This week, I find myself pondering the fact that we only have 251/2 days of school left with students. This brings up my next pondering thought: What activities will we be doing to keep these students engaged during the last month of school? My answer is this: Projects!
Projects that are in the upcoming days include our biomes research on boreal and deciduous forests. We will be working in groups researching different items listed on a rubric and compiling our information into a green screen video production that the students will rehearse and record using the iPads. These presentations will be then compiled into an iMovie that will be shown to the 2nd grade classes so they have a taste of the exciting projects they will get to take part in next year! We will also be working diligently on another book report project. I left this one up to the students to work on starting next week. They can partner up or do on independently. Lots of time to do independent work will be provided for the students to stay engaged in their own learning...with my guidance of course!
Next Monday and Tuesday the students will be taking their Kansas State Reading Assessment in the morning...we hope the software glitches will be worked out at the state level by then! Grandparent's day for 3rd grade is also next week on Thursday. Quite the frenzy of activities in one week. Something to make us all appreciate the 3 day weekend, I suppose!
On April 25, the high school agricultural class will be hosting a county-wide Ag Day for all 3rd graders in Jefferson County. This will be on the south side of the Middle School by the ag building. A note will be sent home next week with permission forms to sign. It is FREE and you are more than welcome to come.
Progress reports come out next Thursday as well. Please keep in mind that if you child hasn't met 50% of their AR goal by then, they will be spending some time inside from recess reading. I have had some slacking on their goal this quarter. They need to understand that it is their job to finish the goal they set for themselves. I tell my students all the time that "No one ever regretted giving their best effort." I would like to believe that EVERYONE will reach their AR goal this quarter. Many opportunities to silent read are given to them in class throughout the week.
Have an awesome weekend and thanks for all you do,