Third Graders Write and a Teacher Draws!

Mr. Boomsma by Mr. Arthers

Third graders from Piscataquis Community Elementary School expressed their thanks for the dictionaries they received during their visit to the Valley Grange Hall on October 16… and third grade teacher Mr. Arthers offered his rendition of Mr. Boomsma in action! Here’s a sampling of what the kids had to say…

“Thank you for having us visit your Grange Hall and teaching us about the Civil War. I liked the pink day dress, the badges on the uniform, and the staves. I learned they are called the spud, the shepherd’s crook, the pruning hook and the owl. Most of all, thank you for giving us the dictionaries. I will use it for helping me with my spelling words, my reading words, and my vocabulary words. I like the sign language page. I also know how to do the whole alphabet in sign language.

Sincerely, HH”

“Thank you for teaching us about the Civil War and the pink dress. I really liked the golden sword and I did not know there were certain kinds of military salutes. I didn’t know that there were different kinds of dresses. The staves were cool, too. Thank you most of all for the dictionaries. I even used the dictionary for this letter. You guys are awesome! Thank you.

Your friend, TR”

“We want to thank you for the dictionaries. My favorite part was sweeping the floor. And searching for the words in the dictionaries. It was a lot of fun. Good luck with the third grade next year.

From P”

[The above letter might require some explanation… the kids sit on the floor for the presentation. I had them all “scoot” on their bottoms so they were a little bit closer and teased after they had that was how we got the floor clean once a year!]

“Thank you for telling us about the pink dress. I would like to wear a pink dress every day. Thank you for teaching us about the Civil War. My two favorite parts were the staves and the owl. He was so cute. The shepherd’s crook was awesome. Most of all, I liked the dictionary hunt, even though it was hard to find the word in the dictionary. It still was the best day ever.

Sincerely, MH”

“Thank you for teaching us about the Civil War and dictionaries and showing us the real uniform, sword, staves, and dress. I really like the part in our dictionaries about sign language. I learned up to the letter E. It is very good for free time. I can also use my dictionary for words that my brother made up to look smart. I can now identify if it is true or not.

Sincerely, RG”

“Thank you for giving us dictionaries. They come in handy and most kids like reading them. Thanks for telling us about the Civil War. We enjoyed listening to you. Thank you for making us happy.”

Sincerely, NC”

“Thank you for the dictionaries. I was excited when I got on the bus last week. Mrs. Kennedy [teacher] wanted us to look up something about Maine. Mrs. Kennedy has a special spot where our dictionaries go. Thank you for the presentation too! I saw us on the news that night. You could see my French Braids in my hair.

Sincerely, EK.”

“Thank you for getting us nice, new dictionaries. They are very nice and we are all ways excited to use them. I’m very happy and excited to use mine too. They are very good to use when we read or write. But sometimes they can be very frustrating. And sometimes I get lost in it but it is always helpful. And when we don’t know a word we are sure to always look it up in our dictionaries. I really like mine. It is very useful when I am stuck on a word. Thanks again!

Sincerely, T”

“We want to thank you for the dictionaries. I love looking at it when I’m stuck on a word. And I had fun when Mrs. Annis and Captain Battick talked bout the war and the dress. I love that dress.

Sincerely, C”

“I want to thank you for the dictionaries. I bet I’m going to use it a lot this school year. And at home. I like finding unusual words in the dictionaries. And to use it for hard words too.

From M”

“We want to thank you for the dictionaries. I like the dictionaries because they are cool and they are big and fat and also have so many words. It’s hard for me to find words in it. My favorite part was seeing what was in the mailbox. Another part that was fun was on the ride home because we all looked in our cool dictionaries. It was like a dream. I use my dictionary for misspelled words and other things. It helps  me learn to spell new words every day.

From your friend, SM”

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