Verbalicious and author's message idea in the works!

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone has had a great day! I was up at 4:30 and out the door by 4:45 to head to the gym! GO ME:) I had my bag packed to go again after work today...needless to say, that did not happen! 

Instead I picked up dinner and stopped at Target to get a few things, came home to my hubby watching Interview with a Vampire. You know I have NEVER seen that movie! I got sucked in...haha, get it...sucked in! Ok...that was dumb! I didn't get to finish it since hubby had to get to sleep...3rd shift...blah! We will finish it later this week!

So tomorrow I will try it again, going twice to the gym that is! It' s my favorite I can't miss that!

Since we are studying verb tenses this week, I wanted them to do a fun sort for an assessment on Friday!

The first 3 people to leave a comment will get this for free! It will also be available in my stores for just $1.00!

As I was sitting down today to do some planning I was taking a look at the ELA common core standards and trying to pick out which ones I need to go over again and again before the big end of grade test in THREE WEEKS! YIKES!

One standard my students are having a hard time with is finding the author's message in a story! This is a hard concept to get. I started thinking about how I wanted to teach this. I thought about an author study and using one author and a set of their books. This way, I am also looking at themes across text from the same author (another 3rd grade common core objective!)

I started to think about what author I wanted to use, and I came up with this idea!

I LOVE this cover! I can't wait to spend more time this week and weekend working on it. I need it ready by Monday:)

So what do you think? Do you have any ideas of what I should add? Help me out and when this is done, you might get it for free:)

I am going to leave you with some pictures I promised I would take! Here are some of my kids finished posters of their metric word problems! They did a great job!


  1. So cute! You definitely picked a great author to study the author's message. Have you tried tying it into theme?

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

    1. No, do you have a theme you suggest? I found a list of books I want to use and the message for each one. I am just not sure yet how to bring it all together.

  2. I would love to add this to my files. I wish I could go to the gym early in the morning. I bet it just changes your day!

  3. Neat! Would love to have it.

  4. I'd love to use your file you created! Good for you for working out! Thanks!!

  5. I love using Patricia Polacco books too. We wrote to Ms. Polacco and she wrote back and signed a book for me! She was kind enough to send a teachers guide that has lots of great ideas in it. I would be happy to send it you! Pop over to see my newish blog too when you have a moment. Leave me a message there if you would like. I really enjoy following your blog.....always loaded with great ideas!

  6. I really enjoy everything you do. Patricia Polacco is one of my favorite authors too! I took a class based on just her books a few years ago. It was awesome!


  7. Do you pair up the students to work on the problem? I’m having a giveaway please stop by