Hopes and Dreams for Third Grade

During the first week of school, I had my students write about their hopes and dreams for third grade.
This served as an opportunity for me to get to know my students better. It also was a great initial writing sample.

Later, the students edited their paragraphs and re-copied them in their neatest handwriting onto lined-paper clouds. Since I can't resist incorporating art into the classroom every chance I get, they also got to paint a rectangle of paper using primary colors. I showed them how they could mix the primary colors together to make new colors, then set them loose! After the paint dried, I flipped them over, and traced each student's hand onto the back of their painting. A little cutting and some lamination... and here they are! The kids were so excited when they came in the next morning to see the display.

I'll have to admit... the sun makes me super happy. It will definitely find its way into our classroom once I change the bulletin board display in the hallway. :-)

Language Arts Objectives:Students will write a paragraph with 5 complete sentences, including a topic sentence that states the main idea, 3 supporting detail sentences, and a conclusion sentence.

Students will use transition words, such as first, next, and last.

Students will use correct capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and spelling.

Students will indent the beginning of the paragraph.

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