Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Best Classroom Management Freebies!

Hey guys.  Sorry I've been missing around here for the last week.  I've been super busy. Early this week I traveled to Louisville for our Ky blogger meet up.  I had a blast meeting such great fellow bloggers.  Can't wait to meet up with them again!  After returning home, I headed out of town again to celebrate a family birthday. What a busy, but wonderful week!

First, I'll share with you a photo from our Ky blogger meet up and then I've got some great classroom management freebies for you.  I think these might help give you a jump start on this upcoming school year!

Classroom Management Freebies:

I hope you find these resources helpful as you begin to think about how you plan to map out your school year!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Back to School Fun with Curls and a Smile

Hi! My name is Lynda and you can usually find me on Curls and a Smile!
I am so excited to be quest blogging for Chelsea. It has been a great summer but my thoughts have already drifted to the wonderful new school year ahead. The beginning of the year is always such an exciting time and getting to know your students is essential to an AWESOME school year!
I just loved all the fabulous resources that Chelsea mentioned in her previous post and it inspired me to create a special little something for the first day of school!
I love playing "Get to Know You" games! They are so fun and I adore finding out more about each one of my kiddos. I am working on a new resource for my kiddos with a variety of activities for the beginning of the year. One activity that is a fabulous tool for writing as well is a brainstorming map all about them!

 This can be used to get students thinking about themselves and used in conversation with their table mates or classmates. It can also be used to start a writing activity about themselves to share with the class. The writing activity could be as flexible as 5 sentences to 5 paragraphs!
It's all how you chose to use it!
I have created  4 maps for you! All you have to do is click here!
Hope you have a wonderful school year!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The best of Back To School FREEBIES!

Hello everyone.  I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing weekend.  As we move closer to Back to School time 2013, I have started thinking about what kind of activities I wanted to use in my classroom this year.  I have scoured TpT for some ideas and resources.  Then I had a thought - why not write a post about the best FREE resources.  Today's topic focuses only on items related to back to school. Here is a list of some great resources that I found that I could see myself using in my classroom (please make sure if you stop by and download a freebie to leave FEEDBACK for the seller as a thank you):

Blog Posts:

I also have another post planned that offers more links to FREE products related to classroom management and another post about content related items.  Be sure to check back within the next week for updates on these additional freebies!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Back to School Freebie

Hey guys. It's been a few days since I've posted, but I have been hard at work. Going through these 3rd grade standards are about to make me cross-eyed! :) The benefit - at least I now feel like I understand each of the math standards and what they are asking our students to be able to do. I have also been thinking a lot about Back to School time. I created a few teacher forms that I thought might be useful and I have posted them in my TpT store as a FREEBIE! Click on the preview below to download your free copy.

I am also working on my next blog series.  I am creating a few posts about the best Back to School freebies out there.  I plan to have them listed by grade levels to make it easy for you to find free resources that you can use for your students.  The first post should be up by this Sunday, so be sure to stop back by.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Take Away Tuesday - Guest Blogger Hello Mrs Sykes, Build Vocabulary

Happy Summer, y'all!!  I'm Jen from Hello Mrs Sykes, and I'm super excited to be a guest blogger today for Flip Floppin' Through Third Grade today.
As teachers, we know that Vocabulary development is crucial.  Regardless of where students are when they enter school, it is important to build a strong foundation in academic vocabulary before they leave Elementary school.  Want an easy way to build their vocabulary, while also encouraging students to use a dictionary, a thesaurus, and engage in academic discussions about words for less than 5 minutes a day?  I love, love, love the Mystery Word of the Week!  I came up with this when I was a Literacy Specialist working with upper elementary kiddos, and I continued to use this in my 2nd grade class for the past few years.  If you click on the picture below, you can download a free week to try in your classroom.
 Print, post, enjoy!!  For more information and pictures, click on the picture below to visit a blog post about the Mystery Word of the Week.

How do you plan to Build Vocabulary this year?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Loving Wisdom For All New Teachers

Ok guys, I know I'm breaking blogging etiquette by posting twice in one day, but I have a guest blogger lined up for tomorrow (make sure to drop back by) and my friend Deb from

is hosting a linky party just for new teachers.  It will be filled with great advice from a variety of experienced teachers.  What a great idea, right? I couldn't help but participate.  This would have been fabulous to have when I was a new teacher.  Truth be told, it is still one of the reasons that I scour the internet reading so many other teacher blogs.  They are filled with great advice, ideas, and resources.  So, here is my one tip for new teachers:

Good luck to all the new teachers out there!


Monday Made It

Hey guys! I've been on a mini vacation and super busy moving into my new school, so I've been saving up a few of my craft projects for this post. I'm excited to get to link up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for today's

I saw this kind of bulletin board trim on Pinterest a few weeks back and thought I'd give it a try. It took a little longer than stapling up boarder, but I think it adds a nice pop of color to the room. 

I have also been working on my clothespins. This set I will use to display a few things in the classroom, but I will also use them to display student work in our hallway. It was super easy. Measure, cut, hot glue, viola!

This set will be used for various things throughout the room like: clip charts, important reminders, notes home, ect...
I saw this on Pinterest also but it called for using RIT dye. I had four different colors I needed, so I didn't want to pay that much for dye. I decided to use food coloring instead. As you can see, they came out a little too light in color, so I placed a drop of food coloring on the clothespin while it was still wet and spread it out with a paint brush. A bit more tedious than dropping them in a vat of colored dye, but was a very cheap project. 


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Giveaway Winners!!

A big congratulations goes out to my giveaway winners:

Pam W., winner of the K-2nd giveaway
Angela L., winner of the 3rd-5th giveaway

As for my surprise giveaway... well, I didn't quite reach 300 followers, but I am mighty close.  The grand total of followers is 287!! Woo Hoo! Since I didn't make it to my 300 follower mark, there wasn't a winner chosen.  However,  Linda J. referred the most people to my giveaway.  She told 42 other teachers about my blog! Wow! So, I have decided to offer  her any 3 free items from my store!

If you didn't win, don't worry.  You have one more chance for a free product.  If you are interested in choosing one my products from my TpT store and writing a blog post about the product and how you plan to use it in your classroom, I will send it to you for free!  I will take the first 10 people who leave a comment to this post.  Just leave the name of the product you are interested in reviewing and receiving for free and leave the link to your blog.

Again, thanks to all who entered the giveaway.  Keep checking back within the next few weeks.  I have several Back to School posts planned for you.  I also have guest bloggers lined up for the next few weeks.  Great information for you from other great teacher bloggers!!!

I hope you all are enjoying your summer,

Friday, July 12, 2013

Last Day to Enter My Giveaway

I hope everyone is enjoying summer.  I know many teachers are starting to look toward ideas for back to school.  Don't forget to enter my 200 follower giveaway if you haven't yet.  There are many great prizes from wonderful teachers that would give a big jump to your collection of teaching resources for the upcoming school year. Today is the last day to enter. :(

However, you guys have done such a wonderful job in entering and sharing this giveaway. So, I have a last minute surprise for you! I am only 32 followers away from 300! WOW! This giveaway started as a way to celebrate my 200 followers.  Great job everyone! I have added a new (one day only) giveaway.  All you have to do is refer any teacher friends or co-workers to the original giveaway post
( and then email me to let me know how many friends you referred.

If I reach 300 followers by midnight tonight - one lucky winner from this referral giveaway will win my entire TpT store!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for supporting this blog.  I have several planned posts about the first few weeks of school and some awesome guest bloggers lined up in the next few weeks so check back often!


Saturday, July 6, 2013

My First Giveaway!

I'm so excited here at Flip Floppin' Through...3rd Grade.  I woke up this morning to find that I had 200 followers!  To celebrate, I have organized and exciting giveaway.  There will be prizes for a K-2 teacher and a 3rd-5th grade teacher.  Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below.  The winners will be announced on July 14th.

K-2nd Grade
a Rafflecopter giveaway

3rd-5th Grade
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Check out these great teachers and their TpT stores.  Some of their products are included in this great giveaway:

Giveaway image credits:

Backgrounds and Frames



Friday, July 5, 2013

Guest Blogging and Word Study

My friend Gina invited me to be a guest blogger today.
I'm excited about my first chance to collaborate and blog with other great educators!

Click on the link above to check out my post about how I am planning to set up word study (phonics) in my classroom this year.  I am excited about my word study product.  It is going to help me provide differentiation, student choice, and teacher management.  All it takes is some pre-planning, printing, and folders.  Check it our and see what you think.  Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Now that July is officially here, Google reader is gone. Is there anyone out there still searching for a way to follow your favorite blogs? A few weeks back several bloggers began to recommend new ways to keep up with blog posts. As you can see below, I began the process myself and I can say that it has been a very smooth transition. All I had to do was set up a Bloglovin account and import all of my blogs. If you have a blog of your own, once you set up and verify your account, you can claim your blog too. So, if you haven't yet, give bloglovin a try and while your there don't forget to follow Flip Floppin Through ... 3rd Grade to get updates on new ideas and resources! 

Be sure to click on the Blog Hunt image above to find other blogs too!

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If you haven't yet, then Follow my blog with Bloglovin! Google reader will be gone after July 1st. Make sure to sign up and import all your blogs before then. :)


Take Away Tuesday - Guest Blogger: Buzzing with Ms. B Summer Reading Fun Days!

Here's this week's Take Away Tuesday. Read about Chrissy's great ideas for summer learning and then link up your posts below about great ideas for back to school projects!

Happy Summer everybody! This is Chrissy from Buzzing with Ms. B and I'm happy to be guest blogging Flip-Floppin' Through 3rd Grade for today! 

I'm the literacy leader for our school, and this summer, our principal asked about summer learning. We work with a very struggling population of students who have limited access to books over the summer. to encourage summer & home reading, we planned out two fun days for kids to come to school, build their positive reading experiences, and even give out some free books!
 I want to share some of the summer reading activities we did with our kids just Thursday. Before school let out, we sent home this letter in English and Spanish, telling parents about our Summer Reading Fun Days!

Last week, we sent out this postcard to remind them to come to the school! 

In preparation, we bought a ton of materials and chose our book:

The Quiet Place is an adorable book about a little girl who is learning English and reads, reads, reads. She writes letters to her aunt about her special place to read. She decorates a large cardboard box and uses it as her quiet place. 

All of our activities were centered around this book and about engaging students in being excited about reading!

First, students decorated book bags. 

My lovely school secretary purchased small red canvas bags from Oriental Trading. They were too small for the little kids' books, but they worked really well for the big kids! 

We also purchased some larger canvas bags from Hobby Lobby for our K-1 kids, along with some puff paints in all colors.
So fun.

They loved doing this. What's more fun than paint?!

Then they listened to The Quiet Place read aloud and had a conversation about reading places.

Then they broke out into four different stations:

Good Readers... Bookmarks
One of our teachers used a GLAD strategy: a narrative input chart, to tell the story of a little boy going through his day, building the habits of a good reader. Then kids got to decorate a bookmark. We cut cardstock into strips and attached yarn through a hole-punched hole.

Quiet Place Letters
Students used this letter paper to write letters to whomever they chose about their favorite place to read. It's sad when kids don't have a favorite place or favorite book. This is one of our goals for these summer days; to expose kids to ideas about reading places and books.

Tasty Treat

In the book, the little girl's mother makes birthday cakes to sell. I hunted all over pinterest until i found this pin for an easy snack to make:

I pre-popped a bunch of popcorn and bagged it. On the day of the camp, our kids drizzled melted white chocolate over the popcorn with spoons and then sprinkled on sprinkles and let it cool. 

I tried it out the day before, to make sure it was going to work. I then ate a large quantity and didn't feel that good. Remember, people: moderation.

Then they completed their recipe card so they could make their treat at home, too!

Just Read!

At this station, we spread out carpets and pillows and gave kids time to read! We had books donated from a local nonprofit organization. Students were able to choose three free books to put into their bookbags and take home, FOREVER! This was great. 

We also broke out the ipads and kids were able to read ebooks.

In the end, kids took home their bookmarks, popcorn, letters, recipe cards, and bookbags full of books! It was a fun half-day I hope that kids will remember.

Our next summer reading un day is August 1. Clock over to follow me at Buzzing with Ms. B to see what we do with this book:

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Monday Made It

This week I wanted to make my student supply tubs a bit cutesy, so I purchased some coordinating ribbon at Hobby Lobby.  While I was walking through craft section with my kids, I accidentally came across these cute clip ons.  They reminded me of bird feathers, and since my classroom decor this is is Boho Birds from Carson Dellosa, I thought they would be a perfect fit. Each color basket is pictured below:

I simply weaved the ribbon through the slats in the basket and tied it in a bow.  Then I clipped the feathers in the center of the bow.  Very simply and it only took me about 30 minutes to measure, cut, weave all 5 of the baskets.  I think it adds a little special touch for each group.  It also makes them stand out a bit more when stored on my classroom shelves.

Head on over to and link up you new project!