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3rd Grade Gifted & Talented News

1st Quarter Highlights

We say it every year - but WOW - how time is flying! It is hard to believe we are through our first quarter of the 2013-2014 school year. I have enjoyed getting to know my new third graders and I'm thrilled with their excitement to learn!

As a reminder, your student attends my class for approximately 30 minutes per day as part of their ELA curriculum. Most of our work will be "project based"; however, you will occasionally see a "graded" paper come home. These grades are not included in their classroom grades, but are intended for students to become accustomed to my classroom expectations. When they are fourth graders, they will receive report cards from my class.

Below you will find highlights of our learning thus far. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for sharing your student with me!

Labor Day . . . When I Grow Up

We had a brief Labor Day project in which we enjoyed "Weird" Al Yankovic's book entitled When I Grow Up. We talked about important words that have to do with working: career, profession, skill, passion, and work ethic. Students then created a self-portrait / "mind map" of what they want to be when they grow up! My technological ineptness, prevented me from uploading their work samples in the correct orientation - but if you select one of the photos below, you should be able to get a closer look at their work. [ Tilt head to left ] *LOL* Note the education they thought they would need, along with what their passion and skills are!

Third Grade Angels

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Our first classroom novel was Jerry Spinelli's Third Grade Angels. We followed Sud's journey through his first month of Third Grade as he tried his best to obtain the coveted classroom Halo! Students then write essays on how they were going to earn THEIR HALO! Again - select a photo below to take a closer peek - tilt head to left!

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Patriot Day

The events of 9/11 are very important to me and I teach to the subject every year on many different levels, depending on the age of my students. In third grade, I tiptoe into the subject matter by sharing A. B. Curtiss' picture book The Little Chapel That Stood.

From, "Beautifully illustrated book tells of the historic chapel less than 100 yards from the Twin Towers that miraculously survived on 9-11. Firemen hung their shoes on the fence and raced to help the people in the towers: Oh what gallant men did we lose/Who never came back to get their shoes. The story of terror overcome by courage and bravery that teaches us no one is too small to make a difference."

Students then wrote and illustrated their own "Little Chapel" books. I was so please with how they turned out and I hope you enjoyed them as well. Below you'll find Amy reading her book aloud.

The Little Chapel That Stood
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The Witches

Tomorrow we will finish our latest book - Roald Dahl's The Witches. Students will have a Comprehension Test on Friday. They have been keeping a "Dictionary Detective" log along the way and have listened carefully, so I'm sure they will do well! Look for a "do at home" project Friday or Monday to wrap up this unit.