Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Is it just me or is the start of this new year flying by already?? I feel like the older I get, the quicker the year goes by. We've only been back in school for about 10 days but we sure are flying by with our curriculum!! It's almost that time of year for state testing, which means all third grade classes at my school double on math. We've been doing this for the past three years I've been at this school (and they've done it years before as well) in order to get the kids ready for state testing. We cover so much material in this third quarter, it's CRAZY! In only the 10 days we've been back, we've already covered multiplying 2-digit numbers by 1 using both distributive property and standard algorithm, elapsed time, transformations, and congruent similar shapes. 

I must say that I am SO PROUD of my kids. They have totally got their elapsed time problems down to a T. This has always been such a difficult skill for my kiddos..we normally teach this in quarter 1. I have no idea why?? This year, I told myself that I would wait because in quarter 1 I'm torturing myself as well as my students. I waited and it has made all the difference. It is amazing at how well they grasped this concept since their mathematical minds have matured over the course of this school year. We took our assessments today and almost all of the students got MP's! Yay!!

Last but not least, I wanted to share a foldable that we made to help the kids with transformations. 

I got my inspiration from Cierra and Shannon at Fabulous Fourth Grade
If you aren't already a subscriber to their blog you really need to head over there!! They have a ton of awesome resources..not to mention (the post that I linked) has a billion foldable ideas that are so great!! Awesome visuals ladies :) 

Used a brad so students can physically turn their shape

Have a great rest of the week!!


  1. Wow, I'd never seen these before!! I can use this idea, thank you!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  2. Thanks for your foldable for transformations. You might be interested to know that rotations rotate counterclockwise, not clockwise like your foldable indicates. Think about the quadrants on a coordinate grid and how they are named (counterclockwise from upper left) and this might help you remember that rotations turn counterclockwise as well.