ABOUT? About US!
We are participating for the very first time in the EduBlogs Student Blogging Challenge. We’re going to start later this morning in our classroom by working together to compose this page. In the meantime, this is a photograph of us during our Taxation Without Representation simulation last week. Queen Suzy taxed us so much, and most of us didn’t have any chairs to sit on!!
We are a class of 23 third graders. We are all age 8 or 9, and there are a total of about 85 students in our grade, with 4 teachers. Our classroom overlooks a beautiful pond, and we really care about the animals and birds that live there, so we try to help keep it clean. The name of our school is Mullen-Hall, it has about 500 K-4 students and it is a very large, beautiful building that was remodeled from two smaller buildings about 9 years ago. The students that attend our school are from many different backgrounds and cultures, so it is a nice mix here. You are visiting our classroom blog, but each of our students now have his or her own individual blog, where we are learning to create our own posts.
There are many things we enjoy doing at school. We REALLY enjoy Fun Friday Free Time. If our work is done, and our behavior is on target, we get to play in the classroom for the last 30 minutes of every Friday. Everyone looks forward to it. Some weeks we earn more minutes because of good class behavior, and sometimes we lose minutes because we’re too chatty. Our class is filled with students who love to read! We are working on all kinds of reading strategies and we also enjoy when Mrs. Brooks reads to us – we just finished reading Dewey the Library Cat and we loved it!
Mrs. Brooks allows us to eat snack in the classroom at any time, as long as it is not a distraction to her, ourselves or others. It’s nice being able to eat when you are hungry. Our teacher Mrs. Brooks is pretty handy with technology, so we’re learning lots. She won the Pathfinder Award this year, and we were very proud. We have a SMARTBoard in our classroom, and we are all allowed to use it when we have lessons on it. We’re VERY respectful and talented when it comes to using the SMARTBoard.We have some other pieces of technology in the classroom that we also use from time to time, like our desktop computers and our Bamboo tablet.
On the windowsills in our room, you might see that we have 30 jars of sand – it is Mrs. Brooks’ Beach Museum. Students bring in sand from all over the world, and she puts it on display so we can see the differences in how the sand looks. She also has a collection of Build-A-Bear stuffed animals, which represent a lot of the values we have here in school. A new stuffed animal arrives in the classroom each year. You can learn more about them and see them on the Parade of Pals page on the right.
That’s about it for today – I’m sure we will add more information as we participate in this blogging challenge. Can’t wait to visit other blogs, and to share comments with everyone!!