Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Veterans Day - We can never say thank you enough.

We always stress the importance of Veterans Day and celebrate it with our 3rd graders.  But this is one holiday that is not about them!  We write letters to, or make cards for veterans.  We also travel to the local Veterans' Center and perform a patriotic program for them.  Our first practice as an entire grade level was this morning.  Our wonderful music teacher surprised us with a new song that she has added to the program!

It is such an amazing song that I have to share it with you all!  The kids literally brought tears to my eyes as they sang it!  I can't imagine the reaction they'll get at the Veterans' Center on Veterans Day!  They sang it for us twice, and I wish I had recorded it the second time.  Since I didn't, I have a teacher tube video of another 3rd grade class singing the same song.  I hope you love it as much as I do!

I can't wait for Veterans Day (or our next practice) so I can video or record them singing it!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Math Journaling & Giveaways

My class has been working hard on their math journals this week!  We're reinforcing even & odd, multiples of 2, 5, & 10, and subtraction concepts like when and why to regroup.  In our math journal we also have a copy of a blank October calendar where we fill in the color and shape pattern for the month and then write about it and explain it.

The kids have really enjoyed having their own journal so far!  They loved decorating the cover in their own ways and they've enjoyed using color to do their work inside of their journal too!  The journals include number of the day pages that reinforce past topics, hundreds charts (for multiples), and a few variations of journaling pages.  You can download my October journal pages here if you'd like!
October Journal Pages

Miss Janes at Miss Third Grade is giving away three books!  I know I could use them in my classroom library!  Go to her blog to enter to win!