Monday, June 15, 2015

June Jam

It's our last week of school, but we've still been jammin' to fun learning activities.

To celebrate the end of the school year and welcome summer I created this "End of the School Year Countdown" activity...

For the last 10 days of school a student removes a balloon each day and reads aloud the treat written on the back to the class. Treats included sit where you want for one period, bubblegum, extra recess, extra center time, audio books, Socks Day, Do-a-Dot Art, and balloon volleyball that Mrs. Yaccarino joined in...


Another way we celebrated the end of the school year was by creating Third Grade Memory Books. Students drew self-portraits on the covers. Inside, they wrote 3 things they learned in 3rd grade; 3 favorite class events; 3 summer wishes; and their favorite class trip, enrichment, and subject. I was amazed that they still remembered some things we did the 1st few weeks of school!


Students also created Father's Day acrostic poems to celebrate the special men in their lives. I created the shirts by cutting 2 horizontal slits at the top of each piece of construction paper, then folding them down to form the collar. The tie patterns were glued underneath.


In math we learned pre-algebra skills such as divisibility, expressions and variables. We also learned about factors. Students filled in factor flowers on the Smartboard and created their own factor flowers in their binders...


 The highlight of the unit was learning order of operations using the "P.E.M.D.A.S Style" song by Mister C!


The kids dressed in baseball caps and sunglasses. I didn't have a chance to record the kids singing to the 4th grade & staff, but here's an excerpt from one of our practices...

video


In social studies we're traveling around the world and recording our learning experiences in world field trip scrapbooks that I made using manilla folders. We start by watching a video about the country we're studying. Next, we read about it's culture, learn some native vocabulary, and color children in traditional clothing. Then, students receive a passport stamp to glue in their passports and a souvenir to store in an envelope inside the scrapbook. Souvenirs include an Australian boomerang, Italian soccer ball, Chinese toy panda, and statue of the Indian Taj Mahal. Here's a photo of the Great Wall of China that we learned about during our virtual field trip to China...

 
 the cover of our scrapbook...
                             stamps for student passports...
          and souvenirs and articles about each land...

We also completed our "American National Symbol i-Pads". We learned about each symbol using the Smartboard. Students then drew an app for each symbol and wrote it's importance and one fun fact about it. I don't know who created the original idea, but you can download the documents at Fabulous in Fifth: National Symbols iPad


In language arts, we played "I Have, Who Has Homophones". Another way students demonstrated their knowledge of homophones was making illustrations of a pair of homophones...



We'll wrap up the last day of school with a class party and boardgames. Wishing everyone an awesome summer vacation!!! And, for all my teacher friends...



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