Happy New Year!
Watch out, Jeff Kinney! Students in Room 108 took a page from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid author to create personal narrative stories with graphic novel elements. In the writing process, we focused on effective organization, specific details, and using dialogue to move the story along and show what the characters are feeling. Students wrote the final draft using their newly-minted cursive writing skills!
We celebrate Asvent.
December is here!
We were delighted to welcome Mrs. Claus to our classroom today. Since St. Nicholas left decorated stockings with candy on our desks yesterday, it's really beginning to feel like Christmas in Room 108!
As part of our Social Studies unit on westward expansion in the 1800s, students became pioneers on the Oregon Trail by playing an updated version of the classic computer game. Although most of us died of dysentery, cholera, or starvation, it was still a great learning experience.
Pen Pals in Taipei
Students in Room 108 are forging cross-cultural connections (and improving their writing skills) with letters to and from pen pals in Taipei, Taiwan. Ms. Kane's daughter is teaching English in Taiwan to students of about the same age. After matching up the classes, we wrote letters to our pen pals describing aspects of our lives here at Ascension and outside of school. We were thrilled to received informative letters back. We now know how to write our names in Chinese characters and can't wait to try stinky tofu!
Third graders study Native American peoples. Students select a group, research them, and produce a report.
Halloween in Room 108! We had fun with crafts and played Buddy Bingo. Ms. Kane is grateful to her amazing room parents!
Both 3rd grades prepared the liturgy for the Feast of St. Francis. The liturgy began with the story of the Saint's life and the class recitation of the Prayer of St. Francis.Fr. Bob Hutmacher was our celebrant. The entrance procession included four third graders carrying items representing care for the earth: a stuffed tiger (endangered animals), a pitcher of water, a globe, and a plant. The 3rd graders have pledged to support the environment by becoming Zero Waste Ambassadors in the lunchroom. Finally, Fr. Bob was congratulated on his 50 years as a Franciscan with a large card signed by the entire school and a plant. Today was a wonderful celebration, which continued as Fr. Bob visited the 3-year-olds and will also attend the mini-charger gathering tomorrow. See pictures in our Gallery.
Kathleen Sweeney works with both first and third grade classes on Wednesday mornings, providing her expertise as a reading specialist to assist students with literacy and comprehension skills. We are very lucky to have such a dedicated, experienced, and compassionate volunteer.
A Zero Waste Ambassador training session led by Gina Orlando and Kathy Sullivan was held with the entire third grade. Gina coordinates Ascension's HOME team, and both she and Kathy have spearheaded the initiative to reduce Ascension School's contribution to landfill waste in our lunchtime food program. As a service project connected with their role in the St. Francis Mass on October 4th, the third graders are all training as Zero Waste Ambassadors, who monitor and provide guidance with the disposal of waste into liquid, compost, recycling, and landfill containers in the Pine Room. In addition to each student rotating through this role during the 3rd-4th grade lunch period as a classroom job, the third graders will be training students in all other grades in current acceptable waste sorting practices.
We worked with our sixth grade buddies today to make flowers and cards to show Ms. Jackie how much we appreciate all she does for us in the lunchroom.
To supplement our Science unit on how plants live and grow, Room 108 went on a field trip to the Oak Park Conservatory.
Welcome to 3rd grade!
We're excited to start third grade in Room 108!