Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Text Structure

We have been focusing a lot on text structure, which I think is really helping my students with understanding non fiction reads!  This week we are reviewing one a day, so I created a Text Structure item at my TPT store!  I really love this product and it is a great resource!  Last day of this item's sale is today!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Missing Numbers in Multiplication and Division

This week the third grade has been focusing on missing numbers in multiplication and division sentences.  We worked a lot on this, but still struggle and needed additional practice.  I made this Missing Numbers Pack.

This pack includes a matching game my students loved!!!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Fact Families

I wanted to write a quick post for our Friday project last week.  One of my AmAzInG team mates came up with this cute idea!  Snowman fact families! The students loved making them and it was super easy to get together!

All you need is 5 white circles,  small black square (for the hat- we showed the students how to fold and cut an L shape for the hat,) yarn we had the students braid it for the scarf and some glitter and cotton balls for snow!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Multiplication Properties Review

Well today was a LONG day, but we got a lot done despite quite a few interruptions!  In math today we reviewed all the multiplication properties.  We did this by making a cute foldable  I got the idea from one of my amazing team members! (It's a FREEBIE at my TPT Store Right Now!)

 First we made the anchor chart below together.
Then I modeled how to make the book and showed them my example then it was their turn I think they turned out great!

 We finished the day by playing Multiplication Property Scoot check it out at my TPT Store! They love scoot so much!

Saturday, November 16, 2013


I just finished my Verb Puzzle Piece Pack. It includes a puzzle matching activity for past, present and future verb tenses, it also has a quick assessment for each!

Check out how my kids did on the activity, I think it turned out great!

Pilgrim Pack

Just finished this Pilgrim Pack today!  This is a good way to still be festive, but students who don't celebrate Thanksgiving can still participate in these activities.

I created a poem that goes along with critical thinking questions and a cause and effect chart.

Also includes a fun math activity for multiplication fact families!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Turkey Time!

With Thanksgiving approaching we are trying to make next week a little more festive!  We are focusing a lot on suffixes so I thought of this SUPER cute FREEBIE!  There are 5 different suffix birds and a blank one for you to come up with your own!

Monday, November 11, 2013

More with Multiplication Property

Last night as I was trying to wind down and get ready for bed, I started to think about how I could review commutative, associative and distributive property and it hit me SCOOT! I could hardly wait to wake up and make a Multiplication Property Scoot Game you can get it at my TPT Store

My students LOVE Scoot so I think this is the perfect option!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Distributive Property

WoW, when I first started thinking about teaching distributive property to 3rd graders, I just could NOT wrap my head around the best approach.  My team and I searched and searched and found some resources, but nothing that taught me how to teach third graders this concept. PLUS my school is project based, so I needed some type of craft activity to go along with this.

I found myself thinking what can I make to show distributive property basically chopping arrays in half...BAM it hit me The Distributive Destroyer Ninja! He karate chops arrays into smaller ones!  I am really excited to do this with the kiddos! Check it out at
 My TPT Store!

This is the craft we make on Day 3 of the plans!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Area and Equal Groups!

I wanted to share some fun things my 3rd grade team did to kick off multiplication this year, and a fun area activity!

We did a lot with multiplication and still are, but probably one of my favorite activities we did went along with the book If you Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff.  My fabulous Team Mate found this great resource from Amy Lemons! Check out how it turned out below!

We also had to tackle Area the first quarter this year, I must say the kids really had fun and grasped the concept pretty quickly! I got the Graph for the dream house off of Teachers Pay Teachers from Blair Turner, but I made my own recording sheet for the kids.  I will upload that FREEBIE on Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Associative Property

Wow I have been having a really hard time finding things for associative property!  I created a quick FREEBIE for associative property at my TPT Store! Make sure to check out the associative property ppt I made for an easy intro!

What have you been doing/using for associative property?

I made another Associative FREEBIE at my TPT store.  If you know of any other resources for properties of multiplication I would love some help!  Look for distributive property coming soon!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Math Centers

This year my math centers have been running so smoothly!  I have 3 stations: A task card station, a review station and the teacher station.  My students absolutely love the task card station and it is a perfect daily review of skills they have practiced! I will write more about my stations later, but I made some more task cards that are now available at my TPT store. Check them out HERE

This months task cards focus on word problems because my kids can really use the extra exposure! I wrote addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and multi step problems!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Associative Property

Here is a quick power point FREEBIE on an introduction for associative property!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

More on Commutative Property!

Wow it has been such a long day! I finished my commutative property pack on my TPT site. Check it out and don't forget to grab the FREEBIE Commutative Power Point at my store!

Commutative Property Pack

There is a lot more in the pack check it out and don't forget to look at the SCOOT game I created too! Now I need to start on associative property look for that coming soon!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Commutative Property Game

Have you ever played Scoot in your classroom?  It is great the students really love it and it gets them moving around and practicing important skills!  Check out my commutative property scoot game!  I can't wait to play it with my students, they always love when I announce we will be playing a scoot game!
Commutative Scoot!

Get the rest at my TPT store!

Multiplication Properties

We are going to start teaching multiplication properties once quarter 2 begins in a week.  I am going to start by introducing commutative property.  I created a quick ppt to introduce it to my class. Look for more on multiplication properties soon! Check out my ppt FREEBIE at my tpt store!
Commutative Property Intro

Math Task Cards

These task cards cover a lot of CCS and they are great because students can do them independently, check them out by clicking the link below!
Math Task Cards
 Here is a quick sample of what to expect!

Synonym Scoot

Are you looking for a fun game to review Synonyms!  Synonym Scoot is a great review that kids love check it out at my tpt store!
Synonym Scoot!

Rectilinear Area

I havent been able to find too many resources teaching rectilinear area.  Which is breaking a polygon into smaller rectangles and squares and finding the area of each shape and then finding the total area. I created a short ppt which includes steps for the students to take and examples to work through! Hope this helps if you are struggling with Rectilinear Area!
Get this FREEBIE at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store, and look for a lot more to come soon!

Rectilinear Area

Welcome to Teacher's Plate

This is my 4th year teaching and my first year as a 3rd grade teacher! I am definitely feeling some OAA pressure with this whole 3rd grade guarantee!  I work in a low income school and I am finding I need to create and find a lot of my own materials to teach the common core standards! This blog will show my adventure and share my creations with other teachers!