As the third week of 3rd grade is about to start, I figured it would be a good idea to reflect on the past two weeks. This is my 9th year teaching and my first year in 3rd grade. Man, where has this grade been all of my life? They are already so independent, but they still love coming to school. They also LOVE reading. I have a variety of reading levels in my class, but no matter where they are, they love to read. I knew it was time to introduce read to self and it was a hit!
Every students has a book box that they keep in their desks. This is something else that I have fallen in love with. Since they are in 3rd grade, they have the side storage desks. Yes, they are huge and take up a lot of room, but that just means that I have to be creative with what they store in them. When I discovered that they could keep their book boxes in their desks, it was a game changer.
Since their book boxes are in their desks, they have access to them at all times. My favorite time to fit in a little extra reading time is after an assignment. We were working on nouns this week and after they were finished with their assignments, they were able to take their book boxes to read. They loved it and every time I see my kids reading, is a good thing for me too!
If you couldn’t tell by now, I like to get my students up and moving as much as possible. That’s why I love games like Scoot and I Spy. I spy can be used with any task cards or even something as simple as a post-it note and a recording sheet. After teaching the students about nouns, they went on a noun hunt. They had to find different nouns and determine whether or not they were a person, place, or a thing. With all of this movement around the room you would think it would be extremely loud. The opposite is actually true. The students were so quiet and engaged in this whole process and when it was over they were begging for more.
Not only is this my first year in 3rd grade, but it is also the district’s first year using Eureka Math. I do like it, but it moves way too quickly!! Does anyone else use it and have some tips? We’ve been slowing it down a bit and also making it fun. On Friday, we reviewed equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, and number bonds with food, paint, and yarn. The kids loved it and it was a great way for them to review their multiplication strategies.
What better way to end a week than with a birthday. I love sharing birthdays with my students because they are so happy and excited already, adding that little extra happiness to their day really warms my hear.
I love recapping my weeks and reading about how other people’s weeks went. I am linking up with DoodleBugs Teaching for her Five for Friday.