Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday thoughts

Happy Monday! I had a fun weekend- I got to see my students perform on Friday in The Nutcracker, attended a friend's Hanukkah party, visited with my mom/sister, and watched the VA Tech/Clemson with friends on Saturday.

{ Christmas preparation}

The hubby and I stopped by Home Depot this weekend to pick up a mini Christmas tree and wreath. How cute is this tree? I am channeling my inner Charlie Brown with this little guy! Since we are traveling to Iceland and Amsterdam in a couple of weeks, we thought it was in our best interest not to get a full-on Christmas tree like usual. This little guy will be much easier to decorate and say good-bye when that day comes.

{ School }

Isn't school just the best on Mondays? Monday is easily my favorite day of the school week, which sounds crazy. But the kids are calm and ready to learn, and I feel like I am on my best teaching game. 

World's longest division problem in the world....according to my eight-year-olds. I plead the fifth.

The kids rocked long division today! During the math centers station, many of them were obsessed with attempting to "break the world record for long division." I'm going to take a wild guess that the above picture does not break that record.... Nice try, third-graders :-)

Christmas coloring worksheet for math facts!

This is my newest freebie that I am OBSESSED with. My kids love anything that involves coloring, and I love anything holiday-oriented. Make sure to download this bad boy, you get two coloring sheets to practice math facts!

{ Pure Barre }

Tonight I did Pure Barre at 7:15. I have decided to start running to my class which is about six blocks away. My husband pointed out that it is such an easy way to add some cardio into my day, plus makes going to class so much more efficient. I ran to class and had to stop several times...clearly I am not in fab cardio shape. My goal is to be able to jog to class nonstop by the end of January! Wish me luck!

On another note.... I have a new outfit for Pure Barre! Beyond Yoga had a great sale during Black Friday and I ordered some sweet new leggings. They are so soft, and I swear I was more flexible wearing them! I am not crazy. If I believe it, it must be true. Right? Anyone??

Hope you had a nice Monday, teachers! The holiday break is right around the corner, we can make it! We are so much stronger than we think!

Friday, November 25, 2016

GIVEAWAY: $10 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers

Have you used resources from Teachers Pay Teachers? This fantastic online marketplace has been a lifesaver for me in the classroom. It allows teachers to buy other teacher-created products that have been proved and tested in the classroom. It has been so much more effective for me than using textbooks or worksheets slapped with a "Common Core" label that rarely even align with the standards.

I am having a giveaway for a $10 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers! Read below how to enter. This is a great opportunity to test out a few resources that you may have been eyeing, especially if you tend to only download the fabulous freebies on the website!

Want to win the $10 gift card? To enter, there are a few choices! You can "like" Glitter in Third on Facebook, follow Glitter in Third on Teachers Pay Teachers, and/or just shout out how you would use the gift card for your classroom in the comments section of this post. You can enter up to three times.

Feel free to email me at if you have questions concerning how to enter :-)

Winner will be announced and emailed on Monday, November 28th!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Ancient Egypt in the Classroom

One of my favorite things to teach in social studies are ancient civilizations! We start off our year with Ancient Egypt, since most of the kids have some background subject on the topic and therefore are very interested in it. Mummies, pyramids, King Tut - they love it all!

In third-grade in Virginia, we teach four ancient civilizations in third-grade (Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome).  Read below to learn more about some of the things that I use to teach the content to keep it informative and educational - yet boatloads of fun!

I teach the content using my products from my TPT store, Glitter in Third. The interactive notebook is differentiated, so this is my personal favorite. I love all the flips and folds - and so do the kids! However, all three products are an easy way to teach the content in a way that the kids love and have fun with.

All three products are very similar but in different formats. Do your kids love creating hands-on foldables? Check out the interactive notebook! Do you have a tiny block of time for social studies? The worksheets are right up your alley! Are you one of the lucky schools to be 1:1 technology? Definitely take a peek at the Google Drive/Google Classroom product.


  • Egyptian headdresses & collars
I found a template for the headdress and necklace online. It takes about an hour total for the kids to color and cut out. Assembly was tedious at first, but I had the first few kids that finished first be the "Experts" and helped me assemble other students' as well! These are the cutest things and the best for adorable class photo ops.

  • Making papyrus
    • The kids ADORE this project... which always leaves me confused because I personally find it rather disgusting and not very realistic. However, all you need is:
      • Brown paper towels
      • Cup of Elmers glue and water
      • Scissors
      • A plastic tray to eliminate a mess
The kids simply cut the brown paper towels into strips. The strips are dipped in the glue, then weaved together and assembled onto the tray! It shows them how the papyrus was weaved into paper by the Ancient Egyptians.

When the "papyrus" was dry (it takes about 2-3 days to dry), my kids used markers and Sharpies to draw hieroglyphics on it. My kids proclaimed this their favorite activity all year, so for whatever reason it is a big crowd-pleaser!

Here are some of my favorite read alouds! I love to incorporate the ancient civilization into every aspect of our curriculum. These are a great way to start off the unit to engage interest.
  • Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile by Tomie DePaola
  • Cat of Bubastes by G.A. Henty
  • Croco'nile by Roy Gerrard
  • I Am the Mummy Heb-Nefert by Eve Bunting
  • Pepi and the Secret Names by Jill Paton Walsh
  • The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo

Y'all. There are some great videos on Ancient Egypt that students love to watch! Check them out - perfect for a rowdy Friday :-)

Do you teach Ancient Egypt? What are some of your favorite activities?

Monday, November 7, 2016

Hot topics this week: Election Day! And of course Veterans Day on Friday. We have a high military population, so parents are coming into the classroom that are either veterans or active duty to talk about their job. It's one of my favorite things all year, so I'm very excited! I love the relationship of the classroom parents and our school, it is so neat to see these parents in the classroom.

I wanted to share some things that I am teaching this week, along with some of my resources that make teaching the concepts easy and fun! Feel free to take a peek. What are you teaching this week?




Social Studies


Can't wait to start Quarter 2 this week!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Veterans Day in the Classroom

Veterans Day is this Friday, November 11th. There are a lot of ways to infuse this holiday into the classroom, to celebrate our veterans and allow our children to learn more about the military. Most of my students are from military families, but this was not the case at a school that I previously taught at. Many kids do not know much about the men and women that fight everyday for our freedom. Veterans Day is a fantastic opportunity to share more about this. Keep reading below!

Celebrating with veterans
We have a high military family population at my school, so during morning meeting military parents come into the classroom in uniform to talk about their jobs. After the parents talk about their military career, kids get to ask questions. Teachers always go over appropriate questions with the kids beforehand so we try to minimize the inevitable question from certain kids "have you killed someone?". We have a spirit day as well, where all the kids dress in red, white, and blue. If your school is open to something like this, it is an incredible community builder that bridges together the kids and parents.

Bulletin board display
I made this display to welcome the veterans coming into our classroom. The turkey's feathers are made of red, white, and blue handprints from the kids. It's an easy display to make, but is also a good reminder for the week about the upcoming holiday!

Language Arts
I try to infuse military information into other content all week. I like using my Veterans Day interactive notebook activities from my TPT store all week in my classroom. There is a guide word dictionary search, as well as a verb or noun sort. Kids can practice those vital literacy and grammar skills while working with a military theme!

Social Studies
I use my social studies block to hit home regarding what Veterans Day is, and more about the military. Many kids often confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day, so I also give them the reminder that Memorial=May; NoVember=Veterans. We talk about how Veterans Day is about veterans that have fought for, or are still fighting, for our country, while Memorial Day celebrates those who passed that fought for our country.

In my state's standards, Veterans Day is in the curriculum for social studies. Even if it is not in your state, I still think taking the day to learn about it is absolutely worth it! We create flower fold-ups above, and a Veterans Day flipbook below. The kids love anything foldable or hands-on, so these are a hit in my classroom! We first do a read-aloud (ideas listed below!), then create one of the these pieces to assess and check our understanding of this important United States holiday.

Read Alouds

  • America's White Table by Margot Theis Raven
  • H is for Honor by Devin Scillian
  • Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion by Jane Barclay
  • Rags: Hero Dog of WWII by Margot Theis Raven
  • The Poppy Lady by Barbara Walsh
  • The Wall by Eve Bunting
  • Tuesday Tucks Me In by Luis Carlos
  • Veterans Day by Mir Tamim Ansary

If you have any extra time during the day, the following videos are great to explain Veterans Day to kids. These videos are short, and work out really well if you don't have much time to talk about Veterans Day!

If you're interested in my Veterans Day Interactive Notebook activities, check out the link below!

How do you celebrate Veterans Day in your classroom? Comment below!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What I Am Teaching This Week: Week of October 31

Hi, all! Halloween is over - wahoo! I thought Halloween on a Monday was tough, but that was nothing compared to Tuesday! We had a super fun Halloween celebration at school- I cannot get over these Rice Krispy Squares that my room parents made. Adorable- right?

I wanted to share some things that I am teaching this week, along with some of my resources that make teaching the concepts easy and fun! Feel free to take a peek. What are you teaching this week?




Social Studies


Fun week ahead as well roll toward the end of the quarter!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Halloween in the Classroom

Happy (almost) Halloween! Halloween brings mixed feelings in my classroom. I am an October baby - I was born to love Halloween! Every year my mother would throw me a Halloween birthday party, complete with costumes, scary scientists, and lots of spooky fun. However, in the classroom, Halloween can be a nightmare! The kids are off the wall excited about Halloween night...and are cranky, tired, and exhausted the following day. Yet I still love to celebrate Halloween in the end of October! Here's some fun ideas and activities below that are easily incorporated into the classroom.

Below is my bulletin board display for Halloween- "Batty about writing!" My kids have been working on the writing process, and we wrote spooky stories for October. My goodness- the kids were so engaged and excited about the stories! It is a great activity for those reluctant writers of ours. Plus, they make some darn cute wall decor!

My Halloween Interactive Notebook has some fun pieces that are great for reviewing essential concepts while adding some spooky fun. We are finishing our addition/subtraction unit this week, and these word problem flips will be fun for the kids. Word problems are twenty times more fun when holidays are involved.

We are also working on our homophones! These pocket sorts work on the infamous "their/there/they're" that so many kiddos struggle with. They add in Halloween themed sentences that allow the kids to pick the right "their/there/they're" in the blank! Fun!

This Wednesday my class will be doing a STEM activity that I love- engineering with Mallocreme Pumpkins! The kids adore the activity, and it's fun seeing them work in teams to build their towers. I'll post in a few days when we complete :-)

How do you celebrate Halloween in your classroom?