they do need to understand how an election works.

However, I'm sure you'll agree, this year's election is out of control.  The ads on TV are nasty and misleading.  People are very passionate about this election, and most feel quite strongly for their own candidate and against the other candidate.  There is a lot of anger.  I just don't want to go there with the children. (I don't want to see a fight break out in my classroom!  Kids tend to be as passionate as their parents about presidential candidates!)

I have listed my plans and my freebie on my blog, Elementary Matters.  I've even found a way to connect Election Day to the Common Core!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Direction and Shape Freebie

Here's a couple of freebies I've added to my blog recently: 

The first is a poster with a little saying to remember to read the x-axis before the y.

The second is a simple game for students to name 2D shapes (a couple of my kidlets STILL have trouble with this!). 

Click on the picture to take you straight to my TpT store to download them for free. If you want to read the posts about them, here's the grid poster post and shape game post over at my blog. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Laughter is Truly the Best Medicine

Did you realize that laughter is not only fun, but actually healthy for you?  Here are some of the benefits of laughter:

  1. Laughter releases good hormones - the kind of hormones that fight the stress hormones.  We all know that children these days have a great deal of stress in their lives!  (Can we say TESTING?)
  2. Laughter boosts the immune system - those same hormones that fight stress help your body fight germs!
  3. It lowers the blood pressure.
  4. It relaxes your muscles.
  5. According to a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, laughter during instruction increases test stores. (I don't know anything about this study other than seeing this information in several different places including THIS link.  I want to learn more about this study!)
  6. Humor can help erase negative emotions.  Seriously, how angry can you feel while laughing?
Come on over to Elementary Matters to see other reasons laughter is good for us, and see some ideas on bringing it into the classroom.

How do you bring laughter into the classroom?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Earthquakes and the Common Core

We had an earthquake here in New Hampshire last week!  I know we've had plenty of tremors in this part of the world, but this was a 4.5!  We don't typically experience this stuff!

I figured the kids would want to talk about it the next day, so I thought it would be a good excuse to use some of those "Speaking and Listening Skills" to make a plan for a Narrative.

Come on over to Elementary Matters to download this graphic organizer and see how I pulled this all together!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spider Poetry... Halloween Time!

Looking for a quick and fun activity to fit in a little Halloweeny in your classroom?

I looove 3rd grade, but I just don't have extra time for fun crafties like I did in 1st and 2nd... so I'm sneaking them in!

You might have seen my pic on my blog last week of these:

And then we made these:

And the best part is that I'm sharing that with you for free!  You can get the directions and several pieces of spider writing paper if you want it!

Here's the link for more info... just click the picture below!  (Would you believe I actually typed "lick the picture" first?  Glad I proofread!)

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Golfing for Tens

Sometimes I amaze myself by how I keep thinking of school, even when they have a day off!  I took a day on Thursday because I had 3 medical appointments.  (I'm fine, just scheduled them all on the same day for convenience!)

I had some time to kill between doctor's appointments and so I stopped by the local Dollar Store.  My students need to start adding more than just single digits, so I thought I'd find a fun way for them to work on adding tens. Come on over to Elementary Matters to find out more about how my "Golfing for Tens" freebie came to be!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Cut and Paste~What's Paste?

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Cut and Paste~What's Paste?:  I love to have my kids cut and paste and love the way their creations look! 

Come see for yourself and see how you can get your kids cuttin' and pastin' tomorrow!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Halloween Sentences, Common Core Aligned

I made this activity with lots of sentences of each kind.  Of course, each of the sentences has something to do with Halloween!  I used mostly Dolch words, but I added some of their favorite Halloween words.  (They always remember those, don't they?)

I made some sorting cards, with reminders of each kind of sentence, along with 28 sentences.  I also added a few other activities to do with the same sentences, based on the Common Core for grades 2 and 3.  I think they're going to love it!  Click HERE or the image to find out more about these Halloween activities, as well as a freebie from the set.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Reading at Home - Parent Handout

This handout lists ways parents can help their child become a better reader at home.  It would be a great communication tool to send home with a weekly newsletter or to give out at conferences or parent nights!

Click Below To Download:
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