Category Archives: 3rd Grade

The year was 2010, New School and No Textbook… so I Made my Own


Back in 2010, I moved to Nacozari to work at the Secondary and one Elementary. The Elementary school never had an English teacher before and I assigned to 3rd to 6th grade.

I love that movie!

I love that movie!

Back them, my boss or coordinator, a really cool gal by the way, told me I could use the syllabus back them. THIS WAS BEFORE PNIEB.  I was worried of working from nothing in all 4 grades with minimal English knowledge and still have to fulfill the syllabus.

New planning format

So even back them, I had a brilliant idea. I made a textbook based on the syllabus and it went well. I still have use a couple of things in moments of need. It was only for 6 months since I started working in January.


The idea was once back to School in August, we would use the textbook in that moment with was English Adventure.


I won’t deny it. It served it purpose and it’s not nearly as nice as the one I made this year for 1st and 2nd grade. There a lot of things I would change right now.


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Play and Play – My Textbook Review


This is the first time with the textbooks. I really didn’t use them last school year because:

The books arrived in February (middle of the school year) and I didn’t want to hand them out. I want to start fresh this school year with textbook without worrying when the new batch of textbooks would arrive (March 2014?, gladly the books arrived in late October, so we are cool)

However, I did show the textbooks to the students to get to know them and review how much we have done during the school year so far and what was next.

My very personal opinion of these textbooks is a 8, good but it didn’t rock my world. Like a friend says: “it’s better that nothing”

Note: I am talking of the books from 3rd to 6th grade.

Reader Book

  • The pages are in shades of gray (not that book), so it looks like photocopies of a very colorful book. It’s not very appealing to the eye. There are ways to make black and white look pretty.
  • One reading per product is not enough. I prefer several ones that a big one. For me, it’s more appealing.
  • The vocabulary and grammar level is acceptable. Not to high for them.
  • The images are in total sync with the reading.
  • The art and layout are good. There were good graphic designers and illustrators involved.
  • The font size is very readable, but I would prefer bigger  for lower grades.
  • The readings are simple and entertaining, not mind-blowing but good.
  • The pocket-size is cute and practical to carry (also to misplace)

Activity Book

  • The color looks nice.
  • Each unit is assigned a color and the instructions are in the same color. (Cute but difficult to the eye sometimes)
  • The examples pictures of the products are helpful to get an idea of what is required.
  • The instructions are up to the point.
  • The activities are according to the level.
  • The images are in total sync with the reading.
  • Teamwork and oral practice are encouraged.
  • It’s according to the new syllabus (VERY IMPORTANT)

Teacher Book

  • Awful light blue palette ink, almost impossible to read.
  • It’s ok in general.

Due to laws of intellectual property and such, I cannot show to much of the textbook, just a sneak peek. (Three pages only)



Turkey Craft for Project


For project 3 of 1st and 3rd grade is all about instructions and crafts and Thanksgiving is near. So that’s a killer combo.

I took the idea from this image. The ideas is simple, cheap and meaningful for our students. Printables right here.

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Posted by on November 25, 2013 in 1st cycle, 1st grade, 2nd cycle, 3rd Grade


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The Rally 2.0


This school year is a new school, new kids and cycle 1. I decided to perform the rally again but with a twist: less words and more visuals. A challenge!


The mechanic didn’t change: a team of 4 will perform a race against time and mental and physical challenges throughout 4 stations about Spanish, Math, English and Mystery

For more info, check last year posts:

Pumpkin Rally 2012
Turkey Rally 2012
Snowflake Rally 2013
Heart Rally 2013

If you want to give a try this school year, the questions that I used last year for:

Note: the key is 1, 6 = A; 2,7 = B; 3,8 = C; 4,9 = D. For 6th grade, the key is attached.


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Rhyme words: Match in pairs

Working on little ones, I realized that they need to see the words alone to see the rhyme, not in a song yet (that’s next class). For 3rd and 4th grade, it’s an easy activity to get confident with rhymes.

As always, this is a good way to learn more vocabulary.


So, I made a printable to use in class. The first time was chaos and didn’t get the idea quickly. The second time, it was so fast that I had spare time (very weird!).


  1. Cut
  2. Make pairs (First after any pasting, otherwise chaos)
  3. Paste
  4. Color and trace words.

To get it, click here


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Early reader science book: What is an Insect?

For 3rd graders, this is fantastic and easy way to start, introduce or warm up the Guide of Curious Questions.

This is totally handy for lower grades.

I took the idea of What is an insect? by Susan Canizales and Mary Reid. I made my homemade version to read along with the students. Then I decided to expand my homemade version into a series:


  1. Let students color the pictures (optional)
  2. Cut the dotted line.
  3. Fold in half
  4. Staple

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in 1st cycle, 3rd Grade


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Presenting Crosswords

For unit 3, most cycles is about language games. For my 3rd, 5th and 8th graders, I used crosswords. Last year, I did a little post about it named Making Crosswords.

I took a pictures of the best one per grade.

I improved the last year crossword printable.

As a little note, the next week after finishing this project, the textbooks arrived. To my surprise, in the textbook Play and Play 3, there is a similar format to the one I used this year as my printable.



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Story Writing for Beginners using a Wheel

Last year, I posted about the Spin-off of Place Value Number Wheel (March 19, 2012). All printable are in that post.

I used it last year and this year. We practiced the vocabulary, spelling and drawing skills.

This time around I asked my students to make a small story by spinning the wheels to make, write and draw sentences.

The results were not so shaggy. Originally, it was only for 3rd grade because they are my newest students and need more help, but I used it for my 4th graders.

This is the 150th post. Super Cool!

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Posted by on April 12, 2013 in 2nd cycle, 3rd Grade, 4th grade


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Christmas activity 2012: boxing joy

For Christmas activities, Internet is full of ideas.

This year, I took and old fashion idea (making a box) to have some holiday spirit. Well, it combines presents and Christmas.

I stole the idea from an invitation and used it for my wedding (5 years ago) and re-used for teaching. HI HI HI

Printable HERE. I recommend stiff paper like opalina for a nicer look.


  1. Color
  2. Cut the outline.
  3. Fold all lines.
  4. Close it like a flower.
  5. Paste pieces in lid.
  6. Stuff with pretty things to gift.

I know those are awful instructions.

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in 2nd cycle, 3rd Grade, 4th grade


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Singing Songs… 2012 results

For the first unit, we have to sing songs for 3rd grade, also 4th but differently.

The results were more or less. I took video and for me it’s ok. I could be better if I took more time rehearsing.

The videos are uploaded in SchoolTube (Great if you don’t want the major broadcasting of youtube, also it’s all about schools)


Posted by on December 3, 2012 in 2nd cycle, 3rd Grade, 4th grade


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