Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Math and Writing Challenges 11/24/15

One update, TWO challenges. Here are the writing and math challenges for this week! Good luck!

The Abbott Gazette

This week....

Math..... Math Explorations (thanks volunteers!) expanded form subtraction (acc. To our bloggers that means a two or three digit number minus another two or three digit number), square products, commutative property of multiplication

Here's some pictures from our explorations:

Writing... Thankful Tree, personal narratives, Farmer Abbott's Thanksgiving (that's a surprise!)

Reading... Gooseberry Park, mysteries on the way, finished Tiger and Dixie, "Tough Day for Thomas" (practice), "Abby Takes Her Shot"

Science... Crystals came home, Volcanoes and Layers of the Earth 

Junior Achievement... Money, money, money and How to Make Deposits and Withdrawals (thank you Mrs. Gawtry!)

This week's Bloggers of the Week, Charley and Christopher!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Abbott's Amazing Journal

Hi 3rd Grade Families, here is our weekly blog from this week's bloggers: Julius and Wyatt.

We had an exciting week with lots of science investigations and all sorts of classroom volunteers. Here are a few updates of what's been going on:

Math: Function Machines Input/Outputs. You put a number into a function machine and it come out different. For example, if the rule is plus five, and you start with an input of five, it comes out ten.

Mr. Gross's math challenges: Brain Bashers.  These are a 4x4 array with numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4, which represent the height of skyscrapers. Each row and column can have each number one time, and the numbers on the outside edge tell how many building you can see from that spot. Check out our previous blog post about math challenges to learn more!

Writing: Writing Journal Covers.  We made some pictures on the writing journal cover that assists in writing a story to get the creativity flowing. Most of us have finished our discovery drafts, and have started (or finished!) typing them into Google Docs. Now we've started editing them with Mr. Abbott.

Typing.  On www.typing.com we were practicing J, F, and the space bar to help us get more efficient at typing. We used our Google accounts to log in, and it will remember our progress!

Reading:  Characters. You can figure out what the character is by the objects they are carrying and other characters reactions. We're finishing up our read-alouds The Tiger Rising and Because of Winn-Dixie.

Science:  Erosion of Mountains.  This week Mother Nature (Mr. Abbott) eroded 3 mountains (piles of sand) with 3 different forces of nature; wind (a straw), water (a spray bottle), and ice (an ice cube). Witness the power of the science brain!

Rock Cycle. We had a volunteer, Ms. Anne, come in and share amazing samples and information about the rock cycle with us. She's not a Rock Hound, she's a Pebble Pup! We saw igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. She also brought really neat fossils and crystals and a rock that floats! Thank you, Ms. Anne!

Crystals. We grew crystals in our room with Epsom salt and warm water, it took about 2 weeks for them to form. Today we observed them and brought them home. The warm solution represented magma and the crystals represent minerals in the Earth.

Volcanoes.  Volcanoes produce more than one thing that work in nature.  For example: Magma rolls over the earth and ash clouds form over the mountain.

Junior Achievement

Mrs. Gawtrycame back for our second session of Junior Achievement. We talked about money and loans and how people Ina. City or town use money. It was fun!

Your illustrious Bloggers of the Week!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mrs. Agell's Writing Challenge 11/10/15

Mrs. Agell's challenge this week is a little tricky. Using just the sounds that the letter names say, make a story. Make sure to illustrate your story, otherwise it's nearly impossible to decipher. Do you know what the examples say?

-Mr. Abbott

Mr. Gross' Math Challenge!

It's here! Our first math challenge. The copy is bad, and the directions are kinda vague, but as your Mathmagician and they'll be able to explain how this Brain Basher works! Good luck!

-Mr. Abbott

Sunday, November 8, 2015


Hello Families,

I'm not sure I've announced this yet, but I would like to thank and welcome Kelly Sawhney (Julius' mom) as our Classroom Volunteer Parent. She will be coordinating our volunteer needs in the classroom for the upcoming year! I'm very excited and grateful to her for taking this role on.

She has sent out a few volunteer requests so far, based on the responses from my classroom volunteer survey and the yellow volunteer survey from Nini Emmons. If you haven't heard from Kelly and would like to, please double-check to make sure that her emails haven't been going into your email spam folder, and/or send me an update on your potential availability and I'll get that information to Kelly!

Thanks again, Kelly, and I look forward to seeing some of you in class (or cleaning out the henhouse!) soon!


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Extra Writing Backlog

Hello Families!

Now that you've had a chance to play with the most recent Extra Writing Challenge, here are the three that came before that, if you're looking for some more fun, innovative ways to get writing. Math challenges will start next week. I can't wait!

I hope you can read them clearly, I'm no pro at taking great shots with the ipad!

Take care,

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Extra Writing 11/3/15

Hello Families!

I've spoken with some of you at conferences about Charlotte Agell's Extra Writing Challenges. Mrs. Agell has been out sick for a while, but came back today looking stronger and better than ever! This week's writing challenge is:

Respond to this picture in the format that makes the most sense to you: with poetry, verse, a story, or a book!

Good luck, writers! I will be adding previous challenges here soon, but didn't want to confuse things too much at the outset. Writers are encouraged to respond to any challenges we've had so far. 

-Mr. Abbott

Monday, November 2, 2015

November on the Way

Hello Families!

Wow, hard to believe we're already into November (well, almost, that is). Time is flying by, and I know that I, for one, am having fun! We've been busy in class these last couple of weeks, fall conferences are about halfway done, and the weather has definitely taken a turn for the colder. Here's a few of the things that have been going on.


A few people have been asking about books and such that are appropriate for Third Graders at conferences. The best way to truly decide if a book is right for you and your child is to pre-read it first, but I know this can be tough. If that's not an option, the website Common Sense Media does a pretty good job of looking at many different kinds of media, from books and comics to movies and video games. See if it's a good fit for you.


We took a break from personal narratives to talk about metaphors in writing, and it just so happens that we talked about how being a writer can be like being a spider. Or an artist. Or a surgeon. It all depends! Our spider writer metaphors are up in the hallway now on display, and they look great! (Even if spiders are evil.)


We had our first set of math explorations last week, and they went smashing! Mrs. McGrath, Mrs. Rassmussen, and Mrs. Johnson joined us for a really fun morning. We explored fractions, volume, and area. Thanks so much to our amazing volunteers!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please email me and let me know.

See you soon,