📚Monday Reading!📖

I’ve got some great books to share! 📕A year ago I was listening to a radio interview of a person who had just won millions of dollars on Jeopardy. The interviewer asked the winner how he knew so much about so many things and he answered, “I read about 5 nonfiction picture books every day. 📙All the important facts are included in picture books ~ and they’re interesting.”  Of course, I may not have the exact quote, but the gist is there.

You can learn about anything.  📗 Just read a book!  Here are some I think you’ll enjoy!  I learned a lot from each one.

WHOOSH! ~ Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton started with a drawing activity.  People attending a seminar were asked to draw a scientist.  Most of them drew someone resembling Albert Einstein ~ white haired, white men in lab coats.  Chris Barton wanted to change that stereotype.  With a little research he discovered Lonnie Johnson, a rocket scientist who also invented the Super-Soaker.  The end flap says: “Lonnie Johnson was always building things.  As a kid he made rockets.  As a teenager he built a robot from scratch.  As an adult he worked for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the Galileo orbiter and probe that studied Jupiter.  And then one day while hooking up his latest invention to the bathroom sink … whoosh!  Water shot across the room.  ‘This would make a great water gun,’ Lonnie thought. ” And so it began

Here’s the story of a man who was always interested in how and why things work.  He was always curious and creative.  He was always  inventive and independent.  He was always encouraged to try.  He still is to this day!  Lonnie Johnson’s story of innovation and creativity continues to unfold.  While inventing, he always makes time to encourage the efforts of tomorrow’s scientists and engineers ~ that might be you!

Have you ever wondered where chocolate comes from?  Did you know that it begins in the rainforest?  In the rainforest, every creature from the pollen-sucking midge to the aphid-munching anole to the brain-eating coffin fly is connected to your chocolate bar.  Read No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart and Allen Young to discover the complex web of life that is behind that delicious chocolatey truffle melting on your tongue.

In All Different Now ~ Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom, author Angela Johnson shares the story she imagined for her great grandparents.  They were the people in sepia photograph she admired in her grandmother’s home in Alabama.  They had been born slaves.  In this book she imagines the moment of their emancipation.

E. B. Lewis, the illustrator of this story, describes it as his greatest challenge to date.  He shares his process of creating reference photographs to guide his illustrations.  He writes:  “Arriving at a local park direct from the airport, I felt as though I’d walked into the nineteenth century.  Students, teachers, parents, babies … were all dressed in clothing they had researched and provided themselves, ready to pose for their roles.  After an entire day of photographing, the fun easy part was done.”

Next he translated those into images to beautifully interpret the story of a little girl who goes to sleep one day – a day that has been just like all her other days.  She wakes in the same bed the next day to discover everything is different and nothing will be the same again.  The story is supported by a short history of Juneteenth celebrations and a timeline to help readers understand  the final outcome of the Civil War – emancipation process.

“Fractions are at birthday parties.  Fractions are at football games.  Fractions are in shoe stores.  Fractions are in clothing stores.  People use fractions to tell time. People often use fractions.  Fractions are everywhere.”  If you’re not sure this is true, read Working With Fractions by David Adler.  In this book you’ll learn what fractions are and how to understand them.  To demonstrate that fractions are everywhere, Adler shares all the ways you can use them to describe things you find at a birthday party.  You’ll be reminded about numerators and denominators, halves, wholes and equivalent fractions.  Would you rather have 1/12 or 1/15 of your favorite kind of cake?  Not sure?  Read Working With Fractions to find out.

You can find a nonfiction picture book about everything and anything.  📘Read widely enough, and maybe you’ll be the next multi-million dollar winner on your favorite game show.  Who knows?📚Why not!

✏️Friday Quick Writes📝

Tomorrow is the first day of summer!  Here are some summer inspired prompts.  Have fun writing.  Maybe you’ll even share it on your blog.

Describe your idea summer day from start to finish.  Use as much detail as you can.

List 3 things you’d like to accomplish this summer.  How will you make sure they get done?

Would you rather go swimming in the ocean, in a lake or in a pool?  Why?  Tell your favorite swimming story.

Write a poem describing the way summer makes you feel.

What your favorite summer treat?  What makes is so delicious?

Other ~ write about something that interest you right now.

🔢 Wednesday Math🔺◼️🔵

Let’s explore patterns today.  We’ll start with number patterns.  Write the next number in the number sequence.  Then name the rule for each pattern

Example:  3, 6, 9, 12, 15, _____  

Answer: 18. The rule is: +3

2 , 6 , 10 , 14 , 18 , _____

31 , 29 , 27, 25 , 23 , _____

5 , 14 , 23 , 32 , 41 , 50 , _____

123, 112, 101, 90, 79, _____

4, 7, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, _____

331, 324, 317, 310, 303, _____

13, 21, 29, 37, 45, 53, _____

Draw the next figure in each repeating pattern.

📚Monday Reading! 📖

📚Why do you read?

📕I read for fun.  📙I read to learn.  📒Sometimes while I’m reading, I discover myself in the pages and realize I am not alone in my thoughts and feelings.  📗Sometimes while I’m reading, I’m challenged or inspired to change.  📘Other times when I am reading, I begin to wonder and question and that brings me to new things to read.  📖How about you?📚

Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston is one of my favorite read-alouds.  It’s a book to read for fun.  It’s an exciting adventure with an unexpected ending and the entire story – all 283 pages – is written in rhyme.

As you read you’ll discover how Katrina Katrell and Mortimer Yorgle join together on a quest to discover what has happened … “They’ve all disappeared – no one knows what to do!  They’ve vanished – the Zorgles of Zorgamazoo!”

Listen to that start of the book.  I bet you’ll be hooked ~ go on, read the rest of the book.  You’ll be really glad you did.

Barbara Kerley said in the Author’s Note that a medallion inspired by this photograph of Walt Whitman, inspired her to write Walt Whitman – Words for America.  She writes that she thought the expression on his face was so thoughtful and joyful and alive that she had to learn more.  She did, and focused this picture book biography on Walt Whitman’s commitment to keeping the United States united during the Civil War.  What a comfort he must have been to soldiers and their families.  What a comfort he was to his country as he composed word sharing his deep appreciation for everyone and everything old and young, weak and strong, and foolish and wise.  One man’s passion for words and country, led him to create  inspired poetry demonstrating that there are many ways celebrate a nation and express love and appreciation for your country.

In 2010 there was a giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (it’s effects are still felt today) that radically changed the ecosystem there and that’s when I first heard about Olivia.   She wrote this letter to the Audubon Society – a group dedicated sharing the wonders of birds and protecting them and their habitats.  Olivia wanted to be the voice of the birds.  She wanted to raise money to help the water and shore birds impacted by this disaster.  She did, but she has not stopped there.  She wrote and illustrated Olivia’s Birds – Saving the Gulf – the proceeds from the sale of the book continue to support Audubon Society’s mission.  Through the book, she shares her interest and special talent in order to bring about positive change in our world.  I hope she inspires you to do the same.

You have remarkable talents!  Let them shine!

💕Mrs. Eaves

✏️Friday Quick Writes📝

Father’s Day is coming next weekend!  Let’s celebrate DADS with these quick writes.

  • Something special I can do for my dad on Father’s Day is…
  • My dad’s perfect Father’s Day would be…
  • Choose 5 words to describe your dad.  Why do each of these words come to mind?
  • Write about your ideal summer day with your dad.  What does it include?
  • Write a poem celebrating your dad.
  • Other ~ write about any topic you choose.

Make sure to thank your dad for all he does and make sure he knows how special he is to you!

Wednesday Math

Do you remember talking about equivalence?  Do you remember when we talked about balancing equations?  Remember = doesn’t mean “find an answer.” Balancing equations can be a challenge, but we can do them if we slow down and think about our math process.

Maybe you’d like to practice with your family.  Balance is the key.  Here’s one example as a reminder:

6 + ? = 32 ÷ 4. One side of the equation has an unknown.  The other side doesn’t.  Start there.  Think about what you know about ÷/x fact families and you know 32÷4 = 8

So that means:  6+ ? = 8

6 + 2 = 8 

So 2 fills the blank.

Here are some equations for you:

8 x _____ = 4 x 10

21 – 6 = 5 x _____

5 +_____ = 18 ÷ 2

7 + 4 = 5 + _____

35 ÷ 7 = _____ +5

16 – 7 = 3 x ____

_____ – 4 = 9 x 2

Have fun challenging your thinking in new ways.  If you want, leave your own equation in a comment for us to solve.

📚Monday Reading 📚

Here are some books you might enjoy ~

📖 The Friendship Garden series Jenny Meyerhof by begins with Green Thumbs Up.  It is a realistic fiction series with science and social activism mixed in.

Anna has moved from green upstate New York to gray Chicago.  Everything is dull, bland and lonely until a 3rd grade class project leads Anna to Shoots and Leaves, the community garden.  Anna loves gardening.  It takes some work, but she finally convinces Reed and Kaya that they should form a school gardening club.

One thing leads to another and soon Anna has many garden friends, delicious fresh food and lots to celebrate.  After all, almost everything you need to learn about science and life can be learned around a garden.

📖 The first in a still growing series,  The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands is a suspenseful fantasy adventure of friendship and intrigue set in 1665.  It is challenging time to live, but Christopher Rowe has found comfort in his life.  He has been accepted as an apothecary’s apprentice, with hope that he can one day be part of the Guild.  He is lucky to have this position because he is an orphan (who cares about orphans) AND because his master, Benedict Blackthorn, is kind and caring.

Christopher feels his luck everyday as he works beside his master to prepare medicines and salves, potions and ointments.  His best friend, Tom Bailey, is beaten and shamed everyday by his dad.  He, on the other hand, is encouraged and questioned, given books of all kinds to read and taught lessons helping him to explore new ideas.

Christopher learns it is his duty to find ways to make the world a better place.   But others challenge this notion.  A mysterious cult is in search of something they believe the apothecaries have.  They will stop at nothing to reach their goal and so, one by one, are murdering the apothecaries.

The day after Christopher’s birthday, the day after he solves the mystery of his puzzling gift, and the day after Benedict Blackthorn fall prey to the cult, Christopher receive a cryptic warning.  He must break the code and uncover the key to a terrible secret that could tear the world to apart in the wrong hands.

This story is full of exciting adventure and heart-stopping suspense.  You’ll be eagerly turning pages to the very end.  One thing is certain – nothing is as it seems.  Even when you get to the end some questions remain.  What would you do in Christopher’s place?

📖 You’ll also enjoy The Silver Jaguar Society mysteries by Kate Messner.  In the first, Capture the Flag,  Anna, Jose and Henry come together save The Star Spangled Banner (yes, the real one that flew over Fort McHenry in the War of 1812) before it is lost forever.  It’s an exciting adventure that happens in the Washington DC airport when all flights are canceled by a spring snowstorm.  The good guys and the bad guys are all trapped together which makes for some pretty tense moments and some very creative thinking.


Your Mark is Indelible

👋🏻💕☀️Keep making your mark!  The world needs more of your caring, creative and inspired determination.🌎💗🎉 You are an amazing class! 











































































This year may not have been all that we wanted, but I am grateful to have spent this time with you.  You are incredible!  Thank you. 🤟🏽💗🥳 Happy Summer!

🥳🎉😢Our Last Day ~ Thursday, June 4🥰🙌🏼😃

👋🏻I posted a whole day, but usually the last day of school is a half day. Pick and choose what you’d most like to do.  I hope you will read each other’s blogs and leave comments.  So far Max, Elena, Sophie, Katherine, Vera, Edward, Brady, May and Van have completed their state post.  (And I know a lot of you are almost there too! ~ Keep checking.) They’ve done some thoughtful research and writing.  Van posted his mystery.  It’s long, but creative and really good.  Landin, Sophie, Katherine, May, Anna and Brady have left you messages inspired by Say Something!  Please let them know what you think.  And finally, I hope you will make time to listen to Be You! and the song For Good. 🤟🏽🤗💗

👋🏻☀️🌎Good Morning! Oh my! There are so many things to share  ~ and that doesn’t include all the usual things like ~ The Name Game, math projects with Mrs. Douglas, chapter read-aloud, inquiry, magazine writing… Here is our door illustrating the poem, Ring Around the World by Annette Wynne and pictures from our Secret Friend Celebration and from 3E’s Inquiry Wonderland.

Morning Work – Thanks for continuing our morning gratitude practice. After seeing these pictures, what will you add to your Gratitude Jar today?💗

Please take some time to read each others blogs and leave a comment or two.  Thanks for staying connected!🙌🏼💕👊🏻

Morning Meeting–  Listen to Be You! and know that the mark you have left on my heart and what you have added to my life will be with me forever!

Take a break, get a snack and move around.

If you’d like, here is Go Noodle video: move to Celebrate.  Please listen to a favorite song. I’ve been thinking of it and you often this week.  It is from, Wicked and it is called For Good.  The words are for you.  Your handprint, is indeed, on my heart. ✋🏻💗🤚🏻 Because I’ve known you, I have been changed for good!

🌎 Social Studies and Reading📚

📖🇺🇸Shared Reading –  We’ll finish up reading about the country with The Scrambled States of America Talent Show. What part does your state have in the talent show?

Take a break, go outside, run around, sing,  play a game, make some art.📚

Independent ReadingKeep reading each and every day! Find a nice quiet place to read and enjoy at least 30 minutes with a great book.

At the end of reading, choose two or three things from the Book Talk Questions grid when you leave a comment about what you read today on the blog.📖

Go outside, have some lunch, play a game, practice your recorder.  Relax.

✏️Writer’s Workshop  – If you’ve got a writing project to finish, please work on that.   If you’d like to work on your state research and blog post, that’s a fine thing to do.📝

If you’re ready for a new writing idea, here are today’s Quick Writes:

  • What is something we did this year that you think you will remember for the rest of your life?
  • What are two or three things you hope you learn or do this summer?
  • What are the three most important things you learned this year?
  • If you were in the Summer Olympics, which sport(s) would you participate in?  Why?
  • You’ve been hired to build a water park.  What will it look like?   Describe the rides, shows, food, etc…
  • Other ~ what would you like to write about today?

Read the prompts, think for a minute or so, choose a topic and write for a full 10 minutes without stopping.  At the end of 10 minutes you choose – are you done, do you have a different idea, do you want to keep going.  It would be fun to see some of your writing on your blog this week.

🔢Math Workshop – Today try one of these Problem Searches – but only if it feels fun to you!  It is a word search type of puzzle, but with math equations hidden in the grid instead of words.  The problems only read forward. Searches with 1 have only horizontal and vertical equations.  Searches labeled with 2 also have diagonal equations.  These are surprisingly tricky.  Be patient with yourself! Try Multiplication Problem Search 1 or Multipliation Problem Search 2 .  Practice division with Division Problem Search 1 or Division Problem Search 2.   This is a super challenge with all 4 operations, horizontal, vertical and diagonal equations: All 4 Operations Problem Search

UA’s for today…

Spanish ~ I know Señora Murphy has posted some new lessons for you to explore.

And here’s a new message from Mrs. Oliver:

Dear Third Grade Families,

Thank you to everyone who has shared their child’s musical progress.  I have enjoyed hearing them play and seeing them.
I’ve uploaded a few pictures of some trees and flowers from my yard.  You can find beauty throughout this land of ours.  I hope you have some near you.
I hope you have a wonderful summer.  Please stay healthy.
Mrs. Oliver
🥳🎉🍦Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS! 🍦🎉🥳
Take care and be well. 🥰 Stay kind and connected!
Much love,
💗Mrs. Eaves
📚✏️🔢🌎 PS ~ Throughout the summer I plan to continue posting on the blog.  I’ll make some book recommendations on Monday, share math problems and puzzles on Wednesday and make quick write suggestions on Fridays.  Some of you may like that connection and some of you are DONE with school.  I understand both feelings.   You can continue to post on your blog too, if you’d like.🎶🎨🏊🏻‍♀️🚵🏻‍♀️

Our Day ~ Wednesday, June 3

👋🏻☀️🌎Good Morning! Here’s another fun accomplishment. Our Super Scientists Celebration! We conducted experiments to make raisins dance, create tie-dye milk and watch a Skittles’ rainbow appear in between presenting our Who Am I? projects. 

Morning Work – After looking at these pictures, what will you add to your Gratitude Jar today?💗

Take some time to read each others’ blogs and leave a comment or two.  Thanks for staying connected!🙌🏼💕👊🏻

Morning MeetingListen to Say Something.

Your voice matters!  What  message will you share?  What are your hopes and dreams? What would you like to say to your class?  With your art and words, create a mini-poster share with your classmates.  Take a picture of it and post it on your blog.  If you can’t do that, email it to me, and I will add it to a post it for you.

Let’s send each other off with grateful hearts and caring wishes.

If you’re not sure what this means, there is an example on my blog.💕🌎☀️  Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not strong enough, or smart enough or brave enough!  Look at what you have done this year in 3rd grade. 😎🤩🥳

Take a break, get a snack and move around.  If you’d like, here are two Go Noodle videos: move to Hip Hop Astronaut  and relax and reflect with Celebrate the Little Things.

🌎 Social Studies and Reading📚

📖🇺🇸Shared Reading –  Listen to Austin Lost In America.  What fun fact is shared about your state as Austin travels through it to find his forever home?

Take a break, go outside, run around, sing,  play a game, make some art.📚

Independent ReadingKeep reading each and every day! Find a nice quiet place to read and enjoy at least 30 minutes with a great book. Reading about your state counts during this time too! 🏜🇺🇸⛰🗽🤠  You might want to read one of your classmates’ state post.  Max, Sophie, Vera, Edward, and Brady have shared the Wonders of their states.

At the end of reading, choose two or three things from the Book Talk Questions grid when you leave a comment about what you read today on the blog.📖  If you read about your state.  Share an interesting fact.

Go outside, have some lunch, play a game, practice your recorder.  Relax.

✏️Writer’s Workshop  – If you’ve got a writing project to finish, please work on that.   If you’d like to work on your state research and blog post, that’s a fine thing to do.📝

If you’re ready for a new writing idea, here are today’s optional Quick Writes:

  • In what area of learning do you feel you made your biggest improvements?
  • What is something you taught your teacher of classmates this year?
  • What was the best piece of writing that you did this year?  Why do you think it is your best?
  • Imagine you are going to build the world’s largest sandcastle. What would it look like?  Who would you ask to help you?
  • If the power went out this summer what would you do?  How would you stay cool?  What would you do without TV/electronics?
  • Other ~ whatever topic you’d like to write about today.

Read the prompts, think for a minute or so, choose a topic and write for a full 10 minutes without stopping.  At the end of 10 minutes you choose – are you done, do you have a different idea, do you want to keep going.  It would be fun to see some of your writing on your blog this week.

🔢Math Workshop – Start with this warm-up Multiplication, Division and Perimeter Practice and Operations and Equations.   

Next, here are today’s problems to choose from.  These are all solved with multiplication.  See if there are two that feel like just right challenges.   You can solve them in your journal or on a piece of paper.  It would be most helpful to put the color and the date the problem was posted.  Thanks!

Justin has a bike shop.  A new bicycle cost $215 dollars.  Justin sold 6 bicycles last week.  How much money did Justin make?

Brady and 5 of his friends went to the arcade.  They each one 215 tickets.  They wanted to get a badminton set for 1250 tickets.  Were they able to bring the badminton set home?

Katherine shot and arrow 50 yards.  Estella shot her arrow three times as far.  How far did Estella’s arrow go?

There are 13 M&M’s  in each mini-package of the candy.  How many M&M’s would there be if each student in 3E had their own bag?

A pencil costs 70¢.  How much do 18 pencils cost?

A family went on a road trip.  The car traveled 60 miles per hour for 7 hours.  How many miles did the family travel?  They were going on an 481 mile trip from North Hampton to Washington, DC.  How many more miles do they have to drive?

If you’ve worked through that, it’s definitely time for a game here at ABCya. Find a way to keep practicing your math facts in all four operations.

Dear 3E Friends,
Thank you so very much for letting me join in on your zoom meetings and blog. Even though I prefer to see you in person I enjoyed seeing your smiling faces and hearing your voices. Reading your posts allowed me to learn a lot about you that I didn’t know. All of you should be proud of how well you did with  remote learning. I hope summer brings you all you wish for. If you want a pen pal just email me at dvasconcellos@sau21.org
I look forward to spending time with you in 4th grade. It will be so much fun!!!
Ms. Vas💕

UA’s for today…

Spanish ~ I know Señora Murphy has posted some new lessons for you to explore.

Library ~ Here’ a note from Mrs. McCombs  about book returns and the online book fair:

This information relates to library book return.
Got Books – click on this link for directions from Mrs. McCombs about returning books
This is the library website ~ there are a log to reading resources there.
This information relates to the Book Fair
The book-fair is open through September 4 so you can get what you need for reading through the summer.  Here’s a second flier about the book fair.
2020 Scholastic Book Fair  from now through September 4
Any questions, send them my way.
Thank you
Mrs.  McCombs

🌎🇺🇸🏔I hope you’re having fun learning about your state. 🏜 I am looking forward to learning  about the places you recommend visiting! 🏕🛶🌲  Thanks for sending your DOT pictures along!

Thank you for all you do each day.!😀💐

👊🏻💕🙌🏼Mrs. Eaves