Wednesday, August 27, 2014

 Word Wall Before and After


3rd grade is growing on me....one of the things that takes up a huge amount of space on the wall but doesn't seem to be very interactive or a tool for the students it was created for.  Here is a picture of my old Word Wall.
I loved the colors.  I loved the student done words.  I did not love that once the word was up, it was never referred to.  Then I stumbled across Mrs. 3rd Grade's Blog and found some inspiration.
Each letter on the word wall is portable.  SO clever!  We can add words I purposefully choose.  We can add words students frequently use and need to refer to.  We can add words we find as we read.  My next step was figuring out where I would put such a thing.  All the walls I had left were low and in frequently traffic-ed places where they probably wouldn't last too long.  I do have lots of giant windows and spent the afternoon trying to figure out how to make them work.  I love the 3M hooks, but didn't want the back of the window to look messy with 26 little hooks showing through the other side.   Then my aha came!
A bucket with paper for adding more words the the rings.




After moving this summer, I had a leftover curtain rod and hooks.  I grabbed a couple of the bigger 3M hooks for the ends of the of the curtain rod.  Attached to each clip is a loose leaf ring.  Then I made a cover letter for each stack of blank paper and throughout the year we will add to it!  I can't wait to see this in action!

Happy Tuesday,

Monday, August 25, 2014

 Reading Magic Monday Made It

Monday Made It is one of my favorite parties.  So many great ideas!  
I wanted to share my new reading bulletin board.  It was inspired by Ramona Recommends.  She has a BEaUtIFul library!  This is on the wall in her library--
That phrase perfectly describes how I feel about books and I want so badly for my students to KNOW the it is true!  So I copied her phrase and made it into a banner for my reading area.

Come back soon and see what this curtain rod turned into....
Happy Monday,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 Meet the Teacher


I am interrupting my reading marathon to join the teacher blogger linky party.  I shouldn't....in order to complete my summer book-a-day challenge, I need to finish my last 16 books by Monday!  Anyway I love this week of linky parties.  I get to learn about a bunch of new bloggers and sneak inside classrooms across the county...so cool!
Oregon is my home.  I have lived just outside of Portland my entire life.  I love the rainy days and the weird things that go on in Portland....as long as I don't have to participate:-)  I have an adorable lhasa apso named Reese...who is not going to be happy next week adjusting to back to school schedules.

This will be my 12th year teaching. (My first class of 1st graders are seniors!)  During the past 12 years, I have taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and a couple years with 2/3 blends.  I honestly don't know if I have a favorite....but I do really enjoy reading with 3rd graders.

Q:  WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITES?
Dodgers, So You Think You Can Dance, Leverage, Pinterest, and Reading

Q:  WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOUR WEREN'T A TEACHER?
Play for the orchestra that plays for John Williams or Disney film scores.

Q:  WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU?
Caring, Kind, Shy

Q:  WHAT WOULD YOU PUT IN THE BLANK, "___________, SAID NO TEACHER EVER!"
"I love having a budget for decorating my classroom, said no teacher ever!"

Q:  IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE (DEAD OF ALIVE) TO THE PARTY, WHO ARE YOU INVITING?
Loisa May Alcott, L.M. Montgomery, Kate DiCamillo, Joshua Radin, Sara Bareilles, Josh Groban, Clayton Kershaw, Jackie Robinson, Zooey Deschanel, and Jimmy Fallon.

Q:  IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?
My brother helped with this one....Book Bums.....sharing my love of reading and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Q:  WHAT SUPERPOWER WOULD YOU PICK?
I think I would an ability to take on characteristics of other people.

Q:  WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?

Q:  IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
It's a toss up between Sweet Caroline or Uptown Girl.

Q:  ARE YOU A MORING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Night Owl....teachers report to school at 7:15.  It kills me!  My best schedule allows me to sleep from 2am-10am:-)

BONUS:  SOMETHING ELSE YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME
When I was growing up, my grandmas had a giant jar full of fun shaped or colored soap.  I now have her jar and have started my own collection of soap.

#determinedtoblogmore
Happy Tuesday,

Thursday, June 19, 2014

 Reading in the Wild Chapter 1

If you have not heard of Donalyn Miller, stop reading this post and go to the library or book store right now.  Find a copy of The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild and read them.  Then come back and join the summer book study for Reading in the Wild

 Here are your chapter 1 hosts:
http://thirdgradebookworm.blogspot.com/2014/06/reading-in-wild-wild-readers-dedicate.htmlhttp://thinkwonderteach.com/2014/06/reading-in-the-wild-chapter-1.html
The first chapter is about dedicating time to read....not just in your classroom, but in everyday life.  I really like what Donalyn calls, "Edge times".  Read when you wait for the car people, read when you are at a siblings soccer practice, etc.  I love the idea of having kids come up with a list of places that may provide "edge times".   Oh my gosh...could an edge time be waiting in line at recess?  (Could I give up control and let them take a book outside)  Something to think about..... Last summer, while in New York, the 30 minutes Subway ride was my daily edge time in the midst of a busy vacation. 

Kids could also share about how to make edge times happen.  Do they make sure they always have a book with them...in the car, in their bag.  They take their ipods everywhere...do they have a reading app on it?  Books at their fingertips.  My purse buying criteria always involves whether or not it can hold at least one book.  

Chapter 1 Application to Classroom:
Anchor Charts-
"Where Can Readers Read...for a Long While?"
"Where Can Readers Read...for a Short While (Edge Time)?"
"What Tools Do Readers Need to Read During Edge Times?"

What do you think?  When to you cram in some reading time?  What are your reading plans this summer?

Happy Thursday,

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

 Summer Plans

Summer Plans in Pictures-






Happy Friday,
PS....already finished 8 books for my bookaday challenge!

 Fractions and Literature

The Math and Literature series by Marilyn Burns is one of my favorite math teaching tools.  The book suggests books and lessons that tie math and story together.  Kids come up with al kinds of ideas to explain because they have such an unstructured way to respond to the math prompt.  The story form gets kids who often get stuck a different way to think about math concepts.   
This lesson was all about how to equally share cookies based on an event from Little House in the Big Woods.


Happy Wednesday,


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

 Reading Response Journal Gallery

I love reading what kids have to share about their reading!  Every week, students have to turn in their journals.  Five students each day, so I don't end up with 29 all at once to get back to them!  Recently, I went to an amazing conference with Mary Ehrenworth...so great!  She inspired me to add creativity to our Reading Response Journals.  I showed my students some examples.  They searched for ideas and we brainstormed them.  Here is the awesome-ness that was found-

Problem and Solutions
Character Descriptions...Look closely...he made new words from each of the two descriptive words.
Pictures and descriptions of bad guys or memorable characters
Coded post it notes
A story map
She made a symbol for combining the parts of the book.
This guy drew a picture and then bottom sketches are symbols he made up that would represent each of the characters.
Comparing two books in a series
Comparing two books with similar ideas.
Then we had a gallery showing and shared our work with our friends.
So fun and it put more life and energy into writing about reading!

Happy Wednesday,