Are You Ready For A Giveaway??

I am really excited to share that We Read, We Blog, We Teach will be up and running again this summer!

We Read, We Blog, We Teach

We will take a look at one of my favorite Reader's Workshop resources - The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller.

I know that we looked at this a couple of summers ago, but I have some brand spankin' new ideas floating around in my head and I cannot wait to share them with you. This will be a great way for you to connect with other teacher-bloggers as we explore how to apply Donalyn's ideas in our upper elementary classrooms. 
We'll kick off our study in mid-June, so in celebration I wanted to give away a copy to one of my fabulous followers!
Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter. There are three ways to win!
1. "Like" Third Grade Bookworm on Facebook
2.  Leave a comment below telling me about your favorite resource for teaching Reader's Workshop! 
3. Follow me on Pinterest!

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This contest ends on May 31st, so enter quickly! :)  I'll be back later this week with some new goodies, the winners, and hopefully a freebie or two as well! :)

Wordless Wednesday: Loved. And Laughing.

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Fabulous Feedback (A Teacher Appreciation SALE Linky!)

I am linking up with my sweet friend Christina for a Fabulous Feedback linky party. We're celebrating some of our favorite products and "bucket-filling" feedback to kick off the Teacher Appreciation Sale that starts TOMORROW! There's even a TWIST if you spot your own feedback!

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Kudos to the super-talented Beth at Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs for creating our super cute sale graphic! If you are a clip art hoarder collector like me, you definitely need to check out her shop! :)

Let's get started!

First up, Getting Creative with Common and Proper Nouns!

I don't know what it is about grammar, but I love to teach it. Most of it. I decided this year that subordinating conjunctions can take a hike. :) But common and proper nouns? LOVE! I think my favorite part of this packet was the poem I wrote for it. My kids get such a kick out of seeing my name at the bottom of our weekly poems from time to time. I get a kick out of letting them think I'm famous. :)

This WILL...
  • Save you prep time!
  • Make grammar FUN for your students!
  • Help you find different ways to reach your students so they can develop mastery with common and proper nouns.
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Next up is my Apply the Adjective collection! I honestly didn't know how this would transfer to other classrooms when I started posting them. I am so glad they are a hit! My kids have been HOUNDING me for a summer/end of the year version and I've finally been able to put one together. I'm so excited to pull it out for them during our remediation stations on Thursday!

I'm also working on versions for Back to School, Fall, Halloween, November, and December! These will be so much fun to use all year long - I know my kids will at least know the difference between a noun and an adjective! HA!

Click to see the latest edition!
Last, but not least, I've dipped my toes into the math waters and guess what... I didn't melt!

I love creating materials that meet the needs of all of my kiddos. This game has definitely been a success! In the mornings lately, we've been alternating math and ELA games for our kids to practice. Pencil and paper morning work doesn't mesh with our remediation schedule - more on that later this week. The kids LOVE this, and I'm excited to tell you that I have an addition version in the works as well for the fall. Hooray!!

Now for the TWIST!

If you spotted your own fabulous feedback in one of these pictures, please email me at thirdgradebookworm@gmail.com with the following:
  • your TpT username
  • the date you PURCHASED the product where I highlighted YOUR feedback!
Just give me those 2 simple things and I will give YOU any item from my store! You ROCK! 

Make sure you click over to Christina's blog and through the links below to check out more fabulous feedback and to get your wishlists ready! I know I'm doing the same! :) 

It's CURRENTLY Five for Friday time!


I am a crafty lady!

I get to do 2 things I love in the same post!


Here's my (very late) Currently...

1 = Listening

Tonight, I'm listening to Grey's Anatomy. I am finally all caught up, and I can say is... Alex Kerev is going to kick some @$$!!!!!! I am so excited and depressed about next week's episode all at the same time. I can't wait to see what happens, but I hate season finales!

2 = Loving

I have nothing but love for my sweet blogger buddies and everyone who donated, tweeted, posted, and gave shout-outs on Facebook for A Place for Peace. Thanks to you, Ruby's parents WILL be able to purchase a headstone for her.

You all not only met our $3,500 goal, you exceeded it! When I met with Ruby's mama this week, there were lots of tears. The reality of what she has shared with me really hit home this week. There were entire days she allowed me to have with Ruby that she will never get back. My sweetest memories were hours and days lost with her little girl. It overwhelms me to think of how much she trusted me with Ruby, who was also an only child. 

When I showed her the PayPal balance, we both cried. Not only will Ruby have a headstone, but we will be able to help them pay several bills and fix some things around their house, which was recently broken into. 

Our blogging community is incredible. We rally together to care for our students and each other when any need arises. For me, it is also evidence that God can move mountains when we need Him to. Just in the last week, my blogger buddies have been able to raise money for the Boston Marathon victims, the West, Texas teaching community, students whose families are affected by cancer, and Ruby's place for peace. Your generosity is astounding and I have been singing His praises all week. 

Thank you. 

 3 = Thinking

Need I say more? 14 days of school left! 1 awesome field trip, 1 field day, and 2 half days at the end... That really leaves 11 "real" school days. Right? :) 

4 = Wanting

I need new floors so badly. Being a cat-mama of 4 means that carpet is just not an option. But it also means I get to do some shopping!!
Crazy Cat Bookworm Lady, courtesy of The Library Fox!
Don't you just want to laugh out loud? That is me! With my furry brood! If you want a mini-me, click on over to Crystal's blog! She also drew a "cat-free" version for me in case I'm feeling formal. :)

5 = Needing

I need a mani-pedi. Badly. I'm thinking I might go for some fun summer nail art. This looks so fun! What do you think?

Finally, my summer bucket list!

1. I am really looking forward to getting into an actual gym routine. I'm hoping to run a 5K in the fall, since my spring goal is still waiting to get started. Sads-ville. 

2. I am setting a goal for a book (or more!) each week this summer. Would anyone be interested in joining up for a weekly linky? I'm not expecting everyone to commit to a book a week - but it would be nice to know I wouldn't be lonely!! :)

3. Don't you love traveling with good girlfriends? I am determined to get away with some of my favorite peeps for a few days this summer. I'm a pretty lucky girl. I get to go to work with my best friends every day - and we're not sick of each other... yet! :)

I can't close this post without thanking you all again. You are wonderful, incredible, and generous people. Ruby's parents are even more grateful. Thank you a million times over.


End of the Year FREEBIE!

We only have about 2 weeks left with our kids, and I am having a hard time deciding whether or not I'm excited or sad! This has been a crazy year, but I have grown so much with these kiddos. I am really going to miss their goofy faces every morning. :)

As part of our end of the year festivities, I like to have the kids write a reflection of their "favorites" from third grade. I think next year, I'll start the year with this activity as well so they can compare their answers!

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I hope this will be something your kids will enjoy! I've included templates for 1st-5th grade. If there's a grade level you'd like to see me add to the pack, email me at thirdgradebookworm@gmail.com and I'd be more than happy to add it!

What are some of your end of the year traditions?