Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Sequencing

Hello All!

With all of the excitement of the end of the semester and business of the "testing" season, I wanted to add a little Christmas cheer in my room and do a fun activity to go along with our reading skill.

We have been focusing on story sequencing, so after one of our monotonous quarterly assessments we read "The Night Before Christmas" and made a sequence film (kind of like a movie film) about 6 important events that happened in the story. First, we discussed what 6 events we wanted. I put them on the board (not in sequential order) ad the kiddos had to put them in the correct order on their sequence film. Thanks to, the sequence film fit in perfectly to our lesson!

Here are some images I took of my students working and one of the finished products:

Might I add, we listened to some Holiday tunes while working. It seems to calm them down and help them focus more. This may become a usual occurrence in this class!

Until next time,

Ms. Roach

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Rockin' out during Centers


Today, I got the urge to take some images of some of my hard-working kiddos while they were in centers. I am so proud of how hard they have been working, I just wanted to highlight some of the hard work they did today. (I love these kids, can't you tell!)

This is one of my students hard are work figuring our the Main Idea and Supporting Detail of different paragraphs.

This is another student working hard on Main Idea and Supporting Details.

Here are two of my students working on some Cupcake Compound Words. The students are pairing up two words to make new compound words.

This is just an image of a Story Extension game. The students lay all of the question cards face down. After reading the book, the students pick up cards one at a time and answer the questions based on the book they read.

This just shows a sample of a students work during Story Extensions.

 In this center, students match up words that are Synonyms.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how awesome my kids are during center time. It took a while, but I think we are getting the hang of this!

Until Next Time,

Ms. Roach

Hello Followers,

Well, as promised, here are some images of my kiddos and their Text Features Booklets:

These are the Text features booklets that Mrs. Delk found for third grade to do. I believe she found these on Teachers Pay Teachers or a teaching blog from a WONDERFUL person who posted it for our use :) We worked on these booklets for two weeks, and finally finished them today.

These kids REALLY enjoyed this project! I plan to allow them to use these booklets on a short quiz over these items. Since we have spent so much time on these booklets, we will be using them throughout the year with different things we discuss.

Until Next Time,

Ms. Roach

Monday, December 3, 2012

Types of Sentences

Hello All,

This week, we are starting to distinguish between different types of sentences; declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory. Here is an anchor chart my class made in order to distinguish between the four.

With this posted throughout the week, the students can refer to it in order to get help whenever needed in the lessons.

Thanks, again for tuning in!

Until next time,

Ms. Roach

Nonfiction Guru's


Over the past several weeks, we have been focusing on Fiction and Nonfiction text features. Just this week, we started making a booklet of Nonfiction text features (post to come!). Here are some images of what we have been doing so far.

This is the third grade bulletin board that Ms. Chastain and myself made to update the school on whats happening. My class made this anchor chart about Fiction and Nonfiction text features.

This is a bulletin board that Mrs. Delk made to highlight example of the Nonfiction text features we have been working on.

Thanks for tuning in!

Until next time,

Ms. Roach

A New Way of Thinking about Mathematics

Hello Followers!

We have been working VERY hard on a new way to think about mathematics here at CHES. This isn't just for third grade, but for the entire school. We have started using a four square model to think about math problems in a new, more in depth way. Our math coach, Mrs. Custer, made posters to keep in the rooms ad for all the students to have in order to help aid their discovery in mathematics.

Here is an example of what they look like:

In our room, we have been working on getting used to using this model in our Problem of The Day. Here are some examples of what my brilliant children have been able to do. Such a proud teacher with this hard work!

This shows how we start out four-squares:

This is what they look like when they are finished:

Aren't they just BRILLIANT in their thinking? The main things we as a class are focusing on is labeling all of our work and getting better at justifying our answers in words. 

By doing this everyday in mathematics, the kids at CHES will move leaps and bounds! WE CAN DO IT!

Until next time,

Ms. Roach

Citizens CAN Make a Difference!

Long time no blog. We have been a very busy third grade class! I thought I would post an update of what we are working on this week in all subjects just to get our followers caught up.

This week, and last week, in Social Studies we have been talking about citizenship, our rights and responsibilities, and what it takes to become a citizen of the United States.

Here are some images of fun things we have done. Thanks to Mrs. Delk for all of her handy work on making our activities.

The kids really enjoyed going over citizenship!

Thanks for tuning in!

Until next time,

Ms. Roach