Hi! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I wanted to share a math sheet that I used for fun as a math center right before the holiday break. The page allows the students to practice basic addition and subtraction facts as well as an intro to graphing! My third graders loved it and were THRILLED to get a sticker for great work!
This week we started our unit on money in math. Needless to say, the kids were THRILLED! We started on Thursday by examining my coin collection from around the world, making rubbings and drawings of them, and them comparing and contrasting them with coins from the US.
Then we played a fun "I Have Who Has" game that I created for counting coins.The kids really enjoyed the game! They played it three times and wanted to continue to challenge themselves to do it faster! For a free download of this game, go to
I have been looking for a way to keep my kiddos quiet during independent work time. After seeing this idea on Pinterest, I just HAD to try it!! These are our Quiet Critters:
The students that are working quietly get to have a Critter sit on their desk for the rest of the work time. The kids LOVE them! They work really hard to get one and will look up while they are working and pat the Critter's head. It is adorable and suck a simple fix! Quiet kiddos for the price of a few pom-poms, googly eyes, and foam pieces? Score! :-)
My kiddos have been full of stories lately, and unfortunately it takes up a TON of class time! To fix this, I made each of them a story stick:
I used the fat popsicle sticks and little white labels. I wrote each students name on the white label and the story stick lives on their desk. Now they are allowed to tell one story a day during class. After they tell it, they must turn in their story stick. The next morning it is back on their desk and it starts over again. One story a day per student is MUCH more manageable than ten!!
We had some sad news with our worm farm today, but also a great discovery! Unfortunately, Slimy did not make it. :-( The students were heartbroken and asked if we can bury him and have a memorial service! They are so sweet at this age! Shortly after finding Slimy, we found a baby worm in the soil! He was tiny but looked just like the adult worms! One boy in the class got really excited and said "IT HAS TO BE SLIMY'S BABY! We learned that some animals die right after they have a baby!! We should name it Slimy Jr." Then another said "so wait Miss Hunt, if there is a baby worm, that meas that a girl worm and a boy worm had to...." I had never been so grateful to line up for Music before in my life!!!! So without further ado, I shall introduce......
The second is a music video from Jumpstart about how bats use echolocation to find food. The bat (named Batney Ears!) sings and dances and the kids went nuts! WARNING: this song WILL get stuck in your head for the rest of the day! :-) Check it out here: