Friday, April 7, 2017

Spirit Week!

Hello Families,

Our first Spirit Week at YES was a rousing success! Kicking off Monday afternoon with a whole-school competitive team-building game called Entourage, it just got more fun from there. On Tuesday we wore our clothes inside-out. Who knew how useless pockets are on the outside of your pants? On Wednesday it was Clipper Colors day, and YES was a sea of navy blue and white. There may have even been some YHS Cross Country and Soccer jackets circulating in our classroom from the mid 90s! Thursday we were all mix-matched, which made me feel like my own brand of fashion had finally come to the fore. Finally, for the ultimate event, today was HAT DAY! That was definitely a good choice to cap the week off. Here's a video showing some of the fun we had.

Enjoy the weekend!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April Fools!

Hello Families!

Wow, "spring" has snuck up on us already. I use quotations because to look outside you might have trouble determining the season. Spring has commenced in our classroom, too, as we've had a few interesting events and curricular changes over the last few weeks. Here we go!

Reading: We're deep into our informational reading unit (non-fiction). We've been talking about how we read informational books differently than narrative books, and also about some very non-fiction specific strategies. One of the specific things we've been identifying are non-fiction text features, by quizzing each other and seeking examples in our reading. We then did a class Kahoot! to see who could remember the most of them the fastest. It was quite exciting!

Writing: We have also started our informational writing unit. We time these two units to coincide so we can cross-pollinate ideas from reading to writing. Each kiddo will be making an informational book with an introduction, conclusion, and four chapters. You will be getting the typed, first-draft of each of these sections periodically (as they get typed up) in your child's take-home folder. Please take a few minutes to sit down together and make any changes directly onto this paper, so your author can bring it back to school and make those changes on the digital copy. The finished products should be fantastic.

Math: We are smack in the middle of some fraction-tastic math lessons. Fractions help us figure out what part of a whole we are describing. Your mathmagican should be familiar with words like equivalent, numerator, and denominator.

March Mammal Madness: We just concluded March Mammal Madness 2017. It was a wild ride. Mr. Curry was the far-and-away winner with over 100 points! We're still tallying the rest of the class points and using the data to make various bar, line, and pie graphs as we see where different brackets worked well and others fell apart. We learned lots about the adaptations of different mammals as well as the role of chance in survival. I, personally, we elated to see my honey badger make it to the finals, but devastated when the short-faced bear took the championship!

Here we are with our brackets:

BreakoutEDU: We took part in an epic Star Wars-themed Breakout last week! The teachers set the scene by dressing up, darkening the third grade wing, and regaling our padawans with Star Wars music as they returned from the Jedi Temple (also known as the lunch room). Despite a significant penalty for some early searching, we still worked great as a team and broke out in short order. Breakouts emphasize problem-solving and teamwork, two skills that were on prominent display in our class.

That's all for now!
Busy times ahead,

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Cat in the Hat and The Fox in Socks: Read Across America

This week our Blog is brought to you by 
Antonio and Logan

This week in Writing we started Informational writing. Topics include waxing skis and biking. Mr Abbott shared his knowledge of PB&J and dirty diapers as examples.

This week in Reading we are focusing on Informational books which ties into our writing.
We continue to read The BFG during snack. We are at the part where the BFG gives the Fleshlumpeater a Trogglehumper.

This week in Math we are learning how parentheses work in math problems to show the order of operations.

This week in Science we finished our geography unit and started learning about the Solar System.
Note from the Country projects: We need to go home!

Last week we celebrated Dr Seuss's birthday and Read across America by reading in the gym as a whole school for 10 minutes.

This week we celebrated Joe's birthday with a Dance Party! And a Limbo line!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Big Storm-Little School (Title and blog post by Hakon with help from Katya)

In Math this week we learned the game Math Baseball.

For Writing we have been focusing on our Google Slides for the country reports. We wrote about location, food, holidays/traditions and other interesting facts.
We also have been working on Opinion writing such as convincing readers that cats are good and discouraging the use of Puppy Mills.

In Reading we just transitioned out of the Mystery genre and are switching to Non-Fiction books.

Mr Abbott started reading The BFG by Roald Dahl.

We have been touring the world in our classroom and can't wait to share with families on Thurs. March 2nd.

We were visited by Yaeko from Japan. She taught us about some Japanese traditions including the New Year. Yaeko said that in Japan the New Year is a big celebration.

We celebrated Josh and Antonio's birthdays with dance parties.