Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sugar, Cinnamon, Chef Hats, and Applesauce Fun!

I am really excited to share our past week's shenanigans! This week, we launched our " how to " writing unit. Since most of my students had never written a " how to", I really wanted to bring the experience alive. So, my students started crafting an essay on how to make applesauce:-) I started by reading a quick read aloud about making applesauce on a stove top to activate prior knowledge.

Now, we have been working really hard to work our way through the different steps of the writing process. So first, we began brainstorming the different ideas/ steps that we thought we would need to take to make applesauce.

After brainstorming, we got back together the next day as a group and reviewed the exact steps that we would need to take to make tasty, sweet applesauce. I even gave them the exact amounts of sugar, water, and cinnamon that would need to be added to the mixture. It was then the students' job to begin writing their own how to's. Since my students work at different paces, I had many students brainstorming and writing out the steps in logical order while others were already revising and editing their pieces. After they revised and edited, the kiddos were ready to publish and draft their final copy! After they did this,  they were able to make this fun applesauce craftivity! 


They absolutely loved making their applesauce bowls! Find these cute activities at Tangled Up In Teaching.

Finally, we were ready on Friday to do the fun part! We got to make our own Apple Sauce.
I squeezed in this cute anchor chart to review our specific steps that we needed to follow. 
And then, the fun began!!


And finally after the applesauce cooked in the crockpot for about 3.5 hours on high, we got to enjoy it. 


     THEY LOVED IT!!! 


It was delicious!!!

And just one more of my kiddos with his adorable chef hat on!

 Next week, my students will begin crafting their own how to's on topics of their own choice. Stay tuned for more third grade fun!


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Science Fun and a Freebie!

Hey Everyone!
I have a really cute activity to share with you!

In our third grade classroom, we have been working on the Scientific Method. My students have really enjoyed doing different experiments while practicing how to go through the steps of the Scientific Method. They also absolutely love being called scientists! I really enjoy the look on their faces when I call them writers, mathematicians, readers, scientists, historians. I really feel it motivates and engages many of my learners. ANYWAYS, we have been at work with the scientific method. I started this unit by reading a cute little story about being a scientist, and I used this awesome video that my kids love to reveal the different steps of the scientific method.

I then had the kids use the scientific method to write about something they would love to learn more about as a scientist!!  The kids were able to use these adorable posters to guide their thinking. 

After a few days of practice with the Scientific Method and fun little experiments, I was ready to have the kids test it out themselves with this fun activity!  I found this from Smart Chick!
The kids were given three paper clips, a lifesaver, a gummy worm, and a plastic cup. And, they had to save Fred from drowning because his lifesaver was stuck under his boat ( the plastic cup). However, they could not touch the cup, lifesaver, or gummy worm with their hands. They could only touch the paper clips with their hands. They were given these rules, and then they were set off to predict and hypothesize how they would be able to save Fred and get his life preserver back on his body! The kids loved this activity, and I really found that this activity pushed them to work with a partner cooperatively while also thinking deeply through problem solving. Here are the sweeties at work and smiling! 

After the kiddos observed, hypothesized, planned, and experimented, they were given a recording sheet where they recorded their solution so that they could communicate their findings! 
You can grab this activity here for free! Can you Save Fred?

I'm excited for tomorrow because we are starting our Daily 5 math rotations! Stay tuned:-) 

Happy Blogging! 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Daily 5 in Full Swing!

     I am so excited about this post because I am so proud of my kiddos! Last week, our third and fourth graders had to take standardized tests on Tuesday and Wednesday. But, we were finally able to start our Daily 5 rotations, and I was so excited and impressed.
     Now, it is important to keep in mind that we have been building our stamina for almost 5 weeks now. I started by introducing Read to Self, and then I gradually introduced the other 4 rotations with T charts laying out the teacher and student expectations. My students especially loved our interactive modelings. The students loved to model the inappropriate behaviors. I actually also really enjoyed watching my kiddos model these inappropriate behaviors since they were having such a good time with it! More importantly, having the students model these appropriate and inappropriate behaviors gave the students a concrete image of what it should and should not look like during each daily five rotation. I also have these adorable signs! Thanks to 4thgradefrolics.

A bulletin board picture will be uploaded very soon with our rotations:-) 
Here are a a few pictures of my kiddos fully engaged during our reading block! 
We started with a mini lesson about writing strong sentences. My kids loved this because they did not want to be called weak! 
Here are a few sweeties engaged in " Reading to Someone." 
                                               My kids absolutely love " listening to reading."
And of course, a student favorite, scrabble spelling! 

Working on Writing! 

Even just looking at these pictures again makes me so happy as a teacher because I see my 36 buddies fully engaged in reading and writing, while I am giving the much needed one-on-one or small group support at my guided reading table. I am so thankful for this management system because it gives us teachers the time to give that support, the support that our kids justly deserve from us! And before I'm off to bed, just a few snippets of my Michigan weekend! 

 Have a great week!