Monday, December 4, 2017

The MOST WONDERFUL time of the year!

It is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!  A sneaky elf has arrived giving much excitement to our boys and girls and appearing in new places each day!  

We are also getting festive with our reading as we enjoy The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and do some comparing and contrasting with a Social Studies unit on Christmas Around the World!  Exciting!

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Author Study: Chris Van Allsburg and INFERENCING

We have started an author study on Chris Van Allsburg and are using it in Writer's Workshop as well as Read Aloud to help us connect reading and writing skills!  We are learning to INFER!  This is a BIG Reading Skill that we work on in 3rd grade!!!

The students LOVE the stories and are so eager to read them each day!  Our writing is improving also because when we read excellent, mentor texts--we learn to MODEL our writing from the authors!  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!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Our Literature Circle Book Club group has started the delicious book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!  We are working on our Reading strategies in our Reader's Notebook and writing main ideas and details for each chapter.  We are also working on Vocabulary as we learn some delightful new words as only author Roald Dahl can teach us!  This author helps us VISUALIZE because he writes with such vivid details!  He is a great author to help us learn to be better writers!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Because of Winn Dixie

This week we started in our next literature circle book, Because of Winn Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo.  It is part of an author study we do in third grade and it is always one of the kids' favorite stories!  We have MAP testing soon also.  We will be doing work in our Reader's Notebook with this unit in Reading.  Students will be working on 

  • character traits with evidence from the text to support
  • setting/plot and theme
  • character's actions and sequence of story events
  • compare and contrast (characters, events, settings)

Our literacy strategies include:
  •  Making Connections
  • Predicting
  • Visualizing
  • Asking Questions
  • Inferring

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Welcome Back!

Welcome BACK!!! You're Finally Here!!!

We are so excited to get started with another WONDERFUL school year in third grade!!  You're Finally Here!!!  

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Our first day kicks off with this adorable book and activities, then we will move into a delightful chapter book, Freckle Juice!  It's a nice, light chapter book that always kicks off an author study that we do in third grade- Judy Blume.  It's also a great starter book to get everyone trying our very first literacy strategy- MAKING CONNECTIONS and learning to identify CHARACTER TRAITS!  You will have to see what Andrew is willing to do to get freckles! 

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Gearing up for Fourth Grade!

Image result for tales of a fourth grade nothing We are gearing up for 4th grade with the delightful story that rounds out our year and brings us full circle, considering we started the year off with this same author, Judy Blume!  Ending on a good note just as our year is ending with the funny story of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing!  
I am so proud of this class and have truly enjoyed having them!  They will be missed.  Going on to 4th Grade and ready to take on life with the same JOYFUL hearts they have had all year!!  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hippity Hoppity.....Easter's on it's way!!!!

Here Comes Peter Cottontail.......hopping down the bunny trail........hippity, hoppity, Easter's on it's way!!!!

We are ready for Easter and Spring Break week with some adorable tales (pun intended!!)  of our favorite bunnies!!!

These should be great for compare and contrast and author's point of view!!  So many little time!!!  

Monday, February 6, 2017

It's February and that means it's time for us to study and celebrate a special time in our history with Famous African-Americans!  We are studying 2 particular time periods (slavery and the Civil Rights Movement).  We are also focusing our Read Alouds this month on stories of courage and heroism from leaders in both of these time periods. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Tuck Everlasting

Image result for google image tuck everlasting bookWe are currently reading the enchanting story, Tuck Everlasting with our literature group.  This story is written in such detail that we are painting wonderful pictures in our mind as we read (Visualization) and the author does an outstanding job of writing with detail (Show-not tell writing)!  It has us pondering a very deep life question......what if you could live forever???

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2017!  We are back in session and resuming our story, Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  We are also continuing our Informational Unit connecting with Science as we integrate a unit of study on weather.  What a perfect time to study weather as we are currently walking in a winter wonderland!  

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