Ms. Michelle Magpile
First Day of School 2018
We focused on building our classroom community on our first day of school! To get to know one another, we used Play-Doh to answer prompts like "What was your favorite activity this summer?" and "Who do you go to when you need help?" Students then shared their Play-Doh creations in small groups and with the whole class. We discovered that we have a lot in common! We also spent some time exploring the school while learning school wide rules. In teams, students participated in a FlipHunt, a collaborative way to learn and utilize technology. Students had to read our PBIS rule signs posted around our campus and record a rule or two they learned on the video platform FlipGrid. Finally, we spent time becoming more mindful about ourselves and explored our feelings in the hopes of being able to manage them throughout the year. What a great day!
Happy New Year! Our class continues to work on their writing skills. This month they used rubrics and online apps to help provide feedback to one another. They are learning that writing is a process, and it sometimes takes many revisions to produce our best work! They also took part in their first Escape the Classroom activity with Instructional Support Specialist Mrs. Derr. They used their knowledge about context clues to work collaboratively to "escape the classroom!" It was a high-energy lesson filled with critical thinking! Lastly, our group put the finishing touches on their LEGO WeDo 2.0 robotics projects and shared their work at this trimester's Code to the Future Showcase. Visitors were impressed by all the wonderful stories coded by our third graders!
In math, our students have been busy learning multiplication and division concepts. They are now working on building multiplication fact fluency by playing games and applying different strategies. This type of visualization and flexibility in thinking about math facts will help them retain their facts. Our third graders also took part in the Hour of Code and furthered their knowledge about computer science. They watched webinars on computer science jobs as well as started their second cycle of Code to the Future, LEGO robotics!
Students began working collaboratively in citing text evidence when answering reading comprehension questions. They also started using Thinking Maps to help them organize their ideas for summary writing. In November, our school had its first Code to the Future showcase! Students enjoyed sharing their block-based coding projects on Scratch with parents and community members. In science, third graders conducted experiments on magnetism and electricity. Finally, we worked on another STEM Challenge: build a turkey hideout!