Friday, March 20, 2015

The Third Grade Zoo's Spring Giveaway

Spring is here and I thought it would be fun to celebrate by inviting other Teacher Pay Teacher sellers to link up their Spring freebies, (Check out the blog post below for the linky party!) and have a Spring giveaway! For my giveaway I will be giving away a $10.00 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card along with three great products by The Third Grade Zoo including my Spring Writing Centers, my Poetry Interactive Notebook, and my Celebrate Earth Day with 21 Task Cards. This giveaway will run from today, March 20th to Tuesday March 31, 2015.  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win these great prizes! 

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Spring Linky Party!

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Celebrating Easter in the Classroom

Spring break is here and Easter is right around the corner, so I thought it would be a great time to share some Easter activities and pictures that I took with my last year's class. This blog post gives directions on how to make tissue paper Easter egg art, play an Easter egg math game, have a classroom Easter scavenger hunt, and how to decorate Easter eggs with wax crayons and food colouring. My class enjoyed these activities and I hope your class does too! 

1. Easter egg tissue paper art
This is a fun and easy art project all you need is: 
-1 piece of construction paper
-1 piece of white paper with an egg drawn on it
-lots of cut up coloured tissue paper. 

All you need to do is draw an egg shape on a white piece of paper and decorate the egg with the tissue paper. Lastly, cut out the egg and glue it on the construction paper. 

2. Easter egg math fact matching activity 
For this activity you need: 
-1 egg carton
-12 plastic eggs (can be purchased at the Dollar Store)
-1 permanent felt marker. 

Before students can complete this activity, this activity does require some prep from you. You need to write out 12 math facts, one for each of the 12 parts of the egg carton. These math facts can be addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. Next, you need to write the answer to each of the math facts on a plastic Easter egg. Students can then match the correct Easter egg with the correct placement in the egg carton. This activity would be perfect for math stations or early finishers. 

3. Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt 
What you need: 
-Plastic Easter eggs
-Scavenger hunt clues

This activity was a big hit in my classroom and I was lucky enough to have lots of parent volunteers in the room that day. This activity does require quite a bit of prep from you, but it will be worth it! What you need to do is separate your class into teams of 4 or 5 students. I made a worksheet for students with each team's first clue, space to write where they found each egg, and I put a riddle at the end of the page for students to answer before they got their prizes.  For each team you need to have 4-6 eggs hidden around the classroom which each contain clues as to where the next egg is. When the team gets to the last egg and answers the riddle they get their prize. One issue that you might come across, so it would be a good idea to discuss this with the class ahead of time, is to not grab any eggs that they may find around the classroom that do not belong to their group. It has to be your team's egg that you open, or your team will end up messing up another team's scavenger hunt. I purposely put sticker labels on each egg, so that I knew where each egg was supposed to be just in case that happened. 

Hiding places for the eggs. 

And prizes for everyone at the end.

4. Decorate Easter eggs 
Decorating Easter eggs is always messy fun! There are lots of ways that you can decorate Easter eggs. The way I always seem to decorate eggs in my classroom is by drawing on hard boiled eggs with wax crayons and then dipping the eggs in food colouring. The process of dipping the eggs in food colouring makes the wax crayon drawings stand out. 

For more Spring activities check out my new Spring Writing Centers. This package contains 21 unique and creative Spring themed writing centers. Each centre includes a poster to hang at the centre and all of the graphic organizers, directions, and writing paper you will need to making running writing centers successful in your classroom. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fun Ways to Use a Camera in the Classroom

I wanted to share a brand new product that I posted today in my Teacher Pay Teacher store. 'Fun Ways to Use a Camera in the Classroom' is a 47 page interactive unit that integrates visual arts (photography) with language arts. This unit contains rules for using a camera or I Pad in the classroom, lots of structured opportunities for students to use an camera or I Pad in the classroom, collaborative learning activities, and numerous creative writing and critical thinking opportunities. Click on the picture below to check out this great new product! 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Free Shoelace Weaving Picture Cards for Fine Motor Practice

Check out my most recent freebie that I have uploaded to my TPT Store.  This freebie includes five brightly coloured picture weaving cards designed to be used to help students strengthen their fine motor skills in a fun and creative way. 

Directions for how to use Shoelace Weaving Picture Cards:  

-Weaving punch out cards.
-5 shoelaces
-A hole puncher
-A laminator

What you need to do:
1. Cut around the edge of each of the pictures on the cut out cards leaving a centimetre gap from the picture. 
2. Laminate all 5 of the weaving punch out cards.
3. Use a hole puncher to make holes over the white circles on the pictures. 
4. Get 5 shoelaces and tie a knot at the end of each shoelace so that the lace stays on the card when weaving. 
5. Have students weave along the perimeter of their picture cards in an in and out motion using the shoelace.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Pinterest Anonymous...

Are there any more Pinterest addict out there? Any spare second I have out of my busy day I am usually pinning. I pin with my cell phone, I Pad, and laptop. Pinterest has become a hobby, a way to pass the time, when other people would be pretending to text instead of having an awkward conversation, I'm pinning. I get excited when I see a pin with an idea that I want to use, and I enjoy making my own pins. On a recent vacation I think I went through Pinterest withdrawals. At this point, I don't know what I would do without Pinterest! 

Today I created four new Pinterest boards that I wanted to share on my blog. My new Pinterest boards are all about teaching resources and ideas for each of the four seasons. Right now the boards are fairly new, but I will be regularly adding seasonal math, language arts, visuals arts, bulletin board ideas, and other teaching and learning resources related to the seasons. Click on the link below to check out my new boards as well as other Pinterest boards created by The Third Grade Zoo. 

I would like to thank Glitter Meets Glue Designs, The 3am Teacher, and Scrappin Doodles for use of their clip art in my Pinterest board cover pages. :)