Wednesday, May 21, 2014

End of the Year Fun!

Sadly, Monday was the last day for the 2013-2014 school year.  We spent the first half of the morning with an awards ceremony honoring our student accomplishments for the year.  We played a "break the ballon" game, which was quite noisy but fun!  Then we headed outside for several activity stations.  There was bubble blowing, relay races, toss games, dancing and everybody's favorite cotton candy!!!
Then our year ended as time ran out.  Everyone was invited to the high school for a community picnic. What a great end to a great year!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

School in 1888

Today (Thursday) Mrs. Hoffman's third grade class went to the Dawes County Historical Society to experience a day of school in 1888.  Miss K was our teacher and we learned our penmanship using a quill and real India ink, studied our orthography (spelling) words, used McGuffy readers for reading and practiced our math with slates and chalk.  We packed our lunches in tin cans and enjoyed a "sack lunch" of homemade bread, cheese, meats, carrot sticks, apples and gingersnap cookies.  We had a great time and didn't want to go back to the future at the end of the day.
This is really hard for a lefty!

"Which chapter would you like to read?"

Math was done on the board and slates.

Using quills is not easy!

Practicing our orthography words.

"Your turn to read the vocabulary word, Xander."

Mrs. Hoffman's 1888 kids!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Newest Member of the Milky Way Club!

Congratulations to Wesley for completing his Subtraction facts Rocket Math!  Wesley has made it to the Milky Way and is moving on to Multiplication!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Readers theater

After a hard day of DIBELS testing, we decided to showcase our reading skills by performing a couple of stories Readers theater style.  We read some fairy tales to the class and practiced our lines in preparation for performing for some of the other third grade classes.  We recited Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Ridinghood, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and Cinderella.  The students had fun wearing masks and "becoming" their characters.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Discovering bird beaks

This week we did an activity that helps us understand how bird beaks have adapted to the bird's habitat and needs.  We had eight stations set up around the room with activities and tools.  Students worked with a partner as they stopped at each stations.  Various tools, such as tweezers, nutcrackers, strainers, straws, tongs, chopsticks, and eye droppers were placed at each station with an activity.  Students were to try each tool and discover which tool ( bird beak) worked best.  We then discussed why, and what would happen if a bird's habitat suddenly disappeared.  It was a fun but messy science activity.
"These worms are slippery little guys!"

"I'm eating this cherry.  I worked hard to get it!"

"A nutcracker works best here!"

Catching fish is easier with a slotted spoon than chopsticks.

Those bugs are so tiny we need tweezers.

Digging in the mud is hard with a nutcracker.

An eyedropper will never work to catch these fish!

I think a cardinal has a nutcracker type beak.

We had popcorn all over our floor!

The cleanup crew.

We made a big mess!