Isaac is our super hero this week. As he presented his poster, we were getting a great taste of his sense of humor. Thanks, Isaac!
After doing some fun Valentine math and writing activities, we passed out our Valentine's.
After recess and lunch, it was time to feast. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our festivities!
after we feasted for awhile we watched a little Super Puppies- cute, adorable puppies with capes and face masks, ready to save the world!
We cleaned up and then students were challenged to make an animal made entirely out of hearts. We had some dolphins, owls, giraffes, and snakes.
Liam is this week's super hero and what a hero he is! He's responsible, respectful and safe and his poster is a perfect example of his creativity.
Students have been working hard on publishing their opinion pieces. After reviewing where the Tab, shift, exclamation point, apostrophe, and question mark keys are, students were eager to get typing!
Thanks to all of those who ordered books, we were able to use the bonus points I receive from orders to purchase 76 new books! It's like Christmas in our classroom! I purchased many book sets for for next unit, which is practicing the signposts in book clubs, but I also was able to get single copies of the newest released book of many popular series. Thank you!
Chase was our super hero last week and did such a great job presenting his colorful poster. Thanks, Chase!
Today students learned about ice rescue. They were told to never go on the ice alone. If they fall through, they learned how to get out safely. In the pool, students practiced some swimming skills, rolling on the "ice" to safty, rescuing someone who is in danger, and they had a little free time to play some awesome water games!
Today our classroom was all a chatter as we worked with partners and in groups for reading and writing. For writing, students were placed with a partner to edit their essays for end punctuation, capitals and spelling. Students sat shoulder to shoulder with their partner with one notebook in the middle as they read through each essay.
For reading, students worked in groups of 4 and moved around the room reading short passages. As a group, they had to decide which signpost was most prominent in the passage and discuss and write the answer to the anchor question that goes with that signpost. Students got in some very rich discussions while doing this. I was impressed with how students were giving their opinion of what signpost it was and automatically backing it up with evidence from the passage. I heard things like, "I think it is a memory moment because here he is remembering the last time he went to the hospital and then again down here it talks about a different memory" or "I think it is a tough question because she is asking herself all these tough questions down here. . . and there are a bunch of them in a row. It's like a whole paragraph of stuff she is struggling with." Music to a reading teacher's ears!
Reid is our super hero this week! She is a wildcat hero who is responsible, respectful, and safe. She has a positive attitude and wonderful smile. . . . and I learned that she loves unicorns.
Coming home soon is a signpost flipbook that your child made. We have been studying each signpost separately by looking at examples in books and short movie clips and by practicing finding them in our own books. Now we are going to focus on looking for all of them together. I wanted you, as a parent, to be able to spot signposts when reading with your child and to encourage your child to ask the one anchor question for each signpost. To do this, I thought it would be beneficial to have your child explain each signpost to you using the flipbook as a guide. Please take a moment this week, to listen to your child explain the signposts. These signposts are used in fourth and fifth grade and even into middle school. As a life long reader, I use them to deepen my understanding of books and I even use them in life with my interactions with people.
When you have taken some time to have your child explain them to you, please sign or initial the homework sheet.
Also, coming home on Tuesday is your child's writers notebook. Sorry for all the homework! Things just finished up at the same time. A note will be coming home with your child's notebook explaining editing your child's essay for capitals, end punctuation, and spelling. We will be typing these essays on Thursday and Friday. The students are really excited to publish their essays. Thank you for helping your child edit!
Mrs. Ellis's Class
Learning & laughing our way through third grade.