Glyphs

Do you use glyphs in your classroom? My students have enjoyed them in the past few weeks, as they have learned how to use a glyph to display data about themselves. I want to share a couple of my favorite resources for glyphs.

Both books are from Scholastic, and include everything you need for your students to create a glyph. I do one with the whole group first -- this year we did and autumn tree picture together -- by displaying the legend on my document camera and answering the questions one by one. After that, I put subsequent glyphs into my math work stations. Over the past couple weeks my students have been making a scarecrow. They love having a hands-on activity like this, and I've heard a lot of great discussion as they answer the questions on the legend sheet. I've noticed them asking each other if they don't understand something, rather than immediately running to me -- a huge step for them! 

                

Here in Florida third grade includes high-stakes testing, and it seems like there is no time for fun, seasonal activities. I love doing glyphs because they provide that for my students while giving them practice displaying data -- one of our benchmarks!

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Filling Buckets

I finally took time last week to get my bucket filling program up and running! I've done this for the past three years, and my kids always enjoy it. Last year my principal decided the whole school needed to do this, so she got these cute little buckets for our students.



I always start with this great book. My third graders love it, and we have lots of good discussion about the difference between bucket filling and bucket dipping.



I find that when we get started, it helps to give the students a little note to use. Somehow, just a little bucket graphic seems to get them on the right track! Once they get more comfortable with writing positive comments to their classmates they usually just use their own paper. Here is the note I've used the last couple years -- click to download it for yourself.


After we have made filling buckets part of our daily lives, I like to read this book with the students:



What do you do to build community in your classroom?


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Let's Scoot!

I'm teaching the 3rd grade math intervention group at the end of the school day. We have been working on using place value strategies, and for the coming week I wanted a review game to help pull things together. I put together this little Scoot game with just 12 cards (the number of intervention students). If you are a Scoot fan, keep an eye on my blog, 'cause this is part of a bigger game I'm working on. In the meantime, this could be a math workstation or a teacher station activity. Click the picture to grab a copy for yourself.





Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

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Falling Into Multiplication

My 3rd graders have been so excited to be starting multiplication recently. They keep asking for a multiplication work station, but we haven't progressed far enough to use the great activities I have. Consequently, I decided to create a "starter" activity for them. This little matching game used the factors we have covered so far -- 2, 4, 1 and 0. And because I grew up in Vermont and now live in Florida, I get a little nostalgic for fall foliage at this time of year and decided to put some pretty leaves into my product!


Please click on the picture to download this freebie. And by the way, this is the first product I'll be sharing as a new blogger at Classroom Freebies Too! I'm so excited to have the opportunity to write for a site that I've been reading every day for months. If you are not a follower of that fantastic site, click the button on the right side of my blog and check it out.

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Our Current Read-Aloud with a Freebie

Here in Florida we have our own awards for children's books - the Sunshine State Young Reader Awards. It's a motivational program for grades 3 - 8. For the last few years I have chosen my classroom read-alouds from the annual list. Each summer I read all the books on the list so that I can choose just the right ones for my class. So far this year I have read these two books:

         

My kids absolutely loved both of them; they are both very funny and they are short books which meant we were able to read both within the first weeks of school.

We are currently reading "Guinea Dog" by Patrick Jennings. It's the story of Rufus, who wants a dog of his own. His Dad is adamantly opposed -- with a long list of reasons why not that will have your students practically rolling on the floor (let's just say "poop" is mentioned quite a few times!). His mom, who thinks outside the box, buys him a guinea pig instead. "Fido" is apparently no ordinary guinea pig, though. In fact, she seems to think she's a dog!



I created a little booklet for my students to use as we read the story, and would love to share it with you. This is a great book that your kids will enjoy; if you use it please let me know how it goes! You can download the booklet here.


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