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Who's on Third?

I'm a 3rd grade teacher at a small school in North Carolina and 2015-2016 will be my 7th year in the classroom. I have also taught kinders, 4th, and student taught in 1st grade. I strive to make my classroom as hands-on and "minds-on" as possible through project-based learning, manipulatives, centers, and so create resources to help me achieve that goal. My personal favorite subject to teach is math!

I'm a 3rd grade teacher at a small school in North Carolina and 2015-2016 will be my 7th year in the classroom. I have also taught kinders, 4th, and student taught in 1st grade. I strive to make my classroom as hands-on and "minds-on" as possible through project-based learning, manipulatives, centers, and so create resources to help me achieve that goal. My personal favorite subject to teach is math!
Set of 5 Writing Rubrics
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Set of 5 Writing Rubrics

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This is a set of 5 writing rubrics for a variety of writing genres, including: General (good for most writing piece) Narrative Descriptive Informational Persuasive All were written with 3rd grade writers in mind but could easily be used for 4th and 5th. I've left the files in Word Document format so that you can adjust as needed for your students, a particular writing project, and/or your grading scale.
Editing and Revising Checklists
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Editing and Revising Checklists

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Getting students to edit and revise their writing can be difficult - I've found that if I give them a checklist of specific things to look for (or have a buddy look for in a peer conference) that they are more apt to improve their work. This product contains an editing checklist (for items such as grammar and punctuation) and a revising checklist (a more difficult skill that involve items like word choice, sentence variability, order, etc). Both are in MS Word so they can be modified to meet the needs of your students. I have used them with 3rd and 4th graders but could easily be used with 5th and above.
Spelling/Vocabulary/Word Work Think-Tac-Toe Set
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Spelling/Vocabulary/Word Work Think-Tac-Toe Set

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Need a simple way for students to practice their spelling and/or vocabulary words for homework or in centers? Think-Tac-Toes work like a tic-tac-toe board but in each box is a simple activity that students can do to practice their words. Students choose three boxes to complete (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) and there are six versions of the Think-Tac-Toe board to rotate between. A few activities are repeated once throughout the set but not more than twice - activities include a variety of options to write words, work on the meanings of words, and even incorporate movement into learning spellings. My students enjoy the variety of activities and don't get bored with the same ones week after week - a great resource for homework too, as they are pretty self-explanatory and should not need much modeling or explanation.
Simile & Metaphor Quiz
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Simile & Metaphor Quiz

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Short quiz that requires students to identify what is being compared in the figurative language and what kind of figurative language it is. The final two questions ask students to write their own simile and metaphor.
Bud, Not Buddy Literature Circle/Novel Study Guide
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Bud, Not Buddy Literature Circle/Novel Study Guide

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This is a novel study guide suitable for a whole class or small group for the historical fiction novel, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. The novel is divided into five sections of approximately equal page numbers intended to be read over the course of about a week. For each section, there is a one page (front and back) guide that coordinates with those chapters. The front includes an active reading activity and the back 5-6 comprehension and discussion questions per section. Also includes a page to list characters, a prediction question, novel wrap-up questions, and a final book club project.
Book Tweets for Recommendations/Summarizing
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Book Tweets for Recommendations/Summarizing

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In writing book review or summaries, getting students to be concise and thorough when they write can be difficult, especially in the early stages of learning to summarize. This product provides a fun and challenging way to practice writing a summary and/or book review using Twitter's ubiquitous 140-character limit. Additionally, it is a great way to discuss digital citizenship and proper use of social media as well as persuasive writing techniques. Using the provided Power Point, students learn about Twitter and its uses, then see sample book tweets, and have a chance to participate in guided practice before trying their hand at their own. A great project for a fun bulletin board with book recommendations or just to practice summarizing!
Basic Genres Quiz
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Basic Genres Quiz

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Quiz to assess student ability to differentiate between major genres, including: Realistic fiction Historical Fiction Science Fiction Traditional Literature (fairy tales, fables, etc) Fantasy Mystery Students read a description of a book from each genre and have to decide what genre the book is as well as explain their thinking. A word bank and answer key are included.
Math Dice Games
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Math Dice Games

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A collection of 15 different math dice games - for most of the games, all you need to supply are the dice! Packet includes directions for all 15 games and game boards if needed. Game directions are 2 to a page to be copied and laminated for student use. Math topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, place value, money, less than/greater than, probability, strategy and decision making. Perfect for math centers, fast finishers, or reinforcement activities - all of these games are ones that my students play in my math class. They are easy to explain and learn and almost all have variations that can make them easier or harder depending on the needs of your students. Games use standard D6 dice but most can be modified to use D8, D10 (a popular type of dice with my students) or any other type of dice. Games are suitable for a wide range of ages - I have listed 1st-4th grades but will work for any age depending on needs.
Multiplication Facts
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Multiplication Facts

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Useful for math notebooks, homework folders, or in math centers a cute multiplication facts chart from the 1's to the 12's.
Multiplication BUMP Game for up to 12x12
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Multiplication BUMP Game for up to 12x12

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Students love to play BUMP to practice multiplication facts! This set of games includes boards for the 2s table through the 12s and two copies are included for each times table, one for 10-sided dice and one for 12-sided dice. D10 and D12 dice are easy to find on Amazon or at a board game store and are much better for students to practice their facts with - standard 6-sided dice just aren't enough. I created these boards for my students and they begged to play with the 12-sided dice just for the challenge. The game comes with 2 boards for each table except for the 11s and 12s, which only work with D12 dice. Game instructions are included as well and everything is in full color and prints on standard 8.5 x 11 paper. I recommend using card stock and laminating board for durability and reuse. This is a standard game in my 3rd grade classroom that I bring out anytime we need some practice with multiplication facts!
Rainbow Multiplication Facts
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Rainbow Multiplication Facts

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Need an a simple and effective way for students to learn their multiplication facts AND for you to assess them that ISN'T stressful? Rainbow Multiplication Facts is like having flashcards on a ring - each times table is assigned a color (either colored by students, printed in color, or on colored card stock) and students learn one table at a time. You decide when they can study and when you quiz them - which takes about 30 seconds per student, per table. As students demonstrate mastery with one, they get the next color until they have mastered them all. My students had a lot of fun with them, competed with themselves to see how fast they could learn their facts, and I was able to accurately assess and keep track of who was learning them. Students can work at their own pace or under whatever guidelines you set - the program is very flexible to use in any classroom.
Walk Two Moons Literature Circle/Novel Study
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Walk Two Moons Literature Circle/Novel Study

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For my Literature Circles, I have created what I call a "Book About A Book" for each book I use to serve as a reading guide and discussion guide. Each guide divides the novel into sections meant to be read over a week and includes a vocabulary section where students can record and define unknown or interesting words, an active reading section to be completed as the student reads and 5-6 literary analysis/comprehension questions to be completed after reading that section. There is also a section at the beginning to record characters and descriptions and follow up questions that usually include a place to practice summarizing the book. This novel study guide also includes final writing prompts and ideas for book projects.
Literature Circle Role Sheets & Self-Assessment
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Literature Circle Role Sheets & Self-Assessment

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This resource contains role sheets for student-run Literature Circles to help students prepare for their literature circle meetings. Role included are: Discussion Director (questions) Creative Connector (connections from text) Adventuring Artist (visualizing/illustrations) Wordsmith (interesting vocabulary) Super Summarizer (summarizing) Also included is a student self-assessment sheet meant to be completed after each literature circle meeting. For additional resource on setting up and running effective literature circles with students this is a great web site: http://www.litcircles.org/
Common and Proper Noun Write Down
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Common and Proper Noun Write Down

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Students get practice identifying common and proper nouns as well as using them appropriately in sentences - a must for their writing. This is an easy activity that can be used with individuals, small groups, as a center, or even as an assessment. Students choose a card from the 24 options. They must identify whether it is a common or proper noun on the response sheet and then write a complete sentence with correct capitalization of the noun (if applicable). The accompanying response sheet has places for 5 noun card sentences and a challenge option where students pick two cards from the stack and use both in the same sentence.
Story Elements Smart Notebook Presentation
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Story Elements Smart Notebook Presentation

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Introduce students to the important story elements with this interactive and engaging Smart Notebook presentation. Includes practice identifying characters, character mapping, character change, setting, plot and parts of the plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution), types of conflict, and all along uses a well-known fairy tale to serve as guided practice in a small or large group.