Tuesday, December 20, 2011

 If you haven't checked out National Geographic web site..
You don't know what you are missing!!!
 It ties perfectly into our non- fiction unit this month!
There are so many interesting things to explore..
                   watch this video:
Emperor Penguin Families

                                    Emperor Penguin Families

                                    Emperor penguin parents overcome starvation, freezing weather, and …
One of my favorite features on national geographic website!
Such cool "WOW - FACTS"

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Chris Van Allsburg website

                       This week we will have LOTS to do in 3-1!
 We have a few things that we "must do" (social studies + math tests)
We will also be making a few holiday crafts, and must clean up the classroom.
Friday will be really fun because we get to come to school in our P.J.'s!
Visit  chrisvanallsburg.com if your free and enjoy "The Polar Express" and many other stories!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Here are some pictures from the Book Project Gallery:


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving 3-1! I am very thankful to have such a wonderful, sweet, smart, group of students!

Friday, November 18, 2011

                           Thank you for all the comments ETHAN! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Can we Persuade You To...eat INSECTS?

Can these world famous chef's persuade you to eat their
                                INSECT inspired meals?            

The new Diary of A Wimpy Kid has arrived in 3-1 today!

Leave a comment and tell us what you think?

Calling All Comic Writers...

Try this website and make your own online comic..
                      click right below here:
I found:   Comic Creator ( so cool...) it's a student interactive site and all of its tools help the students  To WRiTE a COMIC . The students can use their knowledge of comic components and conventions to create an online comic!
Here is our bulletin board covered with comic strips!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

                    Self-Reflection Report Card 
students can print out a self-reflection report card and grade themselves on how wonderful they are in class!
                    click on the above link

Sunday, November 6, 2011

remember OREO when you are writing your persuasive piece

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If you have a copy of Thanksgiving on Thursday bring it into class this week...


If you love Magic Tree house books as much as I do, then you will love all of the special materials that Mary Pope Osborne  has created for students, on her website.
There are games, book reviews, student activities, read a louds, and my FAVORITE the video mailbox where Mary Pope Osborne actually reads and responds to fan mail live!
but..Fast Tracker Showdown Game is  totally AWESOME (you have to try it out)

Mary Pope's  sister Natalie Pope Boyce writes companion books, which are  the non-fiction- components to some of the  books in the series.
We will also read Pilgrims..
after we read  Thanksgiving on Thursday. 
OK enough about the
amazing interactive web-site....
 SO what kind of magic do these books hold?...
 Well... there is always some kind of magic;
mummies, dinosaurs, dragons, ghosts and of course, Merlin..
Jack and Annie are two very, likable kids that find a magic tree house that can transport them to different places and different times. I find that the books are a great spring-board into science and social studies lessons.
These books are great  because they allow students to experience other places beyond their small world.
The books are also amazing for promoting discussions, making predictions,
building vocabulary, comparing and contrasting and so many other reading strategies.
We will do both: read and discuss the book chapter by chapter, and then  you can work on other books in the series with your buddy! We will surely have..magical results..
A great book to start reading right now as we are discussing
                          "Giving Thanks".. is..
 Thanksgiving On Thursday. To prepare ourselves a little in advance, we will identify the Mayflower route on a map and discuss  the type of journey, and what the Pilgrims might have expected to find when arriving on land.  Then we will begin reading together.
Jack and Annie are whisked back to 1621, The very First Thanksgiving!
Where they have a very hard time doing anything the "Pilgrim" way.

We will learn  a bit of history, vocabulary, and many reasons to be thankful for what we have!

After reading we will create a THANKSGIVING QUILT

When Jack and Annie return from their adventure among the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag, they realize just how much they have to be thankful for in their own lives and time. 
 In class we will Decorate the THANKSGIVING QUILT below, filling in each blank square with words or a picture showing something you are thankful for. 
          A THANKSGIVING QUILT by: Class 3-1
( start thinking of things you are thankful for to add to the classroom quilt)

Remember to bring in a copy of the book  

 Thanksgiving On Thursday 

If you have one at home!!!!
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This week 3-1 will be making NEW reading GoalS!

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

There was a Tootsie PoP ghost hunt in 3-1 on Friday!
Actually, it was an incredibly fun -over-the-top- preposition activity.
First I gave out 3 lollipops to each of the students.
Then 3 paper-towels.
We tied the tissue on with a piece of yarn.
After that the students drew a little face on each with black marker.
Next I let them hide the 3 ghosts in the classroom.
Then they wrote where they hid the ghost on their worksheet using prepositions!
 (I found the preposition worksheets from a site called lesson plan sos )
Finally I let them find other ghosts & write about where they were hiding
                      ALL while using prepositions!
Seriously, this was a fantastic lesson! The students were SO happy!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Here are a few things we will be doing this week in 3-1

We are finishing up unit 1 in social studies, but before we leave to explore Africa we will complete a few projects, read a great book about where we are on the map and watch a very cool video!
Enjoy the preview !