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Gobble Till You Wobble (Plus a Thanksgiving FREEBIE!)

One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving! If I were rich, I'd probably spend all my money on cute turkeys and Thanksgiving decorations! 

Coming up this week (the week before Thanksgiving break! Hello!) I have some fun activities planned for my sweet little 3rd graders! Here is a quick snapshot:

We are going to read some of these adorable picture books:
We are going to be working on making these cute turkeys from Primarily Speaking! (Oh, and did I mention that she put this on her blog for FREE? So amazing!)
For small groups in reading we will be using these books-- which I ordered a smaller set off Amazon (thank you, 2 day prime shipping)-- and created a fun comprehension sheet to go with. They are only $2.50 per book, which really is a great price: 
Click HERE to get access to my free resource library-- where you can find this freebie for your own classroom!

Next, I purchased a fun, interactive notebook from "Not So Wimpy Teacher" on Teachers Pay Teachers. I've already copied the pages and have them ready to go for next week! If we run out of time in reading, we can most definitely use them during Social Studies!

For math I will be using a few different things-- you can find them in my TPT store. One is a multiplication center involving matching turkeys and their feathers:

The other is a simple "Jeopardy" style game that my kids LOVE every year. Click here to check that out! 

I think my week is all set! What are your favorite Thanksgiving activities to do with your kids? Please share ideas and links to products in comments-- I am always looking for something new! Thanks for stopping by-- hope you have a blessed week!


Five for Friday (Nov. 6)

I've decided to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for 5 for Friday! 

So here are the things I loved this week!
These "Marius" stools from IKEA. 

A few weeks ago my husband and I took a trip and visited an IKEA-- I found these stools for only $5 apiece! I just knew they would fit perfectly under my student computers-- and my kiddos ADORE them. They want to sit on them all the time-- even at their regular desks. And for $5 you can't beat the price-- so I highly recommend them!
This week was my birthday-- and my lovely husband made me a cake. I loved it!
I also got a new Keurig for my big day-- it's so beautiful and makes lovely coffee!
 This week my school had it's annual book fair! I was so excited, I spent over $20 (and could have easily spent more). I bought this hilarious book for my nieces and nephew-- have you read it? Apparently it's part of a series!
Lastly, my kiddos created these cute little freebie Crankensteins from Teachinginhighheels for Halloween. They loved the book and craft! I can't wait to make turkeys with them!

Hope you have a blessed weekend! Thanks for stopping by!


Multiplication (Multiple Ways)

We have officially started learning our multiplication facts in class! We started with our easy ones (0-2, 5, and 10)-- but starting this week I plan to move on to 3's, 4's, and 11's.

I was getting tired of giving my kids the same type of practice: flashcards, bump, or worksheet-- so I created a few new activities to incorporate into my centers! I am excited to use them! I've already used the "Spin-an-Array" activity-- so I know they kids like it!

Here are some examples of what comes in the download:
Easy to use stickers, candy, or another object to show arrays or equal groups. 

I've included black and white along with colored versions!
 The last part is my favorite! I printed off 2 sets on colored paper so that my center groups won't be fighting over pieces-- and it'll be more of a partner activity. I included an answer sheet to hold students accountable.
This last page lets students create their own puzzle pieces.
I am excited to share! You can find this in my TPT store-- it'll be on sale for $1 for today and tomorrow only-- so snag it while you can! Click below on the product below to see it:
What's your favorite way to have your kids practice their facts and multiplication knowledge? Thanks for stopping by-- hope you have a blessed week! 

Fall in Love with Teaching! (Giveaway & Blog Hop)

It is my absolute favorite time of year: F-A-L-L! What is better than chilly weather, cozy sweaters, hot coffee, beautiful foliage, and getting back into the swing of the school year?

This week I'm teaming up with a fabulous group of fellow 3rd grade teachers to bring you goodies, great ideas, and giveaways! So here we go!

First-- a fun, fall bulletin board idea! I tried making a "wreath" using paper leaves glued on a paper plate. Here is my final result: 
To make this cutie all you need is construction paper, paper plates, and glue! Here's a hint-- buy the cheapest paper plates possible-- if they have a "grease resistant" residue, it's super hard to get the glue and leaves to stay on! I used my Cricut to cut out the leaves, but since this took longer than anticipated, I decided to just have my kids cut out their leaves (after I photocopied a leaf template on them).
Now to the good part of my post-- the giveaways! I'm going to be giving away 2 copies of my "Tackling Main Idea" packet! This center is a football themed game (hello boys!) that includes mini anchor charts, 20 main idea passages and questions, and a few practice pages! I love to use it as a center game, as well as a teacher-led small group center. Here are some pics of the center!
 You can easily enter to win by using the Rafflecopter below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway As a thank you for stopping by, please feel free to also check out my FREE fall math printables (made specifically with 3rd grade skills in mind) by clicking the picture below:

Lastly, please be sure you enter the BIG giveaway to win a TPT gift card! There will be 2 winners-- so it's totally worth it! Enter this giveaway by using the Rafflecopter below:
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Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed week!

Monthly Organization

In my classroom I have 2 large black filing cabinets. One cabinet has a drawer specifically for monthly themed files. In those files are a wide variety of objects (practice sheets, coloring pages, bulletin board ideas, etc.)

I came across a problem, though. I wanted a more specific place to keep my academic monthly-themed items (such as these fabulous No Prep Morning Work Packets from Clutter Free Classroom).

Originally I was keeping the items in a hideous container made of cardboard drawers-- which was flimsy and not really working for me! So I decided to buy some Sterilite drawers (the ones that have 3 drawers in each) and gear each drawer toward a different month of the school year.

I skipped over August-- because really I don't start these items until my kids have our basic routine down (takes about 3 weeks)-- and created labels for September-May. I printed, laminated, and stuck each label on a drawer using double sided tape. I stacked them up and now they are ready for the year! I am so excited to use them!

Here are some pictures:

You can find my drawer labels here-- and, yes, I did go back and make one for the other months of the year-- so now they range from January-December.


Follower Freebie-- Editable Bookmarks!

It's been awhile since I've done a follower freebie! So my newest freebie is an editable bookmark that you can use in your classroom. You can give them as gifts to students-- or you can use them as a way to help students keep track of their reading levels (this is how I use them). They are fairly large bookmarks-- but I think this is perfect because it will prevent my kiddos from losing them!

Instructions for editing the bookmarks can be found in the file-- which can be found in my TPT store!

You can create them 3 ways:
1) Print in color
2) Print in black and white (let students color)
3) Print on astrobright paper

I tried to use a variety of Kiddlettes too-- I am having a slight obsession lately with Melonheadz Kidlettes- so, so cute!

Here are some of my printed bookmarks (I haven't laminated them yet-- I highly reccomend for longevity):

Hope you love these bookmarks! Click HERE to download them! Leave me some feedback if you want to share how you used them in your classroom! Have a blessed week!

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