Thursday, July 14, 2016

3rd Grade Supplies

3rd Grade Supply List


(1) ½ in. white 3 ring binder (We will add a name page.) 
(1) box of 24 Count Crayons*
(1) box of Colored pencils*
(1) pack markers*
(2) boxes pencils (Ticonderoga)
(1) large Pencil Box*
(1) Personal white board with magnets on the back and Eraser*
(2) Package of regular-sized black dry erase markers
(1) Package of thin-sized black dry erase markers
(4) Composition notebooks (black, red, blue, green) Writing Journal, Math, Reading Street, Science/S.S.*
(1) Red plastic two pocket folder (unfinished work folder)*
(1) Blue plastic two pocket (math folder)*
(1) Scissors *
(1) Package of extra strength glue sticks

* Please label the students’ supplies before they come to class and place inside the large pencil box

Wish List/Donations:

Class store items (dollar store items are great or company swag!)
Tissues Sanitary Wipes
Band Aids

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Air Spelling for Students who Struggle

Air Spelling

This has been a great activity for those students have a difficult time learning their spelling words.

1. Choose a spelling word. With their index finder, students spell the word in the air and say the letters aloud. Tell students they must be able to "see" the letters as they are written in the air. 
2. When the students get to the last letter, they underline the whole word as they say the word aloud. Ask them if they can "see" the word in the air. 
3. After their response, ask these type of questions:
--What is the third letter?
--What is the last letter?
--What is the second letter?
4. Then, have the students spell the word backwards orally (and with their index finger if they need to).  Remind students that the word should be floating in the air in front of them and that they must continue to look at it throughout the activity.
5. When you are done with the word, continue on to the other spelling words. Do this activity daily and have the students practice it at home.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

What is S.T.A.R. Homework?

What is Star Homework?

Star Homework is a weekly bookmark that gets sent home with three activities for the kids to practice each night. Each activity earns them one star.

What does a student do to earn a star?
Simple, meaningful things that will benefit them in the long run and not cause any undue stress in the short run.

1.              Read for 20+ minutes= 1 Star
2.              Math Homework= 1 Star
3.              Practice Spelling Words & Do a page of the spelling packet = 1 Star

 Do they turn anything in?

I tally all of these stars up on our Weekly Star Homework Graph on Friday morning after all the bookmarks are turned in.

Class rewards for a job well-done!
On Friday after lunch, we count up all of the stars we have earned for the week and, if they all did 2 or more stars for most of the days, then there is a high likelihood that there will be extra Free Choice minutes tacked on to Friday Ketchup/PicklesTime!

We also will look to see if we met or beat the previous week's total. If we did, it's Sticker Time! They each will receive a sticker to put on their Homework page in their data folder.

Class motivation during the week?
On Wednesday-ish, I will remind my class where we need to be by Friday to meet/exceed our goal and/or get extra choice time and I will ask if there are any volunteers who would be willing to be 3-Star Kids for the rest of the week to help us out. If they raise their hand, I will put their name on the board and we all cheer them and thank them for leading by example. It's a great motivator to get all of the kids willing to do more, which I'll take any day of the week!

For more information about this system you can check out the following link:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Habitat Book Report


Students need to read a nonfiction book about a single habitat of their choosing. As this is a home project, parents/caregivers may offer minimal assist to their student with the project. Shoebox habitats will be assessed using the shoebox habitat rubric. I encourage all students to try their best to do an excellent job on the art component of the project, but it is very important that they include the required information on and in the shoebox.
To read a nonfiction book about a habit and create a shoebox diorama that depicts a natural habitat using notes and research found in the book they read.
  1. Students must include the name and location(s) of the habitat somewhere on the outside of the shoebox. Highlighting locations on a world map is a good idea.
  2. The inside of the shoebox must be decorated to match the natural habitat.
  3. There must be at least 3 different types of animals in the diorama that are clearly labeled.
  4. There must be at least 5 different types of plants in the diorama that are clearly labeled.
  5. There must be a habitat food web on the outside of the shoebox that includes animals and plants from the diorama.
Due September 26th

Habitat Rubric
Meets Requirement
Needs Improvement
Shoebox decorated to match natural habitat
-Very detailed

-Matches habitat
-Mostly Accurate
- Incomplete
-Does not meet the requirements
Food Web
-Includes and relates all plants and animals in the diorama
- Includes and relates plants and animals in 1 web in the diorama
- Doesn’t complete a food web
-Does not meet the requirements
Animals (At least 3 different kinds)
-Animals belong to the habitat
-clearly labeled
 -clearly shows behavior in food web
- extra animals are included and labeled
-Most animals belong to the habitat
-Most animals belong to that habitat
- Accurate 2D models
-Shows some animals behaviors or place in the food web
-few animals belong to this habitat
- Inaccurate 2D/3D models
-Shows some animal behaviors or place in the food web
-Does not meet the requirements
Plants (At least 5 different kinds)
-All plants belong to this habitat
- Accurate 3D model
-Clearly shows where plants grow
-Clearly labeled
- Many extra plants
- Most plants belong to this habitat
- Accurate 2D models
-Illustration show where plants grow
-Few plants belong to this habitat
- Some 3D/2D models
- Inaccurately shows where plants grow
- Some labeled
-Does not meet the requirements
Shoebox has the name and location(s) of the habitat on the outside of the box
-Accurate location shown on world map
- Labeled
-Accurate world map
- Poorly labeled
-world map is inaccurate
-Does not meet the requirements

Current Event Form

Current Events:

Source: ________________________     Name: __________________________
Week of: _____________________
Directions:  Read a newspaper or magazine article, listen to the radio, or watch a television newscast and take notes on what you have learned.  MAKE SURE THAT YOU WRITE EACH ANSWER IN COMPLETE SENTENCES. 
1.     What is the headline of the article or news story? ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2.     Who is the news story about? ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3.     What is the news story about? ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

4.     Where did the news story take place? ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_________________________________________________________________________________


5.     What is your personal reaction (opinion) to this news story? _________________________________________________________________________________

6.      Is this news story a    LOCAL        STATE          NATIONAL          or         WORLD    (please circle)

Adult Signature: