April 17

Whatch’ya Been Up To?

As we make our way towards May, the students have been engaged in a variety of activities within our classroom. We try to have a lot of fun and make learning as hands-on as possible.

Check out our busy bees below:

April 10

Book Tasting: Part Deux

Our last book tasting in November was a big hit, so it only made sense to do it again! Last week, our students came in hungry and left STUFFED with ideas for books to read.

What was on the menu this time around? Well, Chef Sully, who flew in all the way from Paris, complete with a fancy French accent, was serving up some delicious genres that included:

  • Books in a Series
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Fantasy
  • Picture Books

What’s on YOUR reading menu these days?

April 9

A Skype Chat with Dr. Jane Goodall

What a special treat this morning as students came in to class, sat on the carpet, and listened to a short, live presentation with Dr. Jane Goodall!

Dr. Jane Goodall is a scientist and conservationist. She is 85 years young and spends much of her time, as she says, in hotels and airports, flying around the world promoting wildlife conservation and empowering people to make a difference in the world. Check out her website here.

Her skype session was public to all students and classrooms anywhere in the world and we were registered as one of those classes.

We learned a little bit about her extensive work with chimpanzees, which started in the 1960s. She answered questions from kids around the world. We added our own questions and followed along with dialogue happening in the moment. We even got to do a selfie with Dr. Jane! Students will go home with a certificate on Wednesday!

Jane urges students to find small ways to make a big difference in the world. She talked about her own program called Roots & Shoots which you can learn about here.

Here is the Skype chat in its entirety:

 

April 4

Let’s Make S’more Inferences

What better way to celebrate our learning about inferences than to EAT?! We’ve been exploring several short stories and have been using paper s’mores to break apart the pieces of an inference:

  • graham cracker = Background knowledge
  • graham cracker = Text clues
  • marshmallow = inference
  • chocolate = another inference

We remember that BK +TC =I and that we make inferences all the time and don’t even know we’re doing it. Way to go grade 3s!

Aren’t edible inferences delicious?

April 1

Spring Has Arrived!

After March Break, time always seems to fly. We are in the season of Lent, moving closer to Easter. The students in our class have been working incredibly hard on their school work. We have been diligently studying and practicing our times tables. Mrs. Sullivan has been impressed!

As a class, we’ve been pushing ourselves to strengthen our Word Study test scores overall and the results have been outstanding!

Several students have been challenging themselves to achieve silver certificates in Mathletics. Wow! Who will earn the first gold?

We continue to move along nicely in our newest writing unit called Realistic Fiction where we are gathering ideas.

Take a look at some of the activity in our room as of late:

What do you like the best about Spring?

March 28

Mystery Reader…Revealed!

Today, our special guest was…Mrs. Cheeseman! She read to us a book called JoJo the Giant by Jane Barclay. It was the story of a boy who is eager to grow bigger. He wants some new running shoes after seeing them in a store window, but they are too expensive. He decides to enter a race to see if he can win the pair, but is racing against bigger boys, including a bully. In the end, JoJo learns about believing in himself and that we can grow in more ways than one!

 

A huge thank-you to Mrs. Cheeseman for reading with us today! We loved the story of JoJo the Giant and thought you were a great reader.

March 18

BK +TC = I

What does BK + TC = I mean? It looks like a math equation but really it means

Background Knowledge + Text Clues = Inference

Today we talked about inferences and specifically looked at 4 different commercials where we could practice making inferences.

Did you know that we make inferences all the time without even knowing it? You can make inferences walking down the street, in the grocery store, when watching a movie, and so on. Sometimes adults refer to it as ‘reading between the lines’. Others refer to inference as an ‘educated guess’. In general, an inference means that someone can make a conclusion on something based on their own experiences and other information. We will be working on transferring that skill to reading text over the next several weeks…and beyond.

Have a look at these commercials and see what you can infer. Some of them are quite funny!

March 11

Buddy Time

The last day of school before March Break led us to spending some quality time with our kindergarten buddies from Mrs. Andrews’ class. We usually go to the kindergarten room but this time, our buddies came to us!

We enjoyed reading with them and sharing our learning space with them. It was a terrific way to end the day.

March 11

Our Latest Mystery Reader Was…

We had a very excited Mystery Reader read us a few special books recently. This was our very own Miss L.F! She did such a fantastic job reading Mortimer by Robert Munsch, but also treated us to her own creation, too!

L.F. shared her enthusiasm for reading with our class and was clearly a natural! She had the class laughing and engaged with her storytelling.

A big thank you goes out to L.F. for sharing her gifts and talents with us last week. Bravo!

March 5

Mystery Reader Revealed…

 Last week, we had a very special guest visit our class in the role of Mystery Reader. It was…Mr. Cocurullo! He carefully selected his choice of book which was the Shel Silverstein classic The Giving Tree. There was such wonderful thinking involved during and after the reading. Students observed the simplicity of the illustrations and noticed that the tree was referred to as a “she”. They also discussed some of the messages that Shel may have been trying to impart including:

  • sometimes those that have the least to give, end of giving the most
  • the importance of giving and that when we give to others, we get back so much in return

Thank you, Mr. C, for taking the time to read to us!