Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It's the MOST wonderful time......of the year!!!

This is an incredible time of year--filled with Christmas spirit and we are enjoying our favorite Christmas Read Alouds including an upcoming visit from the Grinch himself as we kick off a Grinchmas pledge to continue to be awesome and grow our hearts with giving and goodness!!! In lieu of doing class gift exchanging, we will be donating to a community service project with our annual Angel Tree donation.  Any child who wishes to donate may send $$ in or give to Mrs. Tuerk and she will purchase gifts for children of third grade age for our class.  We will be taking a spectacular ride on the Polar Express this month also so stay tuned and get your favorite pajamas ready for this ride!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Author Study: Chris Van Allsburg and Inferencing

We kick of an author study with Chris Van Allsburg and the Literacy Strategy of Inferencing and the kids are LOVING IT!!!  Each story is so captivating and Mr. Van Allsburg has a brilliant way of weaving thought provoking ideas into his stories!  We are gleaning so much from each one and the students can't wait to INFER from each story!!!

Chris Van Allsburg

Chris Van Allsburg books

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bats Incredible!

We introduce our Bats Incredible Unit with the adorable story, Stellaluna!    We will be learning all about these incredible animals as well as SKYPING with a bat specialist on Friday! 

Alexander and the Terrible......

We enjoyed reading the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day last week and then seeing the movie this week to compare and contrast the movie with the book.  

We predicted that there would be some differences as the movie was longer than the picture book so we knew some things would be added to the movie for effect.  We found over 10 differences when we listed them on our chart!   The movie was very funny and we enjoyed our trip a lot!  We want to thank Bakery on Main and Artsy Tartsy for having treats ready for us when we toured the bakeries to help us with the compare/contrast concept in a real world visit!  It was very SWEET of them to host our tours and a nice surprise!  This also helped us add to our CAREER education as both businesses shared a little about how the owners got the business started and the job opportunities they each provide.  

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Flat Stanley Project

We are back at it and participating in the Flat Stanley Project with added worldwide web activities and a new Flat Stanley App that makes traveling even easier!!  We also have a Flat Stanley Google Map so you can follow along with our adventures online in real time!!  

The Flat Stanley Project Online

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Inventing a new room for Charlie's Chocolate Factory!

Red group readers created a treat for the class today as part of an activity to invent a new room for the factory with the literature book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  The class gave it a thumbs up!  And as a marketing field test--it passed their approval!  Great job!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

International Literacy Day

We enjoyed some Literacy Fun on International Literacy Day!  We had a guest visitor reader, Fancy Nancy, we used sidewalk chalk to "Chalk About Reading" on the playground, we took "shelfies" and we signed up for the Global Read Aloud Project!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Making Plans for Upcoming International Literacy Day!

International Literacy is Monday, Sept. 8th and we are gearing up for some awesome Literacy plans!!!

Our School will have guest readers and we plan to take a "shelfie" which is a picture of yourself with your favorite book!!

We are also joining the Global Read Aloud Project (which doesn't start until October, but we are going to sign up to join and learn about it on International Literacy Day).  This project looks like an excellent way to connect globally with other readers!!  More information on the project can be found here.  

GRA Badge

Friday, August 22, 2014

Because of Winn Dixie

We have started our next chapter book with another author study, Kate DiCamillo and the story, Because of Winn Dixie.  We are beginning to work in our Reader's Notebooks and learn to use Literacy Strategies.  Our first strategy was MAKING CONNECTIONS.  We are also learning to identify literary elements (such as character, setting, plot, and theme) and sequencing.  The students are writing 2.6 paragraph summaries for each chapter of the book.  We are enjoying this heart warming story!

Freckle Juice

We had a juicy start to our first literature story with the book, Freckle Juice by Judy Blume.  This is an author that we will study and revisit her books throughout the year.  It was a nice introduction to chapter book reading for the students and we even had some of Mrs. Fannin's Fabulous juice to ensure we have a fabulous year!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

August 2014

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!   (yes, that's me singing my new favorite song from The Legos Movie!)

But it's so fitting because we've had an awesome first day!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

August 2014

WELCOME BACK!!!!!   I am so excited to see your smiling faces and can't wait to get started with another fabulous year of school!!

Please check our HOME tab for much information regarding the start of another school year!  You can also access our suggested school supplies at the tab on the right bottom and get information on how to sign up for our REMIND class communication service.

You can listen to my newest classroom craze song here!  This is from The Lego Movie and is my new favorite! I always incorporate music in my teaching (just ask my neighbor, Mr. Bush ;)
  It'll be on often in our classroom this year~~

Another favorite of mine is Good Day!  I like this song because we always aspire to have a good day in our room!! 

And last year I fell in love with the song, Happy!!  So your child might just come home humming any of these tunes this year--you have been warned!  :)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Fun!

It is hard to believe we are already in MAY!!  This year has flown by!!  I am really going to miss this class!   I say it every year--but we become a close little family in this room and I love each of my sweet kids so much!  I'm so proud of how much they've learned and what they've accomplished this year and I know you're proud of them too!!  They've worked HARD and now it's time to SHINE!  I keep telling them KPREP is their chance to show what they know!  

With upcoming testing, we will not have our weekly reading, spelling or ANY homework during KPREP testing weeks.  (May 7-14).  Enjoy these 2 weeks !  You can help your child by reminding them how hard they've worked this year and how much they've learned!  They will do so well on the test!  Do your best--no stress!  That's our motto!  You can also help by encouraging them at home, helping them get a good, nutritious breakfast and extra rest at night!  Getting in bed a little earlier and reading with them can help calm any testing fears they may have.  

We are going to begin our last literature book with the funny and fabulous, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.  This will complete our author study and bring us full circle this year because we started the year off with Freckle Juice by Judy Blume and now we'll end it with the same author!  She is one of my favorite authors and my students always adore the characters in her books!  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April is here!!

We are finally getting into some nicer Spring weather and we are rolling right along with our literature circle as we continue the author study of Jeff Kinney with the 2nd book in the series Rodrick Rules!!  We continue our work in our Reader's Notebooks and continue to practice summaries using the 2.6 paragraph structure.  The kids really enjoy this book and so do I!!

And our Adventures with Flat Stanley continue so check our page for updates!!  We are having so much fun with this project and learning about so many different places with his travels!!  He's even met a famous rapper--DRAKE  at the UK Final Four Game!!!!  

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Having fun with Flat Stanley!

We had a busy week but it was loaded with fun and learning!  We have been reading the Flat Stanley series and we got to take a field trip to see The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley.  Then we participated in the Flat Stanley Project and began making and sending and receiving Flat Stanleys from around the world to learn more about other cultures, area climate and see landmarks around the world.  The kids were so excited to get the Flat Stanley app and begin our blogging adventures with Flat Stanley.  See our updates on our SKYPE/FLAT STANLEY PROJECT and PROGRAM REVIEWS page as we will continue many learning activities including tracing our FLAT selves outside with sidewalk chalk and finding our AREA and PERIMETER!!  Next week--we send Flat Stanley to New York!!
#Selfie during Daily 5 Read to Self and photobombed by Kaleb!! :)
Just "hanging" out with Stanley!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Read Across America Week

We celebrated Read Across America Week with a Literacy Night, a guest visitor Magician (who happened to also be deaf!), lots of reading and a Dr. Seuss themed decorated building!  It was beautiful!  Our PTA is amazing and did an awesome job of making the building feel like a Seuss-village!!  We decided to integrate our Dr. Seuss theme into our hall display by creating a fraction craftivity around the Lorax Truffulla trees!  Check them out--and our delightful sneechy-keen door!! 

 And while we're talking about READING,  I thought I'd post this.  I found it online and thought parents would really be interested in seeing this research!  We all know reading is important, but this display is astounding!!  Look what reading just 20 minutes a night can do to build your child's vocabulary and test scores!!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

March Madness!!

Well March is definitely showing us who's boss!!  We are snowed/iced in right out of the gate!  Whenever we get back to school business--we will be reading from the Flat Stanley series.

This was one of my favorite books that I remember reading when I was a 3rd grader, and although the original is definitely a cut above the rest in the series (and the sequels came out many years later as the popularity of the Flat Stanley Project took off) it is still a cute series overall and lends itself well to many integrated activities with math and technology.