Sunday, January 31, 2010


Our new read aloud is The BFG by Roald Dahl. When orphan Sophie is snatched from her bed by a Giant, she fears he is going to eat her. Although he carries her far away to Giant Country, the Giant has no intention of harming her. As he explains in his own unique way of talking, "I is the only nice and jumbly Giant in Giant Country. I is THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT. I is the BFG!" The BFG tells Sophie how he mixes up dreams to blow through a trumpet into the bedrooms of sleeping children...
And the story continues... The class is enjoying this book, and are as quiet as a mouse when I'm reading! What will become of Sophie and the BFG? We'll keep you posted! This is one of my favorite children's books and authors.


Thursday, January 28, 2010


All third grade rooms will be having Read and Feed on Friday, Jan. 29th to "celebrate" a job well done during our reading unit test last week, and our 4Sight tests this week! Please follow the school's wellness guidelines when choosing your child's snack.

Friday, January 22, 2010


Our class was the proud recipient of the art trophy for the week of Jan. 11-15! Each week a primary class and an intermediate class are recognized by our art teacher, Miss Space, for their cooperation and work ethic while in art class. Job well done --ladies and gentlemen of Room 117!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

ACADEMICS (Jan. 4-8)


Our story this week is A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert, and is based on a true story. It takes place in Europe and centers around a mother acquiring a coat for her daughter during hard times in post-World War II. Anna's mother decides to trade the few valuables she has left after the war, for a farmer's wool and the services of a spinner, a weaver, and a tailor, in order to make the coat.
Skills include: main idea, making inferences, and multiple meaning words.
We are learning about common and proper nouns. Proper nouns name a special person, place, or thing and need to be capitalized.
This week we are working on how to "Find a Rule" when given a specific number pattern. We will then move on to estimating sums and differences.
We are finishing up our community chapter. We watched a wonderful video about communities around the world that reminded us that there are urban, suburban, and rural communities all over the earth! We learned about communities on five different continents, and got to see many different cultures. There will be a chapter test on Tuesday, Jan. 12th. A study guide will be sent home on Thursday.
This week we are focusing on producers and consumers, and are completing a food chain project.