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As We Celebrate Earth Day, Let Us Remember Our Neighbors in Japan

April16

Let us think of ways to bring the beauty back to the people in a land who have lost those near and dear. Let us offer our blessings to them as they rebuild their landscape.

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A New Day Tomorrow: Celebrating the Beauty of Change

April16

What was once today is now yesterday,

and we look into the future to see how we can add to the beauty around us!
Precious Memories
!

It is that time of year when we look at our world with a fresh perspective, full of wonder and love. Just as the earth changes, so have the Third Grade S.T.A.R.S.

Spring in our hearts and minds, in unity with “Mother Earth!

 

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Earth Day: A Day to Reflect and Educate for Today & Tomorrow

April14
Words that have meaning! What do they mean to you?

Words that have meaning! What do they mean to you?

Your task is to create a word cloud like the one you see listed here about a topic of your choice as we did in class. Secondly, you will then write a paragraph about your topic using the words in the word cloud. Have fun and be creative.

What is Earth Day?… at AnswerGarden.ch.

 

What is Earth Day?… at AnswerGarden.ch.

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Letters From Our Skype Pals in Texas

April12

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Word Girl Competition April 27th: 1:00 PM

April12


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Poetry Forms: Diamante and Metaphors

March29

Today, the students were introduced to a new form of poetry, the diamante.  Together, we went through the features of what makes up a diamante, talking first about the etymology of the word.  This enabled the students to see the derivation that supports the structure of this poetic form. 

Together as a model of the form, the third graders wrote the following poem:

Brightest Star

 

Sun

Flaming hot

Exploding, Rising, Turning

Biggest star in our universe

Rising, Shining, Descending

Cold, Lifeless

Moon

 

Check to see future videos of the students reading their poems. 

 

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Text to Self Connections, Mentor Text Alive

March26


 

Using Mentor Texts

Using Mentor Texts

An exciting mentor text is one where the reader can make connections.  Today, the students were easily able to connect to the poem, Every Time I Climb a Tree from David McCord’s book of poetry.  Creating poems such as Every Time I Go to School, Every Time I Ride A Bike, Every Time I Write a Poem, and Every Time I Get A Goal were the outcomes of using this mentor text, looking at the pattern and then recreating in their own student voices. 

Aiden became immersed in the verse, saying he had created a Jeff Foxworthy poem, Every Time I Think Too Hard.  Stay tuned to see the video of this presentation.

Thanks to David McCord, along with children’s authors and illustrators for being our mentors, helping us in creating voices, images through choice words, and joy in listening to the many connections that readers and writers make. 

Readers really are the writers! So read, read, and read!

 
 

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Learning About Ourselves and Others through Puppetry

March22
 
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Learning About an Orchestra at Hosmer Hall

March22

On Friday, March 18th the third and fourth grade classes attended a special presentation by the New York Orchestra, at Hosmer Hall. This was a special event much due to the work of our new K-6 music teacher, Kay Cauldwell. We thank you, Mrs. Cauldwell.  I would also like to extend a thanks to our parent volunteer, Mrs. Shelby Fisher.

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