This week was C.R.A.Z.Y. at school! We had the Fun Run for our big school wide fundraiser, the high school’s homecoming parade, and door decorating for Red Ribbon Week. Oh yeah, and we still had to try and teach some things! I was chatting with my student teacher earlier this week about all the craziness that is upon us the next few weeks. I feel kind of bad for her because there is so much going on during these few weeks that she has full responsibility. However, I guess it is a good way for her to experience what life is really like this time of year in an elementary school. Between all of the madness we did manage to do some work on inferencing. Hands down, my favorite way to introduce inferencing is using Abby’s “Mystery Box.” You can check out Abby’s blog about the Mystery Box Activity here. My kiddos love this activity. Then, a brilliant co-worker of mine showed up at lunch with a great third grade twist on the activity! She used some pieces from Abby’s activity to have her students make a foldable and write clues about their favorite food. So….of course I had to try it with my class. How cute are the magnifying glasses this kiddo drew! The clues were glued under each flap on the foldable. On the back, students wrote their favorite food and covered it with the question marks taped on so that you can flip it up and reveal the answer. Have you guessed what it is yet? I love how she spelled tortellini! Too cute. If you don’t already have Abby’s Mystery Box activity, I highly recommend it. It is a huge hit every year and something I pull out from time to time for a fun review of a super important reading skill. Also new this week, we assigned our character pumpkin activity. Students will be making the pumpkin part of the project at home and working on the character description in class. If you didn’t download the project earlier, here it is again. Just click the pic to download it for FREE! And to round out my crazy busy week, I finally finished up my “Monster” pack of multiplication resources. Just in time to begin our unit on multiplication. This is by far one of my favorite things to teach in third grade math, I think because they come to third grade so excited to learn it. It is 72 pages full of fun ways to learn and practice multiplication and it is all Common Core aligned! You can check it out at my TpT store! I am off to watch one of my all time favorite bloggers, Cara from The First Grade Parade, on one of my favorite shows, House Hunters! Here’s to the end of a crazy week, and the beginning of a crazy weekend! Happy Friday everyone.