## Monday, August 27, 2012

### Welcome to Third Grade!!

It's hard to believe that summer is over and we are beginning a new school year!  I am looking forward to an exciting year with your children!

Please check this blog regularly to find out what we are doing in school.

We began the day by learning about the class rules and routines.  The children helped me make a chart of our morning routine.  Then they wrote about their favorite summer memory in their morning work journal.

After that, we jumped right into technology.  First, I introduced my blog to the children and showed them how to locate it on the Internet.  Next, we completed a tutorial of the application Pages, as a class, on the iPads.  Then the students worked with partners, using the tutorial, to practice using the app.

Next on our agenda was math.  First we set up our math journals and completed a warm up.  Then we analyzed an addition chart and identified patterns that we observed.  Students noticed that sums on diagonals pointing to the right were increasing by 2.  However, the diagonals pointing left had the exact sum all the way down the table.  Additionally, the children discovered that when adding two even or two odd numbers, the sum is always even; when adding one odd and one even number, the sum is odd.

Following math the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.

After recess we reviewed the procedures and participated in a fire drill.  Then we took the time to organize and set up the students' desks and binders.  This was a lengthy but necessary process.  Finally, we passed out papers, identified the expectations and routines for packing up and got ready to go home.

There is no homework this evening.