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Third Grade Authors

Friday, March 24th, 2017

IMG_0215In third grade we have been busy at work taking an animal report through the writing process. Students worked to research an animal using a book and an online source. Next they drafted their report informing about the animal’s diet, habitat, and characteristics. Students edited, revised, and published their report. Their reports will be published into a class book through a company called School Mate Publishing. This will allow students to purchase a hard cover book written and illustrated by themselves.


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! What a fun day we had in first grade. We listened to stories, made Cat In The Hat hats, ate Dr. Seuss cookies, did word searches and watched a video, our favorite, “Green Eggs and Ham”. We wish it was his birthday everyday!!
Dr. Suess



“What I love most about my classroom is whom I share it with.”

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017


IMG_9725This week in Mrs. Tipton’s Kindergarten classroom we celebrated Valentine’s Day on Tuesday. We celebrated this holiday by incorporating hearts and love into many of our daily activities that day and throughout the rest of the week. We read many read aloud stories all about love and Valentine’s. We also spent our writing time writing about who we love and why we love them. In math, we got to use candy hearts to practice and learn how to sort and graph. Here is a sneak peak into our day full of hearts, candy and love.


Music Reading at Westside

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Westside Elementary students are learning different ways to read music. One way to read music is by using a listening map. A listening map shows the listener what the music sounds like, by using visual images or pictures. Students in all grade levels use listening maps. In Kindergarten and first grade, a Big Book is used in a group setting. This student is tracking each note of a melody, by pointing to a visual representation (circle/dot) on the page.


Students in second through fourth grades learn how to read and use the maps independently from a text book. In the pictures shown, students follow a listening map to the song “A String of Pearls” by Glenn Miller.


Kindergarten and first grade students are just beginning to learn about barred instruments, such as the xylophone (made of wood) and glockenspiel (made of metal). The children listened to the story “Up, Up, Down” by Robert Munsch. The words in the story can by imitated in sound. When the character in the story climbs up the tree, students strike the instrument, one bar at a time, from the lowest sound to the highest. The instrument makes it sound like someone climbing! Then, when the character falls out of the tree, students use a “glissando”. This is done by swiping the mallet across the bars quickly from the highest sound to the lowest. You can “hear” the character falling!


In preparation for the upcoming holiday, upper grade level students engaged in a lively discussion about Martin Luther King, Jr., followed by a song that incorporates Dr. King’s famous words “free at last”. Here, students are reading the lyrics in the form of a poem.

There are many fun activities planned for the remainder of the year. It is going to be another great semester in music class!


Graphic Squares in 4th Grade

Monday, December 12th, 2016

This line drawing lesson takes the students and their love for doodling to a whole new level. We began the lesson by reviewing the elements of art and how we combine them to create the principles of design in our artwork. Pattern, repetition and balance are the focus as students design their own graphic illustrations. This lesson is currently in progress. The final artwork will be displayed soon!graphic-squares-1



Westside Elementary Library Fun!!

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Recently our 3rd and 4th grade students got a break from their typical Monday library time. We spent our class period making beaded bookmarks instead! They were given the option to make the bookmark for a friend, parent, sibling, grandparent, or just for themselves.


It was great to see all the colorful patterns the students created for their bookmarks.
A fun easy project that was a success!



Here is a link to the video we used on how to make our bookmarks. Making them at home could be just as fun as making them at school! Enjoy!


Number Sense in Kindergarten and First Grade

Monday, October 10th, 2016

During math intervention, we have been working on knowing, recognizing, and writing the numbers 1-20 in kindergarten. In first grade, we have been working on knowing and recognizing the numbers 1-120. We put our practice to work with a game where we drew a number card, said the number, and got to color in that number space on a chart in both classes. It has been really fun!





From Research to Presentations in Third Grade!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Third graders combined Social Studies and Reading last week as they created Google Slides presentations. After reading about famous landmarks in the United States, each student chose and researched a landmark. They used information found in their Wonders Reading books and also the internet to find facts. Projects were then presented to the


Welcome to EEKK! Reading in First Grade!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

“Elbow to Elbow and Knee to Knee,
I’ll read to you and you read to me!”
Students use EEKK! Reading to partner read during reading time. The partners listen to one another and help out with unknown words. This is one of our favorite times of the day! They get to show what they know and feel proud about the awesome reading they are doing!



I spy in First Grade…Wonderful Readers!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

First grade students use their “Text Evidence Finders” to help them answer their comprehension questions. Students are learning to go back to the text to find answers to questions. They use their “Text Evidence Finders” to highlight the clue words they are looking for. They love being Text Detectives!