The Comment Club is born!

The Comment Club is born!

On Saturday a group of parents joined us to learn how to become quality “commenters” on our kids’ blogs.


Hey, take a closer look…


This month one of our school vocabulary words was the word ANALYZE. We took the opportunity to analyze some Thanksgiving graphs we created, with our 5th grade buddies.

I’ve heard of a PBJ… But what is PBL?

In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through a planned process that helps them answer a driving question, problem or challenge. While allowing for student “voice and choice,” rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn important academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations for real audiences. – Buck Institute

Two summers ago the third grade teaching team worked through a series of classes to become PBL certified teachers. We are excited to use this approach to teach our science and social studies along with covering many of our reading and writing areas with this method.

We have 4 projects currently scheduled for this year and we have recently started  the first one called Caine’s Arcade. It’s driving question is “What good is a cardboard box?” This project is covering our force and motion science objectives and some of our writing and reading. I invite you to look up the story that inspired this first project. These two videos will give you an idea of what we working towards. Stay tuned for more posts to keep you updated on our progress.

Amelia’s Way

This week in math we have been working on adding numbers that have a sum less than 1000. In the old days, we used to be content with students showing us the traditional way of finding an answer. Being a thinker in the 21st century requires much more creativity and brain power. Not only did the kids have to show me the traditional way of getting an answer but they had to prove 3 other ways that worked as well. While all the kids did a great job tackling this new found thinking, my friend Amelia just made me smile when she looked across the table at me and said “Hey Mrs. Sikma, look at Amelia’s Way”! Not only did she explain her thinking to me, she also was able to catch her own accuracy error and fix it (Yeah for successes and failures in Room 32!). Thanks for thinking Amelia!


iPals Started on Friday!

On Friday the kids in Room 32 grabbed their iPads, some books, and an intense desire to be a learning coach then headed to Mrs. Z’s kindergarten class. What a fantastic 25 minutes! We saw kindergartners taking a spin on the iPads. We saw third graders modeling what good fluent readers sound like and look like. We heard positive comments, words of encouragement and the highest rate of student engagement all day! We certainly look forward to growing these learning relationships in the months to come.Image