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 !

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fun Math Games

Multiplication Racing

In this fast-paced car racing game, students will practice multiplication facts to 10 times 10.
Basketball Multiplication

In this fun basketball game, young students will have fun multiplying one-digit numbers.
Multiplication Jeopardy Game

In this game students will multiply one-, two-, and three-digit numbers by 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. Kids can play this game alone or in teams.

In this fast-paced racing game students will use repeated addition to model multiplication problems.

In this fast-paced math game, students will identify and use the commutative, associative, and identity property of multiplication.

In this game students will multiply 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. They can play it alone or in pairs.

In this fast-paced math game, students will identify and use the commutative, associative, and identity property of multiplication.
In this game students will multiply 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. They can play it alone or in pairs.
In this game students will count various US coins and match the pictures of the coins with the correct amounts.
In this fun soccer game, students will add two-digit numbers to get a chance to kick the ball and score points.
In this interactive soccer game, 2nd grade students will practice adding 2-digit numbers.
In this fun place value game, students must pass the ball to the receiver in order to be given the chance to answer a problem and earn points.
"ITALIAN" is an interactive learning show designed to expose children and families to the beauty of italian language and culture. 
The Italian Fairy is the character that will bring the audience through an enchanted world of words, music, dance and special effects.


Book Projects are DUE Friday! 
Here is a great example of a story mobile.
If you would like to present the book project 
this way, I think would be a GREAT idea!
(and very easy to display)

Story Mobile

You will need:

  1. Have your child fold the sheet of construction paper in half lengthwise, then fold it in half width wise to create four equal-sized rectangular sections. Unfold the paper and lay it flat on a table.
  2. Use a crayon or marker to label each of the four sections with one of the following titles: First, Then, Next, Last.
  3. Encourage your child to draw a picture & write about in each section to represent the sequence of events in their chapter book that they have been reading for the project.
  4.  (Before they begin, encourage them to retell the story they read aloud to help them decide which events to illustrate.) 
  5. After they complete their drawings, have your child cut along the folds to separate the sections of paper into four pieces.
  6. Punch a hole in the top of each piece of paper. Tie a length of string through each hole and attach the string to the hanger. Then, add the book’s title to a strip of paper and tape it to the inside of the hanger to complete the mobile.
  7. Variation: Instead of a sequencing mobile, create a story elements mobile. 
    Simply have your child draw pictures that illustrate the following elements & 
    write about each element on the back.
     Characters, Setting,Beginning, Middle, End,  

    Monday, October 24, 2011

    This week during reading workshop
    We will be retelling story elements.                                            
    We will also learn about the story's  PLOT. 
    We will use graphic organizers and post its.
    Remember when you retell the story , 
     use sequencee words,
    the main characters name,
     PLOT, and only  important details!    
    (Practice retelling after you read to someone at home...)
    These are so cute!
    retelling anchor chartScary story map

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

    What is your favorite Halloween Costume?

     Leave a comment & let me know!
     I will collect all the data, and we will make a few different graphs! 
    We already practiced making a bar graph, tally chart, and line plot! 
    I think a pictograph would be a great one to use with this topic!

    This week will be so much fun...

    On Monday morning Ms. Vecchio 
    has a few "SPOOK-TACULAR" things planned !
    First we will make an estimate about the candy corn jar! 

    The winner will get to keep the jar! (yummy)

    Next, there will be a few surprises in the LIBRARY!   
    A cauldron full of  new  books, and some fun activities!
     For Our OPINIONS about AUTHORS, 

    we will use SPOOKY stories...

    Finally, in writing workshop we will 
    focus on adding descriptive language by using our 5 senses!

    All of these printables are available a Teachers Pay

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

                This was the WELCOME bulletin board 3rd Grade is 
                       We wrote a paragraph about  
                    Our absolutely perfect Names?

    Math Center:

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    Brain Pop

    What's your favorite thing to do on the BrainPOP website?

    What is your favorite thing to do on the BrainPop website? OMG where do I begin? I use BrainPop on a daily basis in the classroom .  It really is informative, interactive, and interesting .  

    Here are some of the fantastic ways
    We use Brain PoP in the classroom:
    Besides watching the great movies
    and taking the quizzes, we always use the
     graphic organizers on the site!                                                             

    Character Map

    Complete the Cause

    Description/ Prediction Chart

    Details and Main Idea

    Tell us about things you like to do on BRAIN POP!

    Sunday, October 9, 2011

     What am I doing this weekend?

     1. Shopping around for some
          classroom read-a-louds.
    I found a very appropriate 3rd grade book to share with the class.
     The new school year brings standardized testing to every school and Miss Malarkey's is no exception. Teachers, students, and even parents are preparing for THE TEST-The Instructional Performance Through Understanding (IPTU) test-and the school is in an uproar. Even though the grown-ups tell the children not to worry, they're acting kind of strange. The gym teacher is teaching stress-reducing yoga instead of sports in gym class. Parents are giving pop quizzes on bedtime stories at night. The cafeteria is serving "brain food" for lunch. The kids are beginning to think that maybe the test is more important than they're being led to believe. Kids and adults alike will laugh aloud as Finchler and O'Malley poke fun at the commotion surrounding standardized testing, a staple of every school's year.

    BrainPOP2. Showing Isabella & Francesco a great                           
                  BRAIN POP 
    video about Christopher Columbus. click below:

    3. Today we are getting ready to have some family fun at
    White Post Farm.

    What have you been doing this weekend?  

    Join our classroom BLOG, and let me know what you are up to!
    See you Tuesday- remember to wear suitable dance & gym attire!

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    Meet Kevin Henkes


              Visit The Kevin Henkes Web Site..

    Monday, October 3, 2011

    writing workshop

    We've begun writing workshop in our third grade classroom and to my delight, my students are way into it!
    We have set up our sourcebooks and writing portfolios and students are loving writing while listening to classical music. To my surprise, no one yet has said they can't think of anything to write about. I begin our writing block with a writing mini lesson and right now we're working on learning how to write a story in the style of Kevin Henkes . I'll share them soon!

     I have created the board with a special spot reserved for each student. We will change out their writing to showcase their PUBLISHED work in a few weeks. For now I  put up their...

                                    Our Names Are Special. .
    They were interesting to read and gave me insight into their personalities, interests and hobbies.

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

    ixl practice math skills

     Link up with these free and fun math practice pages that are  aligned to the NY State standards!
    Click on the link below and start to practicing!