Monday, April 30, 2012

Brag Tag Giveaway

Have you ever heard of brag tags?  They are dog tags that have school-related achievements on them that students can collect for good behavior or academic improvement.  The kids can display their tags on a necklace or a keychain. I hadn't known about these until I saw the giveaway going on at *Mrs. Bainbridge's Class* blog.  If you enter her giveaway, you could win 100 of your own tags to use in your classroom.  Here's the site where you can buy your own.  I think she said you can get 100 for just $15, which isn't too bad of a deal.  I'm seriously considering stocking up for next year.  I haven't quite decided what my rewards system will be next year, but I can add this one to the list for consideration! :) If you'd like a chance to get a free set to use in your classroom, go to her blog and enter the giveaway! 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Third Grade Read Alouds

My favorite part of the day is read aloud time after lunch.  Most of my favorite memories of school were of my teachers sharing their love of a good book with us during this time.  Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I cannot remember any read alouds from third grade.  I don't know if that's because I didn't connect with my teacher's choices or if she just didn't do it very often.  I like to read all kinds of books with my students, both old and new, but I always try to incorporate the ones that were a favorite for me at that age.  Perhaps I'm a little selfish in wanting to relive my own experiences, but I find those books are the ones my students have never heard of.  I've been browsing ProTeacher forums (love that site!) and found a lot of lists for third grade read alouds.  Most of them include Roald Dahl books (he's my fav so I was already counting on those) and Kate DiCamillo's stories.  I just purchased some based on the recommendations and I can't wait to read them myself to see if they'll be a read aloud for my class this upcoming year.  If not, they'll still make great additions to my classroom library.
  • The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith (never read it)
  • The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards(never heard of it, let alone read it)
  • Poppy by Avi (never read it)
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater (loved this as a kid, but I'm sure most of my kids will have seen the movie by now)
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brian (LOVED this movie as a kid, but have never read the book)
  • The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson (picture book)
  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (never read)
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (never read)
  • How to Be Cool in the Third Grade by Betsy Duffey (never read)
Anyone read these, either as a kid or as a read aloud?  I'm interested to hear what you thought of them!  If you have any other titles you consider to be "MUST READ" for third graders, please let me know!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Little "Poet Tree" Bulletin Board

32 more school days left.  Don't get me wrong, I have a wonderful class this year and will miss them terribly, but there's just something to be said about summer vacation.  The freedom.  Sleeping in.  Free time (what's that again?).'s just all so wonderful that I feel I must count down to it!

We're devoting the month of May to poetry.  I know April was Poetry Month, but my kids are doing their CRT (state tests) all throughout May and it's a fun relaxer for them to read silly poetry and write different styles of poetry on their own.  My colleague did her poetry unit last month and put up this really cute bulletin board that I thought I'd share with you all.  Her students wrote acrostic name poems on the computer and she put them up on her "Poet Tree."

Now on to non-academic talk.  If you've been reading my post, you already know I recently received a Cricut Expression machine.  It is so cool! Thanks to all the Pink Stamper videos on YouTube, I've been able to successfully use it without any major mishaps or frantic searches through the manual.  I quickly (I had only about a half hour after I unpacked the bad boy!) made this card for my sister-in-law's birthday before we went to her celebratory dinner.  I think it turned out super cute given that I was short on time and experience!  Sorry the pic is so dark.  Our office has horrible lighting.  Inside it says "Go Nuts!"  Cute, huh?  I've gotten all the letters for my clip chart made up and I just need to put them on some fun background.

Well, that's enough from me for today.  See you around!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Another Giveaway for You!

I'm working on some more third grade things as I wait oh-so-impatiently for my Cricut to arrive.  The tracking shows it arrived in SLC yesterday, so why can't I just go pick it up myself? Lol, I'm that excited! 

Anyways, while I was trying to pass the time, I stumbled upon a giveaway that you might like to join.  Valerie at All Students Can Shine is having her baby in a few days and in honor of the event, she's having a giveaway for each day leading up to her little one's arrival.  It only takes a few minutes and there are some great things to win.  That's all I have for today, really.  I'll be back soon!