Now with that being said... sometimes I can not help being gone. This week was a crazy week for sure. I spent Thursday in Wichita learning TONS of information we can use to make Ike even better then it already is. Then on Friday I had to miss half a day to take my husband to the doctor. I was back after lunch though which was definitely nice for me!
The report Ms. Wright left was great and that made me super happy, but Mrs. Brill had to let me know that we were very talkative and somewhat disrespectful which was not good at all. Yesterday, the first thing we did after lunch was to have a short family meeting about our behavior. I had to explain that, even when I am not here, I expect the kiddos to follow our classroom rules and procedures. Some of them were trying to help, I think , but I shared with them that they DO HAVE to let the substitutes be in charge. I have a lot of kiddos very willing to help out which is great but they have to be careful that they are not taking over or HIJACKING the classroom by monopolizing the entire day! I think after our family meeting we ALL understand the expectations and how to handle themselves if and when I have to be gone.
In the morning they were able to take their SPELLING TESTS and what do you know... 15 of them scored a 100%! That is AWESOME!!! I may have to reevaluate our lists a bit. I want to be sure I am challenging their BRAINS and these scores show me we are thinking like real GENIUSES even when it is not genius hour! I LOVE it!!
They were also able to take their very first MULTIPLICATION timed test. 5 people in our room were paid $5 for passing their 2's! Those 5 will be moving on to 4's next week! EXCITING STUFF in third grade! I am very proud of how hard they ALL tried on this! Taking a test that is timed can FREAK a person out for sure, but giving your best effort is all I ask and I know EVERY week EVERYONE will improve their score. These do NOT go in my gradebook, they are just a skill we are working on mastering before the END of third grade!
In the afternoon, we worked on our estimation page. YIKES! Miss Jamison's side has won the estimation jar candy the last 3 weeks in a row! We have got to step it up. For this activity there is a jar with candy in it and the kiddos have to make an estimate, guessing how much candy is in the jar. The winner gets to take the candy home with them on Friday. Any time you have a chance to practice estimating at home would be good practice. Maybe estimate how many fruitloops are in a baggie and then count them to see how close you are. You could also estimate how many cups of noodles it takes to fill a snack size baggie and then count to see how close you are. That's only a couple of ideas for you to practice. Hopefully this next week someone from our side can WIN!
After that we moved in to BARTERING. We learned all about making a INVESTMENT, TRADING with one another at a MARKETPLACE, and what happens when we don't listen to directions. Miss Jamison and I had purchased 50 items and the kiddos each got one of those items to take to our marketplace. When they arrived at the market they were allowed to trade with only one person and then they had to take their item to a holding spot. The kiddos had to trade because at this market they had not made the INVESTMENT themselves but were trading items they had been given by us. After one trade they were to go to the holding spot and stay there until everyone had traded. Then, we did it all over again. Our goal was to PRACTICE coming to market and making THREE trades before we had the item we were taking home. We had read all about a young man who started with a simple RED PAPERClIP and ended with a HOUSE so we thought this BARTERING thing sounded pretty cool and wanted to try it ourselves. The trouble started when people DID NOT LISTEN to the directions. Finally, after two trades and lots of confusion, I had to pick up the items from everyone and stop the activity. This made me very unhappy because I constantly am trying to find fun and engaging ways for the class to learn all about the concepts we are reading about. In our story, "What About Me" a young boy spends his time bartering with lots of different people so that he can receive KNOWLEDGE from a grandmaster. This is the perfect opportunity for us to set up a MARKETPLACE in our very own classroom. I told the kids that we would try this again on Tuesday. Hopefully then they will TRADE when and only when they are asked to. I KNOW THEY CAN DO IT! They just have to listen and follow directions.
To end the day we had our TECHNOLOGY PARTY for earning 10 LIKES on our status. We had earned our likes earlier in the week, but hadn't had a chance to party until today. We are working for 10 MORE LIKES so that we can set up one of PTA's BOUNCE HOUSES and play!
Have a GREAT weekend and don't forget NEW BRAIN BOOSTERS will be up on SUNDAY!