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Mrs. Burnett grew up in New Jersey before attending the University of Notre Dame, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in Education, Schooling and Society (ESS) and Italian Studies. She later continued her education at Notre Dame by enrolling in the Alliance for Catholic Education’s ACE Teaching Fellows, a program that places college graduates in underserved Catholic schools across the country. Through ACE, Mrs. Burnett taught in Compton, CA and earned her Master of Education (M.Ed) degree and Initial Indiana Teaching Licensure. In California, she received her Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She is currently working on an added Reading/Writing Authorization from USC. For the past eight years, Mrs. Burnett has served students in Baltimore, MD; South Bend, IN; Komga, South Africa; Compton, CA; and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She has been blessed to be able to work with children in the capacity as an orphanage volunteer/homeschool instructor, teacher, and literacy researcher. 

This is Mrs. Burnett's fifth year teaching Third Grade. She is excited to foster a love of critical reading and writing skills through the class theme of evidence. This year, students will learn to find and use evidence in texts, media, and art. Across subjects, students will be required to support their answers and reasoning. In language arts, students will use evidence to critically analyze informational text and literature. In math, we will engage multiplication, division, and fractions for the first time, acquiring a toolbox of operational strategies based in conceptual understanding of each topic. Students will share their answer and reasoning, engaging in math discussions and debates with their peers. In social studies, students will human and physical geographies, learning about community and how it changes over time. In science, students will learn about living things and how they adapt. 



Recent Posts

Publishing Our Grinch Letters

Our writers have been working SO HARD on their Grinch letters! Today we peer edited our second drafts and started typing and formatting our final, published draft! Nothing like a little holiday music to help us stay on task!
Here are two students peer editing a letter. First we read the "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" lyrics to learn about similes and metaphors. Next, we wrote our own similes and metaphors about the Grinch. Ms. Corriston made the mistake of sending our writing to the Grinch. Needless to say, he was not pleased with our symbolic descriptions and sent us a strongly worded email in response. Now we're writing apology letters to try to turn his heart and save Christmas. Wish us luck!

Defining In Context

Working on our Native American unit through a silent Marker Talk as we show our prior knowledge.
Third Grade completed our first Guided Novel Study! We worked in our reading groups to make a poster advertising each text. Students needed to determine the theme, summary, and important characters and events. We applied Thinking Maps by displaying the posters as a Tree Map in the hallway. Next, students read the posters and added to a collaborative bar graph, voting for the Roald Dahl book that they would like to read next. Reading, Writing, Art, and Math all in one project!

Christmas Brain Break

The best way to stay energized and keep learning the day before Christmas break? A GoNoodle dance brain break, of course! The perfect way to shake out the nerves before our last assessment of 2016.


Every day, we use GoNoodle for educational brain breaks. Here, students wake up their bodies and focus their brains while learning about the importance of voting.
For our December STEM challenge, students worked in groups of 3 to construct Christmas trees. Each group receive a bag of piper cleaners and sketched out a plan to make a standing structure. Every group had a different strategy but achieved our goal. Listening to Christmas music helped us make our engineering dreams come true!
Students can earn the privilege of flexible seating through Class Dojo points. If students meet the weekly goal, they pull a raffle ticket to randomly receive a special classroom privilege. Privileges include using the Notre Dame stool all day, reading on the rug, sitting on a pillow, listening to music during independent practice, or using an educational app after completing assignments. 
We used the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" to learn about similes and metaphors. This week, students are writing their own silly, insulting similes and metaphors to describe the mean Grinch (before his heart grows, of course). 
Working collaboratively in Social Studies to demonstrate our comprehension of a lesson on community resources. Rather than answer questions from a textbook the traditional way, students worked in groups to rotate through Musical Charts. Each large piece of paper had a question from the text. Students worked in groups (with one person acting as the Scribe) to answer the question. When the music stopped, groups rotated to the next poster/question. By the time students returned to their originally seats, they had collaboratively answered 6 questions and could read and add to the work from the groups before them. 
Over the past few weeks, we have observed four versions of the same plant work to survive in different environments. The four conditions were:
1. No water and no light
2. Water and no light
3. Light and no water
4. Water and light.
At the end of 3 weeks, this is how our plants have fared. 
This lab helps us understand the Essential Question of our Science unit: How do living things get what they need to survive?
The October STEM challenge pushed us to use many habits of mind and model a growth mindset. Many of the structures ended up soggily collapsing after reaching new heights, teaching their builders the importance of taking responsible risks and finding humor. 

October STEM Challenge

After planning their strategy, students work together to build the tallest freestanding structure possible using only toothpicks and marshmallows. Students apply problem solving strategies to think interdependently.
Our October STEM Challenge: Build the tallest freestanding possible using only marshmallows and toothpicks.