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Geography Interactive Notebook & Activities



In third grade our first unit for social studies is a fun one.....geography. The kids get very excited and love to start exploring maps and globes. Take a peek at a few of my favorite classroom activities for geography.

Go buggy for Math this summer!


Go buggy for math this summer with some quick math review. I found these paint chip strips at Oriental Trading. They are so versatile and you get a ton in the box. They make the best flash cards, number practice, fact family practice the possibilities are endless.

Welcome summer! Celebrating with a backyard movie night!


Kicking off summer with a backyard movie night! We have finally finished another great year at school. Between all the rainy days we were lucky enough for one evening of relief. Oriental Trading Company had everything we needed to get started!

Earth Day should be Everyday!



Make Earth Day a day to remember with a  fun watercolor writing activity. What better way to remember the importance and meaning of Earth day than with some recycled art. We started with some recycled newspapers, the students traced a circle and then cut it out. They used a black sharpie to draw their heart first then their land. Using watercolors they painted their mini masterpieces, blotting with a tissue as they went.


Looking for a last minute idea for your class....look no further we have you covered. If you are anything like us you are crazy this time of year. Between meetings, lesson plans, test prep and the flu my weeks have flown by how in the world is it already mid February? So without a ton of time to spend paroozing the aisles of Target I needed something simple and easy for Valentine's Day this year. These are about as simple as it gets. Just purchase, download and print at your local 1 hr photo place....it's that easy!

Hello Fall! Reading corner redo for Fall


Hello ya'll it's Fall! Well here in the south its still 90 degrees, but they are selling pumpkins on the corner, so the seasons must be changing somewhere. At least seasons are changing in the classroom. Checkout our Fall makeover for the reading corner.

Apple themed grammar centers for Fall


Crisp cool weather will soon be on its way. Welcome in Fall with some fun reading workshop centers. My students love interactive rotations so this fun common and proper nouns activity is just perfect to get them excited and engaged during workshop.

Color your world with these fun map activities


Get your year started off with a review of map skills. I am amazed each year when I ask my students what state or country they live in and some have trouble recalling. I love reading Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney.


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