Thursday, September 25, 2014

Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Craft

I'm all about making learning fun and integrating subjects. I decided to take a science lesson about the life cycle of a pumpkin and turn it into an art project. I came up with this 3-D life cycle of a pumpkin craftivity. Plus, it makes a perfect "non-Halloween" craft for all your students on Halloween and an even better table decoration for Thanksgiving.

the life cycle of a pumpkin

Swing by Sweet Tea Classroom to learn more.

Robin Sellers

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Freebie Just in Time for Easter

Hi It's Patty! I haven't been here for a long time. . . in fact I almost forgot about it! Whew! I'm glad I checked on here. I hope you are too. Because I have a great freebie for you. Yuppers. . .  just for you!
Click on the picture above to grab it, or click HERE!

I hope you enjoy it. And if you do and you want a bigger pack with irregular nouns and verbs, you can find that at my store too!

Second In Line

Monday, January 27, 2014

Chinese New Year Crafts for Children

Are you looking for some crafts to use with your students and children for the Chinese New Year? Is so, I have created some fun, printable Chinese New Year activities. I have some Chinese New Year lantern template, some fun Chinese New Year hat printables for your kids to color and wear, and a Chinese New Year writing prompt. Just click {HERE} to view them at my teaching resource store.
Chinese New Year crafts

Thanks, Robin at Sweet Tea Classroom

Friday, December 6, 2013

It's A December Frenzy!

Want FREEBIES?   I've joined a group of Facebook friends and THERE'S A FRENZY GOING ON!!!!!   December 6th-9th...You will find lots of 3rd grade Math and Science FREEBIES!   Here is a map of the 3rd Grade Math and Science December Frenzy (so you'll know where to start or if you get lost)!  If you're not 3rd grade, NO WORRIES!  Keep scrolling...there are December Frenzies for EVERYONE!  If possible, participate in ALL of the December Frenzies!

3rd Grade Math and Science December Frenzy Order

Start Here…. Evil Math Wizard

Check out MORE December Frenzies!

Click the picture below and download the PDF!  After downloading, click on each picture to download ALL of the AMAZING freebies that my friends have to offer!

Thanks to Jennifer from Crayons, Cuties & Common Core for the graphic!
Thanks to Heather over at Creative Castle Resources 
for starting these frenzies!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Multiple Intelligence Theory

I wanted to find new ways for my teachers to get to know their students and would also help them differentiate their instruction.  Multiple intelligence theory was the first thing that came to mind.  I researched the resources (blog posts, pinterest, Teachers Pay Teachers, etc.).

My favorite resource I found was from Stephanie at Falling into First - "Everyone is Smart."  Stephanie wrote a fabulous book that explains the multiple intelligence theory to younger elementary students and then provides a great writing activity to help them think through which "smart" they relate to the most. 

Visit Thinking Out Loud to learn more about multiple intelligence theory, how I used Stephanie's activity, other resources I found useful.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Laminating Resourcefulness

I know many of you have the laminating pouches and the home laminators. So you probably do things differently than I do. 

I use the laminator at our school and I would like to share with you a tip that has helped save a lot of laminating film. 

Since I started following blogs and TPT, I have used a ton of laminating film. I feel that if our school is going to let us use unlimited amounts of film the least I can do is to be resourceful with it. 

I've seen some people laminate using two pieces of paper at a time. Set this way only two pieces of paper can fit at a time. (even if you turn them the other direction, there isn't enough room to put more than two in at a time.)
This is fine if you can't trim the paper.

These two photos show how putting two pieces of paper at one time in the laminator looks.

But if you trim off the extra paper on the sides and tops first, you'll be able to put three pieces of paper in the laminator at one time. 

It's not real clear, but you can see that there are three sheets of trimmed paper at the same time in the laminator.
And when it comes out the back, this is what it looks like.

 You can see the difference in laminating two 
pieces at a time versus three. 
I understand that there are times when you don't need to trim the papers. But in the cases where you do, you can save a lot of film by doing it this way. 

If you are wondering why I laminate first and then cut apart the individual pieces. . 

 I use just regular paper instead of card stock. So there isn't a chance that the film will pull apart from the paper. It saves a step from cutting them up into little pieces, laminating, and cutting all over again. 
If you're like me, 
I look for all the time savers that I can find. 

So that's my tip for the day. 
I'd love to hear your thoughts on how you do it. 

P.S. Shown in these pictures are activities from Fern Smith's Froggy Goes To School Syllables

Story Problem Task Cards for August by Casey Turner from Second Grade Math Maniac

Patty Rutenbar

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Guided Reading Know How and a FREEBIE!

I have taught for about 11 years and taught guided reading for 10 of the eleven years.  When I first started teaching, many teachers were actually still doing whole group reading instruction with novel studies.  While I think that novel studies definitely have a place in the reader's workshop, I feel that students must be instructed in small groups to meet their individual needs as well.  Working with students with disabilities for the last three years has done nothing but reinforce that belief.  It has also made my teaching of reading "bag of tricks" much larger- I had no choice.

When I taught third grade I always felt like I really needed to make sure my students could read and comprehend ALL texts because many teachers feel like in fourth grade "students no longer are learning to read, but reading to learn" (I hate this phrase and philosophy by the way, but I will spare everyone my soapbox!  When I heard a principal say it I about fell over).

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