Hello Room 5 families!
We invite all of you to join us on Wednesday, December 23rd, to a holiday breakfast and Trimester Awards from 9:15 to 10:00 am, followed by the annual holiday sing along in the cafeteria. During the breakfast your third graders will share their holiday traditions pieces they created using Adobe voice and other work. We'll have coffee, tea and cocoa. Please feel free to bring a breakfast item to share.
You can join us for morning meeting at 9:00 am and drop off/set up breakfast items at that time (or before 8:35 am if you’re headed to work.)
I will have a dismissal sign-out sheet available if you wish to take your child following the sing along. For those students who will leave on buses or be picked up at 1:05 pm, we’ll be working on fun wrap-up activities.
Hello Room 5 families,
Have you had a chance to check out the “All About Me Chatter Pix” that students created in art class with Mr. Granucci? They are posted on his web page.
Reports cards went home on Friday. If you have any question, please feel free to contact me.
Our next reading unit focuses on studying characters in fiction, so it’s very important that kids are reading “just right” books each night rather than picture books, non-fiction or graphic (comic book) novels. Also, FLAGS and POST-IT NOTES are back! Students MUST stop to “flag” (place small strips on pages) and write post-it notes about character traits, feelings, relationships, ask questions, etc. as they read!
In math, students must practice 10s, 2s, and 5s multiplication and division facts. Xtramath is one sure way to build speed and automatic recall of facts! Soon, we’ll introduce and teach strategies for x ÷ 4s and 8s (which build upon a solid understanding of the 2s.)
We have started a fun writing unit learning to write persuasively in opinion writing, where third grade authors hone their argument skills to persuade readers. (You may receive a well-crafted plea for a new pet or new sibling!)
It’s “week #1” for the arts block rotation, so our special is PE. Please remind your student to wear (or bring) sneakers on Wednesday as well as Thursday.
The new lifetime spelling words to study and practice for this week are goes, does and was.
Today we kicked off our "BES Goes Green" efforts to help our school REDUCE waste, RECYCLE more paper and lunch refuse, and REUSE items such as gently worn clothing to help others in our community. The kids enjoyed the Green Spirit Day (congrats to Mrs. Harkin's second grade for showing the most green spirit!)
I sent home details about the Slogan and Poster contest. It's open to students in Grades K-4. Submissions are due on Monday, November 30th. We'll also be selecting applicants from each second, third and fourth grade classroom to serve as Waste Reduction Ambassadors to help promote the 3 Rs to our school community. If your child is interested, you can download the application from our Grade 3 web page. Please remind your child to turn in their completed applications by Monday, November 23rd. Kids who are selected may be invited to attend an occasional meeting before or after school and to complete projects at home.
Hello, Room 5 families!
Instead of reading tonight, I have asked the class to work on their one-minute “All About Me” writing. Once they have written their piece, please help them time themselves so that their piece is one minute long. They created self-portraits that they will “animate” with their spoken words. Mr. Granucci, our art teacher, and Mrs. Kohs, library media specialist and Room 5 parent, will be helping kids with their projects during art tomorrow, so kids really need to complete this bio for homework.
I appreciate your help with this!
Students who are interested in running for the 3rd and 4th grade Burr Student Council received applications today (and a downloadable version is available on the Grade 3 and Grade 4 pages as well.)
Kids should complete the application by writing about their leadership qualities and ideas that they have about affecting change at school. The applications must be signed by a parent and submitted on Monday, November 2, 2015. Those students will run for election next week. Kids can hang posters in our classroom and will present their ideas to the class. One boy and one girl will be elected by their classmates to represent Room 5 at the council, which will meet approximately twice each month.
Everyone in Room 5 was super excited to take on the paper airplane challenge today. After constructing a basic paper airplane, teams modified their designs to try to see which planes could do more dips and rolls. It was a blast trying out our ideas in the classroom and hall (controlled chaos!) and then on the basketball court on a crisp, sunny October day!
Watch our videos and listen to these amazing kids talking like scientists and engineers as they discuss their designs!
On Friday, October 16th, the class was excited to continue our exploration of “Maker Space” projects by trying Mrs. Burt’s idea of building a holder for a clementine with just 15 straws and tape (but kids could not tape the orange to the holder.) As with our Conservation Creation projects, the groups of three students discovered that they needed to listen and honor the ideas of the other two members of their group. Many triads let each member take a different part of the process and some worked on each step collaboratively. I was proud of how Room 5 scientists tried to solve the challenge many different ways. When they weren’t successful, they tried another way. Talk about grit! Check out the photos of our Maker Space groups working hard and having fun!