Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Happy Birthdays & Enrichment Spelling

Happy 9th Birthday Seth on Sept. 24th!
Avery turned 9 on Sept. 29th. Happy Birthday!
Students who received 100% on their Monday Spelling Pretest work together to create their own
challenging enrichment spelling list!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Sneak Peek....

We are getting excited about the Steve Moris concert and fundraiser at RRHS on Saturday evening. One of the items that will be available at the silent auction will be a beautiful one-of-a-kind work of art, created by the third graders.
Our Work in Progress....Check it out at the Silent Auction at the concert on Saturday evening!

Simple & Compound Sentences

Today in grammar we learned about simple and compound sentences.  By adding a conjunction, 2 simple sentences become a compound sentence.  Here we are practicing....

(Stay tuned for a little review on conjunctions at the end of this post....Conjunction Junction!)

2 simple sentences....
become a compound sentence.
2 simple sentences....
are now a compound sentence....

And 2 simple sentences...
change into a compound sentence.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Homecoming: Friday Edition!

Wow! What a week! We had a ball at the parade and pep rally on Thursday! Our Minute to Win It game today was TP Mr. B., and our time was 1 min. 15 seconds!  Then we visited Ms. Ransom to get our faces painted and headed out to the Powder Puff football game.  (And, we also still managed to take our reading quizzes, spelling tests, and finish up math tests today....:) WHEW!!!!
Good luck Wildcats at the game tonight!!!
Thursday night pep rally!

Minute to Win It - TP Mr. B.
Face Painting Fun
Face Painting Fun
Showing our Wildcat Pride
At the Powder Puff Football game

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Homecoming: Thursday Edition

What a busy day!  Our room was full of Disney characters today, and our Minute-to-Win-It game was Cheerio Stacking!  The winner for our room was Jack, with a stack of 5 cheerios!  The Wildcat also stopped by, and so did Leo the Mallard.  The new Mr. and Mrs. Mallard of Mallardfest were chosen from the third grade...Cora R. and Degan! Congrats! See you all tonight at the parade!
Disney Day!
Micaela (a.k.a. Cinderella)
Evie (a.k.a. Minnie)
Jack, with the winning tower of 5 Cheerios!
Wildcat hugs
Drumroll please...and the 2014 Mr. & Mrs. Mallard is....
Cora R. & Degan!! Congrats!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Homecoming: Wed. Edition

Today our classroom was filled with Super Heroes.  Our "Minute-to-Win-It" game  was "Face the Cookie".  Students had to move a cookie from their forehead into their mouth, without using their hands.  Much more difficult than it seems....just ask Gwen, Remy, Arthur, and Matthew.  But, finally, Dwight made it with one cookie!  A fun, but short, day!  Looking forward to the parade and pep rally tomorrow!!!

Super Hero Day!!!
Gwen playing "Face the Cookie"
Remy's version of "Face the Cookie"
Arthur trying...
and Matthew trying...
Finally... Dwight lands 1 cookie in his mouth!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Homecoming: Tuesday Edition

Tuesday's "Minute-to-Win-it" game was "a Bit Dicey"! Students had to see how many dice they could stack on a Popsicle stick held in their mouth. Morgan balanced the most.... 6!

Also, there isn't a photo for our dress-up day today, because I couldn't find my students, they were all wearing camo! :)
Morgan's sets the class record....6!
Avery balances 2 die
Madi balances 5!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Homecoming Week: Monday Edition

Homecoming week is off and running! The elementary classes are participating in daily "Minute-to-Win-It" games each day this week...today's game was "Stack Attack". All of our students will be able to participate in one or more event this week.  Today our class tied for the lead with the 2 5th grade classes, with a pyramid of cups containing 8 rows created by Hannah! The dress-up day was "Black-Out", check us out below!
Cora's cup pyramid
Hannah's pyramid...sorry this is not clearer!
Ethan's pyramid
Third Grade Black-Out!!!

What's Up in Reading?

We've been busy in reading class.  Last week we worked on sequencing, and the third graders worked in groups to create posters to show the sequence of events in our story of the week.  This week we are comparing and contrasting. Check out our fun super-size Venn Diagram below!
Working on sequencing posters
Morgan, Avery, & George working together on sequencing
Dwight, Kate, Ana & Ethan creating their sequencing poster
Our story posters in sequential order
Our Super-Size Venn Diagram (using hula hoops!)
Working on comparing and contrasting
The third graders also created newspapers about the beginning of the school year.
Cora's "Third Grade Times"

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Honoring Heroes on Patriots' Day

Our social studies lessons this week focused on the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and what it means to be a hero.  The third graders were so thoughtful as they learned about the heroes of that day, and as they wrote about the heroes in their own lives.   We also created our own 9/11 Memorial in the hallway, with thoughts about heroes.
Our 9/11 Memorial
Finally the third graders really understood the message of hope that the following video shows about the building of the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. They asked that we share it on our blog....

Friday, September 5, 2014

Finally Friday...Time for "Move to Learn"!

One fun way to get everyone moving after a long week is to start the day with "Move to Learn". This is an awesome program that is based on the concept that when kids move at school, not only does their health improve, so does their academic performance.  The third graders loved starting the day moving, and I loved seeing their reading quiz & spelling test scores improve!  It was a great week in third grade!  Check out this video clip....

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

This Week's Strategy---Sequencing!

Hi Third Graders! Please watch this video to review our comprehension strategy for this week...sequencing!