We have been working on thinking about the characters in the books that we are reading and using what we know about them to make predictions about what they are going to do next in the story. We are finding that sometimes our characters have a pattern in their behavior when we can say "there she goes again" but other times our characters surprise us.
Students had to chose a character from a book that they are reading or have read and come up with three clues about that character. They wrote their three clues and a Who Am I? on an acorn. Students then draw a picture of the character under the top of the acorn. The acorns are displayed so that other students can try to guess the character's name. Students have already been up to the bulletin board to take a look and to try to guess the characters. Here are a couple examples.
We are still practicing our learning target of comparing two stories and supporting our opinion with examples from each book. This time, after reading Emma Kate and My Friend John, students were asked to respond to this prompt: Some people would say that Emma Kate and John know how to be a good friend. Would you agree or disagree? Support your answer with examples and details from the stories.
Students worked on putting their thoughts into a graphic organizer and then organizing those thoughts and adding details to write at least 4 paragraphs that would answer the question. It is a big job, but I was so impressed by what the students can do!
Students know that their responses must include the titles of both books, their opinion, at least 3 examples that support their opinion and a conclusion. When students get their work returned to them, they can expect this feedback pictured below to let them know how they did.
This is the organizer that students fill out to help them with their answer to the question.
Students then took their ideas from their organizer and turned them into paragraphs by adding detail
Here is a wonderful example of a completed response!
Every Friday, the students' BRAIN activity is to practice their spelling on whiteboards with a friend. They come into the room and get started right away!
Today, we made Santa Clauses to go with the reindeer that were made from the neighboring classroom.
I can compare two stories and use details and examples to support my opinion.
After reading the books Elmer and Those Shoes, we filled in a graphic organizer that organized our thinking. Students had to decide if Elmer and Jeremy (the main characters from the stories) learned the same lesson. They needed to use evidence from each story that supports their opinion. Next, students will take their thoughts from their graphic organizer and write them out in paragraphs. It is a difficult task to accomplish, but as students work on a small part at a time, they are proud and surprised by what they can do by the end.
I will be sure to post some of the students' graphic organizers on here later. It is amazing what they can do!
Students will use this graphic organizer to help organize their thoughts
When I walked into my classroom this weekend in preparation for the week, I saw this wonderful surprise. Thanks kids! You are an amazing class!
I am sure that I will do things a little differently than Mrs. Schmalz, but give it some time and we will all settle in together and figure things out. And, I know that Mrs. Schmalz will already be back in our building subbing a lot this week!
I am sorry it took so long to get some pictures on here from our Halloween celebration. These are only some of the pictures that were taken. The rest are on the computer at school and I am still at home, but I wanted to make sure to share some! I visited with the baby boys towards the end of the day. I couldn't wait to see the kids in their costumes and to introduce them to the boys. They seem like a wonderful class! I will be back in the classroom after Thanksgiving break. The kids are going to really miss Mrs. Schmalz.
Thanks Ammy Johnson for taking the pictures!
Here are Bryson and Tobin on their first Halloween.
I am finally able to access my computer at school, so here are some more pictures from our Halloween Celebration. I will be back in a couple of weeks!
Hello third graders! I just wanted to wish you good luck on your MEAP test these next couple of weeks. Remember, it is over stuff you learned last year. Just relax, get a good night's sleep, eat well, and do your personal best. It will be over before you know it!
Here are a few pictures of the twins. I cannot believe how busy they keep me and how tired I am. They eat all the time, so I am only getting a couple hours of sleep here and there. But, they are so much fun to stare at their tiny tones and fingers, their wrinkly knees and elbows, and their little faces.
Bryson is licking and sucking his brother's forehead!
They like taking naps together
Hi third graders! I just wanted to let you know that I have been so busy the last couple days taking care of our newborn twin boys! The one on the top is Bryson Michael and the one on the bottom is Tobin James. I will keep you updated with pictures, so keep checking back!
On the first day of school, I try not to talk the entire time about procedures and rules. Kids can't hold it all in their brains anyways, so we do take time to get to know each other and have some fun. The students did so well walking quietly down the hall and following their assembly procedure that they earned a "Frisbee Fight!" During Frisbee Fights, I turn on fun music and we fling foam Frisbees around as a celebration.
Each student was also greeted at their seat by a survival goodie bag. Each item in their bag had meaning for a successful year. We discussed what each item meant.
Laffy Taffy- We are going to laugh a lot together this year
Eraser- We will make mistakes, but that is how we learn. And, if we make a mistake and say something we shouldn't have, we use "I am sorry" as our eraser.
Bookmark- We all have a place in this class and we will read many, many books this year.
Pencil- We will go on many writing adventures this year, too!
Smarties- We will get smarter in many different ways.
Stickers- We have to stick together as a class and help each other out.
Plah-Doh- We have to be flexible!
We gave the kids some time to get to know who they are sitting next to and relax a little as they played with their Play-Doh. Here are some pictures of our Play-Doh time!