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Multiplication Practice Made Fun and Easy

Have any students who are STILL stuck on their 2s and 3s? or 4s multiplication facts?  Is multiplication practice something they don’t want to do? Do they whine that multiplication practice is boring? Are you…

Math Tip Monday December Keeping Math Meaningful

Do your students dread the multi-step word problems?  Do they even know that it is a 2 step word problem?  Join the club.  I refer to these kinds of problems as CURVE BALLS. You’re expecting…

Teaching the Central Message with Awesome Greek Myths

As part of the Folktale Unit, not only do we explore Native American folktales, but we delve into Greek myths as well. Why do I use Greek myths? They’re effective to use for teaching the…

Teaching Third Grade Literature Standards with Engaging Folktales

Do you enjoy using Gerald McDermott’s books in your classroom as much as I do?  I have been using his stories for at least 10 years since I discovered them to teach the third-grade literature…

How to Teach Algebraic Thinking with the Distributive Property

Last year was the first year I had to teach under the Common Core math standards.  Under the Common Core standards for third grade math is this doozy of a standard:  CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.B.5  Teaching the Distributive Property…

Teacher Wisdom November Student Engagement

Welcome back to the November edition of Teacher Wisdom.  This time we focus on student engagement.  How do we keep our students interested and focused while also addressing learning standards and content?  I have some…

Back to the Future with Teaching

If you haven’t heard already, this is the 30th anniversary of the Back to the Future movie franchise.  So in honor of that milestone, I’m taking us all back to the future when teaching was…

How I Use Google Forms in my Third Grade Classroom

Recently, my district has purchased carts full of Chrome Books.  Eventually, each classroom is supposed to have a Chrome Book cart so each child has one to use.  As in most cases when new technology…

Math Tip Monday October: Addition and Subtraction Facts Grade 3

By third grade we hope that most of our third graders know most of their addition and subtraction facts from memory.  But usually they don’t.  So do we spend precious math time drilling and killing…

Teacher Wisdom for October: Communicating with Parents

Welcome to the October edition of Teacher Wisdom.  This month we focus on communicating with parents whether it be an informal conference, a formal parent teacher conference or just keeping the parents informed.  I will…

How to get Students to Study the Multiplication Facts

If you’re a third grade teacher, you know that multiplication is that gateway math skill needed to do any higher level math taught in grades 4 and above.  Without knowing how to multiply, students would…

How I Taught the Geography Unit

Read about 2 Social Studies projects from my classroom. In California we are still operating under the California Standards for History and Social Science.  One of our standards is to:  Identify geographical features in their…

Math Tip Monday September Number Sense Grade 3

Math Tip Monday September:  Number Sense Rounding.  What teacher doesn’t dread having to teach rounding.  As a third grade teacher, I have been accustomed to receiving 2nd graders who had exposure in learning how to…

Teacher Wisdom September Tips and Ideas: Classroom Management

Welcome Back to the second round of Teacher Wisdom. This month we are sharing our teacher wisdom on Classroom Management.  Below I am focusing on parent communication.  It’s always important to start the new school…

A Creative Way to Showcase Students at the Beginning of the Year

The first week of school is a busy time for teachers and students.  It’s also a time to get to know your students and their personalities.  But at the same time, we do have to…

Geometry on Google SlidesĀ®

These Interactive Digital Notebooks for Google Slides are now available in my TpT Store!

Click the link BELOW to see the Geometry Books!

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