Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Celebrating Life Cycles

In honor of spring, our class will be learning about the life cycles of different plants and animals.
Below are some links to videos featuring different life cycles.

What are some similarities and differences you see between the life cycles of these plants and animals? 

Over the weekend I collected some eggs from a local farmer.
Together with our buddies we will be learning about the life cycle of chickens and will be hatching our own baby chicks. Through careful observation we will be able to watch this chicks develop!

The first thing we needed to do was set up and environment that mimics, or copies, that of an egg being incubated by its own mother, a hen! 

Our incubators will provide heat, oxygen and even water for the eggs while they develop!

What is the most impressive thing you learned today?

With our buddies we made a prediction of how many eggs we think will hatch into baby chicks.

           How many eggs do you think will hatch and why?
Can you find any interesting facts about the life cycle of chicks?

Please write at least 3 sentences. One of your sentences must be a compound sentences using conjunctions. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Have you ever read a Dr. Seuss book? I am sure you have! 
Dr. Seuss, or Theodor Seuss Geisel, is an important author whose books have inspired readers of all ages. 


Watch the BrainPopjr.

 Dr. Seuss wasn't always famous though. He brought his books to over 20 different publishers who all rejected his ideas, but Geisel persevered!


Rather than giving up on his dreams, Geisel kept on writing and now  About 600 million copies of his books have been sold. His creative stories have been translated into more than 20 different languages to reach readers across the globe.


Did Dr. Seuss help you learn how to read? 
What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book? 
What could you learn from Dr. Seuss' books as a third grader? 

Write 3 - 5 sentences answering the questions above. Be sure to write in complete sentences and GIVE EXAMPLES!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Sensational Slogans

Sensational Slogans

A slogan is a short phrase that is used to advertise something. Slogans are an effective way to get people to remember different people, places or things. Many companies and restaurants use slogans in commercials or billboards. This helps draw people to buy their products. Here are some familiar ones you may recognize. 

People can also use slogans. During the presidential race, candidates create slogans for themselves. The catchy phrases bring attention to the candidate. 

What kind of slogans have you seen our heard? What is the slogan advertising? Could you come up with your own slogan for your favorite toy or place? What about a slogan for a book you are reading? What catchy phrase would you create to convince a friend to read the book?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

We Love Our School

We Love Our School!



Last week we celebrated the 100th day of school! Can you believe we have been learning and growing together for 100 days! 
We got together with our Kindergarten buddies and brainstormed 100 reasons we loved our school.

Since we needed a total of 100 hearts, we needed to do some math. 
If there are 24 students in both Mrs. Broussard's class and Ms. Van Dyke's class how many hearts does each student need to make? 
Look at how beautiful our final project looks! 
Pick one thing you love about school and write three to five sentences explaining it. Please be sure to use high vocabulary and always end in a question!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 Last week we spent many days discussing MLK and his contribution to the world.  Martin Luther King was a brave and determined man who worked hard for a dream he deeply believed in.

 Watch a clip from MLK's famous "I have a dream" speech. 

In honor of MLK day we spent some time with our 2nd grade blogging buddies asking each other questions about Martin Luther King. Watch the videos we created below.

Write a comment to your friends about the videos they created. Do you agree with their answers? Did they say something that made you think or share an idea you hadn't thought of?  What do you think about working with 2nd grade?

Remember the best comments start a conversation, so be sure to ask a question!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Rainy Days

Rainy Days

This week we have been enjoying some tremendous weather!
Have you ever wondered what causes lightning and thunder? 
Watch this Brainpop video to find out. 

Rainy days keep us inside for most of the day, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun!

Today we brought in blankets and pillows and cuddled up with our books. 

We laid out blankets, uncurled sleeping bags and even made forts from sheets.

Once we were all settled we pulled out our chapter books and plunged in. 

We even sipped on some hot chocolate as we enjoyed our books!

What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

Do you prefer the rain or the snow?

Write a 3 -5 sentence comment. Make sure you use adjectives  to describe your activity or setting.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Holiday Traditions

Winter Holidays 

One of the most exciting things winter are all of the holidays people celebrate with their friends and families. There are many different holidays that fall during the winter season. 

Watch the BrainpopJr. video on Winter Holidays. 

No matter what holiday you celebrate, you and your family have special traditions
A tradition is something that family, friends, or another group of people has done for many years and continues to do on a regular basis. 
Learning about other people's traditions is an excellent way to learn  about other cultures, beliefs and more about your friend!

Each student in Third Grade has had the privilege of participating in a 1 to 1 program. This means that each student gets their own Acer to work on in class. Having our own Acers lets us practice many skills including blogging. Since we have access to our own computers we thought it would be fun to invite another classroom to work with us.
We got together with a Mrs. Levy's 2nd grade class who will get this opportunity to work on their own Acers next year.  But that doesn't mean they don't know how to blog! In fact, Mrs. Levy has a wonderful blog where students can leave insightful comments. Here is her link! Mrs. Levy's Class Blog

After completing your interview, leave a comment with your "Blogging Buddy"about the winter holiday traditions you celebrate.

What are some traditions you and your family practice over the winter holidays? Which is your favorite tradition? Why is it special?  

Don't forget, excellent comments include:

- complete sentences

- high vocabulary

- questions that can spark a conversation