Friday, January 29, 2016

Informational Text Reports

Our new unit of study in writing is Informational Reports. We started with books, then used online Britannica , and finally we went to Sweet Search and Enchanted Learning to find more information online.

We will be grouping or clustering our notes next week. After that, we will begin drafting.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Learning with Furry a furry Friend

Ms. Meier's daughter's dog, Penny came to visit for a PBIS reward. The class voted and chose to have her come visit. 

The students enjoy learning along with her. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Crafts

3rd graders used their creativity and imagination while creating crafts today.  It was great to see all the students working together and singing carols while they worked.
 Sharing frosting and sprinkles made cookie decorating interesting.
 They worked together and gave each other ideas when making a tree.

 Using just a model, they created an elf.
 They were able to practice writing in cursive to make a fingerprint-lightbulb message for parents.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Writing Rubrics

Grading writing can be difficult. Sometimes, a teacher wants to give a better grade for effort or improvement rather than achievement.

3B has been focusing on improving their writing- both in prompts and responses- by focusing on rubrics and expectations. The students have also been peer grading- reading others' work and giving them a grade with feedback. This has helped the students know what is expected in their responses and assignments. They work in groups to discuss papers, or independently.

Google Classroom has been a great tool for instant feedback. Once the students post, they are able to read others' work instantly. It also saves on paper and the teacher carrying papers home each night to grade. Classroom also allows the teacher to see who has completed the assignment.

Sometimes, the papers are graded only by peers, only by teacher, or by both students and teacher. The students are also given an opportunity to improve their score by adding the details or components they were missing.

I am excited to see how many students are eager to improve their scores. They are intrinsically motivated to improve.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Reading Buddy

We really enjoy having Bowie with us for reading.

Friday, December 4, 2015

PBIS Monthly winner

Junior was the monthly winner fo rour PBIS drawing. He has been safe, responsible, and respectful.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Reader's theater

We practiced reading a play called, "Our New Home," which is about a family that immigrates to the Unites States from Poland. We performed to Ms. Busch's 4th grade and the office (Ms. Miller, Mr. Poock, and Mr. Kleese). The students increase their fluency using expression and rate of speed with reader's theater.