Friday, January 18, 2013

Bulletin Board Update

It's been awhile since I've updated my bulletin boards on my blog, so I thought I would do that today.  My hallway bulletin board displays our "Winter is..." writing project.  The kids wrote a descriptive paragraph using all five senses to describe the season.  I got the mug templates from Amy Lemon's Winter Writing Craftivity.  The kids really enjoyed it and I think we got a great wintery bulletin board out of the deal.
We practiced our multiplication facts a few weeks ago with our multiplication monster project.  The kids rolled a die to determine the shape of their monster and then had to roll and multiply to figure out how many eyes, horns, teeth, arms, legs, etc. their monster would have.  It took a lot longer than I originally planned for, but the kids LOVED it and I think they turned out really well.  I got the idea from Yay Third Grade's Multiplication Monster Freebie on TPT.   My favorite was the green monster at the top center because he was extra creative and divided all his numbers in half to create two monsters instead of one!  So clever!
I've also made some changes to our Reading Street Centers.  I wasn't too thrilled with the provided activities, so I have created a checklist with extra activities.  The kids get to move through the centers at their own pace now (instead of structured and timed centers like before).  They have 2 centers they "must do" before they can do any others.  Each individual student has a required number of points they need to get by the end of the week based on their ability.  The additional centers I added were Boggle, Weekly Writing Prompt, Word of the Week, Cursive, Independent Reading, and Book Review/Character Sketch.  The supplies for some of these extras are all on a bulletin board in our room.
The kids are really enjoying this way of doing centers over the old way.  We still do Word Work, Word Wise, Words to Know, Read for Meaning, and Fluency as well.  This gives them more independence and buy-in because they have a say in which activities they do when.  I was really worried they'd be too noisy or have trouble staying focused, but 4 weeks in and we haven't had any problems (fingers crossed!).

I designed the Boggle letters to match our yellow and pink bulletin board.  If you'd like them, you can download the set by clicking on the picture below.  This is my first time using a Google doc for a freebie, so please let me know if it doesn't work.  I'll be the first to admit I'm not quite sure how to do this! :)
Hope you all have a wonderful long weekend!

2 comments:

  1. I am looooving this and I am sure my 3rd graders would love it just as much, unfortunately it's not cooperating very well and I can't open it. Is there anywhere else that I am able to download it from?

    Angelique :)

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    1. Angelique, I'm sorry it didn't work. I'm still trying to figure it all out. Email me at rrboudin@gmail.com and I'll send it you!

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