Merry Christmas everyone! I hope the holiday has found you in good health, surrounded by loved ones, and blessed beyond belief. I have a small (late) Christmas gift for you!

Shooting the Moon Book Packet FREEBIE!!!!

Shooting the Moon Book Packet 

My fifth graders loved our last book study so much, I knew I had to get another great book into their had. The book Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell is a great read about a young girl whose brother goes to war in Vietnam. She is so excited for him, at first, but has a change of heart when he starts having her develop film for him.

This book packet is meant to help students reading the book independently or as a group better comprehend the story, make connections, and think about the order of events more closely.

I created this packet specifically for my students, so somethings are specifically done for my class (question types change throughout the packet, summaries are focused on during reading of book, book report / response to literature is completed digitally and is not included in packet). For these reasons, this packet is currently FREE! Take advantage of it while you can!!!


Teach 5 BUNDLE

I have finished the Teach 5 Third Grade BUNDLE!!!!!

Teach 5 Bundle PacketThis BUNDLE includes:

  • Instructions for running Teach 5 in your classroom
  • SMARTboard timers for managing your Teach 5 Groups
  • 36 weeks of Teach 5 material on 3rd grade common core math standards
  • How To create your own Teach 5

I LOVE Teach 5 and use it daily in my classroom! I know that it works because student scores reflect a much higher success rate in the classrooms at my school who use Teach 5 in comparison to classrooms who do not. This should not be the case in my classroom because of the inclusion setting, but Teach 5 helps all students keep all math skills fresh all year long.

Head to my Teachers Pay Teachers store to get your Teach 5 Bundle today!

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Strategies for Multiplication and Division

I teach with a SMARTboard and I LOVE my SMARTboard. Each year we name the SMARTboard because they become a member of our class (normally because it acts up and breaks occasionally and then we can blame it on someone besides me or a student).

My first SMARTboard was named George. George was the worst SMARTboard ever. He turned himself off, had no sound capabilities, and in general was a pain. My second SMARTboard was Bob. Bob was pretty good. He didn’t turn himself off until 4 PM (right when I started tutoring every day). Now we have Fred. Fred works really well, but he is shaky. If you touch Fred at all he looks like he might fall from the wall and shatter.

My favorite subject to teach on the SMARTboard is…ALL of them! I use it all day, everyday and plan to keep it that way. I create a weekly SMARTboard notebook to include openings, practice, and directions for where each student and their group goes each day.

Teach students about groups of with colorful images and easy practice. Talk to them about all three strategies for solving multiplication with great images. Give students time to practice building arrays with cloning images in a SMARTboard notebook.

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With division, let students “share” objects on the SMARTboard. Let them practice drawing circles and sticks in the SMARTboard and use a multiplication chart to understand the relationship between multiplication and division.

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At the end of an opening, let students take responsibility for themselves by seeing where their name is, and where they should go for small group instruction.

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These two notebooks can be found here for FREE! The are editable and can be modified.

My students love math because they know they only have to listen to me talk for about five minutes, and then they are going to go to group where they may be playing on, playing a game on the carpet, working in small group with me or my SPED teacher (most of the time we tie children’s literature into class and then work with manipulatives). Math is fun and manageable in my classroom, which is what all students want.

Oh Bad Sally!

My first year teaching I wanted to come up with a creative way to give bad examples of how to do classroom procedures and good examples of classroom procedures. I developed a character who does both.

I have “Good Sally” and “Bad Sally”.

I typically start with the non example (aka Bad Sally). I go to the farthest extreme that I can. I run, jump, scream, throw items, stomp, pout, you name it, Bad Sally does it. Good Sally always follows Bad Sally by doing exactly what the procedure should look like. We as a class talk about the differences between the two, which one was doing what I wanted them to, and who they should want to be like.

The students always LOVE “Bad Sally”! Who wouldn’t? She is the life of the party and not what students expect their teacher to be like. Bad Sally is AWESOME!!! I was taught in college to be sure to be very specific about what you do want to happen and what you do NOT want to happen, so I have Sally. Sally does it all!

Today, Sally came to school. She showed her good and bad sides and yet again was a total success. Anytime we have a new procedure (like when science experiments come up in a few weeks) Sally will visit. I highly suggest creating your own character to help you teach your students classroom rules and procedures.

I also like to read children’s literature which does the same thing. Today I read The Recess Queen to talk about how we should treat our classmates, behave on the play ground, and welcome new classmates. The students loved the book and Mean Gene is similar to Bad Sally (and yes they made the text to self connection 🙂 ).

Classroom management is the most important part of the start of the school year, so really think about how you want to attack this year and get CREATIVE!!!