Saturday, August 30, 2014

We're back in session!

It was a pleasure meeting my newest batch of third graders just a few days ago! 

Thank you for the abundance of supplies! It's amazing how quickly we will go through cleaning supplies and pencils!

We were all smiles for our first day photo shoot!

Wednesday's read aloud, First Day Jitters, was a perfect fit for the first day of school. Readers were surprised to learn who that teachers are nervous for the first day of school too!

We began a back-to-school activity--iPad style. In addition to sharing facts about themselves as "apps," goals they have, and hobbies they enjoy, students also guessed my age, favorite food, and the number of years I have taught. I can't wait to read all of the responses!


Thursday we started the day with some capitalization editing. 

We continued our morning working with trivia involving the number 3...

What is 3 x 3?
What was the third state to join the union?
What is the third planet from the sun?

We dug into a science bin in our classroom library in search of answers...

Thursday's read aloud was Margaret Wise Brown's The Important Book. We noticed patterns in both Brown's writing and in the illustrator's use of color on alternating pages.

Writers then got to work drafting their own pages in our class version of The Important Book.

In math, students had the opportunity to "show what they know" on a pre-test covering basic operations, counting coins, problem solving, and equal parts. 

This week we will draft a class contract, begin work with place value, and build our reading stamina in Reader's Workshop.

See you in the morning!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

'Twas the Night Before School Started...

And my first day of school outfit is all laid out--no vest or turtleneck this time! :)


And all through the house were the sounds of prepping, cutting, sharpening, labeling, and typing.

I can't wait to meet my newest batch of third graders!

We will read, write, learn, laugh, explain, explore, and experiment all year long!

See you in the morning for a bright start to third grade!