Soda Pop Head: Taming Tempers {A FREEBIE!}

I think we've all had students who needed strategies for calming down when they get upset. One of my tested and true ways to address social skills with my students is in our morning meeting. No matter what kind of mood we all arrive in, we leave our meeting with a smile. It is the perfect way to start our day. On Mondays when our regular schedule is off-track due to an early library visit,  I extend our meeting with a read-aloud or an activity.

One of my favorite ways to "extend" our time together is with one of Julia Cook's books. Today, I'm joining Laura Candler at Corkboard Connections to share a few ways I've been able to use Julia's books in our morning meetings.

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So far this year, we've used My Mouth is a Volcano, The Worst Day of My Life Ever, and my new, all-time Julia Cook favorite...

This year, I have not 1, not 2, but THREE kiddos who get a bit explosive animated when they get angry. After about 2 weeks of talking about being proactive until I was blue in the face, I started looking for books and activities that addressed ways to help kids cope with their anger. Because here's the thing:

Everybody gets angry. Our kids are going to be angry. And it's OK. We have to let them know it's how they deal with their anger that makes all the difference.

I'm not saying this book cured all of our anger issues - that would be totally unreasonable. :) But, it did open the door in a comfortable way for us to talk about dealing with anger at school. And I DID see some lightbulbs "click" when I read through it. Soda Pop Head has also made it's way into several book totes so far this year.

I can't leave you without letting you know about the activities I "fancied up" before sharing them with you as a FREEBIE! Click on the picture below to grab your copy!


My kids love using story sorts in our morning meetings. They create such good discussions, and I wrote these based on a few common "complaints" I've heard and seen over the last couple of months. :) I've also included a couple of writing responses your kids can use to think a little more about how they can handle their anger in the future.

I hope this finds you looking forward to your Thanksgiving break! Make sure you click through to the links below to check out all of the other ways my blogger buddies are using Julia Cook's incredible books!

Celebrating All Things NEW! (A Giveaway with The Teacher Studio!)

Hey there, Bookworms!

Today I'm celebrating my with my sweet friend Meg at The Teacher Studio!

She recently had a blog makeover, revamped her name, and hit a major milestone at Teachers Pay Teachers! There are SO many fabulous resources in her store and on her blog!

Several of us have teamed up to donate over $600 in prizes to a few lucky winners over the next few days! You can win $10 to spend in my TpT store by entering Meg's giveaway. (YES! That's in addition to the giveaway I have going on here at Third Grade Bookworm!!)

As it so happens, I have a couple of "all new" things of my own that you might want to know about it if YOU are the lucky winner!


Both of these are on sale for half price through tonight until I wake up and remember tomorrow morning! :) 
Make sure you join the party today over at The Teacher Studio today to celebrate Meg and her brand new blog!

Favorite November Read Alouds: The Ugly Pumpkin!

I'm linking up with the amazing Jen at The Teacher's Cauldron to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving books with you!


I love to find books that will give my kids and I a good giggle, and 2 of my all-time favorite laugh-out-loud funny books are in my Thanksgiving tub!

Oh my goodness. 
Seriously. These books are must-reads in our classroom every year. 

Sometimes I'm pretty sure I think the books are funnier than the kids do, but eventually they start to see things my way. ;-)

We've been working with The Ugly Pumpkin all week long! You can check out this post to see how I've used it in the past.

Last week, we started using my new unit to dig a little deeper!

After a looking at character traits for a couple of weeks, my kids were starting to confuse a character's actions with their traits. We stopped and spent a day on just the character's actions. Then we built on the character's motivation, and on the 3rd day we added character traits back in. It was magical!



They also did really well with a retelling prompt response I left with my sub last Thursday. There are some interactive notebook resources that mimic the long response page that I would've liked to use, but with DRAs coming up again I thought it would be better for them to practice this way. :) 

My kids will continue to work on it this week as well. I LOVE that I can use this book all month long! 

I've marked it down half price until Tuesday night. If you like what you see, make sure you grab it! :)

Don't forget to check out the other posts on favorite Thanksgiving read-alouds at The Teacher's Cauldron!

Don't forget about the 3rd and 4th grade amazing Educents deal going on right now too!



Language Arts Lollapalooza!

Hi peeps! I'm back with a freebie and a revamped Synonym and Antonym pack for you! 

This unit went through the "makeover" process recently and my team has loved using it!


There are several new resources you can use in your interactive notebooks, including this Adding Antonyms flapbook! Many of the printables (including this one!) in this pack are differentiated so that your students can work on the same task at different levels!

You can even get a sample of the pack by downloading this free Synonym and Antonym song through Dropbox. We sing a LOT in Room 3. I love to sing and I tell my kids at the beginning of the year, "You may not like to sing now, but by the end of the year you're going to really love it or really hate it because we do it all the time!" :) 

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Hold up! Don't leave yet!!

While you're here, why not enter my Rafflecopter for ANY one item from my store?! All you have to do is follow me, shout out the giveaway on Facebook, or pin anything on my blog! Seriously!! It's that easy! :) 

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Are You on Love Note Overload?

Do you have a gajillion drawings, letters, and love notes from your students?

Did you get caught throwing it away recycling filing it?

My brilliant teaching partner, M, came up with the BEST IDEA EVER for keeping all of those lovely pages without cluttering up our classrooms or hurting anyone's feelings.

Meet the Team Sparter Book of Happy Thoughts.

That's right.

Let the cheesiness sink in.

But admit it. It's brilliant.

The dog's name is Candy. The artist is Jesse. You know, just in case you were wondering.
All you need is a view binder and a cute cover page! Then you can admire the artwork, slip it into the binder, and put it on display for all of your kiddos to ooh and aah over.

It's a pretty good mood booster when you're having a rotten day as well. :)
Our minions love it. They pore over it in the morning after they finish their morning work. They love to flip through it in the afternoons while we are waiting on buses to arrive.

I love no more hurty feelings. I can wait until the end of the year to recycle file everything.

Just in case you want to use this same brilliant idea, I'm sharing my cover with you! I even embedded the font so you can type out your name at the top. :) Just grab it from Dropbox to use it in your room!

Credit: Ashley Hughes, From the Pond, KG Fonts, and Jen Jones

Happy Wednesday!