Sunday, January 10, 2016

Holiday Happenings

     Yes, the holidays have come and gone, and we are now in a new year. Break was very relaxing and filled with memories. However, our third grade class had SO much fun before we left for winter break. Throughout the whole last week before break, we did many activities continuing to practice our skills in a "holiday" way. The kids had a ball.

     We have been working on writing informational texts for over a month. Students studied many mentor texts and crafted two polished informational books of a topic of their choice. They really rocked out this writing unit. I was so proud of their dedication and end products. During this last week, students were broken into small groups to research a country and how that country celebrated the winter holidays. They used their informational knowledge and research eye to construct a powerpoint or poster of this information. They then presented this information to our class at the end of the week. To guide their research in a kid friendly safe way, we used Kid Rex as our search engine. Kid Rex is a kid friendly safe search engine powered by Google.

At the end of the week, my sister-in-law came in to help us with our gingerbread house project. The kids adored this activity. Check out these smiling faces!

We have such amazing parents, and we got enough donations to let each student make their own. They did a great job! Later that afternoon before our holiday party, the students created a gingerbread man and wrote a piece about how to catch a gingerbread man! That was a wrap up to our Gingerbread Man book study.

Happy New Year! Have a great January friends!

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