Monday, March 30, 2015

Anchors Away - Soil!

Happy Monday!  I'm linking up with Deb for:

http://crafting-connections.blogspot.com/2015/03/anchors-away-monday-relative-pronouns.html


We've been learning about soil.  My students have made connections because there's bedrock in Minecraft.  For me, Bedrock will always be the home of the Flintstones!



Make sure to notice the humus in my topsoil! 

Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Finally Five For Friday!

This is my new routine - posting on Saturday or Sunday.  I keep trying to write about each day's events as they happen, but I just never get to it.  Any way, it's time to link up with Doodle Bugs for:

http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2015/03/five-for-friday-linky-party-march-27th.html




My students had the best time using the i-pads this week for Computer Lab.  We played my first and only created Kahoot game - Massachusetts on the Map:



If you go to kahoot.it , and type in the Pin in the above picture, you can check out my game.  We also went on to play several public Kahoots.  Kahoot is a very engaging review game, and I'm hoping to create more games soon.






In Science, we learned about soil:

 






Author David Ezra Rottenberg visited our school to read his delightful book:

http://www.amazon.com/Gwendolyn-Graceful-Pig-David-Rottenberg/dp/0910291039/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427589978&sr=1-1&keywords=gwendolyn+the+graceful+pig#reader_0910291039

 While the author read his book, students from a ballet school in Winchester performed the story.




If you want to check out this book on Amazon, click here or on the picture of the book.





Since we were studying soil in Science, and soil is such an important resource, our word of the week was resource:









Our PTO arranged for this room sized map of North America to come to our school for the week.  The map is provided by National Geographic.  The kids had a blast learning and visiting different places in North America:






Have a super Sunday!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Five For Friday!

I do love the weekend so I have the opportunity to link up with Doodle Bugs for:

http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2015/03/five-for-friday-linky-party-march-20th.html

We celebrated St. Patrick's starting with this adorable poem about leprechauns at our Morning Meeting:



To see the source of this leprechaun poem, click here.




We also made these adorable Pots of Gold about someone who means the world to us:


I got this delightful product from TPT for free, but I can't the link to the original product.  If you know who created/designed this, please let me know so that I can add the information.


The Word of the Week for our Morning Messages for poetry:






We've been preparing A LOT for our upcoming PAARC tests in the morning so in the afternoon, we do a fun activity.  This activity involved looking for non-fiction text features in our Time for Kids magazines.  You can check out this product here.


Needless to say, the kids LOVED cutting and pasting their Time for Kids.  They want to do this activity every week now!

On Friday, it was Wacky Clothes Day, and two of my students dressed like me!  I'm so honored!


That's Danielle on the left, and Mia on the right.

Spring also arrived on Friday!


Have a wonderful week!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday!

It's Thursday, and I'm delighted to link up with Teachers Desk 6 for:

http://teachersdesk6.blogspot.com/

This post was originally from  February 23. 2014, and it recommends some great books! 

Last week, I was on vacation, but I decided to go to my classroom and do some tidying up.  While I was reorganizing the library, I found one of my favorite books:




There is a whole series of Just Grace books by author Charise Mericle Harper.  Here's a summary of the above book from the Just Grace web site.

http://www.hmhbooks.com/books/justgrace/

Everyone’s favorite Grace is back. And this time she has a dog. Unfortunately, he’s only made of cardboard and rides a skate board. Grace is determined though to prove to her parents that she is responsible and dependable enough to get a real dog. Things you learn in this book: 1. Sometimes it is okay to be sneaky if you don't get caught. 2. How to do flashlight Morse code. 3. What happened at school that was exciting: nothing. 4. How it feels to walk into your class after going to the principal’s office! 5. Many other things, but most important, how to convince your parents to MAYBE let you get a dog. A real one, not one made of cardboard. 

Here is some other interesting background information about Grace:

*She's in 3rd grade.

*There are 3 other Graces in her class.  The other Graces are identified by Grace and a last initial while this Grace is known as "Just Grace."

*The author's writing style is fun and full of dialogue.  That's why I LOVE reading this book out loud!


Luckily, there are so many more books in the series, and you can learn about them by clicking on the book below:



Just Grace

I think your students will love reading and hearing these engaging chapter books!





 Sybil's Midnight Ride by Karen Winnick is based on a true story!  Check out this sign in her hometown:


I heard about this book when reading Judy Moody Declares Independence by Megan MacDonald.  Judy's teacher, Mr. Todd, gives her a book about "the female Paul Revere."  Of course, I had to get the book and check it out since I had never heard of such a person.  I particularly love this book because the heroine is a girl, and women definitely played a role in the Revolutionary War, but we never hear of them.



I love this link-up because it gives me the opportunity to check out all my good ideas that I have forgotten about - I need to reread my blog more!  Have a fabulous Friday!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Anchors Away!

I wanted to make sure to link up with Deb for:

http://crafting-connections.blogspot.com/2015/03/anchors-away-monday-conjunction-anchor.html

We're wrapping up our unit on Landforms, and here's my latest creation:



I just love the concept of "creep."  Somehow I never learned about it until I started teach third grade science!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Five For Friday - Better Late Than Never


At last, I am linking up with Doodle Bugs for:

http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2015/03/five-for-friday-linky-party-march-13th.html




We made these adorable landform craftivities:





If you study landforms, you can download this landform craftivity here. (for free)!
In our Morning Meetings, we have been learning about the word and concept of strategies:


Every week we focus on an important word, and every day we do a fact of the day.  


In Math, we started rounding to the nearest 100:



   


On Friday night I went to a Paint Nite sponsored by the Goodyear PTO.  We painted Horn Pond in Woburn:




We finished our Landform chapter in Science by learning about earthquakes, volcanoes and floods!


Here's an example of erosion as well as a hope that spring will arrive soon!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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