15As the weather (finally) gets colder, the students have been working harder! They have officially finished their Native American Unit. Several bows and arrows, tipis and wickiups later! The presented their Glogsters, showed off their optional side project and sadly... recycled their Native American Names.
We are on to our new project! The Dreaming Dragons started writing about an event in their life that brought on an emotion. That emotion could be anything from excitement, to a little bit of fear to pure joy! Look for these stories on their desks during back to school night on December 14th at 6:00pm!
Speaking of Back to School Night, your child has also been working hard on their Third Grade performance! The Cold Snap song will forever be stuck in your head. You won't want to miss it! It'll be right after their half our open house!
We are continuing to work on multiplication facts, so any games (like Multiplication.com) or practice will help your student be successful.
The first quarter of the year has passed us by. Report Cards went home today. Please make sure to sign the envelope and send it back into school. Book orders also went home this week. If you would like to order books for Christmas, scholastic has pretty good prices. There are tons to order online as well! Our class code is MHMKV.
The students finished their Native American projects and presented to the class. We will be having 2nd and 3rd grade classes coming to visit our room to view these projects on Monday. They worked so hard and learned some really interesting facts! They were even able to take part in building an actual Native American structure with our artist, Mark. They worked hard bending poles, tying string and working as a team. The school will be able to enjoy these structures for years to come!
We also survived Camp Day! There were many scary stories and smores to be had! Some how we were able to get everything packed up and back in order by the end of the day. I do miss those comfy sleeping bags... We even got to support a fellow classmate who presented in community meeting! Laila is collecting change to donate to the Red Cross to help with the relief effort in Puerto Rico. Any pocket change you can donate would be appreciated!
Next week will be a short week. On Wednesday, the students are dismissed at noon. We will be playing Native American games, disguising turkeys with our reading buddies and lots of other fun stuff!
We have had such a busy couple of weeks!
This week we celebrated Halloween and had a blast at our Halloween parade. We were able to play Monster Detective and Fainting Froggy. Not to mention we had some yummy treats!
We have started Multiplication Conferences. Each week your student will meet with a teacher to test what they know for multiplication. They must have at least two conferences a week, but can have up to five if they are feeling extremely motivated! A conference consists of coming up to a teacher and saying out loud the answers to a family of multiplication problems. So, if they are on their 2 facts, they will say the answers to all of their two multiplication facts. The order of facts goes: 10, 2, 5, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12. After that, they move on to division.
We also started our Native American tribe research projects. The students are using e-books to study a specific tribe. They will use their notes to create a Glogster and present it to the class. If they choose to, they may also make a side-project at home for extra points.
During Tower Time we started a Leaf Creature project. They created a creature with a partner and are going to write a story about their creature. We will be using Google Docs to create this story so they can both share it. I cannot wait to see what they come up with!
Michaelmas was a HUGE success!
Together, our class made $1,145.15! The 3rd grade made over $4,000 total! We will put it to good use all year long. This will help us fund our Native American museum field trip, the whale watch and even buy the students books at the book fair. It else helps each class throw a party at the end of the year. We had to have had a record number of third graders win raffle prizes as well!
Not that much can top Michaelmas, but we also have been finishing up our science unit this week. We've been working on force and tested out which materials have the most friction. We even experimented with magnets, which can pull and push WITHOUT touching. So neat!
Enjoy a rest filled weekend, we'll be back to work come Monday! The first quarter of third grade is almost coming to a close.
The Dreaming Dragons had new seats as they started their second month of third grade. Each month they will get new seats so they can learn about different classmates. It also doesn't hurt to get a different view every once in a while!
We finished up our communities unit this week. That means it was finally time to start science! We started learning about different forces. We watched a watermelon explode with the force of (a lot) of elastic bands. Then we put all the knowledge we gained about force to work. We created hopper poppers and tested them to see how high they could go with just the force of one rubber band. Then we changed our design to make it go even higher. One hopper popper even hit the ceiling!
We finished the week out with a bang! We got to participated in the Cardboard Challenge in the library. It went by way too fast, so you may have a few requests to build with cardboard at home. It was a cardboard wonder land down there! There were boats, pinball machines, houses, dollhouses! Check out some of the pictures below!
Just a reminder, 2 weeks until Michaelmas! Hopefully you are gathering materials and starting to build. If you need any ideas, please drop me an email. I am here to help.
It was another busy week in the Dreaming Dragon Den. We finished up our community unit by playing a round of Kahoot and creating Tri-Fold dioramas. The students were so creative! Ethan and Cadi created a 3-D barn, Laila and Gavin created a barn that had opening doors with a chicken inside and Ryan and Tyler even included an Inn in their Urban section. We will be starting Science on Tuesday!
We also had our Student Council elections. It was quite the crazy path to victory, and our winner is Brady! Brady and the runner up, Laila, ended up tying TWICE! The only way to decide was to flip a coin. All the other candidates made wonderful speeches. We are so lucky to have such a hard choice for who would represent us. Congrats Brady.
We officially have less than 3 Weeks until Michaelmas. Students should be making final decisions on what they will be creating or already working on creating their craft. During the last week we will work on marketing, supply and demands and making change in school.
We also had a surprise visitor. Anna, Mrs. Mitchell's daughter came in to visit. She was singing and squealing the whole time. She loved Logan's shoes and gave out lots of hugs. She had so much fun that she may just be begging to come back soon!
It was so wonderful to meet so many parents during back to school night! If any questions have popped up since my thrilling powerpoint, just send me an email!
We are fully in the swing of things as September comes to an end! We adopted a paper dragon and named it Shadow. Many of the students chipped it to give Shadow a little color. Next time you walk into our classroom, make sure to say hi to him!
In social studies we have been working on communities. The students had to list as many things that could be found in a city in under 2 minutes. Our winner was Logan with 13 different items. Woohoo! We also got to draw our own rural farms. They included everything you could think of, from mud pits with pigs in them to an entire apple orchard!
We're continuing to get to know our reading buddies. In this weeks pictures there is a sneak peak of some of the reading buddy pairs working hard! We also got to play a game during Tower Time! It was called Me Too! One child would call out something about them and anyone else who agreed had to speed walk around the circle to find a different spot to sit. It was a fun way to meet different third graders and stretch our legs!
There are only 4 more weeks until Michaelmas. Has your family started a craft yet?
Have a wonderful weekend! Don't forget to dress snazzy for picture day on Monday!
Our first week of school is in the books!
We were very busy this past week! We completed scavenger hunts to learn about our classroom, practiced math by playing games on the computer and even met our two new specialist teachers (gym and art)! We learned about different jobs that we will do around the classroom. For example, Laila is our historian this week so she took some pictures around the classroom, such as the house of cards made during an indoor recess.
Today we had our first real math lesson, started to create our bulletin board art and chose our class name. We are officially the (drum roll please....) Dreaming Dragons!
I'm looking forward to a great year! Check back here weekly (typically on Fridays) to see what our class has been up to. If you would like an email for important information, sign up for the email updates on the right hand side of this page.
Below are some important dates coming up this month:
Open House - September 20th @ 5:30 (Adults Only this year)
Picture Day - September 25th (Time TBD)