Happy Thankful Weekend! I wish all of the students and their families a Happy Thanksgiving! I am so very, very thankful to have each and every one of you in my life. I am so very blessed to have all the students and their families as part of the classroom.
Today the students finished up their inquiry presentations. We will have a short amount of time on Monday for the students to practice their presentation; however, I will not be providing enough time for the students to work on their presentations.
We also used QR Codes and iPads today to learn about the first Thanksgiving. Many students identified that they learned something new different from the stories we have heard in the past about Thanksgiving. Students also commented that the information we read actually made sense as compared to hearing the stories about having a feast after arriving at Plymouth.
Students used their "baking" skills today as we made a no-bake pumpkin pie and identified what we are thankful for in our lives. You can find the recipe we used below as many students asked me to post this so they can share with their families. The assignment notebook code is for students to identify one thing they are thankful for. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday for another great day of learning!
Recipe from http://www.primarychalkboard.blogspot.com/2013/11/november-treats-in-classroom.html
What a marvelous monday! Although we only have 1.5 days of academic learning this week, the students were plugged in to their learning! We do only have half day tomorrow, please make sure to make arrangements for the noon dismissal.
The students continued working on their inquiry projects today. I informed the students that they will need to make sure they have all of their research completed before tomorrow as we are finalizing presentations tomorrow and will not have time for research. All students have kept their notes on a shared document and presentation in their D2 Apps. Students can access these apps by going to the Arrowhead website and selecting the link under the student drop-down menu. Many students have started practicing their presentation. I expect all students to practice their presentation over the break as I do not want students reading directly from their slide. I also expect students to keep their presentation length between 1 and 2 minutes. Students who go under or over will have 1 point taken away from their score for every 5 seconds they are under/over. I am so very proud of all of the hard work each student has put into their presentations and I look forward to seeing them Tuesday, December 2nd.
We will wrap up on main focus on multiplication Monday with a mini test on Tuesday. We will then do a unit on measurement before diving into division. All students have shown that they are understanding multiplication and know how to use the most appropriate and efficient tool in order to reach an answer.
We ended our day by watching a Bill Nye the Science Guy Video on the Phases of Matter. I have chosen this video because Bill Nye does a great job with explaining matter and showing examples of the phases of matter. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify one fact they have learned by watching the video. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
Our day was filled with learning, learning, learning! The students started out the day by showing what they know about unit 2: Living Green. I am very impressed with all of the information each student had taken in and how they were able to express their understanding through the reading responses. There are some students who need to finish their test on Monday; however, I am very proud of the results I have seen thus far!
The students worked on their inquiry projects today. Most groups are to the point where they are finishing their presentation and will begin practicing next week. Students have been using two tools for their presentation platform. Groups have chosen to use emaze and Google Drive Present. Both platforms are effective and professional ways to present what the students have researched.
We experimented today with volume and how to measure the volume of an object. The students used a non-standard unit of pinto beans today. We discussed what would happen if we used a larger unit of measure and a smaller unit of measure to determine the space an object takes up. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for each student to identify what would have to the measurement if we chose to use a lima bean (a larger bean than the pinto bean) as our unit of measure. The students should mention that the measurement would be smaller because the lima bean takes up more space. I hope you all have a great weekend I look forward to another great week. Next week is a short week of school as we only have class Monday and half day on Tuesday.
Tomorrow is Cat/Gtiz day. Wear your colors to support your favored team.
I will not be able to have the family fun night tomorrow. I truly apologize for the cancellation; however, I need to take the time to get ready for baby Gray.
I want to take this time to thank the students for focusing on their learning. We have had a great week of learning and growing as a class of academics!
The students focused on gathering the last of the facts they need for their inquiry in order to create a solid presentation. I am so impressed with what students have come up with and I look forward to seeing what the students present.
The students started their experiment on volume. The students used their origami folding skills as a vessel to use for measuring volume.
This week we are focusing on working hard, then playing. We have read two stories that have highlighted the importance of taking care of our responsibilities before we play. The assignment notebook code for the night is for the students to identify what they must work hard at before they can play. I hope you have a wonderful night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
What a wonderful day! The students had an opportunity to experience the Ririe Woodbury Dance company at the end of the day. The students say how dance can be used to express what you are feeling and how we can understand dance through space, shape, time, and energy. There will be a nightly performance tomorrow, November 20th at the ABT.
We have finished all of the literature for the Lead21 unit 2 Living Green. The students will continue working on their inquiry project in order to present their environmental problems and solutions the Tuesday after Thanksgiving break. Students will need to practice their part of the presentation and be able to give their information in no less than 1 minute and no more than 2 minutes. I look forward to seeing how the students' creativity and passion comes out in these presentations.
The students continue to work on their 5 paragraph essay on living green. The students will start to look at how they can vary their word choice and sentence fluency in order to make their writing piece interesting for the reader. I expect the students to be finished with their essay no later than Tuesday, December 2nd.
We have finished our mini-inquiry project on the history of quilts. Mrs. Deborah and I are so very proud of the hard work each student put in for these presentations. We have learned many interesting facts about quilting. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to share one piece of information they learned from another group's presentation.
The students have been busy showing what they know in reading, writing, and mathematics. The students continued taking their Lead21 Quarterly Benchmark today. I am impressed with the dedication the students are giving to make sure they are exhibiting what they have learned throughout their time in third grade. Once we are done with the reports, I will send home a quick summary of what the reports show and what we can do as a team in order for each student to grow.
The students finished reading about the peopling of the United States today by reading how the Asian Americans came to the U.S. We have enjoyed learning how different groups of people have come to North America and how our daily traditions have been influenced by these groups.
We continue to practice and use our multiplication strategies. The students are doing well with understanding the concept of multiplying by 2-digit numbers; however, they will need more guided and independent practice to show mastery of this concept.
Our word of the day today was exhibit. The students were very excited that we finally were able to learn about this word. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify how they exhibit their understanding. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another day of learning!
What another great day! The students are doing a great job with engaging in their learning and growing as an academic! We started the day with assessing our growth in reading through the Lead21 Quarterly Benchmark. The students will continue taking this assessment tomorrow as a way to show their gains in reading and writing throughout this past quarter.
We continued to add to our multiplication strategy repertoire through breaking apart a factor in order to understand the standard multiplication algorithm. The students will continue to gain deeper understandings of the standard algorithm as we look at why we use the algorithm and how it works.
The students continue to grow their writing abilities as they work on writing 5 paragraph essays. The students will expand their foundation of the writing structure we used last quarter as a way to create a writing piece that cites facts, uses a variety of sentences, and appropriate organization.
Students continued to learn about the peopling of the United States. The students learned how a majority of the European Americans and Africans came to the North American continent. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to tell you how one of these groups came to our country. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning.
Today was a great day to enjoy learning and our classmates. The students started off the day by performing their Veteran's Day Program for St. John's and Mission Ridge residents. All of the residents were very honored to have taken part in this wonderful program.
The students continued to learn about how the United States was populated. We discussed the contributions of the Latinos and why Christopher Columbus wanted tried to get to Asia by sailing west. We also started looking at how the Europeans came to the United States. Many students saw that their ancestors came from European countries.
Living Green continues to be at the forefront of our thoughts as we continue to work on our inquiry projects and practice our sentence fluency in our writing. We decided that our inquiry projects will be presented on December 2nd, which is the Tuesday after our Thanksgiving break. We will spend more time next week working on our inquiry projects and finalizing the group presentations. The assignment notebook code is for the students to identify what they will be presenting for their group presentation. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to another great day of learning on Monday!
Today the students learned about the word copious. Our words this week have a specific theme focused around excess, specifically focusing on waste. As we continue to look at how what we do impacts our environment, the students are becoming passionate about sharing this information with others. Tomorrow, we will be looking at how we can share our research with others in order to impact a wider audience.
The students are quickly becoming adept with multiplying multi-digit numbers using the area model. I have made sure that students are truly understanding this process. This understanding will help students when we transition to using the traditional algorithm for multiplying.
We continue to focus on making clear, concise predictions that are based on evidence. I emphasize this skill with the students so that they truly gain an understanding of how predictions help us read and engage our brains in the text. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to tell the two parts they need for a prediction. They should mention that they need the prediction statement and the evidence they used to make the prediction. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another day of learning!
I am a fourth grade teacher going on my seventh year of teaching. I have truly loved every year that I have taught and I look forward to sharing classroom activities we take part in during this upcoming school year!