Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Vi Hart Thanksgiving to You!

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you and your families are having a restful, snowy day today.  Hazel was very... unsure... about the snow.  :)

We watched this in class this week, but I thought maybe some of you would like to share with your families just how mathematical Thanksgiving can be.  So here is a link to four Vi Hart math videos that will blow your Mathemagical mind!

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Todd, Heather, and Hazel

Monday, November 24, 2014

Random Updates!

Hello Third Grade Families!

A few odds and ends from the last couple of weeks that didn't fit in on the YES Herald or other places. :)

The High School Boys Soccer Team won the state class B championships! I'm not quite sure what position this kiddo plays on the team, but we were lucky enough to get the trophy for share and to spend a day in our room before going behind the case in the High School.  Go Clippers!

We also had an interesting group of kiddos set to engineering a pretty impressive tower during one of our indoor recesses recently.  I see quite a bit of (hidden) math going on here!

We had Mrs. Wolinsky for Third Grade Hour and she's always got something neat and new cooking up her sleeves.

We also started playing a new game called "Multiplication Baseball."  In Multiplication Baseball the pitcher rolls two dice to the batter.  The dice become factors and the batter has to name the product to swing at the ball.  If they get it right, they read the directions to see if it's a single, double, or triple.  If they get it wrong, it's a strike!  Batter up!

Speaking of multiplication, we were lucky enough to get a visit from Mrs. Parkin's fourth graders in Mrs. Colfer's room.  They're also doing multiplication, and Mrs. Parkin noticed that some of them were having trouble with the 8s.  So she re-wrote the lyrics to "All About that Bass" to "All About those 8s" and shared it with our classes.  So if you know anyone having trouble with the 8s times tables, you can send them to Mrs. Parkin's Parkin Spot where they can practice and shake it at the same time!

That's it for now!  Thanksgiving break this week, so there won't be a YES Herald on Friday, look for it back in action next week in December!

-Mr. Abbott and Class

Sunday, November 23, 2014

YES Herald 11/21/14

Bloggers:  Elijah and Colby
(For 2 weeks)


We're  working on multiplication and division.  In class, we've been using the white board to divide pennies into groups.  We're using the same technique at home with real coins.  Colby and Elijah agree that division is a little trickier than multiplication, but they're getting the hang of it.


We have finished writing our personal narratives.  Now we're typing them up on our laptops.
Elijah wrote about a bad field trip where he slipped in a tide pool. Colby wrote about the adventures he had with his cousin at Funtown Splashtown.

In honor of Thanksgiving, we wrote letters to "Farmer Abbott" from the perspective of a turkey.
Our assignment was to persuade Farmer A. not to eat us!  Colby tried flattery, but also warned that he had a ferocious guard dog.  Elijah took a defensive approach, telling Farmer A. that he was moldy and tasted like rotten baby diapers.  No word yet if any pardons have been issued.

We're also practicing cursive writing. Ask us to show you our skills during Thanksgiving break.


Our reading groups are reading Mr. Popper's Penguins, Cat Wings, Freckle Juice, and All About Sam.


We watched a cool earthquake video narrated by Bill Nye The Science Guy.  We're also doing an experiment with a frozen water balloon that's covered in play dough.  The water balloon represents a drop of rain, and the play dough (once it dried out) represents Mount Katahdin (or any other rock).  We let the play dough around the rain drop harden (like igneous rock) and then set it aside for "winter."  Winter in this case was the Teacher's Room Freezer of SCIENCE.  Then we observed it after winter.  Does water beat rock?  Ask your geologist!


Mr. Abbott celebrated his birthday.  His age is a mystery.  Elijah guesses 35.  Colby thinks he's closer to 44.

Thanksgiving Vacation starts Wednesday!

Mrs. Wolinsky will be volunteering at the Maine Digital Festival on December 13th.  If Mrs. Wolinsky is involved, you know it's going to be cool!  Find out more here:

This week's bloggers:

Friday, November 7, 2014


Week 4 11/7/14
Bloggers Emily & Lexi


Big News!  Our class won the Sumdog  math competition for Cumberland County.  This is a super fun educational math game we play on the computer. We will all get to take home Cerrtificates of Merit in recognition of our awesome math skills. 
We are also learning to measure the "area" of an object. The area is the size of a surface. Sometimes we figure it out using multiplication.  


This week we typed up  our personal narratives. These are true stories about us.  Lexi wrote  a story about crashing her sled into a stream.  Fortunately, she survived to tell the tale. Emily wrote about building a chicken coop with her Dad.  They eat lots of eggs at her house. 


Mrs. Clark is teaching us about "ebooks."  These are electronic books we can check out online.

Mr. Abbott is showing us how to look  for surprises in stories. Most good books have twists and turns.  In the morning, he's reading "The Tiger Rising"  to us. After lunch  we read "Because of Winn Dixie."


We watched a video about fossils.  These are parts of plants and animals that have been preserved. 
We're also doing an experiment with bins of sand to study different types of erosion. Ask us which erodes sand faster.  Wind, water, or ice?


Our favorite part of the week was  a  field trip to Yarmouth High School to climb  the Rock Wall. 
There were four different routes to get to the top. Emily was surprised by how quickly some students climbed to the top.  Lexi said you couldn't tell how challenging the routes were by  looking.  You had to climb them to find out. 

On Friday we did Junior Achievement with Mrs. Reich.  We are learning about the different zones that make up a city like business industrial, residential,  and agriculatural. 

Double Gym this week. Yea!  Who doesn't love gym twice. 

We did drawings of buildings in our town for art class. The assignment was to sketch the front and side of a building.  Lexi drew her house and Emily drew Handy Andy's.  


No school on Tuesday.  It's Veteran's Day.  

This Week's Bloggers: Emily and Lexi
Our science experiment.  Ask us about erosion.
We are the best at Sumdog!
Junior Achievement: Thanks Mrs. Reich!