Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Subtraction with regrouping

In math we have been learning about addition properties: associative, commutative, and identity properties.

We reviewed adding three digit numbers with regrouping, and have also been practicing subtraction with regrouping.  We watched this YouTube video that is pretty catchy!

I have an app on my iPad that I used with several kids today that does an excellent job of teaching the steps of regrouping.

One of the most common mistakes in subtracting large numbers isn't just the process of regrouping. Sometimes it's the simple errors from not knowing basic subtraction facts.  Don't forget that your child can log in to www.xtramath.org from home to practice those basic facts.

One day,  we played a card game in partners to practice three digit subtraction with regrouping.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Popcorn Party!

We earned our first classroom reward for compliments.  Each time we get a compliment from another teacher or adult, we earn a letter to spell the word TIMBERWOLVES. Whole class compliments can be for anything from walking quietly in the hallway to having awesome class participation in Art class. I'm proud of my third graders for earning enough compliments to have a POPCORN PARTY!  We watched a Bill Nye video while we enjoyed our popcorn.

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Good news! I posted a project on www.DonorsChoose.org/Cheryl.Scott last week and with the help of my family and matching donations from the DonorsChoose Board, I was able to get it funded within a few days!!  The project was for Mentor Texts for us to use in the classroom during Reader's and Writer's workshop mini-lessons.  So...I immediately got on the site and created another project for us to get some headsets to use with our classroom laptops.  That project is about 33% funded.  My THIRD and MOST IMPORTANT project was for children's books for the kids to use during Independent Reading time. This project was just posted this week.  Here is where I need your help...

Starting on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, Limeades for Learning voting begins.  Sonic partners with DonorsChoose.org and they fund classroom grants based on VOTES.  The voting takes place for five weeks, but I have HIGH HOPES that we can get enough votes to get our project funded in the first week.  Apparently the first week of voting is when you have the best chance of getting funded.  I am sending home a green paper with your child that has a QR code on it (the kind you can scan with your cell phone).  I am asking you to take one minute a day to vote for my project.  You can scan the QR code right from your cell phone or you may go directly online to http://limeadesforlearning.com/teachers/view/1055472/teacher/864990 to vote for my project from a computer. 

If you feel so inclined to get your co-workers and/or family members to vote, I would be so so grateful!!  You can vote once per day!  And if you go to Sonic, you get a coupon code that counts for 2 votes.  And remember, it is YOUR KIDS who will benefit most because they will have lots and lots of books to read in our classroom!!

Thanks in advance for taking the time each day to vote (starting MONDAY)!
Friday, September 14, 2012

BoGgLe, Plants, and Pictures

Monday will be Library Day, so please help your child remember his/her book.  Right now we are only checking out one book until we can be responsible to bring them back each time.  Hopefully soon, our class will be able to check out two books!

Monday we will also take a quick assessment about telling time in five minute intervals.  If your child is struggling with this, please spend a little time together this weekend reviewing and practicing.

Mid-term progress reports will be sent home on Monday, so please check your child's backpack.  Sign and return the form as soon as possible.

On Tuesday, we will take our Plants assessment in science.  Students are bringing home a study guide and their science folders this weekend to study.

Wednesday, September 19 will be individual student picture day.  These are the pictures that are typically used for the school yearbook.  Order forms should be coming home early next week.

We have a new student named Laniya Harris.  We are happy to have her join our class!  Please plan for 26 students when sending in birthday treats.

This week, the kids worked on our first Boggle board in their free time.  These two kiddos had lots and lots of words!  Good job, Joshua and Aiden!

Today we played Telling Time BINGO to get ready for that assessment next Monday!  This guy won our first game!  Way to go, Braeden!

And will you look at this gal??  She got 100% on four AR quizzes this week... she's no dum-dum!!  Proud of you, MIchelle!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Telling Time resources


This week we have been practicing telling time in 5 minute intervals.  This is the third grade 3.0 goal.  The kids really enjoyed the website (above) trying to beat the clock on matching times with clock faces.  It would be a great practice tool for home!


This is from the same website but is a little difficult to get the exact time.  Kids would still enjoy it!


This website has lists of games for telling time.
Monday, September 10, 2012

Accelerated Reading Quizzes

Friday I was able to reward several kids with suckers from our Dum-Dum tree for earning 100% on Accelerated Reader quizzes.  If the bottom of the sucker stick is colored in, they get a double doozie and get to choose from the treasure chest!

Today, we reviewed time to the quarter hour by playing a Hop & Solve game.  It's an active way to get the kids moving around the room to answer basic time questions.  They seem to enjoy it... except when they get off by one space and it messes up the whole page!  That happened to a handful of kiddos.

Today information came home about the Cookie Dough and Entertainment Book fundraiser.  I hope you will consider participating!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Seeds, Salad, and More

This week we are completing a scientific investigation to determine which seeds germinate fastest: corn, radish, sunflower, or pinto beans.

In Reader's Workshop, we have been discussing "real reading".  Text+Thinking=Real Reading.  To demonstrate this we made a reading salad.  As we read a book together, we added lettuce (green paper) for all of our thinking, and tomatoes and carrots (red and orange paper) for the text.  What we found out is that reading is mostly about thinking, not just the words.
We have been doing such a good job with our reading stamina, that we now are able to read around the room in some of our comfy spots.