Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Native American Artifacts

Last week we worked in the Launchpad to create an artifact that represents the Native American tribe we are studying. What are you creating? How does your object represent your tribe?  Please describe how you are making your artifact. What materials are you using? 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Independent Reading Check In!!!

We have not blogged about what we are reading for fun in a long time, and we all know that books can really add a lot of joy to your life! I always like to have a good fiction book a good friend. Lately, I have been reading a book called At the Water's Edge. This book is historical fiction, and it is for enjoyment. Historical fiction is based on historical events and people that are true but the story is fiction. Books can be entertaining and POWERFUL!

 What have you all been reading lately? How has the book entertained you? Please tell us about the book you are reading in 4 to 5 complete sentences.  Be sure to use the correct grammar and punctuation. 


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thanksgiving Holidays!!!

Thanksgiving is just a week away. Many of us will spend time with family and friends. Some of us are even traveling! This holiday gives us time to think about what we are grateful for. Please share some of your favorite traditions that you and your family do during this wonderful holiday! What are your turkey day plans? What are you especially thankful for? Write at lease 3 - 4 well-written sentences please. Gobble, gobble!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day is a day to remember and honor the men and women who have fought for our wonderful country! Watch this short video on the history of Veteran's Day. Why do you love our country? How can we show the Veteran's how thankful we are? Share with us some of your thoughts on this holiday! Please be sure to write four to five sentences with the correct punctuation. Reread what you wrote before you post it. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things!

Please listen to the song and think about your favorite things and the things you are grateful for!  Do not just think of the concrete things that make you happy like "toys," but other things that make you happy like your family, friends, health, pets etc. Tell us exactly what your favorite things are and why. For example, my family is one of my favorite things because they are fun to be around and they are always there for me. Another one of my favorite things is "my children" in my classroom. They have lots of energy and are always excited to learn something new every day!  Have fun and be creative with your post. Write four to five complete sentences with the correct punctuation.  Reread your post and make sure it sounds just right before you publish it.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cheyenne Again

Today, we discussed the difference between plot and theme. We focused on the different themes or big ideas from our book Cheyenne Again.  Please write about some of the themes you discovered in your reading with your partners or what we read-aloud and give examples.  For example,  one theme was about treating the Indians unfairly in school when they taught them lies or left out important facts about their culture and some of the battles they had won.  Please write four to five sentences with the correct punctuation. 

This is an Indian Boarding School in the 1880's.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Feature Articles

This week, we have explored a variety of feature articles and found that each of them engage and inform the reader, have catchy titles, and include quotes from experts. . Share with us one or more of your topic choices and a few bits of information about them. Think about what you are passionate about! Write 4 to 5 complete sentences with capital letters and periods. Have fun!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Reading Strategies

As good readers we all use reading strategies to improve our reading skills and our reading comprehension. The most important part of reading is to understand what you are reading, and that is why we use reading strategies. It makes reading more enjoyable and a lot more fun when you connect to what you are reading and give a shout out to others about the great book you are reading. Please tell us about your favorite reading strategy or strategies that you use when you are reading and why you like them. Be sure to write four to five complete sentences with the correct punctuation and capitalization. 



Tuesday, October 6, 2015

View to Learn

Please watch this video and write four complete sentences about new information and facts that you learned about the Native Americans!!!  Please also write two sentences on things you are still wondering about.  Also be original and do your own thinking. Be sure to check your grammar and punctuation at the beginning and the end of your sentences. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Wolf Girls

 Were there really wolf girls?  Were two girls ages 2 and 8 really raised by wolves?  This is a true story, sort of.  The two girls were brought to an orphanage in India in 1920.  They could not speak.  They ran around on all fours and ate raw meat.  Joseph Singh, the person who brought the girls to the orphanage, said he found the girls in a wolf den.  We have only Mr. Singh's journal as evidence that the girls were found in a wolf den.  Some people who saw the girls said they acted like animals, but that's not really proof that the girls were raised by wolves.  Did Mr. Singh make it all up?  Was it a hoax? Were the girls really raised by wolves?  Did they not speak because they had a mental or physical problem?  Or were they just abandoned by their family and raised by a kind man and lady?  Those are the four most popular theories given.  Are any of them right?  Nobody knows for sure.  It is a mystery still waiting to be solved. Which theory do you like best or do you have your own theory of what happened to the wolf girls of Midnapore, India?  Please share your theory with us in three to four well written sentences.  Be sure to tell us why you believe in that theory.  

Monday, September 21, 2015

Pesty Pet Peeves

We all have "pet peeves" or things that really bug and annoy us.  A pet peeve is when someone, something, or an action is done that really irritates you.  Pet Peeves can be different for everybody.  My major pet peeve is when people constantly interrupt me or blurt out while I am talking.  That bothers me because first it is rude with a capital R and second it interrupts my train of thought.  My second biggest Pet Peeve is when someone is reading a book while I am teaching a lesson!!!  That is very disrespectful!!! So get on your soapbox and tell us your pet peeve and why it annoys you.  Write about four to five complete sentences using the correct capitalization and punctuation.  

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Independent Reading Rocks!!!

I love to read for fun!!!  I read every night, and I like to read everything I get my hands on.  Please share the book you are reading and why you like it! Let's have a reading conversation.  Make me and others want to read your book!!!  Be sure to write in four to five complete sentences.  Please be sure to use capital letters and periods. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Math is Everywhere!!!

Look around...we see and use math everywhere and every day!!!  We see and use math at the grocery store, on TV, looking out the window of a car, or at home. We use math adding scores when playing sports, paying money when  shopping, telling time, measuring for cooking, and doing so many other things! Write three or more sentences sharing how YOU see and  use math in your real life. Remember - use complete sentences and proper punctuation!  I am excited to see how you see and use math every day!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Third Grade Rocks

You are now three weeks into school!  We have already learned a lot in these few short weeks!!!  We are off to a great start!  We have a lot to look forward to this year!  We are going to be busy this year learning, reading, playing with numbers, creating, computing and lots of other fun activities!  Please write four to five sentences of what you have enjoyed so far this year, what you are looking forward to, and what you like best about third grade.  Write with complete sentences and check your periods and capital letters. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Fun!!!!

There are 3.5 more days until blissful summer! What are your plans? Maybe you are off to camp, or you plan to play sports all summer. Are you going on any trips? Perhaps you are going to practice a hobby, like playing an instrument, or maybe you are diving right into summer reading. Share with us some of your summer plans that you are excited about! I will miss each of you so much! This has been a wonderful year full of fun and fantastic memories!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Summer Reading!!!

Let's make this a summer full of reading!!!

      Summer is coming quickly! Mrs. Holloway and Mrs. Cox have been talking to us about our summer reading. We will have a chance to buy some of the books at our Summer Book Sale tomorrow. 
     Take a look at the 3rd and 4th grade Haisln List to see which books spark your interest! Choose three to four and tell us which ones you plan to read and why! Will you stick with your favorite author or series? Are you going to branch out and read a new genre? I have a stack of books at home that I am anxiously waiting to dive in! Let's read!!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Final Stretch!

Wow! This year has flown! We have had a great year! You all have accomplished so much from learning about Native Americans to writing a feature article to entertain and inform your readers. We have four quick weeks left. They will be very busy and will fly by, so let's go into them very mindful about the goals you want to achieve before you are fourth graders. These goals can be academic, social, and behavioral. Please write about three to four goals you are working on for the next four weeks and why you chose these goals. Write four to five complete sentences and use the correct punctuation. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day! We take time today to think about our impact on our beautiful planet. How can we make everyday Earth Day? What are some things your family does to help our planet Earth? What are some things you might want to start doing to reduce waste and help our environment?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Field Day!!!

Purple or Gold?  Which color do you think will win Field Day this year?  Please share some of your most favorite parts of Field Day with the rest of the class. What do you enjoy most about Field Day? Be sure to write four to five complete sentences with the correct punctuation.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Feature Article

This week, we have explored a variety of feature articles and found that each of them engage and inform the reader, have catchy titles, and include quotes from experts. We have started brainstorming topic choices and discussed subtopics which will organize our articles even more. Share with us one or more of your topic choices and a few bits of information about them. Think about what you are passionate about! Write 4 to 5 complete sentences with capital letters and periods. Have fun!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pioneer Hour Reflection

We had wonderful time sharing our Westward Expansion projects and work Monday! I am curious. What was your favorite activity that we did during this unit? Was is the journal, the iBook with widgets, QRcode with audio, reading Joshua and Hattie's journals, or brain tracking or viewing to learn with Little House on the Prairie? Please give a detailed explanation about what you liked or did not enjoy as much. Maybe you'll influence how we explore pioneer life next year!  Write four to five complete sentences. Check your punctuation.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Make Mrs. Sayuk and myself proud! Teach me some information about circuits and electricity. Teach me also about bridges. Impress me with your knowledge.  Write at least four well written sentences about electricity and write four well written sentences about bridges.  Use your notes and review if you need to!!!  Have fun!!!

The Corpus Christi Bridge!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spring Break

Spring Break is around the corner!!! I know we are all excited to relax, sleep in, read and maybe even go on a trip. What are your plans for Spring Break? What are you most looking forward to?  Is there any particular book you can't wait to read? In four to five well-written sentences, please share with us your Spring Break plans and hopes.  Have a wonderful Spring Break and be safe!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fractions verse Decimals!!!

As we all know, both fractions and decimals represent parts of a whole. Which do you see more in your everyday life...fractions or decimals. Please give some examples. Do you think fractions or decimals are more useful? Please share your thoughts.  Write three to five complete sentences with the correct punctuation and capitalization!!!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fun Field Trip!!!

Let's reflect on our field trip to the Jesse Jones Park on Friday!!!  What a great field trip!  What was your favorite part?  Share with everyone some new learning from your experience.  What did you enjoy the most?  Please write 4 to 5 well-written sentences.  Be sure to answer the question before you read your peers' comments.  Be original and creative.  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year!!!

Today was CAFE's first meeting, and it was a great success! Many thanks to our friends, Eric Wang and Peyton Young for presenting on the topic of Chinese New Year. It sounds like you all learned so much! What did you learn? What was your favorite part? Share with me your reflections on CAFE!

If you did not attend cafe, click here to read about Chinese New Year and share with us some new learning.