Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are all feeling very thankful today, our last day before Thanksgiving Break. To welcome in the holiday, we talked about being thankful for even the littlest things in our life... like coats to keep us warm, a safe place to come to school and even the food in the cafeteria that nourishes our bodies. We strung each of cards onto a string to make my favorite thing... a banner.

After giving thanks, we went to meal planning! Each student got a HyVee ad and a dinner budget! They had to plan and pay for a Thanksgiving meal for their families! It was so funny hearing students talk while they planned. "I'm on a budget! I can't afford that pie!" I hope they realize that planning a holiday meal... any meal in that case... costs money and sometimes we don't get everything we want! Students had to add, subtract and multiply to find totals, tax, and change back! I used this free download and then used real grocery store ads...because it's more fun!

To finish out our day, students got a reminder about how thankful I am to be their teacher!

I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving and that giving thanks doesn't just happen once a year. Remember to stop and be thankful for the tiniest of blessings.

~Mrs. Kemp

Friday, November 21, 2014

Finding theme in our favorite songs

During Reader’s Workshop, we have been studying theme, message and morals of all types of literature. We first listened to Miranda Lamberts song, Automatic, which is one of Mrs. Kemps favorite songs.After listening to it, we look a closer look at the lyrics to dig deeper into the theme.

Now it's your turn! First listen to your favorite song, then use the process of close reading to dig deeper into the meaning....THEME....of the song!

Counting Stars by OneRepublic

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

How was it like to be a pilgrim? Take a virtual field trip and experience life as it was during our First Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sun and Shadows Oh My!

3rd graders have been studying the Sun during Science time. We know the Sun moves across the sky because we (the earth) are moving around our axis, which causes the Sun to rise in the East and set in the West. Day and night are also caused by the earth's movement. After learning about the movement of the Sun, we started looking at our shadows. We will trace ur shadows at different times of the day to see if our shadow changes with the location of the Sun in the sky.

day 1: 2:45 pm

Use these links to study more about the Sun and Our Shadows!

Monday, September 15, 2014

These Hands

During our Writer’s Workshop launching unit, we spent time gathering ideas in our notebooks. We learned that one way writer’s get ideas is by letting other writer’s inspire them. We read These Hands and let that story inspire us. We traced our hands in our notebooks and generated all the things we do with our hands. Click on the picture below to check out the video!