Sunday, September 23, 2012

Abbreviations Sorting

Here is another sorting packet.  This one is bigger than the other two.  There are sooooo many abbreviations out there. I know I haven't included them all, BUT I did get a bunch of them. The packet contains 154 words/abbreviations! Wow!

Here is a sneak peek!

Included are the days of the week, months of the year, cardinal directions, and other common abbreviations.

Since this packet is bigger than the other ones, I decided to price it at $3.00. (That's still a great deal!)  You can find it here at my TpT store or here at my TN store.

I'm working on a Long Vowel Sorting packet.  Keep coming back to see its progress. :)
The Zookeeper

Compound Words Sorting

I'm on a sorting kick!  I have created another sorting packet.  This one is on Compound Words.

Here is a sneak peek!

I want to make sure I have some things that I can use for Word Work when we get ready to add that station.

You can get this eight page packet by visiting my TpT store here or my Teacher's Notebook store here.  It's only $2.00!! :)

Thanks for stopping by!!

The Zookeeper

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Short Vowel Review...

We are approaching the end of the first six weeks.  (Wow, time FLIES...)

So far most of my third graders have worked well with our spelling and now we are at REVIEW time.  We will be reviewing short vowel sounds. I decided I would create a "Cut and Sort" activity for my monkeys.  

We use Open Court materials for reading and spelling.  The first unit focuses on Friendship and short vowel sounds review for spelling.

The green cards are the labels for sorting.

There are 50 words in all to sort.

The recording page lets kids write down their sorts.  This helps with brain retention.

I like to have certain students do this activity with me in small group.  It gives me an idea of who has really mastered short vowels and who needs more practice.

If you would like this activity, please click here to go to my TpT store.  It's only $2.00!!!

I hope you are having a fabulous day!  What kinds of things do you do for review of short vowel sounds?  I'd love to have more ideas!

The Zookeeper

Friday, September 7, 2012

Open House Week on TBA

If you haven't checked out Teaching Blog Addicts' Open House, then get on over there!!!

I'm linked up with some other FABULOUS blogs!

Open House Week

Enjoy the ADDICTION!! :)
The Zookeeper

Monday, September 3, 2012

Homework Sheets

Communication with parents is a MUST!  One thing I make sure to send home each week is a homework sheet.

It looks like this...

I always include my email address, website address, vocabulary words, spelling words, and upcoming events.  This way parents are informed about what homework their child has for that day.  Some teachers include a parent initial box for each day.  I don't do this in third grade.  I want to make sure that kids are starting to be responsible for their own work, but it is easy enough to add if you wish.

I keep my files according to weeks on a jump drive (flash drive) and a back up copy on my hard drive.  This saves me time the following year.  I already have the vocabulary and spelling on the homework sheet, I just have to change the dates and notes. It has become a time saver!!

I always get great compliments because of my homework sheet.

If you'd like an editable version of my homework sheet, click here.  It is FREE at my TpT store.  Check out my other great products there, too!

Now, back to the zoo!!
The Zookeeper

Sunday, September 2, 2012

OPEN HOUSE & A Little Organization...


It's here. That fabulous time when you get to connect with new (and some old) parents and children.  You are excited to see your new little monkeys and they are delighted to see you.  (Well, most of them are.)  It is a great time to build that bridge from school to home.

My best advice...put a SMILE on your face and KEEP IT THERE!!!  No matter what is said or done.  Just be HAPPY that you are back with your new zoo recruits.

You should know by now that parents can usually tell if someone is going to be interested in their child or interested in a paycheck.  So, be prepared and look happy.


Over the years there have been a few things that parents always like about my classroom and management.  One is that I have a website where information is easily accessible.  You can check it out here. Let me know what you think!

The other is keeping them informed by giving them a hands on copy of information.  One thing that I make sure I do is give them a copy of our daily schedule at OPEN HOUSE (or whatever you call your first get together with parents).  I try my BEST to fit this on ONE sheet.  I give them a color copy to put on their 'fridge.

Parents are thankful because they can easily see when we have specialty and lunch.  It can also be a great help when determining a doctor or dentist appointment.

Parents often remark about how organized I am.  I know that my schedule has to be outside my classroom door for administrators, so this isn't any extra work for me.  I just print it out for parents, too.

You can download my schedule here at my TpT store.  It is in Word form so that it is editable to suit your needs.

I hope that it helps!  It can tame some of the zoo atmosphere! ;)

The Zookeeper

Something Screwy is Going On...

Gosh... I feel soooo bad!  Something is wrong with my computer and that is why I have been absent from the blogging world!


This is crazy!  I think when my son-a-saurus downloaded a game my computer went all screwy!!!  I sure hope that I can keep whatever it is at bay long enough to catch up on some posts!

We have been in school now since August 8th.  Yes, that's right, AUGUST 8TH!!  But, that's okay.  My new group is shaping up.  They are sweet as can be and are working hard to impress me! So, I will try to do the same!  (I have to keep reminding myself that I am training them.  They don't know my "way" of doing things and they aren't the group that I sent on in May. But, they will get there... SO, KEEP chugging along!)

I hope you are having a GREAT start to the new school year!!  :)

(And computer...please, please, please let me back in to do another post!)
The Zookeeper