Sunday, September 25, 2011

Some Great Sites That Will Help You Find Books On Your Child's Reading Level:

Sometimes you may not know which books to choose for your child. 
These sites will give you leveled book lists that make finding an appropriate leveled book much easier. 
You can also introduce new authors and new series to your child:
(special thanks to Ms. Martin for sharing )
I was so HAPPY to get "DynaMath" for 3-1 this year! (thanks Ms.Kim) It is full of interesting & engaging puzzles and word problems. They especially love the High-Interest Content where scholastic features pop-culture making math more exciting than ever.
Some things DynaMath Offers:
  • Numbers in the News and Get Real features focus on practical uses for math which help students relate abstract concepts to their everyday life.

  • Basic Skills Practice Problems follow every feature in the magazine to reinforce skills and assess students' abilities.

  • High-Interest Content on celebrities, sports, new movies, and pop culture make math exciting and accessible to even the most reluctant learners.

  • "Problem Solved" activities instruct students in how to use various critical problem-solving strategies.  From comics to crossword puzzles, Dynamath ensures no matter what a student's learning style, he or she will be able to grasp important math concepts.

  • Standardized Test Preparation is a snap with our issue skills review quiz at the end of every issue. These multiple-choice assessments imitate the types of problems students will see on important tests.

  • Math on the Job is another inspiring feature that shows students how math is used in the most unexpected jobs, from basketball player to animator.

  • Teacher's Editions include warm-up and extension activities, lesson plans and objectives, valuable strategies for extension activities, and more.

  • Friday, September 23, 2011

    Barnes and Noble story-time!

    While I was browsing round looking for a good
                  read a loud..
     I found something a lil' bit amazing
          @ Barnes and
           they have online story time
           this link-is- AWESOME..
    They have popular children's stories
     read by authors & famous celebrities (like Rachel Ray) LOL
     You have to Check out:
    I just listened to Eric Carle read the Hungry Caterpillar! 

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    These Web Sites will really get your 3rd grader to focus on letter combinations, and problem solving skills! ( I enjoyed it too...)
    These three interactive word games from the Merriam-Webster website are great supplemental resources for the SMART Board classroom.AlphabotThe first game called Alpha-bot has a unique and very engaging method for spelling words. To play, students touch on the "Audio" button to hear the word. They then have to move rows and columns to spell out the word. The game has three levelsBigbot and can be zoomed to fill the screen.
    The next game is called BIGbot and it challenges students to find the antonym or synonym for different words.  If they get the correct answer, they can launch the word inJumblekids
    the BIGbot mouth. It doesn't really do anything more than that but it's fun for the kids.
    The last game is Jumble for Kids. The game works great on the SMART Board and can be used as a fun lesson starter. The game has 10-12 Jumbles to choose from and it appears they have a new Jumble each week.
    Please share these fun games with your fellow teachers and let parents know about them as well.
    Sharing Is Caring!

    Egyptian Hieroglyphics

    Ms Montalbano found a great website that I'd like to share with you..
     Soon 3rd grade will start  exploring communities around the world! One place we will stop is EGYPT! I've noticed in the past that children love to learn how to write with HIEROGLYPHICS, this site is so cool.  
    Egyptian Hieroglyphic typewriter!
    Little things like this really do make me happy! LOL 
     let your child try writing their name using this
    Hieroglyphics  tool!

    You can also check out the Brooklyn Museum 
    (located at 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052)
    and book a trip to view the Art in Ancient Egypt gallery
    I go every year and the students love to see mummy section!
    Egyptian Cartonnage
    Art in Ancient Egypt
    Investigate visual imagery on funerary objects to learn about ancient Egyptian daily life, burial customs, and the use of signs and symbols as a form of communication.


    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    order your scholastic books online!

     We have been working on creating a ROCKING READING workshop in our classroom! One thing that your child loves about our library is the amount of good, interesting & engaging books we have.
     To encourage students to read at home, I've made our book orders available online at all times through the Scholastic website!  Parent orders online offer more benefits for our classroom too!  For every parent order submitted online, our classroom earns a book AND bonus points that can be used for student supplies, books, and much more!   
    Here's how it works:
    • SIGN UP at On the parent page, click the "Don't have a User Name and Password?" link, then register for your own username and password. When prompted, enter the one-time Class Activation Code HPF8Y
    • This code ensures that your order is sent to me.
    • SELECT the books you'd like to order from over 500 titles available online...and take advantage of online-only specials and discounts.
    • SEND your order to me online by the due date.
    • Books will be delivered directly to our classroom, as always.
    • Remember  the CODE is... - HPF8Y

    thank you parents

    An Apple for the teacher
    is really nothing new!
    Always remember parents
    are teachers too..

    Thank You all of my amazing
    parents for spending time with
    me today!

    Thursday, September 1, 2011