Random Acts of Classroom Kindness

Hello darlings!  If you followed me when I wrote at 3 Teacher Chicks, you know that I do Random Acts of Kindness with my third graders each year!  With seven days of school left until Winter Break, we are planning on doing one a day.

Last week we "sneakily" delivered thank you notes to a previous teacher that outlined a specific memory.  We walked down the halls and slipped the notes under their doors while they were teaching.  Then we ran walked back to our classroom as quiet as mice.  LOL!

So why not get your kiddos thinking about ways they can be kind to others this holiday season! As a Random Act of Kindness for you, I have included this entire resource for FREE!

Students helped the custodians clean up in the cafeteria.
We made some fun pencils out of pipe cleaners and bells.  We wrote on the note that they were for homework so the poor teacher didn't have to listen to bells all day!

We gave a class the was working on Personal Narratives a book that would help them.

We knew a certain teacher loved Diet Dr. Pepper, so I purchased her some yumminess!

A few years ago we went out at kindergarten recess and tied kindergartner shoes!  

  You can grab this powerpoint for free!  The first page is editable.  You can add a special message.  The second is a generic paper.    If you download this, PLEASE leave feedback on TpT!  Maybe just write an idea you have for others to use!

Happy R.A.C.King!

Bringing the Polar Express to your Upper Grade Classroom

Hello darlings!  In the last week before winter break, we are going to be doing all things POLAR EXPRESS!  Even though this book has been read over and over, my students still love spending an entire week emerged in Polar Express activities!

I created a bunch of resources to make the week before winter break a success.  I created a unit that lasted nine days in reading and writing, but I'm going to have to squeeze them into five!  LOL!  I won't be using everything, but there are so many awesome activities to choose from. Click here to check it out!

Here's a quick overview of some of the resources included!

Here are four free lesson ideas for you!  This is the formatting used for all 18 lessons.  All printables are included in the unit.

I use these centers on the day before we watch the Polar Express Movie.  I usually give each center about 10-15 minutes and then students rotate to the next center. There are 3 ELA and 3 Math centers.

I love this Making Inferences Interactive smartnotebook activity because it gets students up and manipulation objects on the smartboard, but it also has a companion booklet that students complete as we go!  Perfect way to keep all students motivated and engaged!


Thanksgiving Goodies and a Freebie!

Hello darlings!  There are 11 days 'til Thanksgiving!  I officially have 7 days of teaching left!  How many days do you have left before Turkey Day?

While Thanksgiving is not in my third grade curriculum, I still teach it!  I don't want my kiddos going through life like I did believing that the First Thanksgiving was about the Pilgrims and Indians being thankful and eating turkey and pumpkin pie.  In fact, they never even ate turkey or pumpkin pie!

Historical research indicates that the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Tribe celebrated with a 3 day feast.  They ate things like venison , squash, and onions.  Potatoes, weren't even brought over from Ireland yet, so no mashed potatoes and gravy!  I want my kiddos to know the truth and not be crushed as adults when they learned they were lied to as children!  (ok, it's not that dramatic)

To keep my little kiddos informed, I created this Interactive Whiteboard Lesson with a companion non-fiction booklet.  

Even if you don't grab this awesome resource, you should still check out the Scholastic website here.
It has AMAZING interactive features that take students from the voyage on the Mayflower, all the way past the First Thanksgiving!  Scholastic has done such a fantastic job with this site!  

During writing time, we read 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving.  It's a cute little book that is modeled after 'Twas the Night Before Christmas but takes a group of students to the farm of Farmer Mack Nuggett.  They meet a group of turkey who are going to be cooked for Thanksgiving and they end up sneaking the turkeys onto the school bus and taking them home to save them.  

You can watch the book read aloud here.

Next, I have my students pretend that they are a turkey and Farmer Mack Nuggett found them and wants to eat them for Thanksgiving.  They have to write him a letter and persuade him NOT to eat them.  I have included a lot of information and ideas for the lesson as well as an anchor chart.

Students have a graphic organizer and a fun craft to create a turkey. There are multiple rubrics to choose from for grading and a ribbon you can award students who do not get eaten!!  My kiddos LOVE this!   

Grab this writing resource here.

My kiddos also love games!  I am sure yours do as well!  On the last day before Thanksgiving, I usually allot about a little more than an hour and we do center rotations.  

I divide my students into six different groups and place the six Math and Literacy Centers around the room.  I give students about 10 minutes for each center and then we rotate to the next station.  Kiddos are having a blast playing "games" and don't even realize they are still learning!

The engaging stations even have answer keys!  You can take the centers as grades or you can have your students check their work as they go!

Grab the Math and Literacy Centers here.

Thanks for sticking around!  I created these 12 different writing papers just for you!

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! May there be an abundance of blessings over you and your family!


Multiplication Boot Camp and a Review

Hello darlings!  I am in the middle of conferences.  How about you?  I wanted to say congrats to Nikki who commented on my last post!  You are the winner of the Haunted Restaurant Project!  Check your email!

One resource I am excited to share with you is my HUGE Multiplication Boot Camp Unit. This is one of my BEST SELLERS and has been UPDATED! So if you already own it, please redownload it!

Read below to find out about all the goodies included!

Have you seen the newest color pencil sharpener that Classroom Friendly Supplies is offering?  It's purple!  If you don't have one of these sharpeners, you need to order right now!  They create the sharpest pencils I have ever seen.  My whole school ordered a set!

This sharpener even works on decorative pencils.  You know, those cute ones, that never seem to want to sharpen!?!?!  This beauty works so well!  I even had a friend sharpen their eraser end inside the sharpener....  It actually still worked after that calamity.  LOL!  Check out the video below to see how it works!

Just look how sharp those babies are!

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