Sunday, April 2, 2017

3rd Grade Weather & Climate

Scroll down to take a look at *some* of what is included in this 130 page third grade Weather & Climate unit. This unit aligns to NGSS* standards 3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2, and 3-ESS3-1.

Here is the table of contents. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

3-ESS2-1 Weather Tables & Graphs
This topic focuses on identifying different types of weather, predicting, and graphing data. Students will also learn about various weather tools.

Posters in each topic come in color and black and white. These support the main ideas of each topic.

 Photo posters to visually support learning. These are included for each topic as well.

Non-fiction mini books are also included throughout all three topics of the Weather & Climate unit. Each topic also includes some type of interactive notebook piece as well as a practice page

3-ESS3-1 Reducing Weather Hazards
This topic focuses on learning about different types of solutions that are used to protect from weather hazards.

3-ESS2-2 Climates of the World 
This topic focuses on six different climates: Mediterranean, Polar, Desert, Tropical, Temperate, and Mountains.

 There are passages (with comprehension questions) throughout the unit. For a description of the eight passages included, please see the table of contents.

This was just a preview. For a FULL list of resources included in this 130 page Weather and Climate unit, please see the Table of Contents or check out the 36 page preview by following the link to my TPT store.

*NGSS and Next Generation Science Standards are a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Phonological Awareness -Easy Print & Go Intervention Binder

I created this product so teachers would have an easy to use intervention binder. When I want to practice a skill with a student, I don't want to spend time digging around and trying to find activities to use. So, simply print the pages and store them in sheet protectors. (You can even do this with the sort pages. Instead of having students glue down the pieces for the sort, have them do it during one on one time with you and you can use this as an assessment piece. Then simply put the pieces back in the sheet protector.) The activities in this pack can be used as practice or as interventions.

Practice initial sounds, medial sounds, and ending sounds with these three activities. (There are five pages for each activity. So you get 15 initial sound pages, 15 medial, and 15 ending.)

Practice phoneme segmentation and blending, as well as identifying how many sounds are in a word.
Matching rhyming words helps set students up for learning fact families when they are ready for phonics.

2 Assessments are included as well.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How to Easily Teach Early Fractions {Guest Blog by Jenny}

Today I have invited Jenny from Little Vikings Learning to share with us one of her favorite ways to teach fractions.

Fractions are one of my favorite math concepts to teach because they are so easily seen in the everyday world around us and I find that kids already instinctively understand fractions in the real world; we just have to help them connect the numbers to the reality.  Easy Peasy. 
I always start with the most basic concepts: what is a fraction, what is it called, what does it look like in the world, and what does it look like in numbers.  Pro tip:tackle these concepts during snack time because their mouths are full (no talking) and they’ll listen to new concepts easier.  I start by reading the book “Eating Fractions” by Bruce Mcmillan BEFORE my students start eating.  As a class we then look at our whole snack item (be that a bun, banana, strawberry, etc) and show our whole unit to the people sitting near us.  We then get to eat half of it and compare our half to someone else’s half.  We make sure to note that half a banana is not the same size as half of a strawberry.  


I then give the kids fruit and plastic knives.  We take pictures of the fruit (or we have some already printed out) of a whole, half, quarter, etc. This means I let kids cut fruit with knives.  They love it...passionately.  Put the pictures of your cut up fruit on the board.  Use the half as the anchor for kids that struggle with the concept of denominator/numerator.  Label the half in words and numbers.  Most kids can easily recall a half and visually refer to it as “1 of 2 parts”.  They can use this idea of “number I have of so many parts” to write fractions numerically.  
I try to let each kid take pictures of their own fruit and then we’ll print the pictures for them to mount on a piece of paper.  This can easily become their personal anchor chart in a math notebook.  If printing is not easy, I’ve also called it a “fraction dissection lab” and had them write up “lab notes” that were hand drawn pictures of their fruit cut into fractions and labeled. 


Let them experiment with making equal parts of lots of possible denominators.  (If you want to make sure they are equal, model by telling someone you’ll give them half of your fruit and then cut it hugely unequally in your favor.  They will be outraged and you can then remind them that fractions must be equally sized bits.)

Finally let them try to combine their fruit with someone else’s fruit.   Can you combine half of a bun and half of a banana?  Why not?  What happens when you take half of a banana and a third of a banana?  How would you talk about something like this?  I have always found that my students start to explain the concept of common denominators without having ever heard of it before because it makes since to them visually after this activity. 


Have fun playing with fruit and nailing those basic but essential fractional concepts.  For more hands-on games that practice adding common denominator fractions you can check out this item in my TPT store.   

Playfully yours,