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Animal Classification

Wednesday, January/01/2010


Little known fact: the second most sought after song available on this website is “Animals Belong in Class,” by Teacher and the Rockbots.

This song helps listeners differentiate between mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods by calling out descriptive clues about each class and then asking listeners to deduce the correct class.

“Animals Belong In Class” song sample

Like most music on this site, it comes with printable flash cards, worksheets, Cloze reading and vocabulary studies, wiki links and a lesson plan.

You can check it out more closely by visiting the  Animal Classification web page and you can download or buy the CD by clicking here.


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Blackline Masters Worth Your Time

Sunday, June/06/2009

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I found another website that deserves your attention. It’s produced by a 28 year veteran teacher, Laura Candler, and has well-organized and extensive resources.

She has produced 13 books for sale but has also offered 100’s of blackline masters for free. Yes, she likes to share and the quality of these freebies is head-and-shoulders above many paid offerings.

Do you teach Math, Science, Health, Language Arts, Social Studies, Literary Lessons, Holidays, Accelerated Reading, Cooperative Learning, Center Activities and other odds ‘n ends?  Then you need to familiarize yourself with the deep well that is Laura Candler’s website.

This link will take you directly to her “file cabinet,” which contains the bulk of the free materials. I have no doubt that you’ll check out the rest of her site while you’re there.

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Another 3rd Grade Blog to Check Out

Thursday, April/04/2009

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If you haven’t stumbled upon Mrs. Thorp’s Third Grade Blog yet,  then take a minute to enjoy the resources that this 16 year veteran teacher has so diligently collected, organized and selflessly offered to anyone who’d care to use them.

Mrs. Thorp’s Third Grade Blog has one of the best “how to” collections for 3rd grade teachers to employ.  These are specific, well thought out tasks and techniques that can help overcome an impressive range of classroom instructional hurdles.

Having trouble teaching reading? Multiplication not sinking in? Kids don’t want to write? Science needs a little zing?  Visit Mrs. Thorp for a little help.

Additionally, she evaluates and recommends an occasional website when it’s clear that the site provides extraordinary value.  No time-wasting link farm referrals  here.

As good as Mrs. Thorp’s Third Grade Blog already is, I suspect that it will only get better over time since the collection will surely continue to grow.

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FuriouslyCurious Is Complete!

Friday, February/02/2009


I’ve known for a while that there are teachers who don’t teach 3rd grade that still like to use the resources on

So that older kids won’t feel slighted by working on “3rd grade” activities, I created a sister site that has no mention of grade level or achievement level.  It’s called and it has lots of cool features that are sure to be a hit with kids and teachers.

  • For a little fun, users can select one of four color schemes to suit their own tastes
  • The navigation is much easier to work and creates an opportunity to more easily meet different teaching objectives
  • Printable flash cards are now available for each song. This is a real time saver when  you need a ready way to help students who are struggling to “get it”
  • There is also an “Easy Read” feature that makes the lyrics bigger. In this view, the lyrics absolutely dominate the page. No more problems for the kids in the back of the room!

Go check it out when you get a chance.

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