Thursday, September 13, 2012

We're College Bound!

Next week is College Go! Week.  We wanted to pump up our kids with a little music video action.  Thanks to a blog Mrs. Stone found this summer we had awesome revised lyrics to One Direction's summer hit...What Makes You Beautiful!  So enjoy a little 3rd grade madness to "We Want to Be Champions!"


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Kids make me laugh!

While reading a scholastic news with election stuff...the kids start talking about who they'll vote kid so serious said..."I'm not gonna vote for Obama bc his wife Michelle is gonna get rid of pop!!!" I just had to stop and laugh.

Then after math and teaching place value to the hundred thousands place a girl comes up to another student holding Squeakers our class guinea pig and has made him a hula skirt...not so sure she has mastered place value yet... ;) but may have a future in fashion!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

What time is is????? GAME TIME!

I'm only 3 days away from starting a new year in 3rd grade!  Teaching, like my career in basketball, comes naturally for me...but the inevitable butterflies that I used to get before my games are here just the same for teaching.  I know I can do it...I'm prepared...I'm pumped...but those nerves that used to hit the hardest right during the National Anthem are here now.  I've decorated my room and I'm slowly getting a grip on the curriculum, but the same thought gets me each year at this time.  I will impact lives this year.  My words and actions need to be chosen carefully because they have such tremendous power to hurt or heal...criticize or praise...discourage or inspire.  Take a look into my room and i'll get back with you once the kiddos get here!

Sports Theme!!!!  I love it!

All-Star Helper Board
Brain break bucket
Our team! 
Student of the week board
Basketball theme clip chart
Welcome note
John Wooden's Pyramid of Success
Improvement incentive board

Keep on shining!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tyner's Team

I just have a feeling that I'm going to have a "BALL" in  3rd grade.  This year I've decided to have a sports theme in my classroom...and I'm pumped!  I'm hoping to focus on teamwork and working together to reach our goals.  This past week I created a new clip chart for my sports hopefully all my kiddos "keep their head in the game!" 

I'm also excited to incorporate John Wooden's children's book, "Inch and Miles" to teach character skills.  


Thursday, June 14, 2012

iPad Training

What is more on a sunny summer day than technology training?!  We are learning fun ways to use iPads in the classroom...or just some fun ways to use iPads.  And now I will introduce you to my new lovely 3rd Grade Team!  :)

 Mrs. Stone
 Mr. Arwood
Mrs. Sears

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

So...this site will be changing its looks soon b/c I will be changing grades!! At the end of this school year I decided to be "movin' on up" to 3rd grade.  My classroom has already been moved and my bulletin boards are slowing being put up.  It's CRAZY how much stuff you can accumulate in just 4 years of teaching.  Now the new curriculum and ideas are all swirling around in my head right now!  We are getting lots of new technology in our school and I'm pumped to be able to incorporate that even more into my teaching.  I did love my years in first grade and will miss the lil' guys...but I am excited for the adventures ahead in 3rd grade.  So goodbye First Grade Funny Bunnies...we will see what I come up with for my 3rd grade blog!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Tomorrow is the big day!  The kids have worked hard for this!  They will be great...despite the full moon this week!
Painting a sun costume.
The girls practicing their song.
Working together to paint a butterfly costume.
Practice makes perfect.
Fish faces!  
Love seeing my kiddos work together!

Getting the stage ready!  

Saturday, February 4, 2012



So....I am currently on a Sight Word Center/Game kick.  Flipping through a stack of cards just doesn’t cut it for my kiddos anymore.  I’m working to create activities where they are learning without even  realizing it!  

Check this out on on my Teacherspayteachers store!  


Monday, January 30, 2012

As part of our preparation for our class play, Where Are My Animal Friends?, we made window panes looking out to trees in each of the four seasons.  Below are the steps... 
Window Frame: Black construction paper 12"x12"
Window Panes: Light Blue construction paper 5"x5" (4 per student.)
Tree Branches: Ellison Die Cut Baby Handprint Brown 4 per student
*I also used the scraps from these for the little piece for the tree trunks.  
I decided to glue all of these together myself...I didn't last year and it wasn't so successful.  
Then with step by step instructions on my document camera and lots of scrap paper (pink, green, yellow, red, orange, and white) we tore the pieces for our trees.  I like torn paper projects...but it mainly because too many of my kids can't find their scissors :) 

Spring: Pink Blossoms, Leaves, Rain Cloud
Summer: Green Leaves and Sun
Fall: Colored Leaves and Wind Swirls
Winter: Snow on Trees, Falling and Ground

This got me wanting SPRING!!! :)  


Friday, January 27, 2012

My first FREE item on TPT!

After encouragement from my teaching buddies...I decided to make a mini math unit for the Super Bowl next week!  So tonight I created a PayPal account...created a Teacherspayteachers account and booyah...I added my first unit.  I got 16 downloads while I watched the movie Courageous!  Wow!  Maybe next year I will have added some literacy too.  I have ideas, but just not enough time!  Keep an eye out for more units and such to come!  I might be a little too excited about all of this!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Very Special Guest!!!!!

If one would could describe Tanya Crevier that would be it! ENTHUSIASM! Tanya Crevier is the World's Best female basketball handler.  She has traveled around the world displaying her skills and sharing with people from prisons, to NBA games to my first graders! Tanya has been a lifelong friend of mine and was in the area this week and graciously came to give our Wednesday morning a exciting boost!  
She encouraged my students with the following things:
-"If you mess up, NEVER GIVE UP!"
-"Readers become leaders."
- "Finish what you start."
-"When you keeps the happy in your heart."
Eating pudding with a ball spinning on the spoon!
My students had the opportunity to each get a basketball spun on their finger, eat pudding from a spoon with a spinning ball, and show off a few tricks of our own.  It's too bad every Wednesday can't start with a pep talk from Tanya!  

Happy Hump Day!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Fun Fridays + 2 Hour delay = Great Day!

Since earlier this year, every Friday morning starts out the same in the first grade hallway.  DANCE PARTY!!!!  We wake up out brains by dancing and singing to the song Friday.  Although Rebecca Black's song has been dubbed redundant and obnoxious...its a hit with the first grade kiddos!  This is clearly evident by the controlled chaos of 120 first graders (and maybe teachers ;) jumping and dancing in the hall!

Yesterday we started our Friday with a two hour delay.  Even though it makes it a little difficult to fit in all our weekly tests, I will have to say I just love having a slow moving morning before heading off to school.  The kids were a little restless but settled down after lunch.
I have decided to make Friday's our FUN FRIDAY MATH DAY.  We take a break from the normal math lessons and have centers that focus on the different skills that we have been working on.  (And of course FUN FRIDAY MUSIC IS A MUST!)

Here students are playing dominoes.  Some weeks they do domino addition or subtraction, but this week we worked on playing a group game together.  
 Playing cards are awesome to use during math centers.  Very little setup and there are a variety of games that can be played.  War...for number sense.  Addition war...where the first person to correctly add the numbers gets both cards.  And I just recently found a Pin in Pinterest that gave me even more ideas for my playing cards.  Yay Pinterest!
This week we introduced the hundred chart and have been working to understand the patterns and placement of numbers on the chart.  Here the students took turns calling a number and then one student found the number on the Smartboard while the others covered the number on their hundred chart.  I was proud of how well the groups worked together!!

May all of your Fridays be FUN FRIDAYS!!!