Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hey Diddle Diddle...

Here's a little ditty for you to practice with your Mathemagician tonight...

Hey diddle diddle
The median's the middle
You add and divide for the mean
The mode is the one that occurs the most
And the range is the difference between

They're eager to hear you sing...


A whole lot going on this week, so a couple of quick reminders:

Book Orders will be placed on Friday.  Please go here to make your order, and I will "authorize" all of them on Friday.

Picture Day is also Friday!  A small reminder is going home today.  Please make sure you have sent your receipt or payment in and dress sharp on Friday!  :)

Great job on the reading MAP yesterday.  Technological issues meant we had to move from morning to afternoon, and I was so impressed with the adaptability of our readers!  Give your reader a pat on the back and a congratulations.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Butterfly in the Sky!

We were lucky enough to have Zach's mom come in to class last week and share something very special with us. You probably remember seeing monarch butterflies all over the place when you were little? And not so much these days? Well it's not just here in Maine, but all over the country. 

Ms. Sinclair shared a story about monarchs with us, told us about their vanishing habitat, and GAVE our class two monarch caterpillars to take care of! 

Well, we have exciting news. Over the weekend one of them has already entered its chrysalis! The other one is looking nice and plump and ready to follow sometime soon. This is quite fun. 

Once they are both in a chrysalis, we will transfer them to a screen enclosure. And once they hatch we will release them into the garden!

Here is the first one to enter a chrysalis:

Here is the second one looking nice and plump:

We'll keep you posted on the developments as they happen. 

-Todd and class

Sunday, September 14, 2014

First Weeks!

Hello Families of Mr. Abbott's Third Grade!

Wow, what a start to the year! It feels like there's never enough time at the beginning of the year to get everything done that I have planned. Add to that a late Tuesday water main problem and I could get downright cranky! But that won't solve anything, so instead we soldier on. :)

Week one came and went pretty quick, and week two wasn't much longer. Here's a quick rundown of some of the things we've gotten up to so far in third grade. 

Week One:

Week one we spent quite a bit of time getting to know each other. We learned about Morning Meeting, the take-a-break chair, our hopes and dreams, summer shares, circling up, and even had time to start an academic project or two. 

One of the most fun activities (from my point of view) was our puzzle! Each person got a puzzle piece that she or he needed to decorate with representations of him or herself. Once that was done, we gathered on the rug to solve the puzzle. 

We have some great pics and a play-by-play (by me, of course), but I'll wait for that until I'm sure it's OK with everybody to have pics online. 

Week Two:

This week we started cursive, math, reading, writing, and even got to science (geology) on Friday! We're off to a great start, and I can't wait to see where this year leads us. 

I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow, Monday, night for the Open House!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Farewell and Hello!

Dear Fourth Graders,

Yes, I'm talking to YOU now!  You fourth graders starting a brand new chapter in your lives.  I want to tell each and every one of you how proud I am of you.  We had an amazing year last year, and I had so much fun watching you learn, and grow, and become the fourth graders that you are today.  Congratulations on such an amazing year, and please come back frequently to tell me how it's all going.  I feel like we can see the trajectory of our year in the two pictures below, both taken on the same day.

First, we have the way we came in during the Fall.  Pensive.  Contemplative.  Each of us looking off into the distance where we need to go:

Then, from later in that same day, I think this picture better encapsulates how we felt by the end of the year, when we had clearly spent too much time together:

Yep.  Yup.  Uh-huh.  I think that's about how it went.  :)  Although now that I look back on them, I think it's hard to tell which one of those pictures is more frightening!

Keep on doing what you do, you're very good at it.

To my brand new third graders!  See what we have to look forward to!  I'm so excited to meet you all and get to know you and introduce you to the wonders that will be third grade.  We will explore geology, tackle multiplication, delve into biographies, plum the reaches of the solar system, write more than you ever thought possible, try all kinds of new things, fail at many of them, and try them again until we figure it out.  We will boldly go places that I have never been before with a class, and in the midst of all that fun, we will learn, learn, learn along the way, together.

See you all tomorrow, for our first day of third grade!

Mr. Abbott