Sunday, November 26, 2017

Happy Thranksgiving!

Hello Families!


I hope that you have found time to enjoy and connect with family this weekend. Things in the Abbott household have been a little chaotic, as we work through allergic reactions and try to make normal. Wow, what a weekend!

I would like to apologize for the relative lack of updates over the last few weeks. November has been a blur of activity from the power outage to conferences and now through Thanksgiving. During all of this, it's been busy times in Room 103 at Yarmouth Elementary School, so here are NINE videos showing what we've been up to! Thanks for your patience!

(Apologies if these are out of chronological order. November has been a bit wild!)

(Post-finishing-additional-apology: there's LOTS of great video here! I hope you enjoy and share with your family! Enjoy!)



We turned our attention to multiplication. In particular, the notion of Perfect Squares: multiplication arrays that have the same two factors. From these facts we will later explore "on-off" facts that are one factor away from perfect squares.




We also investigated the world of fossils with Guest Lecturer Deb Landry. Together with Mrs. Wetmore's class we looked at fossils and where they fit into the history of the Earth, proving that the Earth has changed (drastically) over time.




Don't think it's all work at YES! To get up and move we've spend lots of time "GoNoodling" our bodies into new and fun poses. So far we've maxed out TWO characters, including Bart Reynolds, and are now working on our third. Beep Boop!




We also found time to do a classroom-swap with Ms. Frame around Halloween. While Ms. Frame did a Halloween Breakout, Mr. Abbott did our first HexaFlexagon training of the year. We started with "simple" tri-hexaflexagons, but hope to move into hexa-hexaflexagons before long. Ask your mathemagician about the Tuckerman Traverse!




We're also big on Growth Mindset and Grit in third grade. We won't all be jugglers by the end of the year, but we will have all tried our hands at it! Soon we'll be collaborating more with Mrs. Ney's class and Mr. Arno, who are both much better than I am!




With the help of our volunteers Mr. Hayes, Dr. Advani, and Dr. MacVane, we were able to have an amazing day of Math Explorations! Lots of work on area, which we will explore more in the future.



We've also spent some time looking at subtraction and addition through expanded place value. Remember how you learned to carry and borrow and all of those fancy algorithms? Well, we're just taking it step by step to show how those things work, hopefully deepening our understanding of place value and mathematical thinking as a whole.




Another way to work on place value understanding is by playing a game called "Shuffle to 100." See if your Mathemagician can explain to you the strategy behind this deceptively simple add-to-100 game.



And finally, a little quiet introspection as we say "Thank You" for all the amazing things we might otherwise take for granted. I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving Weekend, and I look forward to seeing you soon in YES or around town!

Take care,
Todd

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Mt. Apatite Farm

Hello Families!


November really came in like a wrecking ball. I think we have to hand the "win" to Mother Nature this week. I'm ready to get back to normal next week, and maybe even get back home with electricity soon!

In the meantime, I wanted to share a little bit about our field trip to Mt. Apatite Farm today! Mt. Apatite Farm is run by Carol Segal, who is kind enough to open the farm and her own personal mine to us every year. It's such an amazing experience, as you'll see below. This year she surprised us by setting up tables and chairs for everyone to eat at in her amazing barn! Not only does Carol open her land up to us as a school, she also hosts individuals and small groups, so if you're looking for a place to go mining, see some amazing gardening, or go sledding in the winter, please give her a call or email. She'd love to see you!

We toyed with the idea of postponing until next week, but decided to give a try this week instead, and we got super lucky with the weather! A hearty thank you to all of our volunteers today! Trips like this wouldn't be possible without all your support and time. Thank you!

If you've noticed that the blog is slowing down a little, you're correct! I've been getting more familiar with Seesaw and posting work and videos there, so if you're not on Seesaw yet, please contact me so we can get you connected.

Stay safe and have a great weekend,
Todd


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Book Tasting!

Hello Families!

It's in! The video from the Book Tasting at Cafe La Frame is in! Enjoy!


Monday, October 16, 2017

Summer in October

Hello Families!


It seems like Summer is never ending! We had another exciting week in Room 103. I apologize for the spottiness of updates in Seesaw so far, I'm still kind of wrapping my head around it. I think there should be a couple of fun geology updates there this week, though, so if you haven't signed up yet, please do!

On Wednesday we were sharing work on the projector and working hard in our Student Math Journals while using the iPads to access the online Student Reference Book for math. You can see that the kiddos are enjoying seeing themselves live-streamed onto our screen!



Then on Wednesday afternoon, we had the rare opportunity to visit Cafe La Frame, hosted in Ms. Frame's room, for a book tasting! The reports are that it was even better than its reputation. I wouldn't know, I've never been able to go, since I am usually entertaining guests in our classroom at the time. On this occasion, Ms. Frame's students were learning how to play Tapple and Tsuro in our room, but The Chef assures me that there will be video forthcoming of our class at the book tasting. For now, here's Ms. Frame's kiddos!




On Thursday we got to have Mrs. DiRusso join us again for Mindfulness. This week we talked about finding our anchor spot for anchor breathing:



Our final video this week shows us playing math games on Friday. This week we learned Blokus, which hones our geometrical spatial thinking, and requires some pretty agile thinking around numbers and probability:



You also may have heard about our flexible seating options. We not have four different seating options available: yoga balls, wiggle cushions, stools, and rockers. I think we tried to introduce them too quickly, so for now we've got a schedule of who gets to use which ones on certain days. We'll try it this was for a while, and see how things go. Eventually, it would be nice to move away from a schedule and towards more autonomy to know what's best for each learner.

Math Unit 1 assessment will be coming home this week. The kiddos did a fantastic job! If you're wondering why there are multiple colors of pen on your child's assessment, I use one color on the day of assessment to help guide our Mathemagicians to the right answer, reminding them of strategies we've learned along the way. When I "grade" them, I use a different color, so you can see how much your kiddo can do on his or her own and how much still requires some scaffolding.

We've also started reading Because of Winn-Dixie in our reading unit on characters. It's a good one! Today we talked about having empathy for characters. India Opal is quite a character.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. If you haven't signed up for conferences yet, please take a few minutes to confirm your spot.

Take care,
Todd

Monday, October 9, 2017

October: Week One

Hello Families!


Another exciting week has finished up at YES. Everything felt a little shorter than usual, since we only had four days, as will this coming week, starting from Tuesday to Friday. A few videos from last week, and then an exciting note about the upcoming week.

Wednesday was the annual YES Walking School Bus. Despite organizing this event at YES for years, I somehow managed to miss the start. Luckily, our new principal Mr. Gleason leaped into the breach and took over! I met them coming up West Elm on the way to the walker's path. We had fantastic weather!



We also had our first Mindfulness Minute with Mrs. DiRusso. We're lucky enough to have her join our class for ten to fifteen minutes a week to teach us about Mindfulness. We started this week with finding our mindful bodies: still and quiet. Looking forward to lots more relaxing fun with Mrs. DiRusso!

We also got down to some serious writing this week, finally choosing a seed idea to develop for our personal narrative. We've worked on lots of strategies to tease these moment stories out into longer pieces like developing a lead, retelling as storytellers, and showing instead of telling. We're on our way!



We also finished our first unit in math, and will be starting unit two on Tuesday, look for the family letter coming home along with Tuesday night's home link.

On Wednesday, Ms. Frame and I will be switching students, as Ms. Frame has invited our class to a Book Tasting at Frame's Book Cafe and Wonderporium. We did this last year, and the readers LOVED it. Can't wait!

Finally, this week we'll be adding some additional options for seating in our room. Extra ball seats and wiggle cushions are in, as we start to increase the options available to find our best learning postures. I'm sure you'll be hearing more about this from your eager learner.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please get in touch. I will be sending out dates and times for fall conferences this week, as well!

Take care,
Todd

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Friday Fun

Hello Families,


We're officially into October! It's amazing how the time flies. It was a busy week last week, starting off hot and ending on a more rational temperature. In the world of MAP testing, we successfully completed our Math MAP on Tuesday, and then made a valiant attempt on Thursday at Reading before system malfunctions forced us to abandon the attempt. Again: super strong kudos to all the flexible, on the spot thinkers who could move from one activity to the next at a moment's notice. We learned about being flexible, and also about winning at math games. I still fancy myself the classroom champion, but eagerly await my being deposed anytime soon!

We have started writing complete stories in our writer's notebooks. We practiced being storytellers and seeing what that looks, sounds, tastes, and feels like this week.

We are reading with power and strength, and making sure to maintain a mental movie of the book we are reading. Much of the class is reading Bone or Amulet right now, and I can't wait to launch us off into new adventures following these tried-and-true ones.

We delved deeper into the processes that change the surface of the earth, notably volcanoes. We learned the names of volcanoes and their parts, created our own analog volcanoes, and then Seesawed a digital version. I'm still working on making sure you can all see those digital versions, please bear with us as I get used to this!

Finally, on Friday we had to say good-bye to Talia, as she and her family move south. We had a party for her on Thursday (in case she was too busy moving on Friday) and this is how it went:




Talia, we will miss you, and were so excited to do so many fun things with you this year. Now we are excited for all the adventures you will have in your new school. Please keep in touch!

Also on Friday, we spent our Math Differentiation day learning what will become an extension option for the rest of the year: KenKen. Use basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division along with some simple rules and logic to fill in 3x3 and 4x4 squares with numbers 1-3 or 1-4. Later, we'll move on to larger squares! It was awesome. We also learned to play Love Letter, another game of probability and mathemagic:



Thanks so much for following along with us and all the support you give. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please send me an email!

Take care,
Todd

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Flexible Week

Hello Families!


As I'm sure you've heard from Mr. Gleason and your child, MAP testing did not go well this week. As a matter of fact, it didn't go at all. Which meant our plans were perpetually up in the air as we scheduled and then attempted and cancelled MAP sessions, and the kiddos were fantastic at being flexible and changing plans on-the-fly. The MAP people have told us they've got things fixed, so we'll be giving it another try this week. The plan is to do our Math MAP on Tuesday and then our Reading MAP on Thursday. So light on homework this week, focus on a good night's sleep and healthy eating!

Wednesday of this week will be picture day at YES. Dress to impress! Even if you're not getting a picture package, all students will have pictures taken for the yearbook.

Our first book order has been placed and Scholastic tells me it's on the way. Can't wait to see all the new books!

We did manage to get some fun learning in last week, even with our whacky schedule.

We broke up into groups to talk about how best to help each other achieve our Hopes and Dreams this year, and came up with a set of classroom rules to keep us safe and learning:



We also started talking about elapsed time, and using open number lines to calculate how long our mornings are until lunch. Then we used that newfound knowledge to play a game called Race to 3:00, where the goal is to keep track of gaining and losing time to make it to 3:00 first!







Finally for this update, on Friday during math we learned how to play the game No Thanks! This game combines probability and number sense through a super-simple mechanic: each turn  you either take a card, or pay a token, and at the end of the game the least points wins. While half the class played No Thanks! the other half practiced math on iPads, and then the groups switched. It was a fun end to a fun week!



Hope you're settled in for another great week in third grade. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Take care,
Todd

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Looking Ahead and Back

Hello Families!

As usual, the year has only begun and it feels like it's zipping along. A few highlights of this coming week first:

Monday night at 6PM is the Grade Three Open House. We will all meet in the cafeteria with new principal Mr. Gleason before re-convening in our classroom.

Tuesday is MAP math testing for third grade. This will be our first time using iPads for this assessment as a school, and the first time taking the MAP for third graders. I'll talk more about this at Open House!

Now, looking at the week gone by! More exciting things happening in room 103 and YES as a whole. We have three more videos to bring you this week: Read to Self, iPads and Math, and Angus' Birthday Party!

Read to Self is an integral part of our Reading Workshop. Every day, students are expected to read a minimum of twenty minutes on their own, and some students will opt to read longer than that. We practiced Read to Self in smaller doses this week, and this is a look at what it might look and sound like on any given day:


We are still figuring out all the ways that iPads can empower learners at our level. We have many things planned for this year, but as will all things: go slow to go fast. So we're dipping our toes in day-by-day, so that eventually these powerful tools will feel like just that: another tool we use to continue learning. On Friday, we tried three different math apps. Ask your Mathemagician what they were!


It looks like it might be another Dance Party Room 103 year! For our second birthday party of the year Angus chose a Dance Party, and this time it looked less divided and all kiddos were stepping out and stepping up.



As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

See you tomorrow,
Todd

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Legendary Rock, Paper, Scissors

Hello Families!

We have a full week's worth of school days under our belts now. We're getting more into our academic curriculum, but we still find time for community-building and downright third grade awesomeness. Case in point:



We teamed up with Ms. Frame's class to read the epic story of the origins of the game Rock, Paper, Scissors, and then we played a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors: Entourage with both classes!

Did I mention that it was epic?

Hope to see you soon,
Todd (and class)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

What a Week!

Hello Families!

First of all, I'm embarrassed it took all weekend to upload these videos. I tried this great shortcut from Google Photos straight to YouTube that would be amazing simple and fast... If it worked.

Long way around, and here we are.

So we have three videos to share with you from Friday. The first is a video of our first ever BreakoutEDU. BreakoutEDU is essentially a box, locked with various kinds of locks. The students need to figure out the solution to each of these locks in order to open them, and eventually, get inside the box. Sometimes there is a neat prize, sometimes there is a new note saying simply "Congratulations, you broke out!" This week, there was a double message of perseverance, since not only did we not "solve" the last lock, Mr. Abbott also set the last lock wrong! We'll consider that a win for the class and a learning opportunity all around. Now to just get that lock open...



Next, we all filled out puzzle pieces with bits and pieces of information about ourselves. This happened on Thursday, then we ran out of time (days in third grade seem to pass unbelievably fast) so we saved the next part for today. Each person had a piece of the puzzle, and had to find where/how/who they fit in. It took some work, but eventually we found out the solution was a key to how we can "solve" third grade: as a team!



Finally, today we got to practice all four types of birthday parties that will be options this year: Dance Party, Origami Party, Dinosaur Art Party, and Monster Art Party. Eli chose for the first party of the year a Dance Party, and I'm not sure how he did it, but this may be the first time in years that only the boys have danced while the girls remained cool and passive. I don't think this will last! Sorry if the music is a bit confusing, I need to make sure to put enough extra sound in so that we don't get booted off YouTube! Happy Birthday, Eli!



Woohoo! Week one done. Now we get down to the nitty gritty next week as we start our Reading and Writing Units of Study, as well as Math Unit 1, and even Cursive and hopefully iPads!

Hope you all had a great weekend,
Todd

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Three Days In

Hello Families!

Well, we're three days in and things are going smoothly so far. This afternoon we started day one of our playground explorations, we'll finish up with that tomorrow. We'll also do our first BreakoutEDU box tomorrow! I'm quite excited about that. In the meantime, here is another video showcasing Wednesday and Thursday activities. I hope you're doing well and getting lots of sleep!

-Todd


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Fantastic Day One!

Hello Families!

We had a fantastic, if a bit hot and muggy, first day of third grade today. There were so many new things to talk about and explore that, as usual, we didn't get to all of them. By the time 3:00PM rolled around, and we were saving Fred as our last activity, kiddos were surprised that a whole day had gone by already. There's too much to talk about in one blog post, so take a look at our day in this video and have a chat with your third grader. If you have any questions, just ask!



I'm looking forward to our second day tomorrow. We get TWO specials tomorrow!

Take care,
Todd

Monday, August 21, 2017

Welcome to Third Grade!

Dear Third Graders,

Welcome to third grade! I hope you're having an exciting summer, I know that my family and I are. We took our first family-of-five vacation this summer to Lake George, NY, to see Hazel, Oscar, and Rose's cousins. On the drive back we found out that work on our house was taking longer than expected, so we had to stay with Grampa and Grammy for three extra weeks. A one-week vacation turned into a one-month vacation! Did you have anything unexpected happen this summer?

One of our favorite family activities is going to the beach. Hazel, who is three, likes to run in the waves and play on the rocks. Oscar, who just turned one, likes to crawl and look for tiny rocks to put in his mouth. Rose, who also just turned one, likes to eat sand! Here's a few pictures of us from this summer:




While you're here, please take a couple of minutes to explore our class blog. You can see previous years' blog posts to get an idea of some of the things we might do this year, and can also find our specials schedule and links for Scholastic Book Ordering. I'd love to hear from you in the comments, specifically two things: 1) What have you been up to this summer? and 2) If you could have lunch with any one person on Earth, who would it be and why?

You should be getting a letter in the mail from me this week. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your summer. I can't wait to meet you! Hopefully I'll see you at Family Drop-In Day on August 31st from 9:30 to 10:30, and definitely when school starts on September 5th!

Sunnily,
Mr. Abbott

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Field Day 2017

Hello Families!

Despite the rumbles of thunder in the distance causing a shortened afternoon, Field Day 2017 was a rousing success! We had a blast, and also got to enjoy a couple of quiet stations this year, as well. Here's a video of a few of our stations, what a fantastic day!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Amazing Art Wall

Hello Families,

As you may or may not know, we have many artists in our classroom. Recently, one of them got to share an entire wall of art he's been working on this year. It happened to be the day he added his 101st piece of artwork to the wall!

Here is Carlos showing off some of what he can do for our class. What an amazing experience!

(My favorite is still the portrait of me that is hanging in our classroom!)

Take care,
Todd


Bike Train 2017

Hello!

Wow, what an amazing day for the Bike Train last Friday! I didn't have anyone taking "action" photos or videos this year, so the best I could do was to document evidence of the numbers of riders we had.

Thank you so much to our Fearless Leader Principal Betsy Lane, for making this possible every year, Superintendent Andrew Dolloff, for allowing us to proceed and showing that Yarmouth Schools are invested in a healthy community from the top down, and Lenora Felker of Healthy Kids, Happy Kids, for volunteering her time to promote safety and teach happy biking.

And, of course, to all the parents and students who join us in this endeavor every year! Thanks for making Yarmouth a safe, fun place to ride bikes.

Take care,
Todd





Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Back from vacation






This week's blog brought to you by Gloria and Tess

This week in math we are doing fraction volumes and multiplication/division fact families.

This week in writing we are working on our informational books. Most of us are almost finished, while others are working on chapters 1-4. 

This week in reading we continue to read biographies. Mr Abbott started reading The Willouhbys at snack time.







This week in science we are doing Genius Hour. In Genius Hour we are researching about our own chosen topics. Gloria is learning about the formation of stars in space while Tess is learning about how planets and stars are forming.






In other news we celebrated Jude's birthday with a dance party. 

We will soon be starting a project called the Wax Museum where we will dress up as our chosen person who we will learn about through reading a biography. 



Jude Birthday

Happy Birthday, Jude!


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Back at it!

Hello Families!

Well that's it! No more major vacations until this summer. It's go go go until the end of third grade in June.

We have been getting right back into the swing of things here at YES. Here we are this week doing Scratch Jr. with Mrs. Wolinsky and then Time for Kids with Mrs. Marianski, Mrs. Webber, Mrs. Lindsay, and Mrs. Fromuth. Enjoy!

-Todd (And Class)



Friday, April 7, 2017

Spirit Week!

Hello Families,

Our first Spirit Week at YES was a rousing success! Kicking off Monday afternoon with a whole-school competitive team-building game called Entourage, it just got more fun from there. On Tuesday we wore our clothes inside-out. Who knew how useless pockets are on the outside of your pants? On Wednesday it was Clipper Colors day, and YES was a sea of navy blue and white. There may have even been some YHS Cross Country and Soccer jackets circulating in our classroom from the mid 90s! Thursday we were all mix-matched, which made me feel like my own brand of fashion had finally come to the fore. Finally, for the ultimate event, today was HAT DAY! That was definitely a good choice to cap the week off. Here's a video showing some of the fun we had.



Enjoy the weekend!

Todd

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April Fools!

Hello Families!

Wow, "spring" has snuck up on us already. I use quotations because to look outside you might have trouble determining the season. Spring has commenced in our classroom, too, as we've had a few interesting events and curricular changes over the last few weeks. Here we go!



Reading: We're deep into our informational reading unit (non-fiction). We've been talking about how we read informational books differently than narrative books, and also about some very non-fiction specific strategies. One of the specific things we've been identifying are non-fiction text features, by quizzing each other and seeking examples in our reading. We then did a class Kahoot! to see who could remember the most of them the fastest. It was quite exciting!



Writing: We have also started our informational writing unit. We time these two units to coincide so we can cross-pollinate ideas from reading to writing. Each kiddo will be making an informational book with an introduction, conclusion, and four chapters. You will be getting the typed, first-draft of each of these sections periodically (as they get typed up) in your child's take-home folder. Please take a few minutes to sit down together and make any changes directly onto this paper, so your author can bring it back to school and make those changes on the digital copy. The finished products should be fantastic.

Math: We are smack in the middle of some fraction-tastic math lessons. Fractions help us figure out what part of a whole we are describing. Your mathmagican should be familiar with words like equivalent, numerator, and denominator.



March Mammal Madness: We just concluded March Mammal Madness 2017. It was a wild ride. Mr. Curry was the far-and-away winner with over 100 points! We're still tallying the rest of the class points and using the data to make various bar, line, and pie graphs as we see where different brackets worked well and others fell apart. We learned lots about the adaptations of different mammals as well as the role of chance in survival. I, personally, we elated to see my honey badger make it to the finals, but devastated when the short-faced bear took the championship!

Here we are with our brackets:







BreakoutEDU: We took part in an epic Star Wars-themed Breakout last week! The teachers set the scene by dressing up, darkening the third grade wing, and regaling our padawans with Star Wars music as they returned from the Jedi Temple (also known as the lunch room). Despite a significant penalty for some early searching, we still worked great as a team and broke out in short order. Breakouts emphasize problem-solving and teamwork, two skills that were on prominent display in our class.

That's all for now!
Busy times ahead,
Todd

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Cat in the Hat and The Fox in Socks: Read Across America

This week our Blog is brought to you by 
Antonio and Logan

This week in Writing we started Informational writing. Topics include waxing skis and biking. Mr Abbott shared his knowledge of PB&J and dirty diapers as examples.

This week in Reading we are focusing on Informational books which ties into our writing.
We continue to read The BFG during snack. We are at the part where the BFG gives the Fleshlumpeater a Trogglehumper.



This week in Math we are learning how parentheses work in math problems to show the order of operations.

This week in Science we finished our geography unit and started learning about the Solar System.
Note from the Country projects: We need to go home!




Last week we celebrated Dr Seuss's birthday and Read across America by reading in the gym as a whole school for 10 minutes.

This week we celebrated Joe's birthday with a Dance Party! And a Limbo line!





Monday, March 6, 2017

Big Storm-Little School (Title and blog post by Hakon with help from Katya)

In Math this week we learned the game Math Baseball.

For Writing we have been focusing on our Google Slides for the country reports. We wrote about location, food, holidays/traditions and other interesting facts.
We also have been working on Opinion writing such as convincing readers that cats are good and discouraging the use of Puppy Mills.




In Reading we just transitioned out of the Mystery genre and are switching to Non-Fiction books.

Mr Abbott started reading The BFG by Roald Dahl.

We have been touring the world in our classroom and can't wait to share with families on Thurs. March 2nd.


We were visited by Yaeko from Japan. She taught us about some Japanese traditions including the New Year. Yaeko said that in Japan the New Year is a big celebration.





We celebrated Josh and Antonio's birthdays with dance parties.

Genius Hour Begins!

Hello Friends and Family!

March is off to a fantastic start. There's lots to talk about, but for now I just want to share a video we made today about Genius Hour. Between now and April vacation we will be spending about an hour a week becoming a "genius" in an area of our own choosing. This is a super exciting project! Today we talked about passion and time, and will be planning on doing more "10 Minute Work" instead of just "10 Second Work."

Enjoy!

-Todd


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Beginning of February News

Last week our Bloggers were Jude & Josh!

And introducing this week's  Bloggers of the Week....Emi & Colby!!!

This week in Math we did a Cumberland County Contest in SumDog on our computers.
We started working on Math Facts using the app Extra Math.

In Writing we have been working on Opinion/Persuasive writing. This week we started typing up our persuasive pieces and will be finishing up and starting a new unit soon.



In Reading we have been listening to the book Holes and are close to finishing this exciting tale.


In Science/Social Studies we continue to work on our countries. This week our focus has been Post cards and learning about the Holidays of our countries.

In Other Exciting News we celebrated Colby's birthday Wednesday with a DANCE PARTY!!
*For Morning Meeting this week we did the Stinger greeting, ask your child what this means.
*We got a new addition to the classroom furniture...A BALL CHAIR!
*We also did some seat swapping for a new perspective.

Mrs. Dirusso lead us in a Mindfulness lesson.
Our Happy Thoughts Mantra is:


May you be healthy and strong
May you be happy
May you be peaceful

Friday, February 3, 2017

Videos Backlog

Hiya Friends and Family,

Was going through our iPad and found a few videos that I hadn't posted yet, so here it is, a video clearinghouse! I'm also trying these out as YouTube videos, so I can embed them into the blog itself. I hope it makes things easier for you!

-Todd

A while back, Mrs. Colfer's class joined us for an afternoon for some reading and mystery solving:




We also had the chance to walk up to the high school to see Spirit Series: The Story of Harriet Tubman, performed by fourth graders:




This is one of our Lego WeDo sessions here at YES, using the Lego WeDo kits supplied by Yarmouth Education Foundation and taught by Mrs. Wolinsky:




One of our new math games is called Salute!, and it helps us practice math facts.
Factor x Factor = Product




Finally, we just celebrated Colby's birthday party with a dance party, and our Time For Kids volunteers were here to join us:




Happy February!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Updates, Updates, Updates!

Hello Friends and Families!

That's right, we're almost through January and into February. Wow, how time flies! I hope you enjoyed the snow day. It felt more like a "trapped in the house while the sky sends ice upon us" day in our house. Oh well.

I hope you enjoyed our first Blogger of the Week update last week! There should be more every week or two as the year progresses. Exciting stuff! Here are some other classroom updates:

Math: We just moved into Unit 5, we'll be doing lots more with multiplication facts and strategies. I will be sending home practice packets in Friday Folders, these are optional but will give good practice. We'll also be starting XtraMath in class, for more fact practice.

Writing: We are well into our persuasive essays! Authors are writing about things they'd like to change or things they think are great. Fair warning: this unit has been correlated with increased student sophistication in requesting household pets. Watch for good reasoning!

Reading: Mysteries abound as we wrap up our mysteries unit. We'll be doing our Mysteries Unit assessment this week, after a rousing unit full of suspense, red herrings, and clues. I'm excited to see how things go.

Geography: Two major things right now to work on are Postcards and Projects. The postcard is, well, a postcard from anywhere in the world! The project varies for each kiddo and country, but they should be well underway and are due in February. There is a bright pink sheet with all the info that you should have somewhere at home, if you've lost it and need more information let me know.

Book Order: Our first book order of 2017 will be placed on February 1st. If you have some books you're looking to get, make sure to order them by then.

That's it for now, stay warm and dry,
Todd

Sunday, January 22, 2017

January 20, 2017

Welcome to our first installment of the Abbott Gazette. Every week or so we will have classroom Bloggers of the Week who will relate to Mrs. Landry the ups, downs, ins and outs currently in the classroom. Our first week bloggers were Josh and Jude. We'll be sure to get a picture in here of them ASAP. In the meantime, here we go!

MATH:
We worked on Perimeters & Area.
We also worked on Fractions, including quarters & halves.
We completed our Multiplication Assessment at the end of the week.

READING:
We are in the middle of reading Holes by Louis Sachar. It is about going to Camp Greenlake.

WRITING:
We are working on Persuasive writing.

OTHER HAPPENINGS:
Working on Flags and Maps for our chosen countries.
Dance Party for Gloria.