Hello Third Graders!

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I just wanted to say hello to my incoming third graders and their families.  I hope you are all enjoying a relaxing and safe summer. As the school year approaches I will be preparing our new classroom with fresh bulletin boards, new folders and books, organized school supplies, and plans for lots of fun learning.  I hope you are also preparing for the year.  This summer try to read for at least a few minutes each day.  Practice math facts and concepts such as counting coins, skip counting, and telling time.  Write stories or  journal entries. Get some exercise and play in the sunshine. You can send me an email if you have any questions about our upcoming year.  See you soon!   Mrs. Muhr


End of the Year Picnic

We had lots of fun during our last week of school!  Here’s a slide show from our class picnic. Thanks for a great school year.  Have a safe summer and I’ll see you in 3rd grade!!!
End of the Year Picnic on PhotoPeach


Summer Library

The Brecknock Elementary Library will be open this summer. Join us for story times, fun activities and of course, book check out. You may drop-in at any time during Summer Library evenings. Students may check out 5 books per visit!

6:00-8:00 pm

Mondays June 19, 26 and July 10, 17 & 24

June 19- Fitness Fun– fun fitness activities with Mrs. High

June 26- Doggone Good Books– Stories about man’s best friend and a chance to meet our canine visitors.

July 10- Music Mania– Join Mr. Goodman and Mrs. Putt for a musically good time!

July 17- Spectacular Science– Hands-on science with Mrs. Braverman

July 24- May the Force Be With You– Love Star Wars? Come meet Star Wars characters in person! Dress up in your Star Wars costume and take your picture with your favorite Star Wars character.


Positive Thinking Day & Talent Show

Positive Thinking Day on PhotoPeach


Boarding Chickens

Last week Mrs. Henn hatched 6 chicks.  She is letting us board 3 of them in our classroom until 5/12.  The kids have loved seeing the little fluffy chicks. Friday students got to hold them during indoor recess. Thanks Mrs. Henn!


Final Egg Update

I am sad to say we had an unsuccessful hatch.  Our eggs were expected to hatch on Monday (day 21 of incubation).  We waited for them through day 23 but none had any cracks at all.  We aren’t sure why this occurred but here are a few hypotheses:

  • Maybe the temperature was too hot.
  • Maybe the temperature was too cold.
  • Maybe the temperature spiked or dipped on the weekend or evening when we couldn’t adjust it.
  • Maybe our eggs weren’t fertilized and had no chicks to grow. (when I candled them on day 8 I didn’t see any veins so this is a definite possibility)
  • Maybe germs penetrated the eggshells and harmed our growing chicks.

Mrs. Henn’s chicks have started hatching and Mrs. Swavely’s will hopefully hatch next week. We will enjoy seeing their fluffy chicks.

Lesson learned: Don’t count your chickens before they hatch!


The Greedy Triangle

On Monday I read the class a book called The Greedy Triangle to begin our study of geometry.  This triangle isn’t happy with his number of sides and vertices.  So, he visits a Shape-Shifter who grants his wish and gives him one more side and vertex.  Now the triangle is a quadrangle.  The greedy character still isn’t happy so he returns to the Shape-Shifter over and over and changes to a pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, etc.  After listening to the book the students had a chance to build their own shapes with toothpicks and marshmallows to match the changing shape character.  We even got to eat a few marshmallows at the end of class!


Our Field Trip

Our Field Trip on PhotoPeach


Good Bye Mrs. Ringler

Thursday was Mrs. Ringler’s last day student teaching in our classroom.  We had a surprise farewell party for her.  We gave her some books for her future classroom and a scrapbook filled with pictures of her time with us.  We will miss her and we wish her luck as she begins her job search and begins her teaching career.

Books for her future classroom

Checking out Mrs. Ringler’s scrapbook


April Star Party

Today we had a slime party to celebrate good behavior for the month.  Each day our Students are Taking Academic Responsibility by making good choices at school. They start the day with 4 stars and try to keep them all day or even earn an extra star for excellent behavior. Teachers kept track of student scores all month and averaged them to see who was invited to celebrate good behavior at our S.T.A.R. Party. Any student that averaged 3 stars or higher was able to make slime.   Students who averaged 4 stars or higher were “Rock Stars” and were able to add fluorescent paint or food coloring to their slime. This month all students in our class were Stars or Rock Stars!  Yipee!  The kids had tons of fun making the slime and playing with it. Here’s the recipe in case you’d like to have some more slime fun at home!

  1. Squeeze 1 bottle of school glue (4 oz) into a plastic cup.
  2. Add paint or food coloring to dye it and stir.
  3. Add about 1 Tablespoon of Sta-Flo liquid starch and stir. Some students needed a bit more.
  4. If the slime is too sticky add a sprinkle of baking soda.

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