Friday, September 30, 2016

We Made It Through the First Month

It is hard to believe that we have made it through the first month of third grade.  The weather has finally started to change and we have settled into our routines.  We have made many new friends and continue to learn from each other everyday.

This week we shared with our friends our All About Me posters.  Everyone did an amazing job and it was nice to hear more about each other.  We even learned a few new things about our classmates.  In science, we switched classrooms to learn more about light.  We focused on refraction and why we see color. Ask your child to explain the experiments they did in Mrs. Doherty and Mrs. Cuhna's classrooms to help us with these concepts.  We used what we learned over the week to help us with another science experiment in our room.  We chose objects around the classroom and then made predictions if they were transparent, translucent or opaque.  Then we used flashlights to test our predictions.  On Friday, we were lucky to have the rain hold off and we enjoyed our walk around Burlington.  We got to visit the Burlington Historical Museum, The Second Parish Burial Ground, Grandview Farm, and The West School.  We were greeted at each site by members of the Burlington Historical Commission.  They taught us many new things during our walk.  Room 205 was most fascinated by the lack of electricity in the school, that every room in the Grandview house had a fireplace in order to keep warm, the kitchen tools (that we were able to use) from the past, and that we even found an ancestor of a classmate at the Burial Grounds.  Be sure to ask your child what they learned or enjoyed the most about our tour!  I can't wait to see what October will bring.

Burlington Tour


Sharing our Work & Science Experiments

Friday, September 23, 2016

A Busy Week

This week we began using the 4 square writing model.  We wrote about our classroom and what we found to be the most interesting part of Room 205.  We worked on drafting, editing and then writing a final copy so that we know the expectations for when we begin our homework.  In science, we are learning about light.  We learned many new science vocabulary words - reflect, refract, absorb, transparent, and opaque.  Ask your child if they are able to tell you what these words mean.  We will begin reading next week so in order to prepare we have been enjoying 15 minutes of quiet reading time.  We really enjoy reading for fun and enjoyment!  We have been reading chapter books, picture books or books from home! On Friday, we acted out some Shel Silverstein poems.  This was a nice break for us and we really loved performing! We have been talking a lot about how sometimes we need to stop and breathe.  We are practicing being mindful or more aware of ourselves and surroundings.  When we are mindful we allow our mind to slow down and refocus ourselves.  We read a wonderful book, I Am Yoga, that talked about how when our mind is going so fast the world seems to fly by and be so big.  However, when we stop and relax the world is a perfect place and size for us to be what ever we want to be.  We have been practicing the simple yoga poses and breathing to help us refocus ourselves especially after transitions such as specials and recess.  By doing this we are ready to listen and learn.

We Love To Read!

Poems by Shel Silverstein Performed by Room 205

Getting Our Costumes 

The Big Performances

Yoga - standing tall like a mountain

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Another Great Week!

We have had another wonderful week in Room 205.  On Monday, Pine Glen had our Hero's Assembly.  This is a wonderful tradition at Pine Glen where we get to stop and thank the police and fireman in our community.  The third graders wrote letters to them and Colin was able to share his letter with everyone who attended.  This week we began our enVision 2.0 math program.  We are going through the first lessons very slowly so we are able to establish good routines and habits.  We were also introduced to Class Dojo. We will be using this system to help reinforce our positive behaviors in the classroom.  Everyone is working hard to earn points.  Next week they will get to see how they can trade in the points for rewards!  On Friday we talked about the Constitution, in honor of Constitution Day on September 17.  We related it to our classroom and how everyone needs rules or laws so that all people are able to achieve their best in a safe way.  In science, we are beginning our first topic - light.  

It was very nice to meet so many parents at Back to School Night.  As I said that night, please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your child.

Hero's Assembly

Math Time