Money Math Center Activity

April 5, 2007 at 3:19 pm | Posted in elementary, free resources, games, schools, third grade | Leave a comment

Here is a money math center activity that I’ve used in my class. It is fun, almost “real world”, and because we use Open Court Reading 2002 in our third grade class, connects our literacy unit with math.

Money Math Center Activity

A small group of student can do the activity at the same time.


  • A catalogue
  • A folder with directions
  • A calculator
  • Paper and pencils

Money Math Center with students working
The Directions:

  1. Look at the toy magazine
  2. List the item that you would like to buy, along with the price
  3. Add up the prices
  4. You have a $500 limit
  5. Have fun!

Updated Reading/Writing Homework

April 5, 2007 at 12:26 am | Posted in elementary, free resources, homework, school, teachers, third grade, writing | Leave a comment

Updated Reading/Writing Homework

Originally uploaded by cityteacher.

I made some minor changes and am happier with the homework. This is what my students will use for the next few months.

Reading and Writing Homework

April 4, 2007 at 6:24 am | Posted in elementary, free resources, homework, school, teachers, technology in education, third grade, writing | Leave a comment


Originally uploaded by cityteacher.

This is my first attempt to use Publisher to create a document for school. What do you think? I think it can get fancier of course, but hey, it is my first attempt!

I use the exact same reading/writing homework assignment every day because I believe my students do better when they know what to expect. The homework varies because they read different books every night. I switch out the homework every few months or so and use a different graphic organizer.

If anyone is interested, I’ll continue to post the different versions of the reading and writing homework assignments as I create them.

New Crayola Twistables for my students

March 21, 2007 at 11:04 pm | Posted in education, free resources, teachers | Leave a comment


Crayola sent me a bag of 30 of the new crayola twistable colored pencils for free, probably as a way to brand my students. I learned about the giveaway through an e-mail they sent out. If you haven’t done so, sign onto their newsletter so you can grab goodies like this.

Crayola Twistables

I hardly care what crayola’s marketing objectives are. I got 30 colored pencils to give out to my students. We used them to grade each others work today and then I sent them home with the kids. The kids were so excited!

“You’re the best!”
“These are the coolest!”
“I’m going to draw you a picture!”

We work so hard every single day. They deserve so much! It’s nice to give them something interesting and frivolous every once in awhile. – free resources for the classroom

March 21, 2007 at 2:10 am | Posted in free resources, teachers, whining | Leave a comment

For the last year, I’ve been getting free stuff from, a website that connects donors to specific projects that teachers wish to fulfill. I’ve gotten a photo printer and a digital camera, I’ve gotten a Xyron sticker maker, 20 hard-bound journals, and several Quantum Leapfrog Leappad (expensive stuff). They were all mine for the taking!

I’ve been trying to get the teachers at my school to visit donorschoose and request anything they want. Only one teacher have taken me up on my offer and is now getting a photoprinter.

What really does it take to get free resources from A half hour of your time typing up a short paragraph.

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