Sunday, December 4, 2011

DreamBox is here

Cravens Elementary School has purchased DreamBox Learning's K-3
Math Program, an online, intelligent adaptive learning(tm) program that
helps all students achieve better, faster math proficiency.

DreamBox is an online program - there's no software to download! All you
need is a high-speed Internet connection and Flash 10 (version 10.0.12 or
newer).

Your child can now play DreamBox at home along with Mangahigh, Compass and IXL. I believe your child will love DreamBox because it is setup to challenge your child, but not frustrate him or her. The adaptive learning program is great for individualized instruction because it meets your child's needs by focusing on his or her own strengths and weaknesses.

Have fun and shoot me an e-mail and tell me how your child is liking it at home. Their individual reports are sent to me, so that I can see how they are progressing.

To start playing DreamBox just click on the link to the left. It will take you to the homepage and from their you click on Williams Homeroom. Your child will then have to type in their username and password.

I hope you agree doing this kind of homework is much better than they way we had to do homework.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Cravens News

Parents,
I have exciting news to tell you! Our new Cravens Website is up and running I am going to have a link that you can click on to view our new site. One of the cool features of the website is that you can watch our morning news. And as always I want to thank you for have the most amazing third grade children!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Reading Buddies


Reading buddies with the Kindergarten class is going great. Every Friday afternoon the third grade students read with their Kindergarten buddy and take AR tests!

News for the Week

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! Turkey day is getting closer. We are thankful for all you parents that have raised such wonderful children. We hope that you all have a peaceful Thanksgiving. If you are a black Friday shopper please be careful because I (Mr. Williams) will be out looking for bargains.
We will be MAP testing in December and we can’t wait to see the growth your children have made.
Math: We are continuing on division and looking at multiplication and division fact families.

Red Reading Group –working on Thanksgiving activities
Blue Reading Group –working on Thanksgiving activities
Writing – The students will disguise a turkey and persuade an audience not to eat the turkey.


MIND Time – students will work on finish the Gingerbread Story.
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Mrs. Harrison’s blog harrisoncravens.blogspot.com has been updated for the week, and she will continue updating on Sunday/Monday.
And as always you can check out superteacher1.blogspot.com to see what is happening and to play games. I have added sections for multiplication, division and telling time.


Please remember to have your child to do their 15 minutes of reading and if they want to get on the blog and do IXL, Compass or Manghigh that would be outstanding! Your child can also do tumble books at home. The username is cravensteacher and the password is books
AR testing in the morning from 7:30 to 7:55.


Mr. Williams
Mrs. Harrison

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mangahigh

Guys and Girls,
It is time to start picking up the pace and winning some medals. Have fun and do your best!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Division Games

Ladies and Gentlemen, division games are now located on the right side of the screen.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Multiplication Games

There are some great games on the right side of the page. Just click on a game under the multiplication games section and have fun!

News for the Week

Important Information:
Happy Halloween!!!!!! Please be safe tonight we want to see everyone back at school tomorrow. Students make sure you do not eat candy for breakfast in the morning!
We saw a great performance form the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats last week. Please make sure to get any money that you owe for the field trips in as soon as possible. Our seats weren’t that great because we waited too long to send in the money.
Math: We are continuing multiplication this week and we will spend several weeks on it. This week we are working on word problems involving multiplication and addition. 5x(4+3)=
Red Reading Group – continue reading The Kid in the Red Jacket and add sequencing events to our CAFÉ Menu.

Blue Reading Group – read The Little Old Lady Who was Not Afraid of Anything and add visualization to our CAFÉ Menu.

Writing – working to finish our Haunted House story.

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Mrs. Harrison’s blog harrisoncravens.blogspot.com has been updated for the week, and I will continue updating on Sunday/Monday.
And as always you can check out superteacher1.blogspot.com to see what is happening and to play games.


Please remember to have your child to do their 15 minutes of reading and if they want to get on the blog and do IXL, Compass or Manghigh that would be outstanding!
AR testing in the morning from 7:30 to 7:55.
Parents keep up the good work and thank you for having such outstanding children!
Mr. Williams
Mrs. Harrison

Happy Halloween

I hope everyone had a great Halloween. We are going to working really hard in math for the next few weeks. Please have your child try IXL or Mangahigh these websites will help with their math fluency.
Mr. Williams

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New WebSite!

Hello, I have some great news for you and your students! I have added a new website to our blog and it is called Mangahigh. You can find this website on the right side of the screen under math links or games. Have fun and work on your math skills!

Monday, October 17, 2011

News for the Week

The 3rd Grade News October 17, 2011
Important Information:
We hope everyone had a great time with your children last week! Last nine weeks flew by and your children were awesome! Report Cards will be coming home soon.
We would like to thank all the parents who came to parent teacher conferences. If you did not get a chance to stop by, we hope to see you next time.
Our first field trip is scheduled for Oct. 27th and we will see the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats. Please if you have not paid for the field trips pay by this Friday.
Math: We are starting multiplication this week and we will spend several weeks on it. IXL would be a good place for your children to practice their multiplication facts.
Science: We will start back with Science next week and our topic will be on heat. I have to say there are several little electricians in our third grade.
Language Arts:
Blue Reading – City Critters, Nonfiction Elements, Elements of Writing

Red Reading – The Kid in the Red Jacket, CAFÉ Menu, Elements of Writing
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Please remember to have your child to do their 15 minutes of reading and if they want to get on the blog and do IXL or Compass that would be outstanding!
AR testing in the morning from 7:30 to 7:55. We are happy to announce that Mr. Williams class will be able to take AR tests during the day on Wednesday’s and Mrs. Harrison’s class will take AR tests during the day on Friday’s.

Mr. Williams
Mrs. Harrison

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A battery operated car


Hunter's group was the first group to make a Craft stick car. The car was made of craft sticks, bottle caps, rubber bands, ticky-tack, a battery and a motor. The groups made several attempts on the designs of their cars. I am so proud of your children for their hard work and determination during this project!

Parent Teacher Conferences this WEEK

We would like to thank the parents who came to conferences last night. If you didn't get a chance you can come tomorrow night the 6th from 3:00 to 6:00. We hope to see you!

Monday, September 19, 2011

News for you

The 3rd Grade News Sept. 19, 2011
Important Information:
Parent teacher conferences are tentatively scheduled for the week before fall break. More information will be sent out as we get closer to the date.
Math: We are working on a new method for subtraction.
Science: We are continuing to study electricity. I hope your children have been discussing all the fun activities they are working on at school.
Language Arts: We are working on different types of punctuation.
Reading: In the red group, we are continuing to read “Charlotte’s Web.” In the blue group, we are reading “The Tree House” and working on words that contain r-controlled vowels.
• Please remember to visit our blog at superteacher1.blogspot.com
• I am giving star ups for students who go home and spend some time on IXL.com.
• Your child can also access compass from the blog.

The only homework I am requiring is that your child read something for at least 15 minutes a night. If your child does not have books at home they may read their library book or check out a book from our classroom libraries. Please make sure they bring our classroom library books back to school each day.
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• Your child can take AR test every morning between 7:30 and 7:55. We do not have a lot of down time during the day to take tests, so please remind them in the mornings to take some tests.
Thank you,

Mr. Williams
Mrs. Fogle

Friday, September 16, 2011

Making a flashlight


Your children were given 3 rubber bands, a ruler, 3 wires, a clothespin, battery, battery holder, light bulb holder and a light bulb and told to make a flashlight. I was very impressed with their teamwork and creativity. Here is a picture of Xavier and the flashlight his team built.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Try these at home

Parents,
I have two great websites that I would like for your child to work on at home. Both of these websites are set up to help your children become proficient third grade students. The websites are located on the right side of the blog.

click on compass and the children put in their username and password. Make sure the bottom has the letters oisd listed.

click on ixl and your child will put in his username and password. Your child then can scroll down to third grade and click on any skill they would like to work on. The cool thing about this site is that it sends me a report on how well your child is doing.

Please remember your child needs to have in $6 for our field trips. This $6 covers all three field trips.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

News for the Week

The 3rd Grade News Sept. 12, 2011
Important Information:
Parent teacher conferences are tentatively scheduled for the week before fall break. More information will be sent out as we get closer to the date.
 I hope you had the chance to come out and see your child perform at our music program. If you didn’t get the chance you can look for it on channel 73.
 We are extremely proud of the hard work and effort put forth by your children during our MAPS test.
 Make sure to sign your child’s behavior/agenda sheet every night.
Math: We are starting on subtraction using word problems.
Science: We are continuing with electricity and I have some cool activities planned for your children.
Language Arts: We are identifying different types of sentences.
Reading: In the blue group, we are working on short U words and reading “Priscilla, Meet Felicity.” In the red group, we are working on story elements and continuing to read “Charlotte’s Web.”
The only homework I am requiring is that your child read something for at least 15 minutes a night. If your child does not have books at home they may read their library book or check out a book from our classroom libraries. Please make sure they bring our classroom library books back to school each day.
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Please remember to visit our blog at superteacher1.blogspot.com. I am still working on updating the blog, but there are several sites that your child can explore.
• Your child can take AR test every morning between 7:30 and 7:55. We do not have a lot of down time during the day to take tests, so please remind them in the mornings to take some tests.
Thank you,

Mr. Williams
Mrs. Fogle

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hunter "shows" us what he knows



Awesome job Hunter!

News for the Week

The 3rd Grade News Sept. 6, 2011
Important Information:
 We would like to thank all of the parents who came to Teachers and Take-0ut. We will have more information on parent teacher conferences in the coming weeks.
 Thursday night at 6:00 your child will be performing at our 3rd and 4th grade music program. Please have your child show up around 5:45.
 Book fair opened last Friday and will run until this Friday. The book fair will be open at 5:00 on Thursday if you want to shop before the music program. It will also be open after the music program.
 We started MAP testing today. We will also take MAP tests on Thursday and Friday. As you know these tests are very important because we structure our teaching to your child’s individual needs. In the next week or two your child will probably come home and talk about MIND time. MIND time is a time when we work on your child’s individual needs and what he or she will need to be a successful student and make gains on his or her MAP tests.
 Make sure to sign your child’s agenda every night.
The only homework I am requiring is that your child read something for at least 15 minutes a night. If your child does not have books at home they may read their library book or check out a book from our classroom libraries.
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Please remember to visit our blog at superteacher1.blogspot.com. I am still working on updating the blog, but there are several sites that your child can explore.


• Your child can take AR test every morning between 7:30 and 7:55. We do not have a lot of down time during the day to take tests, so please remind them in the mornings to take some tests.
Thank you,

Mr. Williams
Mrs. Fogle

Friday, September 2, 2011

Working With The IPAD



Today the third grade boys were the first group of students to use the Cravens IPADS! They boys worked in group and had the chance to play different math and spelling games. I think we will be using the IPADS to further develop their understanding of math concepts.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Newsletter

The 3rd Grade News August 22, 2011
Important Information:
I want to thank you all for the smooth start of the year. I have been doing this for 13 years and I have to say this has been the best start I’ve ever had. Your children are working hard and things are going great. As long as they keep working hard I will stick with just 15 minutes a night of reading. We occasionally will have a few worksheets a week.
We have a math test tomorrow over rounding to the nearest 10 and 100. They have been working really hard in class and I can’t wait to see how they do.
 We also have a science test tomorrow over static electricity. I hope your child has been coming home and talking about the experiments we have been doing.
 Please try to turn in any field trip money by the end of the month.
 If you can afford to send any packaged candy, I would greatly appreciate it.
 Make sure to sign your child’s agenda every night.
 Aug. 30th is Teachers and Takeout
 Sept. 2nd starts the book fair.
In math we are going to continue with place value.
In science we are going to start a unit on magnets.
The only homework I am requiring is that your child read something for at least 15 minutes a night. If your child does not have books at home they may read their library book or check out a book from my classroom library.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Brain Pop

Parents,
If your child is really interested in science I have a great website that you should try out. The website is brainpop.com. The site has videos, games and even activities you can do at home.

Mr. Williams

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

News for the Week

The 3rd Grade News August 15, 2011
Important Information:
 Please try to turn in any field trip money by the end of the month.
 If you can afford to send any packaged candy, I would greatly appreciate it.
 Make sure to sign your child’s agenda every night.
 Aug. 30th is Teachers and Takeout
 Sept. 2nd starts the book fair.
This week we started our math and reading groups!

In math we are starting with place value and rounding.
In reading your child will be given either and Open Court book or a chapter book.

The only homework I am requiring is that your child read something for at least 15 minutes a night.
Thank you,
Mr. Williams

Friday, May 13, 2011

Last Two Days of Testing!

Next Monday and Wednesday will be our last days of testing! Your children have done really well and we are so proud of them. Don't forget there is no school on Tuesday because of elections. Have a good weekend.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Testing is Here!

Today is the start of testing. We will test all of this week and two days next week. Please make sure to have your child here on time all week and we will take care of the rest. Your children are well prepared and we can't wait for them to show the State of Kentucky what Cravens is made of!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The "Hello I'm Awesome" Award

Congratulations to Aryn Speaks for getting the "Hello, I'm Awesome" award. Aryn went up over 20 points on her MAP test for reading!

Monday, April 11, 2011

News for the Week

The 3rd Grade News April 11th
Important Information:
We hope everyone had an enjoyable break. It will be normal for your child to be tired and out of the routine for a couple of days. To alleviate stress at home for both you and your child make sure he or she does his or her homework right after school.
MAP Testing begins tomorrow!!!! Please make sure if at all possible your child is at school on time. Please make sure they get plenty of sleep each night because these tests are long and time consuming. We want your child to his or her best on these tests.
Math: Fractions
Language Arts: Superhero short story
Social Studies: geography
Science: Energy: light, sound, heat
Homework every night is to study the multiplication and division facts that are stapled in the red folder. We need you to test your child every night, so they will be fluent when it is time for testing.
Spelling test –this Friday. Play spelling games at Spellingcity.com-which can be found on our blog. superteacher1.blogspot.com
*Reading – 15 minutes a night.

Monday, March 28, 2011

News for you

The 3rd Grade News March 28th
Important Information:
Thursday we will be attending the OPS Fine Arts Festival at the RiverPark.
No School this Friday. Friday starts our SPRING BREAK! If you do not have any plans for the break you might want to check with the public library and the science museum. Both places usually offer some exciting activities during breaks. A good thing to do each night is have your child write about what he or she did for the day and collect their entries in a journal. Please make sure they continue to read at least 15 minutes each day over the break.
When we get back we will start MAP testing.
Math: Fractions
Language Arts: Superhero short story
Social Studies: geography
Science: Forms of energy
Homework every night is to study the multiplication and division facts that are stapled in the red folder. We need you to test your child every night, so they will be fluent when it is time for testing.
Spelling test –this Thursday Play spelling games at Spellingcity.com-which can be found on our blog. superteacher1.blogspot.com
*Reading – 15 minutes a night.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Break is coming

Sorry for the lack of updates lately I have been extremely busy. I was in Frankfort one day accepting an award for being a Nationally Certified Teacher and one week I was in Washington, DC with my oldest son Baron.
Please keep working with your child on his or her multiplication. We are starting division in the near future. Make sure your child is also reading for 15 minutes a night. This Saturday night Mr. DeLacey and myself will be attending a WWE wrestling event with 17 students from Cravens. I will make sure to post some pictures of the event on the blog next week.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The 3rd Grade News March 7th
Important Information:
Thank you to the parents who came to Parent Teacher Conferences. If you missed the conferences and would like to meet just drop us a note or call.
Your child will have a chance to earn a free ticket to see Wrestling on March 26th at Roberts Stadium. We are having a behavior contest for the next two weeks and 17 students who show exemplary behavior will be awarded with a tickets and a bus ride to the show. Winners will be notified on March 18th.
Math: We are working on Geometry, area and perimeter and multiplication.
Homework every night is to study the multiplication facts that are stapled in the red folder. We need you to test your child every night, so they will be fluent when it is time for testing.
Science: natural resources
Social studies – Washington, DC
Language Arts: Writing poems
Spelling test -every Friday. Play spelling games at Spellingcity.com-which can be found on our blog. superteacher1.blogspot.com
*Reading – 15 minutes a night.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Dr. Seuss


Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss!

Check out the seussvile website on the link side.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Reading RockStars Rock

check out the Reading Rockstars and their book review of The List.

Monday, February 21, 2011

News for the Week

The 3rd Grade News February 21st
Important Information:
Please remember that parent teacher conferences will begin this week.
The PTO drive is in full swing. The cost is just $1 and the class with the most participation earns a pizza party.
Math: We are working on Geometry and multiplication.
Homework every night is to study the multiplication facts that are stapled in the red folder. We need you to test your child every night, so they will be fluent when it is time for testing.
Science: the making of an informational piece using PowerPoint
Social studies – Government and The Constitution
Language Arts: Poems
Spelling test -every Friday. Play spelling games at Spellingcity.com-which can be found on our blog. superteacher1.blogspot.com
Vocabulary: test on Friday
*Reading – 15 minutes a night.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Newsletter

The 3rd Grade News February 14th
Important Information:
Happy Valentine’s Day
Conference sign-up sheets will go out this week.
The PTO drive is in full swing. The cost is just $1 and the class with the most participation earns a pizza party.
Math: We are working on Geometry.
Homework every night is to study the multiplication facts that are stapled in the red folder. If your child made multiplication flash cards please study with them every night. We need you to test your child every night, so they will be fluent when it is time for testing.
Science: Students are working in groups to research planets using the web. This information will then be turned into a group power point presentation.
Social studies – Branches of Government
Language Arts: Poems
Spelling test -every Friday. Play spelling games at Spellingcity.com-which can be found on our blog. superteacher1.blogspot.com
Vocabulary: test on Friday
*Reading – 15 minutes a night.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Math Links

Hey kids, look over to the left of your screen. You will see some links to cool websites we use at school.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

News for you

The 3rd Grade News Jan. 31, 2011
Important Information:
Book Fair started today and will run all week
The PTO drive is in full swing. The cost is just $1 and the class with the most participation earns a pizza party. It is a close race between all three third grade classrooms. If you can spare a dollar it might make the difference in your child’s class winning the pizza party.
Our last field trip was cancelled due to the bad weather. We are happy to tell you that we have scheduled a replacement play in March.
Math continued focus on money, time and measurement. Homework every night is to study the multiplication facts that are stapled in the red folder. If your child made multiplication flash cards please study with them every night. We need you to test your child every night, so they will be fluent when it is time for testing.
Science: solar system.
Social studies – state government
Language Arts: personal narratives and the writing process
Spelling test -every Friday. Play spelling games at Spellingcity.com-which can be found on our blog. superteacher1.blogspot.com
Vocabulary: test on Friday
*Reading – 15 minutes a night.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

News for you

The 3rd Grade News Jan. 24, 2011
Important Information:
The PTO drive is in full swing. The cost is just $1 and the class with the most participation earns a pizza party.
Our next field trip is scheduled for January 26th. We will be going to the RiverPark to see Junie B. Jones. If you prepaid for your field trips the cost is free. If you do pay by the show you will need to send in $2 by this Friday.
Math continued focus on money, time and measurement. Homework every night is to study the multiplication facts that are stapled in the red folder.
Science: solar system.
Social studies – resolving disputes in a peaceful manner
Language Arts: personal narratives and the writing process
Spelling test -every Friday. Play spelling games at Spellingcity.com-which can be found on our blog. superteacher1.blogspot.com
Vocabulary: test on Friday
*Reading – 15 minutes a night.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

News for you

The 3rd Grade News Jan. 18, 2011
Important Information:
The PTO drive is in full swing. All three third grade classrooms are in competition to see which class has the most parents sign up. The class with the most participation receives a free pizza party. All you have to do is put $1 in an envelope and address it to the Cravens PTO. The outside of the envelope should include both your name and your child’s name. If you join the PTO you are not required to attend any meetings even though we strongly encourage you taking active role in your child’s education.
Our next field trip is scheduled for January 26th. We will be going to the RiverPark to see Junie B. Jones. If you prepaid for your field trips the cost is free. If you do pay by the show you will need to send in $2 by this Friday.
Math continued focus on money, time and measurement. Homework every night is to study the multiplication facts that are stapled in the red folder.
Science: solar system.
Social studies – resolving disputes in a peaceful manner
Language Arts: personal narratives and the writing process
Spelling test -every Friday. Play spelling games at Spellingcity.com-which can be found on our blog. superteacher1.blogspot.com
Vocabulary: test on Friday
*Reading – 15 minutes a night.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mr. Williams Reading Class

News For You

The 3rd Grade News Jan. 10, 2011
Important Information:
Parents it is that time of the year when we really start to buckle down and get ready for our big Third Grade test. We need your help with making sure your child knows his or her multiplication facts. We do not give much math homework and we would greatly appreciate you spending 5 to 10 minutes a night going over the facts that are stabled in their red folder. We want your child to be fluent with his or her facts. Thank you for your help.
**Report cards are in your child’s black folder.
We would like to welcome our new student teachers from Western Kentucky University Mrs. Simon and Ms. Cross.
Math multiplication, money and time.
Science: solar system.
Social studies – city government
Language Arts: personal narratives and the writing process
Spelling test -every Friday. Play spelling games at Spellingcity.com-which can be found on our blog.
Vocabulary: test on Friday
***Please make sure to sign your child’s agenda every night.
*Reading – 15 minutes a night.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Welcome back to the start of a wonderful new year. This week we will be taking maps tests all week. Please make sure you get plenty of sleep and eat a good breakfast so you will be at your best during maps testing.
Report Cards will go home next week.
Spelling test and vocabulary test this Friday.
In math we are continuing to work on money and time.
Please read your 15 minutes a night.