Look what's happening in 3rd Grade!!
Welcome to our 3rd grade website!
Students from the high school came to JFK to work on an art project together. They were prepared with all kinds of materials which our students were excited about. They also came prepared to be awesome partners with our kids. Right away all 35 students jumped in with their creative minds and began to create beautiful flowers, dragonflies, vines, snakes, caterpillars, etc. The projects were all placed in the cafeteria and they made a beautiful garden. Thanks to everyone for a fabulous time!
Thank you to KPMG:
A local company wants to promote literacy by putting books in the hands of all kids. Volunteers from this great company came to Winooski on Monday. Our students enjoyed listening to a volunteer read a new book to them. Then they were each presented with 2 brand new books that they could take home. What dedication these people have to provide almost 400 students with new books. Our students loved the books and are very excited to read them. Thank you so much KPMG volunteers and company!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
A Great Field Trip to Shelburne Farms!!
Mrs. Muir's class and Mrs. Benjamin's class went to Shelburne Farms today. Mrs. Goetz class will go on Monday. The staff at Shelburne Farms does a fabulous job helping our students experience the process used in changing sap into delicious maple syrup. Half of our time was spent outside learning how to find sugar maple trees, tapping the tree, hunting for the number of gallons it takes to make 1 gallon of maple syrup, and seeing the inside of a working sugarhouse and the tools they use to make maple syrup. The other half of the time was spent inside pretending to make and sell maple syrup and enjoying taste tests while trying to determine which syrup was the real, pure maple syrup and which was made from ingredients other than sap. Everyone had a great time and learned a lot!
Thanks to our chaperones that joined us for this great day. You make our trips possible and more fun. Your children love having you join them. There will be other trips coming up and we hope you and others might join us for those. Check our calendar out for dates.
Monday was Jump Rope for Heart Day!
All students at JFK participated in Jump Rope for Heart on Monday. This was a day to bring awareness to Heart Healthy activities. We jumped for close to 1 hour at many different stations where students tried different kinds of jump roping: Jumping forward and backwards, hula hoop jumping, running while jumping, one foot jumping, etc. Everyone had a lot of fun and there were many red faces by the end of the hour. It is important for our students to keep moving through play. Sitting in front of the tv or playing video games a lot doesn't exercise your heart so let's help our kids find the balance.
Many students also participated in the fund raising for Jump Rope for Heart. This money goes to the doctors and researchers to find cures for heart disease. Thank you to all who participated in helping this great cause.
Don't give up!
Third Grade led our all school morning meeting today!!
Ask your 3rd graded about the Fidget Family. Our whole school had fun doing the wave when they heard their special part of the Fidget Family story. It was a lot of fun. We had some great leaders that led the morning greeting, sharing, Fidget Family story, and the morning message. It took everyone's help to plan and practice for this morning meeting time. Thanks for doing an awesome job everyone!
Fun with the Lumberjacks at Leddy Park!
The Lumberjacks have been great mentors to our 3rd grade students. They have come into our classes each Thursday to help our students during our literacy time. In celebration of our learning time together, the Lumberjacks invited our students to join them on the skating rink for an hour of skating on Thursday. We had so much fun. Thank you to the Lumberjacks for offering your time to our students. Thank you also to our parents who joined us for the fun.
We hope you enjoyed our JFK Winter Performance! We enjoyed putting it on for you. Here is a clip of our 3rd grade song sung that night. Thanks for coming so we could perform for you.
3rd Grade sings Everybody!
Hour of Code - A national invitation for all students to learn and enjoy the practice of coding
All 3rd graders joined the entire Winooski School District in participating in the Hour of Code this week. This is a national endeavor to encourage students to understand what computer programmers do. There is, and will be a great need for computer programmers in our future. This would be a great career for anyone to enter: lots of jobs with good pay.
Our 3rd graders used an app called Light Bot and Minecraft to try their hand at programming. They had so much fun while they programmed a little robot to move through mazes. There were many complicated tracks that took a lot of thought and planning. Students put their minds together to make new plans and find solutions to the problems. Learning to think, plan, solve problems, and work together with others are such important skills. We had a great week being introduced to the idea of coding.
Parent / Teacher Conferences
Thank you to everyone who was able to make it in to parent conferences. It was wonderful to have that time to sit together and discuss the amazing child that enters our classroom each day. We appreciate all that you do to support your child, and also us teachers, throughout this year's journey. Also, if you weren't able to meet during that conference day and wish to meet another day, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to help make a meeting together work, as we greatly value this collaboration with you.
Happy Veterans Day!
The Third Grade would like to thank all the veterans that have devoted their lives to protecting the freedom we all enjoy in our country. We owe you a great deal of thanks. Our students made cards that will be given to veterans that go to Applebee's in Burlington on Veterans Day. They will enjoy a free meal and a card of appreciation from our third graders. Our students were so happy to make these cards. They put their best effort into them. We hope our Veterans enjoy our cards.
The Lumberjacks are here! They are a hockey team that has worked with our 3rd grade for many years. They come as mentors to work with our students throughout the year. On this first day we met the team. Then they came back to our rooms to get to know each other and share long term and short term goals. Our 3rd graders shared what job they might like to do when they grow up and what they want to learn this year to help them on that path. The Lumberjacks shared why they joined the hockey team and what they are working towards. Each Thursday the Lumberjacks will come into our rooms to help our students grow through literacy. We thank this wonderful team for their dedication to our students.
We look forward to Thursdays with the
Our first week of school is complete. The nerves of the first day have been replaced with smiles as students have enjoyed getting back together with their friends. It has been an exciting week for us as we have enjoyed getting to know all of you better. Welcome back to another great year of friendship and learning!
Students are engaged with their reading, and selecting books that are "just right" or "within reach" and interesting to them. This is also an opportunity for the students to work on the skill that was introduced during our Reader's Workshop mini-lesson.
Writer's Workshop also begins with a skill embedded within a mini-lesson. We learned how to generate ideas, record these ideas within writing notebooks, and then to write, write, write!
We focused on writing personal narratives - real stories from within their lives, memories, and experiences. What tremendous writers we have in third grade!
Left: Student was finding and highlighting details within her writing that would allow the reader to better envision her story. We sometime describe this as seeing it like a movie playing in our mind. The details help us do this envisioning.