November 17, 2017

Weekly Recap - The Good and the Bad

I am finally on Thanksgiving Break! I am super excited about this! I need a break...and sleep!

My class is very immature this year.  You would not know they are third graders by talking to them (or watching them since someone is always crawling on the floor)!  

Here are some questions/comments that made me want to bang my head against the wall this week. (Please note that this is only a tiny amount since there is so much more - see my Twitter and Facebook pages for more!)
* "Would you be mad at me if I turned into a baby?"
* As one student was leaving for the bus, he was looking for a girl in class that goes with him...the girl that was absent all day.
* "What would you do if I turned into a duck?"
* When asked what a girl was doing, she told me she wanted to see the chicken. She was holding a turkey decoration.

1.  I love using task cards! I vary the ways I use them, so they always remain interesting for my students.  This time, I let them choose the difficulty level of the cards they would work on.  Most of my students chose to challenge themselves with more difficult ones!

Click on the pic to see some different task cards that I use.

2.  Today we made Pumpkin Pie in a Bag - yummy! We reviewed the importance of following directions and sequencing.  Click HERE to get your copy of this activity.

It looks gross, but tastes great!

Our mess!

2.  We also had fun making butter in science and using candy corn to review greater/less than in math.  Thanksgiving is the perfect time to use food in class!

This was the best butter in the world according to my students!

How was your week?  
What was good and bad for you?

November 10, 2017

Weekly Recap - The Good and the Bad

I am not going to sugar coat things. I was definitely a frazzled teacher this week! Some weeks are like that! I hope your week was better!

1.  My students were bouncing off the walls this week! I took Thursday off in order to recover from the exhaustion.  It still wasn't enough.  All I want to do now is sleep! 

2.  The fire/safety inspection is coming up soon.  We had the preliminary walk through this week (first of many) by various administration team members.  We hate this time of year! Passing the inspection is not the goal of our district - getting 100% on the inspection is the goal. (Please note that I am all about the safety of my students! Our district demands are a bit unreasonable though. For  example, a cabinet that has been in the same position since before I was in this classroom is now unsafe in the position it is in.)

1.  I am all caught up on my grading (even inputting everything into the computer)! This is a rare occurrence, so I had to brag!

2.  We made a flag as one of our Veteran's Day activities for the week. I love making this with my students. It's a great following directions/team building activity.

How was your week?  
What was good and bad for you?

November 4, 2017

Weekly Recap - The Good and the Bad

This is a little late, but in my defense this week had Halloween and a full moon!

This week was ridiculously long!  It should be illegal to have Halloween early in the week.  My students alternated between super crazy, sugar highs and the sugar burnouts.

1.  Teacher's Crate - I love the resources inside!  I wore that shirt - perfect since we use this call/response all the time!  This was my first crate.

2.  I finally got around to planting my pumpkin - basically just putting dirt over the top.  Hopefully it starts growing soon.  At least we used it to teach the life cycle of a pumpkin.

3.  We made our STEM pumpkin towers this week.  We did this on Halloween.  It was a fun activity but useful to keep them focused on school work.

4.  Speaking of Halloween, I was a pirate (along with my teammate Rachel. What were you dressed as?

Bonus Pic - Doesn't Mischief look happy to be a shark?  My other cats did not have to endure a costume...they wouldn't have stood for it!

How was your week?  
What was good and bad for you?

November 1, 2017

Books, Activities, and More - November Edition

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

Can you smell the turkey?  How about some pumpkin pie?
Here are some of my favorite things to do in November with my students!

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Picture Books to Read

I make sure to read aloud to my students everyday.  Here are some of our favorites. 


Chapter Books to Read

Depending on the group I have, I will read some chapter books. Every year is different.  


Food in the Classroom

I would be devastated if I ever worked in a district where I could not use food in the classroom.  November is perfect for making foods in your room!

Butter - Take a small jar/container (baby food jars are perfect) and add whipping cream and a pinch of salt.  Students shake their jars until it solidifies creating butter.  Serve with crackers.  This is a great activity to compare/contrast life today with that of the Pilgrims.

Pumpkin Pie in a Bag - This is a no bake activity focusing on sequencing skills (and following directions).  I love it, because it's easy to make.  Many of my students have never had pumpkin before either, so it's a good introduction to this yummy food.  Click the pic below to see this product.

Pumpkin Pie in a Bag

Reading - Author's Purpose

This is my favorite time of the year to teach Author's Purpose - probably because I associate it with food (P.I.E.)!  Here are some things that I do.

Paper Plate - I divide a plate into three sections and have students cut out the books from an extra Scholastic Book Order and glue them in the appropriate section based on the description.  This can also be done on regular paper, but where is the fun in that?

YouTube Videos - Click here or here for a couple I use.

Swat - Write the words Persuade, Inform, and Entertain on the board or large poster.  Divide students into teams (I find 2-3 to be a good number.) Read a passage or ask about particular books as to the author's purpose in writing them. Students 'swat' their answers with a fly swatter. (This game is much more fun if your fly swatters are interesting looking! I have ones with giant flowers on them. From time to time, I will pull out my ginormous fly swatters. They are just cool!)

Author's Purpose Resource - I use this activity to get my students to write with their chosen author's purpose.  I also have some review activities here too! Click the pic below to see the entire product on TPT.

Thanksgiving Author's Purpose

These are just a few things to try this month.  To see all my Thanksgiving products on TPT including a lot of math resources, click HERE.

What seasonal activities do you like to do in November with your students?

October 27, 2017

Weekly Recap - The Good and the Bad

Here's a quick recap of my week, starting with the Bad but ending with a positive note on the Good.

I managed to throw my back out this week.  It has made teaching a huge challenge! Luckily, my class was extra helpful.  Basically, it just made for a miserable week for me. 😕

1.  Parent Teacher Conferences - We had our conferences today.  They went really well!  I had 12/18 parents show up.  These were probably my most productive conferences ever.  If you have your own conferences coming up, check out this freebie by clicking the pic below.
Parent/Teacher Conference Packet
2.  Weekly Breakfast - Does your school have a social committee?  We do! One of my favorite activities is Friday breakfast.  You sign up one time to bring breakfast and then enjoy it for the rest of the year.  I had my breakfast this week and was hooked on Pinterest foods!  Here are some pics of my favorite items.

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher
Pumpkin Cuties

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher
Witch Hats and Broomsticks

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher
Sad Looking Pumpkin

3.  Pajama Day - I love dressing up for Red Ribbon Week, especially when we are able to wear pajamas!  I also took this opportunity to put a fireplace video on YouTube. We spent the morning cozily reading in front of the "fire." I was a little bummed that the rain had finally stopped so it was a bit bright out.  Oh well! It was still awesome!

Super Comfy PJ's

4.  Let's end on a fun note! For the first time ever, I told a student that there was no way he could grow up to be...

A Fox! He wanted to be a Fox when he grows up!

How was your week?  
What was good and bad for you?