Book orders are due Monday, April 27th. This may be the last book order before school is out for the summer. I might try to squeeze another one in, but we will see! If you would like to order online, it is very simple. Just enter the code FLZP8. Thank you for supporting our classroom by helping to get more books into our room.
We started one of my favorite units- our Mystery Book Club unit. During this unit, students will study the characteristics of the mystery genre. Students will be assigned a book that is at or close to their reading level. As a small group, they need to make a plan for their reading so that they finish their books in 5 days. Students will come together every day to discuss things like plot, suspects, red herrings, witnesses and victims. Students seem really excited to get reading. I told students to make their reading plans realistic so that they do not have homework every night from this. I know how busy families are this time of year!
Students are becoming authors of their own informational books. First, students made a list of topics they know a lot about. We discussed how they have know enough about their topic to write four chapters! So far, we have worked on our cover, table of contents and introductions. As we review and discuss the different nonfiction text structures (description, problem/solution, sequence, cause/effect, and compare/contrast), students have to pick which text structure will work best for their chapter that they are working on. It is a work at your own pace unit, so students will have to make good use of their time and not rush through it.
Devyn was our superhero during the week before spring break. You could spot his red cape from miles away! Devyn to the rescue!
What a beautiful day for a trip! Thank you Mrs. Wood for working so hard with the students to prepare them for this great opportunity. The students sounded great on their recorders, and they got to listen to the symphony perform and even see some dancing. Perfect!
The answer is a ton! We began our morning with an Easter Play-doh hunt. We couldn't find the last one, but Jazmyne finally found it and got to keep two! She didn't give up. After playing with our play-doh and coloring eggs, we headed down to the gym for a Reading Rocks assembly where we sang, danced, and listened to music. Mrs. Woller, Ben, and Emma danced in front of the entire school! Then we relaxed and read a ton before heading out to the cafeteria to celebrate all the reading we did this month with a root beer float. Yummy!
Their portfolios are in order. Their scripts are written and practiced. The students have examples of their reading comprehension, their writing, and their cursive. They have an inventory of their behavior and feelings about school. Today they practiced with a partner reading their scripts and going through their portfolios. They are ready to take the lead!
It was great to see more students dressing up as jacks in a lumber camp. We had a great day going on a noun scavenger hunt looking for five examples of five different nouns (singular, plural, common, proper, and possessive) as we practiced when and how to use an apostrophe. Students also enjoyed making and eating axes made of cheese and pretzels. Students finished filling in their scripts to lead conferences next week. At the end of the day, we worked on our super hero papers. They look awesome! You can see for yourself at conferences!
Our noun scavenger hunt!
Super Chloe wore her cape proudly!
Just a few of our super hero pictures!
Mrs. Ellis's Class
Learning & laughing our way through third grade.