Friday, December 26, 2014

YES Herald - Supplemental - 12/26/14

Hello Third Graders!

I hope you're having a great vacation! The last two days of weather have been fantastic. I hope you've had a chance kt get outside and enjoy it. 

This is only a supplemental issue because due to some technical issues, all the hard work that Mrs. Sinclair and out Bloggers of the Week put into our last issei has been lost. My apologies, and shame on the blogger app! Here's a quick, yet woefully inadequate, supplemental update. 


We finished unit 5! Well done Mathemagicians. We wrapped up our Unit 5 assessment on Thursday, covering very large and very small numbers. We now know (or are at least still learning) place value from the thousandths place all the way up to the millions. Great math brains!


We've just dipped our toes into the world of realistic fiction. So far we're gathering some ideas from our personal narratives and getting set to really dig in. After break we'll be writing more and talking about fiction structures like leads and the story mountain!


We continue to solve literary crimes! Our Mystery Series Unit is a hit so far. We've Sussex out motives, dusted for clues, examined alibis, and said "no thanks" to a few offers of red herring. We'll keep at it after break. 


We continue to explore the world through Google Earth, maps, Time for Kids, and other venues. We too a sneak peak at the country book selection from the library, to start thinking about a country to research. I am also hoping you had some time to look at the Heritage Night information that was sent home, and maybe even got to talk to some relatives/ancestors this vacation about family traditions! Heritage night will be here before you know it, so get started now!


From my perspective Friday's RMGT was a super success! It's not often that I can consider pajamas to be professional attire. Our class looked great, and everyone seemed very comfy. After morning meeting and gym we spent some time working away at the Sumdog Holiday Contest. When we came in from recess everyone got Hot Chocolate and then we started in on our math themed games. I saw Stratego, Blokus, Hey! That's My Fish, No Thanks, as well as a few more. Way to use those math brains in an applied setting! After lunch we got out mats from the gym, took out stuffed animals and pillows, and settled in for a quiet, calming afternoon of reading. What a great way to get ready for a long brain break. Before leaving we watched an episode of Scooby Doo mysteries (that pesky Red Herring showed up again, and lo and behold, he didn't do it this time either!), and Mrs. Sinclair shared a healthy snack of popcorn and oranges. 

That's about it for now! Make sure to keep reading and logging, and at least play a few math-y games so your brain isn't complete mush when we get back in January!

Have fun and see you soon,
Mr. Abbott

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Junior Achievement Graduation

Dearest families,

It is with a heavy heart that I have to share with you the end of this year's Junior Achievement program. Mrs. Reich has joined us every Friday (and even a Monday) since Nivember to share with us the JA Third Grade curriculum: Our City. We've written checks, learned about banks and debt, started restaurants, and in this, our final session, learned about different types of media and how we get our information. Both Mrs. Reich and I participated in JA when we were a tad bit younger, and the program had changed a little since then. Maybe one day, as Mrs. Reich pondered, one of these Junior Achievers will come back to share a new curriculum with a new generation?

Here we are in groups discussin where we get different kinds of information:

Here ate more groups evaluating pros and cons of different forms of media:

After working as a group we shared out some of our conclusions:

And finally, what you've all been waiting for: graduation! Mrs. Reich presented each participant with a diploma for all his or her hard work over the last month. We are quite proud and will be saving them in our portfolios. 

Finally, a great group photo of the entire class with Mrs. Reich! Success!

Followed up by a well-deserved "THANK YOU!"

It's already been said, but it bears repeating: Thank You Mrs. Reich!

YES HERALD 12/12/14

This Week's Bloggers are Regan and Maya


We are taking part in a nationwide initiative called "Hour of Code."   We're playing fun games called Light Bot,  Holiday Lights, Elsa, Avatar, Snowflakes and Beat.  The rules of these games teach us the basics of computer programming.  

We just started a new Sumdog holiday contest.  We are testing our addition and subtraction skills against  other kids from all over the country.


We showed off our writing skills on Thursday at our Publishing Party. Thanks to all the parents and family members who came in to read our work.  It was fun for us to read all your comments.


We started up reading groups again.  Maya's group is reading "The Chocolate Touch," a story about a boy who LOVES chocolate.

Mr. Abbott is reading a new story to us.  It's the first Geronimo Stilton book called "The Treasure of the Emerald's Eye."


We've been zooming around the world using "Google Earth"  as part of  Geography unit.  We're also learning how many different kinds of maps there are. Ask us to show you Maine on a map of the United States. 


We're finishing our art projects, but our lips our sealed :)

We got to sample meal worms with our principal Mrs. Lane.  They came in two flavors; cheddar cheese and mexican.  Maya concluded that they were both gross.  Regan liked the Mexican style but said it had a bad aftertaste.  Regan would eat worms again if she was really hungry.  Maya would not.
Mrs. Lane was out sick the next day.  Hmmmm.

We finished Junior Achievement with Mrs  Reich this week and got our certificates. Thanks Mrs. Reich!  

We had a community meeting about "filling buckets." Filling buckets is a euphemism for making other people feel good. We filled Yarmouth's bucket with a food drive for the Yarmouth Food Pantry. 


Attitus turned 9 on December 5th.
Jeremiah turns 9 on the 14th.
And Zach turns 8 on the 24th.

Next week is the last week of school before Christmas Vacation.  This year is flying by!  

Our illustrious bloggers!