Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Simply Primary had a fantastic end of the year gift that I just had to try.  
Give each student a beach ball and let them autograph them as a personalized keepsake. 

“I’m glad I was your teacher
I’ve come to love you so.
I can’t believe the end is here.
I hate to see you go.
Remember all the fun we had
In all the things we did.
But most of all remember …
You’re a Very Special Kid!”

              We Had A BaLL in 3rd Grade!
I Had a BALL in School This Year! --- Think I'll do this! :) We can go outside and play with them at recess on the last day! :)                                        What were some of your favorite 3rd Grade Memories?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Cinderella Around The World..

Class 3-1 has read and enjoyed many versions of the traditional fairytale Cinderella.
Essential Question:

Why do different cultures have similar fairytales?
Of all the fairytales ever written, why has the story of Cinderella been the one to capture the hearts of so many generations and cultures?

Which Version Is Your Favorite?


June Writing Calendar

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

3-1 Studies the art of Georgia O'Keefe

A pioneer Of Modern Art- Georgia O'Keefe

 "When you take a flower in your hand 

              and really look at it,

        it's your world for the moment. 

I want to give that world to someone else." 

                  – Georgia O'Keeffe

Artist, painter. Born on November 15, 1887, in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Known for her strikingflower paintings and other captivating works, Georgia O'Keeffe was one of the greatest American artists of the twentieth century. She took to making art at a young age and went to study at the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1900s. Later, while living in New York, she studied with such artists as William Merritt Chase as a member of the Art Students League.
Students Experienced:
  • Learning about Georgia O’Keeffe and her flower paintings
  • Working on creating art in Georgia O'Keeffe's style
  •  Drew an object larger than life
My students with the help of our lovely & talented art teacher used paper plates to create their flower designs.
Some students decided to paint their flower designs on large paper.
This was such an easy enjoyable lesson.
For more information about Georgia O'Keeffe, visit

You will need these materials:

literature circles in 3-1

 I actually love all of the amazing learning, and discussions that go on during
                                               Literature Circles...
One of the first things we did in the classroom is let the entire class experience all of the jobs in literature circles, while we all read a chapter book together.  This year we started with the book Charlotte's Web, which was wonderful..After we finished the book, many groups choose Judy Blume books - The Fudge series, but some of my groups actually choose 
Stuart Little and I was delighted that they did!  Their discussions usually started with a comparison between the two literary pieces and why they liked Snowbell more than Templeton..
But..to make sure we knew all of our jobs an to keep moving the discussions along  I decided to ... 
Let the class make literature circle badges (worked like a charm) 
The front of the badge said the members role and the back described how to do the job!
It's amazing that something so simple really kept the students
 focused and responsible!and..engaged! WELL DONE 3-1..

web site for these book marks-www. literaturecircle6weebly.com / 
Students in 3-1 thoroughly enjoyed exploring characters in books they have read by identifying traits and providing evidence in their character bags.