Friday, December 2, 2016

Being Optimistic!!!

Hello Families,

Yesterday the third grade classes held a community meeting for the rest of the school. Each of our classrooms created a presentation based on OPTIMISM. This past week as a class, I worked with the students on the importance of having optimism and spreading it to everyone around you. Our class read a poem titled "Promise Yourself" by Christian Larson. I have added the link to the video of our performances. Our class is one of the middle acts. Enjoy!

Here is the poem we read:

This morning, as part of our meeting activity, we worked together as a team to solve an optimism poster that another class designed for us:

Later in the day, I read a wonderful book focusing on positivity and optimism titled, The Three Questions by Jon Muth. One of my favorite parts close to end leaves the readers with such a great message:

"Remember that there is only one important time, and that time is now....the most important thing, is to do good for the one standing at your side...these are answers to what is most important in this world. This is why we are here."

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Class Update

Hello Families,
I hope you enjoyed the "thankful trees" that came home with the students before Thanksgiving break.

The students and I have been so busy at school these past few weeks. Let me try to catch you up:

Reading: We loved our unit of study on Following Characters into Meaning. We read Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo as our mentor text. We followed the main character, Opal throughout the story and worked on making inferences, leaving tracks of our thinking and finding what the author's message is for us as the reader.

Writing: We are into the revising and publishing stage of our personal narratives. Throughout the process we worked on creating timelines to help organize our ideas, using strong leads and endings and writing details for the heart of the story. We will be ready for a publishing party in the next few weeks. Details coming soon!

Math: Multiplication continues to be a major focus in unit 3. The students have been hard at work developing fact fluency! Any help with this at home is greatly appreciated.

Science and Social Studies: The students loved the geology unit! We focused on the major layers of the earth, the rock cycle and how fossils help us learn about the earth long ago. We wrapped it up be completing an assessment, going rock climbing at the YHS high school and our field trip to the quarry. We have just begun our work on landforms to begin our next unit on Geography. Soon we will move into learning the continents, oceans and about different countries around the world. It is such a great way to learn and appreciate other peoples' cultures. 

Extras: Last month I went to an ACTEM conference and participated in a Breakout EDU activity. Once back at school, the teachers organized one for third grade students. The students had an opportunity to work on teamwork and perseverance with this class activity. The students were put into pairs and given different clues. Each clue would unlock a lock on the mystery box. The timer was set for 45 minutes. The students worked so well together and with just a minute and a half left they successfully "broke out"!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What's Happening?

Now that we have worked on creating a great classroom environment these past few weeks, we are starting to dig into the academics of the school year. Here are a few areas we are working on:

Reading: We have been focusing on "Building Our Reading Lives" for the first unit of study. We are learning about ourselves as readers and working on strategies to make reading a successful time. Right now we are reading Stone Fox together as a class. It is a great text for having strong emotions for a book!

Writing: After decorating our notebooks, we started to brainstorm special people and places in our lives. For each one, we added a few small moment ideas. Then we chose one to write about. This week we will work on creating positive writing partnerships. Also, Charlotte Agell (enrichment for literacy) has started coming into the class to present writing challenges. The students can choose to work on these during some class time or take them home to complete. So if your child is looking for a challenge please encourage them to give one a try!

Word Study:  The students have been working on identifying parts of speech and practicing components of the word study process. Our child did bring a priority word list one last week too. I encourage you to occasionally work on any highlighted words at home. We will be starting more formal word study groups soon.

Math: We have been reviewing some concepts previously taught like measurement and telling time. This week as mathematicians we are using strategies to solve multiplication and division problems. Also, this Friday your child will bring home a math fact fluency paper for addition and subtraction for you to review.
This is a great book for division!

Science: In geology we have been discussing the layers of the earth and exploring different kinds of rock samples. We will turn our focus to the rock cycle next!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Our First Week

The students and I ended our first week in closing circle sharing about our favorite things we did over the last few days. There were many activities to choose from like a mystery school tour with riddles to solve and movement activities like Drip, Drip, Drench (a favorite) and Gotcha. Here are some other highlights from the week:

Classroom Community: All this week we worked to create a positive and safe environment for our classroom. We continued to learn about each other and celebrate similarities and differences that make all of us interesting and unique. We worked on activities to support what great classmates do and why the word RESPECT is so important for each of us.

Garden Harvest: Many students found this activity to be a favorite. We explored the garden, searching for different vegetables and once we found the cucumbers, there was enough for everyone to pick one. We decided since there were so many, we ate a few for snack and gave the rest (8 pounds worth!) to the nutritional staff to use in the cafeteria.

Reader's Workshop: As readers, we discussed what works well for us during reading time. To be successful, we agreed that picking the right spot and the right book are so important. We will continue this work during our first unit of study, Building a Reading Life.


  • Please help your child to bring in a baby photo in a sealed envelope with his or her name on it by this Thursday
  • Open House for third grade parents/caregivers will be Monday, September 19th from 6:00-6:30. I hope you can make it.
  • Decorating notebooks information/gathering materials will come home Monday in your child's folder.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Getting to Know Each Other

Today the students were so excited to start day 2! In the morning we were able to play some partner games. These games helped us continue to learn things about one another, as well as how to be a good partner. Another focus of the day was celebrating how each one of us is unique and special in our own way. We began an art project to go along with will see it soon! We read some great books:

Also, if the weather is nice tomorrow the class and I will be going into the garden to pick cucumbers! The kids are really looking forward to it-I will post a few pictures soon.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Great First Day

Hello Families!
We had a great first day in third grade! We got to know one another through a few activities and discussed ways to be great classmates to one another this year. I am very excited to spend this coming school year working with these wonderful students! 

A few reminders:
-Please provide 2 large snacks for your child. We have 2 snack breaks and many students were pretty hungry from this long first day back.

-Please have a water bottle labeled with your child's name. We have a water dispenser that they can use to refill when needed.

-In your child's folder there are some forms to review and send back to school as soon as possible. 

Please feel free to send an email with any questions you might have as the year goes on!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Hello Third Graders and Families!

I hope you are enjoying summer and are making great memories! I have had many beach adventures with my daughter Jocelyn, who will be turning two near the end of the month. Now that it is August, I am starting to get our room ready for the upcoming year and am so excited to meet all of you soon!

Also, I hope you can make our drop-in day on Thursday, September 1st from 9:30-10:30. This a great time to see our new space, meet some classmates and meet me too. Please feel free to bring your supplies with you on this day so you can drop them off in the classroom.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Biography Wax Museum & Learning Celebration for Families

Hello Families!

In an earlier email with dates, I mentioned a tentative date for our Wax Museum/Learning Celebration for parents. I wanted to confirm that it will be held June 9th at 8:45. I've planned for a morning time in hopes that it might not interfere too much with your day/work schedules/etc. The plan for the morning is as follows:

  • Biography Wax Museum (it usually takes about 20-25 minutes)
  • Poetry Reading-each student will read a quick poem he or she has written
  • Slide show
  • I will hand out portfolio memory books for you to review and take home (report cards with also go home for you to review)

It should be a fun morning! I hope you can make it! Please let me know if you have any questions!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Important Dates

Hello Everyone!
We have reached a busy time of year! There are plenty of events coming up so I wanted to give you a update on what is happening in the classroom.

Important Dates:
May 24th: MAP testing

May 24th: Basket Raffle donations due (Our class has the Movie Night theme)

May 26th: Biography Costumes/Props DUE-(Please remember these can be very simple!)

May 27th Grandparents/Grandfriends (Biography Wax Museum Rehearsal)

May31st: Northern Stars Planetarium Visits third grade

June 2nd: MAP testing

June 3rd: Artist Kat Gillies works with us on a Pastel Planets art project

June 9th: Tentative date in the morning for parents to view Wax Museum and have our end of year "Learning Celebration" More information to come this week!

June 10th: Field Day (rain date 6/13)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Reminders for the Week

I wanted to send out a few reminders for this week:

Monday: The students will be doing an art activity. It is messy, so please either have your child "dress for mess" or have them bring in an old large shirt to wear over their clothes. Also sound makers are due, but if you need one more extra day they can bring them Tuesday.

Tuesday: We will be walking to the High School to participate in rock climbing. Please have your child wear sneakers and comfortable clothes.

Wednesday: Our third grade sound parade will be at 2:30 near the garden. We hope you can make it! 

Thursday: We will be having a educational game morning and a read a thon in the afternoon. Your child can bring in extra snacks, sleeping bag, wear pajamas if they want.

Friday: No school! Happy Vacation

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Country Project Reminder

Hello Everyone!

I hope this past week has been a good one. I just wanted to send out a reminder about the country projects that due on this coming Monday. If you need an extra day, that is fine. Tuesday can be the last day to bring them in and then we will practice and have classes come visit for tours this week. 

Parents are invited Thursday, February 25th beginning at 2:00. There will be no presentation order, students will be set up around the room and parents visit with students and learn about their chosen countries. I hope you can make it!