Monday, August 25, 2014

Paul Revere (Third Grade GA Heroes) Resources {FREEBIE}

It is about that time of year to get started discussing all the famous historical figures in third grade!  Hopefully, you are past the Roots of Democracy unit.  Am I  the only one that hated that unit?  So much and SO difficult to relate back to the kids.  My kids always got the columns...and that was about it! LOL!

I thought I would share a few great resources I found for this unit.  Just click on the pictures!

These are great books when you are discussing the life of Paul Revere:


This coloring page might be a great brain break or cover pages for the unit:


This is a great map to explain what the 13 colonies looked like- a mind boggling concept to children that have only lived when there are 50 states...and have been for some time!


The Paul Revere House website is always full of great information and pictures. It is hard to fathom that a wood house is still standing?!?!


I don't know if you are familiar with the Liberty Kids but I LOVE this past children's show!!! Such an amazing way to teach about the Revolutionary War!!  There are clips available on YouTube, but they do have advertisements and are split into two you tube videos due to the length of time.  BUT the content is AMAZING and so high interest.


This is the first clip of two clips for the Midnight Ride and there is also a two part/clip video for the Boston Tea Party available n the same YouTube channel.

I have no idea how long this will last but the ENTIRE series of Liberty Kids (40 episodes) is only $5 on Amazon right now.


Honestly, the $5 is well worth the Midnight Ride and Boston Tea Party episodes alone.

I also have two units available on Paul Revere on TpT.



I made an exclusive freebie from the above unit.  It is one activity from the Life of Paul Revere Book.  It includes a passage about Paul Revere's childhood.  Students answer questions about his childhood using the passage. Also included is a question/ answer page for students to use similar to a KWL chart to practice asking and answer questions AND activating and prior knowledge.







Here are few pictures of students completing the circle map form the unit on Paul Revere.



Did I forget any resources?


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Spotlight

It is that time again!!


Ready to get your freebie on?  I got some awesome goodies to share!  Please make sure to stop by and show each author some love.  Freebies take time and I know I appreciate every comment or like I receive.  They always warm my heart and I know they can make someone's day!!

Click on the pictures to get your copies!!

Back to School Goodies


Lisa at Fourth and Ten shared these adorable EDITABLE bag toppers.  They would be a sweet end of the first week (or first few weeks) gift to students!


Aimee Salazar at Primarily Speaking shared this little gem!! This simple, editable power point has SO many uses.  It could be your open house presentation, note to your students in the morning, or the background to any presentation you want to make!


Math Freebies
I love these bump games by Denise at Sunny Days.  I love how simple they are for students and how they can be played MANY times. They also require little prep!  Win-win!


Kelsey at Aloha to Second made not one, not two, but THREE adorable place value games!!! Very cute and easy to play!  Perfect for the beginning of the school year!


Shelley at Smiling and Shining in Second Grade created this AWESOME set of math printables that are perfect for the beginning of the year. A variety of simple skills are covered and are perfect for helping students get "back into the groove."


This is technically a math AND ELA center, but I thought you guys wouldn't mind if I stuck it in here ;)! Denise at Sunny Days also created this ingenious center. I love it because the prep is so minimal and students can do SO MUCH with it!



Krista at The Second Grade Super Kids shared these super cute clock labels.  Do you label your clock analog clock in your classroom.  I think it is a great way to help your primary learners.   And even when I taught fourth grade, I had SEVERAL that struggled with telling time on an analog clock because they ONLY used digital clocks.


ELA Goodies



Jen Sykes at Hello Mrs. Sykes shared one of my favorite ways to organize a guided reading lesson. She shared this FREEBIE on how to run a guided reading lesson using the format before, during, and after and what is included in each competent.



Bex at the Reading and Writing Redhead shared this I have Who Has game on antonyms. I thought thsi would be a great way to get kids up out of their seats and moving around!!











Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Getting Started with Guided Math {FREEBIES}

The longer I teach the more I believe that most everything is a fad.  Methods will fall in and out of popularity.  But, the methods that really work, and really help students?  They are here to stay, in one form or another.

I believe that math in small groups is one of those things that is here to stay.

I have done guided math for 6 years in the classroom with all different kinds of classes from gifted cluster  classes to special education inclusion classes. Each year it has looked slightly different, depending on the needs of my students.


This will post will be the first in a series about guided math and wrapping your head around guided math in YOUR classroom.  I have done it well...and not so well so I feel I am in a pretty good place to share my reflections.

So what is this whole guided math thing?


So other people may look at this differently, but this is how I see guided math.  Guided math can be a part of the workshop model as well, or not, or even a mixture of the two.


My biggest concern is that many people think they are doing "guided math," when all they are really doing is pulling back students that are struggling and helping them. While I think this is important, I don't feel it is guided math.  I personally feel like all students need direct, individualized instruction in small groups to best meet their needs. 

Basically, if you are just pulling your strugglers, you are missing out on a great opportunity. Every student deserves a year's worth of your time, and a year's worth of growth.

Off my soapbox now.  :)


So, why should you do guided math?  Because it is a great way to get to know each of your students. And um, base ten blocks for 5 kids and not 20?  Sign me up!!


But it isn't all sunshine and lollipops in Guide Math Land.  It actually is a bunch of work.  You gotta be organized.  Like REALLY organized.  You also have to be prepared to  accept that the curriculum map...may not happen exactly.  Remember it is not a guide, not a stone tablet. Well, at least in the schools I taught at.  I do realize that  may vary from school to school or district to district.

So, now that you have decided that guided math is the structure for your classroom, you have LOTS of things to think about.

How about these...




Overwhelmed yet? Yeah, I thought so.  It kinda can make your head explode when you think of all this PLUS all the regular back to school stuff!!

Let's take this little by little.


  • What is important to you (calendar, number talks, interactive notebooks, centers, partner games, etc) and what time frame are you working with?  
  • How much whole group instruction do you want?  
  • Do you want a mini lesson daily?  Weekly?  Twice a week?  
  • How much time will you have for groups? Will you pull groups everyday?
  • What interruptions do you have to your math time?  Will you be pulled out of your math block for library check out, computer lab, a special?

Here is a a copy of the questions above if you want to use it for note taking and as a place to hold all your thoughts. Click on the picture to download.



I know.  That is a whole lot to think about.  How do you want it all to fit together?  What do you think you can manage?


This is a sample schedule.  I am working with a friend to organize her math block.  This is what we came up with.


Do you like the planning sheet above?  Here is a FREE copy of the planning sheet.  I created it for three groups or four groups, depending on your classroom needs. A sample is also included. Below are pictures of how the guided math block could possibly be organized. Click on the pictures to download.




I have also included a BLANK version you can use to plan with as well! Click on the pictures to download!



If you are looking for activities or students to complete during guided math, please make sure to check out my differentiated math centers, Print and Go! Centers, and Interactive Math Notebooks. ALL of this is 20% off TONIGHT only and you can take an extra percentage off by using the code BOOST at check out!










My interactive math notebooks are a CRAZY good deal right now.  You can get the WHOLE year of math interactive notebooks for $35.20 (NOT including the  promo code off- that makes it even less!). That means you are only paying $3.50 for each month!


And if you made it allll the way to the bottom of this post I have a FREEBIE for you!  This little gem comes from my Differentiated Math Centers for September! Click on the picture to download!



Now this is the FIRST post in this series...make sure to check back soon to read MORE about organizing your math block and MUCH, MUCH more!!!
















Sunday, August 17, 2014

Saturday Spotlight...on a Sunday :)


Ready for some more goodies???! Yay! It is the Saturday Spotlight!  Let's see what was rounded up!

Management Tools



I thought this little attendance SMARTboard file from One Room Schoolhouse was so cute ! I never used these in my room and I regret it!  I think they are so cute!!!


This EDITABLE freebie from Miss Teacher Resources 101 is incredible. The schedule cards are adorable and she also has an editable file where you can edit the times.  They are adorable!!!!!!



I love the novelty of the FREE QR codes for good behavior from Tabitha at FlapJack Education.  Wouldn't your kids love them, too? She details how she uses them in her post, but they could be used in a ton of different ways!

Activities


 I LOVE this WHOLE pack from Hard Core Teacher Resources!  It focuses on using higher order thinking skills to evaluate classroom rules and the need for rules.  This would be a great way to review the rules, without being boring, as well as teaching kids how to work in small groups. VERY clever!!!!



These Brain Breaks from Elementary Matters are ADORABLE!  I can just imagine my kids loving these!  And the movement and a chance for the brain to absorb all that learning?  Priceless. We used to do yoga exercises as Brain Breaks, but these would be a fun twist.



Cootie Catchers!  What child doesn't love cootie catchers!!??? These cootie catchers from Adventures of Room 129 would be a great ice breaker that first week of school! AND what a great way to practice answering questions?!?!


There are sometimes when I am just amazed at my colleagues' creativity.  And this is a perfect example.  I LOVE this entire activity to introduce science and the scientific method by Mel and Gerdy (LOVE their names!!).  I can't say enough good things about this hands on activity. LOVE, LOVE,  LOVE!

That is all for this week!  What did you think of all these freebies?  Make sure to leave feedback and love!  I know it will make their days!