Olympics 2012 & Must Haves for 3rd Grade {Yep…I said it!}

Well, the news it out! I am moving to third grade with my little loves! For those of you who are new…I have been with my kiddos since first! I am super excited about the move {minus the fact that everything must be NEW…once again!} My wheels are already turning as I prepare for next year! Now, let me make this clear! Usually, I beginning planning mid/end of July! Seriously…I squeeze every moment out of summer! However, this year, my super awesome parent volunteers are coming in next week to help out! Since I do not have anything left our current school year {we only have 2 half days left}, we are on the move for 3rd grade!

Although I am keeping my rockin’ theme, we will begin the year with an Olympic back to school unit! I went to Hobby Lobby today and all of their 4th of July celebration shenanigans are on SALE! Since we will be living the red, white, and blue dream, these decorations will be PERFECT to go all out…Olympic style! {LOVE the Olympics! Anyone up for a trip to London?}

Here is a peek at my new unit which I hope to have up sometime this week just in case you are trying to get a few ducks in a row before you head off into the sunset! ;) Actually, I must have it up if my sweet volunteers will be cutting and prepping! 

Going for the Gold

Here are a few activities that will be the perfect start to our year {even though I won’t have to think about this for another few months! Can I get an amen???}

I think that a glyph will be a great way to get reacquainted while throwing in a little data/graphing practice!

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Go for the Gold and Let Your Light Shine Writing Activities


And for a little team building…


I can’t wait to share all of this with you!




Here are a few must haves if you will be working with the thirdsters!

Cultivating Strategic Readers and Vocabulary on the Move by Amanda Nickerson {I have a feeling that I will become BFF’s with Amanda’s TPT store! All of her units are amazing…to say the least!}



Cursive Corral and Third Grade Common Core Vocabulary by Ginger Snaps


3rd Grade Common Core

I hope that you are all having a great weekend! We are off to graduation! 2. MORE. DAYS! Yes! ;)


  1. Yeah....Welcome to the world of third grade!

    Yearn to Learn Blog

  2. Third is sooo much fun! You will love it! I have been following you and I love your blog and all your posts! Come check me out! I am currently having a give-a-way!

    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  3. Aw thanks for the shout out Hope! Welcome to 3rd grade! Since we both teach in SC, let me know if you every need any third grade resources girl because I have a TON!! You can email me at gwatkins@greenville.k12.sc.us if you need anything, seriously!

    1. Ginger,
      You can count on it! We need to meet up sometime this summer so that you can give me all of your secrets!!!!!!

    2. We definitely do! I was so sad I missed the blogger meet up in GA! I would have totally gone if I'd known about it! But we can meet up for coffee or dinner or something soon!

  4. I am so jealous!!! I rolled with my kiddos this year and would love to go up for one more round!!! I thought that I would hate rolling because my babes would know all of my "tricks," but was I wrong. It's the greatest thing ever . . . you can hit the ground runnin' that very first day with both the kids and the parents. Congrats!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  5. Wow! That is amazing. I have to ask- is the looping common core related? I have heard a rumor that will be a big thing in the years to come (wanting teachers to loop k-5 or at least several years in a row). Do parents have the option to opt out? Will you get any additional kids?

    Every New Beginning

  6. Welcome to THIRD!! I have been teaching third grade for the past four years and love it! I love your blog and can't wait to see all of your AMAZING ideas. I am just starting my blog so stop by. I am hoping to focus on blogging full-time this summer and post some of the activities and projects I use in class. :)

    Mrs. Wood's Class

  7. I love the looks of your Go For the Gold Unit! I cannot wait! Wow, third grade. I am sure you will love it, especially if you use Amanda's units. They are great resources to use.

  8. YAY Third grade! =) Excited to have another 3rd grade blog I can stalk. HAH.

    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

  9. I am hoping to loop up with my class as well. I will find out Monday! I LOVE ALL OF YOUR CREATIONS!

  10. I taught third for four years, and LOVED it! I had to leave due to budget reasons, and hope, hope,hope to get back there one day!
    Stories From Second

  11. Your little Going for the Gold packet is ADORABLE!!!!! LOVE it!!!!!!

  12. Yay!!! I love your blog and have used several of your units this year! I'm moving to 3rd next year, too (not looping, though) and I'm SO excited that I can continue to get great ideas from your blog!!!!

  13. I have been in love with your work for quite some time now and have sent so many of my colleagues to your blog! I'll be starting my fifth (!) year as a third grade teacher in September, and I am so happy that you will be experiencing the amazing joy of third grade!

  14. looks SUPER cute!!

    I love love love the Olympics and I can not wait for them to start!

    Congrats on your move up to 3rd! You sound excited so good luck!!!

    Doodle Bugs Teaching
    Doodle Bugs Paper

  15. I have to admit that I'm a little bummed you are moving to third but very happy for you! I am a second grade teacher who LOVES your blog. I have done so many of your TPT units! Will your second grade blog still be available for me to access next year? I know I'll be able to adapt a lot of your third grade ideas for second but it would still be nice to review what you did in second. :)

    Thanks so much!
    Jenna Weinert

  16. I love the Olympics too! I'm living in London, so let me know if you want anything "Olympic" from here! I would be happy to send you something authentic : )

    Tales From a Traveling Teacher

  17. I love your blog! Will your second grade still be up to view and download, on your blog and tpt store?

    1. I meant "second grade stuff". ;)

  18. Love the olympic things!!
    PS I'm having a giveaway and would love to have you join!

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog

  19. I love the olympic theme unit. My class has a sports theme and this works perfect for building a team and teamwork theme. I teach first grade, but can't wait to purchase your unit. Thanks


  20. I have been reading your blog for a while and adapting your things for my firsties!! I love all of your stuff! I got word at the end of the year that I was being moved to 3rd grade and was super bummed because I LOVE first grade! When I saw you were moving to 3rd it made me super excited! I can't wait to continue to read your blog and see what all you come up with!!

    Justi Tunnell

  21. Is it usual in your area to move with your kids as they move up?? That seems crazy to me, but I can not imagine the bond you have with them by the end of three years! You are very lucky to come in knowing them so well, and they must be so excited to have their wonderful teacher again!


  22. Cute Blog!!! Thanks for commenting on my thread over at TpT so I could find you:)

    1...2...3...Teach With Me

  23. I absolutely LOVE your Olympic Stuff. Do you have it up already? I couldn't find it.

  24. I am sooo stinking excited that you are moving to 3rd grade!!! I teach 3rd, too and you will love it. Welcome and I can't wait to buy/teach the Olympic unit and see what else your creative brain comes up with. I have bought several things from you in the past and LOVE them all.


  25. Your Olympic unit looks adorable! Can't wait to see the finished product! Happy Summer and congrats on the third grade move!

  26. Your Olympic unit looks great! I teach summer school and we are doing an Olympic unit - I might have to modify your "What Links Us Together" idea for my kiddos. Love it!


  27. I love reading your blog, and as a first year teacher last year, you were a great resource. I am so excited to hear you are moving to third grade!