Hi, my name is Maria. I'm incredibly lucky to be a 3rd grade teacher in the best city in the world.. NYC! I have 2 beautiful children and I'm married to an amazing man who is not only my husband but also my best friend! I enjoy learning new things and sharing my ideas with others to use.
Here are 2 foldables my kids made this month in Math. I encourage them to make foldables for any math term, vocabulary word, or rule. It's a great way to turn their math notebooks into something interactive and it helps them remember too!
Place Value Foldable
Area & Perimeter
My students have been studying different types of sentences. To help them remember the types, they made foldables and stuck them into their writing portfolios. They actually take them out to improve their writing!
They also made foldables for the different types of nouns, the basic parts of a letter, and parts of speech.
I just didn't get any pictures.. I will try to get them tomorrow.
As a culminating activity from their Matter Unit, the students made foldables on Solids, Liquids, and Gases. They wrote the definition under the flap and drew pictures of examples.
At my school, we have the children team up with a class on a different grade and the teachers set up pen pals. The students write to each other several times throughout the year. At the end of the year, the students have a pen pal picnic and they get to meet in person. It's so cute to see them meet their pen pals... some students actually get nervous!
I use any resources I can find to teach them letter writing. Recently, I have been pinning friendly letter resources like it's going out of style and I found...
It's a simple website that lists all the parts of a friendly letter with descriptions. I plan to use it this week to start writing their pen pal letters and it's a great way to transition into persuasive letter writing as well.
I was planning on having this website displayed on the Smartboard while I go through the basic parts of a friendly letter. Of course, I always include BrainPopJr in there somewhere... They have a great 6 minute video on how to write a friendly letter.
Here are some other things I found while pinning...
I'm always looking for new ways to differentiate lessons. Some of my students have a really difficult time backing up their opinions. So rather than frustrate them, I decided to lessen the amount of reasons needed to back up an opinion as a way to differentiate for them. I used these graphic organizers for my student's opinion/persuasive essays on the famous author Kevin Henkes. They worked out well so I plan to use them in the next unit which is just Persuasive.