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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sentence Fragments Freebie

Here's a freebie on correcting sentence fragments for a literacy station.
Although it's part of a packet for the story, When Charlie McButton Lost Power, it's also good as a standalone activity for a literacy station.
Your kiddos will draw cards with sentence fragments and change them into simple, compound, or complex sentences. Click on the pic below to download.


If you are interested in the entire packet that's compatible with Reading Street's Third Grade Reading Series, click HERE to visit my TpT Store and purchase the entire packet.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Last Man Standing Place Value Freebie

This fun activity remains one of the favorites of my blog readers AND my kiddos.

Print, hand out the cards, and give clues based on place value, and let the fun begin! It's even better when the kids are ready to give the clues!

Don't forget to register to win a ONE. HUNDRED. DOLLAR. gift card to Really Good Stuff.
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Friday, August 18, 2017

$100 Really Good Stuff Gift Card Giveaway!


Really Good Stuff has some REALLY GOOD STUFF!

It's THE go-to source for me when I'm looking for organizational supplies for my classroom.
My FAVORITE purchase has got to be the tabletop magnetic whiteboard with different pockets.  I purchased several and used them for literacy and math stations, too.

Here's your chance to win a ONE. HUNDRED. DOLLAR. gift card to Really Good Stuff.
I've joined with some blogging friends to give you a chance to win!
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Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 8/25/17 and is open worldwide.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ms. Pitner's Classroom Tour

This year, there are two more Pitners contributing to Pitner's Potpourri! My daughter, Martha, and daughter-in-law, Aleck, are both teaching third grade.

Today, I'm going to give you a tour of my daughter's classroom. She's worked hard to get her third grade classroom ready for her new bunch of kiddos. It's been fun for me to see her use some of the same ideas I've always done,  yet with a little twist to make them her own.

My FAVORITE thing she did in her classroom has to be these labels she put on the stools at her small group table. 

She's planning on using them as quick formative assessment at the end of her lessons. The child on the CHARACTER stool will name the characters in the story or answer a character - related question. One of her co-workers helped her come up with the idea. How cool is that!!!
(See a link for the stools at the bottom of this post.)

Her small group area has easy access to all her supplies, the station rotation board, and her questioning bulletin board.
The cute window treatment was quick and easy. She just ripped strips of coordinating fabric and tied them onto twine. Because it was so easy, she also made one for her library and her hallway door. And aren't those little flower pots darling?

 Martha is experimenting with flexible seating this year. Here are some of her kiddos using flexible seating for Word Work.



Martha purchased these lap trays for the kiddos to use when working with their Chrome Books, but they've already claimed them for station work, too. That cute cart by the door is labeled with each class's name so that the kiddos know where to turn in their work. This cart is from Michael's, but I linked to a similar one from Amazon at the bottom of this post as well as to similar lap trays.

Some kiddos still prefer a table and chairs, so be sure to include those options.

 I've already shared her Writing Station cart in an earlier post. The kiddos wheel it to wherever they want to work.








Goals and objectives are front and center.


I LOVE her WOW Work Wall.

 The Word Wall is convenient to the Word Work supplies.
This board will list the expectations for use of the classroom set of Chrome Books once she and the class set them. It's always important for the students to participate in developing the expectations. Gives you much more buy-in!

I'm proud of the cozy, engaging learning space she's created for her students! Stay tuned for the "other" Mrs. Pitner's class. I'll be sharing my daughter-in-law's pics soon.




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Frayer Model Freebie

I've used Frayer Models in our vocabulary journals to help students make meaning of our academic vocabulary. They're a great way to help students construct meaning of terms and concepts. Consider using one as a pre-assessment strategy, as well. Students can respond in both words and pictures. Two versions are included in this freebie.

Click on the pic below to get your freebie!


Please leave a comment below with your examples of Frayer Models in your classroom. Successful? Not so much?

Monday, August 14, 2017

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Math Properties of Operations Posters with Cactus Theme

I'm always looking for materials to do double-duty. Here are posters of mathematical operations in both color and black and white, as well as a smaller version suitable for gluing into math  interactive notebooks. 

Just click on the pic below to get the packet in my TPT store.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Detective Multiplication Bump

Here's a quick-to-make, fun-to-play multiplication bump game.

The best part is --- it's FREE!

Give each pair of students a game sheet, two dice, and different colored markers and watch the fun!

Just click on the pic below.



Visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store  HERE to purchase the entire pack.

What free resources are you looking for? Leave a comment!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Great TpT Resource

Are you familiar with The Best of Teachers Pay Teachers blog?
Visit this blog for an overview of new products available on Teacher Pay Teachers.

Just click on the pic below to visit.



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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Buddy Reading Ideas

Looking for ideas for your Buddy Reading rotation in your literacy rotations?

Before you do anything else, make sure you clearly define what it is YOU expect to happen in Buddy Reading. Next, discuss these expectations with your kiddos. Don't be surprised if they improve on your ideas. Mine did.
Every. Time.

Sit down with your kids and list these expectations. Make sure they are visible, plus put a copy in your Buddy basket or box.

Here's a shot of my daughter's expectations in her classroom. The students see them when they grab their supplies for Buddy reading.



Here's more of a close up.


I kept a few copies of the different I'll Read to You, You Read to Me books available for my buddies. Click on the Amazon Affiliate links below to get the books.






Joke books are also PERFECT for your buddy reading station. Who doesn't love a good Knock! Knock! joke?



I also kept a variety of funny glasses in my stations for kids to wear for a change of pace. Sometimes hiding behind the funny glasses encouraged the shy kiddos to read.



If the kiddos are still a little shy about reading to someone else, fill acrylic frames with pictures of popular characters from movies, TV, or books in your Buddy basket. Students choose one of the characters to be their buddy and read to it.


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