Friday, February 27, 2015

YES HERALD 2/27/15

This Week's Bloggers:  Norah and Ella


We are back from February break refreshed and ready to learn!  Mr. Abbott handed out new math journals this week and we're beginning a new multiplication unit.  We are learning how to use parentheses in math equations. 


We have moved  on from realistic fiction to informational reading and writing.  We plan to write "expert books" in which we'll share our vast knowledge on a particular subject. 3rd graders are getting started by writing lists of subjects we know a lot about.   Ella is a horse expert and Norah has double expertise in drawing and gardening.  


We now have the answers to perplexing questions like why poop is brown and why hair turns grey thanks to a book called "Why Don't Your Eyelashes Grow?" Parents, if you don't know the answers to these burning questions, you can ask your third grader or pick up the book. It's written by Beth Ann Ditkoff. As for eyelashes,  Ella and Norah say they do grow, but slowly and they fall out at a certain length.

Norah says the Time for Kids topic this week was super interesting.  It's an article about the parasitic guinea worm. This parasite lays eggs in water and those eggs grow into worms when people swallow them.  Ick.  Now there are only 126 people in the world, thanks to a simple filtration system. 


BOOM!!!!   We're studying sound.   This week we're making sound drop chambers.  We will test our knowledge of different sounds by dropping objects inside the  chambers without looking and try to guess the objects. 


We are helping the The American Heart Association raise money for people with heart disease. It's called Jump Rope For Heart. Your pledge may save someone's life. In the process, we're becoming jump rope experts. Ms. Spellman and Ms. Pachuta have taught us cool jump rope tricks. Ask us about the helicopter. 


Our classroom jobs have changed.  Everyone made a list of jobs they were interested in and Mr Abbott did the best he could to match students with their dream jobs. Norah is now the teacher's assistant and Ella is pencil protector and lunch transporter. 


Our classmate Elijah is moving to California in March. We are really going to miss him.  We plan to celebrate his birthday early before he leaves. 


Students built Legos with motors inside and programmed their movements on the computers.  This was a highlight.  


Bowdoin College student, Miss Sabina Hartnett came to our class to job shadow.  She may become a teacher but she's not sure yet.  

Your illustrious bloggers. :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy Vacation!

Hello Friends and Families! Well it was nice, for once, to actually avoid some snow! I hope you're staying warm in this chilly round of weather we're having. A couple of quick updates, congratulations, and thank-yous as we head into this frigid February break! First of all, a thank you: Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends that came to our Heritage Day celebration and made it such a success! Thank you to all the people who brought in foods to share from around the world. I know that I had a great time, and I've heard from a few other folks that they did, too. Congratulations are in order to all our amazing Geographers and Geneologers! What an amazing show of knowledge and dedication. Well done. Valentines Day was a smashing success! I had to leave early, but there was already and abundance of caring and consideration in the air and so many kind words and sentiments being expressed. Great show, class! We have started a new math practice game online, which you may have heard about. This brings our online math practice tally up to four options: XtraMath, Sumdog, BigBrainz, and Prodigy. Work on those multiplication facts, we start 2-digit multiplication when we return! Realistic Fiction stories are coming along great! Most of them are being typed or already typed, we'll be editing when we return from vacation. I'm very excited to see how these end up! Did you hear that? That vibration in the air? I hope so, because we start our Physics of Sound Unit in science when we return! Lots more exciting investigations are on the way! That's it for this vacation update. A couple of important reminders below. Stay warm, shovel safe, and see you soon! -Todd Reminder: Book orders were supposed to be due Friday, I'm holding off putting them through until this Friday, February 20th in case anybody would like to use his or her Valentines gift from me. :) Reminder: Exercise for Heart will start up the week after break. We will have gym on THURSDAY as well as Friday that week. Dress appropriately and bring in any donation envelopes!