Mrs. O'Brien


   Oct 22

The Salmon Eggs Are Here!!!

I was just too excited to wait until tomorrow to let you know THE SALMON EGGS HAVE ARRIVED !!!! Here are a few pictures:) See you tomorrow for our field trip!!

   Oct 17

Wonderful Writers

Today during Writer’s Workshop, we were working on our Autobiographies. We started by making a timeline of 5-8 important events in our life. Then we chose four of those events and made a mind map of those major events. We then made an outline which helped us write our rough draft. Students were editing with their peers and then did their final editing with Allie Jensen and myself. I was so proud of their writing today. Here are a few pictures to document our wonderful writing.

   Oct 17

Name That Bridge

In class today we submitted a name for the new transit bridge that is being built over the Willamette River. I thought I would share the TriMet link so you can submit a name idea from home as well.

   Oct 15

Our Daily Schedule

Here is our daily and weekly schedule:

Mondays: Music 8:55

Tuesdays: Chinese 8:35, PE 10:30

Wednesdays: Library 10:30

Thursdays: Music 10:30

Fridays: PE 10:30


Our Daily Schedule (on most days):

7:50-8:10- Morning Work

8:10-8:25- Morning Meeting

8:25-9:25- Reader’s Workshop

9:25-9:40- Recess

9:40-10:25- Math Workshop

10:30-11:00- Specials (PE, Music, Library)

11:00-11:35- Math or Social Studies

11:35-12:00- Lunch

12:00-12:30- Recess

12:30-12:45- Read Aloud

12:45-1:15- Relax and Read

1:15-2:00- Writer’s Workshop

2:00-2:10- Pack up and Head Home


I hope this helps:)

   Oct 08

Bridge Building Expo!

Our Bridge Building Expo was a great success. I am so amazed by all of the wonderful bridge designs. This project shows us how important imagination and engineering is in our world. I am so proud of all of you. Here are just a few pictures from the event!

   Sep 30

We are bridge building engineers!!

Today we had a blast building bridges using Kinex. We could either use a guided picture to help us build or we could create a new bridge using our imagination. We worked as teams to create bridges that could stand on their own and some of our bridges were able to carry vehicles. It was awesome! Great job 3rd grade. It was so neat to see your creations today!

   Sep 27

Wet and Rainy Fun!

Today was quite the exciting day. We ventured out to the Willamette River and boarded the Jet Boats. Although we were quite wet by the time we arrived back at the docks, we still had an amazing time learning about the Portland Bridges, the animals who call the river “home” and other interesting features along the river. We got to see bald eagles, herons, an osprey nest, the Willamette Falls, the new Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge being built and so much more. Here are some pictures from our trip!

   Sep 12

Caine’s Arcade

Hello! I wanted to share a video with all of you that has really inspired some of my students. It really shows how important creativity and imagination¬†is in a child’s life and what one person can do with an idea. Please enjoy:)

Here are some more pictures from our first weeks of school as well!

   Sep 10

First Weeks of School

We have been having so much fun learning here in Room 4. We have been learning a lot about each other and what makes each of us unique and special. In Math we have been talking about place value and expanded form of numbers. In Writing we have learned about generating writing ideas, writing complete paragraphs and building stamina during Writer’s Workshop. In Reading we have been learning all about CAFE (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expanding vocabulary). We have learned different strategies to use while we are reading and how to choose Just Right Books. Wow, that’s a lot in just six short days. I hope you enjoy some of our pictures:)

   Aug 27

Welcome to Third Grade!!

Hello and welcome to 3rd Grade. I am so excited for this school year to begin. We are going to have so much fun learning and growing together. Here are some dates to look forward to:

Thursday August 29th from 2:00-3:00- Open House

Tuesday September 3rd: First Day of School!!!!! 7:50-2:10

Friday September 6th: Stafford Stampede 5:00-8:00

I am really looking forward to meeting all of you! See you soon:)