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.
Under the Classroom Schedule tab there is our daily schedule (not yet updated), specials schedule, and a google calendar of important dates for our classroom. You can sync the calendar with your own, so you can be reminded of events coming up.
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!
Camrin was our last super hero who brought his poster in. He could be spotted wearing a cape and doing safe, responsible, and respectful acts around RRO. Thanks, Camrin!
I'm sorry if I start to sound sappy and emotional, but I get like this at the end of the year. I have really gotten to know and grown to love your child and it is crazy to think that in just a few short days I will be going from seeing them a ton to not at all. The third grade picnic was wonderful. I love to see the kids at ease, playing with their friends and working together to get a game of baseball going, collecting tad poles, building sand castles or doing tumbling on the green grass. The weather was perfect and the kids were so well behaved. We had a wonderful day!
A special thank you to all the parents who helped! We couldn't have done it without you!
Students have finished their flap books on their pet research and they shared them with the class. I so enjoyed listening to their flap books and seeing their amazing pictures. I love this short, but authentic research project. We are ending the year with awesome products. Way to go kids!
Students then took what they learned from their research and used the information to highlight in a letter to parents why they should get this pet. Students filled out a plan sheet with their opinion . For example, I think I should have a gerbil. And then students used parallels structure to state two reasons. They used this plan sheet then to write a letter, as they elaborated on each reason. Some students will be bringing home letters that do not look like the letter below. Even though we spent a lot of time on elaboration during our opinion writing unit, some kids did not elaborate and just wrote their reasons. Letters, if done correctly, should look like the one below with a paragraph for each reason that gives some elaboration on their reasons. You should see parallel structure- one reason, another reason- at the beginning of each paragraph.
Students spent two days researching their chosen pets using care sheets from pet stores and books from the library. I discussed and modeled how to paraphrase information from a text when taking notes. They needed to use their knowledge of nonfiction text features to navigate through the text to get their needed information. We researched a third day using the chormebooks and specific, kid-friendly search engines and websites.
Students are being scored on their note taking by how well they were able to collect and organize their information independently. Some student had a difficult time writing down the information. They wanted to just read and talk to their friends about what they discovered. Others, were taking notes like crazy and even filled in their interesting facts column.
We then had to turn our notes into paragraphs about our pets. I again modeled how I highlighted each part of a column in a different color to help me organize my information even more and make sure I was including it all in my paragraphs. For example, all my notes about eating habits was highlighted in pink, social habits in blue, and sleeping habits in yellow. Then, we were ready to write our paragraphs.
As you can see, some students did a wonderful job finding, gathering, and organizing their information. Other students had difficulty focusing to get the information written down, so their papers don't have a lot on them.
Our last activity was the Native American Study. Students got the opportunity to go in a wigwam, throw an tomahawk to try to get it to stick in the logs, and learn a few games that the Native American kids used to play.
I think many students were most looking forward to canoeing. It looks like there was a good mixture of a little bit of nervousness with a whole lot of excitement. Even though the sun wasn't shining on Big Blue Lake, students still seemed to really enjoy themselves. I saw a lot of smiles out on the lake.
I love how the activities at camp go right along with what third graders study in science and social studies. Students first learned and reviewed fur trading that happened in Michigan. Then they played a fur trading game where they had to connect in a line, like they are on a boat and go look for furs (carpet squared). Once they find a fur, students had to paddle all the way back and barter for their furs, trying to make more money than the other teams. They then look for more furs. So much fun!
The next activity was called Life in the Woods. During this activity kids modeled the food chain by being either a plant, rabbit, or a fox. Students saw clearly just what happens when there are not enough plants or enough rabbits and how that can disrupt the food chain.
Mrs. Ellis's Class
Learning & laughing our way through third grade.