I am so excited to begin this school year. It is going to be a wonderful year- I can just feel it! This website gives parents the opportunity to see sample work, learn our learning targets that we are currently working on, and see pictures from inside our classroom and from field trips. It allows students the opportunity to have a genuine audience for their work, as well.
The website also provides literacy games and a link to a website that levels books so that your child is reading at the "just right" level. You can also find our daily schedule and some information about me.
Please bookmark this page. I update it at least once a week. Thanks for stopping in!
Wow- what a bittersweet time! The excitement of an adventurous summer is building, yet so is the time to say good bye to our class. I have spent hours a day with these kids. I love their sense of humor, their ability to cooperate with one another, the way they look for ways to be helpful and their hard working nature.
To the parents who are reading- thank you for entrusting me with your child for 7 hours during the day. Thank you for all your support at home and all your open communication. We really are a team.
To the students who are reading- I am going to miss you in such a huge way. You have no idea! It is kids like you that allow me to LOVE my job. Please, come visit me next year, and, for fluency practice, come read a book to my new third graders!
Here is a challenge for the students- Whenever you think of it this summer, come on here and comment on this post. Tell us of your adventures, your travels, funny things that happened to you, sad things that happened, or books you are reading. It can be a sentence. It can be a paragraph. It can be a whole story.
And, I will do the same.
This will give us a way to keep in touch over the summer.
Love you guys!
Today, students spent some time making a summer time bucket list. I enjoyed reading these and thought some of you might get a kick out of them, too. Dream big, kids!
Even though it was cloudy and chilly today, students seemed to really enjoy the afternoon. Thank you to all the parents who cooked and got the food set up. You made it possible to have a great cook out with the kids. After the kids ate, they were able to go play. Some chose the playground structure, some formed soccer teams and played soccer the entire time, others played catch or baseball or frisbee or some played down by the water. I love watching them organize their play. Even though it was chilly, we still enjoyed popsicles. Here is a slideshow of pictures from our afternoon together. Enjoy!
Let's give them a hand!- Students who were responsible and turned in all or all but one reading log from the entire year got a certificate, a sucker, and a sticky hand. Hope this sticky hand didn't cause problems at home! Congrats super readers! Also, I gave everyone a mystery series book to enjoy this summer. Maybe your kid will get hooked on this series!
It was my last day with the students in Mrs. Woller's home room. What an amazing group of students! They will be greatly missed. I hope they come and read to my class next year, or stop in and say hello.
Since the library is closed for the year, we had a little extra time today that we used for putting smiles on little kids' faces. It feels so good to do things for others. Today, students decorated the sacks that will be delivered to boys and girls as their supper. This program feeds 7500 kids in west Michigan each weekday. We went to this website and watched the quick video explaining how the program helps kid,s and then we got to decorating!
After a few days of doing research by using books, care sheets from pet stores, and websites, students' graphic organizers were looking pretty full. While collecting information on their chosen pet, students had to organize it correctly in their notes and put the information into their own words. Students then started writing their information into their pet flap books. Lastly, students will practice persuasive writing by writing a letter to parents, using some of their research findings to back up their opinion of why they should get their chosen pet.
We had a perfect day at camp. There were hardly any bugs, perfect temperature, and every child was well behaved. The counselors were so impressed with their listening and ability to follow directions! We learned about the Native Americans, played some of the games they did, learned about an ecosystem and dug through the muck in the pond in hopes to find critters. And we did. A turtle, tadpole, leeches, dragon fly nymph, and other little critters were found. We canoed on beautiful big Blue Lake. We learned about the food chain through a game called Life in the Woods and learned about fur trade as we ventured into the woods looking for "furs" to trade. Some free time, lunch, an entertaining, crazy drinking fountain and snack. . . what a wonderful day! Thank you to the PTO for paying our way to camp!
Because there were 145 pictures, I put them into a slide show. And I only got to hang around with my class during the day for the most part, so there aren't many pictures that include Mrs. Woller's class. Enjoy!
This week on Wednesday, we went to the Frauenthal for the Link-up program. What a wonderful experience! Students were able to learn about a symphony and listen to them play, but it was in a very entertaining, kid-friendly way. It was amazing! I especially enjoyed the drum line. They came booming right down the aisles, without looking down at their hands at all. I could tell how hard the kids have been working on learning the songs on their recorders and the words to the songs they sang. I love hearing a group of kids sing! They also go to listen to the West Michigan Children's Choir, which is holding auditions soon! The program ended with confetti dropping down from the ceiling.
We have been discussing the power of adjectives in stories and poems that we read and in what we write. We have gone on an adjective hunt through our poetry binders and we played a fun adjective dice game where players listed adjectives as quickly as they could until their partner rolled a six. Then their partners grabbed the pencil and started their own list of adjectives while the other person tried to roll a six. The person with the longest, accurate list wins. I loved watching the students smile and watching them try to think of adjectives quickly and under pressure.
When faced with a tough decision, like picking a pet you would like, a decision tree can help. We brainstormed a list of common pets (common, so we could find kid-friendly sources on them) and then students picked their top two choices. I modeled how to use a decision tree to help with my decision. Students then filled out their own decision tree to narrow it down to their top choice. I wove some economic terms into our discussion, like scarcity and opportunity cost. After school, I then gathered books and care sheets for their pets. The next day, students started to research and take notes on their findings. Students are being graded on how independently and accurately they are able to gather and organize their findings. The graphic organizer has four columns- characteristics, habits, care, and other interesting facts. We also got out the Chromebooks and practiced using Kiddle, google's kid friendly search engine and a program called Pebble Go to learn even more about our pet. Two more days of research and then we will be turning our notes into paragraphs and creating flap book about our pets.
Mrs. Ellis's Class
Learning & laughing our way through third grade.