University of California Irvine

Mrs. Cox
Mrs. Cox
University of California Irvine
PBL Project - Coming Soon!
Posted on March 6, 2020
Curious? :) Our PBL Showcase is about 2 weeks away! In order to see this awesome PBL wall, you'll have to join us for our showcase! :) Don't miss it. The 3rd grade UCI scholars are just about finished with their projects and so eager to present! 
Posted on March 4, 2020
Be sure to join us this Friday after school to help raise money for Scholarship Prep! The Kona Ice truck will be parked in the dirt parking lot and be selling treats at dismissal this Friday! :)
Guest Speaker - Mrs. Crowe
Posted on February 19, 2020
Today we had the pleasure of hearing from Mrs. Crowe, who is the Director of Student Services for Scholarship Prep. The third graders are working on a PBL project regarding homelessness and ways in which we can help the homeless youth population in Oceanside. Mrs. Crowe is incredibly knowledgeable about homelessness and was able to talk with students about common misconceptions, what she is in charge of and ways in which she helps families, and all of the different ways that we can help the homeless population. She was also able to answer questions that students had regarding homelessness and hear about everything they have learned so far in their research. Thank you Mrs. Crowe! 
Field Trip - The NAT!
Posted on February 13, 2020
We had such an incredible day at the Natural History Museum! The third graders got the chance to learn about the Kumeyaay Native American Tribe and how they survived all those years ago. Students were led through hands-on centers, doing things like grinding acorns, scraping yucca leaves, and going through a scavenger hunt! After our guided exhibit, we got to explore the museum and had a blast! :)
Fun with Kahoot
Posted on September 28, 2019
Ever heard of Kahoot? Kahoot is a fun and interactive website that allows students to test their knowledge on a variety of topics. This week, we practiced telling time with Kahoot. The students loved competing against one another in a fun and lighthearted way and were very engaged! It was great for students to see what areas they are strong in and what they need to work on. 
Guest Speaker - Rick Hohn
Posted on February 26, 2019
We were SO inspired with our guest speakers today! For our PBL this year, our essential question is "how can we take the themes in Wonder and apply them to our community/lives?" We spent first semester reading through Wonder and completing an interactive notebook as we read through the chapters. We did different activities and were asked different types of questions in which we had to write responses for every chapter of the book. This helped us to really analyze this story. We also watched the movie to compare it to the book! For the second semester, we are focusing on disabilities, since Auggie (the main character) has facial dysmorphia. Students spent weeks working on a research project in groups to find information and create a flip book for the disability they chose to research. Today, we had two guest speakers come in to talk about their disabilities and what it is like to live with them. Here is 1: 

This is Rick. Rick was born with Cerebral Palsy. Despite the challenges that he faced, he learned to talk with technology (he uses his head piece to pick letters, which form sentences and phrases and come out through a machine), was an art teacher for students, painted beautiful oil paintings that he has sold, became a pastor for his church, wrote a book, and became a motivational speaker. Talk about inspiring! He left students with this final quote, "You can do absolutely anything you set your mind to. Never give up!" With these words, we most certainly never will give up. 
Guest Speaker - Kiley
Posted on February 26, 2019
Here is our second guest speaker who came in today - Kiley! Kiley has ADD, Autism, & Apraxia (this is difficulty with motor movements - the person may have in their head what they want to say or do, but they cannot send the message to their muscles to actually follow through with this movement). Kiley showed the students a beautiful presentation in which she explained what her disabilities were and talked about her life growing up with these disabilities. The students loved Kiley's positivity and sense of humor! Kiley couldn't fully talk until she was in third grade, but worked hard to get to that point. Kiley inspired the students by telling them that sometimes things may be difficult and it may take them longer to do something, but if they work hard, they can achieve anything! 
Depth and Complexity
Posted on February 15, 2019
This week, we learned about depth and complexity icons and how to use them in different subjects. The students were SO engaged and loved diving deeper into our article about Citizenship that we read in our Studies Weekly for social studies. I am so excited to be implementing these icons into learning! :) It is a fantastic way to get students to think deeper about the text and really use their critical thinking skills. 
See you tomorrow!
Posted on February 12, 2019
I hope you all enjoyed the 4 day weekend with your families! :) School will be back in session tomorrow, February 13 at our normal time - 8:15 a.m. See you all bright and early! :) 
100th Day of School
Posted on February 8, 2019
We had a blast celebrating the 100th day of school! Here is a shot of my aged self along with my mini 100 year old students! :) 

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