Tuesday, December 20, 2016

December Updates

Hello Families!

December if fully and truly upon us, in true Maine fashion, as exemplified by the new Yarmouth ice skating rink that happens to occupy the location that was formerly my driveway. Snow, cold, warm, cold, winter in Maine is nothing if not fickle!

It's exciting times here at YES, too! Here are a few things you may be interested in:



Pajama Day! This Thursday will be a school-wide Pajama Day! Kiddos (and teachers, too) will be decked out in their cozy night duds this Thursday as a community-building school event.



Read-a-Math-a-Game-a-Thon! Thursday will also be our first Read-a-Math-a-Game-a-Thon (RMGT) of the year. Kiddos have been told they can bring in one blanket-ish item and one comfort-ish item. They know what this means. We'll be reading and playing math-themed games all day to unwind before the break. I look forward to introducing some new games to the class, I don't think anyone has played Machi Koro yet, and we'll be getting out Sushi Go! and Hey! That's My Fish!  along with some other perennial favorites.



Mystery Solved! We finally found out who our mystery person was! This devious trickster sent cryptic messaged via Prezi to our class with activities to hone our detective skills. We found three key clues: a misplaced bus note, a block of wood, and a fumbled afternoon announcement. Ask your detective where these clues led us!

Math Explorations: We had a great time on Friday doing Math Explorations with Mrs. Landry and Mrs. Shannon. We were exploring measurement and tools for measuring. It was super fun! Here's a video of us at work.

Math Games: Yesterday we  played "Name that Polygon Attribute" in class. Here's a video of us working on that game!

I hope you're staying warm and having fun and as excited about vacation (and our -thons) as we are!

Take care,
Todd

Friday, December 16, 2016

Henry Dance Party!

Hello Families!

This week we had a super-fun birthday celebration with Henry! We even finished up with a class rendition of the theme song to "Little Einsteins," a favorite of Henry's. It was, to put it mildly, quite epic.

Hope you're having as fun of a week as we are, heres the video:

https://goo.gl/photos/xVJo58CMcRzaGS2k8

Take care,
Todd

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fun Friday

Hello Families,

Wow, what a fun Friday we had at YES last week. I've been trying to get these videos up for a couple days now, but we're smack in the middle of cold season in the Abbott household.

First, we joined Mrs. Ney's class during Morning Meeting to practice juggling together! Mr. Arno and Mr. Curry helped out, too. Juggling is teaching us valuable lessons about grit and perseverance, and also helps our brains work across both hemispheres. Look at us go!

Second, we've started our Geography unit. We'll be examining countries all over the world, and looking at holidays and celebrations in different cultures. Friday afternoon we took a look at Japan, and the holiday of Kodomo-no-hi. We made a giant carp to celebrate strength!

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow for our publishing party!

-Todd

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Mysteries!

Hello Families!

We started our Mysteries Unit this week with a bang: a mysterious email to Mr. Abbott with a link to a Prezi containing cryptic clues about upcoming events. We're intrigued! Our first mission was to make Detective Hats, and then we got a set of mystery words to study, and there's a quiz on Friday!

Here we are practicing solving mysteries by reading some:

https://goo.gl/photos/tUXFWebWNwDo6aQ5A

Enjoy,
Todd

Sunday, December 4, 2016

December Days

Hello Families!


I hope you're out enjoying some of this lovely weather this weekend, even if it is a bit cold. As the weather gets colder, the kiddos will be bringing in more and more layers, which creates the opportunity to lose more and more layers. Please write your name or initials on everything, the tables of Lost and Found by the office get very large this time of year.

Things are moving along at a brisk clip in Room 103. We've pulled together the last threads of our fall units and are transitioning over into our winter units. Only a few weeks until the holidays are upon us, and then it's time to welcome in 2017! Hard to imagine we're staring at that already. Here are a few updates about what's going on in Mr. Abbott's class at Yarmouth Elementary School.



Book Order: Our most recent book order was due on Friday, but I've extended it until this WEDNESDAY because I forgot to give out the free book coupons! So feel free to place an order before Wednesday and Scholastic guarantees that the books will arrive before we go on vacation.

Recipes: We've been sharing recipes in class for our Super Secret Project, thank you to everyone who has sent one in already. It can be for anything: something you make once a year, something you make once a week, breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack! All originals will be coming home, we'll take very good care of them.



Community Meeting: The Third Grade Community Meeting around the theme of optimism on Thursday was a rousing success! We pulled it together very quickly, and I have gotten great feedback from all over the school. Our class made small, bright posters with optimistic slogans on them and decorated them. We then blew them up into huge 4-paper by 4-paper puzzle posters using the web site Block Posters. We made enough for each classroom to get a puzzle. During the community meeting, we hid out on the side of the stage and then shouted our slogans as loudly as possible, while being projected huge on the walls of the cafeteria! It was, to quote a student, "EPIC!" Watch the video of us working on our posters in class, and then watch the video of the entire performance (you can't, unfortunately, see us, but you can definitely hear us between each presentation).

Volunteers: We had our first volunteers in this week reading Time for Kids with the class. It went smashingly! We'll be needing more volunteers soon to help us put together our White Books in advance of our Publishing Party. Which brings me to...

Publishing Party: We'll be having our first Publishing Party, for our Personal Narratives, on either December 15th or 16th in the morning. I'm still finalizing the date and time, and I will email that information out as soon as possible.

Reading: We start Mysteries this week! Get ready to hear lots of Detective-speak over the next few weeks as we delve into the world of sleuths, criminals, alibis, and red herrings!

Writing: We'll also be developing Opinion pieces as our next unit of study. Don't be surprised if your third grader starts using some pretty sophisticated techniques to persuade you that they really need you to make some changes for them.

That's it for now, look forward to seeing you soon,
Todd