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Math Tip Monday August Back to School Math Ideas

If it’s Monday, it must be a Math Tip! As a third grade teacher, I want to know the math levels of my students who are coming into a new school year.  I want to…

Teacher Wisdom August Back to School Tips

The sharpening of pencils.  The passing out of textbooks.  The perfectly white whiteboard.  The new bulletin board borders.  It can only mean one thing…its’ Back to School!  It’s an exciting time and I just wanted…

How to ROCK ClassDojo!

Don’t worry, if you’re still Old School and use a behavior chart or still write a student’s name on the board, this post is still for you!  Please read to the end to see the…

4 Resources to Help You Prepare for the New School Year

Just wanted to remind everyone that the TpT Christmas in July Sale 2015 is about to start on July 13th and 14th!  Below I have highlighted 4 resources that not only will help you prepare…

How to Teach Narrative Writing through Character Traits

Were you satisfied with the way you taught narrative writing last school year?  Well, I was NOT.  Especially after seeing how the students had to write narratives for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test!…

Best Field Trip for Third Grade

The San Juan Capistrano Mission We were lucky this year to raise enough funds to take the entire third grade from my school on probably the best field trip they’ll ever have!  A train trip…

Think Like a Mathematician – Math is Everywhere!

Why do we have to learn math? A popular question among most students.  Most kids ask this question because they see math as irrelevant.  Something in a textbook that’s not connected to their lives.  We…

Special News and Announcements! Thanks for dropping by and reading about my SPECIAL NEWS.  I’m guest blogging over at One Stop Teacher Shop!   I’m very excited to have the opportunity to share some teaching ideas with…

2 Facts About Teaching Area

Just count the squares! Are you teaching your class to find the area of shapes?  There are various ways to teach it, but an effective way to teach area is to use what they already…

10 Facts About SBAC Testing

My students have just completed the first round of testing for English Language Arts using the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Test (SBAC).  Another round of testing in May for the math portion looms ahead of…

Getting Smart with the Distributive Property Ninja Style

Soon my students will be taking the Math portion of the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) in May.  So I thought we should revisit the Distributive Property of Multiplication (DPM) since it’s been awhile since we…

5 Test Preps To Do Before SBAC or PAARC Testing!

It’s coming or it’s already here!  Testing with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) or Partnership for Assessment of College Readiness and Careers (PAARC) has begun or will begin for most students this Spring.  My…

5 Things to Know before Using ClassDojo

I started out the year using a free app called ClassDojo (www.classdojo.com) which is available for both your computer (web-based) or as an app for your phone or tablet.  ClassDojo is a Behavior Management App…

A Creative Way to Show Central Message

If you have read my previous posts on teaching central message, you know that I have been using folktales to teach central message (CCSS RL.3.2).  One of the folktales I used was Coyote by Gerald…

How I Continue to Develop and Better the Close Reading Procedure

Current Close Reading Procedure in my Class I have continued teaching my students to read closely without using symbols for annotation.  Our usual procedure is for me to project a page from out social studies…

Geometry on Google Slides®

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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