Stephanie {3rd Grade Thoughts}

Hi everyone! Can I even begin to tell you how excited I am about this new adventure on Owl-ways Be Inspired? I hope you've enjoyed getting to know us and I am happy to be here today to tell you a bit about me.

My name is Stephanie and I blog all about my classroom at 3rd Grade Thoughts. I am an Ohio State grad (Go Buckeyes!) and received my Masters from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. I then picked up and moved out west to Colorado, where I have taught both fifth and third grade for the past nine years-- where did that time go?

My heart definitely lies in third grade-- it was my most favorite grade growing up and I just lovelovelove the kids and the progress they make during our year together!! Every year it is such a special gift to be able to watch them transition into independent learners and cohesive group members-- it gets harder and harder to watch them move up to fourth!

Outside of school, I stay pretty busy with my husband of five years and our sweet two-year-old daughter. She keeps us on our toes and I am getting pretty good at singing all of the Disney princess songs ;) We also have a big, sweet chocolate lab who will always be our first "baby". We love to travel, cook, and play as a family and love these beautiful summer nights near the mountains.

Some of my most favorite things include the color teal, anything chevron, Target, dangly earrings, lavender lotion, restaurants, TJ Maxx, Mr. Scentsy markers, maxi skirts, Burt's Bees, coffee!, new shoes, big watches, people-watching, and quotes :)

If follow my blog, you know that I love teaching in small groups whenever possible. Daily 5, Math Rotations and Writing Groups are my favorite parts of the day! I love how these small groups build independence, practice a ton of strategies, develop student responsibility, and allow me to get to know the kiddos on a much more personal level. We use centers quite a bit in our room and I wanted to share two (a math and a literacy center) with you today.

My freebie is a Back to School-themed center that includes making words and ways to write a number. Check it out HERE or by clicking the picture below.


Thanks so much for hanging out with me this morning and be sure to stop by my blog, 3rd Grade Thoughts for lots more ideas and ramblings :)



26 comments

  1. Thanks for the amazing freebie - it is so cute, can't wait to use it (actually I can because then my summer isn't ending!!).

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    1. Thanks so much and I know what you mean- this summer is going by way too fast! Enjoy :) :)

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  2. LOVE this! Thanks for sharing - I use BOGGLE through out the year with my class and this is a great way to introduce it and add in the math too =)

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    1. I'm so glad! Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy :) :)

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  3. Stephanie,

    I've been a follower of yours for awhile and love all of your stuff. I didn't realize that you went to TC! I taught in NYC after college and did some PD there and loved it!! Thanks for the freebie, keep up the great work!

    Kerry

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    1. Thanks so much, Kerry! I *loved* NYC, it was such a wonderful city and I still miss it :) Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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  4. Thanks for the Freebie! It's very cute and a great way to start teaching centers this year!

    Kathy
    KS and her Kids

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  5. Wonderful freebie!! Thank you :)

    I found your blog through 3rd grade thoughts - sure glad I did! I am your newest follower :)

    Rae
    Mindful Rambles

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  6. super cute...thanks for the freebie!
    be well
    ivett

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  7. Hi Stephanie!

    I am a second grade teacher from Columbus, Ohio (also a former Buckeye) OH-! I love your blog and have nominated it for the Liebster Award! You can check out my blog here http://sparklingsecond.blogspot.com/

    :)

    -Ashley

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  8. Stephanie,

    Thanks for the freebie, I can't wait to use it this year! I'm always looking for new worksheets for place value.

    Danielle
    Busy Little Brainiacs

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  9. Thank you for the freebie -- My second graders always need another way to practice value!!

    Bobbi
    Bitty Bilinguals

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  10. This is an awesome freebie!! Thank you so much and I cannot wait to read more of all the posts on this new blog! Love it!

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  11. Go Bucks! I am an Ohio State alumni, too! Can't wait for football season! My son starts at Texas A & M in the fall and we are hoping for an Ohio State vs. A & M National Championship at the Rose Bowl! That's the only way we could possibly get tickets!

    Diane
    www.teachingwithmoxie.blogspot.com

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  12. A great way to open discussion on what is word work. Thanks

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  13. Thanks so much for the freebie. Can't wait to use them with my students in just a few weeks.
    Just found this blog & I've seen so many great ideas!

    Chris

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  14. Just found your blog and I'm now following another great lover of The Ohio State Buckeyes!!! Go Bucks!!

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  15. Thanks for the great freebie! Your stuff is awesome and I am using your blog to guide my first year in 3rd grade so thank you, thank you, thank you! This is probably a stupid question, but what do you put on the "explanded form" section of the worksheet? Thanks again!!! Katie

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