Flashlight Reading!

Reading is fun itself but finding a variety of ways to read makes it even more fun! Students’ minds have a tendency to wander and sometimes get bored but today we practiced a fun way to read with flashlight reading! Students went to their silent reading spots with finger flashlight to read and were truly engaged. Wearing our pajamas made them feel right at home!

Halloween Writing!

For the past few days, students have been practicing their writing with Halloween prompts. With these prompts, students got to choose what they would write about. When we write what we enjoy or interested in, we learn to become more detailed in our work and have fun with it. Students had a great time writing their stories. We listened to Halloween music with no lyrics to inspire their writing, and when we were done, we shared our writing with our classmates!

Bible Text

In Religion, students have learned to use highlighters to remember important information and to review for tests and quizzes. They have also learned to look up bible verses. Today students worked in pairs and had a challenge to see how fast they could find the bible verse. They did great! If you have a bible at home, ask them to find Ezra 8:15-20…

Sarah, Plain and Tall

In Reading we read the story, Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.

Sarah, Plain and Tall is set in the late nineteenth century and told from young Anna’s point of view, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of how Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton comes from Maine to the prairie to answer Papa’s advertisement for a wife and mother. Before Sarah arrives, Anna and her younger brother Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she stay?

After reading, we learned that Sarah was very different from their own mother and a lot braver than they thought. As a writing activity, we used the different characteristics of Sarah and made Acrostic Poem using her name…

Month of the Rosary

October is the month of the Rosary. Catholics pray the rosary because it is a powerful prayer to God through our mother Mary. In our Religion/Music class with Mr. Guokas, 3rd grade made rosaries with beads and strings to bring home. We practiced the rosary in preparation for our whole school prayer service where we recited the prayers that go with each bead. We learned that the 10 beads represent 10 Hail Mary’s which is called a decade. Students also received their own rosary to practice in class.


In Math, 3rd grade is being introduced to arrays in preparation of our year-long multiplication practice. In 3rd grade, all students are required to master their multiplication tables from 0 – 12. The following pictures displays 3rd forming an array of 3rd grade students: 2 rows, with 4 students in each row, forms an array of 2 x 4 = 8 students.

Jumanji in Sequence!

We read the action-adventure picture book Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg as a read loud. The story of Jumanji is a great example of sequencing; where students have to identify events in the order that they happened. As a challenge, I copied just the words of the story (no pictures) and divided the 3rd grade into two groups. Each group had to put the story back together in the order that each event took place. The 3rd grade synergized to get the job done! They did a great job!

Our Class Compass

The students in 3rd grade have been learning all about directions and how to use a Compass Rose in Social Studies. We learned that there are not only the cardinal directions of N, E, S, W, but also intermediate directions as well; NE, SE, NW, NE. As a review activity, 8 students were handed a direction with a specific direction and 2 students were handed the labels of “intermediate” and “cardinal” directions. Then, it was left to the students to create a “class compass!” They did a great job!

Parts of a Story

In Reading, students learned that there are different parts of a story called “Story Elements.” As a class we discussed each story element; characters, setting, problem and solution and how they help form the stories they read. During their silent reading, students journaled each element from their individual books while they read.