Yep! You guessed it! Our tree frog has arrived! I can not wait for you all to see him on Tuesday! He has jumped just about everywhere in our room. I think he was sniffing for leftover apple pie! He has VERY sticky feet! Here are a few pictures to get you pumped up and ready for Tuesday! Have a GREAT weekend!
Wow! Is all I can say! We worked extremely hard today to get everything done that we needed to. We wrapped up our story "Boom Town" by baking some delicious apple pies. I know that just after smelling them my stomach was ready for a snack for sure! The kids did a great job of listening, following directions, and making their pies. I think they may have put Amanda from our story out of business!
Besides baking pies, we took our very first spelling test! Lots of kids scored a 100% on those so way to go on practicing your words and being ready for the test! They will bring those home on Tuesday. We worked on understanding the parts of an advertisement and why those are helpful when you try and sell something. A few of them will make pretty good marketers someday! I heard a lot of GREAT ideas of what to include in a commercial if you want your product to sell. After all of our hard work we did take time to celebrate Lyric's birthday! The class LOVED her delicious cookie and thought it hit just the right spot after lunch!
Remember to be checking those agendas each night! Book orders are due on September 3rd and we have started taking AR tests so I encourage everyone to be reading at home. Our first AR CHALLENGE will end September 25th.
Have a SUPER weekend and enjoy Labor Day!
Today were our BIG ELECTION! Everyone has been anxiously awaiting to see who would be mayor for "The Town of Sweets" and to see who had been hired for our other community jobs. For the month of September Kate Haines was elected mayor. She was already busy at work this afternoon stamping agendas! All of the candidates gave excellent speeches and it was a very close race.
Other students hired for this month are as follows:
Secretary: Hunter Worley
Treasurer: Lyric Cornejo
Police Officers: Gavin Witham and Anna McMinn
Librarian: Kendall Janzen
Vets: Kisten Strader and Olivia Smith (We are getting a classroom toad!)
While these positions are applied for by the students monthly, there are LOTS of ways everyone helps in the room. Weekly classroom tasks include a coach, an equipment manager, a grounds crew team, a team stats person, a boy captain, and a girl captain. We talked about not being disappointed if you weren't hired for the community job you applied for because classroom tasks change weekly and community jobs change monthly so lots of kiddos will get a chance to help out!
We continued with our READING CENTERS today and found out that Kayden Martin's covered wagon was the strongest. It actually held 200 pennies before falling down. That was 90 more pennies then any other wagon! I may have to travel with him! Everyone also took their first selection test. You might ask your child how he or she did! Several 100%'s which was GREAT! Later, in math we tried centers again! The kids did AMAZING! We worked with a new SPACY MATH link on our website, reviewed our game from early in the week, and learned ALL about bar graphs from me! Vivian Lin won our first ESTIMATION CHALLENGE! Way to go Vivian!
Just a reminder:
We have BIG plans for tomorrow! I think some of these kiddos are going to try and put old Amanda from our story out of business!
Have a GREAT evening!
Today we were extremely busy it seemed! We spent most of the morning in our READING CENTERS making covered wagons, discussing life during the time of the gold rush, and reading a story about a third grade class stepping up to help a community. Tomorrow we get to test our covered wagons to see just how much weight they will really hold! In the afternoon we investigated some of our math tools, including our student reference books. These student reference books can go home to help with homework any time we need to take them home.
Tonight we ALL have an addition math page for homework. We should do this WITHOUT using a calculator. Tomorrow we have a reading test over BOOM TOWN. It might be a good idea for us to listen to the story again. Remember we can find the story and all of our vocabulary words under the "Story of the Week" tab right here on our website.
We did get our first book order today. We need to take those back to Mrs. Jenkins on or before September 3rd. When writing a check for those, we need to have the checks written out to Eisenhower Elementary School.
Take a look at what one of our SPORTS PEOPLE turned out like. The kids had a chance to make a basketball person, a baseball person, a softball person, or a volleyball person last week. They worked on them throughout the week. Their projects helped decorate our hallways and highlighted our "sports" theme this year. They also gave me a chance to see how well everyone followed directions, cut, colored, and glued. If you are in the building check out the third grade hallway! There are lots of GREAT looking projects! The one below was made by Kate Haines.
Today seemed to fly by with all we had going on in our room! Reading centers were busy as ever. The kids may have a sentence strip activity they are finishing up with this evening. I reminded them to take their Reading books home, but if they forgot they can always listen to the story on the website to help them finish putting the sentences in order. Some of them also had a spelling worksheet to get done. We did one side of it together, but they need to complete page 4. Please help them remember that their spelling test is on Thursday this week since we do not have school on Friday. We are starting to get in to a routine, and they are all doing a good job of understanding what I expect from them during center time. We do need to work on how to best use our time. I don't want any of them coming home with tons of homework. If your child seems to be doing this, encourage them to stay on task at school for me please. With the temperatures as hot as they have been feel free to send a water bottle with them to school. I want to make sure they are staying hydrated and getting lots to drink, especially after recess. Thanks for your continued support and hel
Let's pump those BRAINS up this week. Read the hints below and see if you can figure out what I am describing. I will add clues each day until we have someone who discovers the answer. First one to let me know the answer will earn $1.00 AND a sucker!
1. I am a thing.
2. My Rome is not from Italy.
3. My jacks come in a cereal box.
4. I'm sweet.
5. My history dates back to biblical times.
Tune in to this blog for more clues tomorrow after school. Remember once we have a winner, I will stop posting clues! Good Luck!
Well the kiddos didn't even need the rest of the clues! Congratulations to Kendall, Katelyn, and Shyla. They were the first three to figure out what "thing" these clues were referring to this morning!
Today's clues would have been:
6. I'm no stranger to lunchboxes.
7. I spin on Beatles albums.
8. I can be red, green, pink, or yellow.
9. My grannies aren't old.
10. My pie has nothing to do with 3.14159.
Got it yet? The thing I was describing was an APPLE! Watch for another one of these next week.
We did it! We made it through the first week of third grade! We are busy learning lots of things, from what Mrs. Jenkins expects to how to manage our time so that we can get everything finished! We spent part of our morning taking a STAR test so that we know what books will be best for us to check out when we go to the library!
We had a class discussion about communities and our class is called "The Town of Sweets"... um that makes my tummy rumble just thinking about all the yummy stuff we could eat this year. We each got to pick up an application for a "Town of Sweets" job. Our town needs a mayor, secretary, treasurer, a few police officers, a couple librarians, and a vet. If we decide we are interested in one of those jobs we need to fill out our application this weekend so that on Monday we can hand it in.
Later we spent some time taking a local assessment so that Mrs. Jenkins knows what we already know and what we need to learn. Boy are we glad those two tests are out of the way!
To end the day we watched Mr. Fry take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and then played hard on the nice, warm playground.
A few things to remember:
We need mom or dad to sign our agendas every night. This weekend some of us need to finish up our circle and sort math, our math corrections page, english page 2, and a spelling packet. None of us had all of this to do, but some of us had a couple things off the list to finish up.
It's been a GREAT first week! Have a SUPER weekend and remember I will have treats for anyone who completes something on the website. Grammar has been added to the calendar page and Math is on the blog page.
Some of us did very well on our first math worksheet over number sequencing. If we did, we have a little time this morning to practice our skills on the computer. Click on any of the buttons to put your brain to work. WAY TO GO on your paper!
If we needed a little more help with sequencing, don't worry Mrs. Jenkins took time to help us so we understand where we made our mistakes.
Remember: When you click on "TEST YOUR BRAIN" if Math Playground does not load, you may have to click on the middle of the screen and then you will be good to go! All the games here are GREAT practice!
Yesterday I was nominated by Mrs. Elder to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. My class was kind enough to help me out with it today! They all wanted to help pour the ice cold water, go figure! We learned all kinds of things about ALS and how this particular challenge works. Several of them have been challenged as well so if they are in the process of participating I wish them the BEST of LUCK!
Today was another GREAT day! We were busy, busy, busy! This morning we took some time to work in our READING notebooks. We have 9 vocabulary words we should be studying before our selection test next Wednesday. You can find a list of the words on our "Story of the Week" tab if you are wondering how we are doing. This afternoon we ran around making a HUMAN number line. It was a little harder then we thought it was going to be when we started but we are always up for a CHALLENGE! We ended the day watching Mrs. Elder complete the ALS ice bucket challenge. We kinda thought that even though the water was ICE COLD she was the lucky one because our recess time is pretty hot at 3:00. Tomorrow we are the ones dumping the water because she challenged Mrs. Jenkins. We can think about dumping water on her ALL day long! HA HA HA. Below are some pictures from our day! Enjoy them.
I hope to encourage the children in my classroom to love learning the way I do. Through engaging them in meaningful activities I am certain they will develop a curiosity that will spark their imagination and cause them to want discover all they can while in third grade. I hope to be able to share, with those of you at home, everyday what we have accomplished in the classroom! Trust me, we will be doing AMAZING things!