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.

The 7 Habits

Built into our weekly schedule is the Leader in Me every Friday. Last week we began with reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective Children by Stephen Covey. Our focus was on the first habit: Be Proactive. Today we watched a video which showcased what it means to be proactive and be in charge of your own choices. Students will then, record their learning in a 7 Habits journal. We encourage families to use 7 habits language at home! Below is a list of each habit:

A Great Start to the New School Year!

Thank you for bringing in all of the supplies for the class and for your students, it is extremely helpful. The first couple of weeks back to school have been very productive!

Here are a few highlights:

In Religion, we are learning the parts of the mass and how to find passages in the bible. We are also learning how to highlight while reading to “take note” and remember important information.

In Math, we are working on reading an analog clock and telling time with minutes and hours, I encourage them to practice at home!

In ELA, we are reading “Stone Fox” with a focus on story parts, vocabulary and comprehension.



Math Fun!

The last unit in math is our funnest unit. It is all about applications in measurement and computation. Last week students, had to figure out how to open an animal shelter with $1,000, 000 to spend. Next they had to figure out how long it would take to earn $1,000,000 earning a specific number of dollars an hour. This week, students estimate how many steps it would take to walk to Navy Pier and today they measured their heart rate and monitored it after doing a lot of jumping jacks! This unit is certainly keeping their minds and bodies active!

The Civil War

In social studies, we have been discussing the causes of the American Civil War. While slavery is generally cited as the main cause for the war, other political and cultural differences between the North and the South certainly contributed as well; namely States Rights, Industry and Farming, Expansion and Secession. Social Studies and Science is often the subjects where students practice their note-taking skills. In the following photos, 5th grade take notes for their upcoming Civil War quiz…