Sunday, September 29, 2013

3S Recommends...

This week we are showcasing....Celia!  Here's Celia's book recommendation for this week...

"You just HAVE to read My Teacher is an Alien!  I loved this book because it's a mystery.  It's fun to figure out at the end.  It's funny.  It's AWESOME! The story is about an alien and I love space!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Getting ready for the big game!

On Friday, Ms. Ransom offered Wildcat face painting for anyone interested... Of course, everyone was!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pop Star Day!

Oh boy, what a fun day!  Hope to see you all at the parade and pep rally tonight!!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Nerds Everywhere!

Check out all the nerds that turned up in our classroom today! Happy Homecoming week!

Monday, September 23, 2013

3S Recommends....

Each week we'll be showcasing one of our students recommending one of their favorite books for others to read.  This week we are showcasing....Sydney!  Here's what Sydney has to say...

"You just HAVE to read "Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy" by Barbara Park.  I loved this book because I like pets and in this book it has pet day, when you can bring your pet to school.  You can talk about your pet and show tricks that your pet can do.  Also how to care for your pet."

Sydney recommends....Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Mallardfest Royalty

Our third grade coloring contest winners this year were:
3S 1st place- Heaven
       2nd place- Dawson
3R 1st place-Lauren
        2nd place- Alexas

And..... (drumroll please).... this year's Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are Ella Eadie and Philip Glenn!!! Congrats to all and have fun at Mallardfest!!

Coloring Contest Winners:  Alexas, Dawson, Heaven & Lauren with Leo!

Mrs. Ella Mallard and Mr. Phillip Mallard with Leo

Mr. & Mrs. Mallard in the Parade

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Video Review: Compare & Contrast

Furry Friends Visit 3S

One of the coupons that third graders can buy with their good behavior points is Show and Tell. This week Heaven and Mia shared their pets with us....including Shasta the Yorkie, Sadie the Boxer, and Chubbs the guinea pig.

Mia & Sadie

Heaven and Shasta

Mia & Chubbs

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Searching for "Evidence"

One of the goals of the Common Core standards is to get students to think more deeply and look for evidence to support answers to questions in their reading. In these photos, students are looking for evidence in the story "Kumak's Fish"  to compare and contrast how a spring day in the Arctic is different from a spring day at River Ridge.

Camdyn & Izak
Nick & Sydney

Mia & Dawson

Monday, September 9, 2013

Do you remember where you were on Sept. 11, 2001?

Today we took some time in class to discuss the events of Sept. 11, 2001.  It's hard to believe that our third graders weren't even born yet....but some of them were very knowledgeable, and some were hearing about that day for the very first time.  It's a tough subject, but such an important one.  We are focusing on the heroes of that day, and we started brainstorming about the heroes in our own lives.  Throughout this week, we'll be writing about our heroes in a multi-paragraph expository essay.

Take some time at home to talk about the events of Sept 11th with your child, and how it affected your life.  Below is a great video to get that discussion started...

Link to Sept. 11 Video

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Froggy Friday

Look who stopped by our window on Friday morning to check up on the 3rd graders!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Off and running with Accelerated Reader!

The third graders are already busy reading towards their Accelerated Reader goals!  Last week we took the STAR reading tests, which calculated our first quarter goals, as well as our reading levels.  Our third graders are expected to read chapter books at their individual level, working to increase their stamina in reading longer books. Students are also encouraged to read nonfiction books.  You can access your child's progress in AR from home; if you have lost your log-in information, please let me know. Watch your weekly newsletter for an update on your child's progress toward their quarterly goal.

Keep up the great reading, third graders!!!!

Heaven working on an AR test

Accelerated Reading time

Comfy AR reading

Cozy AR reading

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Subjects & Predicates

Hey third graders!

Check out this fun Schoolhouse Rock video to review subjects & predicates...enjoy!

Mr. Morton Video - Click Here!