Bring your Talent Show costumes to school tomorrow, as well as pillows and blankets for our classroom campout. (No stuffed animals!) Also bring your backpacks because we will be loading up our school supplies!
Today was an AWESOME day in 3rd Grade! We had a Minute to Win It Competition all day long. We broke into 6 teams: the Rulers, the Crusaders, the Reapers, the Raiders, the Lions, and STEAM Team. We had individual competitions and group games that awarded each team different point amounts.
We started with the Cup Stacking challenge. Each group got 15 cups and had 1 minute to make the tallest tower possible. Then, we did the Chocolate Chip Toss, where partners had to toss chocolate chips into Dixie cups. Next up, was called A Bit Dicey. 1 person from each team held a popsicle stick in their mouth and had to stack 5 dice on their stick. That takes lots of balance!
M&M Slurp was our first group game, where each person got a straw and had to suck up an M&M and deposit it on a paper plate. The team with the most M&Ms transferred got the most points. The pom-pom tape game was a race between each team to get as many pom-poms stuck on a masking tape web as possible. Nose dive was our final game before lunch. 2 people competed with vasoline on their noses and had to transfer cotton balls to a paper plate without using their hands!
After lunch, we had lots of team games. Balloon Pass tested each team's communication skills and teamwork. They had to lay on their backs and pass a balloon down the line. Cross the River was another game of teamwork - students used "lily pads" to cross from one side of the sidewalk to the other without falling into the water.
We ended with a selfie scavenger hunt and a 100-piece puzzle competition. All the games today tested each group's athletic abilities, thinking abilities, and communication abilities. I can't wait to reveal our winner tomorrow at Morning Meeting, and the winners will receive an extra $50 in their checkbooks for the Class Auction tomorrow.
Check out pictures from today on the PICTURES tab!
It was an amazing Monday at Zeka Farms. We are so lucky that we have 3 Zekas in 3rd Grade who shared their grandma and grandpa's farm with us. The weather was perfect and there was so much to do, that we could hardly believe it was time to get back on the bus!
We started the day with some hay bale tag, which resulted in Kenneth getting stuck in a hole! Oops! After some teamwork (and Mrs. Jenkins ending up in a hole also), we got him out and took a whole class picture.
Then, Mrs. Zeka bought some awesome crafts for us to do. Many kids chose to paint flower pots or make stepping stones out of concrete. The flower pots got to go home with kids today, but the stepping stones will be delivered later this week after they are completely dry.
After that, we got to swim in the pool - everyone's favorite part of the day! When the life guards needed a little break, we got out of the water to enjoy some lunch. We had a short talent show rehearsal, then needed to digest our food before more swimming. So we had a Jenkins vs. Jamison kick ball game. Team Jenkins STOMPED Team Jamison, and we realized many students are not very aware of the rules of kickball. That made us realize we need to have a HISTORY OF BASEBALL field trip tomorrow. (Make sure you dress appropriately and bring a glove if you have one!)
The winning team got to enjoy 10 minutes in the pool, then the other class got to jump in with them. We ended the afternoon with a stellar water balloon fight and some popsicles.
It was an awesome day and we really need to be appreciative of all that we got to do today. I'm sure you will sleep well tonight because we played HARD today.
How is tomorrow already Thursday? Our days seem to be getting faster and faster. We posted an events calendar on the home page so you can check out what is going on in 3rd Grade all month long. There's lots of exciting things happening and things you will need to bring money for, and that calendar will help you keep organized.
Today we worked more on measuring with a ruler using inches, 1/2 inches, and 1/4 inches. If you remember how many quarter inches are in 1 inch, comment below and I'll pay you an extra dollar at morning meeting! We also have new menu items to work on and we are really enjoying Splash Math at technology time.
We also finished our hua mei art projects and have them on display in the hallway. I'm glad to have wrapped up our China and Japan projects. Next up: MEXICO! We will be learning about Mexican culture through our new story "Jalapeno Bagels." I can't wait to read this story tomorrow.
Make sure you practice your plural spelling words and multiplication facts. Some of you are SO close to earning the pizza lunch, and you only have a couple weeks left. Also pay attention to the AR point deadline: our party is NEXT Friday!
Have a great evening,
I cannot believe it's almost May! (PS...I'll pay an extra dollar to anyone who comments who the person in this meme is!)
This year has flown by, but we still have 1 more month to look forward to. This week we've been working on Happy Birthday Mr. Kang. This story is all about a Chinese immigrant who moved to America when he was a boy. He opened a Chinese restaurant in New York City, but finally decided to retire. He made 3 birthday wishes when he retired: to read the NY Times every morning, to paint poems, and to have a hua mei bird. He took his hua mei bird to the park with his grandson and decided to let it go free. But when they return home, the bird is right there waiting for them! We've learned lots about Chinese New Year and their celebrations. Tomorrow we will celebrate Chinese culture by enjoying the Good Taste Chinese Buffet. Don't forget your $5!
Math has been all about graphs! But we have been STRUGGLING with subtracting and adding numbers in the hundreds. We will have some morning work that helps us review those things.
Can you answer some of these graph questions in the comments? You will get an extra dollar for each one you get right!
1) Which snacks do the same number of people like?
2) How many more people like trail mix than crackers?
3) How many fewer people like fruit than vegetables and cheese combined?
Spelling test and multiplication test tomorrow, too! Lots of exciting things for FRIDAY!
Sorry it's taken me SO long to post a blog, and this one won't be very long. But here's a quick update on what's happening in 3rd Grade:
We have finished state assessments and FastBridge testing! Tomorrow is our last Character Counts Assembly for the year. I wonder which super 3rd Grader will win this time and has followed ALL the character traits for the year?
We are working on graphs in math and Happy Birthday Mr. Kang in reading. We are also getting ready for lots of fun activities in May, like a trip to Zeka Farms, the Wingnuts Game, the Talent Show, the Grammy Awards, and selling roses.
Fun fun fun!
What a lovely, sunny Monday it turned out to be! We knew it was going to be an awesome day because we started our morning with an extra recess. We've been working really hard on our behavior in class with our behavior beans. If students have a good day, they deposit all 3 beans in our class rewards jar. We finally reached the line on the jar that gives us an Extra Recess. Next we are working towards an ice cream party!
We had normal math rotations today. Tomorrow we start a new math menu and will continue working on IMPROPER fractions on a number line.
Mr. Tom came in the afternoon and we used our temperature probes to see what happens when salt is added to ice water. Many of us were shocked to see the temperature DROPPED, but as Wesleigh pointed out, that's what makes homemade ice cream stay cold for a longer amount of time. Mmm, ice cream sure sounds tasty. I hope we get that ice cream party quick!
No reading calendar but NEW spelling words. We will test on Friday morning before the Color Run. Have a great evening!
Our first day of state assessments was stellar! Everyone arrived at school with full bellies and rested brains. I can tell everyone tried their very best on session 1 of our math assessment today. It was awesome to see that many of the questions from the assessment were things we have already learned about this year! I hope day 2 is just as successful.
After assessments, we practiced our spelling words by playing spelling scramble with a partner. In the afternoon, we reviewed Suki's Kimono and everything we've learned about Japan with groups. We also started a kimono art project with coffee filters.
Have a great evening! Get plenty of rest!
Even though everyone was tired and sunburnt from the track meet yesterday, we had a JAM-PACKED day. In the morning we took our multiplication test and some students had to re-take their spelling test. Then, the students who made their March AR goals got to celebrate by watching "A Cry in the Wild" based on the book "Hatchet," drink Sonic drinks, and eat popcorn!
In the afternoon, we opened our classroom store. Students received their ribbons from the track meet with Mr. Day, then we learned about Japanese foods. At 2:15, Miss Becker and her first graders joined us in learning all about Miss Becker's trip to Japan. We saw some amazing pictures and got to sample some Japanese foods, like sushi, noodles, edamame, and ginger candy. To top off the day, every student received nachos because someone anonymously paid a color run donation for each student!
It was a busy day, but it was a good way to end our week. Here's a few pictures from the afternoon. Enjoy your weekend!
What started off as a chilly morning turned into an AMAZING afternoon at our track meet! I was proud of every single 3rd grader - you all tried your hardest, ran your fastest, jumped your highest, and cheered on your classmates. We even did a great job cleaning up our campsite at the end of the day.
Tomorrow will be an easy, breezy day for most of you. If you qualified for the March AR party, we are celebrating in the morning. We will pop popcorn, order Sonic drinks, and eat some leftover bake sale goods while watching the movie "Hatchet." Then in the afternoon, Miss Becker is coming to our class to celebrate Japan Day! We will learn about different Japanese foods and see Miss Becker's slideshow about her trip to Japan.
I hope each 3rd Grader sleeps well tonight - you all worked super hard!