Mrs. Dye's Third Grade Resources

Saturday, March 25, 2006

New discipline system

Over the last two weeks, we have a new way of keeping track of behavior. It's focus is positive reinforcement as well as corrective in nature. I chart behavior throughout the day by keeping tally marks about specific behaviors. At the end of every day, we have 15 minutes of "choice time." Less than five tally marks = a good note home. Five or more tally marks = loss of choice time. I would value your feedback as parents as to how you feel it has been working. Thanks for your help!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Writing Contest

Our class has been working fervently on a project over the last week. This "project" is a short story that will be entered in this year's Writing Contest. The theme of Fine Arts month this year is "If I could go anywhere, it would be..." Each student has picked a historical setting and is writing about what it would be like to go visit there. They are learning about the writing process as they go through. They have brainstormed, conferenced with a teacher, and are currently writing the stories. The next step will be editing. I can't wait to share the final products with everyone!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Word of the day web site

As I was looking around in our blogline website today during the tech training, I found a cool web site! has a word of the day web site. I thought that might be helpful to stretch our student's vocabulary. I was thinking of using it as an activity for centers or for when a student finishes with their work early.

Fine Arts Month

March is Fine Arts Month. We will be having musicians come into our classroom so that students are exposed to new instruments. We will also be having an art contest, writing contest, and talent show. Information about due dates will follow soon. Our theme this year is "If I could go anywhere." I look forward to reading and publishing our student's work.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Last week we celebrated African Market Day as a school. Our cluster learned about the country of Nigeria. We spent a whole week learning about the Nigerian government, school system, language, and culture. On Friday, we culminated our celebration with a Nigerian meal.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Martin Luther King Jr.

This week we began our study of African American History Month with Martin Luther King Jr. Our focus was on his life, accomplishments, and the idea of peaceful protest. We will continue to explore these ideas with other famous African Americans in the coming month.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Magician's Nephew

Currently, our class has been doing a read-aloud of the Chronicles of Narnia series. We are on the first book, Magician's Nephew. The students have enjoyed creating character descriptions and illustrations, plot summaries, and sharing their reactions. It is something the students look forward to every day.