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Study Island

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Mr. & Mrs. Guadian

Mr. and Mrs. Guadian, who are some of our home bound friends, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this weekend! Their daughter, Patty, was in town and stopped by to bring us treat bags as a thank you for all of our cards, letters, and rosaries we've sent to them.  She said her parents really enjoy getting mail from us.

 

Owls

While reading "The Mouse and the Motorcycle", we learned that the mice were afraid of owls, their predators.  We read more about owls and found out that mice aren't the only creatures they eat.  Owls swallow their prey whole if it's small enough.  Their stomachs digest every part of the prey except the fur and bones.  These parts collect in the gizzard and form into a compact ball or pellet.  Then the owl throws up the pellet and spits it out.  

As we carefully pulled the pellet apart, we found many bones.  We used bone charts to determine what kind of animal might be inside the pellet.  We concluded that our owls consumed shrews, voles, moles and small birds.  

William's House

William's House is written by Ginger Howard.  It tells a story of William and his family leaving England for the New World during 1637.  William plans to build a house just like the one he grew up in, but it doesn't quite work out.  As the seasons change, William and his wife Elizabeth realize that living in the New World means adopting some new ideas about their house.  The third graders built houses of their own too, using empty milk cartons, popsicle sticks and a little paint.

 

Project Home Bound

The third grade stewardship project is writing letters to the home bound members of our parish.  So far we've sent letters, Halloween jokes (with illustrations), and this week we made rosaries.  We plan to have Father Warren or Father Mark bless the rosaries, and then we will send them to our friends along with a homemade card for Thanksgiving.

 

The Wizard of Oz

We were off to see the Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of OZ...Friday, November 10.  The whole school loaded onto buses (some parents/relatives even joined us) and went to The Clifford Hope Auditorium to watch Steps Dance School perform the classic as a ballet.  What a treat!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday we celebrated Halloween by decorating our own cookies, playing bingo and even a little dancing!  Oh, and we got to stick our hands inside the mystery box and guess what was inside!....eyeballs.... toes....ew!

Sugar Crystal Lab

Last week when we were learning about atoms, elements and molecules, we did an experiment with sugar.  We dissolved sugar in warm water in a bowl.  Then we laid a piece of yarn through it and let it set for a week.  Within just a few days we began to see sugar crystals forming on the yarn as the water continued to evaporate.  The more the water evaporated, the more crystals "grew" on our cluster, much like when atoms bond together to form a molecule.

Royal Farms Dairy

We had visitors from Royal Farms Dairy last week!  Since we couldn't come to them (when our field trip was rained out,) they came to us!  We listened to a short presentation and got a close up look at some of the feed they give to their dairy cows.  

 

Read Week

We kicked off Read Week with pajamas, reading by the fire, and Geronimo Stilton!!!  We also created a display of our favorite books...The Hank Zipzer Series, written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.  On Tuesday we got to wear our favorite western outfits, and on Wednesday the GCCC Rodeo Team came and showed us how to rope cattle.  

First AR Party!

Our first AR party is in the books!  Everyone made their goal so we had a pajama movie party to celebrate.  We watched "Homeward Bound" and munched on snacks.

 

Rain, Rain, Go Away...

Although we are always thankful for rain, we weren't very happy when our field trip was cancelled yet again!  We were determined to still have fun though.  After mass, we enjoyed a pumpkin shaped brownie while we read our AR books.  Then we painted pictures using apple halves as a pumpkin shaped stamp.  We took a couple virtual dairy farm field trips and watched a video on how bees play a huge role in the pollination process.  Finally, we ended the day with some fall bingo!

 

More Practice With Study Island

Study Island is a great website we use in the classroom for extra practice during math centers.  The website not only covers the third grade math standards, but reading and science standards too.  Students have their username and password in their agenda and can log on anytime outside of class for more practice in all three subjects!

Foot Loose Friday

One of our very own classmates, Mr. Derek Bridges, came up with the idea that students should be able to take off their shoes during AR time on Fridays.  After giving it some thought, I decided.....why not?!  I mean, reading is supposed to be fun and if we work hard all week, we deserve to curl up with a good book.  So this Friday, September 15th, was our first official Foot Loose Friday!!

Boom Town by Sonia Levity

We finished our first week of school Friday with a test on Boom Town.  We've been reading this story through out the week and learning about the Gold Rush.  Amanda (the main character) is so bored every day while her Pa is away in the gold mines, so she decides to start baking pies.  As more and more people show up, this little camp begins to turn into a boom town and Amanda starts selling her pies.  Turns out that Amanda's family makes more money selling pies than they do searching for gold.  All that reading about pie this week left us wishing we had some for ourselves! So....after we finished with our test, we celebrated with some pie!

 

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