The class had a wonderful time at our Halloween parade and parties. Thanks so much to our Room Moms and all of our parents who contributed to make this one of the nicest Halloween parties Room 14 has ever seen. See more pictures from our fun-filled afternoon in the the video below. Photo Gallery Pictures
Name Brand Skeletons!
Our third graders created these skeletons by painting their name in cursive, then folding the paper in half to create their very own personalized skeleton body. They wrote perspective pieces, "stepping inside" their skeletons to share what it would see, hear or wonder.
Student Council Elections
I was so proud of our fifteen boys and girls who made posters and gave speeches to be our class representatives. This was an election that truly had no losers; everyone who ran was a winner just for trying! This year Emily and Sungat will be representing our class at morning Council Meetings. Below are some pictures of our candidates with their posters.
The Relatives Came Read Along~Sept. 12, 2014
Thank you so much to all of our relatives who came for our surprise event. It was a chilly read along for sure but the cafeteria turned out to be a great spot to enjoy a few good book and a few good treats with family and friends. The boys and girls used the Cynthia Rylant book, The Relatives Came, as mentor text for a personal narrative they wrote. Everyone published their narrative in a comic strip format. Look for them to be on display soon. If you would like to see more photos from our Read Along, please be sure to visit the photo gallery.
The First Day of School!
The 2014-2015 school year got off to a great start with 26 wonderful students all eager to learn in the third grade. We began our day with a Who's in Room 14 Word Search, next we read the short story The Kingdom With No Rules, No Laws and No King which led to a class discussion on why we might want a few rules and laws (procedures) in our classroom. Students came up with a pretty good list of things that would help make our room run smoothly. Turns out, we decided, rules aren't created by mean teachers looking for new ways to get students--they are there for two good reasons, safety and respect. Our class decided we only needed three rules to cover everything: Be Nice, Respect Yourself, Others, and the School, and Treat Others the Way You Want to be Treated. Following recess we read a great back to school book, Teacher from the Black Lagoon. Then of course, being the teacher that I am, I made them write about their first day of school! To complete our day, we dusted off some math skills, did an all class icebreaker activity, and unpacked all of our supplies. Hopefully your boys and girls had a wonderful first day too!
September's Special Schedule
This year the Troy School District is structuring our special classes a little differently. Instead of having the specials on the same day each week, they rotate. Students will have art, gym and music once every four days for 45 minutes. Library and Spanish will be held once every eight days for 45 minutes. You may click the image below to download and print a copy for yourself. Our specials are held from 11:55-12:40 every day. Lunch follows from 12:50-1:30.
Welcome to Room 14!
If you are reading this, chances are you just found out you will be in my class this year! Hooray! I'm so excited to get the new year started. We are going to have an awesome class this year, I can tell already.
Our theme this year is Reading for Success and 3rd grade chose the comic book genre. I'm just curious? What's Your Superpower? Maybe you use kindness, or intelligence, or creativity, or determination or another superpower to succeed. If you're not sure, we'll unlock the mystery to your talents this year!
Check out the website to get an idea of what last year's class did in third grade. We may not do the exact same things this coming year, but whatever we do will be great! I'm hoping I see you at the open house on Wednesday from 4-5! If you click on the Kids' Blog tab above, you can even answer a question about what you are looking forward to this year.
The New School Year is Almost Here!
Are you getting excited about going back to school? I know I am! Leonard's theme this year is Read to Succeed and Third Grade has chosen comic books as our genre. I just know it is going to be an amazing year!
Letter to Parents
Letter to Students
School Times this Year
9:10 a.m. to 4:02 p.m.
First day dismissal at 12:44.
HAPPY to be 3rd Graders!
Enjoy watching our 3rd graders as they show how Happy they are! Music by Pharrell Williams. :)
If you ever need something to do, give these fun activities a try!
In science we are examining life cycles of plants (and animals come January.) Our third graders designed their own experiments to get their seeds to sprout, generating hypothesis and the amount of water, air and light that would best help their seeds sprout. Each morning the boys and girls would excitedly check their seeds and record in-depth observations about their progress. After approximately a week, we learned that the incorrect amount of water, air and light resulted in a lot of really smelly, rotted seeds. Our next experiment was more controlled, with students selecting seeds to plant in a "baggy garden." Each day they made observations and recorded them in their science notebooks. They gathered data by measuring the sprouts and roots each day. Students were amazed that there was measurable growth in several plants from the morning until the afternoon--plants literally growing before their eyes! I went in during break to water the plants and took the last two pictures so the boys and girls could see how much more their plants had grown since December 20!
Fire Safety Assembly
Over the past few weeks as part of our reading and writing curriculum, students have been learning about character traits. In reading, recognizing a character's personality can help you understand why a character acts the way they do and how they may change throughout the story. In writing, we are developing characters in our narratives, giving them distinct personalities through our words, actions and dialogue. During our literacy centers, students combined what we were learning in language arts with our study of shadows to create silhouettes of themselves that listed ten character traits they thought best described them. See our silhouettes below, or better yet, stop by and see them in person!
Write All About It!
We have been hard at work this quarter perfecting our personal narratives, or short stories from our lives. I can already see great progress in beginnings, idea development and sentence structure. Students also love "Freewrite Friday," when for thirty minutes they can write about what ever topic they like in a format of their choice. We have students writing comic books, poems, picture books, letters and even a chapter book! They look forward to this special time each week!
Only the Shadow Knows!
On Thursday, after the heavy fog lifted, we furthered our scientific study of light and shadows by becoming human sundials. Students went outside four times during the day, and with a partner traced their shadows on the blacktop. They measured their shadows and recorded the time, length of shadow and position of the sun. Next they wrote observations and made predictions of what the next trip outside would bring. Students discovered that their shadows moved in a circular, clockwise direction, and in a direct line with the sun's position. Shadows were longest early in the morning, shortest when the sun was directly overhead and began to lengthen again in the afternoon. Towards the end of the day we watched a short clip on how sundials worked and students were amazed to discover they had become human sundials. Interactive science at it's best!
The Relatives Came Read Along
Thank you so much to all of our relatives who came for our surprise event. Even if the weather did not fully cooperate with us, I'm so happy the third graders could enjoy a few good books and a few good treats with their family and friends. The boys and girls used the Cynthia Rylant book, The Relatives Came, this week as mentor text for a personal narrative they wrote then published as a picture book. These should be finished and ready to display soon. If you would like to see more photos from our Read Along, please be sure to visit the photo gallery.
I'm so happy to have the opportunity to be sharing some of the things I do in my classroom on Scholastic's Top Teaching Blogs. I hope you will join me and several other teachers as we share our ideas weekly.