Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Scenes from our busy, fun day! Thanks to the parents who donated treats and supplies for our party, and the PTO for sponsoring our science assembly!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AR Reward on a Beautiful Day!

On Monday afternoon, the students who met their first quarter AR goals enjoyed an extra recess.  It was an absolutely beautiful afternoon, and it was an excellent way to reward these readers for their hard work during the first quarter.
Some of the third graders enjoying their reward recess

Monday, October 20, 2014

Yummiest Show-n-Tell & Happy Birthdays!

Evie shared her family's new business with our class this week....Three Sisters Sweet Shoppe! Evie told us about working at the shop, baking cupcakes, and scooping ice cream. She also shared some of their yummy ice cream.  Thanks Evie!

And, Happy Happy Birthday to George &  Morgan, who both turn 9 on Oct. 19th!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Welcome Author Steve Cotler!

Today we welcomed Mr. Steve Cotler to River Ridge. He is the author of the "Cheesy Mack" series, which we are currently reading in our classroom. The third graders are loving his first book, and we were fascinated to discover that he actually rewrote that book 8 times before it was published! He shared some fun stories, and the third and fourth graders participated in a character study of Cheesy and his best friend, Georgie.  Mr. Cotler wanted the students to remember that when writing, every single word has a purpose.  
7th Grader Andy Wurster introduces Mr. Cotler
Cora asking a question
Mr. Steve Cotler sharing his enthusiasm for writing

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Learning about Fire Prevention

Thanks so much to our local fire departments for teaching us about fire safety today! It was a beautiful morning and the third graders were excited to try out the fire hose, and climb up into the fire trucks. They also got to practice stop, drop, cover, and roll, and take a tour of the ambulance.  Finally, they went in the "safety house" and learned about preventing fires in the kitchen, and what to do if a fire ever breaks out in their house.  Does your family have a plan and a meeting place?

Check Out 4-H!

On Tuesday afternoon, Janet Lobdell from the University of Illinois Extension office, and Rhett Geisz, 4H member, shared information about 4H with the third graders.  If you are interested in signing your child up, let me know and I can get you more info.  Thanks!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Best Birthday!!!!

Thanks so much for all the wonderful birthday wishes!  I had the best birthday spending it with my amazing third graders!!!  They made my day super special!
Class Selfie....we tried!!!

AND...Thanks to Mrs. Reese and her helpers for decorating our classroom for my "big" birthday! It was awesome!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Measuring for Line Plots!

Today our math lesson focused on creating, reading and interpreting data in a line plot. The third graders measured each other to obtain data to create our own line plot. Our heights ranged from 49 inches to 58 inches, and the mode (most common) height was 56 inches!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Wildcat of the Week & Wildcat of the Month!

Congrats to this week's Wildcat...Morgan!  And a big CONGRATULATIONS to our Wildcat of the Month....George!!!

Read and Feed!

The third graders earned 30 Brownie Points this week for awesome behavior.  Their reward was to have a "Read and Feed" on Friday afternoon. They loved it! Here are a few highlights!