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This is Karissa's 8th year of teaching. She has a Reading Specialist certification as well as a Master's Degree in teaching. Her experience in the classroom ranges from 1st-4th grade while recently teaching 1st-3rd grade reading at a STEM school!

Karissa describes her classroom as a fun, slightly silly, very engaging place. Her students know they are loved and are given a lot of responsibility since she believes they work best as a team.

What literally makes her day is seeing her students get excited about learning something new. She especially likes read aloud time! Seeing the kids enter new worlds and experience new things as they read makes her so happy and content. Furthermore, she likes it when her students go home excited to tell their parents about all they have learned at school.

In her free time, Karissa loves reading and taking photos, especially travel photography. She enjoys traveling the world and has already seen seven countries. In addition, she likes doing pottery, although she struggles to actually create something bigger than a bowl.

Karissa has 275 products in her store, Talented in Third; 38 of those are free. Her content is across the subjects, with a focus on Third Grade Content and ELA products for K-3. Her focus is on tasks that are engaging, while making sure everything is standards based. Many of her products center on things like novel studies, performance tasks, Math Spiral Review and BOOM Cards.

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Her featured FREE item is entitled Cute Cupcake Corner. These Math Performance Task sample questions are taken from her full Cupcake Multiplication Performance Task based on SBAC performance tasks and focuses on multiplication, division, time, subtraction and more. It has a cupcake theme in which students are asked to run a bakery. It is a fun way to have students think critically about the skills they have learned.

Karissa's paid item is a bundle called 
$28.00
Year Long Performance Task Bundle
. It includes eight different math performance tasks that focus on the third grade math skills of:
      • Fractions
      • Time
      • Shapes
      • Addition
      • Subtraction
      • Area
      • Multiplication
      • Division
      • Measurement
      • Line Plots
      • Bar Graphs
      • Rounding
Karissa also has a blog that has the same name as her Teachers Pay Teachers store. Her latest blog post is entitled Book Report Ideas and Alternatives. She talks about Lap Books and Flip Books and even provides a video to show you exactly how to make them. I especially like her introduction to Book Creator which is a new way to publish student writing. You can create up to 40 books free with a teacher account, and it’s SO easy to set up! Why not take some time to check it out?

Science Investigations Packet for Grades 3-4

Learning to love math and science is important for so many reasons as our world becomes more dependent on technology. Science can spark imagination, initiate problem solving, require logical thinking, and so much more.  As any scientist knows, the best way to learn science is to do science. This is the only way to get to the real business of asking questions, conducting investigations, collecting data, and looking for answers. Active, hands-on, student-centered inquiry is at the core of good science education.

Having children do science investigations can be fun, but having the students accurately record things can be extremely difficult. Since my husband teaches science, he helped me to create my investigation packet on Teachers Pay Teachers - a 12 page generic science investigation packet for grades 3-4. The inquiry packet guides the student through the six steps of the scientific method: 
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  1. Investigating Properties 
  2. Interactions
  3. Making a Plan 
  4. Determining the Investigative Question 
  5. Prediction and Data Collection 
  6. Writing a Conclusion Based on the Data. 
This packet consists of an introduction, simple and clear step-by-step directions on how to use the packet, a three page student investigation packet, a blank graphing grid, a property word list, an optional student checklist and a four point grading rubric for the teacher. 

Wherever a child is, and wherever they go, there will always be a place and a time to learn science. Every room is a classroom; every question is a discovery; every moment is a teachable moment. Let this resource guide your students through a science investigation so their curiosity is piqued, and they are inspired to find an answer.

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St. Patrick's Day Myths and Fun Facts

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day; so, for fun, let’s explore some of the
myths surrounding this Irish holiday as well as a few fun facts.

Myths

1) St. Patrick was born in Ireland. Here is a surprise; St. Patrick isn’t Irish at all! He was really born in Britain, where as a teen, he was captured, sold into slavery, and shipped to Ireland.

2) St. Patrick drove all of the snakes out of Ireland. It’s
true there are none living in Ireland today, but according to scientists, none every did. You can’t chase something away that isn't there in the first place!

3) Since the leaves of a shamrock form a triad (a group of three), St. Patrick used it to describe the Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit so that people could understand the Three in One. However, there is nothing in any literature or history to support this idea although it does make a great object lesson.

4) Legend says each of the four leaves of the clover means something. The first leaf is for hope; the second for faith; the third for love and the fourth leaf is for luck. Someone came up with this, but since a clover is just a plant, the leaves mean absolutely nothing.

5) Kissing the Blarney Stone will give you the eloquent power of winning or convincing talk. Once upon a time, visitors to this stone had to be held by the ankles and lowered head first over the wall surrounding the Blarney Stone to kiss it. Those attempting this were lucky not to receive the kiss of death.

Fun Facts

1) The tradition of wearing green originally was to promote Ireland otherwise known as "The Green Isle." After the British invasion of Ireland, few people wore green because it meant death. It would be like wearing red, white, and blue in the Middle East today. When the Irish immigrated to the U.S. because of the potato famine, few were accepted and most were scorned because of their Catholic beliefs. For fear of being ridiculed and mocked only a small number would wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. Those who didn't adorn green were pinched for their lack of Irish pride. This “pinching” tradition continues today.

2) Did you know that in 1962, Chicago, Illinois began dying the Chicago River green, using a vegetable dye? An environmentally safe dye is used in amounts that keep the river festively green for about four to five hours.

3) The Irish flag is green, white, and orange. The green represents the people of southern Ireland, and orange signifies the people of the north. White is the symbol of peace that brings the two groups together as a nation.

4) In 1737, Boston was the first city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but they celebrated it in August, not March!

5) A famous Irish dish is cabbage and corned beef which I love to eat!

It is estimated that there are about 10,000 regular three-leaf clovers for every one lucky four-leaf clover you might find. Those aren’t very good mathematical odds whether you are Irish or not!

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Want some St. Patrick's Day activities for your classroom? Check out these three resources.

March Fraction Word Puzzles for Grades 5-7

Pot of Gold Glyph for Grades 1-3

St. Patrick's Day Crossword 
for Grades 6-8