Friday, July 29, 2011


Okay, I had to blog again today because I LOVE pinterest and Michelle's Math in the Middle and Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes are both hosting a pinterest linky party!

Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

I have found so many great ideas for my classroom on pinterest!  You can see some of the ideas related to my classroom theme in my previous blog post. 

I loved this idea of displaying student work that I found!  It is from
I made my own but changed it a bit!  I painted the yardstick as well as the clothespins just to make it more colorful!  It is hanging in the hallway outside of my classroom!  I'll take a photo to upload next time I'm there!

Another idea I was quite fond of is this "I'm Done" jar from!  you can fill it with popsicle sticks listing a variety of activities for those early finishers!
I made my own version of this too with school colors, but guess's at school too so no picture yet!

And the next thing I want to make is this project from to hold smarties (of course) as rewards for my kiddos!  I just need to find someone with an old pair of baby/toddler jeans!

I absolutely love pinterest!  If anyone needs an invite leave me your email address in a comment and I'll invite you!  You'll be hooked!

3rd grade is so good it's scary!

So I'm sure you've guessed it by now but our classroom theme this year in the 3rd grade is.......monsters!  I'm super excited and have been looking for all sorts of cute monster ideas to make/do in my room!  I have come up with lots of good ideas for activities and things to make...and you'll never guess where a lot of them came from.....PINTEREST!  More about that in my next post!

I hope to make several monsters out of oatmeal canisters to be our homeroom math monsters!  Here is my inspiration from
It will be the kids' job to feed our math monster.  Some days he will only be able to eat even numbers or multiples of 4, or numbers with 6 in the tens place.  On days when everyone feeds him the correct number, I'll feed them with a small treat in the afternoon, maybe smarties!

The students will be making this during our first week (well three days) of school!  Last year they loved paper folding activities so I'm thinking this will be a big hit!  There is a tutorial (with pictures) at

An activity that I found and am very excited about using is from Education World and!  They have weekly printable activities that can help students build research skills by using their website to look up the answers to five multiple-choice questions based on interesting themes (10 questions for grades 4 & up).  I'll give these out on Monday and the kids will have until Friday to look up the answers and will be able to work on it at home or at school if they don't have internet access at home.

I've also been working on a couple of things I'm going to share with you (both with a monster theme of course)!  First, is my Mon-Star Student Info sheet and then monster themed reading focus wall printables.  Hopefully somebody out there can use them!  Sorry there are no picture previews (not quite sure how to do that yet!).

I'd love to hear from you!  Any comments?  Any advice for a new blogger?

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Okay, here goes!  I have been looking through some amazing blogs this summer, and they have inspired me to make try my own!  I am a THIRD year teacher with a THIRD grade class! {hence the name :)}  Hopefully I'll have some useful ideas to share with fellow teachers!

Setting up this blog has been a trial and error experience (I'm attempting to DIY everything), and it definitely isn't perfect (or as cute as I'd like)!  I have attempted to make my own title and blog button!  Let's see if I can make it all work!

Here's my button!

Let me know what you think so far!!  How can I improve my blog?  What suggestions do you have for my blogging experience?