Saturday, December 5, 2015

Native American artifacts and presentations

The kids did a great job with their oral presentations this week.  Their artifacts were so creative.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Discovery Center field trip

What a beautiful day we had for our field trip.  It was a perfect culmination of our Ecosystems unit this quarter!  The kids made us proud by knowing all of the important terms the guides used.

Here are a few pictures from yesterday.

Activities from October and November

First, I want to apologize for not regularly posting on the blog.  This year, I have started using Twitter more than the blog. You can see the Twitter feed up in the right hand corner.  It seems to be a faster way for me to get pictures of classroom activities out there.  So, if you aren't following on Twitter, you should!  @TR_Scott_205 

Now to do some back posting of pictures from October and November. 

We had a guest speaker from the Missouri Department of Conservation to talk to us about Missouri animals and their ecosystems.

We had our second annual TR Cardboard Challenge.

We completed our nonfiction unit by creating posters of a topic we enjoyed during the unit.

We enjoyed our Fall Party.

We started Book Clubs.

We tested candy to see if it was meltable.

We did some reader's theater, once in October and again in November.  The kids really liked it!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Nonfiction Reading (a tad late)

These kiddos are checking out the non fiction book selection in our classroom.

These two boys are doing a nonfiction text feature search.

Instructional Technology Facilitators came to teach us how to use PiktoChart.

Friday, September 25, 2015


We planted grass seeds last week. We watered them and made sure they were in a sunny spot and they finally started to grow!!

Reading accountability buddies

We have been working with our reading accountability buddies to make sure that we are recording our books in our book log and choosing books that are just right.  Students also spend time reflecting on the books that they've been reading during their independent reading time and also make book recommendations to their buddy. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Global Cardboard Challenge

Our second annual Global Cardboard Challenge is coming soon!  Mark your calendars for Friday, October 9, 2015.  This will be an all-day event, and we need EXTRA HANDS!  If you are interested in volunteering or donating supplies, please sign up using the following links!  Thank you!!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Addition Properties

This week we started learning about three addition properties: commutative (order), identity (zero), and associative (grouping). The kids liked this YouTube song.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Buzzing About Books

Our reading lesson today was about making book recommendations to our friends. Before recommending a book, you have to find out about the reader's interests.  Students practiced telling why the book was special to them.  Then they gave a short summary without giving away too much. And last, they chose an excerpt from the book that would intrigue someone else to read the book.  

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Great Minds Think Alike

Look at these cute 3rd grade friends!
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Getting to Know Our Classmates

We spent the first two days of school getting organized and going over expectations.  But most importantly, we got to know our classmates.  One activity was the M&M game where they told things about themselves based on the color of the M&M.  They did this in partners and then introduced one another to the whole class.

Another activity we did was make Get to Know Me backpack pulls.  Some kids made bracelets instead. They added colored beads based on their interests.  For example, white meant they like to write, red meant they like to read.

We discussed the Code of Conduct topics by working in small groups coming up with examples for each topic.  In order to form groups, students drew an animal from a sack.  They had to go around the room making that animal's sound.  Once they all found each other, they worked together.

We still have some nuts and bolts to cover next week.  I will be doing some pre-assessments with each student to get some baseline data.  We will also begin our regular curriculum this coming week.

This is an amazing group of kids, which makes me so excited to spend the year with them!
Friday, February 20, 2015

Science Experiments

We have had a fun week of science! Not to mention messy!  Here are a few pictures of the action.