Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Let's Celebrate Canada Day with a New Freebie!

Happy Canada Day! 

In celebration of Canada Day I have created a new Canadian freebie. This freebie includes a worksheet called 'My Proud to be a Canadian: All About Me Freebie'. It has a variety of questions meant to get students excited about being Canadian, and thinking about what it means to be a Canadian. I have also included a modified version of this worksheet called 'My Proud to Live in Canada: All About Me Worksheet'. 

Don't forget to also check out my other Canadian resources. Click on the pictures below to take you to each product. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Third Grade Zoo is now on Facebook

After 2 full years of selling on TPT and promoting my teaching resources using my blog and Pinterest, I have finally decided to venture forth into the Facebook universe, and The Third Grade Zoo is now on Facebook! I'm a little nervous and I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing on Facebook, but Erika from the Honey Bunch Blog Design has made sure that I will look good doing it. She has tweaked my blog header to create a Facebook banner, and she has resized my logo so that it fits on my Facebook page and it looks fabulous! Make sure to check out my brand new Facebook page. :) 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Class Memory Books: A Great Way to End the School Year!

We are now into June and the end of the school year is very near. I wanted to share my class memory book. Memory books are a  terrific way to celebrate the end of the year, and  students can keep their memory books forever as a reminder of all of the fun the class has had throughout the year. 

To create these memory books I use the pictures that I have taken throughout the school year at various school related events including the Christmas concert, Halloween parade, track and field day, field trips, and during day to day activities. I then upload the pictures from my camera to my computer and copy and paste the pictures into Key Note slides (Power Point will work nicely for any teacher PC users out there). Once I have 10-15 pages, I then print off enough copies for each student, myself, and any helpers who may work in the classroom. I then give each student and anyone who receives a memory book 2 pieces of heavy card stock. Students then get to paint their card stock. I usually leave this activity open, and let the kids paint their card stock however they would like. These 2 pieces of card stock will become the front and back covers of our memory books. After the paintings have dried, I glue a class photograph and use a sharpie to write each student's name and the school year on the front of each memory book cover. Once the memory books are ready to be put together I use the school's book binding machine to bind each of the memory books together. 

On the last day of the school I give each student their copy of our class memory book as a gift. I then allow time for students to look through their memory books and to sign each other's books. You can also have each student write about the highlight of the school year and add that to their memory books as well. You could even ask parents for baby pictures and have a 'guess the baby' page in your class's memory books. 

You can find more great end of the year ideas and resources in my End of The Year Resource Package.