Follow by Email

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Third Grade Superheroes

Hello Buddies-

I had a blast meeting my third graders and beginning our SUPER year together.  We started the day analyzing a scene from Disney's Incredibles asking ourselves, "What is the job of a hero?"
Here we are watching the final battle scene from Disney's Incredibles
We put the qualities on a chart and they became our reference point for the month. I am constantly reminded my kids that I will need them to "be a hero", while pointing to the anchor chart. 
Not my prettiest chart, but I made it with the kids on the first day
After that we read "The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man", made our own Superheroes, and wrote about how we could be third grade heroes this year. 

After a few other first day, "getting to know you" activities we started our first Read Aloud of the year. I was super excited to find this series of books when they were recommended by my friends at Barnes and Nobles when I was searching for a Superhero themed book for third grade. 

Captain Awesome is a very funny book about a boy who loves Superheroes, particularly a comic book here called Super Dude, and creates his own hero identity called (you guessed it) Captain Awesome.  We will probably finish the book this upcoming week and the kids are loving it, particularly the way Captain Awesome sees everything around him like a superhero.  His arch enemy is his baby sister called Queen Stinkypants and he has visions that his new teacher is working for super villains determined to torture him Geography lessons. 
I could not imagine a third grader who wouldn't enjoy reading about
Eugene's, I mean Captain Awesome's, adventures. 
It has been a SUPER start of the year- the pun never gets old. 
Have a SUPER day!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Tardy to the Party- Classroom Reveal

Hello buddies-

So I may be incredibly late to the party, but I always show up! So this year I made the change from Fifth Grade to Third Grade. That meant my Harry Potter classroom theme of 9 years had to go. I LOVED that theme, but it was;t really appropriate for my third graders.  Here's what it looked like to refresh your memory....

It was an incredibly MAGICAL room and I loved it!  

When I was done taking everything down it was pretty depressing! 
Yup! depressing is the best way to describe what my room looked like when the year ended.

But I didn't waste much time.  It was time to start painting, time to say goodbye to the Magical Purple and Silver and HELLO to the heroic Blue and Yellow!


So I spent a a great deal of my Summer (the parts when I wasn't floating in the pool) getting my room ready to welcome my Super third graders. I didn't do it all by myself. My mother has never cut more laminate in her life as she did this summer.  My Co-teacher created the curtains with help from her nice when it came to hand-painting the designs.  Pun completely intended, but I think it looks SUPER!
Here is my job chart and our SUPER Class behavior chart. Our goal is to move Superman up to the top of the skyline. When we do we turn a blue letter red and when the entire word is red we have a class celebration. 

I hate the wood look of my room so I covered my closet doors and walls
with laminated blue cloud bulletin board paper

Our SUPER Behavior chart- available in my TPT Store
Remember all that laminate I was talking about!

Tables Power Up by working as a team

In this picture you can see the wood panels above my closets that I really thought aged the room. 

I found these pillows at 5 Below- $5 a piece-LOVE IT!

All heres need a place to hide their capes- For my third grade heres it's behind these Superman and Wonder Woman curtains. 

Window curtains- We used read because we felt it looked like a superheroes cape. 

Saw this on Pinterest and had to make it outside my classroom for us to display our work throughout the year. 

I spruced up this old mailbox by painting the outsides and
placing laminated colored paper in each draw-another Pinterest idea. 

Loved this poster I saw on Pinterest and made it large to put
near my mailboxes. 

With the lights out, it looks like my curtains glow. 

My dad built this table and I completed the design.  The best part its low to the floor so my friends can sit on pillows and work here. 

Thanks for joining me for what I hope will be a SUPER year! 
See ya later!