Friday, March 14, 2014


It is a happy day people, because I am officially on SPRING BREAK!  Even though I have the Google Summit to attend two days next week, I am still looking forward to 3 full days off!  But that's not what this post is about!  There is a huge GIVEAWAY going on!  Carrie, over at Anchored in 3rd is celebrating her 1,000 followers on Instagram!  That is amazing!  My 3rd grade interactive notebook is featured in one of the bundles, along with tons of other fantastic products.  Head on over and ENTER


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Interactive Math Notebook for 3rd Grade

Since interactive notebooks are one of the hottest topics (products) these days, I went on a hunt to find one that works for me.  I gave up, and decided to create one of my own.  So far this year, it has been going GREAT!!  What makes my notebook more unique than others, is that I have included a "checkpoint" for each standard that can be glued right into the notebook.  These will come in handy at conference time, when you need to share an example of a certain type of problem or to showcase how their student performed on that particular skill.  Take a peek below!
CHECKPOINTS-half sheets


It is on sale for the rest of January in my TPT store!  However, I would like to offer it to three of my lovely followers to test out in their rooms, as long as you PROMISE to come back and leave me HONEST feedback on how it is working out for you!!  Please just leave your name and email address in the comments.  I will deliver this incredible file to the first 3 comments!! 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

QR Codes! Do you love them?

I have finally figured out how to create resources using QR codes and I am pleased to share my first product with you!!  Simply scan the code in the next space to check your answers. The skill being practiced is finding the unknown fact in a multiplication problem (Grade 3 Common Core OA4).   I am working on a MONSTER of a math file using QR codes.  STAY TUNED! My students absolutely love being able to scan to see immediately if they have correct answers!  Its fun and quick!  Please take a peek and download this exclusive freebie to my blog followers.  I appreciate you all!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Shaking Words

Hello everyone!  It has been a while.....a long while since I have been in touch.  But I do have a FREEBIE for you to kick the New Year off.  My kids absolutely love to do the Making Words, Word Work activity that we use.  It is major competition to see who builds the most words.  However, lately I've had a group of kids, whose focus has switched to just trying to figure out the mystery word!!  Soooooo, I decided to create this little baby, which eliminates a mystery word and focuses solely on the process of building words with given letters.  You can download it here FREE from my google docs.  I hope that you will get much needed rest and relaxation during your break.  Happy Holidays!

Saturday, August 17, 2013


Hello all!  My school year is off to a great start!  This is my 1st year teaching 3rd grade, and I'm excited and nervous!  I just wanted to let you all know that my TPT store will have all items on sale for the big B2S extravaganza! You can save 28% if you enter the code BTS13 when you checkout!  I can't wait to go shopping myself! 

I also wanted to share with you some bookmarks that I use with my students.  This will my 3rd attempt at implementing the CAFE in my classroom.  I always start out SUPER strong, then branch away from it.  The one difference that I do, is that I don't have the students put sticky notes on the class CAFE display board.  Each student has their own bookmark/checklist that they can refer to, and always know what their goal/focus is.  So, since Melonheadz (one of my new favorite clip art artists) posted some adorable little kiddos, I redid my bookmarks.  You can find them here for FREE!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

In color
And black & white

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Work on Writing center

I remember seeing this idea on Pinterest, and falling in love with it!  I do Daily 5 in my classroom and my Work on Writing station is always the most dreaded.  So I'm constantly thinking of ways to spice it up.  The writing during Daily 5 is completely separate from my normal writing block, and this little writing center idea has been a life saver.  I created one that I felt would work great with my group.  I start with modeling each of the choices on different occasions, and then adding it to my "I can Write a...." wall.  For each of the choices, I have at least 2 choices of stationary or paper to complete the writing.  My pack includes 9 writing choices: 
JOURNAL ENTRY (for whole class journals)

Here are a few pictures from the file. 


Do you do Daily 5 in your classrooms?  What do your kids do during the Work on Writing time?  How do you keep it from being the most dreaded rotations of all?  I would like to offer this file to the first three followers to comment answering the questions above!  Don't forget to leave your email address!  


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sale & a FREEBIE!

Hello everyone!  To help celebrate the 4th of July, I am having a sale on ALL of my TPT products!!  Go ahead and grab some fabulous, common core aligned products to start your year off right!  Also, all of my "I CAN" statements are FREE til' Friday!  Wooohoo!  They are perfect for pocket charts and/or objective boards!!  Thank you for continuing to follow me on this journey!  Enjoy the holiday!