Monday, October 20, 2014

I'm out of the classroom! Here's some info!

Hello there! I am out of the classroom until Wednesday, so here are the spelling words and a link to the math homework just in case there is a mix-up.


And the pdf of the math homework that you can print out:

I hope this is helpful! I'm off learning about digital leadership in the hopes that I can bring back some great stuff to help our students learn!

-Mrs. Gerick

p.s. Here's another pic of Vinny looking cute!! Happy Fall!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Open House Tonight!

Hello All!

Tonight is open house here at PHES from 6:30-7:30. Title I has open house starting at 6. If you'd like to volunteer I will have sign ups out for a time that you can come and be a part of our classroom. You can also learn about our new math and reading curriculum and get a feel for what we do on a daily basis. I can't wait to see you all!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Week 3!!

Hi Everyone! Welcome to week three here in 3rd grade. We've started off the year pretty well here in Room 19. I've really enjoyed getting to know everyone and figuring out our class' strengths and weaknesses. I just wanted to give a little update on some things happening here in class.

This week we started our science unit on rocks and minerals. Today we investigated three different types of rocks and then tried to guess what their names were based on our observations and descriptions from the book. I am looking forward to all the great things we will be discovering about rocks and minerals in the coming months.

In math we have been cruising along with multiplication and division. We are using Engage NY curriculum, and so far students are showing great improvement! This curriculum really breaks down the math and asks students to explain their thinking. I am enjoying teaching it on a daily basis.

In reading we are learning about the courts this week. We have also learned types of sentences and about jumping to conclusions. We are working on some writing about our favorite places, and hopefully next week in technology we will begin to type those up. This will be a crossover activity with Mrs. Wolpe's art class where students will illustrate their writing.

I've enjoyed the year so far, and look forward to our upcoming field trip on October 7. We will be headed to OSU to learn about wood and forestry! This is a fun field trip and we learn A LOT!

Thanks for catching up with us here in Room 19!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Welcome Back!

Hello Everyone! Welcome back to school this year! I sure had a great summer and am looking forward to the coming year in third grade. I know that it will be full of learning and fun. This year we have changed homework to a nightly thing, with the page sent home due the next day. I think this will be a great way for students to learn responsibility and reinforce the things we have learned at school that day.

This summer I had many adventures! I thought of my students while I was out exploring our great state and wondering about all the wonderful things they must be doing too. I went on three large hikes: Smith Rock, Cascade Head, and South Sister. My family loves to explore, so it was quite exciting to see these new places. At the very end of my break my husband and I went and picked up our newest family member as well. We now have a beautiful little yellow lab named Vinny.

I'm very excited about all that lies ahead for this class. Third grade is a huge year in school because of all the growth that happens. Math adds multiplication and subtraction, reading moves on to more difficult concepts, and our writing becomes much more elaborate. All these changes are exciting and challenging, and that is what makes third grade so special.

Check back here for updates on our projects and exciting events! Here's hoping we have an excellent year!


That's my brother Isaac, me, and my uncle Mat on top of South Sister.

Isaac and I ran a 5k this summer, and he ate a whole watermelon while he ran!

This is me while hiking Smith Rock.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A few things to update!

Hello out there! We have a few things going on in class to share about! First of all, I will be adding a new round of biography videos to this post from some students that have finished. Also, I wanted to share the following link:

This link takes you to a live feed of Earth from the ISS! NASA has attached 4 cameras to the outside of the ISS that stream live all day long. This morning we watched the Earth go into a sunset phase and at the same time the moon rose! We were also asking questions of other people watching the stream and talking to people around the world who were seeing the same thing that we were! This is a very neat opportunity for us Earth dwelling folk to see the world in a whole new way.

Upcoming in class we are about to transition from our science unit on birds to a unit about flying machines and how they stay aloft. We will probably focus on airplanes and how wings work, relating it back to our bird unit. We are also going to be giving speeches about the birds that we studied. I have most students working in pairs, but due to some turn over, I have a few that will be giving solo speeches. I am hoping that all the sharing we have done this year will help ease their worries about standing up and talking in front of their peers. I've got to say, this class is very confident when it comes to explaining their thinking and sharing ideas. I look forward to listening to them teach us about their birds.

Here are some more videos that students made:

Monday, May 5, 2014

How to put the computers away!

Here is a quick video made by Jack, Jayne, and Sydney, about how to put our laptops away properly! Enjoy!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Some Projects

This is just a post for a few student projects that have been finished lately! I will update soon on other happenings, including pictures from our field trip and some other fun stuff.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring Break is over!

Well, with Spring Break behind us now we are going to be working very hard until the end of the year. There are a lot of things coming up in our class. We are going to be taking 3, 3(!!!!!) field trips over the next couple months! We are headed to Doris Ranch, The Cascades Raptor Center, and The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. We are also going to be having some class visitors to teach us about being a weatherman and some ladies that are going to put on a puppet show for us.

Upcoming in math we are going to continue our work on measurement, but soon we will move on to telling time and after that it'll be laying the foundations for multiplication. I love multiplication, so I'm looking forward to teaching it very soon. I know some students may feel intimidated by this topic, but we'll break it down into its parts so that every student will see just what it means to multiply numbers.

Reading will continue on the same path as it has all year. We will continue taking the end of week reading test too, but I will stop reading it aloud and students will have to read it on their own.

By the end of this year in writing I am hoping to get us all on the path toward a 3 paragraph piece of writing with a strong beginning, middle, and end.

Science is going to be exciting too, I hope! With a little help I am developing a unit that will start with learning about birds, then moving on to human flight. There will be many different ways we learn about these topics including using our iPads, computers, and building structures of our own. I am looking forward to all the investigations, research, and fun we will be having!

Here are the spelling words for the week:


Thanks for all of your support. As always, if you have questions, feel free to call or email!

Friday, March 21, 2014

We Are Lucky!

As we head to Spring Break I want to share this gem we made as a class this week. Monday was St. Patrick's Day so I had everyone write and illustrate a little piece about what they feel lucky to have in their lives. We then narrated our pieces and put them together into a short movie. Enjoy!

Have a great Spring Break and be safe!

Thursday, March 6, 2014


This week we have started learning about fractions. Yesterday we practiced folding some strips of paper into equal parts. Folding 1 whole, 1/2, and 1/4 were easy, but 1/3 and 1/6 took a bit of practice! We are going to start talking about how to recognize fractions in everyday life, and I was thinking this is a great thing to practice at home!

Think about it, next time you eat a pizza as a family, talk about how much of the pizza has been eaten, and how much is left! Do you cut it into equal slices? I know we do at my house. Think about who ate the largest fraction of the pizza. Was it Mom? Dad? The dog? :)

Thanks for sending in your samples of dirt from home, we are going to be exploring those soon!

Friday, February 28, 2014

It has been a while.

Well, it has been quite a while. I apologize to faithful readers who have been wondering when it would come back to life. This week has been a review week in reading, so we haven't been up to much. However, I do have a quick video I made of our class art project to share with you.

We made this art project together, and at the Pleasant Hill Foundation's Casino Night, some lucky person bought our artwork for $75!! That money will help us continue to be able to do fun projects with art and technology.

Right now in science we are working on soils and things related to that. We will be starting Unit 4 in reading next week, and in math we are moving on to Topic 13. I will try to update with more information next week.

I know I've been lax about updating the blog, so I've set myself a goal to get back to it! This week I have been at a technology conference learning about neat ways to use our iPads and computers in the room. I am excited to bring back all these wonderful ideas to the rest of our staff and inspire our students to work hard and make meaningful products.

Thanks for checking in on us! I'll have a lot more projects to show you soon.