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.