Monday, November 24, 2014


We've been using the Socrative Program in room 16. This allows me to engage students in a variety of educational activities and use real time responses to instantly assess their understanding of the content. Students complete the quiz or series of questions on the mini ipad and the results are projected on the Smartboard. (Names of individual students are never shown to the group.) A discussion follows every Socrative event where students have opportunities to explain their thinking and respond to their peers.

Miss Barton's Last Day

Friday was Miss Barton's last day. She spent 12 weeks in our classroom student teaching. As you can see from this picture, the kids didn't want her to leave and gave her a group hug along with a goodbye party. The good news is she will be returning to Wheeler shortly as the Wellness Tutor. These third graders are thrilled that they will still get to see her everyday!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mini ipads

Students use mini ipads several times per day for various assignments or activities. Here students are practicing basic facts using the "Xtra-Math" program.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Native American Research and Projects

We traveled to the Pequot Museum to learn about Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands. The highlight of the trip was the tour of the village depicting life as a Native American in the 1600's in the month of August. We are now continuing our research in school. Third graders are working collaboratively to learn more about Native American shelters, clothing, tools, farming, fishing, and families. Students are reading both print and electronic sources and taking notes. They are using a shared Google Document to enter key information into a table. In addition, they are searching for images that match their topics as they will be creating a movie to share all they have learned this week.

Veteran's Day

We celebrated Veteran's Day with a special ceremony at the start of the school day. Hopefully you were able to join us. We then made poppy flowers out of tissue paper while we discussed the significance of Nov. 11th.

I made a poppy as red as red can be,
To help me remember all who have fought for me!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Last Friday, October 31st, 3rd graders participated in two hands-on experiments that demonstrated the difference between physical and chemical change. These concepts are part of our unit of study on matter.