Saturday, July 7, 2012

4 on the... 7th

I love weekends with family! My husband's family and some of my cousins live in the same area, about 15 minutes away from each other, and I'm spending the weekend with them after stopping to visit my mom and brother on the way. I love living within a few hours of most everyone.

I'm linking up a little late with Ms. M!


Here are 4 things I plan on trying out for the first time this year:

 Controlling My Chaos: Recycled Cans Turned Pencil Containers for School 

1. Okay, this one isn't exactly "for the first time," but last year, my students' parents had already been told to label every individual supply with their child's name. This year, pencils at the very least will be community supplies again. It's just so much easier!

Estimation Jar- send home with a student over the weekend to refill with something new!

2.  In math, I'm bringing back Calendar (which I didn't do this year- I know, I should've!) and adding an Estimation Jar- I love the idea Sarah shared here of sending this home with the winner each week to refill it with something new!


3. A variation on CAFE that Kristen of Ladybug's Teacher Files came up with. I think I will lump vocabulary in with text elements, but it is worth it to me to get Response to Text built in to my reading instruction for 3rd grade!

I love the things that Miss Bongers does with her 4th graders!

4. Reader Response notebooks for a Reading Workshop style approach. I haven't figured out much about our basal (Storytown) yet, but the more I read about these notebooks, the more insistent I am that I have to give them a try!

Any tips for these things... please let me know! :) I'm excited to be switching to 3rd grade, but to be honest- that's completely new for me, too! I student taught in 2nd, was an interventionist in 2nd, and then taught last year in 2nd- so I'm excited about 3rd, but I have a lot to learn!

I'd love to hear what new things you're trying this year!


  1. The sharp/dull can is a MUST!!! I have done estimation jars with my students in the past, just depends on my class. I read "The Candy Corn Contest" in the fall, and I fill a jar with candy corn. Then each week, I would draw a student's name and they got to bring something for our estimation jar! It's fun, but I did not get to it the past year or two :/ I tried Reader's Response notebooks this past year, but I am not going to lie-I did not keep up with it, especially after Christmas! I am just going to incorporate it with their Work on Writing journals, and anytime I want them to do a response, they'll just do it there :)

  2. I love the idea of an estimation jar, and I plan to use it again next year. I am your newest follower. :-)

    Psyched to be in 2nd!

  3. I found your blog through pinterest. You have so many cute ideas! I am your newest follower and I am awarding several of the new blogs I am following with the Versatile Blogger award! Swing by my blog to check it out! I look forward to seeing all of your great ideas!

    Miss Allison's Class

  4. I'm also doing the CRAFT headers this year in 2nd. I will add VOICES for writing as well. I too think it's easier to use community supplies (especially for pencils).
    I am new to your blog and look forward to hearing about your 1st year in 3rd grade. You will be wonderful!
    Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

  5. I'm implementing the Daily 5 this year! Super excited and nervous!

    I'm your newest follower! I hope you'll check out my manly blog!


  6. nice article friend and i like your writing style. Full Color Folders

  7. I have just nominated you for an award as a thank you for always sharing such unique ideas! Head over to my blog to check it out :)!

    The Second Grade Superkids


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