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! ūüôā Miss you all already!

Megan

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.

Author, George O’Connor, In Exeter

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– NEWS FLASH –

Many of the readers in our classroom have been enjoying the graphic novels created by George O’Connor who retells Greek myths. ¬†He is speaking at Water Street Bookstore next week. ¬†He will be there on Tuesday, March 29 at 5:00pm. ¬†The attached link shares details from the bookstore about visit and what you might learn and see. ¬†It looks like a great opportunity. ¬†I can’t wait. ¬†Maybe I’ll see some of you there.

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The Joy of Sharing With Friends

Celebrating Friends

On our last day of school in 2015 we had our Secret Friend Celebration.  We made gifts and wrote something special for each other so that everyone knows they are an important part of 3E.  Some friends wrote poems.  Some wrote letters and still others wrote stories.  Some friends created sculptures.  Some created paintings, while others created bracelets and even games.  Having great friends and a caring class is a wonderful gift indeed!  Enjoy our celebration.

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Science Is So Cool

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We went to the S.E.E. Museum in Manchester on Friday, December 18.  We explored Slimy Science in the lab.  We went on a scavenger hunt through the robotic dinosaur display.  And we learned some about about the powers of force and motion, magnetism and light, electricity and simple machines while we explore the museum displays.  We had a great time.  Here are some of our favorite parts from the day:

The Van de Graaff generator was cool.  You put your hand on the ball and a rubber band was spinning in it.  The static electricity that made would make your hair stick up when you shake your head.  It was cool when we got shocked.

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We liked making the silly putty because it was gooey and because we did it with our friends.  We used heat and pressure to turn liquids into a solid.

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We worked to be trustworthy.  My favorite part was seeing and touching the dinosaurs.  It was really fun!  The robotic dinosaurs were cool.

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We played with mirrors and lights and shadows. You pressed a button, a light flashed and it took a picture of your shadow.

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I liked the pulley chairs.

We got to build and create.  We went under and inside a kaleidoscope.

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A Quirky Celebration

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Mr. Intihar

     by Stella and Marianna

The important thing about Mr. Intihar is that he is a teacher.  He has a kid named Charlie.  He is helpful and nice to people.  He is really tall.  He is kind and caring.  He is a genius.  But the most important thing about Mr. Intihar is that he is a teacher.

 

 

 

 

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Bree Quirk

     by Ben

The important thing about Bree Quirk is that she is helpful.¬† She can use her magic on other people.¬† She goes to work every day.¬† She’s a good mom and she takes care of her family.¬† But the most important thing about Bree Quirk is that she is helpful.

     by Ginger

The important thing about Bree Quirk is that she is helpful.  She is tired, funny, smart and frazzled.  But the important thing about Bree Quirk is that she is helpful.

 

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Finn Quirk

     by Oliver

The important thing about Finn is that he is a Quirk.  He is fast and short.  He likes to be dirty and he makes you laugh a lot.  But the important thing about Finn is that he is a Quirk.

         by Henry

The important thing about Finn is that he is a Quirk.  He is invisible.  He is fast and dirty, thin and creative.  He is cool.  But the important thing about Finn is that he is a Quirk.

 

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Niblet

     by Tim and Nick S.

The important thing about Niblet is that he is helpful.¬† He is fun because he juggles.¬† He is cuddly because he is soft and furry.¬† He is weird because he is a giant furry ball from Penelope’s imagination.¬† But the most important thing about Niblet is that he is helpful.

 

 

 

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Grandma Quirk

     by Nick S. and Tim

The important thing about Grandma is that she is tiny like a fairy.  She is helpful and smart.  She is really fast.  She is a seamstress.  But the most important thing about Grandma is that she is tiny like a fairy.

 

 

 

 

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Grandpa Quirk

     by Alexis and Ronan

The important thing about Grandpa is that he is magical.  He is fun and goofy.  He is silly and funny.  He loves ketchup on chips but that makes him hiccup.  He is old and has a big moustache.  But the important thing about Grandpa is that he is magical.

 

 

 

 

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Molly Quirk

     by Sami and Nick C

The most important thing about Molly is that she resists magic.  She can see Finn.  She is smart and helpful.  She is a Quirk.  She is nice.  But the most important thing about Molly is that she resists magic.

 

 

 

 

 

PenelopePenelope Quirk 

by Laird

The important thing about Penelope is that she is shy.  She is amazing and cool and a little bit cuckoo.  She is worried and charming.  But the most important thing about Penelope is that she is shy.

by Ginger

The important thing about Penelop is that she is amazing.  She is shy and magical, cuckoo and smart.  But the important thing about Penelope is that she is amazing.

 

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Happy Veterans’ Day

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At our school’s Veterans’ Day assembly three of our classmates led the school in the Pledge of Allegiance. ¬†After the pledge was completed they joined the rest of the 3rd grade chorus with Mrs. Oliver to sing “Thank You Soldiers” written by Michael and Angela Souder. ¬†Here are the words sung beautifully for our Veterans:

When I lay my head down ev’ry night and go to sleep in peace,

I can stay there knowing all is well, while you’re standing on your feet.

Keeping watch protecting shore to shore, in the air and oceans, too,

Defending freedom at all cost, for the red, white and the blue.

Thank you, oh thank you, men and women brave and strong,

To those who served so gallantly we sing this grateful song.

To the soldiers who have traveled on to countries far and near,

In peace and war you paid the price for the cause you hold so dear.

That we may wake each morning bright, and know that freedom rings;

Because of your great sacrifice, your country joins to sing.

Thank you, oh thank you, men and women brave and strong,

To those who served so gallantly we sing this grateful song.

Thank you, oh thank you, men and women brave and strong,

To those who served so gallantly we sing this grateful song.

Thank you Veterans 

love,

3E

News Flash from Mrs. Oliver

3E will need their recorders on Thursday, April 17th this week, instead of Friday.  Mrs. Oliver has arranged for the 3rd grades to hear and be taught by a professional recorder player.  Because of this, our second music class of the week has been changed.  We will be going on to music on Thursday during our Art time right after recess.    Because of this change, Music Share for 3E is being held Monday, April 28th, right after vacation.

We will be going to Art on Friday during our normal music time.

Thanks for helping the kids remember when they need their recorders and reminding them of the share after vacation. ¬†They’ll need extra help with that happening on the day we return.

Happy Dot Day

It’s Dot Day in 3E. ¬†Check back here throughout the day to see how we are celebrating. ¬†Make your mark, and see where it takes you!

Dot Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few of the things we did during the first part of our Dot-tacular Celebration.

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key chain dots

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During the second part of our Dot-tacular Celebration we prepared our dots for the gallery.  It will be so exciting to go on a tour tomorrow morning and leave comments for one another.

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We made our marks and we can’t wait to see where they lead us – courage, creativity, confidence, imagination, innovation and independence. ¬†We are going to try to live with Dot Day in our minds all year long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate America

For this project each student in third grade has selected a state or national park to learn more about. ¬† As they read and research in the classroom ¬†they will be ¬†identifying the Seven Wonders of their place. ¬†They will be collecting information and writing about each of the Wonders at school. ¬†They will also be deciding on a symbol for each of their identified wonders. ¬†Finding “wonders” can be a little tricky. ¬†Your children may need your help with this. ¬†The wonders they find will be different from the Wonders that Eben found in The Seven Wonders of Sassafras¬†Springs and they may be different from the wonders we found in North Hampton. In each of those projects, the children learned the stories behind the wonders. ¬†That won’t be as obvious with this project. “Wonders” could be famous people, animals common to that habitat, an important regional food, or well known song. ¬† In the classroom the children will write about these wonders as if they are publishing in a guide book to accompany a salt dough map showing the location of each wonder.

Once most of the wonders have been identified, we are hoping that the children will have your help to create a float. ¬†The floats need to move along the downstairs hallway. ¬†The states and the national parks will enter according the state’s ratification dates. ¬†Some of them will be traveling a long way before they enter the gym where families will be waiting to see them so they need to be constructed carefully. Floats can be worn, pulled or pushed.

Students have made sandwich boards, pulled floats on skateboards, wagons or scooter boards or pushed them on stands or carts.  In the past some children have used rolling coolers or suitcases as their bases.  Please use what works best for you.  The floats do have to meet certain size requirements (all this will be sent home on a grading rubric in mid May) so all will be able to travel along the route and so all floats can be seen.  The children are encouraged to do as much of the work on their own as they can, but we know often their ideas need the guidance of experience and to be tempered with practicality. We hope these images give you some ideas and answer some of your questions.  Please let me know if you have any other questions or wonderings.  I will be happy to see what we can do to answer them.