Friday, September 29, 2017

Living Wax Calendar

Below is the Living Wax calendar that Mrs. Castle has edited. I know there were a few questions about due dates and what all was happening. So that I don't tell you the incorrect information and you can view and access the calendar, I have uploaded it and made it available to download.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

College Day!

Tomorrow, September 19, is college day! We are encouraging students to wear their favorite college shirt to school tomorrow! I'll be sporting my Texas Tech Red Raider wear tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Place Value

The beginning of this school year has FLOWN by! I haven't forgotten to upload photos, it's just taken me a while to get them edited! Here are some of the things your kiddos have been working on the first couple weeks of school ...

The first day of school, we took a place value pre-test. The kids had 10 questions at their desks, and 10 questions that they had to find around the room.

We practiced place value in lots of different ways, but one of the most fun was the dice game we played. The kids each got 3 dice and 1 note card that they folded into thirds. Then, they worked with their shoulder partners to make a place value board that went from the ones place the to the hundred thousands place. They rolled their dice, and used the 6 dice to make a number that was either the greatest or least out of those dice based on what I called out. They showed AWESOME teamwork skills!

Week 2, we started math stations! Thursday and Friday the kids switched to 4 different stations. Each of their stations was 20 minutes each.

At my table, we did a 5 question quick check, then played a coin and amount matching game. The kids looked at the amounts that were on the table, and matched the mixed coin cards that were in their hands to the amounts. If they were right, they got another one.

At another station, the kids split their time in half between computers and matching addition and subtraction sentences.

At a third station, the kids worked on an independent place value assessment. Since we've been practicing using our cubby boxes as offices, they put them up all the time.

We've gotta take some breaks! Blazer Fresh is my FAVORITE GoNoodle channel. You can sign up for a free GoNoodle account at home! Go {here} to check it out, or in the "Learning At Home" tab at the top of the page.

Keep practicing those place values up to the hundred thousands place and mixed money! Practice makes perfect! Math Playground has some games that are sorted by grade and topic.

Here are a few money and place value games:

See ya next week for more math class work and stations!

Classroom Photo Permissions

Welcome to our class blog page! Your kids have been working so hard and learning all sorts of new things in class! I am working to get pictures edited and uploaded as fast as I can! If you still need to turn in a permission form, you can download a copy of the permission page {here} or in the What's New tab at the top of the page.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Welcome to 3rd Grade!

Welcome to your new 3rd Grade Classroom! I am so excited to have each of you in my Math and Science room this year! We have some pretty cool stuff planned in our grade level and I would love to share it with all of you!

Our class not only has a blog page, but a few other classroom communication tools that I will utilize throughout the school year. You can find these in our classroom flip book that will be sent home the first week of school.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! It's going to be a great year!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Earth Day Trash Art Project!

To celebrate Earth Day this year, I am inviting you to make some trash art with your kiddo(s) at home! Last year, we had some really creative projects come through our kinder classroom!

All you have to do is gather some items that you would normally throw away and create something with them. It could be an animal, a tool, a storage container of some kind, whatever you want!

Here are some examples of what you could do!

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You do not have to do a project if you don't want to. If you do, please send them to school during Earth Week, April 17-21, so we can display them on the tables in the hallway. I hope to see yours!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Second Grade Shinning Bright!

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about stars! We looked at the Sun as a star, then talked about constellations. We started the week off with our Sun BrainPOP on Monday.

Tuesday, we talked about how the sun makes it's own light and how we can see shadows depending on where the sun is in the sky. The kids made paper plate sun dials to take home and see the different times of the day by looking at the shadows the sun makes a the Earth spins around!

This girl gets me! :)

Once they finished their sun dials, I poked a hole in the middle for them so they could put their popsicle sticks in the middle (but we put those in their class baggies so they didn't lose or break them). We used flashlights to show how the shadow from the popsicle stick would change directions and look like it was moving, just like the sun would!

Wednesday was the 100th day of school, so we skipped our star study and had a 100th day of school engineering day! Thursday, we were right back at our science work. We talked about constellations and how they are pictures that the stars make when you connect them. I pulled up our sky apps so we could see the different objects in the sky and find some constellations.

The kids paired up and walked around the room viewing the different objects in the sky and trying to find constellations and the pictures they made!

**Some of the pictures might be hard to see. We were walking around in a dark room so that our constellations would be easier to see and so it would feel like nighttime!

Before I let the kids loose to look at constellations on their own, I showed them what the app looked like on our SMART board and saw if they could guess what each of the constellations was before we used the app that gave us the answers.

We had to tilt our heads sideways for some of the constellations. This is one of my favorite pictures.

The Sun

Ursa Major (The Big Dipper)


Cancer the Crab

Friday, the kids made their own constellations telescopes. They each got a piece of paper to draw their design on.
First they traced the bottom of their cups onto the paper to see how much space they had to work with.

Then, they drew their dots to show where they wanted their stars to be and how they wanted their constellations formed.

Once their drawings were finished, they placed their papers over the bottom of their cups and used pushpins to poke the holes through the paper and into the cup, revealing their designs!

With their constellation telescopes finished, they looked through theirs and their friends to see what everyone made! There were a lot of cool ones!

I LOVE teaching the kids and talking about constellations with them! It's one of my favorite things to do. And they did an AWESOME job!