Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thursday....Last FULL Day

Tomorrow may be the last day of this school year, but since it is an early dismissal day, today marks the last FULL day!!

The students began their day in art.

When they returned to class, we finished sharing their favorite books.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures...bad teacher!  LOL!!!  Each student will be given a list of books shared by their classmates but you can also access the list online HERE.

After that, the students worked in their small groups to finish their third grade newsletters.  Then they worked in their math groups and completed the graphing activity.

Following lunch and recess the entire school participated in "Step Up Day".  Each grade level met with the teachers of the grade they will be in next school year.  So, our class visited with Mrs. Moxley and Mrs. Kramer and I met with the entire second grade.

At the end of the day we began cleaning out desks and continued reading David's Adventures at the Chicago World's Fair.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


The students began their day in the media center.

When they returned to class, we finished sharing students' favorite books.  I have included more pictures below!  :-)

 Before going to lunch, Mrs. Howard came by to finish her career unit with the class.

Following lunch and outdoor recess, the students worked in their small groups to complete their third grade newsletters.  We will share these with the second graders tomorrow!!

Students who have not had the opportunity to share their favorite book will do so tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Terrific Tuesday

Today has been a fun-filled, exciting day!

As usual, the students began the day in PE, with Mr. Lee.

When they returned, I had a surprise for them.  A former student of mine, whom I taught when she was a second grader at Beverly Farms ES, came by to visit.  She is now a 21 year old graduate with a BS in elementary education!!  The children had a chance to ask her questions and give her advice.

Then, the class began sharing their favorite books with each other. We listened to students read for the rest of the morning, except for the brief fire drill right before lunch!  :-)  Below are some pictures from our morning!

Following lunch and outdoor recess the students got into their production groups and followed the plans they developed to create goods to donate to the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Unit.
One group made puppets.  Another create "super hero" lollipops.  How creative !?!?!

"Cup man" was the creative genius of  our third group.  The fourth group made crowns that will be filled with a sweet treat!

Some groups implemented specialization into the production of their goods, while others chose to have group members construct an entire product on their own.  All in all, the groups worked well and followed their plans!

Tomorrow we will complete our newsletters (fingers and toes crossed!) and our graphing activity!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Wet, Soggy Monday!!

We began our day with a visit from Ms. Alpatti, the children's librarian at the Damascus Library.  She discussed all of the wonderful programing sponsored, free of charge, by the Montgomery County libraries this summer.  The majority of her time was spent explaining the summer reading program.  Students will bring home a lime green bookmark, about this year's program, with the theme of , "Dig into Reading", this evening.  Look for it!  For more information, visit their web site.

When we returned to class, we had our final class meeting.  We began with the students sharing something they are proud of or accomplished this year.  Then we shared compliments.

After the class meeting, the students worked on publishing their third grade  newsletters, in their small groups.  Two groups are revising and editing. So, progress is being made!  :-)

In math, we continued working on the graphing project which the children began last week.  Today, they created both a bar graph and a picture graph, on the laptops, to display their data. The groups could choose between on online graphing site, a graphing software package or using Word to construct graphs from scratch.

Following lunch and outdoor recess, we read chapters 5 and 6 of David's Adventures at the Chicago World's Fair.  Then the children worked int heir small groups to identify at least 3 examples of cause and effect, from the two chapters, in their electronic RRJ.

We ended the day by revisiting the prototypes made, using the production plan, for the service project.  Each group shared what else would be needed to complete the task, in class, tomorrow.

Reminder...Share your Favorite Book Day is tomorrow!!  ALL students are expected to participate!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Thriving Thursday

The students began their day in art.

When we returned to class, they continued working in their small groups to publish their third grade newsletters.  I continued trouble-shooting as necessary.  The newsletters are coming along VERY nicely.  I am so proud of the results I have seen so far!!

After our math warm up, the students began using their survey question to gather data for their graphs.  Then they worked with their partners to compile the data and display it using a tally chart.  We will complete the task early next week.  There WILL be a quiz tomorrow!!!


Following lunch and recess the students worked on their electronic RRJ, in their small groups.  Today they drew diagrams of the tenement house as described in chapter 3 and renamed the boy's group (discussed in chapter 3), with an explanation of the new name.  Next, some groups shared their work, and all I can say is...WOW!!!! 

Finally, we read and discussed chapter 4...and OH MY ended with a huge shock...grandmother asked David to help her find her father at the Chicago World's Fair!!

Two notes--I will be out tomorrow and Tuesday will be devoted to the students sharing their favorite books and completing the service project...nothing else!  I promised the class!!  :-)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wonderful Wednesday

The students began their day with Mrs. Rose  in the media center.  They are doing Reader's Theater with her.

When they returned to class, the students continued publishing their third grade newsletters, in their small groups.

In math, I introduced and modeled an activity that will take a few days to complete.  The students will work in groups up to 3 to create and conduct a survey.  Then they will display the data they gathered on both a bar and picto graph.  Next, they will share their results with our class.  Finally, they will analyze their results and their efforts during this task.

Today the children chose a topic, wrote a question, decided on their choices, identified a population to survey and made a prediction.

We will have a quiz on Friday in math!!

Following lunch and outdoor recess the students got into their reading groups and worked on adding elaboration to their electronic RRJ for chapter 1.  Additionally, they created a new page for chapter 2 identifying the problem the family discovered when they arrived in Chicago.

After that, we read chapter 3 and the students worked with elbow partners to identify different tasks we could do to display our comprehension of the chapter.  After listening to various ideas, we voted and decided that each group would either illustrate the room in the tenement house, using the description in the novel, or rename the boys' group and justify the new name.

At the end of the day, the students got into their production groups and created a prototype of the good they will make for the patients at JH Oncology Center.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Terrific Tuesday

The students began their day in PE.

When they returned to class, I shared a reading homework assignment that is due NEXT Tuesday, June 11.  Students will bring home an explanation of the activity this evening.  In short, each student is expected to bring in their favorite book to share with the class.  If it is a picture book, they will read the entire book, if it is a chapter book they should choose a chapter or section they want to read.  As each child shares their book, I will compile a list of the books and authors to pass out to the class.

Next, we discussed the third grade newsletters.  I answered a few questions.  Then the students met with their groups to continue the publishing process.  Today, the groups continued with the word processing and began creating illustration using Pixie and taking photographs using the iPad cameras, to import into their newsletters.  Mrs. Benson and I helped groups with this process.

Here are some photos of the students working.  Enjoy!!

 Next, Mrs. Howard visited to do another lesson in her career unit.  Today, the students chose a career and began creating a Key Note presentation using the information they have learned about it in her lessons.  They will finish these next week.

Following lunch and recess, the students were randomly put into groups.  They will work in these groups to create electronic RRJs, using the Ipad, as we read and comprehend the novel, David's Adventures at the Chicago World's Fair by Linda Sibley.  Today they worked on their first two pages; a title page and a page for chapter 1, introducing the main characters and the main idea (they will travel, in grandfather's time machine, to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair).

Finally, we read chapter 2 and discussed the problem (David's family is "colored" and in 1893 they weren't treated fairly, so they couldn't find a hotel room).

Monday, June 3, 2013

Marvelous Monday

We began our morning with a class meeting.  First, every student had the opportunity to share any ideas they had for the next two weeks.  Then, we shared compliments.  This went longer than usual because the children were really building each other up by sharing detailed information as they thanked one another!!  It was truly inspirational!!  Finally, we shared challenges.  This didn't last very long!  :-)  All in all, it was a great start to our week!!

Next, the students got into their third grade newsletter groups and continued publishing their work.  I tried to limit interruptions, since students had shared, during our class meeting, that they felt stressed that they didn't have enough time to complete their work. 

I did meet with a few of the service project groups to review their production plans and determine what additional materials they will need.

After our warm up in math, I reviewed the bar graphs that each child completed, in class, on Friday.  Then, then students had a chance to explore a graphing web site

I had promised the class, two weeks ago, that we would not have homework this week or next.  However, if you want your student to do something, feel free to have them create a graph using the above site!

Following lunch and outdoor recess, in preparation for a whole group novel we will read, we used Wikipedia to learn about the Chicago World's Fair of 1893.  Then we began reading chapter 1 of David's Adventures at the Chicago World's Fair by Linda Sibley.

During our reading, we took a break to enjoy the 4th and 5th grade band and strings concert.

When we returned to class, we finished chapter 1 of the novel and I modeled connecting the title of the chapter to the text, describing how the main character had changed in the chapter and identifying the main idea of the chapter.  These are the skills we will work on as we read the book.

We will begin working on our service projects, tomorrow, in class.  We are in need of donations of
lollipops, pipe cleaners, colorful paper cups and white paper cups and plates.

Please send in anything you are able to donate!

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