Wonders of Our World

We are beginning to learn about different countries.  We are interested in learning how we are the same and how we are unique.  We are really interested in learning how make it a better place through understanding and empathy .

We read a book called The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty Birney.  In it Eben accepts a challenge from his dad to find seven wonders in his small, rural town in seven days.  If he does, he’ll earn a trip to some place far away.  As we read the book we realized that a “Wonder” is only wonderful through the story and history that accompanies it.

We have been blogging for a few months and we are hoping to reach out to the world.  We are hoping for lots of help.  We are hoping to learn about the wonders of the countries we are researching from people who live there. We wrote letters on our blogs asking for help.  You can find them in the Student Blogs on the right.

Here are the countries we are researching: Liam – Japan, Emma – Thailand, Logan – Argentina, Sophia – Germany, Sutton – the United Kingdom, Ellia – China, Ella – Russia, Michael – Costa Rica, Mady – Italy, Olive – Canada, Cooper – India, Eddie – Madagascar, Ryan – Mexico, Charlie – Turkey, Gabriel – Spain and Hayley – France.

If you can help us, or have friends from the different countries we are researching, please open our blogs and  leave a comment at the bottom.  Please share our search with friends you think might be able to help.

Thank you!  3E

Secret Friend Celebration

What a wonderful celebration of friendship and kindness, of caring and appreciation, and of joy in giving and in receiving.

I wish you  all could have been here to see the joy on each of the children’s faces, first as they gave their gift, and then as they received the gift that had been made especially for them.  “Oh, how did you do that?”  “I love it!”  “Oh, you made that!  How did you do it?.”  “Thank you so much!”  3E is truly a wonderful place to be!  Here are some photos of the day.  I hope you’ll be able to catch a glimmer of the happiness that filled our classroom of friends.  Thank you!


Camp Lincoln – an awesome field trip

Today’s post was written by all the students in 3E:  Liam, Emma, Logan, Sophia, Ellia, Ella, Michael, Mady, Olive, Cooper, Eddie, Ryan, Charlie, Gabriel and Hayley

Here’s what we did at Camp Lincoln.  When we got there, we were excited because we were going to be there all day!

Mowgli welcomed us to Camp Lincoln at the picnic tables.  We followed him to the sports field.  He had us make a big circle with our entire grade.  We played a game about well we listen.  He also taught us a game called Knee Tag.  In Knee Tag you are safe if you put your hands on your knees.  When your hands are on your knees you can’t move.  Mowgli and Riptide also led us in the Clap, Jump, Spin and Run game.  It was lots of fun too.

After the games we went on a nature walk with Wolf. First, we visited the farm animals.  We saw chickens, ducks, goats and sheep.  Then, we found plants we could eat.  We found wintergreen and Indian cucumbers.  The wintergreen tasted and smelled like root beer!.  To find an Indian cucumber, look near water.  Be careful when looking for the Indian cucumber.  Dig around the stem and you will find a white root!  Clean it off  and taste it!  It tasted like a carrot!   After that, we made Nature Tea.  We used hot water, wintergreen leaves, and pine needles.  Some of us thought it was delicious, and some of us through it was yucky!  Finally, we reached the Point.  There were trees that had been struck by lightning.  They had stripes and broken branches.  We had lots of fun on our nature walk.  “AROOH!!!”

For the third part of our day, we began playing a game like Red Light, Green Light to steal a counselor, Riptide’s keys.  Once we got his keys we “drove” to the “zoo.”  We crossed a rickety-rockety bridge over a swamp to get there.  Once we got to the “zoo” we sorted out our animal names by size:  small, medium, and large.  We didn’t like the orders at the zoo, so we ran away.  We (the animals) had to cross over a “peanut butter pit,” but first we had to get the rope.  We made a lasso out of our sweatshirts to reach it. When we had the rope we had to swing across to escape the zookeepers.  There was only one tiny boat for all of us to fit on.  We swung across one at a time.  We huddled together like penguins on the boat so everyone was safe.  Our escape was a success.  And our adventure was lots of fun!

Camp Lincoln was fun because we got to do so many different activities and game.  It was a great day!

Thank You!

Thanks to your kind generosity our Animal Awesomeness event was able to raise $700.09.  We will send this money to the World Wildlife Fund to support threatened and endangered animals.

Here are the Animal Awesomeness Raffle Winners:

  • Fox Journal – Joe from KC
  • Hippo Journal – Carson from 5 Mc
  • Tiger Journal – Nolan from 5 Mc
  • Turtle Journal – Vera from 1N
  • Cheetah Head Journal -Estella from 1G
  • Red Panda Journal – Elena 1G
  • Lion Journal – Alex from 3 E
  • Sloth Journal – Eily from 3M
  • Lion Profile Journal – Ian, Mrs. Coronato’s son
  • Shark Journal – Joe from KC
  • Giraffe Journal – Corbin from 3E
  • Lion Head Journal – the Martinos from 5Mc and 5M
  • Books by Gina Perry – Joey from PreK
  • Books by Nicola Davies – Lexi from 3M
  • Panorama and Outside Your Window books Terra from December’s family

We are beyond thrilled and wondering what our next Good Deed might be.

The Good Deed Club presents Animal Awesomeness

Our first major study of the year is an integrated exploration of habitats and animals.  We traveled to a zoo and then created our own classroom zoo. In the middle of the research process the students began to realize many, many of the animals they were learning about were threatened or endangered.  They discovered that the loss of one animal – no matter how large or small – changes the world forever.  And they realized this change is never good.  They decided they wanted to do something to make a difference.  But what?

At home one night, Emily wondered if the class would join her in starting The Good Deed Club.  The next morning she asked and a few classmates agreed to meet and talk during recess. In a few week’s time, seventeen third graders had joined, decided their first mission would be to help animals and began meeting weekly to plan.

From those first November talks they ideas began to take shape.  They decided they would invent games and activities with an animal theme and invite the school community to an event.  Every time someone played a game, they’d get at least one ticket for a raffle.  They met with the principal to share their plans and got the okay.  They created fliers about the event to send home and post around the school.

They planned and created The Sloth Lounge – for parents to rest in after a long day, Animal Safari, Pin-the-Tail on the Wildebeest, Red Panda Pie Face, Animal Chairs, Cotton-topped Tamarin Bowling, a Feed the Animals Obstacle Course and Toss The Poison Dart Frog.  When the games were done they created animal-themed journals for the raffle and decorations for walls.

At last, after four months of planning and making, they set up Animal Awesomeness in the gymnasium and hoped people would come.  They did!  For an hour the gym was filled with families playing games, winning tickets, taking chances in the raffle and most importantly helping the Good Deed Club change the world!

The commitment, effort and creativity of these seventeen third graders was on view for all to see.  Their pride and joy filled the room.  Thank you all for celebrating Animal Awesomeness  and helping the Good Deed Club’s dream come true.

Celebrating Dot Day

We had a wonderful day celebrating International Dot Day.  This is a day focusing on creativity, building confidence and sharing this important message with the world.  Here’s how we made our mark.

We began the day by each making a quarter of a dot.  Altogether we made four unique dots.  Next we worked from a menu of activities.  We drew personal dots, dotted dots, made magnet and button dots, painted a giant dot and created swirly gold frames for our own special dots.




















We created pendant dots and window dots that had to be left behind for the weekend.  They’re waiting for their creators along with our completed Dot Gallery.  I can’t wait until 3E comes to school on Monday to see how wonderful their “marks” look altogether.




I hope you’ll be able to stop in too.

Miles’ mom created a dot for the Celebri-dots Gallery.  Isn’t that COOL!


A 3rd Grade Celebration

Your children did a wonderful job leading the school in a Celebration of the States.  They ran the whole assembly from the introduction, through the slideshow of past floats, to the singing of The 50 States that Rhyme, on to a rousing Rally of the States and finishing with the whole school singing America the Beautiful.  They were practiced, prepared and proud.  Everyone agreed it was fun to do!  Enjoy these bits and pieces:

Here Are Some Floats Examples

Here are some floats from the Parade of the States – 2016, 2015 and 2014.  We hope these samples will inspire some fabulous ideas of your own.  Some of the floats are on wagons, others are on coolers and still others are on skateboards or scooters.  Floats can also be worn by the float builder themselves.

Dear Families and 3E

This post has been written by  Megan, a practicum student from North Hampton and Endicott College.

What an amazing three weeks! For those of you who do not know me, my name is Megan Whitten and I have spent the last three weeks in Mrs. Eaves classroom completing my first internship. I was fortunate enough to have had

eganMrs. Eaves as my second grade teacher just 12 years ago. I attend Endicott College in Beverly, Mass where I study Elementary Education. I have had the absolute best three weeks in this classroom. You have all taught me so much and I could not be more grateful for that. The energy and excitement in this classroom made it that much more fun to be apart of.

You are all such awesome kids and I am so lucky to have gotten to know you all!

I will be sure to visit this spring! 🙂 Miss you all already!


It’s Monday – here are some books you might like to read!

Happy 1st day of Summer.  It’s an extra special  first day because the full moon, the Strawberry Moon, is happening on the same day as the Summer Solstice.  It won’t happen again for another 70 years.  I hope you get to see it.

JamesIt was also a special day for our family.  I didn’t get any books read.  I didn’t get any thank you notes written.  I didn’t watch any birds, but I did get to welcome this little guy into the world.  I’d like you to meet James, the newest member of our family.  So yes, Max and Seamus, I am a grandma now.