Wednesday, May 30, 2018

"Bugs, Birds" and Biodiversity" Manasquan Reservoir Field Trip



Our third grade science unit, "Living Things and Their Environments", came to life when we participated in Manasquan Reservoir's "Bugs, Birds, and Biodiversity" program. The field trip began with a live animal presentation, including meeting a catfish and bass, painted turtle and box turtle, a variety of frogs and toads, and a corn snake that some students were brave enough to touch!

 (catfish and bass)

(toad)
 (top-box turtle, bottom-painted turtle)

(corn snake)

Next, students completed an animal adaption lab activity by rotating through 3 hands-on stations that included re-enacting how animals gather food and matching animals to the food they eat.


We then went on a nature walk that including visiting a butterfly garden and the reservoir. Some students even spotted a gopher peeping out of its burrow! 






The unit came alive in class as well. On hands-on activity we did was working in small teams to create 4 link food chains that began with a producer and ended with a consumer...
                                                    

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Read Across America 2018

A Seusstastic time was had by all celebrating Read Across America 2018! To prepare for the special day I decorated hallways and bulletin boards with Seuss characters and quotes to get everyone in the Seuss spirit...

The day started with guest visitors reading Dr. Seuss books: our class was visited by my friend, Mrs. Carol Fillippi, a Monmouth County Historical Society docent, who arrived in her handmade colonial costume to read to us Oh, the Places You'll Go...

Next, we showed off our Seusstastic style during the school Seuss character costume parade...

We then returned to class and created "Oh, the Places We'll Go" hot air balloons. Students picked a place they want to go and wrote three reason why, using transitions words to begin each sentence..

Another Seuss writing project displayed in our room is our Dr. Seuss biographies that students wrote during our biography genre unit...

We ended the celebration watching Horton Hears a Who with 1st and 2nd grade. 

Here's some moreSeuss styled decs displayed in our classroom...



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

100th Day of School



Hip, hip, hooray! We celebrated reaching the 100th day in lots of fun and exciting ways! Students were greeted with the sign below when they entered the classroom...
and found special treats on their desks...

During journal writing time students responded to the question "If you could have 100 of anything what would you pick and why?" Answers included 100 pets, 100 video games, and 100 wishes...
Students displayed their knowledge of mathematical operations by creating addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems with 100 as the answer...

During writing workshop the children composed their final drafts of "When I am 100 years old..." narratives. Narratives included what they would look like when they're 100 years old, what they would spend their day doing, and what technology would be like in the future...

We were 100% stylish when we created glasses in the shape of the number 100...

The class listened to the books 100 Day Worries and Twas the Night before the 100th Day and then created  venn diagrams to compare and contrast the stories...
Other activities included joining first and second grade in the gym to do lots of exercises such as 100 jumping jacks and 100 hops and listening to math songs about the number 100.

Here's to many more days of learning and fun!