This bright sunny day is a delight and a respite from the rainy, windy weather we have been experiencing lately! Indoor recess gets "old" really quickly! We had a really fun week this past week and here's just some updates to keep you "in the loop!"
MATH: We started taking the Unit 2 Math assessment on Friday. Some students will finish up during morning work time tomorrow(Monday) I will hold on to this assessment and we will be putting them in our portfolios for you to look at during/after conferences. Our next unit we will be working with fractions!
WRITING: We are still working on our realistic fiction stories. Many students have drafted and are now revising and editing. We hope to finish publishing this week(having a typed and edited final copy!) This, too, will be included in our portfolios for conferences. We will be having a writing celebration sometime the week of 11/13. Our next writing unit will begin after Thanksgiving--we will be tackling persuasive essays!
READING: Your students have been doing great work setting and meeting reading goals each week. You may or may not have noticed that I have now included a prompt on the back of the reading log for your student to fill out prior to passing it in on Monday morning. This will be typically a skill that we have been working on in class and this solidifies their learning. It is also important for the students to write about their reading as it aids their comprehension of what they are reading about. We will be taking a post assessment in reading and all that we have learned about characters, next Wednesday, 11/14/18. I am hoping to have most corrected in time for conferences so we can celebrate their growth as a reader. Don't forget to take those reading selfies and email them my way!!
CONFERENCES: Thank you to most who have signed up for student led conferences. Please remember that these are designed to celebrate your student's success and to set goals for the next part of fourth grade. It is important for your student to accompany you as they are looking forward to showing you their work. You should receive a reminder email of the date and time of your conference. Or you can access the signupgenius webpage at:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4ba5a82ba20-november3.
I think that covers it for now! Thanks to all the parents who came, prepared and helped out during the Halloween festivities! The kids had a ball!
This week in Science we did a Project Based Learning exercise in groups trying to save farmland from eroding. The students loved the hands on activity and learned alot. I sent some pictures through ClassDoJo but I will also put them on the class website for you to view.
Halloween is approaching and with it party planning and costume designing. We have been hard at work in fourth grade, learning our multiplication facts, practicing Reflex math, writing Realistic Fiction stories, reading great books and learning to have stamina when reading and we also have been talking about erosion in Science. Here's a few highlights to get you up to speed...
Hopefully you had a chance to review the Unit 1 Assessment with your child. Thank you for returning them so they can be part of your child's conference portfolio. We have been working on converting time from hours to minutes and vice versa, multi digit subtraction and multiplicative relationships. We will be taking the Unit 2 math assessment on Friday, November 2nd! Please help your child to review for this test.
Please help your child by using opportunities at home to help them spell correctly. If you are making a grocery list--let them create it, have them help you write steps for getting ready for bed or getting ready for school and have them post them in their room. We also use an online program called Spelling City which I typically assign for homework at least once per week. There are various games and a practice test that they can take. This builds their spelling skills so that they feel confident when spelling during their writing.
We are busy starting to craft our Realistic Fiction story. We have tried out different stories, chosen one and created a story arc with scenes so that we know how the story goes. We will be working on leads(beginnings to "hook" our reader), paragraphing, and using punctuation correctly, like quotation marks for dialogue. The students seem to be excited about their stories. You will see their published stories during conferences in November.
In reading we have been working on reading with stamina, recording our reading, seeing patterns in our characters behavior and what might cause these patterns. What motivates our character and what does our character struggle with? We have been reading two mentor texts, The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo and Wonder by Patricia Palacio. The students seem to really enjoy listening and discussing these books.
Our Halloween party will take place on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31ST from 10:15-12:00. We will play some games, do a Halloween craft and also have a Halloween read aloud. The Halloween parade will begin at 12 noon and then students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm as it is a half day inservice day. I have some parent volunteers who will be helping out that day. If you would like to attend the parade or any part of the day, please let me know!
This week I will be sending a SignUp Genius sign up for conferences for the week of 11/13-11/16 and 11/19-11/20. Please take the time to sign up for a 30 minute conference so that you and your student can share what they have accomplished so far and set goals for the rest of the year. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email me.
I am having so much fun with your children. They are sweet and special and I feel so lucky to get the chance to be with them every day!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in contact with me--you may call 363-1800 or email me at email@example.com
I hope you all have been enjoying this beautiful fall weekend. Thanks to everyone to venturing out last week for our Open House. I hope you enjoyed the new format where your students were the guides showing you around. It was nice to meet all of you that I hadn't gotten a chance to meet yet and of course, to see those I had previously met.
We are off to a great start to the new school year. Your kids are wonderful and we have set expectations and established our classroom rules and routines. We are in the swing of things I'd say.
MATH: We are finishing up Unit 1 in math this week and will be having a math assessment on Friday, October 5th. We will be reviewing for the assessment on Thursday, so if your student reviews this they should do well.
On Tuesdays from 8-8:30 am I will be holding math mornings for extra help, preview to upcoming skills or review of previous skills. If you would like to drop your student off we will have some fun while learning math.
WRITING: We are working on choosing an idea to write a realistic fiction story. This is our first writing unit and we will be focusing on developing believable characters. Your student will be publishing this piece in time for November conferences. Students had the opportunity to decorate their writing journals with photographs, stickers and magazine pictures. They are very proud of them and can't wait to write in them!
READING: Reading is a mainstay of our day together. We have silent reading time where I give students an opportunity to read on their own as I conference with students and talk about their reading habits and coach them in improving reading skills. They also have the chance to bookshop at my library each week. They choose books they would like to read--of course if they need suggestions or assistance, I am here to help them.
Reading Logs: Students are responsible for logging their reading here at school and at home. They should be setting a weekly goal and then trying to meet or exceed that goal. Please ensure that your student is reading each evening and at least once over the weekend. Please sign each of the entries that your student logs so that they are accountable.
Friday, October 5th-Wrapping Paper Orders due
Monday October 8th-Columbus Day-NO SCHOOL
Thursday October 11th-Composting Day at CRES
Hoping that October "treats" you well. Stay tuned for Halloween Happenings.
Questions? Comments. Please email or call me.
Thanks for reading.
Welcome to a brand new school year!! I hope that your child came home this week excited by some of the fun things we did this week and looking forward to meeting new friends and building lasting relationships. We started using our planbooks this week. Thank you for initializing these each night. If you have any questions about the planbooks, please let me know.
We had a great week together, getting to know one another and building community. Some of our fun activities this week were red solo cup stacking-using only a tool made of rubber bands, Saving Fred--the gummy worm and hula hoop hoopla(see the video posted on this website under the photos tab). I hope your student came home and talked about all these great things we did--if not, ask them about it.
We have another busy week this week with globe making happening on Wednesday, Sept. 12th. If you'd like to volunteer and haven't signed up-please email me asap. We need parents from 8 am-12 pm.
We will also be decorating Writer's notebooks this Friday, Sept. 14th from 1:30-2:30 pm. If you would like to volunteer for this I could use 2-3 parent volunteers then.
We will be beginning our Everyday math program this week so homework will be going home.. Please refer to my homework tab for my homework policy. I have explained this to the students, but I expect students to complete homework each night. If there is something that comes up, please write me a note, send me an email to let me know.
Please mark your calendars for Thurs. Sept. 20-6:30 pm for Open House. This will be a bit different this year as your child will be joining you to lead you through some activities to show you around our classroom.
Looking forward to seeing you on 9/20. If you have any questions or concerns before then, please don't hesitate contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-363-1800.
Have a great week!
Hi Everyone! It's been awhile since I have done an "official" newsletter but I have hopefully kept you updated on some happenings in the classroom through Classdojo. If you haven't signed up yet and would like to know what we are doing week to week, contact me and I will make sure that you get your password and will have access. I often post pictures and small tidbits weekly.
We just finished Unit 4 and I will be sending home the Unit 4 math assessments this week for you to look over. We also took a mid year assessment which covered everything we have learned so far. This will instruct me on how to grade for report cards as well. Next up-Unit 5 and adding, subtracting fractions and mixed numbers!
We are working on a persuasive essay right now. I hope that you enjoyed their personal essays--some which were holiday gifts to you, or for friends or loved ones. They were gifts of the heart, for sure! These persuasive essays may also turn into a "Ted Talk" of sorts, if they so wish--which we are calling CRES Chat and we will film students who wish to be filmed. More to come on that later.
Our nonfiction reading unit on Extreme Weather Disasters is just finishing up. Reading partners matched up with a second partnership to form Research Teams to research either Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Tsunamis or Floods. Teams made posters about their subject, including pictures, definitions, vocabulary words and their notes in the form of boxes and bullets. They then "taught" the class about their respective natural disaster using their poster to make their teaching points. The class took notes to respond to the teaching. They all did an amazing job! On Monday we will be comparing and contrasting two of the natural disasters together and writing about it in our reading notebooks. Our next reading unit will be on the Revolutionary War!
We have been alot of fun with our Transfer of Energy unit in science. We have done many different types of experiments to learn about potential and kinetic energy and the transfer of energy. Many including marbles and rulers for ramps etc. This past week we designed, made and tested roller coasters out of paper plates, tape, wooden blocks and toilet paper and paper towel tubes. The students were engaged, worked well in teams and learned a great deal about trial and error. We have alot of potential engineers in this class! I won't be surprised if one of them designs the next ride at Busch Gardens! For more on this check out the photos section of my website!!
Jace update: Thanks to all who donated items for Jaces's Get Well Basket. I delivered it to him last weekend and he was very surprised and grateful to all of you, his friends. He is on the mend and we hope to have him back with us, in class this next week. Thanks for all your healing thoughts and prayers!
That's all for now. Be on the lookout for your child's report card, which will be coming home next week. We will also be having:
King George Day-Thurs. February 8th(more info to come on that!)
Winter Fun Day on Friday, February 16th as well as our Valentine's Party.
Teacher Inservice Day Mon. 2/26-No School
Thank you and enjoy the rest of your weekend! Go Pats!
I know that it has been awhile since I have sent any communication to all of you at once. I actually have been communicating via ClassDojo, but realized that not all of you have signed up to receive my quick emails/messages and pictures that I have been sending several times a week. If you would like to be part of this group, please email me and I will send you your access code so you can be part of it!
So just to catch everyone up before our November conferences here are a few things we have been up to.
In Math we just finished Unit 2 and took our Unit 2 math assessment and a cumulative assessment. All students did very well(you will see the results in their portfolios during their November conferences) We started Unit 3 which is all about fractions and finding equivalent fractions. Please have your student practice their multiplication/division facts at home. Often we will have a timed math test to check in and see how they are doing. These facts are the base for all that we do in fourth grade.
In Writing we are publishing our Realistic Fiction stories. The students have written, revised, and edited their stories, met with peers to edit and now are typing their final drafts. These will also be available during November conferences for you to peruse. We have been working on transition words, commas, quotation marks and writing dialogue and capitals and punctuation. Ask your student about ARMS and CUPS!
In Reading we are finishing up our first unit about interpreting characters. We have been reading two read alouds Tiger Rising and Wonder. We have been using these as mentor texts to have great discussions about what are characters are doing, feeling and how they help us to understand the whole story. Your students are so insightful and our conversations have been wonderful. They are writing sticky notes for their own books and thinking about their characters. Encourage your students to read each night and to log on their reading log. To be a good reader you have to read!
We had a great Halloween parade and celebration. Due to the inclement weather and cancellation that week of we did a special project on Friday and decorated mini pumpkins. We practiced classifying triangles and quadrangles and students worked in pairs to create a jack o lantern. They thought it would be too hard to choose who would be able to take it home, so they chose, instead to give them to special staff members--so it turned into a mini service learning project. They are so giving!!
We are furiously getting ready for conferences and finishing things up before the Thanksgiving holiday. I feel blessed in so many ways, mostly to be able to teach these kiddos and be part of their lives. Thanks for your support and I hope that you all enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. Please email or call with any questions or concerns.
Happy May! I realize it has been awhile since I have posted a newsletter but I find that many people find it cumbersome and don't actually read it. I am attempting to make it shorter and to even look into some alternate ways of communicating with parents in addition to the occasional email. But until then....here's an update. First thanks to all of you for successful student conferences. It is always so beneficial We've had a lot going on as the weather has gotten better(or slightly so)
Math-We just finished unit 7 and will embark on Unit 8 starting next week--which is focused on measurement. There are a total of 9 Units in the Third Grade Everyday Math curriculum so this will be our next to last unit. I will send home corrected Unit 7 math tests after reviewing, please sign and return as they will be part of your child's portfolio. Also I am piloting a math program, along with some other teachers here at CRES, that was developed at Stanford University called Redbird. I just sent a sheet home about it in your student's yellow folder. They can access the program at home and I encourage them to work on it if they have a moment of screen time. The great thing about this program is that it adjusts to your student's ability and also gives them hints and instructs them on a math concept if they are having trouble. It is a complement to the EDM program. They all tried it out yesterday and seemed to like it. There are games and projects in the program as well. If you have any questions about it, feel free to contact me.
Writing-Students just wrapped up our Persuasive unit and wrote two pieces of persuasive writing. One speech and one essay. The speeches I will email you this weekend. The lovely librarians helped film the speeches during our library block. The essays are hanging on the door right outside the classroom. Students have become great persuaders and are passionate about many things! We began our next unit-Fairytales this past week and the students are very excited about this! Can't wait to see what they come up with!
Reading-We finished our character unit and now will finish out the year with another non-fiction unit on Research. Research is so important in the years to come that we try to give third graders a foundation of skills to carry them through and to build upon. We have been working on note-taking skills, cross text synthesis and expert lingo. Students should still be reading fiction at home and logging on a daily basis. My hope is that this year they have found a love of reading that will last their whole lives.
For Science and Social Studies our remaining units of study are: Weather and Natural Hazards and Maine Native Americans.
We were very fortunate to have Todd Gutner, WSCH Channel 6 meteorologist here visiting our third graders last week! He brought his van, Stormy and a film crew. He was awesome with the 140 or so third graders, answering their questions and teaching them about weather. Then our very own Jameson Moore introduced us and we were taped and then broadcasted on the morning news! Check out a picture of Jameson and Todd Gutner on my photos page. We also had our very own Michele Frietag, Horizons teacher, come visit our class to talk about her Native American heritage. She shared some interesting insight into how Native Americans lived long ago. Next Wed. 5/17 students will get to experience how Native Americans lived and worked when White Pines comes to show us. It would be helpful if we had two more parent volunteers who could join us from 9:30-11:00 am. If you can help, please email me asap.
Here are a few upcoming dates to be aware of as we wrap up our Third Grade year..
Monday May 29th--Memorial Day--no school
Third Grade Field Day-Wed. June 14
Beach Day-Friday June 16--Raindate Monday June 19th
Last day of school for students--half day-dismissal at 12 noon June 23rd. Report cards issued
Wow I guess it has been awhile since I last posted something for a newsletter. It seems like we have had a lot going on, then vacation. The month of February flew by! Just to recap: We had our Maine Animal presentations--thank you to those who were able to stop by to visit our "museum" to view the Maine Animal google slides presentations and to see the animal dioramas. We also had Jump Rope for Heart, and Winter Fun Day--including a snow sculpture of an alligator(se photos for some pics of this!) Adi Regis brought in a salmon to share with the class--another photo opportunity. We took some assessments both in math--We are now on Unit 6 and a post assessment in Non-Fiction and a pre assessment in Characters for our next reading unit. Phew! I hope that everyone had a relaxing vacation after all of that!
As I said, we started Unit 6 in Math when we got back last week. It focuses on multiplication and gives children the opportunity to learn some games and strategies to practice their facts. However I do ask that they also practice their facts at home. I give them a quick 25 fact check every Friday. Some students are struggling with this because they need to practice more. I am asking for your help to help them. Five minutes in the car on the way to basketball practice or even while they are waiting for dinner to cook is a good time to practice some facts.
In Reading we just started a new unit dealing with characters. We have talked about observing what a character does and their actions and what they say to find out what kind of person they are. We will move forward this week with finding evidence that proves they are this type of person with these specific character traits. We are finishing up our read aloud Poppy and have actually started Because of Winn Dixie. We are hoping to watch the movie when we finish this unit.
In Writing we will begin a new unit this week in Opinion or Persuasive writing. This is a fun unit for the kids to learn about. Don't be surprised if they bring home many ideas to try out on you or try to convince you to get them something they have been wanting for a long time(maybe a new pet?)
They have worked hard on non fiction and you will see that they have written an essay on their Maine Animal as well as created a brochure or a google slides presentation on something that they know alot about. This was very fun for them and they were very motivated to work on these. If you are at CRES come check them out!
We had a great visit from the York Wildlife Center on Friday. They brought a few friends/ambassadors to visit and we learned many things about Ruby the red tailed hawk, Byron the Barred Owl, Skeeter the Gray Squirrel and Clifford the Box Turtle.
A few upcoming things to keep in mind:
I will be sending out a Sign Up Genius by the end of this week for upcoming Spring Conferences which will be held the week of 4/10-4/14. If you cannot make any of the times that I have listed, please email me as soon as possible, so that we can find an alternate date and time to meet. These are student led conferences so it is important that your child join you so that they can show you their progress since November.
All Third Grade classes will be celebrating Maine's Birthday on 3/15 and 3/16. All students will rotate through all 7 third grade classrooms with special activities in each classroom on 3/15 there is a special Maine themed lunch planned and on Thurs. 3/16 Wayne from Maine will be here to celebrate with us. If anyone is available to help out to chaperone the class or to help in my classroom, please contact me! We would love to have some parent volunteers!
EmpowerMe testing will begin on 3/22-24th and 3/27-28. Please make sure that your child is well rested and has a nutritious breakfast and snack.
Third Grade Concert will be held on Thurs. 4/6 5:30-6:15 pm in the gym. Students should arrive no later than 5:15.
I think that this is it for now. Please let me know if there are any concerns or questions that you may have. We have a busy March but it will also be fun!
All the Best!
Well it's been quite awhile since I sent my last newsletter but hopefully your students have kept you up to date on all the happenings in Room 102 at CRES! We have been working hard every day and learning new and exciting things. We had a wonderful Holiday celebration in December full of fun games and crafts and then carol singing in the afternoon. I hope that all had a joyful celebration and 2017 is off to a great start!
In Math we finished up Unit 3 which focused on arrays and multiplication and multi digit addition and subtraction. I am hoping you had the opportunity to review it with your student, sign it and return it to school. It will be an important part of their third grade portfolio. We have almost completed Unit 4 which is mostly geometry based. We have talked quite a bit about characteristics of various polygons and also about perimeter and area.
We will be taking the Unit 4 assessment sometime at the end of next week or beginning of the week of 1/23.
In Writing we are continuing to revise our Informational books. We have used expert words for some of our chapters and we have learned to balance facts with ideas this week. We will move onward to add text features to our books as well as checking in on our goals and finally working on an About the Author page.
In Reading we are working on reading non fiction texts. We have compared fiction to non-fiction, looked at text features and also looked at boxes and bullets or the main idea and supporting details. This will help students to be able to take notes and research in the future.
Your students will actually have a chance to do a bit of research in the future beginning with the Maine Animal project. They will be put in a group according to what animal they are interested in and will create a slideshow in which they will provide information that they have gathered about that animal. All work will be done at school. However, there is a second component to this project that they will be completing at home--The Maine Animal Diorama. Stay tuned as information and guidelines will be sent home soon!
We had a whole school assembly yesterday to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and what he believed in as well as several fun and inspiring songs from your third graders. Check out the photos tab on my website for some great photos of them in action.
As always if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate contacting me either through email email@example.com or phone 207-363-1800 and I will be happy to get back to you. I feel very blessed at the start of this new year to be working with this amazing group of kids. Thanks for trusting me to be part of their world.
NO SCHOOL-Mon. 1/16-MLK Jr. Birthday
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