Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dictionary Day

Mr. Dwight Bischel from the Galena Rotary Club visited our classroom today and presented each third grader with their very own pocket dictionary! The third graders were thrilled, and eagerly started looking up words as part of a word game. The final challenge... Can you find a word with 6 letters, starts with r, and has no vowels?

Camdyn receiving her dictionary from Mr. Bischel

Elijah receiving his dictionary

Cora and Mr. Bischel

Kamron thanking Mr. Bischel

Celia waiting patiently for her dictionary

Sam trying out his new dictionary

Kelsey looking for a word that starts with "r"

Thanks to the Galena Rotary Club for our new pocket dictionaries!!!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It's snowing!!

Who can work when it's snowing outside? We just had to check out those first flakes today! And then, it was back to work!
Just a quick peek....

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Move to Learn!

One of the fun ways that we take "brain breaks" in our classroom is to use the "Move to Learn" videos recommended to us by Mrs. Haas.  They only last 5 minutes, but they really help get everyone moving and wide awake, ready to learn!  One of our favorites is "Hey, Sleepyhead".  Here's the link if you'd like to try it at home:

"Hey, Sleepyhead" Video

Third graders "moving to learn"!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

3S Recommends...

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

"You just HAVE to read Frog and Toad Together!  I loved this book because Toad made a list of things to do.  Toad went to Frog's house to take a walk, and at the end of the walk, they went to Frog's garden.  Frog gave Toad some seeds to plant. Toad stayed all night, looking after the seeds.  Toad's seeds did not grow, and Toad thought they were afraid to grow.  Finally, they all grew!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Subtraction Algorithms

Today we learned two subtraction algorithms.  The first, "Trade-First", was by far the most popular with our class.  I have added a link below to assist in homework using the "Trade-First" subtraction algorithm.

Trade-First Subtraction Algorithm - Click HERE!

The second subtraction algorithm, the "Counting-Up" Method, can also be used to solve subtraction problems.  Following is a link for this method:

Counting-Up Subtraction Algorithm - Click HERE!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fire Prevention

Thanks to the Hanover and Elizabeth fire departments for sharing tons of great activities, reminders, and lessons about fire prevention today. Does your family have an escape plan and meeting place?

Kelsey, Elijah, and Marley checking out the fire truck
In the ambulance with Mr. Randall, EMT
Ella putting out a fire
Lebron demonstrating "Stop, Drop, Cover, Roll"

Kamron trying on the air tank

Dylan, Dawson, Mia, Jack & Kamron

Math Night = Huge Success

We had an awesome turnout for Math Night last night! Thanks so much to all who attended! It was great to see so many parents and students having fun with math games, problem-solving, estimating, and measuring yummy snacks. Here are a few highlights:

Camdyn and her mom (and her brother) 
Maddox and his mom 

Celia and Sam

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Partial Sums Addition Algorithm

Tomorrow in third grade we'll be learning the partial sums addition algorithm.  Here's a little video preview...and it can also be used to refer back to when doing homework. Enjoy!