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.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. It is supposed to be 56 degrees today so enjoy. I also hope the dads and the girls had a great time at the dance Friday night. Pictures please!
This Thursday will be our Community Meeting. We have 7 class members representing us. I am so proud. Hope to see you there.
We will be working in Wonders Unit 4 week 4 this week. Our genre will be Expository Text.
In math, we are finishing up Unit 5 and we are doing a great job on our Fast Math. We have some exceptional math students in our class.
On Friday we went back to the drawing board and with a limited amount of materials, we rebuilt our rafts. Many of us were successful with our buddies to make it float for ten seconds with a penguin sitting on top. The kids had a blast. It is really awesome to see the kids working with their first grade buddies.
We are continuing with our President Unit. We are up to the James K. Polk. The kids are learning so much. They get very excited and they are very inquisitive.
Report cards will be coming home on Thursday. The class as a whole has done an excellent job. It is so nice to see them enter the classroom in the morning with smiles all excited about the day. Don't forget to ask the kids what is happening in the classroom.
I can't believe there is only one more week left in March. Have a great rest of the weekend and a good week.
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone. I hope you are having a great weekend. The corned beef and cabbage is boiling away on the stove.
Thank you to all who made our PI Day a huge success. The kids had a blast sampling all of those delicious pies. In the afternoon, we played, Pie in the Face. What fun that was. Miss Underwood and Mr. Bridle even joined in. I think my picture is on NBCS happenings with whipped cream all over my face.
In math, the kids are doing a great job on their fast math. I am very proud of them. We are continuing the study of fractions also.
In reading, we are starting Unit 4, week 3. Our genre this week is Expository Text. We will be studying animals and their challenges to adapt to the environment.
We just finished up our second big writing project of the year. This was opinion writing. The kids worked very hard on it.
In science, we are working on our engineering design unit. So far we have made hoppers and floating rafts. We are having fun with trial and error.
Our presidential unit is in full swing and the kids are really enjoying that too. I love how the kids are researching on their own in the classroom if they have free time in the morning. They are going to be so knowledgeable about history and the presidents and first ladies.
I hope to see you at Math Night which will take place on Tuesday the 19th at 6 to 7 o'clock. Mrs Howe and I will be set up in her room with math games for third and fourth grade. Sounds like fun.
We have six kids in the Third grade Thunder going to Community Meeting on March 28th. That is very exciting.
Have a great week everyone!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Exciting news for us. My son Tyler who is coach for the Conval JV boys basketball team and assistant coach for the varsity boys basketball team, has had an exciting week. The boys will be going to UNH Monday night to start the final playoffs. We have beaten two teams already and now there are four teams left in the division playoffs. Good luck to them.
Thank you to all who donated to the Read-A Thon. The kids had a blast with their buddies at the library.
You may still send in slips for Dental Day which will be on Friday.
Also, please do not forget about PI (pie)day on Thursday the 14th. We will start serving at 9:00.
We will be working on the same spelling words this week. We will extend the Wonders unit from last week. The kids worked very hard this week on their opinion writing piece.
On Friday we had a Stem activity with our buddies. We were given certain materials to construct a raft which could hold a mini penguin in the icy waters. The kids had a blast. Let them tell you about it. We will continue on Friday and give them different materials to see if they can improve their building skills. Some teams were successful on the first try.
Please don't forget that there is no school on Tuesday. It is voting day in the gym and the teachers will be holding workshops all day.
Keep practicing those multiplication facts. The kids are doing great.
Have a great week everyone.
Happy March everyone. I hope you all had a great vacation. We had a chance to go away with my son and his girlfriend for a few days. We also got away to Maine for two days.
Just a reminder that dentist slips are due this week if you are taking advantage of Dr. Brenner's cleaning day. Also, the book fair is coming up. We will go on Monday and preview the books. Remember, all of the third graders will get a book up to 6.00 value from the Michaelmas account. This is a tradition we started a few years ago.
Don't forget the pledges for the Read-A-Thon which is sponsored by the PTA. The money will go to the PTA for all kinds of programs that benefit the kids. The top five classes that make the most money will win free books for the classroom. The Read-A-Thon will take place on Friday, March 8th. We will go the the library with our first grade buddies.
The whole month of March, the PBIS committee will be celebrating Kindness Month with the staff and the students. We will be giving out kindness cards and all of the teacher's bulletin boards will be dedicated to kindness. Each individual class will choose a reward to do at the end of the month. We will have four members our our classroom family do a special, "kindness presentation" at the Community Meeting.
We will begin our President Unit this week. It will take about two months to get through. It is a very popular unit with the kids. I will introduce the presidents and then the kids will pick a president to study. We will study all of the presidents and their wives. This will actually be a mini History course. At the end of the unit as a culmination, the kids will dress up as their president and make a speech to parents, grandparents, family and friends. Then we will get together for Presidential Punch, Martha Washington cake and some special foods of the presidents. When it close to the end of the unit, I will pick a date for the Presidential Reception.
In math, we will continue with fractions and we will keep practicing our facts for fast math.
We will be working on our second writing piece. it will be an "opinion" piece. I will do lots of modeling and we will have mini lessons to get us through.
March is a very busy month. Please keep in touch for updates and upcoming events.
Have a great week everyone.
I hope everyone had a great weekend. I am enjoying our company from New York. It was fun celebrating my nephew Chris's birthday and Uncle Bill's birthday. Tonight we will top it off with an Italian feast.
Thank you everyone who contributed to the Valentine's party. The sundaes were delicious and the kids had a blast.
Jumping rope for the Heart Association was also fun. Thank you to all who contributed to this great cause.
We have one more week to get through and then we will have a well deserved vacation.
The class had a great time with their buddies at the Historical Society. We learned a lot about the day in the life of a first and third grader in the 1800's. The kids were shown plenty of interesting items and they heard lots of good stories.
This week, we will be starting Unit 4 week 1 in Wonders. The focus will be on folktales.
On to Unit 5 in Math where we will tackle fractions and continue to learn our multiplication tables. Some of us are really going to town on our fast math.
We will be introducing energy and force in Science and we just finished up a unit in Social Studies where we learned all about map scales.
The weather sounds challenging these next couple of days so please listen for delays in the am.
Have a great week everybody!
This week we will begin Wonders Unit 4 week 1. New spelling words will be posted on the Spelling page.
I hope everyone had a great weekend. The weather was decent and maybe there is a snow event happening this week.
On Thursday, we will be having our Valentine's Party. The party will take place at 1:00. Thank you everyone who signed up to bring goodies. The kids should be finishing up their valentine boxes at home. They may bring them in anytime after they are finished.
In Wonders this week we will be doing Expository Text. It is a great story about the history of the railroad. It is Unit 3 week 5.
In Math, we will be finishing up area and perimeter. We will do a day's review and take our unit test on Wednesday. Please keep the kids practicing their facts at home. We are enjoying fast math. It is a a great incentive for multiplication.
Don't forget that we will be jumping rope on Thursday, at 10:35 in the gym. Please don't forget to send in your pledges if you are participating.
On Friday at at 10:00, we will be going on our field trip to the New Boston Historical Society with our first grade buddies. They always welcome us with open arms. The kids love it.
We just started the "Wayside School" series for read aloud. The kids are loving it. Ask them about it.
Have a good week everyone. If you are free Thursday please join us in the afternoon.
I hope everyone had a great weekend. The big game is ready to start, so enjoy everyone. So exciting.
This week we will begin a new theme in Wonders. Unit 3 week 4. We will read Ideas in Nature which is expository text.
In math we continue to work with perimeter and area. Our fast math is working out fine. Please make sure the kids are studying their math facts each night. 3's and 4's are a big priority.
We are trying to line up a field trip to the Historical Society with our first grade buddies. We will let you know the date and time. This has become a tradition for us.
Our Valentine Party will be on the 14th in the afternoon. I think the kids would like to do ice cream sundaes with all of the toppings. The room moms will let you know what to sign up for. I will send home a class list this week for spelling first names.
Please don't forget the Jump Rope For Heart drive. That will take place on the 14th in the morning. It is a great cause.
We are enjoying our read a loud "James and The Giant Peach". The kids love Roald Dahl books.
We have learned to use a map scale this week. We have measured distances all over the United States.
Have a great week everyone. Stay healthy.
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!