I can't believe that this is our last full week of school. Where did the year go? It will be hard to let go of the Third Grade Thunder!
Our whale watch was just the best ever. We have never seen two whales breach out of the water together and will probably never see that again. The kids and the crew were just fascinated. Just to see the kids' reaction to that, was all worth it for me. Thanks to all the chaperones who accompanied us on the trip. That was certainly a lifetime memory. Our bus driver said she didn't even think that there were any kids on the bus. They were that quiet!
This week we will be busy finishing up our animal study in Science, especially the whales. Also, we will be finishing up our State Theme. Don't forget that state boxes are due on Thursday. Please try to have two or three things from your state in the box. Boxes should be decorated on the outside with things appropriate to the state being studied. This will be our last project of the year.
In math, we will take our unit 7 assessment and try to finish our math journal.
There will be no formal spelling this week. We will continue to work on the words from last week.
On Monday the 17th, I would like to have an end of the year celebration and also celebrate the summer birthdays. I will plan on the last half hour of the day, unless something else comes up. I will let everyone know.
Please feel free to come to the end of the year BBQ on Thursday the 13th. It is free for kids and adults who have volunteered all throughout the year.
Don't forget that Tuesday the 18th is a half day. Dismissal will be at 12:00.
I hope you are all outside enjoying this beautiful weekend. I spent two days in a row on the water in a boat. What a great way to spend a weekend.
Have a great week everyone.
Happy June 1st everyone. I just can't believe we only have 12 days of school left. It has been one great year.
The last project of the year will be a state box that the kids will need to make at home. Please keep it smaller than desk top. Kids can decorate the outside of the box with things from their state. I have given them lots of ideas. Inside the box, the kids will need to put three things from their state. We have talked about this also.
The boxes will be due on the 13th of June, Thursday.
The kids did a great job on their first capital test. I was wowed by a lot of them. Thank you to those who studied hard. We will do it again on Thursday afternoon. Break out those flash cards this week.
The whale watch will be this Friday. There will be room for three or four chaperones on the bus. I would like to have someone drive with a larger vehicle so parents can carpool. That way we don't have 20 cars following the bus. If you are willing to drive please let me know. We will set up the cars with riders on the morning of the trip. Chaperones and kids will need to be in the classroom by 8:00. WE would like to leave by 8:15. All kids must ride the bus back and forth unless you have written permission from the office. We should be back to school at 4:30 if traffic goes well. Please watch the weather. Even though it says 70 degrees on shore, it is always 25 degrees cooler 40 miles out. It is best to dress in layers. There is food on the boat, snacks and drinks. Keep your fingers crossed for the whales to be out and about.
We will be finishing up unit 7 in math, and we are in the last unit of Wonders for reading.
We are working on our state folders and we will study whales all week. The kids will research a whale in class and write a report to share with the class.
Please see the calendar page because there is a lot going on the last couple of weeks.
Have a great week everyone.
Happy Memorial Day to all. We just got back from a quick trip to New York. We were able to tour Angry Orchard, which is about 35 minutes from my hometown of Port Jervis, NY. We also visited with friends and relatives.
Thank you to all who came to the Presidential Reception. It was the biggest turnout ever. I was so very very proud of the kids. They did an outstanding job. Their speeches and their costumes were just top notch. They will take this president and history knowledge with them and remember it for the rest of their lives!
This week is a busy one for us. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will be taking the Aimsweb assessment tests. Tuesday will be reading and Wednesday will be math. Please encourage the kids to do their best. I know they will. On Wednesday, the New England Aquarium will be presenting their whale program to the third graders. This is the second year for us. They did an excellent job last year and so we had them come back. Thank you to the volunteers that are coming to get trained and to help out.
Thursday is our Memorial Day Program in the gym. Please have the kids try to wear red, white or blue. This is a very popular and solemn presentation for us. There is always a big turnout.
For reading this week in Wonders, we will be continuing last week's story. The testing will take up most of our mornings. I will have a special list of spelling words this week. They will be posted on the spelling page.
In math, we will be continuing to work in unit 7. Fractions are the main focus. The kids are doing great. Keep up the practice for the multiplication facts.
We will be starting our state theme this week. The kids can get started on learning the capitals. We will have a capital test every Friday til the end of school. I have a lot of tricks to help the kids remember some of them. I will tell the kids more about their state boxes this week also. They will be responsible for decorating the outside of their state box and then finding three things from their state to put in the box.
We will also be starting our study of whales to get prepared for pour whale watch which will be a week from this Friday. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather. I'll take chilly, just no rain please. The captain is very good at keeping us updated the week of the trip. If he feels the conditions are not safe, he will not take the kids out. This happened to us last year. We did have to reschedule.
Have a great week everyone. Enjoy the beautiful weather.
Happy weekend everyone. Finally some beautiful weather where you could be outside. Enjoy the sun until it disappears again.
On Friday, May 24, we will hold our Presidential Reception in the library. The ceremony will start at 1:00. The kids should bring in their costumes or clothes to change in. We will get changed in the classroom. I would love some spare hands to help the kids get ready. If anyone is available around 12:30, that would be great. The presidents will speak in order. After the speeches, we will return to the classroom for some presidential snacks. Everyone is invited to attend. I do have some presidential clothes packed away if anyone is desperate. If your child is portraying a modern president, then a white shirt and tie will be perfect. I also have some bow ties for those in need. I hope to see you on Friday. The kids have learned so much about presidents and the history of our country. I am blown away.
In Wonders this week, we will be doing Unit 5, week 5. The genre will be Expository Text. The spelling words are posted on the spelling page.
In math, we will be taking our Unit 6 assessment and moving onto Unit 7. Please keep practicing those multiplication facts.
All of the kids have chosen a state and we all have a state book. The kids have made their state flags which will be hanging up in the classroom. For a final project for the year, I will be asking the kids to decorate a box fitting for their state, and then I would like them to find at least three things to put in their box from the specific state. Some ideas are... state quarters, t-shirts, hats, flowers or fruits, canned goods or anything manufactured in that state, license plates, rocks or shells, stuffed animals, pictures, etc. Last year, I stepped in and out of the New York box! Ha! The kids will make a small presentation to their classmates.
The Whale Watch permission slip will be coming home this week. One parent per child is good for this year. Please hope for a nice day and calm seas. There are different solutions to seasickness if you are prone to that. Sometimes the sea can get pretty rough 30 miles out! We will leave school at 8:15 and return around 4:30 according to the traffic.
On the 29th of May, the New England Aquarium will be coming out to do a whale program with the third graders. They will also bring a blow-up life size whale. The kids loved the program last year.
We will also be doing the last Aimsweb tests for the year. That will be in reading and math. As the school year comes to a close, the dates for end of the year things start filling in the calendar. It is hard to believe that there are only 30 days of school left.!
Have a wonderful week everyone.
I hope everyone had a great weekend and a wonderful Mother's Day. We had a great brunch at the Black Forest Cafe and then drove up to Maine for the day.
Please don not forget to take the report card survey. I think it is up for one more week. Thank you in advance.
On Monday, it will be our last day of SAS Testing. This will be the writing part of the test and it will take about two hours. The kids have been doing a great job maintaining their positive attitudes.
We will be back to a regular routine on Tuesday. The new spelling words are posted on the spelling page.
Nine more presidents to go and then we will be preparing our speeches for the big day on May 24th.
Have a great week everyone. I think we will need our jackets and our umbrellas.
Here is the link for the parent report card survey. Please take a few minutes and fill it out. It will be up for two weeks. Thank you!
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. The weather is not cooperating! We had company from New York and did some fun things with them.
This week we will begin our testing for SAS. Our first will be on Tuesday. It will be a Language Arts test. All of test times are 8:10-9:30. Except for the writing next Monday which will be 8:30 to 10:30. Please encourage the kids to do their best. Have them get a good night's sleep and make sure they have something to eat before they leave the house. We have talked in class about how important it is to do their best work. I know they will. I told the kids to have a positive attitude and just to do their best.
We will not be starting a new Unit in Wonders this week. We will also be working on the same spelling words as last week. The test is very challenging and the kids will be pooped!
Thank you to all who volunteered to bring in snacks.
The kids will really appreciate it.
We are just about to the end of our president unit. Then we will work on our speeches.
We have started to work on our state flags. They are coming out great. Don't forget to check out our Hall of Presidents. They are really awesome.
Have a great week everyone. Let's hope for some nice spring weather!
I hope everyone is enjoying their last couple of days of vacation. We spent three days in Lake George and did lots of yard work at home and visited friends and family.
We will be concentrating on our Presidential unit when we get back from vacation. We will be writing our speeches in class. We have about 12 more presidents to go.
In reading, we will be starting Unit 5 week 3. Our genre will be expository text.
In math, we will be finishing up Unit 6. We continue to do fast math.
We will be practicing this week for the SAS test. The kids have practiced the reading session and now we will try out the math. This is a very different assessment than the kids are used to. There is a lot of reading involved and there are lots of open ended questions. The last day of testing will be two hours of writing.
Here is the schedule for our testing:
Please encourage the kids to do their best. I know they will. I will be sending out a sign-up sheet for snacks that week. There will also be no homework that week.
The whale watch will be held on June 7th. Please make sure you have been finger-printed if you are planning to chaperone. Let's hope for good weather.
The last two themes of the year will be States and Whales. I will let you know more about that as we get closer to the start of each.
Have a great rest of the vacation. I will see everyone on the 29th of April.
Happy weekend everyone. I hope you all had fun in the nice weather. It was good to soak up the sun.
This week we will have a few different things going on. On Wednesday, there will be a group coming to do a science day with us and the rest of the third grade. They will be using our room all day, so we will rotate rooms for the day.
On Tuesday, we will be making Easter baskets with Mrs. McNish's fourth grade. This has become a tradition for us. It is actually a project that I did in third grade when I was in school in New York.
On Thursday with a Friday rain date, we will be going on a mini field trip with our first grade buddies around Mill Pond. The trail is really nice to walk and hopefully we will see some wildlife. We will go first thing in the morning and return by morning recess.
We also reached our goal of 75 clean-up cards and we will now take part in the repainting of the tar on the playground. We will get to decide what game we would like to paint out there. The kids did a fabulous job at keeping their school clean and the classroom organized.
Please come in and take a look at our Hall Of Presidents. The portraits are fantastic. We are more than halfway through the president list.
In Wonders, we will be on Unit 5-week 2. The new spelling words are posted on the spelling page.
In math, we are working on fractions, number stories and geometry. The fast math is working out well.
In science, we will be constructing our bridges this week sometime. The kids are very excited about that.
We have been going on the computer to Leaning.com. We are trying to use proper keyboarding skills for typing. The kids can get onto this program at home. They work at their own pace and it is really fun. I know a few of us have been on already at home.
Have a great week everyone. One more week until vacation.
I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weekend. I plan on going outside and start the major cleanup. The bear is back. He came for a visit on Friday night. I guess it is time to take in the bird feeders. It is so nice to see the sun and to breath in the warmer weather.
In Wonders this week, we will be starting Unit 5 week 1. The genre is Fairy Tales. The kids really like this week's story.
In math, we just finished our unit 5 test. The kids did an excellent job. We are now on to Unit 6. This unit will teach us different strategies which are more efficient and more appropriate for solving the same problem. We continue to do our fast math.
We are more than half-way through the presidential unit. Our Presidential Reception will take place on the 24th of May in the library. We will begin the ceremonies at 12:50. Remember the kids will need to dress up as their president. We will do our speeches in the library and then go back to the classroom for presidential punch, Martha Washington cake and other foods of the presidents. It will be a fun afternoon. I hope to see all of you there. The kids are very excited.
On Friday, with the help of our buddies, we went outside and cleaned up the playground. It is all part of Clean Up Our School Month. We even did our spring cleaning in the classroom. What a great bunch of cleaners and organizers. Our goal is to get 75 Paws, Clean Up cards before vacation. We have 26 already.
We will begin practicing for our SAS test which will begin on May 7th. The tests will take place during the week and it will be about two hours each day. Please encourage the kids to do their best and to take the test seriously. I know they will. The kids will be tested in Language Arts and Math. The last test will be a writing assignment. This will be a different kind of assessment. There will be lots of open ended questions and lots of reading. I will post the schedule next week and give much more information on it.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great week.
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Saturday was a beautiful day. I went for a run, checked out some antique barns and raked for hours. The wind today brought all of the leaves back. Ha!
I can't believe it is April and we are on the 130th day of school. The PBIS challenge this month will be "Clean Up Our School". Every classroom will be challenged to get 75 Paws cards before April 19th and then we will receive a reward. We will be working on repainting the pavement outside for recess. Lines, boundaries, games,etc. When kids are caught picking up, they will be handed a Paws card.
This week we will begin Wonders 4-5. Our genre this week is Poetry. We will be discussing all varieties of poems.
In math, we will be having our Unit 5 assessment on Tuesday after a day of review. The kids should be ready for the test. Keep practicing those multiplication facts. We are doing a great job.
In science, we continue our Engineering Design unit. We make paper airplanes on Thursday and did flight testing. Kids had a blast.
Our president unit is in full swing. We are up to Abraham Lincoln. The kids are making wonderful connections with presidents and history. They are learning so much.
Have a wonderful 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!