Friday, January 25, 2013

Erosion and Pollution


As we transition from our Geology unit to our Geography unit, we were fortunate enough to have an expert on waterways and the environment come in to give a demonstration with our class about how runoff can affect our lakes and streams.  Debbie was great with the class, the class was great with the activity, and I've put together a collage of our activity for you to see below!  If you're curious about what is happening, you have to go no further than your budding Geologist (read: your child!) to find out what was happening.

A warning: the class seemed to be especially interested in the pollution created by the cows at the cheese farm.  Proceed with caution!

Stay warm,

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Erosion Video!

Hello Geologists!

As we bring our geology unit to a close, and sadly say good-bye to our rocks, we have tried to give you a glimpse into our classroom.  We have made another Explain Everything Youtube Video!

This time we try and show you how we explored the idea of erosion from different sources:

We hope you enjoy!

-Todd and the Geologists

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Scholastic Book Club!

Hi and Happy New Year!

Just a quick post to tell you that our class is now participating in the Scholastic Book Club and your child should have a book club order form with them!  The directions are attached to the Book Club Flier and can also be found on our new "page" on our website!  I hope you take advantage of this opportunity for both your reader and our classroom.

See you soon,

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Hello Families of Mr. Abbott's Class!

I hope you had a restful, exciting, relaxing, and rejuvenating break!  I had time to spend with my family and catch up on some long put-off reading.  Not what you might call exciting, but very satisfying nonetheless.

I wanted to update you on two very exciting developments in our classroom, one that took place before we left and one that will be starting up soon.

The day before our break we had a Publishing Party in class 203.  It was very exciting!  Many parents and families were able to attend, and they were able to either read or hear some of the writing we have been working on most recently.  Thank you so much to everyone who came and commented on our students' work, they seemed quite proud.  We even had some parents who couldn't make it but still were able to send in comments!  You should all be very proud of your children.

Now that we're moving along in the year and I'm getting a little more familiar with the ins and outs of Yarmouth, I would like to offer some opportunities for parents who are available during the day to come in and volunteer.  There will be a few options, depending on what you enjoy doing and when you are available, please keep your eyes out for a better interest sheet this week (I had sent one home a long time back, but have realized the needs of the classroom a little better since then).  Carrie Martin will be helping me out as a classroom volunteer coordinator, I am so appreciative!

That's it for now.  As the new year begins we will be starting a reading unit on non-fiction, continuing work on our geology unit, practicing writing better answers to reading prompts, and moving in to a new unit in math!  I hope you and your child stay as excited as I am!

See you soon,