Saturday, December 21, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013

Salt water vs. Fresh water

We've been studying how heat changes matter.  Today we investigated whether salt water or fresh water melts faster. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Text Features with Brain Shark

Check out Cali's presentation of text features!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Hour of Code

Today our class participated in an hour of code. This week millions of students will be learning basic coding by participating in the Hour of Code. Coding is how computer programmers create apps, games, and much more!  The students loved the activities!  Check out for more coding activities. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Big Beautiful Planet

The kids did a great job on their third grade musical. They sang loud and clear with smiles on their faces!  They did awesome on their speaking parts as well!  I'm proud to be their teacher!

Non-fiction text features

Students cut out examples of non- fiction text features from Time for Kids magazines and made a poster labeling each text feature. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Emily cuts the tie!

Emily has been saving her pack points all year to cut Mr. Fitzmorris's tie!  Way to represent Room 205 with our first tie cutting!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Field trip

We had a great time on our field trip to Coterie Theater to watch the performance of The Wiz. We ate lunch at Crown Center and got to see their amazing holiday decorations!  Thanks to our parent chaperones which make our field trips  possible!

Friday, November 22, 2013


Today we did a science investigation to see how matter can change. Matter can have either physical or chemical changes. Heat can also cause matter to change states from a solid to a liquid or from a liquid to a gas. 
Thursday, November 21, 2013


This week we have been practicing multiplication strategies. Some strategies include repeated addition, skip counting, equal groups, and arrays. Today we reviewed with a game called SCOOT. Students moved from desk to desk as they answered the problems. It's a fun way to review while getting some movement in, too!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My Name is Bilal

Today our Park University student, Ms. Heller, taught a lesson about cultural diversity. Bilal and Ayesha were Muslim students. Bilal was embarrassed of his name, until his teacher gave him a book to read about a famous Muslim with his name. This book also addressed a bullying theme and how Bilal's sister was teased for wearing a head covering. The students were very engaged in making predictions and inferences throughout the story. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

We've got SPIRIT!

We all wore our Tiffany Ridge Spirit Wear on Friday!  They have purchased some inventory and will be selling it at the Pancake Breakfast.
Friday, November 1, 2013

Book Clubs

Some of the kids in class decided to form book clubs. The book clubs will read and discuss the same book. They all seemed very excited to choose a book to get started with. 


Look at these third grade cuties!  

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

3-Digit Subtraction Using Models

We have been learning 3-digit subtraction with regrouping strategies.  Our math series does a great job in making sure the students understand concepts and not just shortcuts or rules.  I truly believe that by using the place value blocks, students have a concrete understanding of what it means to regroup.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Publishing Party

Today we had a Publishing Party to celebrate the publishing of our personal narrative writing.  Students enjoyed popcorn while they read each other's stories. Students wrote tips, questions, and compliments for one another.  Our next writing piece will be an Informational piece.  Stay tuned...

Friday, October 11, 2013

Food Chain

Today we worked on a website called VoiceThread to create a food chain slide show.  This is Phillip's VoiceThread.  Enjoy!

Timberwolf TREK Walk-a-thon

Look at these third graders!  They were ready to WALK at recess for the Timberwolf Trek!  I love the hats and crazy socks!  A packet is coming home tonight for them to collect their pledges.  I hope everyone will try to participate in some small way.

Outstanding Behavior

Way to go, Thelma!  She is our first student to fill out her punch card with 20 punches. This means she got on Outstanding 20 times this year on the clip chart. Way to follow those Timberwolf PACK expectations. 
Thursday, September 26, 2013

"No Desk" Day

Well, the No Desk Day was a success!  We were actually able to carry on a regular school day without any desks!  I took the first picture while the kids were at recess.  It looks like a giant sleepover party!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Limeades for Learning

Please take the time once a day to vote for my Limeades for Learning project for our classroom!  Help us get more books for Reader's and Writer's workshop!  Sonic has teamed up with and will fully fund the projects with the most votes each week.  If you go to Sonic, you can get stickers for extra votes.  You can enter them yourselves at home or send them to school for me to enter!  Last year I got three projects please vote!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Homecoming Parade Fun!

It was fun to participate in the Homecoming parade for Park Hill this year!  But the bonus was being followed by the students of Tiffany Ridge as they walked in the parade.  I thought I brought TONS of candy...but I was a little too generous in the beginning of the parade and was out of candy halfway through!  Ugh!

Which soil will grass grow in best?

In science we are using the scientific process to investigate which soil grass will grow in best.  We have three types of soil: loam, clay, and sand.  Students worked in small groups to set up the experiment and use measurement tools to make sure we are keeping the variables the same.  Stay tuned for our results...