April 7 – 11, 2014

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First week of April has flown by and we spent the week reviewing for our upcoming Reading State Test! During Reading Whole Group Reading, I had my students completing Reading test Item Specifications. After completing Item Specs, we moved on to something where they were on their feet, reviewing synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, alliteration, prefixes, and suffixes. They absolutely loved this part, because it meant they did not have to sit at their desks! 

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Monday afternoon, they were able to complete another Mystery Skype, this time adding Florida to their list of states “travelled” to. Another great 3rd grade class in St. Augustine, Florida. We were a little envious, because they are on the coastline of Florida, how cool! 

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Tuesday my students also had the privilege to “travel” internationally with another Mystery Skype to Bermuda! This makes their tenth country they have “travelled” to internationally! What global students I have! They were really interested to know these students were at a camp not a school. It was known as Interactive Spring Camp, where there was different age groups, not just one age group, where we were all third graders. Very interesting! After our Mystery Skype we spent time looking at their island, we found it very fascinating! 

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As the week continued, more review continued, and I was so thankful they worked so hard! When Friday rolled around we ended with another Mystery Skype this time taking them to New Jersey! They are quickly completing the East states and will soon be left with only completing the West. 

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I also had one trick up my sleeve of which I had not let my students know about and that was a Skype with their favorite book Author Chris Tozier! He was discussing with them ways to release stress before testing and he told them one thing he likes to do is tell jokes, to get his mind off of a stressful situation. So he gave them a task of finding the funniest joke to share on the day of testing. A few were shared during the Skype and I have to say, they were quite funny! Can’t wait to see what they come up with for testing day! 

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What a great way to end the week! As we approach testing week we have all the knowledge and skills to face the test! We are OUTLASTERS! Bring on this test!

Love being your teacher! (:*

Mrs. Schantz 

 

March 31 – April 4, 2014

It’s hard to believe another month as fast approached us! Monday students did not have school, while teachers were at the State Capitol gathering together for a rally to have our legislators to put students first! Here’s a picture of my view from this day. It was a great day and I truly hope they dig deeply into their hearts and remember they too once were in the education system.

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When we were all back in the classroom on Tuesday, we were ready to begin reading our new story for the week of Flight and review our skills of Text Features. An appropriate story to discuss text features as I showed them a diagram of an airplane and they were able to see all the parts which were specifically designed for certain things. Each day has been a continued review of Reading Comprehension Skills, Reading Vocabulary Skills and Math Skills. I have included different ways to make it not so monotonous and this week as a way of reviewing prefixes and suffixes, they made Tellagami’s. I learned about this app from an EdCamp I recently attended and they enjoyed listening to their voices as their characters talked. Here’s a few examples of the work they created! Please click on the links and enjoy as they are super happy with their work.

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While several students were busy reviewing with me in small groups, others had the opportunity to research famous Artists. At the end of the week they created a presentation on an app called HaikuDeck. I was very impressed on what they were able to create! Again here’s a few example’s of their awesome work!

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Friday ended with assessments on what had been reviewed for the week and I can tell their hard work is paying off! I also had another Mystery Skype scheduled and they were excited! They have put their maps from our Donors Choose project to great use! They quickly mark their locations and were able to figure out their location of Alabama. Next they were onto figure out their city. This turned out to be a bit tough for both groups, but after a few clues were given it was figured out.
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Love the look on their faces after they have found their Mystery location! They are well on their way to traveling to all 50 states!
Much more work awaits as next week as the count down begins to testing! They are ready and I know they are going to shine bright like the Rock Stars they are! I AM PROUD OF YOU!!

Love being your teacher!
Mrs. Schantz (:*

March 24 – 28, 2014

Upon returning from Spring Break, I was prepared with a full schedule for my students and they were ready! First things first was to start with some cheering! Over the Spring Break, I had participated in a half marathon and brought back gifts for them given to me at the Expo and they were excited! After their cheering we started of with the story of Two Bad Ants, by Chris Van Allsburg reviewing the Comprehension skill Summary along the way. This was a great story and they even continued reading more books by Chris Van Allsburg doing work station time. Some students did not even realize he was the Author to the Polar Express, Jumanji, and many other fabulous books! During Math more review time on Estimation. As you can see my students have been working hard on continuing to Master their skills before their State Test, with this comes lots of time reviewing previously taught skills. I still had a few more lunch dates for the week of which I have to say they are ready to start over again and each have lunch with me again! Makes my heart happy to hear them say they want to have lunch with me again, too sweet!

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Tuesday had in store a fabulous Skype with Sharky Jillian from the Bahamas. Prior to our Skype with Jillian, we had researched a few sharks which consisted of the Nurse Shark, Hammer Head Shark, and the Zebra Shark. When it was our day to finally Skype with Jillian we were super excited to say the least to hear what she had to share about sharks! Jillian is a Marine Biologist who shared that no matter who they are or where we live we can make a difference for sharks! Did you know 100 million sharks are being killed every year? This made us very sad! They are fished for their livers, meat, cartilage, fins, teeth, and jaws. Shark fins are used to make a shark fins soup. A bowl of this soup can cost $100.00 or more! We also learned that sharks have very sensitive taste buds in their mouth and will do a “test bite” to see if something is edible or part of their normal diet. People are NOT part of the normal diet of sharks. Accidents happen when sharks bite something like people and then let go because it is not food. Sharks are a part of our ecosystem and we can not live without them! We also learned they have a belly button! How cool is that? This was our favorite part! We have now become huge fans of sharks and will help spread the word to others about sharks! 

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Wednesday, consisted of another day of working hard on reviewing yet this day I included a little review with Socrative. They love having review without paper and pencil! 

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Thursday included some very exciting things and I couldn’t wait to get the day started with them! I had scheduled for the day a Google Mystery Hangout! Where previously they were used to a Mystery Skype this time they were onto new technology a Google Mystery Hangout with Room Ten. They began as normal asking questions back and forth to find their mystery location and before long they had their location discovered! Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada our second classroom of friends in Canada! What a fun Google Hangout and thanks to Room Ten for inviting us to participate! We look forward to having some more Google Hangouts in the future!

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Thursday afternoon will be a day we will remember forever! We were able to chat with Commanding General John E. Michel, NATO Air Training Command in Afghanistan. His words were so inspirational! Mr. Michel asked the students to raise their hands if they liked Reading or Math and they did. After his question, he said this would them to a great future. Then he proceeded to ask them who wanted to be a football player, a teacher, a veterinarian. Again after each question he would say how awesome they are and to keep up the good work they have been doing. After questions with them, then it was time for my students to ask him questions and plenty of questions they had! They learned Mr. Michel has served in the Air Force for 20 years, married for 26 years and has two sons. He has been to over 100 countries and loves what he does! There were many questions about his helicopters and Mr. Michel was kind enough to share with us to videos to give us a peek into his daily life. What an honor it was to have him speak such powerful words of inspiration! “Thanks again for all you do to grow our next generation of leaders.” John E. Michel

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Friday we were yet super excited to finally have our project funded from Donors Choose and we were able to put our maps to use with a Mystery Skype! No more paper maps, now everyone had their own desktop map they were able to use their dry erase marker on and quickly find the location of of North Carolina! After using their desktop maps they move onto their iPads to find the city of their new friends in Google Maps. I’m quite impressed on how they quickly pinpoint a spot and begin asking question and before long they have the city discovered as well. What an impressive week back from Spring Break! They were ready to work! That’s one thing I have to brag about my students, when I put a challenge before them, they are ready to face it head on! We’re ready to continue this journey together and see what the next week brings. I have many great things planned and we have more reviewing ahead! 
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Love being your teacher!

Mrs. Schantz (:*

March 3 – 7, 2014

First week of March and it was AMAZING, to say the least!! Monday began with a snow day, so when everyone arrived to school on Tuesday, it was time to get to work! The story for the week was Mailing May which was about a little girl who wanted to go visit her grandparents and her parents could not afford a train ticket, instead they mailed her though the mail. The students thought this was rather funny. What amazed them even more, was when I shared with them I myself used to work as a Postmaster relief, while I attended college. I also shared some of the unusual items, like live bees, a customer ordered through the mail. My students thought it would be a great idea to write letters to some of our Skype friends and of course I had to agree! We have letters sent to Ireland and to Florida and they cannot wait for responses! I’m sure more letters will be sent in the future as well. Tuesday also brought about our first lunch dates and I have to say they want to have lunch dates every day! We have been able to have really great conversations and get to know each other a lot during this time. 

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Wednesday was known as World Read Aloud Day 2014 and that my students did! They began early with their favorite story teller Night Zookeeper! He shared three stories with the class and had them sitting at the edges of their chairs. This Skype would be their third with Night Zookeeper, this how engaged into the story they are with him. After completing their Skype with Night Zookeeper, I shared with them we would be having a Skype with Mrs. McCollom’s First Graders at Nance, they were super excited about this too! We had not Skyped with them since our 100th Day of School, so they were ready to see them again. We shared a read aloud poem to her class of On Top of Spaghetti, and Mrs. McCollom’s students read about the Planets to us! We were were quite impressed at their reading skills, very good readers! Now the day finally ended with the funniest Skype of all when we called Grandma Schantz to read Green Eggs and Ham to us. She loves reading books and making the characters come to life with her own personality! She had us laughing like never before! I think my students will never forget that version of Green Eggs and Ham! We recorded bits though out the day of our World Read Aloud Day, please do watch it! You will love it just as much as we do!

 

Thursday my students continued to work hard on their reviewing of Reading and Math. This week we reviewed Inferencing and in Math we review Data and Probability. There is never a moment in the classroom where they have not been helping each other master these skills. They have really taken the word “Team Schantz” and have applied it 100%!
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Finally Friday! Another lunch date with two more fabulous students.
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We had quite a busy Friday,with students from SWOSU visiting our school. We were glad to show them our new Brain Break with Go Noodle! It keeps students moving and helps release those wiggles especially if they have to be sitting down for a long time!
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Afterwards they began working on their Buckle Down test practice books. Then I had a great surprise for them, of which they had no idea about, a Skype with their favorite book Author Christopher Tozier! When he sent a message, they immediately all in unison said, “Chris!” He visited to them about Words With Friends and my students read to him this time!

We yet had another Skype Friday afternoon with CritterKin, (pets are family too) and a “BE KIND” initiative to helping animals through kindness through listening to a story about a dog named Ricky Bobby. Ms. Jena Ball was wonderful in sharing the animal stories that it prompted my students on mission to collecting money for the Animal Humane Society. We cannot not wait for our next Skype with CritterKin and continue this journey for all these wonderful animals that do not have voices. Love your pets!

More exciting things yet to come in the weeks ahead!

Love being your teacher!
Mrs. Schantz (:*

Feb. 24 – 28, 2014

The last week of February included Benchmark testing for my students! Monday morning began with their first Math Benchmark testing and I had them warm up with some exercises. First some jumping jacks, push ups, and lastly crunches. They absolutely love “working out” with me! This old lady teacher can still keep up with them! After they completed their testing, I had prepared a Math review with Kahoot. Kahoot is a game-based classroom response system where I questions ready and each student logged into an iPad to answer each question in real time, to play against each other aiming to top the leader board. WOW, did they love Kahoot! Great way for reviewing skills and a prefect to see who knew the skill or not. After finishing, they were ready to review again with Kahoot! Love it when they find reviewing fun!

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Tuesday morning my students finished their Math benchmarks and I was VERY proud of them! They absolutely did amazing, they next two days would entail Reading benchmarks and for some reason the fear this test the most. So when Wednesday came around, I had them release those fears with some dancing! It worked too! Everyone worked diligently and yet again I was amazing at their growth! 

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Thursday completed their testing and lots of cheers and high fives when given when everyone was finished. Friday would include a day of celebration for great success! So many smiles were seen Friday! Friday we also held our very first App Smackdown and it was super fun!  Many students brought Apps to share with the class and now downloaded on our school iPads! We will be having an App Smackdown more often, such a great way to share new apps!

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I was happy to see their bright smiles shining through! Super proud of my students and their success. Now to continue working on their review and having fun at the same time!

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Looking forward to the month of March and all the great things I have planned ahead!

Love being your teacher!

Mrs. Schantz (:*

Feb. 18 – 21, 2014

It was a short, fun filled week! Even though it was only a four day week each day was packed full with learning fun! Monday began with a new story for the week entitled, More Than Anything Else, it was absolutely wonderful story about a boy, Booker who wanted to learn how to read. I then discussed with my students how important it was for them to learn how to read, to take advantage of their reading opportunities,and let reading take them to many places! They agreed to work harder on their reading skills and that they did! They reviewed the skill of Author’s Purpose and reviewed daily their Reading Test Strategies by completing a passage and answering questions. 

Wednesday started off with a classroom Skype with Sarah Weldon who will be the first person to row solo around Great Britain. My students were able to ask her questions as she prepares for her row, they had lots of questions too! I do believe their favorite questions were how she was going to shower while she was on her boat and where she would use the restroom while on the boat. You can read a few of their post about their questions here http://kidblog.org/MrsSchantzsClass-2/
This was truly a Skype to remember! They could not stop talking about it all week! Sarah shared amazing facts with the students and they LOVED it! Here’s her blog post too! She’s inspirational! http://t.co/B624QKyHt3

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Our school also had a visit from a book author Joe Hayes. He was the funniest storyteller and he told the students a story about the Cucuy.  You can listen to it here.

Everyone was so glad he came to visit our school and share his books and stories. 


 

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The final excitement for the day was a Mystery Skype! I had scheduled another Mystery Skype for my students and they were quite excited! They quickly discovered their state of Missouri, now finding each others cities proved to be a bit more challenging! Each class had to give a few hints to get a little closer until each city was discovered. They were in Camdenton, Missouri. Job well done by both classrooms! 

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During the week my students also worked hard during Intervention on Estimation and learning their Math Facts. They have been so awesome about helping each other memorize their facts too! It has been a week of working without stoping and they have not complained! So Friday I had to give them a brain break and they were super excited! Nothing makes them happier then Just Dance!

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Super proud of the hard work they accomplished this week now onto facing some benchmark testing next week, but they are ready! I BELIEVE IN THEM AND THEY WILL ROCK THIS TEST!!

 

Love being your teacher!

Mrs. Schantz (:*

Feb. 10 – 13, 2014

Another week down in Team Schantz’s Class and what a busy one it was! I had no new Reading Comprehension skills to introduce, so it is all about reviewing until it time for testing. I did have a story planned for the week, one of my many favorites, Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco. After reading, my students made the comment if I could contact Ms. Polacco for a Skype call. Well after researching on my part and emailing Ms. Polacco, their request is going to happen!! WOW! I am very impressed on how my students have become quite the Skype enthusiasts! 

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Review for the week consisted of working on their Buckle Down Reading where they have been reading a passage and completing questions to go along with the passage. They also enjoyed a little Vocabulary Bingo, this was the absolute best for reviewing word wall words! After completing so many papers, sometimes there comes a time to put the papers away and review with Socrative!! My students LOVED this, they could see on the SmartBoard their instant responses and besides on the SmartBoard once they checked their answer, Socrative gave them immediate feedback as to if their answer was correct or incorrect! Awesome! They were ready to continue on reviewing like this all day long! 

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During Math I had one last new skill to introduce of Data and Probability, reading graphs and charts was their favorite part, but when I finally introduced Probability, they decided it was a lot funner than reading data! Especially when they all had a turn at drawing out a unifix cube out of a bag and they were guessing what colors were in my bag! They wanted to keep drawing out of they bag the rest of the afternoon. Oh, to make learning math fun! 

The week also entailed another Mystery Skype for the students! This time they “travelled” to Ohio. Mrs. Hoover’s 4th Grade students were completing their second Mystery Skype with our class and they were outstanding! Of course I have to compliment my students on working quickly on locating their state and city, rather quickly. They have found it much easier now as they only have 19 states to complete their quest to Skype with ALL 50 States! 

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This week also included Parent/Teacher conferences on both Tuesday and Thursday nights and it was great being able to speak to all of my parents again. Some of my students even enjoyed coming with their parents to their conference. Great conferences and hard to believe we are on a down hill slide to the end of this amazing race! 

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Lastly and the greatest day they looked forward to all week, Valentine’s Day! Somehow throughout the day they did manage to take a Spelling test and a Math Assessment! In between there was singing Valentine’s and at the end of the day ice cream sundaes with cupcakes and cookies! What a fun filled day! 

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Look forward to continuing our journey!
Love being your teacher!
Mrs. Schantz (:*