Flashback: 2010 - 2011 Student Teaching in 3rd Grade - The Learning Effect

Flashback: 2010 - 2011 Student Teaching in 3rd Grade

I don't have a lot of pictures from my student teaching in 2010 - 2011. I wish I did. I was in 3rd grade at the school I taught at this past year. My student teaching experience started at the beginning of the school year, setting up the classroom with my site teacher. I was there two days a week during the fall semester, and then full-time during the spring semester until April 1. It was truly an amazing experience. I wanted to share some photos of projects and such. Most of the ideas are fully credited to my site teacher.

First week of school bulletin board display. The theme was lizards. The lizards on the tree had the students' names on them.

The reading rainforest window was a hit all year long.

Students drew self-portraits and wrote poems about themselves to go with their pictures.

Looking out the window to a winter scene - torn construction paper art, inspired by The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

Tissue paper sun, Earth, moon.

I read The Witches by Roald Dahl aloud to my students. They absolutely loved it. After reading the chapter with the description of what witches look like, they drew their own. It was fun to see what they came up with.

This school provides lesson planners for their teachers {made by the computer teacher}. I love the grid style - spacious and easy to plan on.

Who hasn't created these? I know. I just love the colors!

I taught an amazing ecosystems unit for 3rd grade social studies. The culminating homework project was a diorama. They turned out absolutely incredible. Here are a few.

Not the best picture, but the most amazing art. I bought scratch art boards and students chose an animal to sketch. They did such a great job.

This school uses Harcourt's Storytown for ELA. For the leveled reading groups, there are extension activities to go with each story. One of the activities was how-to make a butterfly. Every single student in the class ended up wanting to make one, so I let them during choice time. It really brightened up the room.

To go along with the ecosystems unit, students worked in small groups to create a mini report to present to the class. Each student in the group was in charge of researching one topic about their ecosystem. Then they created a poster with the most important facts and a picture.

I'll be back tomorrow with pictures from my 2nd grade classroom this last year (2011 - 2012).


  1. I found you through Pinterest! I teach third and we do a Petterns in the Sky unit. I love the tissue paper sun, moon, earth! I'm going to add that to my file! Thanks! Your blogs are great! I'm your latest follower.

    Grade Three is the Place for Me


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