Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Open House a Splendid Success!

Which Project was your favorite?

Our posters show the three branches of the U. S. Government, Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. We drew pictures of the places where these branches do their work: the Capitol Building, the White House, and the Supreme Court. The poster includes an American History Time line showing from the American Revolution up to the Bill of Rights.

These are our biography models and reports from the 1500's to the 2000's. From Abigail Adams to Thomas Jefferson, all of these people were talented and performed extreme acts. For the report we first took notes, then wrote a rough draft, and finally wrote the final report. Some people typed and some chose to write in cursive.

Our cold, yummy frozen fractions include math using fractions and our creative flavors. We all got to pick our own flavors and the number of scoops to make, either 6 or 8. No matter how many scoops or flavors we used, we learned that whenever the numerator is the same as the denominator, it equals one whole SUNDAE!

Our class wrote delicious, tasty, and fun restaurant stories. These restaurants were visited by our favorite Reading Counts characters. The stories involved a menu and a neat receipt. We even drew how the restaurants looked, and they looked awesome!

These are our fantastic 3 - D shape projects. When writing about our two favorite 3 - D shapes, we had to create an outline, write a rough draft, type it on our alphasmarts, and then download it onto the computer. We worked as hard as beavers working to build a dam. The shapes we created are made from paper or styrofoam.

These time lines show some of the first quicker moving modes of transportation in the United States. The wagon that can move only 2 miles per hour, the train that can accelerate up to 35 mph, the automobile that can rapidly move up to 70 mph, and the quickest of all, the jet that can zoom up to 600 mph were all drawn by us! These machines assist the whole world in getting to locations very swiftly.

These are our paragraphs about people we most admire. We each chose one person that we knew very well. Most of us wrote about family members or friends. High - level vocabulary, sentence variety, clauses, similes, and alliteration were all writing strategies we included in our paragraphs. The paragraphs were typed on our alphasmarts, downloaded onto the computer, and borders were added.

These fantastic, well-written paragraphs are about things, people, and abilities that are more precious to us than a pot of gold. We chose three different objects, beloved people, or special talents to write about. On the pot there are coins to which we added shiny gold glitter. Truly, these paragraphs came from our hearts!

These projects show our studies of specific animals from four different habitats: desert, grasslands, rain forest, and ocean. We wrote and typed multiple paragraphs about animal behavior and adaptations. Then we added jpegs. We all had a great time learning about these awesome animals.

Our animal habitats present the wonderful animals doing what they would most likely do on a daily basis. The four delightful habitats and animals were all hand - made by our classmates. The ocean also includes fish which each of us sculpted with specific coloration adaptations. We worked hard to make our habitats as realistic as possible. To finish off our project, we included a haiku poem about each animal in its wild habitat.

We hope you enjoyed this tour of our Open House displays. Be sure to comment and let us know what you enjoyed and learned!


  1. Dear Mrs. Ranney's Class,

    I love your new blog! What a great way to share what you are learning in class!

    It was difficult to pick which project was my favorite. Although they were all special in their own way, I think I like the animal habitats the best. Making a model of something, like you did with each habitat, really helps you learn and remember.

    Your writing in this blog is outstanding! I especially liked the simile about working as hard as a beaver! Great!

    Keep up the blogging and don't forget to comment!

    Mrs. Yollis

  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney's Class,
    Your blog is almost as good as ours! I would be glad to come back and see more posts.

    Jonah (From Mrs. Yollis' Class)

  3. Dear Friends,

    I love the fact that we gave you an inspiration to start a blog! And I must say you are off to a grate start.
    Our blog helps me learn about many things but mostly how to stay safe on the public internet. I hope it dose the same for you.

    (from Mrs.Yollis' Class)

  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney's class,

    This new blog is extraordinary! I love all the descriptions under each of the projects. It would be very difficult to pick my favorite project since all of them were so informative. I think I like the project on the three branches of government best because our family is getting ready to take a trip to Washington, D.C this summer. It's so exciting to see how our government works!

    Great work kids!


    Jaime Davidorf

  5. Dear Mrs. Ranney's Class,

    I also had a fun time researching. I was researching the red-eyed tree frog and learned many things. For example, I never knew that tadpoles were born in goo, located on the underside of the leaf.

    Matthew [From Mrs. Yollis' Class]

  6. Dear classmates,
    Hello! It's Brendan. I think we did a spectacular job on our Open House projects and captions for our classroom blog. My favorite projects were both the Frozen Fractions, and our Animal Reports. I think we gave juicy adjectives to our captions. Also, William, we did an exellent job on the biography caption.
    Sincerely, Brendan

  7. Dear Classmates,
    I think we did a great job getting ready for Open House and our blog(so far!). My favorite projet was the Animal Habitats and Animal Reports, because we got to make our own animal and we got to learn about it, which was intersting to me.
    From, Vasso

  8. Dear Mrs.R's class,

    I think that we all did a fantastic job! My favorite would be the animal habitats because I liked how it was handmade by us.

    It was an awesome experience to write somthing for the whole world to see! We all did a great job writing the sentences. I think it was a great idea to do a blog.

    Nothing is better than writing one of our last paragraphs together. Well, my point is, it was really fun!

    Sincerely, Juliette

  9. Dear classmates,

    We did a splended job for our Open House. My favorite project was the Animal Habitats. The Animal Habitats turned out to be a success. When I'm in the classroom, it feels like I am in those habitats. It felt like we we're learning in the desert! Also, I've enjoyed making the Frozen Fractions. It made me hugry thinking of all the different falvors. We also created a great and lovely blog.


    p.s I think Vasso and I wrote a tasty and exellent caption of the Frozen Fractions.

  10. Dear classmates,

    Even though we're not done with our projects yet, I think we've done an excellent job so far. Thank you for starting a blog because I wanted to start a blog since Mrs. Yollis' class did!

    My favorite project was Frozen Fractions because we got to make up our own tasty flavors. We even did alliteration. I also really wish I was at school for the Three Branches of Government, but I was sick.

    Anyway, blogs are really fun to work on. I hope we get some more info on our blog before the school year is over.

    from, Ben
    P.S.(I might go on our blog this summer and see what interesting facts Mrs. Ranney's put on!)

  11. Dear Class,

    First of all, I must say that your Open House projects impressed me. It was thrilling to see how enthusiastic the students were about showing their parents EVERYTHING. When greeted with enthusiasm, the "learning freight train" will never slow down. Great job, Mrs. R., and "way to go," kids! While loved all of the projects (and learned from them, too), I was quite moved by the "Person I Admire" paragraphs. I hope my son, Ben, knows how much I admire him, too! Have a great summer.
    Best Regards,
    Jonathan Davidorf

  12. Dear Class,
    You all did great on everything, but my favorite is the animal reports. Keep up the good work.

    Ryan O.

  13. Dear Mrs. Ranney's class,

    I was very excited this afternoon to get a message from your teacher that you have started a blog. This is such an interesting way to share with others all of the wonderful things that you are learning.

    I especially enjoyed looking at the Frozen Fractions because I could imagine that if I were stuck trying to remember something about fractions that this project would help me remember concepts like numerator and denominator and parts-to-whole.

    I also really enjoyed your restaurant stories and I thought that having one of your Reading Counts characters visit your restaurant was so creative. What an imaginative way to write!

    Mostly, I loved the wide range of projects you have completed. There are math, science, social studies and writing projects. You have learned so much this year!

    Congratulations to all of you for starting this blog. I hope to visit often to check in with how things are going in this class.

    Mrs. Harding

  14. Dear Class,
    I am so proud of all of you. Your hard work and abilities really shine through in every project you produced for Open House. Writing is an area where I have seen tremendous improvement. Not only am I proud of your class work, I am really please with how well you worked cooperatively to write for our blog. What a wonderful way for us to end our year together!
    If any of you has an idea for a new blog post, talk to me about it and start writing!
    Yours truly and proudly,
    Mrs. Ranney

  15. Dear Mrs. Ranney's class,

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog! I am amazed by everything you have learned and done together, and the blog is very well written. I think it's so neat that we have the Internet so that I can see all of these great things from all the way in Frankfurt, Germany!

    Herzlichen Gluckwunsch and vielen Dank,

    Kari Pope (Mrs. Ranney's daughter)

  16. Dear Mrs. Ranney’s Class,

    Greetings to you from Woodland Hills, CA! I am very impressed with all you are learning in the 3rd grade. Your hard work has really paid off. Now, not only do your parents get to see your displays at open house, folks around the world as near as Woodland Hills, and as far as Frankfurt, Germany can see and appreciate what you have created.

    Being a beach girl at heart, I particularly like the ocean animal habitat. I’ll bet it was great fun to color the fish. Nice job! To appreciate how precious is our life on earth, it is important to learn about plants and creatures sharing our home planet. Even those we cannot see, because they live under water, take part in maintaining a sustaining balance in the systems we rely on. That is, for the air we breathe and the water we drink. And, did you know that a substance found in seaweed is used to make ice cream? (To find out what it is, you can Google search “seaweed” “Ice cream”.) Now that is truly worth keeping on hand!

    Keep up the good work! Enjoy the rest of your time in 3rd grade, and have a great summer!

    Janis Hatlestad
    (Mrs. Ranney’s sister)

  17. Dear Janis,
    Thank you for commenting our blog! I will have to agree with you that the animal habitats look amazing because they look so real! I also never knew that substance in seaweed is used to make ice ceam! That is a very neat fact! Please visit our bolg again because we are also putting some fun facts about space!


  18. Dear Mrs. Ranneys class,

    My favorite project is the resturant stories because you guys used great vocabulary words! They look fantastic, you guys are doing amazingly well! I will try to go on the blog whenever I can because i know theres going to be great posts about the things you guys learned! Keep it up!
    From,Margo [ Mias mom]

  19. Dear Classmates,
    Hey, Our blog is going so far so good! Lots of great thinkers are creating their own posts. Everyone is trying so hard to create their own post, and I think that everyone is doing a great job. My favorite projects are the animal reports and our creative animals because both of them teach a lot about your curtain animal.

  20. Dear Mrs.Ranney's Class,

    I am so excited we started a blog. I would say that the restaurant stories were my favorite project because I thought that it was so cool to have our favorite reading counts chracters as waiters and coustomers in our stories. I can't wait to see what other magnificent posts we will add to our blog.

    Yours Truly,
    Talia A.

  21. Dear Mrs. Ranney's class,

    The biography model is my favorite project, i like it because its very intresting! I wish i can also do it someday! You guys did a nice job!:]

    From, Andrew [From Mrs.Kaplan's class]

  22. We're very impressed with your blog. We enjoyed reading all the comments and seeing all the exciting things your class is doing. Keep up the good work. Eleanor and Bernie Davidorf ( Ben's grandparents)

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  24. Dear Classmates,

    I had a wonderful time making these projects. I had a hard time deciding my favorite, but I think it was the animal report.



  25. Dear Mrs.R,

    Are you going to write about your summer and post it because it would be awesome to know what you're doing. I think it would be cool to have anyone who wants to, write about what they're doing during the summer. We could Email you the post and you could decide if you want to post it or not. Do you think that would be great? I know I do, knowing what everybody is doing.



  26. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    We did a outstanding job preparing for Open House. I know that are parents
    and Mrs. Ranney are very proud of us. Of course we couldn't of done this
    without our fantastic and well experienced teacher
    Mrs. Ranney. THANK YOU MRS. RANNEY!!!

    My favorite project was the biographies because right from the start of
    the project I knew Galileo was right for me.

    I think we should have a "class vote" to see which project was enjoyed the most.

    Brendan and I and every one who wrote something about the project we did this year GOOD JOB!!!

    William M.

  27. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Even though the 180 day school year is coming to an end, I know that all of you have been working incredibly hard to impress both teachers and parents. While I walked in Open House a few weeks ago, I was impessed on how much effort all of the outstanding projects took. My favorite craft was the "Animal Habitats" one. I remember doing that in third grade as well. Thank You Mrs. Ranney's class for working so hard to make this a great year!!

    Danielle M. (from Mrs. Coro's class)

  28. Dear William,
    Thank you so much for your enthusiastic appreciation!
    Dear Class, Family Members, and Friends,
    Thank you all for your supportive comments. I particularly appreciate comments from parents, siblings, extended family, and students from other classes! Keep them coming!
    Yours truly,
    Mrs. Ranney

  29. Dear Mrs.Ranney's class
    My favorite project was and is the Animal Habitats. The project was my favorite because the haiko and the stuffed animals.


  30. I really think the blog is great! Its so hard to pick which of the class projects was my favorite at the open house--they were all very creative and the students did fantastic work. I would have to say that Lucas's project writing about someone he admires was the one that I will always remember best, since I was so honored to be selected as his subject!

    Michael Bartok

  31. Dear Mrs. Ranney's Class,

    Your work looked like you put a lot of effort into it. I especcially liked your, "Favorite Space Figures," because it was 3-d. You guys have some knifty ideas.

    (one of Mrs. Yollis' student)

  32. Dear Juliette,
    I will try to do some posting during the summer, and I hope that our classmates will stay in touch.
    Thanks for your interest!
    Mrs. Ranney

  33. Dear room 9,
    This really is super!I am glad we started a blog. Usually, we just do other daily things. I know we started this blog close to the one-hundred and eighty (180) schoolday, but at lesst we got to start one "mighty fine", as they say it, job done on this juicy blog.


  34. Dear Mrs. Ranneys class I liked the favorite space figures because each one was unique.

    From Abraham alex's big brother

  35. Dear Mrs.Ranney,
    I know this about an hour since we got out of school, but I already miss you.I hope you enjoyed the present. Please comment back.
    (P.S.You don't have to post this.)

  36. Dear my classmates,
    I liked all of your stories and borders.

    Your Student,

  37. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I love all of the photos of the post, but if I had to choose the one that I like the most of the pictures I would choose the Pot Of Gold paragraph. Which one did you enjoy the most? I love the Pot of Gold because it was all in cursive. Even though I would want The Pot Of Gold, I would never give up my dog for it!! The gold on it is gold glitter I think. I can't wait till we do the Pot Of Gold this year, so it will be in open house just like last year. Are we going to do that in cursive soon? It was very impressive that you put in a black pot of gold!!! Is yours up against the wall with the others? I hope you will do the Pot Of Gold with us this year!!! You are the #1 best teacher. You are the best I have ever had!!!


  38. Dear Andy,
    Thank you so much for the compliment. I love the Pot of Gold paragraphs too, and as you know, we started working on them today! I really enjoyed reading what possessions each person in our class holds dear. Everyone is doing so well in learning cursive, so the final project will look great when it is up for Open House!
    Mrs. Ranney


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