Friday, September 27, 2013

Day by Day in Third Grade

Hello again, families of Mr. Abbott's class!

A very quick update before our Friday gets started.  I am sharing with you the outline of what a "typical" day might look like in third grade this year.  If you have any questions about it feel free to email me or post in the comments.  You've probably noticed that our spelling words have started coming home since Open House, and we had our first Math Progress Check yesterday!  I'm looking forward to looking them over this weekend, it seemed like we were very confident.

We have also started our Geology experiments, and our budding geologists are doing a great job in that area.  Last week we explored "The Crayon Cycle" (which is coincidentally very like the rock cycle but with crayons) and today we'll explore the rock cycle some more using Starburst and the geologic forces of our mouths!  I'm sure you'll hear about it tonight.

I hope you've been finding the Final Five and Homework Updates helpful, we will make every effort to insure that they remain regular and steady.

I've copied and pasted the information I talked about at Open House below, I hope the formatting sticks for when this is posted.  Again, any questions, please let me know!

Have a great weekend,

Welcome to Open House
Each day students:
  • Get ready to learn with a math message
  • Participate in a lesson
  • Use the language of mathematics
  • Complete guided practice and independent practice (including home links)

Often, students:
  • Work on problem-solving challenges
  • Practice math facts
  • Collaborate with a partner or small group on a math game or challenge
Homework includes study links, practicing math facts, and completing an appropriate number of Discovery Math problems.

Each day students:
  • Listen to a read aloud by their teacher (modeling fluency, engagement, and comprehension strategies)
  • Read independently
  • Participate in a reading mini-lesson and in some form of guided reading

Often, students:
  • Participate in choral reading, reader's theater, or partner reading
  • Develop reading comprehension and critical thinking skills through Junior Great Books, Comprehension Toolkit Lessons, or reading responses (in journal and in Better Answers lessons)

Homework includes nightly reading which students record on the at-home reading charts. They will also be assigned more directed reading homework as the year progresses.

Writing and Spelling:
Each day students:
  • Work on at least one stage of the writing process
  • Participate in a writing mini-lesson
  • Listen and respond to others' writing

Often, students:
  • Edit their own writing using CUPS: capitalization, understanding, punctuation, and spelling
  • Practice spelling strategies and do word study
  • Use a variety of editing tools including print or online dictionaries, thesauruses, and/or other organizers
Homework includes one page of spelling practice that goes home on Wednesdays and is returned to school by Friday. Additional vocabulary work may also be assigned.

During the week students:
  • Engage in “cursive warm-up” activities and prepare their hands and bodies for cursive writing
  • Observe teacher modeling of specific letters, both lower case and capital
  • Practice independently in their Handwriting Without Tears books
Themes In Science and Social Studies:
Geology, Geography, Sound, Space, and Biographies

Yarmouth Core Values


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Coming Along

Hello families of Mr. Abbott's class!

We are making some great progress as we move into the latter half of September.  A few updates on what's happening in each of our main academic areas right now:

Math: We've started moving along in math, as you've probably surmised by the Home Links that have been coming home.  No Home Link today, today we did a quick math inventory to see where we're all at.

Reading: We've started talking about our reading histories and what we want for our reading futures, and I heard some great conversations about this.  We also started working on our reading stamina, building capacity for independent reading in the future.

Theme: Geology!  If you haven't heard about Geology yet then I guess you better now!  Keep looking for that rock to bring in and we'll be digging a hole through the Earth tomorrow.

Technology: The internet at Y.E.S. has been a little persnickety, but we've still managed to get on to and create portfolio covers for our, well, portfolios!  We're looking forward to some serious Geology research as well and can't wait for the wireless update coming this fall.

Community: I have been very impressed with how caring, concerned, and conscientious our class has been as we talk about inclusivity, sharing, and how to make this year the best for as many people as possible.  We'll keep talking about this all year long!

I hope that's a good update for now and will keep you interested for finding out more at the Open House on Monday!  Look forward to seeing you then!