October 30, 2018
ECO IS BEGINNING!
ECO will start on Thursday, November 1st, 2018. We will be outside for approximately two and a half hours. Please be sure your child is dressed to be in the woods on that day. We go out in all kinds of weather! Please send them with boots, gloves, an extra layer to stay dry, and jackets. We will come back inside at lunch time (12:00), but it will feel like a really long morning if students aren’t comfortable! Thank you for your support!
Our class will participate in the annual Halloween parade at 2:00 on Wednesday. After the parade we will come back to class and have a brief celebration. If you would like to send in a treat for the celebration, I’m sure the kids will appreciate it! Students can wear their costumes to school if it is easier for them, however masks or anything that is distracting to themselves or others will need to wait until 2:00 to be put on. Again, thanks for your support!
Picture retake day is on the 23rd!
Early release is Thursday, October 25th.
Friday is our Rockstar Celebration!
We are off to a great start! We are busy getting to know each other and adjusting to a brand new classroom.
Your child is being sent home with a folder. Please make sure that s/he brings it back each day as it is a great way to communicate between home and school. Please also see our classroom web-site. https://www.weebly.com/editor/main.php#/ The folder also has a book log in it that the children can record their reading on. I would like the children to read 15 minutes nightly as it is so beneficial to their progression.
Soon we will be beginning our ECO program. Whenever possible, we try to align a lesson in science or social studies with an outside lesson. The children really enjoy ECO, and it’s a great way to appreciate our beautiful forest here at Twinfield.
Picture day is on Tuesday September, 11. Your child’s picture packet is in the folder as well. Open House is Thursday, September 13th. Please feel free to come in and explore your child’s classroom and feel free to ask questions about anything at all! The students love to show off their work and their parents! I look forward to meeting you all!
Dear Families, July 30, 2018
We have had a beautiful summer! I am looking forward to getting back to school and meeting all of my new students. This year promises to be an exciting, busy, and fun filled year!
As third graders, your child will be learning many new things. They have spent the last three years in school learning to read, write, and the foundational math skills needed to perform higher level math. This year they will apply those skills through an interdisciplinary approach with our Thematic Units. We will be studying World Geography and Life Cycles. A lot of our reading and writing will be based on those two units, as will our Theme block at the end of the day.
Transferring additive reasoning to multiplicative reasoning is the biggest focus in math for third grade. Students will be learning strategies for their multiplication facts, as they did for addition. By the end of the school year third graders are expected to be able to do 2 by 1 multiplication problems using the partial product strategy as well as the standard algorithm.
Another expectation of third grade is learning technology skills. Third graders will learn to type using the program Edutyping. They will also learn to create slideshows for Informational writing and read passages on pre approved websites and programs. This will help them become familiar with the technology needed to take the mandatory standardized tests that are required for all third graders. It is amazing to think of all a third grader can do!
I look very forward to working with your children and can’t wait to see all the growing they will do this school year!
What an exciting event! Today we had the honor of meeting Amanda Pelkey, the Olympic Gold Medal winner of The USA women's hockey team! Amanda shared with us how she made her Dream a Plan, (our theme this year) and the importance of teamwork. The students had many questions and Amanda answered as many as she could! She even gave her autograph! It was truly a wonderful event for all of us.
As February break approaches, I wanted to update everyone on what is happening in our classroom. We have been very busy! In Literacy we just completed a unit on Greek Mythology and we are starting a nonfiction unit, focussing on answering questions from text. We are learning about Force and Motion in Theme and have recently built a roller coaster in the classroom! Ask your child about it and the energy transfer that takes place on a rollercoaster. We had a lot of fun!
We will be having a Valentine's Day valentine exchange on Wednesday. If you would like to contribute a snack for that afternoon please let me know. The class list is below: