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!
HES Reading Rocks Parade: Characters Welcome
The parade audience
Third grade participants
Third grade participants
Our class participants
Our favorite characters
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.
I’m sorry this post is a little bit late, but I don’t think it’s ever too late to look back at all the fun and learning of the year.
Besides the state standards for third grade, we also focus on 21st century skills in my classroom such as collaboration and appropriate technology use. Here are some examples of students using technology and working collaboratively. Visit our class website or Seesaw to see some of the finished products!
My students have also been forming great relationships with their kindergarten reading buddies in Mrs. King’s class. They read together at least once a month, and Mrs. King’s class has visited our class to see our finished projects.
After learning about Ancient Greece in Social Studies, we moved on to studying heat in Science. Mrs. Mauney, our student teacher, conducted multiple experiments as students investigated how thermal energy moves. In these pictures, students are collecting data on how solar radiation and different colors affect temperature.
Finally, we began a Pollution Solution Project-Based Learning Unit. As our entry event, students collected data on the litter and pollution on our school campus. This trash bag contains all the litter they found on the playground!
We had a great first day of school! Students learned about rules and procedures and talked with new and old friends.
Getting to talk with friends is one of the best parts of the first day of school!
These students were so excited about Read to Self time!
Daily 5 Read to Self
Daily 5 Read to Self
A great group of kids!
The 3rd quarter was full of many fun learning experiences!
This quarter students worked on several engaging cross-curricular projects.
Famous Americans Projects
Researching the lives of famous Americans
Creating digital timelines showing the most important events of a famous American’s life
Some of the final products
Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils Projects
Investigating the properties of minerals
Research and collaboration
Students investigated and made fossils
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We made it to the 100th Day of School! Students celebrated by dressing like they were 100 years old!
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Students celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by dressing as their favorite characters
Friday, August 21st was an exciting and fun day at Holsenbeck. We held our annual reading parade and book character dress-up day. The reading parade is a celebration and reward for literary accomplishment. Every student who brings in a list of at least 10 books he or she read during the summer gets to march in the parade. All students get to dress as their favorite book character in celebration of the joy of reading. After the parade, parents and families are invited back into the classroom for a reading engagement activity. Both events are meant to promote the importance and joy of reading.
This year, TWELVE students from my class marched in the parade. That means they read at least 10 books during the summer. That is the highest percentage I’ve ever had from my class and I am very proud of them!
Ms. Masters’s Parade Participants
A selfie before the parade
3rd grade parade participants
The parade was fun for everyone!
When we came back into the classroom, my students shared a character presentation book talk as the character they dressed as for the parade. All week they worked on their speeches and practiced their speaking and listening skills. The practice paid off because their speeches were great!
The Reading Parade and Book Character Dress-Up Day is one of my favorite days of the school year. I love to read and I love it when my students enjoy it too. I hope my class had as much fun as I did!
The Teacher of the Year is the Grand Marshal of the parade, so Ms. Masters got to ride in the back of the convertible!
Harry Potter characters: Ms. Masters as Luna Lovegood and Mrs. Pacut as Hermione Granger
It’s here! We’ve been waiting since September so the students and I were so excited when it came! The art teacher saw our smiles and asked why we were excited. I told him it was because of this:
26 FREE books for our classroom!
Thank you so much to the families who ordered! It wouldn’t have been possible without you. I know the students are going to enjoy their books!
I just have to take a moment to brag on my students. The students in my class are so respectful and hard working! They’ve also made significant progress this year. As we end the first grading period, I just wanted to highlight a few impressive statistics.
AR is the Accelerated Reader program. It awards points to students based on how well they do on reading comprehension tests. Students select their own books, read them, and then take the tests to show that they comprehended what they read. As a class, my students have passed 218 quizzes altogether! They also have a class total of more than 500 points! That is amazing!
Reflex is an online math facts fluency program. Unlike AR, students can use Reflex at school or at home. Students LOVE using the program.
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So far this year, my students have solved more than 72,000 total facts on Reflex! Our class average for the percentage of facts that are fluent is currently 70%! This is especially impressive considering the starting fluency average was 24%–that’s amazing growth! Additionally, four students are already 100% fluent with their addition and subtraction facts and are now working on multiplication and division. Way to go Ken, Luke, Tori, and Colter!
I’m so proud of all of my students and the amazing progress they have made so far! I can’t wait to see how much more they grow during the rest of the year!
Our first writing unit was personal narratives. We read examples of personal narratives and students learned about writing “seed stories.” This strategy teaches writers to zoom in on a small moment within a broader topic. Here’s one of the anchor charts we made in class about seed stories:
Here are some examples of student pre-writing (or brainstorming) to plan ideas for seed stories:
Another skill students learned was how to organize their ideas into paragraphs. We looked at example’s in the books we read and then students learned the rules for paragraphs. Here’s the anchor chart we made in class:
Here’s examples of students using paragraphs and editing their writing with paragraph proofreading marks:
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Additionally, students learned about how to write a great beginning to hook their reader, how to organize their writing by telling the story bit by bit, and how to make their writing more interesting by including sensory details and dialogue between characters (“write the character’s exact words”).
We also learned about similes and wrote “Fall is…” Poems using similes. Those poems are now displayed on the bulletin board in the hallway outside our classroom.
Did you see the first Scholastic Reading Club flyers of the year in today’s Wednesday folder? The flyers are full of good-fit books for your child. I’m so excited that our class is participating this year.
Last year was my first year of participation in the reading club. I admit that I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it. I’m so glad I tried it though. Not only is it a great way to get students interested in reading, but it also helps our class get FREE books! Last year my class received around 50 free books for our classroom. Additionally, I received discounts when I purchased books for the classroom.
Books added to our classroom library for FREE November 2013
Ordering is easy! Each month, your child will bring home Reading Club flyers. Look over the flyer together and select the books you want to buy. Then you can order in one of two easy ways. One way is to order online by going to scholastic.com/readingclub and entering the one-time class activation code: MCJ8L. The other way is to fill out the order form and send it with your payment to me (Ms. Masters). On the order due date, I will submit the order. The orders ship quickly and soon the books will arrive in our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading!