Reflections On A Year In Which God’s Goodness Was Announced, Accepted, Advanced, And Continues To Abound!

As I reflect upon the 2016- 2017 school year (my first year in 3rd grade), I am amazed at the growth that has taken place in our Goodness Fruit Stand!  Not only did growth occur with our little third grade Saints, but it also occurred in their teacher.  I must admit that I was apprehensive about teaching the third grade class, having always worked with older students, but I have come to realize, even more now, that God’s hand was, and continues to be, in everything.  His will was accomplished this year through our little Saints and through me.  I realized that third grade is that turning point; that pivotal year in which students take the basic skills they have learned in reading, writing, and math from the primary grades, and use those skills as vessels to carry them to new and exciting places.  I have seen so much growth academically, socially, and most importantly; I have seen spiritual growth.

Spiritual growth and Social growth were evident in so many ways.  Spiritual growth was seen when  one of my tough little guys asked to share something with me in the hallway.  When we stepped out to talk, he told me in a quite little voice (and with a sweet smile), “Mrs. Moore, I got saved yesterday.”  The tears of joy could not be held back.  We were also blessed to witness the baptisms of three of our third grade classmates this year.  To be able to see a child come to know the Lord and to realize, after talking and sharing with children about our own salvation experience (and the fears that we had as a child), that God uses us as His vessels to bring others into his fold, is one of the most joyful experiences that we as Christians can have. I have truly come to realize that God puts us where He needs us so that we can be used for His purposes.

We bear fruit.  Our third grade Saints have become fruit- bearing vessels.  Even when the storms of life hit, we continue to bear fruit.

“And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:3

Roots: (Our picture with the roots of the tree after Hurricane Matthew)

Academically, these third graders pushed themselves past the goals that I had set and past the goals of the third grade curriculum.  Their eager little minds took off in directions that were fascinating!  Through problem- based/ project- based learning, the Saint discovered new lands, new ideas built upon old facts and old ideas from history, created projects using ideas from their own research, found new ways to solve mathematical problems and situations, and investigated God’s World through science.

Here are a few pictures from some of our projects and games:



The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World:  As seen through the eyes of third- grade researchers and presented through writing, 3-D media design, and technology.

Students are using deductive reasoning skills to determine missing factors with multiplication and dividends with division.

Various interactive projects in Social Studies, Science, and Math.


After reading the novel, The Whipping Boy, Saints created life- size characters from the novel and portrayed things from that character’s point of view for  parents and guests at one of our Fruitful Events.

Wow!  What reflections!  I am so thankful that I was able to spend this year learning right along with my sweet third- grade Saints.  They have grown so much!  I will miss them over the summer, but I am encouraged by the fact that most of them are returning to CCA next year, and will be right next door to me in fourth grade!  Have a blessed summer!  I love you all!  May God continue to bless!








The Saints In The Goodness Fruit Stand Are “Abounding” With “Spring” Ideas!

The Saints in the Goodness Fruit Stand celebrated the resurrection of Jesus as we returned to school from our “Spring Break”!  Christ has risen, indeed!  We celebrated the empty tomb and the beginning of new life!  The Saints in the Goodness Fruit Stand were inspired to paint water colors that depicted the vivid image of the empty tomb and the three crosses in the background.  The third graders were so creative in their use of pastel colors to represent new life and the use of grays and blacks to represent death in the tomb.  Take a look at some of our creations:


In Science, we have been investigating the major components God created in soil and its importance to plants and animals, including humans.  After studying the basic soil horizons or layers, we incorporated the scientific method to form a hypothesis and prove that we could  create our own “Edible Soil Horizon Models”.  Our experiment was quite “tasty”.  Take a look at some of our soil models to see if you can tell what we used for  bedrock, subsoil, topsoil, humus, roots, earthworms, ants, and grass:

Here is a picture of our funny Saints at the end of the day, as we were enjoying our “Edible Soil”!



Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere… Goodness Advanced Through Our Fruitful Event!


The penguins are coming, the penguins are going!  The Saints in the Goodness Fruit Stand learned so much through our research on penguins.  Did you know that there are 17 different species of penguins?  We shared our research with parents, grandparents, and friends during our Fruitful Event, titled “Goodness Advances”.  Completing our penguin research and designing and building our penguin projects helped us gain knowledge, apply knowledge, and learn how to problem- solve.  Take a look at some of our work!

We read the novel, Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  We saw “Goodness Advancing” in so many ways, and we were able to look at themes throughout the book and see what the Bible says about certain issues from the book.  We designed an igloo with summaries from all our chapters.  We compared and contrasted the economics discussed throughout Mr. Popper’s Penguins with the economics of Israel during the time when Jesus was a child and with Colonial Economics from our study of Colonial Williamsburg.  Take a look at some of the pictures from our Fruitful Event preparation.

Here are some pictures from our awesome field trip to Colonial Williamsburg!  We were able to see first- hand how the citizens of Colonial Virginia preserved food, used oils, sent out news, printed newspapers, traveled, and governed.  We compared many of these things to the way things were done during the time when Jesus was a child.

Goodness is “Advancing” Through Awesome Learning Experiences

So much has happened (and is still happening) in the Goodness Fruit Stand!  With all of our recent lessons, events, and experiences, we hardly know where to begin!  We have collaborated on  performances to share God’s Word, communicated our ideas in the planning of events, used our new knowledge of content to make  decisions that involved critical thinking, and designed some fun, aerodynamic paper airplanes to test the “Beginning of March Winds”!

In our Bible studies, we have been focusing on the childhood of Jesus.  We are reading and studying a  book titled, Growing Up Where Jesus Lived.  As we memorize and discuss the meanings of Bible verses,  such as Luke 2:52-” And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”, as well as Philippians 2:8- “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death on the cross.”, we learned that Jesus was entirely good.  He was fully God and fully man.  We learned that, just like us, Jesus developed physically, intellectually, spiritually, and socially.

Our intermediate teachers collaborated to create a “Video Game Day” for us.  They dressed up like video characters from the movie, “Wreck-It Ralph”.  We rotated to different rooms to design, create, and build cars out of scrap materials, design, create, and build ramps to race the cars we built, try to defeat Wreck-It Ralph in the homophone smart board game, try to  keep the ” Life- Size Jenga Tower” from falling, and watch amazing explosions with Ralph outside. During P.E. time, be used teamwork to build towers as the “Wreck-it Crews” tried to break them down.  This was an awesome job for our teams.  We really enjoyed this surprise day!



Collaborating To Create Our Class “Jesse Tree”

Isaiah 11: 1-2 reads:  “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; From his roots a Branch will bear fruit.  The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.”

The Goodness Fruit Stand created our own “Jesse Tree” after researching these verses from the book of Isaiah.  We collaborated to create our Jesse Tree to depict the figures and symbols that began with the “shoot of Jesse” and ended with the birth of Jesus.

In the old days, in the front of any family Bible, a record was kept of that family’s history.  Over the course of generations, those facing lines spread outwards, like branches and twigs from a single trunk.  That is why we call such a record a “family tree”.

Jesse Trees were depictions of the lineage of Jesus and would have been seen in churches.  Many were carved of wood, stone, or were made of stained glass.  Jesse Trees were Bible story books for the people in olden days.


We measured this wall, and t it was 8 feet, 2 inches from the floor to the ceiling.  Then we decided  to take that measurement and break it apart into lengths for each part of our Jesse Tree.  We decided that the trunk needed to be 6 feet tall, since it is the main part of the tree.  Then, we decided that the “stump”- earth and root system should be about two feet tall and about 3 feet wide.  We decided to paint roots, soil, mole, and worms, since they are underground animals.  Then we made branches that were anywhere from 1 foot to 3 feet long.  We created leaves, blossoms, and fruits as well.  We cut out symbols and the scriptures that described each symbol to add to our tree.


Goodness and Joy Celebrate Thanksgiving Together !!!


The Saints in the Third Grade Goodness Fruit Stand celebrated with “Service” this week.  We prepared a Thanksgiving celebration for our K-4 Preschoolers from the Joy Fruit Stand.  We enjoyed collaborating and creating games, crafts, songs, and Thanksgiving snacks for them.  We enjoyed the preparations during the week, as well as the serving and the helping that we did for the smaller children at the celebration.  Here are some of the highlights from out preparations for service and our day of service/ celebration.  We are so thankful that we were able to do this together with our younger friends!


The Third Graders as they await the arrival of the K-4 class.

These are the cute Turkey Snacks we made with melted chocolate, Oreos, pretzels, and candy corn.  We used kitchen gloves while handling the ingredients.  The K-4 kids ate these up!

We enjoyed being creative with our tie dying.  Our Native American Shirts looked great!


We constructed turkey games and Native American sign language headbands.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!  We are so very thankful for God’s blessings!

Goodness Was “Announced”, and Now Goodness Is “Accepted” !

The third graders in the Goodness Fruit Stand are exploring various forms of the word “accept”, as we explore our new theme for the second quarter; “Goodness Accepted”.  We constructed graphic organizers to help us visualize forms of the word “accept”, various meanings of the word, and various forms of the word.  We came up with several related meanings and several other forms of the word when we added prefixes and suffixes.  Then we wrote a paragraph using some of these words:

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          ” When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, He accepts us as we are, sinful, yet forgiven because of God’s grace.  This acceptance of Christ give us joy on Earth and life everlasting in heaven.  Once you have accepted Christ, you will want to live a life for Him, accepting His will for your life.  Jesus accepted death on the cross to pay for our sins.”

We continue to “brainstorm” and work collaboratively in all of our academic areas.  Take a look at our “brainstorming” about the Water Cycle.  Notice how we took concepts in Science and added reading and language ideas about prefixes, suffixes, and spelling.


We have begun our new class novel, The Whipping Boy, by Sid Fleischman.  We are taking a look at life in medieval times, when kings and queens lived in castles.  The prince in the story, Prince Brat, has a whipping boy who accepts the punishment that the prince should receive for wrongdoings.  We are comparing and contrasting these two characters.  We constructed a Venn Diagram and used some vocabulary from our thesaurus to enhance our diagrams.  Check out a couple of examples:

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Just in case you were not able to attend our Fruitful Event, “Goodness Announced”, we would like to share a few pictures from our “Goodness County Fair”, where we aired a live newscast about a “miracle” that saved a life.  We really enjoyed wearing costumes and portraying many of the characters in our novel, Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White.  We were able to share the Gospel message in our portrayal as we explored the words in the web:  “Some Pig”- changed to “Some People”,  “Terrific”, “Radiant”, and “Humble”.

We were able to share Science experiments, internet research, vocabulary skills, and math skills at our “County Fair Booths”.



Collaborations and Observations!

The third graders in the Goodness Fruit Stand have learned so much already, and we are only half- way through the first quarter!  We have learned that TEAMWORK and COLLABORATION are two of the keys to our success as we learn.

As we study the Bible, we focus not only on memorizing the books in the Bible, but also about when those books were written, what the theme of each book could be, who the main people in those books were, and who God inspired to write those books.  We worked together with a partner to RESEARCH, and PLAN through COLLABORATION, as we designed graphic organizers to illustrate the themes of the Old Testament Books of Law.  Take a look at some of our collaborative efforts!

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Speaking of COLLABORATION:  We sure did collaborate and work as a team when we were asked to sort and order numbers on the carpet, using SILENT COMMUNICATION SKILLS!  We learned quickly how to use gestures, sign language, and placement of cards down the hallway to quickly sort them from lowest to highest.  One of the hardest things that we found  during out collaboration and communication, was that some of the numbers went to the thousands, the ten- thousands, and the hundred- thousands place!


In Science, we have been learning about the Scientific Method.  We learned that in order for scientists to solve a problem or answer a question, they need to make careful OBSERVATIONS, form a hypothesis, conduct an experiment, record data, and draw conclusions about their results to confirm their hypothesis.  Here are just a few pictures of one of our science experiments.  We confirmed the hypothesis that carbon bubble would adhere to the wrinkles in a raisin, causing it to rise to the surface of a glass of Sprite, and then quickly sink to the bottom after the bubbles pop in the air, then gather more bubbles, and quickly rise to the top again.  We used a cup of water with raisins in it as our control.  The Sprite in the second cup was our variable.  We called our experiment ” Dancing Raisins!   We are also including a picture of “Dancing Scientists” as we dance and sing the song, “Scientific Method… Scientific Method…”











And… as a special treat during the first half of this quarter, we have had a special guest reader!  Her name is Miss Peterson.  We love to listen to Miss Peterson read from Roald Dahl’s book, The B.F.G.  We love the way Miss Peterson disguises her voice as she creates the characters in our minds!  It’s so nice to relax on a bean bag and let our imaginations take us away!

Two Weeks of “Announcing Goodness”

Announcing!!!  Announcing!!!   Goodness has been announced this week in the Goodness Fruit Stand!  Take a look at some of the learning that has been taking place.

God’s Word announces “Goodness”, and  the third-grade Saints in the Goodness Fruit Stand have been announcing goodness in our spiritual lives, our social lives, and our academic lives through collaboration in studying the Bible, comparing and contrasting literary works, finding answers to daily questions that require critical thinking, and working together to construct games that will solve problems in mathematics.

We are studying “Jesus in the Beginning”, and we are learning about “time lines”.  It was a little confusing at first when we learned about the B.C. years (Before Christ) and counted backward up to the A.D. years (anno domini), and then began to count forward again!

The Saints will be constructing their own time lines and learning about Bible events in history, so our Bible studies and our History will sometimes overlap.

We read two short stories by one of my favorite authors, Patricia Polacco: When Lightning Comes in a Jar, and Thank you, Mr. Falker.  Both books focus on a central character in a family with both trials and “mountain- top” experiences.  We constructed double- bubble comparison/ contrast maps, working collaboratively  to plot the elements from the books as well as the character traits of the characters.  Stay tuned as we begin to explore the writing of E.B. White in the classic novel, Charlotte’s Web. 

Our skills at mathematics have been “multiplying”!!!  We have worked collaboratively to construct games that we can use to help us with place value.  We started by “brainstorming” and coming up with things that we knew could be measured with large numbers.  Our lists included: number of people in the United States, number of people in New York City, and number of cars on the highway.  Then we started thinking of things that would be impossible to measure in human terms, such as: grain of sand on the beach and number of starts in the sky!  We realized that only God can measure those things!

Our place  value games have gone up to the hundred- thousands place so far, but some of us have extended out place value thinking into the hundred- millions!

Here are just a few pictures to give you a glimpse of our collaboration, problem solving, flexible seating, and learning game construction this week!








Goodness Will Abound!

curriculum Welcome to the Goodness Fruit Stand! 

I am rejoicing at the start of a new school year. My name is Mrs. Moore. It was great to meet many of you at our back- to- school- orientation last night.   I am looking forward to an amazing year of fun-filled learning! As we strive to implement the Fruit of the Spirit at Central Christian Academy, third graders will focus on “Goodness” and explore what the Bible teaches us about the generosity, open- heartedness, and helpfulness associated with goodness.

I am so excited about teaching third grade this year!  I already know many of the Saints in our Third Grade Goodness Fruit Stand because I taught them music last year. They are a great group of motivated students.


As you can see by these pictures, I love learning about music, wildlife, and literature! I can’t wait to begin learning and working together as we “UNITE” and focus on these six “C” words associated with twenty- first century skills:

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Content
  • Creativity
  • Confidence

Our quarterly themes about “Goodness” will be shared as we read novels together, solve complex math problems, investigate scientific principles, study how people and events throughout history displayed (or did not display) goodness, and most importantly, as we seek biblical truths.

Much of our learning this year will be project- based learning in small groups and individually.  You will not see traditional nightly homework assignments, but rather, family activities that reinforce our learning, such as nightly reading, math games, computer activities, outdoor activities, community involvement, and church activities such as AWANA.

So, let our adventure begin as we travel through the third grade together in the “Goodness Fruit Stand” !