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May
15
Extra Credit
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I will take the extra credit until Monday.  The interviews that have been turned in have been great!  I look forward to sharing them on Monday. 

 

May
15

I will be sending home the LIA study guides today.  Feel free to use as you see fit in helping your child prepare for the end of the year assessment.  Let me know if you have any questions.

 

May
15

We are all sad that today is Hannah's last day in our classroom.  She is moving.  I just had to share what a wonderful thing it has been to see these students' friendships blossoming, though.  There have been so many words of encouragement and even a couple of little treats for Hannah.  It's times like this that I step back and am reminded that my job is about so much more than the academics.  It's about human beings...it's about fostering those working relationships that they will need to know how to be a part of for the rest of their lives.  Best of luck to Hannah at her new school.  We will certainly miss her!  Hats off to the rest of the class for being a good friend and treating people right! 

 

May
11
Extra Credit
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I don't do this very often, but if anyone wants to earn extra credit, I have an opporutinty to do so.  This week's story is called Becoming Anythign He Wants to Be.    There is an interview activity on page 44.  I have told the students that they can do the interview, BUT they need to change the directions to "anyone, BUT a classmate."  They can interview anyone they want, then bring their information to the classroom to share. 

 

May
08

Monday, May 11th: Batter Up for Autism -dress up and donate day: Students can donate any amount (minimum $.50) to
dress up. They can wear baseball team apparel (including hats). Classroom teachers will have an envelope to collect the
money.

Tuesday, May 12th: Students will be able to buy a cookie (or alternative for allergies) during lunch for any amount (minimum $.50). PTO will donate the cookies. *Students will bring money to lunch and when they put their number in, there will be a bucket to drop their money.

Wednesday, May 13th:Wear What You Wanna Wear Wednesday: -dress up and donate day: Students can donate any amount (minimum $.50) to wear pajamas. Classroom teachers will have an envelope to collect the money.

Thursday, May 14th: Students will be able to buy an ice cream sundae cup (or alternative for allergies) for any amount (minimum $.50) during lunch. * Students will bring money to lunch and when they put their number in, there will be a bucket to drop their money.

Friday, May 15th: Class Competition Day: Each teacher will be given a collection envelope. The class that raises the most money will earn a pizza party the following week.

 

Apr
29

Today has been one of those days that just makes my teacher heart happy.  Teaching is a tough job, but when days like this come along, it makes it all worth it! 

ISTEP testing was a HUGE success.  So many students used such wonderful problem solving strategies.  Seeing Kamron, Addison, Hannah C, Marie, and many others highlight important question words, get rid of what they knew it wasn't, and work with perserverence on tough problems put a smile on my face.

After testing, many students were so excited about questions that they had originally gotten wrong, but found the mistakes in when they went back and checked their work.  It was great to see Ryleigh, Johnathon, Hannah D, Timothy, Connor, Kamron, Marie, Kayla, Dalton, and Hannah C smile with pride when they found those mistakes and earned themselves a couple more points. 

Another great moment today was the big hug from Dalton when he earned his fact power followed by his phone call to his mom at work with us all listening on speaker phone.  The ENTIRE class was so proud of him!  It was a blast to celebrate the success together! 

We then headed to the park to run the mile with Mrs. Tyler.  So many students did something that they didn't think they could do.  Many, many, students wanted to give up on the first lap, but with encouragement from one another, ALL students finished that mile.  At the end when Daniel needed extra encouragement for the last little bit, the WHOLE class joined in by either running beside him or cheering for him all the way to the finish line!

Connor's big hug following all of that excitement with the words, "This is one of the best days ever" was the icing on the cake!  What a joy these students are!  It has been my pleasure to be along side them as they journeyed through third grade!  What a special class!  They make me proud every.single.day!   

 

Apr
24
Today's Meet
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The students have had a lot of fun with a backchannel called Today's Meet.  We have used to for online discussions about topics in class.  Be sure to ask your child about it!  I think they will excitedly tell you! 

 

Apr
23

Click here to participate in today's meet about Ruby Bridges.

 

Apr
22

Tonight's homework asks the kids to "annotate" 2 pages of Social Studies reading.  As a grade level, we are teaching the kiddos to "interact" with text as they read.  I know that many of us adults find this strategy to be useful when we read text that is difficult.  We have decided on three specific marks for them to use.  They are a heart for information that they like, an * for things they think are important, and a ? for things that confuse them or that they have questions about.  In addition to these marks, students are also welcome to highlight important words or phrases as well as take notes on any thinking that pops into their minds while they are reading.  These notes can be written in the margins. 

Students have been practicing all of these annotations for months.  It isn't anything new, but the term "annotations" is a big one, and they can forget from time to time what it means. 

If you have any questions at all, feel free to let me know! 

 

Apr
20

This is a really cute update!  Be sure to check it out! 

 

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Apr
20
IREAD
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IREAD results have been released.  You can expect a paper copy of your child's results in the mail soon. 

If you have any questions, feel free to let me know.

 

 

Apr
17
Carnival
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I hope to see lots of you at the carnival tomorrow night from 4:30-7:30 at the high school.  Our calss game is the dart throw!  We had many parents sign up to help, and I am grateful for that!  Be sure to say hello if you see me around! 

 

Apr
14
Gift Cards
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For those of you needing additional information about gift cards, our class is collecting gift cards for any denomination or location.  These will be put in our class silent auction basket at the carnival Saturday.  Thank you those of you who have already sent them!  Let me know if you need additional clarification. 

 

Apr
13
Midterms
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Midterms will go home on April 29th.  Also, mark your calendars now...we will have our Honor Roll Breakfast on June 4th.  It will be from 7:30-8:30.  Stay tuned for details. 

 

Apr
10
Back Channel
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Students: Click here for our class discussion.

 

Apr
09
Field Trip
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The third grade classes will be traveling to Monticello on Tuesday, April 21st.  This will be a half day field trip in the afternoon.  We will start with a sack lunch at the city park followed by some activities at the Post Office as well as the Court House.  These stops will enhance the Oliver K. Woodman story from a couple of weeks ago, as well as the information in unit 5 of Social Studies.  We ask that you send your child to school dressed appropriately for the weather that day.  Your child will also need a sack lunch.  There is no cost for this trip!

 

Apr
09
Snack Time
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We are in need of some granola bars, bananas, pretzels, and capri suns for our final round of ISTEP testing.  The dates we are in need of snacks for are April 27th, April 29th, May 7, and May 13.  If you would like to help provide snacks for one of those days, please let me know.  Thank you in advance. 

 

Apr
08
Test
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As mentioned last week, there is a Social Studies test on the horizon.  We have now completed the entire unit.  Students need to spend time studying the material.  They need to know vocabulary for sure.  I also encourage them to study the pictures and captions, titles and subtitles, and answer questions at the end of the lessons.

 

Apr
08
eLearning
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We had three kiddos who really nailed the eLearning!  They had the assignments turned in the first day back, and the quality of their work was top notch.  Kudos to Dalton, Ryleigh, and Trinity. 

I know that eLearning can be a lot of work.  I do feel strongly that the work that is assigned is work that the kids can do on their own, though.  We try very hard not to assign new or unknown material.  I do expect the students to spend their time producing quality work.  Their work should take approximately 2 and a half hours to complete if they use their time wisely.  Those students who completed their work will be counted present for the day, and there will be a grade assigned to everyone in both Math and Reading. 

A huge thank you goes out to all of the supportive parents!  I feel that there have been many positives from eLearning, and I look forward to hearing what direction we will head with it next  year. 

 

Apr
02

Our class pet, the bearded dragon, has not been feeling well.  I recently took him to the vet (something I never thought I would be doing for a class pet.  lol).  He has a calcium deficiancy and needs more calcium and UV rays to help his bones get stronger.  Right now, they referred to his condition as "rubber jaw."  Buddy will be going back to the vet for a follow up visit next week. Let's keep our fingers crossed that he is on the mend and can return to the classroom soon.  I know the kids miss him!

 

Apr
02

We are nearing the end of unit 5.  There will be a test sooner than later.  Students need to be working on Vocabulary and reviewing the headings and subheadings. 

 

Mar
20

Congratulations to all who made their Reading Counts goals for the third nine weeks!  The students LOVED the presentation by Coyote Chris!  Students are already working hard to earn their points for this final nine weeks. The reward is a big one this time!  Students won't want to miss out! 

Students track their progress weekly, and that data was used to guide the students in the setting of their new goals.  Each child has set a personalized goal.  I would suggest that you ask your child about his/her goal and offer encouragement now to start earning those points!  Students who not only reach their goals, but exceed the expectations and surpass the goals will be given a special treat! 

Read. Read. Read.

 

Mar
17
Gift Cards
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Thank you to those who have sent in gift cards for our School Carnival Basket.  We have gift cards for O'Charlies, Toys R Us, and Meijer!  Gift cards can be sent in anytime in the next few weeks.  Please remember that the carnival is on April 18th. 

 

Mar
17
I'm Back
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I am back in the classroom today, and boy does it feel good.  I have missed these kiddos a bunch.  I know that it has not been easy on them to have me gone.  Mrs. Childress and Mrs. Dilling did an amazing job trying to do things how they would have been done with me here, but in the kids' eyes, it's just not the same.  I certainly appreciate all that those two ladies did, though!   Everytime I checked in, things were under control. 

We will finish out this week with lots of routine and reminders of rules. I certainly appreciate those students who were able to do as they were supposed to even without me here. That is a true demonstration of the Cavalier Character Traits of responsibility, integrity, self-control, and effort.

I appreciate everyone's understaning during this difficult time of the loss of my mother in law.  She was a very special person, and she will be missed greatly!

 

 

Mar
06
Fact Power
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Congratulations to those students who have worked HARD to earn their fact power!  I am so proud of Jake, Marie, Addions, Jasmine, Hollie, Ryleigh, Noah, Katie, Connor, Kayla, and Johnetta!  That was hard work, and you guys perservered through it! 

It is a third grade standard to have the 0-9 facts memorized.  Those students who do not have their fact power will be staying in during parts of their recesses starting next week.  During that time, those students who have not earned their power will be practicing their facts. 

 

Mar
06

Thre is a new buzz term in education called "Close Reading."  It simiply means to read CLOSELY.  This is a skill that we have worked on from the beginning of the year.  So often, students want to be able to read someone one time and say that they are done with it.  You and I both know that we can certainly do that with a fiction book we are reading for enjoyment, but when it comes to really knowing material (like how to put together a piece of furniture, or a manual on how to operate a new machine), we have to read the material more than once.  There are certain parts we may even read over and over. I have described this to the kids with the analogy of digging a hole.  The first reading is like breaking the surface.  Students are reading to get the gist.  The second reading is where you dig down a bit deeper.  Students now have more information and might even be able to answer some questions on the topic.   In the third reading, there is true understanding. 

Our weekly reading story is a super way for students to practice this skill.  They should be reading the story just to get the gist the first time.  The second time, they are zeroing in on certain pages to answer questions and deepen their level of understanding.  Before the test, there should be a third reading to accomplish that true understanding. 

 

 

Mar
06

We celebrated Read Across America on Monday.  The TCI Student Council sponsored the event.  We had guest readers here throughout the day to fill the library with readers.  Our class had the opportunity to be read to by Dr. Goad.  The students tried hard to trick Dr. Goad by thinking of jobs that didn't require reading.  Unfortunately for the students, they were not able to come up with a single job where reading was not important.  There was also a door decorating contest going on, and our guest readers judged them.  Our class door with a Dr. Seuss theme came in second.  It was a fun day of celebrating reading! 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”   -Dr. Seuss

 

Mar
04

Thank you so much for all of the loving support this week with ISTEP.  The kids have LOVED their special notes and good luck wishes.  The snacks have also been plentiful, and they have helped with the mental aspect of things by keepign their tummies full and their minds happy! 

 

Thank you!

 

Feb
27

Next week's Cavalier Character Trait is Problem Solving.  This is a perfect trait for the week of ISTEP.  Our Cavalier definition for problem solving is to use resources to find solutions.  Please encourage your child to use the following thought process as they work through their ISTEP questions next week.  First of all, they need to read the entire question, and all directions.  Then, they need to dig a bit deeper by rereading and asking, 1) What do I know?  2) What do I need to know?  3) How can I do it? 

As I have stated before, I feel confident in what the kiddos have tucked away in their brains! I know that they have the information they need.  Now we just need them to commit to working at it and using those steps. 

I can't wait to share their letters with them that you have been sending in!  They are going to love them!

Go Cavs!

 

Feb
20

Don't forget to send in your ISTEP note for your kiddo.  We will read them the week of ISTEP.  They can be sent in anytime next week.  In the past, this has been a huge hit, and the kids have loved it!  I plan to keep it a surprise, so please email me the letters or send them to me in a sealed envelope. 

Feel free to share good luck wishes, fun stories to make them laugh, your love, etc.  They just love having that home connection.  The letters can be written to your child individually, or it can be to the class as a whole. 

Thank you in advance for helping to make ISTEP testing a positive experience. 

 
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