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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

It's poetry time in our class and we have been busy learning the different types of poems.  My kiddos are really enjoying this break from our regular writing and they are doing super.

One of the poems that we worked on is the acrostic poem.  After writing some together as a class and some with their teams, it was time to write on their own.  What better topic to write on than themselves?!?  First, they had to brainstorm a list of descriptive words for each letter in their name.  It was fun listening to them describe themselves.  If someone was having trouble coming up with a positive word for a particular letter, a teammate would quickly come to the rescue with something nice to say.  This activity not only taught poetry, it also gave the kids an ego boost.

Once the kids finished their poems, they created clouds and rainbows for display.  I saw this idea somewhere on Pinterest.  Sorry that I don't know who to give credit for it.

Once all of the projects were completed, we hung them up over our reading center and they look beautiful!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Guest Reader Visits

This week, our school is having reading week where we emphasize reading and how important it is to us.  So, today we had guests from the community come in and read a book to the kids.  Then they talked to them about their jobs and how reading helps them with their job. 

My class was fortunate enough to have Paramedic  Joe Hannan come and read to us.  He did a great job and the kids LOVED hearing about his career as a Paramedic/Firefighter.  Hopefully, Mr. Hannan enjoyed our class as well.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

My First Freebie!

I just posted my first item on the TpT site.  It's a fun little noun activity that can be used with whole group, small group, or at an individual center.  Please head on over, check it out, and let me know what you think.  I am still new to this so I know I have a lot to learn!  Thanks for taking a look!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Geometric Cities

To wrap up our geometry unit, our class created geometric cities thanks to this cute activity from Lesson Plan SOS.

First, students were given a set of guidelines as to what their cities must have.  Then they had to complete a planning page like the one shown below.

Once the planning was complete, the kids began their designs on a big poster board.  They spread out all over the floor with their "construction tools"- markers, colored pencils, and rulers.

Once the construction was complete, we invited the other third grade classes over to vote on which city they liked the best.  After all the votes were tallied, this little lady won with her city "The Amazing World of Awesomeness".

It was such a fun experience for the the kids and I really enjoyed watching their creativity at work!