January 18, 2014

Money, Money, Money!

Earlier this week, I talked a little about our Third Grade economy system. The students earn credits and may have debits throughout the year and at the end of each quarter, the students practice their entrepreneur skills by creating and selling a product (or service). We are blown away each quarter! The students are so creative! Take a glimpse into yesterday's sale. Click on the first photo check out a short flipagram that showcases the event!

January 13, 2014

Third Grade Sale

I love, love our Third Grade Economy. It's so interesting to see how students embrace our economy system. There are students who work hard to earn every.single.dollar.possible. They spend very little and count their "money" often.
One of our favorite activities is our Third Grade Craft Sale.  Students make and sell items or a service at our quarterly sales. We've had students sell bracelets, lip gloss, ornaments, just to name a few. 
Students sell and buy items during these sales. 
Our next sale is Friday. We can't wait to see what the kids make to sell! 

January 12, 2014

Language Arts Block

We got back into the swing of things this week. Students were excited to begin our new book study with The Year of Miss Agnes. Our focus is how a character's environment and culture impact behavior. Below are students participating in a shared reading experience of a chapter.

We are continuing to track the daily temperature of our area and Koyokuk, AK. Last week we had record cold temps. Now look at the current temp in Koyukuk! Wow! Can you imagine?

Looking forward to a great week!

January 6, 2014

The Year of Miss Agnes

We are studying the text The Year of Miss Agnes in Language Arts. This fictional story takes place around Koyukuk, AK. We will be recording daily temps for our area and Koyukuk. My plan was for the students to understand how our two climates are so different and to better understand the hardships faced by the characters. However, today's comparison may confuse them! Are we in Alaska?!

December 31, 2013

Celebrating the Holidays

This is the time of year I miss teaching First Grade. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE third! But I do miss Polar Express Day, Celebrations around the World, and Grinch Day. This year with snow days and testing, we did very few holiday activities. Students did get to participate in math and literacy stations.

We did celebrate the holidays with our annual Holiday Party. Thank you to our WONDERFUL third grade parents for making our holiday parties so meaningful!


December 30, 2013

Hello?...Hello?...Is this thing on?

Well hello there! Long time no see. We have been busy, busy here in third. I just have not gotten around to posting things. Honestly, we've been so busy I haven't even taken that many photos! You know how it is. "I'll do it tomorrow." And then you blink and it's four months later! I am hoping to post much more in the new year, but I am not making any promises :).

 One event that I did take photos was our Veterans' Day Assembly held November 11th. It was so heartwarming. Each grade level sang a patriotic song and every veteran there was recognized. Take a look!

The Third Grades sang a beautiful song to our veterans that moved us to tears! Here's a short clip.


September 16, 2013

How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World

What do you think? Could we dig a hole to the other side of the world? This is the question that was posed to students as our first science unit began. We read the book of the same title. After our discussion we went on a treasure hunt looking for the Earth's treasures of soil, rock, sand, water, and air. Check us out as we work as scientists to explore the earth around us.

Mrs. Holt-Taylor