Reading Parade and Character Dress-Up Day 2017

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

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.

 

 

1st Quarter 2016

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!

1st Day of School 2016

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!

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!

A great group of kids!

A great group of kids!

3rd Quarter Review

The 3rd quarter was full of many fun learning experiences!

Projects

This quarter students worked on several engaging cross-curricular projects.

Famous Americans Projects 

Collaboration

Collaboration

Researching the lives of famous Americans

Researching the lives of famous Americans

Creating digital timelines showing the most important events of a famous American's life

Creating digital timelines showing the most important events of a famous American’s life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the final products

Some of the final products

Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils Projects

Investigating the properties of minerals

Investigating the properties of minerals

Research and collaboration

Research and collaboration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students investigated and made fossils

Students investigated and made fossils

100th Day of School
We made it to the 100th Day of School! Students celebrated by dressing like they were 100 years old!

We made it to the 100th Day of School! Students celebrated by dressing like they were 100 years old!

Read Across America Day
Students celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday by dressing as their favorite characters

Students celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by dressing as their favorite characters

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2nd Quarter in Review

The second grading period was full of lots of fun learning experiences for our students.

Career Day 2015 was a lot of fun. Students learned about jobs such as…

…Energy Careers with Georgia Power

…Dr. Scholl explained what it is like to be a veterinarian
IMG_0569…an exciting job as a flight nurse on a helicopter
IMG_0551…even a career in helping others be healthy like the ladies from Anytime Fitness demonstrated
IMG_0553-ANIMATIONIn science we studied Georgia habitats and plant and animal adaptations. Students did a great job on their research projects and presentations. Here are some examples:

Students have had many opportunities to work collaboratively with technology devices.

 

In December UGA football player and author Malcolm Mitchell came to Holsenbeck and read his book to our school.

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We ended the semester with a holiday party including crafts and yummy food.

We’ve had a great first half of the year! I know the rest of the year will be just as wonderful!

Reading Parade 2015

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

Ms. Masters’s Parade Participants

A selfie before the parade

A selfie before the parade

3rd grade parade participants

3rd grade parade participants

The parade was fun for everyone!

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!

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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!

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

Harry Potter characters: Ms. Masters as Luna Lovegood and Mrs. Pacut as Hermione Granger

The Book Box is Here!

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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:

IMG_4392-10.14.1426 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!

 

What a Great Group of Kids!

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.

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!

Scholastic Book Order

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

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!

Reading Parade and Book Character Dress Up Day 2014

The Holsenbeck Elementary School Summer Reading Parade and Book Character Dress Up Day was on Friday, August 22, 2014.  Everyone had fun at the parade first, and students did such a great job with their character presentations in the classroom after the parade.  Here are a few pictures from the day:

Characters reading their books

                     Characters reading their books

The teachers had a great time dressing as their favorite characters too.

Ms. Masters as Luna Lovegood

Ms. Masters as Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter

3rd Grade Teachers

3rd Grade Teachers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a link to a picture of our class’s parade participants on the Holsenbeck Elementary School Facebook page.

And we even made the news

And here’s a link to pictures on the Barrow County School System website.