Inquiry Unit (by Sophia)

This month we have been reading and writing about slavery for our inquiry unit. We read about slaves and we wrote what we learned about them. We used a website to do our research. We had a 3 T-chart. One section had new learning another had question and the last one had reflection. We read about the house conditions, the punishments, how they escaped, and Harriet Tubman. We learned a lot of things. We also Wrote a slave narrative. We pretended we used to be slaves and wrote about ourself. We made up a story about ourselves and we put some real information in it!  We had a lot of fun doing that! There was four sections to it. One was Life As A Slave, another was My Escape, and the last two were Reaching Freedom and The Civl War. The last thing we did was we presented our work.

We also read a book about slavery.  We took information from a book, wrote it down, and put it into a presentation. We had presentation words we wanted to use. Each table had different subjects and presented it to the class. We talked about what we learned, taught new things to the class,on a chart we wrote things the other tables taught us, we asked a lot of questions, and we had a lot of fun!! We loved the subject and everything about it!!

You can read our slave narratives by visiting this link: Tell the Story: Slave Narratives written by Mrs. Rosenquist’s 3rd Grade.


Our Favorite Fiction – class slide show ( written by Sophia )

Our class learned how to use Google Drive. Google Drive is a website our class uses for our work.You have many things you can do to pick from on  Google Drive. We started to create a slide show, it is about our favorite book we read at independent reading. There is three slides. We wrote the tittle, why we like it, and we made a bubble map for the main character. We put all our slides together and made one slide in all. It looks really cool. Please view the video.


Have you read any of these books?

What are your favorite fiction books?

Caldecott Party

We had an exciting day filled with books, authors, illustrators and popcorn!  Some favorites won some awards and we have a list of new books we can’t wait to find and read.

If you want to watch the awards announcement again or read a list of the books that won awards today click here.

Mock Caldecott 2016

This past week we held a Mock Caldecott in Room 107.  The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to a picture book by the American Library Association.  Mrs. Rosenquist chose/nominated the 15 books for our Mock Caldecott, but the third graders in Room 107 read, reviewed, reread and debated the books and their illustrations very carefully before they voted at the end of the week.

On Thursday we Skyped with Mrs Sokolowski’s 3rd grade class because they were doing a Mock Caldecott also!  We shared our favorites and found out we read similar books.

We would like to announce our Mock Caldecott winners for 2016.


Leo: A Ghost Story written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Christian Robinson

The Whisper written and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

MOCK CALDECOTT MEDAL awarded to…. Drum roll, please…

finding winnie

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall


What 2015 picture books are your favorites?  Have you participated in a Mock Caldecott?

Third Grade Update

It’s been a while since we have posted.  But we have been pretty busy.  Usually we write the posts together as a class, but today’s post is written by Mrs. Rosenquist.

We are learning about multiplication.  Every day we sing our skip counting songs to help us memorize the patterns and our multiplication facts.  Here’s a short video clip.  How do you practice your multiplication facts?

We have also been collecting data to learn about graphing.  Do you remember the game show called Minute to Win It? Contestants were given tasks to complete in one minute.  If they completed them they won lots of money.  Well, our 3rd grade contestants were given a task to complete in one minute.  They were asked to build the tallest tower of cubes in one minute.  No one won any money, but we had lots of fun and learned how to make a bar graph and analyze our data.  Here’s some pictures:


Mystery Skype – reported by Arianna & Kaelynn

Today we did a mystery skype. A mystery skype is a skype that you do with a random class. Maybe only your teacher knows there names. We had to guess where they’re from. We asked yes or no questions. Everyone had different jobs. The mystery class was from Illinois!  They are also reading The Year of Billy Miller, as part of the Global Read Aloud.



Mental Math

We have been practicing some mental math strategies. First, we just think about the problem.  Next we think about a strategy we can use and try it “in our head”.  Finally we record our thinking.  Today 2 of our experts explain how to use the break apart method and an open number line strategy to solve addition mentally. Enjoy the videos and let us know what strategies you like to use when solving problems mentally.  Why do you think it’s important to know how to do math “in your head”?

First Week of School

We just finished a great first week of school. We did some good things.  It was fun.  Here’s some first week memories.

I loved doing the Number Talks. Savanah & Kaelynn

I liked gym, or physical education. Alex & John R & Joey

I liked when Mrs. Rosenquist read all the books to us. Aristotle & Jillian

I liked going to the library and seeing the World Book! Sophia & Zoe

My favorite thing to do was read. Essa

I liked all the homework we are doing. Gawaine

I liked the classroom library. Alexa & Daniella & Gawaine

I liked doing independent reading. Matt & Arianna & John L & Kyler & Yuvi

I liked outdoor recess. Rina

I liked indoor recess. Savanah

I liked seeing the new playground. Leon

I like reader’s and writer’s workshop. Jillian

I liked read aloud. Jake & Lucia

What are your favorite memories from the first week of school?