We had beautiful weather for our visit to Greenfield Village. Students were able to experience American history up close and personal.Students enjoyed watching pottery and glassblowing demonstrations, saw the childhood homes of Henry Ford and the Wright Brothers. Other highlights included seeing the Logan Courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law in Illinois, the house where Noah Webster wrote his dictionary, George Washington Carver's birthplace, and the Edison Laboratories. Many students had the chance to ride a steam train and a real Model T.
Some Very Special Guests!
I was very honored this weekend to host some very special guests last Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. My family enjoyed spending time with the boys and girls they have been hearing about all year. The girls enjoyed decorating cupcakes, making their own mini pizzas, and getting their nails done all before their ice cream treat. The boys enjoyed inflatable hockey stick races, played water squish-ball dodge-ball, had some pizza, and visited the middle school behind my house for basketball before heading over for some ice cream at Dairy Treat. Check out the videos below. (All videos can be downloaded if you would like to save them.)
It was an honor for my family to host 12 great boys at my house Friday night! The boys had a great time playing and eating together! Thanks so much to the parents for donating $25 at the school auction to help support the PTO!
For the first time our third graders had field day on the upper elementary fields. Fun and good sportsmanship made the event fun for all. Thanks to Mr. Grant and all the parent volunteers who helped make the day possible!
Wet and Wild Field Trip
Our Titanic Newspapers are finished! Third graders completed all the necessary parts of their Titanic newspapers and put them all together in a Breaking News Front Page. The newspapers are filled with nonfiction writing, including a newspaper article that summarizes the disaster and aftermath, an interview that they conducted on Titanic Day along with a timeline and a list of facts each student found interesting. There is also a letter to the editor where students showcased their persuasive writing skills. Students had to follow a lot of directions to do the front page layout. They measured and cut headlines, balanced print with pictures and had to make many decisions along the way!
Students stepped back in time to conduct ïnterviews" of Titanic survivors on the docks in New York. Each third grader wrote 5 interview questions. The completed interviews are an important part of our newspapers.
From Sunshine to Syrup at the Troy Nature Center
Book Character Parade
Our third graders got into the spirit of March is Reading Month by dressing as their favorite book character. The whole school paraded through the building in a celebration of reading! It was like mini-Halloween with a literary twist!
Valentine's Day Fun
Our class showed off their creativity with 29 incredible Valentine boxes! Classmates had a fun-filled day passing out Valentines to each other before another great party put on by our parents!
Thanks so much to our room parents and all the volunteers who helped make for a wonderful holiday party!
Our students worked very hard making poinsettia paintings for their parents. Over three days they drew, outlined, painted, framed and gift-wrapped their masterpieces.
Students worked very hard to learn about their heritage then create an informative poster to share. They combined social studies with technology, writing and research skills to complete this project. On the morning of December 8, we were very fortunate to have two guest speakers teach us about Polish holiday traditions and Chinese New Year. Thank you so much to Mackenzie's great, great aunt and Ben's mom! Our research project was capped off with a Family Potluck that was incredible. Thank you parents so much for taking the time to take part in this event. It was a truly memorable day!
Heritage Projects in the Making!
Packing Holiday Stocking Care Packages for Marines Overseas
Super U! Assembly: Learning About Positive Character Traits
Studying Shadows with Human Sundials
Fun Run 2017
The kids did a great job and had a lot of fun during our annual fun run. Thanks so much to all the parents who made donations. These funds help cover many of the special things we do in third grade. A special thanks to Mr.and Mrs. Bosman for all the time and effort they put into organizing and running this great Leonard event.
Student Council Elections
I was so proud of our 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 Avri and Leah will be representing our class at morning Council Meetings. Below are some pictures of our candidates with their posters and giving their speeches.
The Relatives Came Read Along~Sept. 15, 2017
Thank you so much to all of our relatives who came for our surprise event. It was a great day 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.
The kids had fun personalizing their writer's notebooks on September 14. Thanks so much to Mrs. Shaya and Mrs. Mikulan for covering them all with contact paper.
Our First Week Was Awesome!
Watch the video below to see a few of the things we were up to during our first week of school.
The First Day of School is Coming!
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.
Check out the website from last year 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, August 30, from 4-5! You can bring your school supplies that day and put them in your cubby!
The New School Year is Almost Here!
Are you getting excited about going back to school? I know I am! Our school theme is jungle and the school is looking "wild!"Our adventure on the road from September to June will be filled with learning and fun! I am so looking forward to meeting this year's bunch! I just know it is going to be an amazing year!
Letter to Parents
Letter to Students
School Dismissal Times this Year
9:10 a.m. to 4:07 p.m. (First bell rings at 9:05)
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© 2017Genia Connell
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