I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I'm so glad the weather turned cooler. It was way too hot to be in school. Attitudes are much better when it is cooler also.
I had the pleasure of going to a Red Sox-Mets game with Dr. Stokes and his two boys. My Mets lost, but we still had a blast. I even cheered for the Sox at one point!
Don't forget this week on Tuesday night at 6:00 in my room,we will hold "Back To School Night". Remember this is only for the parents. I will be going over lots of information that is important for the year. I have all the dates for the field trips too.I will also be going over the new report card with you.
Michaelmas Fair is the 19th of October. It is one of the most fun days in third grade. I will be talking about that on Tuesday night also. I have some books with projects and other ideas if they are needed. Mrs. Mud is a great resource also. She already has a few projects going for the kids. I won't see the dining room furniture or the table until November!n
This week will be a regular week as far as I see it now. We will be in Wonders Reading-Unit 1 week 3. The new spelling words are on the spelling page. Remember we will always have a practice test on Monday, work with the words all week, then we will have our assessment on Fridays. In Math, we are working on reviewing time, carrying. and tallying.
In Social Studies, we are working on map skills and the three branches of Government. We discussed the Constitution at length and took a virtual tour of Independence Hall. The kids have a much better understanding of the document now. We even wrote our own Constitution for our classroom.
We are a very spirited bunch and we continue to learn all about each other everyday.
Welcome to our first full week of school. This week we have two important events. Picture day will be on Tuesday and the Magazine kickoff will be on Thursday. Also, we will take our first Aimsweb Reading test and our first Aimsweb Math test on Tuesday and Thursday. We will take the Aimsweb assessments three times during the year. Please encourage the kids to do their best.
We had a great week. Everyone did a great job on their first spelling test and we also aced our first reading test and vocabulary test that goes along with Wonders.
Please plan on coming on back to school night next Tuesday at 6:00. I will be sharing a lot of information with you about the year.
We will be in Unit 1, week 2 in Wonders this week. In Math we are working on reviewing time and number patterns. Our spelling words can be found on our spelling page. They are the week 2 words in Wonders. In Social Studies, we are studying maps and talking about different communities and how they compare to New Boston.
I am very impressed with the kids' journal writing. They are doing a fantastic job.
Have a great week everybody!
Welcome to third grade. It was a very hot and sweaty first week, but we made it through. We are a family of 22 and we spent most of the first week getting to know each other.
Our class name for this year will be Mr. Mud's Third Grade Thunder. We spent a lot of time discussing every name that the kids came up with and we discussed the voting procedure.
This week will begin our regular routine. We will begin Wonders' Reading Program and Everyday Math.
For each night ,I will ask the kids to read 20 minutes a night. We will usually have a home link that reinforces the daily math lesson.
Each morning,we will spend half an hour writing in our journals. I am so impressed with our writing and it is only the first week of school.
We will start off the week with our new spelling words that come from our reading program. The words are listed on the spelling page of this website. We will have a practice test on Monday and a formal assessment on Friday after working with the words all week. Bonus words will be added or offered as the year progresses.
Please don't have the kids stress out about homework. If they don't seem to get it, just write me a note in the assignment book and I will take care of it.
I hope that you will all be able to attend Back To School Night when I will explain everything in detail.
Hopefully the kids will have some good ideas about their Michaelmas crafts that they will be making at home. The big day will be October 19th. I will also explain more about that on Back To School Night.
If you have any questions,please feel free to e-mail me or jot down a note in the assignment book.
Dear parents and kids of Mr. Mud's Third Grade,
Summer is winding down, although it certainly doesn't feel like it weather wise. By now you should have received a letter from the school in the mail explaining a little bit about third grade. I have the room almost set up and ready for September 4th.
I have just about everything you will need to start the year off. If you would like to get a fun durable folder that you can take back and forth with you everyday, that would be great. I do have extra ones available.
I hope you are thinking of some great Michaelmas craft ideas for the annual Michaelmas Fair. Right now, it looks like the date of the fair will be October 19th. Mrs. Mud is already working on some crafts for you to sell.
Please don't forget to bring in a couple of things to school with you from your summer vacation. I can't wait to hear about your adventures and really get to know all of you! We will have a great year together. I am very excited and I hope you are too. We will be a family of 20.
Enjoy the last three weeks of the vacation. Still plenty of nice weather left.
If anyone would like to come in and check out the classroom, I will be in and out during the next few weeks. Just call first to make sure I'm there. There will be a meet and greet on Thursday, August 30th from 1:30-2:00 for Kindergarten, Readiness, First Grade and kids new to our school. I will be in the classroom at that time if any of you are planning to visit with younger siblings.
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail or call and I will get back to you.
Go Patriots, Red Sox and Mets!!!!!!!!
Looking forward to seeing your smiling faces and spending the year with all of you!!!!!
I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful end of the year words and presents. I am one lucky guy. It has been one of the best years ever. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer. The kids deserve it. I will be at school three days a week starting on July 10th. Please keep in touch.
Check the website every once in awhile for the update on classes for next year. Once the enrollment settles down in August, the office will be sending out placement letters.
Thank you all for making this year one of the best ever!!!
The last week of school. How can that be possible??? We will keep the four days as normal as possible. We are finishing up math and finishing up our state unit.
I hope all the Dads had a great Father's Day. It sounds like everyone had a great weekend.
On Tuesday morning is the Awards Ceremony in the gym.
On Wednesday, we will be going to the Historical Society to finish part one of our first trip. We will be traveling with our first grade buddies.
On Thursday at 11:15, we will be having an ice cream party to end our year in third grade. Feel free to attend if you would like. I will be making a special presentation to the class.
I will be around all summer and I will be teaching summer school. I will be at school three days a week from 7:30 to 12:30. Please feel free to keep in touch.
Have a great summer everyone! You deserve it!
The whale watch was awesome. We haven't seen humpback whales in a long time. That was the closest I have ever been to a humpback. Thank you to all of the parents who chaperoned. The kids had a blast and they are still talking about it.
Don't forget that the state boxes are due on Tuesday the 12th. If you do not have three things in your box from your state yet, do not panic. We will work on it.
Field Day is Thursday. We are looking for volunteers. There is a sign up genius on line that Ms. Baines out out there. We are on the field all morning and we could use some help for games. The BBQ is held right afterwards for everyone.
Happy June to all. It is hard to believe that we only have about 15 school days left to the year. We are all very sad in Mud's class.
This week we are doing small research projects on whales. We will do research, write a report, and share out to the class.
Please do not forget to have the kids dress in layers for the whale watch on Friday. We will arrive back at school around 4:30. Right now the weather looks nice, but cool. Remember it is sometimes 20 degrees cooler 45 miles out into the ocean. The kids will need a snack and a lunch. they do serve all kinds of snacks and drinks on the boat. There are also limited souvenirs for sale on the boat. If you are chaperoning, it will be up to you to drive or to car pool with someone. There will be room for two or three chaperones on the bus. I will have directions for GPS's. The kids are all looking forward to the trip.
We are working very hard on the states and their capitals. On our first capital test I was so impressed. We had 9 kids get all 50 already. The others are very close. Kids should be decorating a state box at home. They will need to put two or three things in the box from their state. they have lots of ideas. I found some state stuff this weekend at the flea markets that I will share with the kids.
We are on the last unit of Wonders Reading, and we are also on the last unit of Wonders Math.
I hope everyone is having a nice Memorial Day weekend. We were in Maine for the weekend and had an awesome time.
I would like to thank everyone who attended the Presidential Reception. It was the best show yet! I was so proud of the kids and I won't say a tear or two wasn't shed. The speeches were awesome and the kids commitment was outstanding. It is a day that they will remember forever. I hope that everyone learned something from the kids that they didn't know before. We have had 7 kids recite the presidents in order and a few more are preparing. Again, these guys set the bar so high. The reception was fun and the snacks were delicious.
Thank you to all who attended the Community Meeting on Thursday. The kids and their buddies did a great job. I'm thinking Luke Bryant would like to see our presentation and what we did with his song.
We will be taking our final Aimsweb tests this week in Reading and Math. Tuesday morning and Thursday morning. On Wednesday morning we will have our annual Memorial Day celebration in the gym at 9:00. It is really a touching ceremony. Everyone is welcome to attend.
We are all set for the whale watch. Let's hope the weather is good. According to their web site, they have been seeing lots of whales.
The Radsox will be taking their Unit 7 math test this week. I'm sure they will all do a great job.
For read aloud, we are reading Trumpet of the Swan and the kids are loving it.
We have all picked a state and have started our state unit. The kids will be responsible for decorating a box and putting two or three things from their state in it. Anything that can be connected to that state can go in the box. I would like to have the state boxes in by the 12th of June. We have talked in class about the details and things that can be put in the box. We will also be concentrating on all 50 capitals. We will have a quiz each Friday. We can do this!!!
We will also start our whale unit this week. We will research different whales and make classroom presentations.
Have a great week everyone.
Let the kids be kids. Every child has a strength. It is up to the teacher to find it or tap it so they can work to their highest potential. I tend to set the bar very high. Lifetime memories should be made in the classroom and at school. NBCS should be a place where kids enter happy and go home with a smile on their face. I want my kids getting up in the morning begging to go to school!