In the previous post I said that we have ECO on Friday, March 10th. We actually have it on Thursday, March 9th! Please be prepared for ECO on Thursday! Sorry about the confusion.
I hope everyone has been enjoying their Winter Break. I look forward to seeing everyone on the first day back, March 8th. We are wrapping up our World Geography Unit and I am very proud of all the students have accomplished. We are planning on having a World Geography night really soon so stay tuned for more information. We hope to see everyone on that night!
This Friday (March 10th) we have ECO. Please make sure your child is equipped with warm winter layers as the woods are always colder than just walking or playing outside. We are usually outside for at least two hours.
Also, I would like to remind parents that students should be reading 15-20 minutes nightly, as well as practicing the math that is being sent home. Thank you for your support!
It is hard to believe that the school year is already half over! The students have been working really hard on our World Geography unit. They have been learning how to use a map and all the elements found on maps. They have also begun a very impressing writing project using Google Slides. It is really amazing to see them accomplish so much at such a young age!
Valentine's Day is coming up soon and some of the children have been asking about Valentine exchanging. If your child wants to give Valentines, we will have a small celebration at the end of the day. Also, because so many Valentines come with candy now, I was hoping to make a fruit salad for the celebration. If you could send in a piece of fruit on that day with your child, it would be appreciated!
I am sending home another packet of book logs. Please have your child read 15-20 minutes every night. It is so helpful to their progress in fluency and accuracy. Please send the logs back in on Friday with your signature. If you need reading material for home, please let me know. We have so many resources in the classroom. Also: fourth graders have optional home-work every night in math. For us optional means that your child will not miss recess if it is not done, but we strongly encourage them to do the practice work. I am now requesting the same math work from third graders. I will send home a practice packet of math home work on Tuesdays and would like it returned on Fridays. In order to be ready for fourth grade math, students must know their multiplication facts. Five to ten minutes nightly at home makes a huge improvement. If the packets of practice work are a struggle between you and your child, please feel free to practice facts orally with your child instead. Thank you so much for your support! Please feel free to call or drop in if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great week!
Please be sure to check out the photos and slide shows on the web site! We have been doing a lot in addition to our regular curriculum. Last Thursday we joined our PBIS Pals, Keven Carney and his 7th grade TA, and looked at the various skulls of animals from all over the country. It was a great way for us to see how some animals had adaptations to help them in their habitat. We also participated in Hour of Code, and helped create video games on the computer. The students really enjoyed this!
This week we will be working with a Vermont author, Natalie Kinsey Warnock. She will be coming into our class on Wednesday to work with us a little on writing! We have read two of her books in our reading groups: As Long As There Are Mountains and The Night the Bells Rang.
On Thursday we have ECO. We will be going outside with the other 3/4 classes for a Winter Celebration. Please make sure your child is well equipped to be out for 2 1/2 hours!
ONE LAST NOTE:
The elementary wing is collecting food for the local food shelf. If you would like to donate, please send in a non-perishable with your child.
Thank you to Lauren Cleary for chaperoning our field trip to The International Festival on Friday. The students were able to see crafts from different countries around the world, and performances of other cultures. It was a very busy place, but all of our students were on their very best behavior and all three 3/4 teachers were very proud!
There are a couple of learning opportunities for third and fourth graders coming right up! The first is The National Geographic Geograpy Bee. This is only open to grades 4-8. I will send home an informational packet to any fourth grader who is interested. The Geography Club will meet on Wednesdays from 3:00- 4:00 in Ms. Henderson's room. The club actually begins on December 6th. Sorry for the short notice, but we only recently were accepted! If your child is interested, but can't make the first meeting it is fine. S/he can join the next week.
The next opportunity is a Writer's Workshop at the Jaquith Library. I will send home that information as well. It is being taught by Sylvia Smith, the librarian at Jaquith and Jennifer Barlow. It sounds like a lot of fun and it happens over the holiday break for three sessions. Please look for that information from your child.
Winter is here! Please make sure your child is prepared for the outside! They need outdoor clothing for recess and PE. We have some extras here, but they quickly disappear, leaving some children without! Thank you for your support!
Mrs. Scott's 3/4
November 10, 2016
Busy last two weeks!
Thank you so much for your patience with our report card delay. Being a mixed grade report card seemed to confuse the company we use to generate report cards! It was so great to meet with you during conferences.
I feel that it is more helpful to talk and discuss what is going on in the classroom than a piece of paper, anyway!
Even though these past two weeks were shorter, we accomplished so much. We are fully immersed in our curriculum at this point in the year. In Literacy our class is doing in-depth activities with Realistic Fiction. Ask your child what the elements of realistic fiction are, and when they are reading at home ask if what they are reading is realistic fiction and why. In writing they are finishing up their Small Moment stories, and have learned a few writer's techniques on how to generate a story. Third graders are learning multiplication in math now, along with practicing elapsed time and other remedial skills. Fourth graders are practicing 2x1 multiplication using the area model. In Theme we are finishing our Life Cycles Unit. We looked at how the Life Cycle of all living things (plants and animals) all have four components.
Ask your child what the components are! Along with the core of our curriculum we are also practicing Word Study (spelling and language) using Front Row, a computer program that adapts to your child's particular level. We also participated in a mock-election voting for our Governor and President. The students really enjoyed this. These children should be exhausted by the end of the day, yet they are still full of energy!
Next Thursday, the 17th, we have ECO. We will be focussing on Heredity in both plants and animals, which we will connect to our next study in Theme.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns or questions about anything you are wondering about in school. I am more than happy to answer any of your questions.
ECO ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH!
We are off to a great start in 3/4 S! There is so much positive energy in the room! We have been busy establishing routines and expectations and getting to know one another.
Today we began our curriculum in writing, Reading, Math, and Theme. It was a lot to delve into! Our first unit of writing is personal narratives. You can support your child by asking them to recall little moments in time in their lives that made an impact, left them wondering, or is just a happy memory. Sometimes it is hard for them to think of things to write about. In math we are reviewing addition and subtraction strategies and working with the cuisenaire rods. Our first unit of study in theme is Social Groupings. Ask your child questions like "Why is it important to belong to a group, pack, or herd?" They already seem to know so much! You could also ask them about the wolf, OR-7, who traveled 205 miles to find a mate! They came up with some pretty logical reasons in class.
Our class is collecting school supplies for Louisiana children who were victims of the massive flooding. We talked about how school openings were delayed, some schools were destroyed, and some schools are still being torn down. Talking about the flooding gave us a start on learning our Cardinal Directions of North, South, East, and West . It is always so refreshing to see how much children want to help others. If you have an extra note-book, pack of crayons, pencils, etc and would like to donate it, please send it in with your child.
Picture Day is Wednesday, September 14th. ECO is September 29th. Please be prepared for any kind of weather and don't forget a water bottle! Contact me with any questions or concerns. School 426-3213, ext. 218 or at home, 454-7843. Cindyscott@twinfield.net Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)
Classroom News Mrs. Scott's Third and Fourth Grades August 22, 2016 WELCOME BACK!
Dear Families, I hope everyone has had a healthy, happy summer vacation. I also hope that every one is ready to return to school, I certainly am! I am so excited for this school year! We will be studying the geography of our world, life cycles of animals, and so much more. For the rest of our summer vacation, I would like for all third and fourth graders to make a list of 5-10 animals that you think are interesting. Bring the list on the first day and together we will figure out where the animals live in the world. If you have a book that you'd like to bring for silent reading, please do. If you need a silent reading book, we have tons in the classroom so don't worry if you don't have one. Our classroom has plenty of supplies to start the year, but if you would like to bring in your own pencils, markers, or other things, that is fine. It is amazing how fast these things go! Enjoy your last few days of vacation! I can't wait to see your smiling faces on September 1st!