Need a Valentine’s Day Book and Activity?

This 3-day week felt LONG and my sleep schedule is extremely off-kilter.  It’s to the point where I was nodding off at the wheel on my way to school – not good!  Anyway, a few things for you today!

1) A Valentine’s Day Book and Activity
2) New Neon Frames (Sneak Peek)
3) Slim Down Saturday Linky
4) Our Country Study Kick-Off


1) A Valentine’s Day Book and Activity

The book Heartprints is a cute little book about kindness!  It doesn’t necessarily have a connection to Valentine’s Day other than the hearts – but the message is powerful!  I always read this book in the beginning of the year but it would be very appropriate this time of year too!

After we read, the kids write down kind things they can do to leave heartprints behind!  I just copied some little paper hearts on a variety of colors and each student got 6 hearts.  If you want to snag the hearts template (it is nothing fancy), a pdf of the book cover (it has my class library label on it – see the picture below), and a Smartboard file for this activity, then click here!  Here is our door display!

Heartprints Book Display

Heartprints Book

As I was Googling to find a cover image of the book, I found another blogger, Primary Practice, who wrote the definition of a heartprint.  You can get a copy of it at her blog here or click the picture!

Heartprint Definition

Have fun spreading love and kindness!


2) New Neon Frames (Sneak Peek)

I have been tinkering around with creating digital frames and borders and I am excited about these bright and glowing neon frames!  They aren’t quite ready yet (hopefully in the next couple of days), so follow me for updates or keep checking my TPT store (there are a few other fun frame freebies to grab while you wait for the neon ones)!

Neon Frames


3) Slim Down Saturday Linky

It is Week 2 of Third Grade Tidbits Slim Down Saturday Linky!  I didn’t do so hot this week…oh well!  Join us to Slim Down by clicking here or on the picture!



4) Our Country Study Kick-Off

Now, for a little bit from our classroom this week!  We kicked-off our Country Unit in Reader’s Workshop!  Here’s how the kick-off went:

Of course, they really aren’t bored with it at all – they are LOVING it!

Day 1 – Students just browsed all the different country books and then they wrote down their top 2 countries.

Day 2 – My fab colleague, Kelli over at Tales of a Teacher printed out some super cute “plane tickets”.  I filled out their plane tickets, which told them what country they were “going to” and who they were “traveling with” (their partner for the unit).  It is amazing how a little pretend plane ticket brought so much excitement!

Day 3 – We learned that before we “travel” (or read a book about a country) we usually have questions about the place we are “going to” (or reading about).  So we listed as many questions as they could think of.  That day as they read, they jotted any answers they found!

Day 4 – I cut apart all our little questions from Day 3 and we categorized them based on similarities.  Here we are categorizing.

RW Country Unit

We had some good discussion about where different questions would fit.  I really let the students group them.  We came up with these groups (sorry for blurry photos):

RW Country Unit

After this, students had to come up with a heading for each group (synthesizing…this is usually not easy for my class!).  They did fantastic!  Here are our final categories (I had to help them with the “values” category):

RW Country Unit

Students realized that no matter what country they are reading about, the books are usually organized in a similar way…by these big ideas!  Finally, we turned these headings into “essential questions” and now students are reading voraciously to answer them!  So fun!

That’s it for today!  Thanks for visiting!

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Comments (6)

  1. Hi Kate! Your blog is sooooo cute! Love it! I simply LOVE the book Heartprints. It’s one of my favorites. Can I just say that I’m so using your idea with the hearts!! Score! I think it’s pretty cool that you teach third grade. I taught it for 5 years. I LOVED it but I didn’t like the pressure of testing. Good ole Texas! Keep rocking!!

    One Fab Teacher

  2. We had a snow day (no buses) Monday but it felt like the longest week ever! Good luck next week! You’re doing great!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  3. This was my first week back to Weight Watchers in a few years. I was super diligent about tracking. I found it easiest to write down my breakfast, lunch, and snacks as I was packing my lunch bag in the morning. I even packed a few extra snacks just to be sure I didn’t eat any temptations (like leftover candy). That way I knew that even if I ate everything in my bag, I was still fine on points. Good luck this week!

  4. I am so with you on the long 3 day week. I swear it lasted an eternity!!! On the plus side… you are still down 4.2 since starting. I am awful about tracking food. I never ever stick to it. I have even tried apps so I could do it right away, but I hate when I can’t find the exact food I ate. So I give up haha. Good luck next week!
    Third Grade Tidbits

  5. I love your idea to use with Heartprints. Thanks for sharing! That’s awesome that you have lost 4.2 lbs so far. Way to go!!! Getting back into a school routine is tough. I will be starting that on Monday. Ugh!!!

  6. I find that the only way I can make sure I have a good week is to track my food! It does take time but it’s so worth it! I try to track as much as I can the night before. At least my breakfast and lunch because that is always planned. Good luck next week!
    A Tall Drink of Water

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