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postheadericon Goodbye First Grade….Hello Third Grade!


Educator Station has moved to third grade!  I am so excited to begin a new school year in a new grade level. 

It has been fun picking out my classroom rules posters, my behavior clip chart, and organizing my classroom has been a lot of work, but I have enjoyed every minute of it! Seeing everything nice and clean and organized is a great feeling. 

I thought I would share some of the things I have been working on to get the new year going. 

First, I want to implement character traits into my daily routine. Each month, I would like to choose a trait to model and read about throughout the month. When I see students exhibiting the trait, they will get a "Caught Being Good" ticket. At the end of each week, I will pick from my "Caught Being Good" container and those students will get to go to the prize box. Each child, that is chosen for the prizebox, will be complimented and celebrated each Friday. This is just a little way to acknowledge and celebrate each child in the classroom. 

Below are the Caught Being Good Tickets. Click on the image below to download them. 


caught being good ticket


Mrs. Castro posted about teaching monthly character traits with a literature list to use along with each character trait. Click HERE to see that post. 


I also ordered these red stools from IKEA. I have them around my teacher table and my students love sitting on them. 


The stools are working out so well, I decided to order more of them for my computer center. 


So, I would say we are off to a great start! I have a great classroom filled with wonderful students. Thrid grade is off to a great start! 

Do you start your day off with a morning message each day? I find this is a great way to start the day. 



Educator Station will be posting new things throughout the school year. Hope you are all off to a great start in this new school year! 


postheadericon Beginning of the Year Math Centers

While trying to keep the tears at bay and get everyone home, the first week of school is basic survival.  Teaching expectations, routines and modeling consumes the first six weeks of first grade.  

I have compiled a bunch of easy to make Kindergarten review math centers to take the pressure off while still keeping my firsties busy.  These centers review the kindergarten skills and give students the opportunity to freely explore with the math manipulatives.  

*All of these were found using Pinterest or a simple google search and none are my original ideas.  I have credited the links and directed you to the FREE download if available.


Independent Centers

Counting Towers- number recognition 1-10


2 sheets- 12×18 construction paper (taped together)

1 package shaped decor sheets- Dollar Store (write #s 1-10)

tape/glue stick


unifix cubes

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*Another way to make this center is to glue the blank shapes on, laminate and use as a write/wipe off mat.  Could easily be used as a math center one day and a word work center another.


Number Puzzles (1-10)

These can be printed for FREE here thanks to The Reading Mama


Snap Cube Number (1-9) and Pattern Cards

FREE download here thanks to One Beautiful Home



Paint Chip Number Line

Count forward beginning from a given number within a known sequence. Use paint chips, a Sharpie and laminate. Credit to A Kentucky Kindergarten

Number Line


Number Talks/Small Group Instruction

Subitizing Dot Plates- number sense 1-10

dot plates

Subitizing Arrangements

YouTube Video with tutorial Subitizing Made Easy


I Have Who Has Subitizing Cards

I found a free download here at TPT, but these can be easily created to add more to your deck.

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For more ideas visit some of my older posts on First Week of School Work Stations,  Operations and Algebraic Thinking and to learn more about how I run my work stations visit my organization and management posts.

postheadericon Our Favorite Things!






As a teacher, we all have favorite things in our classroom. I thought I would share some of our favorite things we use each day in our classrooms. 


I work on an incredible team of teachers. They are invested in their students and work hard to be their very best each and every day.  I have learned so much from them over the last four years.  They are always there to chat and bounce ideas off of. I am truly thankful and appreciative of the love and support they have given me over the last few years. They continue to inspire me each and every day. 

So, in honor of them and the great things they do in their classrooms, I thought I would share some of our favorite things. I asked them each to tell me one thing they couldn't teach without every day. 


Miss Harrigan: 

She loves her behavior clip board. The students love to see their pins moved up throughout the day. 



Miss Harrigan also collects cotton balls in this container. Each time the class gets a compliment, Miss Harrigan puts in a couple of cotton balls. When the container is filled, the class gets to choose a reward. One of their rewards was a PJ day!



Mrs. Daley:

Mrs. Daley loves her teacher table marker board. It's also magnetic, so she can put letters on it to practice blending with her class. 


She also said she couldn't teach during the day without her pocket charts. They are great to keep our Lively Letters in during the year. 



Mrs. Castro:

Mrs. Castro loves containers! So, here's some of her containers, which keep her organized each day…




 Mrs. Botelho:

I love this crayon caddy. I bought it at Lakeshore Learning and I love using it in the classroom. This is great for centers, teacher table, and independant work. 


I also love my small supply drawers on my desk. They are always readily available when I need a quick classroom supply. 



I, too, am a huge fan of pocket charts. I use them ALL the time. 



Miss DeSimone:

Miss. DeSimone loves her supply chest. She has all her supplies all in one place!



We also love our behavior clip chart. It is a big part of the our day. Students love to see their pins moved up and they love to reach the lion because they then get to pick a reward. 



Mrs. Hebert:

Mrs. Hebert also has a magnetic marker board. She likes to use our magnetic ten frames on it at her teacher table. 



What are your favorite things? Educator Station would love to hear from you! We love to get answer your questions and receive emails from teachers like you!  You can contact us by clciking on the CONTACT US button on the right hand side. 


postheadericon The Pesky ER, IR, UR Family: Lots of Free Activities



This week, we are reading "I'm a Caterpillar." The kids love learning about the life cycle of a butterfly, however, they don't particularly love the spelling list. The pesky er, ir, ur family is here this week and knowing when to use either er, ir, or ur can be difficult for some of our students. 

So, with that in mind, I created some resources to use at my teacher table and some resources that can be used in independant centers throughout the week. 


I used these cards to sort onto my spelling pocket chart to use throughout the week. I also have a copy for each student to work with throughout the week. Each student has these cards in a baggie with their name on it, so that they can be used at the teacher table and in independant centers. 

spelling word sort



DAY 1: Introduction: Teacher Guided Lesson at the Teacher Table

The first day, I introduce the er, ir, ur family using this anchor chart. 

This is a cute way of showing that the three say the same sound, but have different vowels. 

You can find this resource for FREE on Teachers Pay Teachers



Then, I use this sheet to work with students on reading the word and sorting the word under the correct column.

spelling sort worksheet

This is a two page activity. The first page has words for the students to cut out. The second page, has a table for the students to glue the words onto. 

spelling sort worksheet-cut and paste



DAY 2: Read It and Sort It!

Using the spelling cards from above, I have each student read the word and sort it into this table. The shaded cells on this table mean that a word does not go into that box. This gives students a visual of what words belong where and how many words go into each column. 

er, ir, ur, sorting grid


This is a foldable that can be used for further instruction. Fold on the middle line and then cut between flaps. This creates a foldable that can be used at the teacher table. 

foldable er, ir, ur



DAY 3: Write it!


I love this activity! It can be used in so many different ways.

I played SPELLING SCOOP with these cards. I place the cards around the room and have the students move about the room to find the words. As they find each card, they record the words onto their recording sheet. They do not have to find the cards in order, which is fun for them. The kids love this little game. They can get up, move, read, and write.

I have also put them on a binder ring. The students read the card and decide whether to use er, ir, or ur. Then, they record their answers onto the recording sheet below. I also provide an answer sheet for each of the students. This allows them to check their work, while working independantly at their center. 

I have also cut out each of these cards and put them into a brown paper lunch bag. As the student pulls the words out, they can then record them on the sheet. This works well in partners. 


er, ir, ur cards

Recording Sheet:

er, ir, ur cards pg2

Answer Sheet:

answer cards



DAY 4: Roll, Write It, Read It

The kids love this game! I model this at my teacher table and then put this out into an independant center. The kids can play this in partners, threes, or in a small group. I give each student a copy and have them write their answers right onto the sheet. 

roll and read-er, ir, ur, words



Day 5: Spin It and Spell It!


This is an easy peasy center for the week. There are two supplies needed: 

1. a pencil

2. a paperclip


I pair up my students and have them play this game in an independant center. All they have to do is spin the paperclip. Whatever word they land on, they write onto the recording sheet below. 

3.5 I'm a Caterpillar-spin and spell

Spin and Write



DAY 6: Call the Nurse! A Game to play at the teacher table.

You can also get this resource for FREE on Teachers Pay Teachers





To see a writing activity that goes along with "I'm a Caterpillar," click on the link below. 



If you would like the Skills Sheet for this Story, click on the link below:

Skills Sheet

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