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February 10, 2013

Measurement, Jeeps, & Animals...OH MY!

Is everyone ready for one CRAZY week?!? Y'all do remember that Valentine's Day is Thursday...right?!? Well, don't be too jealous when I say that I get Friday off! Yes, that's right! I won't have to face what teachers refer to as the..."Holy Sugar High". In fact, I will be spending Friday-Sunday in New York City! I hope y'all still love me after all of that. If it makes you feel better, I will say an *extra* special prayer for all of my teacher friends who will be in school on Friday! :) Moving on before you guys start throwing tomatoes at me...

Last week, we finished up learning about capacity. Check out our football gallon men...




The kids (including my sweet girls) loved this activity. We played with a little "Gatorade" {colored water} to help us grasp the whole idea of capacity. I made a mess as usual. :) After  our little experiment, the kids created their gallon men. Tomorrow, they will use these cuties for our Gatorade Gallon Challenge! 

We have also been adding to our measurement playbooks: 


My boys think these are fabulous! They even wrote Coach ________ for their name. Thanks to football...we are all about some measurement right now! 

Here is a look at the inside of our "top secret" playbook! 



I used a folder to create each playbook. Then, we are adding a section for each type of measurement that we study. This is a great way to practice note taking and is a perfect reference during measurement practice and activities. This is something we will keep on hand for science experiments as well. 

So...what are we doing *this* week {along with Valentine's Day}? Why...going on Safari, of course! We just finished up our study of the Revolutionary War and are moving into our science unit for this nine weeks. Let me tell you...science comes as a welcomed break from social studies. We adore SC History...don't get me wrong! BUT...that is a crazy amount of material to learn! Hopefully this little hiatus will allow them to process all of the information that we just learned! I am convinced that they are WAY smarter than I ever thought about being in the 3rd grade! 

This week, as we take off on Safari, we will be learning about animals around our world! Check out our Jeeps that we will be traveling in. My husband is super jealous! He has been *dying* for a jeep! However, his comes with a much bigger price tag! :) 


This year, I worked smarter instead of harder and used material for our extra large jeeps. That worked like a charm...saved me tons of time...and is reusable for later! 


I also have a few desks in my room. I used bulletin board paper to create these jeeps. Let's just say that the kid's will be super pumped in the morning! 

During our animal study, we will be using many of the resources found in my On Safari Unit. You can check out some activities from last year's animal study {HERE} or {HERE} 

If you would like to check out my unit at TPT, click on the pictures below! This unit includes lots of great ideas for engaging lessons, projects, and experiments!  





Hope y'all are having a wonderful weekend and are excited and ready for the new week ahead! 

Happy Sunday! 

19 comments:

  1. Very cute!! Your students are going to looove the jeeps!! Have a great week!

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  2. I Just bought your On Safari unit during the Super Sunday sale last week. I cannot WAIT to start using it in my animal unit next month. What a fantastic resource. Thank you!
    Colleen
    Fun and Fearless in First

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  3. I own this unit and it is awesome! The jeeps are amazing! So creative :)
    Maribel
    Learning In Wonderland

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  4. Shut tha front door!!!! Those jeeps are insanely precious!!!!

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  5. Your whole blog post just made me smile!!!! I loved reading about NYC to seeing the playbooks to seeing the cutest jeeps in a classroom! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!

    Bridget
    Literacy Without Worksheets

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  6. Love your Gallon Men and your Measurement playbook! I am SO looking forward to when we go CC next year and capacity is no longer a second grade skill! That is SO hard for them to wrap their little heads around.

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons
    applesbooksandcrayons@gmail.com

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  7. Such great ideas! I don't know where to start! I love how you do the measurement playbook! It keeps everything together in one spot!
    Amy
    3 Teacher Chicks

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  8. Simply Perfect! Love the material, it makes the tables look like real jeeps!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized
    amyhowbert1@gmail.com

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  9. Love the jeeps!! Looks like it's going to be a super fun week!

    Molly

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  10. I LOVE the measurement playbooks! Are they available on TpT? (I looked, but didn't find them in my searching.) I'd love to have one for my 4th graders. Measurement is such a tough topic for them!

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  11. I AM INTERESTED IN YOUR MEASUREMENT STUFF. ESPECIALLY FOOTBALL GALLON MAN. PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I CAN FIND THE PATTERNS.

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  12. Are you selling the measurement playbook on your TPT site? I see that another teacher asked also? If they are not yours can you share where you got them. We ALL love the idea. :)

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  13. TOO Precious!!!! Love those playbooks!

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  14. I love your jeep idea! It looks like your students are doing some awesome learning in your classroom! Such great ideas.
    Laura
    Enchanting Elementary

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