Saturday, June 17, 2017

Last Post


I wanted to thank everyone for the generous and thoughtful end of the year gifts. I can't wait to pick out my new tree at Churchill's, a tree that will forever make me think of this year's 3M class. Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with me this year. I truly love each and every one of them!

Here are a few activities the children can do over the summer to keep fresh with reading, writing and math. I highly recommend the summer program at the Wiggin Library! Children could continue to log books into Biblionasium and recommend books to classmates. In addition, the blog will still be up and running. They can certainly write about trips and adventures over the summer. Finally, in math students can do the math boxes in journals one and two of the Everyday Math program, in addition to practicing facts.

Students can practice math facts with those crazy fidget spinners by going to the following site :!/bord

I am not sure this site will come up for you. You can sign up for Gynzy math free of charge where the math spinner fact practice is located. The kids love it!!!!

Don't forget Front Row math and IXL, too.

I have absolutely loved my school year. Thank you all for all your support and kindness.

Please enjoy your family time this summer with your new fourth grader. WOW!!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The 3M Zoo Grand Opening


Thanks to all who made our day at the Museum of Science so successful! I appreciate all our chaperone help.

Please mark your calendars for June 15th at 1:00 p.m. That will be the date of our Zoo Presentation, the opening day of the Morrison Zoo. The students will present their research scripts dressed as animals. Relatives, friends, siblings, etc. are all invited! 

Your child will need  to have a simple costume for that day. In addition, he/she will need to memorize lines at home. We are focusing a great deal on oral speaking skills-expression, volume of voice, rate of delivery, etc.  I appreciate anything you can do at home to rehearse lines with your child.

Also, on June 13th the students will deliver persuasive speeches to Mrs. Page's class. This speech does not have to be memorized, but some rehearsal at home would be beneficial. We are just having the other class as audience members. 

Both documents are in your child's Google Docs folder. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the  15th.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Field Trip on Wednesday

Hi All,

We have 10 chaperones total for our field trip to the Museum of Science on Wednesday. Thank you all for volunteering. We should have a great day of science learning and adventure.

If you are chaperoning, you can choose to ride the bus or meet us at the museum in your own car. We will leave school at approximately 8:40 and return at 2:15. Please meet in the classroom in the morning so that I can give you your groups. Groups may want to explore the museum together as they are small with only 2 or 3 students in each.

I will send home a separate notice to chaperones on Monday afternoon.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Week of May 22- May 26,


I have another date for you to mark on your calendars: Thursday, June 15th at 1:00. This is the marvelous, fantastic, amazing opening day of the Morrison Zoo. The children will be busy in the next few weeks researching animals, writing original scripts, then presenting some amazing acts and plays at the Zoo opening!!! Of course, we would love your presence at the event! All relatives and friends are invited.

Just a couple of updates on spelling and multiplications facts. We continue to work on syllables and dividing multisyllabic words. We have covered four of the seven different types of syllables, and the children have been practicing how to write and read words with various syllable rules.

The children will continue to take Mad Minutes to practice facts, as well as playing various games through the Everyday Math program.

We have lots of parent chaperones for our trip to the Museum of Science next week. Thank you, thank you. You can ride the bus or drive down and meet us at the Museum. I will hand out more chaperone information this week.

Have a wonderful week.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Week of May 8-May 12


Can you believe we are on the last leg of the school year? I keep thinking in a couple of short months, my class will be ready for fourth grade.

This week and next is the Smarter Balanced testing. We have practiced in class, including positive mindset messages for each other and the other third graders in the hallway. The class created a banner with such messages as: be confident, do your best, stay calm, read all the directions, go back and check your work, etc. They were excited to create the banner for their fellow third graders.

Most of the testing occurs in the morning between 9:00-10:45, although there are a few scattered sessions later in the day. We will be having our snack early as soon as the children get in so that they can be on time to their related arts at 10:50.

In science the children have designed their own experiments about questions they were curious about with force and motion, certainly not an easy task. The biggest challenges were to make sure there was only one variable in the experiment and to design something to record their data. Many of the children conducted their experiments on Friday, testing such ideas as whether weight and friction were factors in the movement of objects. The children were true scientists!!

We will continue to practice math facts through XtraMath, Front Row, and Mad Minutes in class. At this time of the school year, students are expected to know all their addition, subtraction and multiplication facts. Please continue to practice at home, especially what I call the "bugaboos", facts that are still tricky.

Some important dates to remember:

Wednesday, 5/10- Wellness Walk- come join us
Friday, 5/12- Bike to School Day
Wednesday, 5/17- Early Release
Wednesday, 5/31- Field Trip to the Museum of Science (more information to come)
Monday, 6/5- Grandparents Luncheon
Friday, 6/16- Grade 3 to Stratham Hill Park (more information to come)
Friday, 6/9- Field Day

Have a great week!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Week of April 17-April 21


What a glorious weekend! The children shared engaging stories of outdoor activities and precious family time with relatives.

We started practicing for the Smarter Balanced Testing today. Third grade testing will take place the second week after vacation. I was so impressed with the  children's conscientious attitude in approaching the testing. We will practice several times this week and the week after vacation. You can learn more about Smarter Balanced Testing and the children can assess the practice site at home by visiting the following link on the school website:

We will be working on syllabication rules the next few weeks in spelling; therefore, the children will not have their usual spelling lessons. Syllabication rules are important as third graders are reading and writing more and more multisyllabic words.

This Friday the children will be tested on their 9's multiplication tables.

Finally, a reminder that we will be having Jump Rope for Heart on Friday. Anticipating cold and damp weather on Friday, Ms. Locke and Ms. Batchelder have changed around the usual Jump Rope for Heart routine. The third graders all will be in the gym on Friday from 10:50-11:35 to do their jump roping.

Have a great week and enjoy a wonderful week with your third grader during vacation!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Update week of 3/3-3/7


What a wonderful performance of The Potmaker and the Drip by our 3M actors and actresses! I was truly impressed!  Thanks for all your support in making our play a success.

We are now back to some regular units before Smarter Balanced Testing in May. In science, we are studying force and motion. The children always love this unit because of their natural curiosity and plenty of hands on experiments to encounter. We study gravity, magnetism, friction, and how objects move.

In math we are starting unit 6, more operations. The unit focuses on reviewing subtraction, solving multiplication and division number stories with variables, two step number stories, and order of operations. We will continue to work on multiplication facts for automaticity.

This week there will be a quiz on 6's. Children will also receive new spelling words for a test on April 14th.

I still haven't heard from everyone regarding a spring conference. Please just shoot me an email if you haven't done so already.

Have a great week!