April 2012 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

3rd Grade Common Core Math Warm Ups

Warning!  This is a product post. I finally finished my 3rd grade Common Core Math Warm Up for the full year!  Yippeee!  I kept putting it off because it takes so long and I wanted to get some other products created.  I’m happy to say this one is D-O-N-E done!  I was also able to get every.single.standard in there on at least a couple pages.  I uploaded it to TpT yesterday and TN today.  If

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4 Corners Review

One of my favorite ways to review a skill is to use the 4 Corners strategy.  I like it because it gets the kids up and moving.  I also like it because your kids can hide within the pack if they aren’t so certain about an answer.  Here’s how it works. First, you label the four corners of your room.  With review, I use multiple choice options a, b, c, d. Second, you ask the

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Kindergarten Lifestyle

Hi!  I’m not here today.  The marvelous Jeannie at Kindergarten Lifestyle invited me over to her blog.  Head on over to check it out.  I’m talking about math and there’s an addition within 20 freebie for you!

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Blogger Exchange Woohoo Wednesday

For this edition of Woo Hoo Wednesday, I’m sharing with you a fun Pinterest inspired Blogger exchange I participated in over the last few weeks.  It was a lot of fun and was something different to do during my free time. Yesterday, I got my gift from the sweet Elisabeth at Tales of an Elementary Teacher.  That girl is way craftier than I am, let me tell you.  The wreath she got me is super

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Craftivity and Writing

I’m starting to think and plan for the end of the year.  It’s crazy to me how different school years are across the country- and even crazier how different they are within the same state!  In my area, we go through early June.  I know some people have less than a month left!  That’s just downright crazy to me! I created this space themed craftivity to reach those boys who sometimes get overlooked by other

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Hi! I'm Tessa!

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I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, and working beside elementary classrooms as an instructional coach and resource support. I’m passionate about math, literacy, and finding ways to make teachers’ days easier. I share from my experiences both in and out of the elementary classroom.




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