Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Special Reading Place

I use a space theme in my room so I decided to make a special reading spot. This space rocket is made from hula hoops and a shimmery silver material. The bottom hula hoop is cut. It hangs from the ceiling using fishing line. My summer school kids loved it!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Behavior yardstick

I saw this cute idea of using a yardstick for clip behavior. I figured I could turn the yardstick into a rocket to match my space theme. Well, I was at WalMart shopping for some other stuff and found this silver metal yardstick. Okay, it was a little more expensive than a wooden one. But, hey, I didn't have to buy paint or paint it. All I had to do was make up labels on my new Brother P-touch. Then I used some colored tape to divide the sections and add the rocket top and flames.
Ta-da...finished project!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Daily 5/CAFE

I may be late jumping on the Daily 5/Cafe bandwagon but, hey, I am jumping on. This coming year I will go back to teaching ELA for two classes of third graders. The last time I taught reading, I was frustrated over the lack of conference time I had. Well, I bought "the sister's" two books last week and I have finishednboth of them. Wow, I can't wait to get started. If anyone has any helpful hints, let me know.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Puppets and Fluency

A very generous family built and donated this wonderful puppet stage for our elementary students. I've been having my students practice their fluency by performing puppet scripts since 2005. My students really look forward to this unit. It is a highlight of third grade.

Backstage: The students sit on small benches. Their script is attached to the black curtain. A battery operated microphone is taped to the lower shelf.

Monday, March 11, 2013


My class is having so much fun creating puppet scripts. I have 27 animal puppets. The students chose partners to collaborate on a puppet script. Then they selected the puppets that they would be using. Look at these busy authors. Later I'll share pictures of the stage and performances.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Portable Word Wall

I will have three groups of students rotate through my room for language arts this year. In the past, I have had a word wall that could be used throughout the day. However, most of my students will not be able to take advantage of it. So this year I decided to create a portable word wall. I've included all of the 100 "no excuse" words on the chart. Then I printed them on cardstock and laminated them. Now the boys and girls will be able to take this chart to every class and they won't have an excuse for mispelling these words. Hopefully, the other teachers will take advantage of this portable word wall and use it during spare moments.
Third Grade Portable Word Wall - Fry Words

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Space-themed Christmas Tree

Keeping with the space theme in my room, I decorated the tree with stars, robots, planets and alien spacecraft. It's topped with a rocket. I got the wooden cut-outs from Hobby Lobby and hot-glued a green ribbon on the back as a hook.
The looks on the faces of my third graders were precious. They loved that I kept my space theme!