Thursday, September 12, 2013

The first 13 Days of 3rd Grade

13 days later and it seems we are off on the right foot for learning. Don't get me wrong, we still have to practice some routines from time to time, but overall they are starting to mold into responsible 3rd graders!

A lot has happened in 13 days! We have learned what Reading, Writing and Math Workshops should look and sound like. What it means to be an active listener and how to ask a friend to repeat if we need them to do so. This skill helps Number Talks to go so much smoother!

We started the year by talking about these 4 quotes that we find on our behavior punch cards. These quotes inspire us to be our best each day. By following the 4 Bloomer Expectations we can be our best!

In Language we have been studying the work of Eve Bunting. We investigated her books to find strong verbs that we could use to make our own writing better. Here is a list of verbs we found.

In Math we have been working on the 100s Chart to help us to add and subtract numbers.
We have also been learning and using efficient strategies for addition during Number Talks. Here is our current anchor chart.
 The part-part whole box is so important when it comes to solving word problems. Here are 4 different examples of what the box could look like based on the situation in the story problem.
This week we have started exploring the concept of MULTIPLICATION. We have investigated the relationships between 5 and 10 as well as 2, 4, and 8. Check out this anchor chart that shows the great thinking we had during Math Workshop.
As we have solved multiplication story problems this week we have discovered 3 strategies. So far everyone is working to understand multiplication as equal groups that can be tracked by using Skip Counting and Repeated Addition. There are a few of us that are starting to see the relationship between doubling and halving.
In Science we have been learning about the 4 things animals need to live and how they are grouped. One way that scientists group animals is by their skeletal structure. Animals with a backbone are called vertebrates and animals without a backbone are called invertebrates. Here is our anchor chart that tracks this learning.
We have also been using our Chromebooks A LOT!!!  We love to use them during Spelling and to practice typing with the home row keys so we can type as fast as Ms. Graham. But our favorite time to use our Chromebooks is Writing Workshop....notebooks...what are those??? Here is a picture of Aaron writing about his dog on his Chromebook. Check back later for our first published pieces of writing!
Before we could write on our Chromebooks we learned that authors gather ideas. We used Play Dough one day to help us gather ideas. Here are some of our creations that we used to turn into a piece of writing.
Vincent wrote about his family trip to Arizona.
Here Bella wrote about a family trip to Colorado.

Be sure to check the student work page for more Play Dough writing pieces.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Summer Adventures

I can't believe that summer is over and it's soon time to head back to the day to day life of school. I do have to say it has been an AMAZING summer!! 

Kirby and I spent a lot of time out front reading many great books! Here is Kirby relaxing while I was enjoying one of the books.

I spent a great deal of time at the zoo with my nieces and nephew.  The zoo is a great place to learn new things and get some exercise too!!
I absolutely love this picture of my nieces in the rain forest!
Here is Olivia checking out one of her favorite zoo animals...the cooooocodile as she calls it!!  She loved being able to be nose to nose with it!
Her other favorite zoo animal are the gorillas. Here she is giving the statue a kiss since she can't give the real ones kisses.

5 hours at the zoo in one afternoon proved to be too much for this little monkey. She crashed before we were even on the interstate heading back to Council Bluffs!

Olivia and I also had a sleepover this summer.  We enjoyed popcorn while watching Alvin and The Chipmunks. The next morning we ate breakfast and colored on the porch while waiting for her mom to come.

Spending time at the Public Library, playing with her cousin Cameron at the park and stealing Grandpa Gary's chapstick were just a few of the other adventures we went on this summer.

I also spent some time this summer working on projects around my house. I got crafty and made a stepping stone of Kirby's pawprint to put in my flower garden.

Kooper and I tried to make our own bouncy balls but we were unsuccessful! =(

Everything looked good but they just wouldn't bounce!

The summer started with tearing out the old clumps of grass out front and planting pretty flowering shrubs.

Another project was to clean up my back patio so Kirby and I could sit outside on nice nights after a long day at school.  
Here is the before picture with just the new bricks and rocks to hold back runaway dirt.
Here is the after picture. I would have to say it looks much better.
Here is Kirby trying to find the squirrel that woke her up from a nap on the patio.

I also repainted my bathroom and bought new shower curtains.

Kirby and I spent a couple days at my parent's house after I had a mole removed from my back. The results came back clear and as of now I am no longer at risk for melanoma. That scare was enough to get me to wear sun screen more often now!
Here is my incision with 6 staples right in the middle of my back!
Here is Kirby watching the cars go by on the front porch.
Kirby entertained herself harassing the ground squirrels.

Kirby and I also spent time this summer doing some volunteer work with Domesti-Pups. Here are Kirby and Ivy relaxing at Primrose Retirement Home.

Kirby also enjoys getting lots of love while at her therapy visits. 

Our last adventure was to go camping at Mahoney with family.  Kirby was so exhausted!!
But she was awake bright and early the next morning waiting patiently for someone else to get up.

Kirby ended her summer adventures by enjoying an ice cream cone at Cristy Creme.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Our Math Workshop Anchor Charts

Here are pictures of anchor charts created this year. 

These are computation strategies charts.
These charts were developed during our study of multiplication and division.
These were developed during our study of fractions

These were developed during our study of measurement.

These were developed during our study of geometric shapes.