October 6, 2017

Cereal Box Projects

Our first completed project is done! We incorporated writing, speaking and technology skills into designing a cereal box based on our life. Enjoy!

September 7, 2017

Pets in the Classroom

Our classroom is a participant in the Pets in the Classroom educational grant program. This is an educational program created by Pet Care Trust to provide students with the opportunity to interact, care for and nurture a pet.

There are many benefits to having a pet in the classroom. Studies have shown that pets in the classroom can improve students' emotional well being, boost school attendance, encourage nurturing, build self esteem, teach responsibility, become friends, bring in new ways to learn, and enrich the classroom experience.

Perseus Tanksley (Percy for short), our very cool bearded dragon and (not pictured) Ninja, our beautiful black beta fish 

This week we have been learning how to care for Ninja and Percy. Students love working right next to the tank, checking in on them throughout the day, and noticing all the little quirks that make them who they are. For example, Ninja won't eat when the lights are on. Percy listens when Mrs. Tanksley teaches math.

Our first read aloud of the year is Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo. It's a great story of a little girl whose life changes with the addition of a dog, named Winn-Dixie, to her family.

For more great books featuring animals: 

For more information on the benefits of pets in the classroom:

Percy's Complete Care Sheet

August 28, 2017

Welcome to Third Grade!

Hello Third Graders!

I hope you have had a great summer and have gotten lots of rest because this next year is going to be a GROWING year for you! You have so much knowledge to gain, so many events to experience and multitudes of skills to acquire. We are going to have an amazing year together!

Our classroom blog is a place for you to come for communication, daily reminders, important calendar dates, web sites to investigate, and pictures and information on things we do in class. Spend time exploring and feel free to join our blog for email updates.  

There are a few items you will need to prepare:
-please bring an empty cereal box sometime during the first week of school
-please have your parents complete their “homework” assignment, In a Million Words or Less (link below) by the end of September and send to me through email
-please bring in or email me a family picture and a picture of you doing something you enjoy

Enjoy your last few days of summer! I am looking forward to seeing you Thursday, August 31st from 4:30-5:30 pm at the Ice Cream Social & Supply Drop Off or on Tuesday, September 5th, the first day of school!

Mrs. Tanksley

P.S. If any parents are looking for a really fun time, the third grade teachers would love some help with photocopying on Friday morning, September 1st. If you’re available, please email us and let us know, thank you!

In a Million Words or Less

Third Grade School Supply List

Third Grade School Supply List on Amazon