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Teaching Inference with Feelings

Teach inferential thinking using feelings to introduce your students to inferring in the text.

I'm excited to share one of my fave reading lessons today over on the All About 3rd Grade blog.  (My other favorite lesson is the Great Garbage Mystery!) Using feelings to teach inferring is one of my favorite lessons from Strategies That Work that I used year after year to introduce inferential thinking to my students.  I love that you explore different feelings and show students how you infer and use inferential thinking in everyday life.  Click here to read all about it!


My Favorite Winter Holiday Books With a Message

I'm sharing some of my favorite winter holiday read alouds with a message over on All About 3rd Grade!  Head on over to take a look!



Donut Math: A Fun and Easy Way to Practice Multiplication Facts

Hi everyone!  Today I'm sharing a fun math game I liked to use in my classroom to quickly practice multiplication facts everyday.  Shortly after I started teaching 3rd grade my coworker told me about this and we call it Donut Math.  Go read all about it on All About 3rd Grade!

Donut math is such a fun, interactive and easy game for your kids to practice their multiplication facts!


Donut math is such a fun, interactive and easy game for your kids to practice their multiplication facts!

I really hope this is something you can use in your class!  Happy Thanksgiving!


Celebrating Day of the Dead in Your Classroom {Making an Altar}

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to be telling you a little about how I have celebrated Day of the Dead in my classroom in the past. Don't be afraid of el Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead)- this is a happy holiday!

In years past, during our report writing genre I chose to study the country of Mexico. My class learned so much about the country to become experts for their reports. One aspect we studied and really enjoyed were the holidays, particularly Day of the Dead. This unique holiday (celebrated November 1 &2) is a celebration to honor and remember people's friends and loved ones who have died. There are many wonderful traditions and symbols of the holiday that I think your students would really dig! One of those traditions is creating an altar to honor the loved ones of your students who have passed. Offerings (ofrendas) are laid out on the altars for the dead.

Create an altar in your classroom to honor loved ones who have died and celebrate Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos)!
Create a simple altar in your classroom.  You can use a table top or desk exclusively for the altar.  Use crates (like the ones you find at Walmart for files folders) if you want to make your altar 2 tiers. Drape the table and crates with a tablecloth.  Have your students bring in photos of deceased loved ones to place on the altar.  

You can include:
  • photos
  • marigolds
  • paper flowers
  • sugar skull deocrations
  • traditional foods (pan de muerto)
  • favorite foods of deceased loved ones
  • water
  • favorite items of the deceased
  • papel picado
  • candles (electric!)
The year we made an altar in my classroom the students really enjoyed it.  I built my in front of a bulletin board so we could also attach photos and decorations to the board around the alter.

Create an altar in your classroom to honor loved ones who have died and celebrate Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos)!

I'm just a *little* bit interested in Day of the Dead, so I have a few other resources in my store if you are looking for some more ideas to intrigue your students.



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