We had a busy first week of school! Read on to find out what we did this week!
It was a fantastic first day of school!
Students practiced Read to Self.
They learned how to pick out “Good Fit Books.”
Students also decorated their writing journals and practiced Work on Writing.
In math, students reviewed place value by using base-ten manipulatives and playing fun games. They also learned about rounding numbers on a number line when we drew a number line with chalk on the sidewalk. (To learn more about math in third grade, visit the math page of the HES Third Grade Website.)
Even inside recess on rainy days can be fun when you get to hang out with your friends!
Thanks for an awesome year! I’m going to miss this amazing group of students!
We had so much fun at Field Day!
I enjoyed looking back at these fun pictures from autumn of 2017. I hope you will too!
On the 50th Day of School, we enjoyed dressing in 1950s clothing.
Our students have bright futures! During this week dressed as their future careers:
Every year 3rd grade students in Barrow County schools get their own dictionary. Dictionary delivery day is always fun!
In November we went on a field trip to Stone Mountain for the Native American Pow-Wow. Students got to experience American Indian culture first hand.
What a fun time with friends!
Happy Parent’s Day! Thank you for your support everyday! We are partners in your child’s success and I appreciate everything you do! Here’s a peek into an average day in our third grade classroom:
8:00-8:27 Students enter the classroom and eat their breakfast
Morning work choices are usually reading, writing, or technology
8:27-8:37 We watch the morning announcements and hold a class meeting where we greet each other and talk about our day
Our math class includes a whole-group lesson, guided small group lessons, and time for independent practice.
11:27-1:35 English Language Arts
Our ELA block includes a whole-group reading lesson, a read aloud, conventions and/or cursive handwriting practice, a whole-group writing lesson, and Daily 5/Guided Reading time.
2:15-3:10 Social Studies/Science
I hope you enjoyed this look into our classroom. We appreciate you!
I am so proud of how hard each of my students has worked this quarter! They are a great group of students, and I’m looking forward to a great year!
Here are the awards for the 1st quarter:
Never Been Absent (NBA Award): Grayson, Lance, Kimberly, and Aaron
Math fact fluency is a very important skill in 3rd grade. I am very proud of the five students who have achieved 100% fluency with their addition and subtraction facts on Reflex.
Reading comprehension is also a very important skill for our students. AR provides a way for students to take practice reading quizzes and earn points. All students are working toward AR reading goals. I am very proud of the top five AR point earners in our class for the first quarter.
- Eric – 188.4 points
- Daniela – 30.8 points
- Aaron – 27.7 points
- Lance – 26.8 points
- Abbey – 20.9 points
Congratulations to each of these students!
We just wrapped up a unit on heat in science class. First students investigated why some objects on the playground felt hotter than other objects. Then students experimented with different colors of paper in the sun. They put black and white paper around their hands and tested which one got hotter. They wrote down their observations. We also used thermometers to test the temperature difference under black and white paper in the sun and in the shade.
Later, students were challenged to build a solar oven that could cook a s’more. We went over the rules of the challenge and then started the engineering design process. Students imagined and planned before they started building their solar oven.
Then students built their solar oven. We took it outside and tested it with a piece of chocolate to see how it worked. Some students realized they needed to make some changes to their design to make it more effective.
After making improvements to their designs, we took the solar ovens outside again the next day. Students made their s’mores and then ate them! Yum!
Ask your student what they learned about heat and solar energy from this fun unit!
The 2017 Holsenbeck Elementary Reading Parade was held on August 18. Students who read 10 books during the summer marched in the parade. It was a fun celebration of reading!
After the parade, our class went back into our classroom for book character presentations. Students dressed as their favorite character and gave a presentation as that character. The students did a great job with their presentations. You can watch your child’s presentation in Seesaw.