Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Frog Facts

9-27-14 Inquiring minds what to know....

How does a frog breathe?
A frog breathes through its skin as well as through its mouth.

How far can a frog jump?
Some frogs can jump nearly 10 feet (3 meters), so they could jump from the foot of your bed to right over your head!

What is the largest frog?
The largest frog is the goliath.  It lives in Africa.  It is large enough to eat small birds and mice.

Facts from the book: Life Cycle of a...Frog - by Angela Royston.



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Nonfiction Books



9-27-14  Saturday - Third graders are expected to be well versed in the area of nonfiction literature.  To assist families with this goal, here is a list of books your child could read as they complete their nightly reading assignments.  These have all been listed on the Indiana Reading List for students in grades 3-5.

African Beginnings -  James Haskins
Animal Defenses: How Animals Protect Themselves - Etta Kaner
Bizarre Birds - Doug Wechsler
Black Whiteness: Admiral Byrd Alone in the Antarctic - Robert Burleigh
Buddy: The First Seeing Eye Dog - Eva Moore
Castle - David Macaulay
Caves and Caverns - Gail Gibbons
Come Back, Salmon - Molly Cone
Counting on Frank: Level 4 - Rod Clement
Dive! My Adventures in the Deep Frontier - Sylvia Earle
Dolphin Man: Exploring the World of Dolphins - Laurence Pringle
Exploding Ants: Amazing Facts About How Animals Adapt - Joanne Settel
An Extraordinary Life: Story of a Monarch Butterfly - Laurence Pringle
Fire! Fire! - Gail Gibbons
How Much Is a Million? - David Schwartz
The Magic School Bus (series) - Joanna Cole
Mapping the World - Sylvia Johnson
Pyramid - David Macaulay
Shh!  We're Writing the Constitution - Jean Fritz
Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest - Steve Jenkins
Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens - Patricia Lauber

What do you want to learn about?  Strawberries? Baseball? Trains?  Read a book about your interest!


College Visit


9-27-14 - Saturday - This next week our class will be visiting Huntington college.  We are excited to think of what opportunities are available for each and every student.  It is never too early to start thinking about college.
            Here are some reminders about our trip:
                   -wear our school color of royal blue or spirit wear.
                      -wear gym shoes, and prepare to do a lot of walking.
                           -if you are packing a lunch, make sure everything is disposable and does not need                                  refrigeration.
                                -parents attending will need to drive themselves as buses are full.


We have plans!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Number extensions

9-26-14 - Friday - Have you ever heard of number extensions?  Well, third graders have been delving into that realm this week.  They started by reviewing fact families.  That is like this:
4+2=6     2+4=6    6-2=4   6-4=2
Remember those?
Then they were challenged to take an addition sentence like 4+2=6 and then try 40+20 to get 60.  Next step was to extend it further with 400+200 to get 600.
We compared the extension to extra tubes you put on your vacuum sweeper to extend - or reach - somewhere higher or further away.
All in all, a clever way to ssss--tttt---rrr---eeee---tttt----cccc----hhhh---STRETCH our math skills!



Whether you are counting sheep or eggs, math can be fun!!!!!

Compare and Contrast

9-26-14 - Friday - In reading this week, students have been using their critical thinking skills to compare and contrast 2 versions of Cinderella.  They read one indigenous to the Native Americans and compared it to the traditional version of Cinderella. They did the comparing today with a friend.  They were real scholars as they took notes to complete a form with the same topic next week.  
You may want to discuss this with your child this weekend.  It is always good to compare and contrast items and stories as you interact with your child.  Have a go!  It could be fun!  (Compare and contrast your child's closet to yours...compare and contrast your regular silverware to the long-handled barbecue utensils used for grilling...etc.)



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Success Fun!

September 19, 2014 - Friday - During Success time, students solved 4-digit subtraction problems with regrouping.  Then they gave them to their teacher to check.  The problems had a QR Code on them that the teacher scaned to see the answer.  He showed it to the student for them to check.  This was a fun way to do our math.







Welcome Grandparents!

September 18, 2014 - Thursday - What a wonderful time!  Grandparents were welcomed to our school and classroom.  Enjoy the photos!



Do you know what these are?











Dylan shows his grandparents Hippy Frog!

Welcome Grandparents!

September 18, 2014 - Thursday - What a wonderful time!  Grandparents were welcomed to our school and classroom.  Enjoy the photos!















Welcome Grandparents!

September 18, 2014 - Thursday - What a wonderful time!  Grandparents were welcomed to our school and classroom.  Enjoy the photos!














Welcome Grandparents!

September 18, 2014 - Thursday - What a wonderful time!  Grandparents were welcomed to our school and classroom.  Enjoy the photos!     














Welcome Grandparents!

September 18, 2014 - Thursday - What a wonderful time!  Grandparents were welcomed to our school and classroom.  Enjoy the photos!













Awards!


September 19, 2014 - Friday - Each third grader is expected to write numbers to 1000.  This is a reinforcement of number sense skills.  We had our first students complete this feat!  Owen and Shaina received a certificate and a 100 Grand candy bar for their hard work.  Congratulations!








Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Preferred Activity Time

9-15-14 Monday - Flashlight reading brightened our day!



Shaina spotlights the perfect part of her story!


Colt parked by his chair to the world of animals.


Bailea is our helper so the beanbag was for her.  What a cushy place to explore an engaging book!


Mason and Sean say, "Look at this!"  Sharing a special part of a story is fun!


Preferred Activity Tijme

9-15-14 Monday - Did someone say we could bring our flashlights to school???


Kylie enjoys a nonfiction book.  She's gobbling it up!!!


Kirsten takes a pondering pose as she digs into her story!


Ariel likes to read this way.  It's a BRIGHT idea!!!


Damen likes his book called Animals Nobody Loves.  Can we do this again tomorrow?


Preferred Activity Time

9-15-14 Monday - Flashlight reading continues...Who is that?


Jude writes about what he is reading.  Great job!


Owen lights up the page as he reads. Super!


Brooke, Drew, and Zackery bring the text to life with light!  Yea!


Aidyn and Floyd camp out in a corner with a book and a flashlight. It is fun reading this way!