Next, we played a "Find Someone Who" game with Miss Wencel's side. The kiddos raced to see who could fill up their paper first. I learned that Brooke Patee sometimes rides the bus home and that Draisyn Lea has one older sister. It was a CRAZY time in third grade as kiddos raced around trying to get all of the boxes on their paper filled. We had FOUR lucky winners who celebrated their victory with some DELICIOUS pixie sticks! Not only were they racing, but by playing they learned a lot of really neat things about their classmates.
After that game, we played a MAKE ME THINK "beat the clock" game and boy let me tell ya, they did have to put their listening skills to the test to try and get through this game. We rushed around trying to turn the lights off, find the tv screen, high five a friend, trade chairs with the teacher, and all sorts of other things that proved we were paying attention during the classroom tour and that we knew were things in third grade could be found. We were able today to get the game completely played in 8 minutes and 32 seconds. Our goal is to be able to finish it in less then 2 minutes which I am 100% sure they will be ABLE to do before FRIDAY! Tomorrow we will try it again!
Kai Klein was our first kiddo to share his RED BAG of goodies and we learned so much about him from the things he shared! His baseball team won TONS and I mean TONS of games this summer! He loves baseball, wrestling, and dirt bike riding. His wrestling medals were absolutely AMAZING and he even taught us how to put someone in a CRADLE! Better watch out for Kai! I think his FUTURE is VERY BRIGHT! Tomorrow it will be someone else's turn to share their bag of goodies!
This afternoon we read the story "Each Kindness" which is a WONDERFUL story about a young girl who realizes that even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference. The book compares people's acts to the ripples made in a pool of water when a pebble is dropped. The kiddos really identified with how the ripples just keep getting bigger and bigger as they spread through the pool and then they were able to think of all kinds of things they could do to make a difference in our classroom, in our school, and even at home. After they each dropped a pebble in our small bowl of water and shared a way they have been kind to someone, we made a YUMMY friendship salad to share. We added in all kinds of good things to our salad like yogurt as great third graders, strawberries as kindness, blueberries as caring and so on until it was all mixed up for us to enjoy! I tried to trick them into letting me throw in a ROTTEN banana, but right away one of them told me that even that banana could make some REALLY GOOD banana bread so you know what, we talked about how RIGHT that is. Even when we make a mistake, much like the rotten banana, we have a chance to MAKE IT RIGHT and turn that mistake in to something absolutely SPLENDID!
Tonight there is NO HOMEWORK. Just please be sure to get signed up for our CLASSROOM REMIND so that you can receive all of my texts! Tomorrow is our THIRD day of THIRD grade CELEBRATION and I am soooo excited for them to wear their SPECIAL shirts home! Have a TERRIFIC evening!