Using Technology with Math!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 / Leave a Comment
Using technology with math is a great way to keep students engaged and having fun!

Students can use technology in math class!  I LOVE having a class set of Chromebooks sitting in my classroom for me to use when I am ready for my students to practice.  I have found some amazing websites for them to practice on.

Into the Book: A Website to Help Support Teaching Reading Strategies

Monday, September 19, 2016 / Leave a Comment
Find out about Into the Book to help support teaching reading strategies and grab a FREEBIE!  Great resources for teachers and students!Use Into the Book to help support teaching reading strategies.  Great resources for teachers and students!

Hi everyone!  It's Kim from Elementary Antics.  Today I'm going to be telling you about a little website that can provide some great support for teaching those reading strategies.  It's called Into the Book.  This site is FREE and provided and developed by the Wisconsin Media Lab and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  It features a lot of cool stuff to help you with planning and teaching eight learning strategies: using prior knowledge, making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, summarizing, evaluating and synthesizing.  (The only strategy it's missing that I also liked to teach is determining the importance.)  It also provides some great student resources to practice these strategies too!

Using Class Dojo for Behavior Management

Thursday, September 15, 2016 / 1 comment
Let's face it, there a million different systems for behavior management.  I've tried so many over the years and sometimes I've even tried several in one year!  However, there is one that I consistently come back to over and over again, and that's Class Dojo!
How to use Class Dojo as your classroom behavior system! It includes parent communication!
In a nutshell, Class Dojo is a FREE online tool that allows teachers to give or take away points to students. But honestly, it's so much more!  Class Dojo has a website www.classdojo.com and a free app!  So there's options for everybody!

Flexible Seating: Feeling the Movement

Friday, September 9, 2016 / 2 comments
Hello everyone! I'm here to describe how I've transitioned into flexible seating with my 3rd graders! 

Over the summer I had been reading about "flexible seating" and seeing on Instagram how other teachers were implementing it. So I started stocking up on various seating options: lap desks from Hobby Lobby, yoga balls from Amazon (these come with a stand!), a new rug from Walmart, and bean bag chairs from Walmart. It wasn't enough to officially start the seating-- but at least I was stockpiling for the future! 

Narrative Writing in Pictures: Anchor Charts and Ideas

Monday, September 5, 2016 / 1 comment

Hello darlings!  Amy from That Teaching Spark here!  I think most of us teach Narrative Writing as our first writing unit in third grade.  Do you?  I thought I would make it easy on myself for next year and you for this year, by uploading most of the anchor charts I need to remember to create during this unit.  That way I can pin it and come back to it next year!

Teachers, Save Time Using these Tips to Display Student Work

Friday, September 2, 2016 / 2 comments
Long gone are the days where I am rolling tape to put on the back of my students' work to display it or poking holes in it with push pins.  These simple solutions will have your students' work displayed in seconds and your hallway or classroom looking fab!  

Seriously, we are teachers and so extremely busy.  Who has time for the perfect bulletin board display?  Not this 3rd Grade Teacher!  I spent an hour using these tricks before school started last year and it has saved me countless hours through the school year.  

Supplies needed:
* Hot Glue Gun
* 12x12 scrapbook paper
* Oversized Clothes Pins (from Michael's)

That is it!  What!?!?!


I started by making a plan by laying my 12x12 scrapbook paper out in the area I wanted to hang it.  As you can see from the pictures, I didn't truly stick to one way of hanging the paper, however, I did stagger my paper so my clothes pins could peep between the papers.  I was able to lay my papers either in the floor or on top of the lockers to make my plan of attack.

Once my plan was made, I was able to "eye" where I wanted the clothes pin to be.  I stuck a paper inside the clip, hot glued the back of the clothes pin and pressed to to where I wanted it.

Once all my clothes pins were hung, came THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP.  I am sharing my hard lesson learned here with you all.  So, the first day of school rolled around and my students went to hang their papers up themselves.  (Yes, teachers, rejoice!  You can save even more time because your students can hang their papers by themselves.  I allow mine to stand on a short step stool to reach.  The angels are singing!!!!)  Ok, so back to the lesson..... When my students pushed on the clothes pin to open it to hang their paper, the 12x12 scrapbook paper fell out.  Oops!


Solution:  I hot glued the scrapbook paper to the
clothes pin on the inside and they no longer fall out or need readjusted because they aren't perfectly straight.  See how I can open the clip and the scrapbook paper stays up?  Trust me, you will thank yourself later!

Last year, I had hung some of these paperclips up in the hallway already, but I want you to see the difference the scrapbook paper makes.  See how the paper stands out a bit more because the white paper doesn't blend in with the white wall anymore?



Above, the social studies report posters looked great on the gray part of the wall, but they blended in with the white wall.
So we hung our 3 About Me papers on the first day of school with black behind them. They pop out a bit more because of the 12x12 scrapbook paper.


I admit that hot gluing the clothes pins and scrapbook paper took a bit of time up front, however, it has save me a lot of time in the last year.  It was so worth it!  I hope you are able to modify this idea to work for you.  



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