Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Grinch-mas from 3rd Grade

I am officially on CHRISTMAS BREAK!! Yay! 
Two whole weeks off with my beautiful son. 
Can't wait to spend the holidays with my husband and family either!

Below are pictures from our Christmas crafts! We made wreaths, drew pictures of the Grinch, and drew a picture of Olaf (we had some extra time!)

This is what I did on my first day of break (while little man was sleeping of course!)
My new Jamberry's (I'm not that great at applying them!)

Merry Christmas!
(He obviously did not like Santa this year!)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year for Thanksgiving we did the "Turkey in Disguise" activity. It was so much fun! Here are some of their turkeys.

How cute are those!? We also had our Thanksgiving feast yesterday. The kids had a great time, but boy was I exhausted!

Oh we had Book Character Day at our school last week! I can't post any of this kids but I will of the teachers!

I'm the tall Cat in the Hat in the back row! How creative is our staff!
After our Book Character Parade, I assigned the upper grades to visit the lower grades and they buddied up and read together. They enjoyed that so much!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween From My Class to Yours!

Pictures from our October

Pumpkin Art

Frankenstein Writing
courtesy of Third Grade Love Blog

What should Mrs. Crouse be for Halloween?
I Want to be a Super Teacher

Happy Halloween!

From our little family,

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Wonderful Math Tool

Looking for a way to help your kids on math facts? Whether it be addition, subtraction, multiplication or division is a-MAZ-ing!

I found this website a couple of years ago when I was working as a RtI aide. I was working with 3rd graders who needed help remembering their multiplication facts. Lo, and behold I found this beauty! It works wonders with all kids, especially those who struggle with memorization. 

It is a FREE website (that has a not-so-free app). I entered all of my 3rd grade stu
dents and had them get on this past Thursday. I wasn't sure what they would think, but they loved it! I even had some that wanted to keep going instead of having their computer game time!

I definitely recommend this website!
Try it and you will fall in love!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bubble Gum Writing

The past few weeks we have been learning how to sequence. We have been doing this with our reading stories and worksheets. Well of course I had to get on pinterest and check out what other teachers have been doing with sequencing. You may have already seen this, but we did the "How To Blow A Bubble" writing. 

First, I gave all my students a piece of bubble gum and they "tried" to blow a bubble, some of them were successful! After that we talked about all the steps it took to blow a bubble. I then had them write a rough draft of their "First, Next, Then, Last" papers. I checked them and then they wrote their final drafts. 

Here are some pictures.

I will have to attach the paper later (its on my school computer).

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Classroom Management

I wanted to share with you what I do for my classroom management, as a whole group and individual.
 Below you see four pictures. The top two pictures and the bottom left picture are my whole group discipline management. My 3rd graders start every week with the letters "REWARD" on our bulletin board. If, as a class, they are not listening, following directions, etc. Then I take a letter away. Each letter is worth 5 minutes, adding up to 30 minutes total of what we call "Fun Friday". On nice Fridays we take them outside to play and on others we play games inside. Now, I do have a way for my students to earn minutes back. Therefore bringing you the bottom left photo, where you see "T" and "S" and tally marks. To get my students attention I use an attention grabber. I say "1-2" the kids say "Eyes on You" then I say "3-4" and the kids say "Talk no more!". After we say this they are suppose to completely silent and listening. If they are then they get a point under the student or "S" side. If I have students still talking or not paying attention after we say this then I get a point under the teacher or "T" side. Each tally mark is work 1 minute of time added on to their "REWARD". BUT my points cancel out their points. For example, below it shows that I have 4 points and they have 6 points. This means that my student got 2 extra minutes added to their "REWARD" on Friday. So if they lost one letter (5 minutes) they would get 2 more minutes added on. Hope my explaining makes sense! Please comment if you have any questions! I have found that this method works great in all grades! I used this in 6th grade the last 2 years and now in 3rd! Give it a try if you have trouble getting your students to pay attention. 

I now want to point out the bottom right photo. This is my individual behavior management system. Its my beautiful clip chart which I know a lot of you use. In my class, my students receive tickets for 100% on tests, passing AR tests, getting their homework log signed, and good behavior. At the end of the day if a student stays on "Ready to Learn" then they get 1 ticket. If they moved up for good behavior then they will get 2 tickets at the end of the day. If they move down 1, that is a warning. If they move down 2, I take out time of their PE. If they move 3, they go to office and I call home.

With their tickets, they can purchase different things in the classroom. I will post my ticket prizes below to be downloaded for FREE!

Ok, and now for a 3rd grade funny!

Can you guess which word doesn't belong? :)

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Blog Update

If you have been checking out my blog lately...

I keep changing things!

Well, I think I have finally found a design that I like! Here is my button!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First Day in 3rd Grade

My before picture of my classroom! YIKES!

And AFTER pictures.

My desk area

Carpet area

Classroom rules board


Class library

Small group area

Homework board

Alphabet line

My rocking chair I painted :)

Welcome goodie bags for the first day of school!