Friday, October 20, 2017

Classroom Update

What a fun last few weeks we have been having in the classroom!

Reading: We finished out first unit which was focused on "Building Our Reading Lives". This unit helped us know ourselves as readers, what works well and helped to set goals for each of us. We worked on strategies to stay focused on the text and what to do when things get "fuzzy." Now we have moved into our Characters Unit and recently discussed what it means to "walk in the character's shoes." We have reading Because of Winn Dixie as our mentor text. Oh, and the students and I started the Took a Book system where students can take out a classroom book to bring home. This book is for enjoyment and may or may not be at his or her level.

Writing: We have been working on collecting personal narrative moments in our writer's notebooks. We have also focused on using different types of leads to get the listener excited to hear more! Now we are focused on picking one piece to bring through the revising and publication process. You will have a chance to read these at school soon. More to come later!

Math: We finished up our first unit a bit ago and took our first assessment. Those will come home today to review with your child. This past week we have been working on many activities around multiplication and division. We also practiced a quick fact fluency sheet to see how well we know our basic facts. A favorite of the week was playing array bingo, which helps to visualize multiplication!

Science: In geology, we learned about the rock cycle, the three main rocks and how volcanoes form. We did experiments on our rock and used Seesaw to share that at home (the talking rock!). Also we just started to focus on how fascinating fossil s are and why they are so important.

Lastly, I was able to attend a conference last week where I was able to learn some great resources for use with technology. One was Skyping with SafariLive. Today the students and I went on a live Safari in South Africa!!! We were able to ask them questions and have them answered by the guides, we got to see hippos, cheetahs and hyenas. It was so exciting!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Class Update

We had another wonderful week working on creating a supportive classroom community! The students and I worked on what their hopes would be for this upcoming school year. After that, we brainstormed expectations for all of us to follow to help support those goals.

Reading: We have started our first unit, Building a Reading Life. So far we have focused on learning what works well for each of us when we read. These things might include noise level, body position, what our minds are focused on, time of day, etc. Next, we reviewed ways to pick "just right" books. Also we began our read aloud, Stone Fox.

Math: This week we began using number grids to solve for differences between numbers. We played a few fun math games. We also used math tools like small clocks and calculators. Healthy homework habits were discussed while completing homework together.  Homework will start to come home this week to be completed with your support and returned to school the next day. One other fun activity we did was creating a birthday graph on the iPads using Seesaw. (We will discuss Seesaw further at Open House). The kids were very excited!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Successful First Week!

What a great week back to school! The students and I filled these days with lots of activities to help get to know each other better and review and learn our school routines. Throughout the week we read a handful of great books focusing on being unique and kind to others. Some of those were:


A few other things that topped our week were playing the math game Farkle, having a playground exploration, and doing a Breakout focusing on our creativity! Here are a few photos from the week!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Summer Greetings!

Hello New Third Graders!

I hope you are all enjoying summer and are making great memories! Now that it is August, I will be getting our room ready for the upcoming year and am so excited to meet all of you soon!

I hope you can make our drop-in day on Thursday, August 31st from 9:30-10:30. This a great time to see our new space, meet some classmates and meet me too. Also please feel free to bring your supplies with you on this day so you can drop them off in the classroom.