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Friday, January 27, 2017

Busy Busy Week!

It was so fun to see the kids dressed up for career day today!  What a fun day we had!  Thanks to Rylan's dad who came in and shared information about his career as an engineer and Jake's mom as her career as a Golden Girl's coach!  We are so fortunate to have such supporting families!

In math we have been working on measuring area and perimeter and have started division.  The kids have a good grasp on multiplication and we will work on that throughout the rest of the year.  We'll be wrapping up our multiplication/division unit right before conference time.

In reading we have been studying non-fiction text features.  We will be using what we learn about text features in our informational/research writing project.  We are making good progress on our research writing!  Most kids are finished researching and are in the process of writing their rough drafts.  We will edit these drafts, add an introduction and text features to our final published piece.

Have a great weekend!


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Good Evening, Families!

Just a quick post tonight!  First of all, thank all of you for the very generous gift cards to Las Margs and Shakespeare's!  Those are both our Friday Night go-to's so it is so much appreciated.  It is truly my pleasure to teach your wonderful children each day.

It looks like we have a snow day tomorrow.  I hope you get to enjoy the extra time with your kids and I also hope school is up and running Tuesday!  I know there's an awesome winter party planned and would hate for the kids to miss out on that!  Miss Hampel will be here on Tuesday with the kids.  She's an awesome young teacher and spent a couple of weeks in our class earlier this year so she knows your kids.  If I'm not too sore I may have my husband bring me in during the party time, I know I will be going stir-crazy!

If I don't see you before break, I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas.  Your kids mean the world to me.  Thank you again for your very generous gift!

Kathy

Friday, December 2, 2016

This Week

Good Afternoon!

It's been another busy week in Room 204.

In reading, we got back on track with our Daily 5 routine and I so much enjoyed meeting with kids again! Most of our reading groups were reading non-fiction books this week.  I absolutely love reading with kids and discussing books with them!  We have a great group of readers!

In writing, we are working on a top-secret project.  The kids are doing a great job on it and I know you will love it when you finally get to see it!

In math, we are working on multiplication.  We have worked on skip counting and repeated addition and figured out how that translates into a multiplication problem.  We will continue this work next week and will start working with arrays.  By the end of 3rd grade students are expected to know their multiplication facts up to 12x12.  Our multiplication until will continue until winter break.

We will begin our weather unit next week.  I always like to do weather in the winter because it's fun to track the snow fall!  However....I am not wishing for snow!  The kids will learn about different types of precipitation and winds and the water cycle.  It's a fun unit.

A few important notes:

We have a field trip coming on on December 8th from 1:00-2:00.  We will travel up the road to Rock Bridge High School to the planetarium.

Our winter party will be on Tuesday, December 20th from 2:30-3:00 pm.  I also wanted to let you know that I will not be here on December 19th and 20th.  I am having a knee scope done on the 19th so have to take it easy for a week or so.  I will try to make an appearance at the winter party but it just depends on my pain level and the orders from my doctor.  Miss Hampel, who will be student teaching in 2nd grade next semester, will be our sub.  The kids know her and love her so they will be in fantastic hands!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Kathy


Friday, November 4, 2016

Happy November!

Can't believe it's already November!  Time is flying by!  PLEASE check the Friday Folders for important information regarding conferences, the 3rd Grade Music Program, Veteran's Day/Grandparent's Day, and Thanksgiving week!  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let me know.  It would be great if you email or text me those instead of saving those for conferences - we only at 15 minutes and we are booked back-to-back!

In writing we finished polishing up our personal narrative pieces.  Next week we will be researching an American Symbol and creating a project on our ipads.  We will be sharing those on Grandparents day and our Thanksgiving celebration later this month.

In reading we have been working on a reader's theater piece to perform the week of Thanksgiving.  It's super-cute and the kiddos are really into it!  Again, check the Friday Folder for information on this afternoon event.  I will try to record it and post the recording on the blog for those of you who can't make it that day.  If your family is going to be out of town the week of Thanksgiving, let me know!  I will try to get a recording of the performance on a day all kids are present and post that as well!

In math we had our pre-test over multiplication and started our introductory multiplication unit this week.  The children will soon learn about arrays and will be learning some multiplication facts.  I will start quizzing all students on multiplication facts (I have a few who have already started) as well as addition/subtraction facts (for those who haven't mastered those yet).  On that note, congrats to Stella who moved on to multiplication facts last week and Jonathan who moved on to multiplication this week!

Thank you to all of our wonderful room parents and families who put on a fantastic fall party last week!  The kids had a great time and the food, crafts and games were all great!  The kids all had a great time!

I am looking forward to meeting with all of you next week to talk about your awesome kids!

Kathy

Friday, October 14, 2016

Happy Friday!

It's been a fabulous week in Room 204!  Lots of great things are happening!  We are working on our final personal narrative.  By conference time, we should have a nice finished published piece to share with you!  Our Daily 5 is up and running.  I've been experimenting with it a bit - adding some science reading in at times and letting the kids choose which station they do first. So far, it's been working great!  I've only had a few off-task behaviors so I'm thinking about implementing this for next week.  I've also made a Spelling City account for each kiddo that has the list of their word work words.  They should be able to log on at home to practice their word work if they would like to.

We now have 7 students who have mastered their addition and subtraction facts and are now working on multiplication!  I won't teach multiplication until later this year, so if your child wants to keep mastering multiplication facts they can certainly practice those at home.  We do have some time in class for fact practice as well.  Quick recall of addition and subtraction is so important when we get to multiplication and division later this year.  Congrats to Logan, Jake, Caleb, Reagan, Rylan, Nic and Kennedy!

In math we have been working subtraction with regrouping.  We will continue this next week as well as working on multi-step word problems.    We will have an end of unit test over numeration, addition and subtraction late next week or early the following week.  

In science we will be wrapping up our force and motion unit.  It's been a little tough to get science in this last week so I am determined to spend lots of time on it next week.

I had a committee meeting with Dr. Majerus and other staff members this week and we discussed the fall party. Our fall parties can be Halloween-themed, but we are not wearing costumes this year.  There will possibly be a book character dress up day later this school year.

As always if you have any questions or concerns please let me know!  Have a great weekend!!!
Kathy


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This Week

Life is GOOD in Room 204!  We started our force and motion unit today.  Ask your kiddos what the four forces of flight are!  I have also started calling small groups for math.  We started addition today - it was mostly review from what they had learned in 2nd grade.  We worked on estimating sums earlier this week by rounding to the nearest ten and nearest hundred.

We are making progress on our first personal narrative.  We will work on inserting transitions and endings the rest of the week.

We are super-close to starting our daily 5 during our reading block!  I believe by early next week we will be ready to hold our stamina while I call reading groups.

We changed our afternoon schedule just a bit.  We have flip-flopped writing and math.  We now have math right after lunch followed by writing.  Our optional recess is at the end of the day.  We were having such a hard time keeping the kiddos focused for math at the end of the day and this is working so much better!  The change in schedule doesn't effect lunch or specials, just our afternoon recess.  If you have any questions just let me know.

Also...regarding snacks. The overwhelming response from parents I received was to continue to bring a daily snack.  So, we will keep it that way!  That being said, the donated snacks are very popular, so we still appreciate the donated ones as well!

Have a great evening,
Kathy

Friday, September 16, 2016

This week, Snacks and 3rd Grade Program

Happy Friday!

We have had a GREAT week in 3rd grade!

You've probably heard that we got our class ipads this week.  We have been learning how to use google classroom.  It's a great way to use the ipads.  When book clubs and word study gets up and running the students will be able to see their assignments on their ipads and sometimes even submit their assignments on them.  Today,  they had a word study "quiz" using a voice recording of me dictating sentences.  It seemed to go very well!

During our reading block, we will spend one more week practicing our Daily 5 and transitioning through the stations.  I will start meeting with small groups that following week.  I can't wait!  I LOVE teaching reading and book clubs!

In writing we continued to work on our first personal narrative.  We will continue this work next week and work on transition words and phrases and practice with endings.  We will hopefully wrap up this first narrative by the middle of the following week and will then begin on a narrative we will take all the way through the writing process.

In math we worked on rounding to the nearest ten and hundred.  Next week I will give them a quick check early on and then we will begin estimating numbers and sums.  After that we will work on addition with regrouping (which most kids already have a great grasp on) before we move on to subtraction.

We will start our force and motion unit next week in Science as well.

I'm beginning to rethink the way we do snacks in room 204.  I've always had kids bring their own and that's the way it worked most of the time at my old school.  It seems that many families are used to taking turns bringing snack in.  Many kids don't bring snack and eat the ones that have been donated, so I'm thinking of making up a schedule where every family takes turns.  Please let me know your thoughts on this.  It really doesn't matter to me, I just want it to be fair.

Also, please check your child's Friday Folder carefully - there's an audition permission slip for the 3rd grade program that will take place on November 17th.  You'll want to put that date on your calendar!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Have a great weekend and GO Tigers!!!