Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

I’m so glad you’re here!

Hello new 3rd graders! I hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready for a great school year together!

Say hello to friends old and new in the comments section below. Tell us a little about yourself. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Tell about your favorite things
  • Talk about a special hobby or talent
  • Share a story from your summer vacation
  • Say what you are most excited about in 3rd grade
  • Tell us about a great book that you read

You can click the link below to read my official welcome letter and to get a sneak peek of what’s to come in 3rd grade. I’m so glad you’re here!

Mrs. A ūüôā


Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Welcome to 3rd Grade!

Welcome 3rd Graders!

I am so excited to have you as part of our 3A community! It will be a great year of learning and growing together.

Let’s get to know one another. Share in the comments one of your favorite summer memories! I can’t wait to meet you soon!

ūüôā Mrs. A

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Native American Research

Before Winter Break, students worked in research teams to create iMovies about a specific Native American tribe. They were asked to study Native American life before and after European influence, clothing, homes, beliefs and traditions, and family life and government. Check out their final products below!

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Click to learn about each Native American Tribe:

Cherokee Tribe

Cheyenne Tribe

Inuit Tribe

Iroquois Tribe

Navajo Tribe

Shoshone Tribe

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Hour of Code

Students participated in Hour of Code today! The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. We learned what it takes to be a computer scientist as we demystified code and practiced computational thinking. For more information on the Hour of Code and how you can use this at home, explore here. Happy coding!


Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

The Grove

Students visited The Grove today where they experienced life as a Native American. We explored a longhouse, learned some unique cultural games and crafts, and learned about the general way of life for Native Americans.

After our trip today, what was your favorite part? What did you learn? How would you feel if you had lived as a Native American? Comment below!



Monday, September 14th, 2015

Lima Bean Discovery

In Science this past week, 3rd graders were introduced to our unit on plants with an up-close look at lima beans. Students were asked to predict, observe, and record their findings during a 2-day experiment. On day 1, we observed the characteristics of a dry lima bean. Students then made predictions as to what might happen to our lima beans after being soaked overnight in water. On day 2, the kids dissected their saturated seeds, only to discover the important internal parts: the embryo, leaves, and cotyledon. We discussed the role and function of these parts as the students recorded their findings. We are excited to get started planting our Wisconsin Fast Plants this week!

3rd Grade Scientists: What did you think of our lima bean experiment? What do you think we will need in order to make our Fast Plants grow? Add your comments!

lima bean

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

As we get ready to kick off Reading and Writing Workshop this week, take some time at home with your families to watch this film, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” As you watch, take notice of how Mr. Lessmore’s journey makes you feel. Blog your thoughts and wonderings in the comments section below.

To get you started consider these questions:

  • How did Mr. Lessmore feel when he had a book? Why were some images in black and white, and others in color?
  • What was Mr. Lessmore writing throughout the film?
  • Where did Mr. Lessmore go? How did you feel when he left?
  • How did Mr. Lessmore change from the beginning to the end?
  • What lesson does this film teach us about reading and writing?

There are so many big ideas wrapped up in this film. Every time I watch I see something new. I¬†can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The Adventure Awaits

Welcome 3A Students and Families,

The new school year is officially upon us and what a fantastic first day we had! I am so excited to have 23 eager and bright third graders to have in class this year. I can already tell this is going to be a special group of learners.

My summer was spent with family and friends, but most importantly, enjoying time playing and exploring with my son 20-month old son, Ethan. It was such a time of discovery for Ethan, and I am so glad that I was able to be there every step of the way. Our big vacation was a family trip to Florida where we boated on the Gulf and relaxed on the beach. I am also happy to say that we survived the plane ride with a busy toddler! I look forward to hearing about the adventures that you experienced this summer in the next coming days!

This blog will be a useful tool for us this school year. We will share our learning through photos, videos, and commentary. I hope that you will check back often and be a part of our journey!

I am looking forward to a great year ahead!

The adventure awaits…

Mrs. Anderson

Thursday, April 16th, 2015


3A third graders are exploring congruency in shapes. They have been exploring the different moves that a shape can make (slide, flip, turn). Watch and learn from two of our classroom experts!


Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Chicago Historical Reports

To wrap up our Chicago Unit, third graders took on the role as historical reporters. They traveled back in time to document their knowledge of the major events in Chicago’s history. Click on the links below to explore each unit of study as told by our third graders themselves!

Chicago Fairs

Fort Dearborn

Famous Chicago Landmarks

Chicago River

Chicago Neighborhoods

Great Chicago Fire

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