Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sickness and Bloggy Friends

I.
Am.
Sick.

You don't understand. I never get sick.

I mean, ever.

Which translates to, when I am sick. I'ts not pretty.  I am whiny.

So, although I had all these grand things I wanted to blog about today, I am way too tired to even think about it.  Maybe tomorrow I'll post about what I had planned.  Since I won't be at school. Gasp! This third grade teacher is never out.

Since I can't get my creative juices flowing, I wanted to thank two ladies that tagged me!  You can read that post here.  Thanks to Kaleigh at Kaleigh's Klassroom for tagging me! I am her newest follower and it looks like she just started in the blogging word, so check her out! Kelli from Pray Teach Love tagged me too! I'm her newest follower too!

I wish I could stop using exclamation marks, but I love them way too much!

Oh, and Ms. Smith (too bad I don't know your first name) at Adventures of Ms. Smith gave me the Favorite Follower Award! Thanks girl and thanks for your sweet comments!


I love all my followers, and they are all soooooooooooo wonderful! It was hard for me to decide, but I have to give it to my best partner in this blogging journey, Elisabeth. 





Twins Teaching and Tacos


Since I might be breaking the rules since Elisabeth is my friend in real life.  I also have to give it to another Elizabeth!

Fun in Room 4B

She always leaves me great comments and I love reading her blog!

Have a good Wednesday!  I'll be at home, but I'd much rather be well and at school like the rest of you guys. :)


Monday, January 30, 2012

Giveaway Winner and a Sale!

Happy Monday! Today was such a great day.  It was one of those days where I think the planets were aligned in my favor or something. I had plans done, copies made, and my students were angels! Can this be a sign of a great week to come, please?

Today was the last day for my measurement unit giveaway!  Congratulations to KimHartner!


Kim, you didn't leave an email! Leave a comment here with your email so I can get it to you.   If anyone knows Kim, let her know! 

Also, since my followers are so awesome, I am going to make my Measurement Unit only $4.00 for the next 24 hours!  So grab it now so you can save $3! Hey, $3 is a lot in my book! :)

Click Here to Download!


I also created a set of 5 file folder games to accompany my measurement unit.  




The "Measuring with Furry Friends" Game Pack  is a set of 5 games reviewing measurement concepts. It includes review of length, capacity and mass/weight customary and metric measurements. There are over 40 pages in all!

Games:
1. Capacity War
2. Smart Measurement Decisions**
3. Unit Sort
4. Abbreviation Concentration
5. Crazy Conversions**

**These 2 games have 18 game cards for capacity, length and mass/weight. You can play each game card set separately or combine all 54 cards into one “Mega Game” 

So for the next 24 hours, you can grab the unit and the games pack for only $8!  Make sure you grab it by 5:00 Tuesday! :)






Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tag! You're It!

So I've always been a little  on the chubby big boned side.  So I was always one of the kids who got caught playing tag.  I feel like that now! I have had four awesome ladies tag me this afternoon.  First, my teaching soul mate Elisabeth from Twins, Teaching and Tacos.  Then, one of my favorite bloggy friends, Elizabeth from Fun in Room 4B. Then the awesome Bonnie from Living a Wonderful Life.  Then, Gina at The Chocoholic Teacher, and I am now her newest follower!

So here are the rules:

1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

Looks like I have something to keep me occupied during a break of making some new measurement games!  

First 12 facts About Me!

1.  I teach in the same elementary school that I attended. 
2.  I love to travel, although I never have enough money to go everywhere I want to!
3.  I LOVE headbands.  I wear one almost everyday.  
4.  I have been teaching third grade for three years.  I taught 5th grade my first year. 
5.  I like TV way too much and I can't imagine life without my DVR. 
6.  I like manly movies a little more than chick flicks (aka war movies, mafia movies, etc.) 
7. I could listen to Jason Mraz all day. 
8. I was an extra in Talladega Nights. 
9. I love Polka dots. (maybe it's because of my last name)
10.  I prefer reading teen fiction. 
11.  I got "slimed" on Nickelodeon. 
12.  I could eat pineapples at every meal.  

Now it's time to answer lots of questions.  I'm starting to get test anxiety. 
From Elisabeth:
1. Where is one place you would like to travel? The Mediterranean 
2. What is your favorite thing about teaching? Helping children realize they have potential and can work hard to attain it.
3. What is one thing about teaching you would change? I would love to have smaller classes so I could spend more individual time with each child (Oh and I know you are all thinking it, so I will say it, I would love to be paid what I deserve)
4. Do you have any hobbies? Blogging...
5. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Shopping, Watching Movies, Dancing, Laughing
6. What book have you recently read? I haven't had much time to read lately.  I read the Hunger Games trilogy over Christmas Break
7. Do you have a hobby? Elisabeth, repeat yourself much? :)
8. What kind of technology do you have in your classroom? Smartboard, Document Camera, Senteo Clickers, Smart Slate, Smart Clickers, Flip Cameras, Digital Cameras
9. If you weren't a teacher, what career would you have? I would love to be an event planner!
10. What is your favorite topic/subject to teach? I loved teaching American History when I taught 5th grader. In 3rd grade, I love Science
11. What is your favorite type of candy? Mike & Ikes
12. What type of music do you enjoy listening to? Anything!  Singer/Songwriter stuff is my favorite.. Jason Mraz and Dave Barnes are my two faves!

From Elizabeth:
1. How much time do you waste spend online blogging and blog hopping per week?
I am embarrassed to say.  Probably at least 2 hours a day, probably more on the weekends
2. Pepsi or Coke?  I love Diet Coke
3. Are you addicted to Pinterest? If so, what is your favorite board?  Um, Yes.  I love my Making Content Fun Board
4. Do you have a Smart Phone? Do you use it to take pictures of your class/classroom?  I lam addicted to my iPhone!  I use it for all my pictures at school
5. What is your favorite movie?  I love movies! The Little Mermaid is my favorite movie of all time! It was the first movie I ever saw at the movies!
6. What are your hobbies?  Blogging, Shopping, Dancing, Laughing
7. If you were given $1000 to spend RIGHT NOW, what would you spend it on?  This is so lame, but a new washer and I would pay off my living room furniture!
8. What SHOULD you be doing right now, but can't pull yourself away from the computer to do?  I need to finish my measurement games and grade paper
9. Are you teaching your dream grade level?  I love teaching third grade, but I really miss the fifth grade curriculum!
10. What subject is your least favorite to teach?  I used to hate teaching reading, but now that I have gotten rid of the basal, my attitude has changed a lot!
11. Do you have a TpT store?  Yep! My followers are awesome!
12. How long have you been blogging? I started blogging in July as a requirement for a tech program, but I started blogging because I wanted to in November!

From Bonnie:
  1. What state do you live in?   North Carolina
  2. Do you collect anything?  I tried to collect snow globes, but I only have 3. haha
  3. What is your favorite color?  It changes all the time. I like wearing dark colors, especially dark purple.  I love anything pink and lime green though!
  4. Do you do anything work related on the weekend?  Yes, I am that dedicated. I grade papers, lesson plan and now I usually make new things!
  5. What is your favorite food?  Pineapples!
  6. How long is your commute to work?  15 minutes
  7. If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?  Buy my parents a new house, pay off all my bills, TRAVEL!
  8. How do you spend your time when you're relaxing?  Blog, watch TV and movies, just chill. 
  9. How many weddings have you been in?  Great question, 8.  Always the bridesmaid...
  10. What is your favorite place you've visited?  Hawaii!
  11. If you weren't a teacher, what would you be?  Event Planner
  12. Kids...do you have any? How many do you have/want?   That decision is still up in the air! 
Finally, from Gina:
1. What subject do you like to teach the most?     I love Science!
2. What is your favorite drink?   Diet Dr. Pepper  (that's my kid friendly answer)
3. What is one piece of advice you have for a new teacher?   Don't try to do EVERYTHING your first year.  I tried to be a veteran teacher my first year.  It just brought lots of stress.  Also, don't be scared to ask for help!
4. What is your favorite teaching website/or blog?   I have so many, I can't even pick one!
5. What is your favorite type of music?   Singer/Songwriter music!
6. What is one of your guilty pleasures?   Jersey Shore
7. What type of books do you like to read?   Teen Fiction, yep...I'm 25.
8. What are some of your hobbies?   shopping, watching TV, blogging
9. What is something you do to stay organized in terms of grading/lesson planning/copies for school/etc.?   I am still working on that!
10. What is your favorite snack?  pineapples
11. What was your favorite vacation?   Visiting my sister in Hawaii
12. How did your husband propose? (I love hearing these stories!)  All the single ladies!

That is probably more than you ever wanted to know about this third grade teacher!  Oh well, I hope you have stuck with me this far! 

Now, for 12 of my bloggy friends! If you have already been tagged, no worries...I won't be offended!

1. Tanya at A Class Act
2. Haley at Following Optimism
3. Debbie at Debbie's Dabbling
4. Ms. Durbin at 3rd Grade's A Hoot
5. Katherine at Third Grade Teacher Files
7. Melissa at Teaching Fashionista
8. Kelly from Fabulous in Fourth
9. Ms. Smith at Adventures of Ms. Smith
10. Adrienne at Wiggins World
11. Kathy from First Grade a la Carte
12. Kim from The Teacher's Lane

Lastly, Here are my questions!

1. Polka dots or stripes?
2. What is your favorite thing about teaching?
3. Guilty Pleasure?
4. Drama or Comedy?
5. If you could teach your students one thing, what would it be?
6. If you won a million dollars and had to give it to one person, who would it be?
7. Cats or Dogs?
8. Favorite fruit?
9.What technology do you have in your classroom?
10. What is one thing you couldn't live without?  
11.  Where were you born?
12. Where did you college?


So sorry about having the longest post in history.  It was fun telling you guys about me though!  :)

Look for some freebies this week!  I am working on several things at once. ADD much? 

Is everyone ready for Monday? I think I am! 


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Measurement Unit and a Freebie!

It is such a gorgeous day here in North Carolina!  I love being able to wear just leggings, a dress and ballet flats! I am posting from my veranda, that's what I like to call the balcony at my apartment. It just sounds much more fancy.

So I finished my Mega Measurement Unit earlier this week.  With my crazy schedule and lack of Internet at the casa, I haven't posted about it!  It's a six lesson unit that covers the NC Standard Course of Study for 3rd grade, but you can use it for Common Core in third grade, and I think it would be useful for 4th and 5th grade too.  My second grade friends might be able to use some of the ideas too!

The main purpose of the unit is to build a good understanding of the measurement units, not just memorization of the conversions. This unit is very hands on and discussion is an integral part. It is not just a "worksheet" unit! I am so excited to start it with my kiddos on Monday!

There are 6 lessons:
Lesson 1: Measuring Capacity
Lesson 2: Introducing Customary Length
Lesson 3: Introducing Metric Length
Lesson 4: Measuring Metric Mass
Lesson 5: Measuring Customary Weight
Lesson 6: Measuring Temperature

Each lesson includes teacher directions and instructions, vocabulary cards a student exploration activity and a follow up sheet.  There are also pages for students to record unit benchmarks, a Bingo Review Game and 15 question Assessment with answer key.





You can grab it here for just $7.00..  Also, I'll give the unit to one person. You can enter twice! Just leave a comment saying you follow my blog.  You can leave one saying that you follow my TpT Store! I'll choose a winner Monday Night! :)


You guys know, I wouldn't post about this without giving you a freebie!  I have uploaded the Customary Length Lesson to TpT for free so you guys can see what the unit is all about.  


I hope everyone else is enjoying their Saturday!! 





Friday, January 27, 2012

Lovin' Reading!



Gotta get down on Friday.  

This annoying song has been stuck in my head all stinking day.  Thank goodness it's true though! I am so looking forward to a great weekend!

It was a long week at school but it was a great week!  Like I've told you guys, we started reading workshop this week and I am already sold with it's awesomeness.  Yesterday, all but one of my students were reading either a chapter book or nonfiction book.  With some of my kids it has been like pulling teeth to get them to read a chapter book! 

I set up my reading workshop using some awesome ideas I got from my teaching soul mate, Elisabeth and Twins, Teaching and Tacos.  Check out her post here about it!.  I based a lot of what I am doing on Beth Newingham's model. Gosh, I love her. 

 During our closing today, I asked the students how they liked doing reading workshop so far.  They had lots to say! They definitely seem to enjoy choosing their own books and they were so proud of the chapter books they had already finished!  We also got into a discussion about how it is important to be a good reader so we can do well in school and college and get a good job!  It made my heart happy.  

We spent the week talking about a being a good reader and strategies to use to be a successful reader.  I am not very experienced at making anchor charts, and I wish I had pretty handwriting like some of my friends out there. 


I tried to make a shark and it looks like an evil piranha. Oh and my kids love making fun of my pictures. 

During our shared reading time, we are focusing on one skill a week.  This week was about using fix up strategies to help us understand words in our reading. 


I made one for my students to put in their notebooks. You can grab it here if you want it!  

Things have been so busy this week, that I felt like I haven't had one second to be crafty. So I had to have a pick me up.  We finished up our focus on fractions today, so we made these fraction sundaes.  I've seen them on Pinterest and  Amy has the pattern for $1.00 on TpT!  




Well, that's all for now! Have a great Friday night friends! :)






Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mixed Numbers, Dragons, Grammar

What do those three things have in common?

This post.

Does anyone else feel like they have had a crazayyyyy week? Is it Friday yet? One more day!

I haven't posted a freebie all week, but I have a FREEBIE at the end! :)

We have been doing so much this week.  We are finishing up our fractions unit, our test is tomorrow. So I'm crossing my finger praying hoping that my students do well.

In our state we have to teach mixed numbers. Sigh.  Fractions on a number line. Double Sigh. They are such hard concepts for third graders to understand.  So here are some of the things we did to try to get the concept down.

First we learned about mixed numbers and improper fractions.  We did some activities on the Smartboard and we created these mixed numbers using fraction circles.




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The next day we talked about placing fractions and mixed number on a number line.  So I introduced the lesson by assigning each student a fraction or mixed number.  The students were put into two groups and raced to put the numbers in order from least to greatest.  Then we put them on a number line from there. 



We were out of school on Monday, so we talked about the Chinese New Year on Tuesday.  I had already chosen a book to read, but I have a Chinese girl who was adopted by an American family in my class.  She brought in a book about the Chinese New Year, so we read that instead!  We made paper lanterns and easy dragon masks.  I wish I had time to make something cuter, but like I said this week has been CRAZYYY.



You have stuck with me this long, so here is a FREEBIE. Our spelling skill this week as about plurals and possessives. Here is a simple cut and paste activity to download at my TpT store!



This week we started reading workshop, so I'll be posting all about that tomorrow!  

Hope you guys had a fabulous Thursday! :)





Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Word Wall Winners...and a SALE

So I just loooove technology sometimes. Apparently my 88 follower giveaway post got deleted somehow. Probably when I was posting on my iPhone last night. Oh well, yesterday was the last day anyhow! LUCKILY, all the comments were still on my comments page. Whew....

So, I wrote each of the commenters names down in order and used the random generator to choose the seven winners of my Common Core Math Word Walls!

1. Randee from How About Them Apples

2. Melissa wrote "LOve your BLOG! I'm following your TPT and.... I've pinned your sweethearts sheet!" Girl, I don't have your email, so PLEASE get back to me so I can send you your stuff!

3. cesteacher wrote "Already pinned a ton of things from your Pinterst site" I don't have your email either! So please get in in touch with me!

4. Elizabeth from Fun in Room 4B

5. Haley from Following Optimism

6. Elisabeth

7. Yearn to Learn

I'll be sending out emails to the ones I have contact info for! If you are Melissa or cesteacher, or know them, leave a comment or send me an email at adventuresinthird@gmail.com.

I have finished all of the word walls and they are up at my TpT Store.  For the next 24 hours I am going to sell them for a discounted price, so any one who didn't win, grab yours by 3:00 PM Thursday!

Click on the grade level you want to grab your copy for $2.50!









Happy Wednesday!



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Back in the Dark Ages...

So I don't have internet at my house! Boo!! So I am updating on my phone. So this will be brief.

Make sure you enter my giveaway, the 88 follower giveaway, it ends tomorrow.

Oh and I reached 100 followers! Yay!

Hopefully my Internet will be back soon.

Have a great night friends!


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lazy Weekend

So I wish I had a freebie to give you guys today!  Maybe I should have saved one of them from yesterday! (If you haven't grabbed my Valentine's Freebies, check them out here, they won't be free for long!)

I realized that I hadn't posted today and it made me feel incomplete. Typing that makes me feel boring in need of a life dedicated. This has been such a laidback weekend.  I had no papers to grade, because the quarter is over and grades are in the computer.  I had no big plans, unlike last week's wedding weekend.  So, I spent a lot of time vegging, cooking, cleaning, and working on my new Measurement Unit.  I'm pretty excited about it.  I'm pulling together several resources and activities I've done in the past to make a bangin' interactive, problem solving based unit. Be on the look out for it! Hopefully I can finish it up this week.

I also wanted to say that I have the greatest followers! I have had such incredibly sweet comments on my blog and TpT over the last few days.  I am a total dork and check the email on my phone constantly to see if I have a comment.  So I really do appreciate it guys! :)


Oh, and my giveaway ends Wednesday, make sure you enter!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Valentine's Day Freebies!

Happy Saturday friends!
It's rainy and cold outside. No snow for North Carolina.
So I have been working on some freebies for you guys!

I have always done a candy heart math activity with my students at Valentine's Day.  Since I have started buying new clipart and have gotten much better at making things cuter, I revamped it for you guys!

It includes questions about:

*Sorting
*Estimation
*Place Value
*Subtraction
*Multiplication
*Division
*Fractions
*Using a Table
*Number Relationships
*Graphing

Click here to download it from my TpT Store for free!

I also adapted some information about Sweethearts into a reading selection and questions from Necco's Website.



As always, leave a comment if you download!  I love comments!



Don't forget to vote for me! :)
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Also, my giveaway ends this week! Click here to enter to win a Common Core Math Wall!





Friday, January 20, 2012

Celebrate Good Times, Come On

So I know I have already blogged once today.  Shouldn't I be out having fun like a normal 25 year old.  Instead Mark and I are just sitting here and watching a movie. Well, he's watching a movie and I'm too busy making things or blog hopping.

This will be short and sweet.

Voting for the 2011 Fascination Awards Starts at midnight.  I'd love you forever if you voted for me.  I'd love you anyway though. Promise.

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Also, I sold my first thing on TpT tonight! Could I be a bigger dork?  Probably not, but I was still excited.  :)  In honor of the occasion, I just uploaded a free game to review regrouping.  I found out this week while my students were doing a simple review sheet that they had apparently forgotten when and how to regroup so I whipped this up.  Click here to download it for free! :) 


Leave me some love if you download.  This girl loves her some comments. Please let me know that I'm not the only one sitting around and blogging. Yep. Thanks.








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