Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Whew! What a Start to Our Year!

Whew! I know it has been a while since I have posted anything and for that I apologize! We have been busy discovering new and exciting things in our classroom this school year and have not had time to update our blog!

In ELA we have been working on an integrated unit on Native Americans! We are having so much fun working through our novel study on Soft Rain, researching Native American tribes, culture, and legends, and preparing to create our very own Native American exhibits! In the meantime, check out some of our work so far this year! I have also included a few great articles with Reading tips and so much more! :) Enjoy!

Reading Rockets- Third Grade Reading Tips 

Helping Your Child with Social Studies 

Writing Tips for Parents

Calling All Readers! We have been busy reading books and writing book reviews! For this assignments students read Just Right books and practiced recounting stories! They described the Main Character, problem, solution, their favorite part of the story as well as a general book review! Here are just a few.....

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Welcome Back to School!

Well hello there and welcome back to school! :) I hope everyone had a wonderful first day back! I am super excited for this school year and I hope that you are too! Here are a few back to school tips for you all! :)
   1. Make sure students are getting to bed on time!
                       During the summer, children aren’t always on a schedule. But, proper rest is essential for a healthy and productive school year. Help your child be successful this school year by incorporating a bedtime routine and sticking to it. Experts say children should get 8-9 hours of sleep each night for optimal brain function. 

   2. Be sure to stay in contact and communicate regularly with your child's teacher. 
                      Education is a team effort. Contact your child’s teachers at the start of the school year. Get acquainted with them and let them know you want to be an active partner in helping your student to learn and grow. Plan to keep track of your child’s subjects, homework, activities and progress throughout the school year. And, consider serving on your local PTA or joining other parent groups that engage with and support your child’s school. 
     3. Provide children with healthy meals throughout the day. 
                         Hungry kids can’t concentrate on learning, so good nutrition plays an important role in you child’s school performance. Studies show that children who eat healthy, balanced breakfasts and lunches do better in school. Fix nutritious meals at home, and, if you need extra help, find out if your family qualifies for any Child Nutrition Programs. 

      4. Set up a homework routine and study area.
                 Set up a special place at home to do school work and homework. Remove distractions. Make it clear that education is a top priority in your family: show interest and praise your child’s work. Have the expectation that your child will complete their homework each and every night. If your child needs help, guide them in the right direction, but do not directly give your child the answers or take the pencil from their hand. 

       5. Read with your child for at least 20 minutes each night (even weekends). 
                   Reading is a huge part of student success. Your example reinforces the importance of literacy and reading lets you and your child explore new worlds of fun and adventure together.

Tips are from of Diondra Hicks Blog Entry and all rights belong to her. More information can be found here.  

Friday, May 30, 2014

Historic Charleston Field Study!

Recently we went on a field study to Historic Charleston where we learned all about the American Revolution! There, we went back in time to 1781 and explored British Occupied Charles Town. We secretly enlisted into the Patriot Army, learned to drill and fire cannons, toured the Provost Dungeon where some of our fellow soldiers were being held, met some famous South Carolinians from our past, and learned social graces and party etiquette at the Old Exchange. Check out some of our pictures that made it back through our time travels! :)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Upcoming Spelling Bee!

Hi There!

Since our Annual Killian Spelling Bee is coming up on May 19th, we will be having our class Spelling Bee on May 12th to discover who will represent our homeroom! Students are super excited about these events and so am I! If you would like to review our Third Grade Content Words that may be used in our Spelling Bee, just click here. Please encourage your child to review and study these words and their meanings for Monday! :)

Have a GREAT weekend!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Test Prep! :)

               Test taking can be very stressful for all parties involved! With our upcoming SC PASS test, I wanted to share with you all some tips for how to make this as stress-free as possible! This is a time for students to celebrate what they have learned this year and show what they know! Check out the tips below for both parents and students! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Reading Tips and Activities to Do At Home!

Here is an excerpt from the article I sent home this week with our weekly newsletters. The full article can be found at Scholastic's Parent Website. Please read and try out some of these great ideas at home to help your student grow and blossom as a reader! I would love to know what works and if you have any ideas or suggestions.... please send them my way! :) Have a GREAT weekend! 

  • Reading Tip for Parents: What’s “Just Right”? Children feel confident and competent when they read books that are “just right.” But how do you find a “just right” book? Have your child read the back and front cover, and first page of the book. If there are more than five words that he cannot pronounce or understand in context, the book may be too challenging. Be supportive about finding a more perfect fit. Choosing the right book will help your little reader feel successful.
  • Reading Tip for Parents: Map it Out  It’s important to provide your child with a variety of fiction and non-fiction reading. A fun way to do this is to get a map and show them the way from your house to the grocery store or another familiar destination. Have your child write out the directions, street by street, and then read them to you as you walk or drive to the store – like a living GPS!
  • Reading Tip for Parents: Card Tricks  Do you think effective reading only takes place at libraries and book stores? Think again! There are reading opportunities everywhere. Go to a greeting card store with your child and read the greeting cards together. Later, vote for the ones whose words convey the best birthday wish or get-well sentiment.
  • Reading Tip for Parents: Picture This!  During your next outing or gathering, take action-packed photos, then have your child create captions to go with each picture. Assemble the pictures and captions in a picture book or album, and add speech and thought bubbles to create a personalized – and probably hysterical -- graphic novel.
  • Reading Tip for Parents: Last Comic Standing  Take time to read comic strips together. Share favorites from your own childhood and have your child put his favorites on the fridge. Read them aloud, and often -- repetition is a great way to build reading skills. Soon, he’ll love looking forward to the “Sunday funnies” each week.
  • Reading Tip for Parents: Become a Fan  Your child will soon develop a love for particular authors and illustrators. Nurture her fan-ship by helping her write a letter to her favorite author. Many authors have their own websites with contact information, but here’s a great place to start your search ( You can also contact the book’s publisher, the mailing address for which can often be found on the back of the title page or on the publisher’s Web site.
  • Reading Tip for Parents: Labels of Love  Word recognition and vocabulary are important parts of reading. On a rainy day, get some paper and tape and start labeling everything in your home -- from furniture to small knick-knacks. Reading these labels repeatedly will build your child’s mental word bank. If your family is bilingual, create labels in both languages.
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Mystery Readers Wanted!

Calling all Readers! 

It is not too late to sign up as a Mystery Reader! Students love seeing their loved ones make a visit to their classroom to share a favorite story! We are still looking for parents, siblings, and community members to join us as Mystery Readers! If you are interested, please fill out and submit the Google form below or e-mail Mrs. Frederick directly! WE LOVE having guest readers! And we would really love to have YOU!