Sunday, September 17, 2017

Looking Ahead and Back

Hello Families!

As usual, the year has only begun and it feels like it's zipping along. A few highlights of this coming week first:

Monday night at 6PM is the Grade Three Open House. We will all meet in the cafeteria with new principal Mr. Gleason before re-convening in our classroom.

Tuesday is MAP math testing for third grade. This will be our first time using iPads for this assessment as a school, and the first time taking the MAP for third graders. I'll talk more about this at Open House!

Now, looking at the week gone by! More exciting things happening in room 103 and YES as a whole. We have three more videos to bring you this week: Read to Self, iPads and Math, and Angus' Birthday Party!

Read to Self is an integral part of our Reading Workshop. Every day, students are expected to read a minimum of twenty minutes on their own, and some students will opt to read longer than that. We practiced Read to Self in smaller doses this week, and this is a look at what it might look and sound like on any given day:

We are still figuring out all the ways that iPads can empower learners at our level. We have many things planned for this year, but as will all things: go slow to go fast. So we're dipping our toes in day-by-day, so that eventually these powerful tools will feel like just that: another tool we use to continue learning. On Friday, we tried three different math apps. Ask your Mathemagician what they were!

It looks like it might be another Dance Party Room 103 year! For our second birthday party of the year Angus chose a Dance Party, and this time it looked less divided and all kiddos were stepping out and stepping up.

As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

See you tomorrow,

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Legendary Rock, Paper, Scissors

Hello Families!

We have a full week's worth of school days under our belts now. We're getting more into our academic curriculum, but we still find time for community-building and downright third grade awesomeness. Case in point:

We teamed up with Ms. Frame's class to read the epic story of the origins of the game Rock, Paper, Scissors, and then we played a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors: Entourage with both classes!

Did I mention that it was epic?

Hope to see you soon,
Todd (and class)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

What a Week!

Hello Families!

First of all, I'm embarrassed it took all weekend to upload these videos. I tried this great shortcut from Google Photos straight to YouTube that would be amazing simple and fast... If it worked.

Long way around, and here we are.

So we have three videos to share with you from Friday. The first is a video of our first ever BreakoutEDU. BreakoutEDU is essentially a box, locked with various kinds of locks. The students need to figure out the solution to each of these locks in order to open them, and eventually, get inside the box. Sometimes there is a neat prize, sometimes there is a new note saying simply "Congratulations, you broke out!" This week, there was a double message of perseverance, since not only did we not "solve" the last lock, Mr. Abbott also set the last lock wrong! We'll consider that a win for the class and a learning opportunity all around. Now to just get that lock open...

Next, we all filled out puzzle pieces with bits and pieces of information about ourselves. This happened on Thursday, then we ran out of time (days in third grade seem to pass unbelievably fast) so we saved the next part for today. Each person had a piece of the puzzle, and had to find where/how/who they fit in. It took some work, but eventually we found out the solution was a key to how we can "solve" third grade: as a team!

Finally, today we got to practice all four types of birthday parties that will be options this year: Dance Party, Origami Party, Dinosaur Art Party, and Monster Art Party. Eli chose for the first party of the year a Dance Party, and I'm not sure how he did it, but this may be the first time in years that only the boys have danced while the girls remained cool and passive. I don't think this will last! Sorry if the music is a bit confusing, I need to make sure to put enough extra sound in so that we don't get booted off YouTube! Happy Birthday, Eli!

Woohoo! Week one done. Now we get down to the nitty gritty next week as we start our Reading and Writing Units of Study, as well as Math Unit 1, and even Cursive and hopefully iPads!

Hope you all had a great weekend,

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Three Days In

Hello Families!

Well, we're three days in and things are going smoothly so far. This afternoon we started day one of our playground explorations, we'll finish up with that tomorrow. We'll also do our first BreakoutEDU box tomorrow! I'm quite excited about that. In the meantime, here is another video showcasing Wednesday and Thursday activities. I hope you're doing well and getting lots of sleep!