Room 3 Classroom Notes – October 21, 2014

Welcome to a busy week! We have a bunch of different things happening this week to help it fly by! On Wednesday the kids will be working in the garden with Ms. Kathleen. In the past weeks they have been observing the autumn changes as well as looking closely at seeds. On Thursday and Friday we will have 3 sessions with “the tree lady.” She will bevisiting on Thursday to talk about trees and the forest and then the kids will be making paper with her. On Friday she will be back to give the class a tree tour of our school grounds! It should be a lot of fun.

** We still need one more parent volunteer to help with paper making in Thursday morning from 10:45-11:40. Please let me know if you are interested or sign up outside the classroom door.

In the classroom we are working on finishing up our first writing unit. The kids are picking one story that they have worked on this year to share with you and their 3rd grade reading buddy! In math we are learning several new math workplaces that work on adding and patterning, as well as numeral writing.

Our literacy work focuses on families and households in the coming weeks. This week’s story is the favorite Max and Ruby, A Big Fish for Max. We are moving our word work into digraphs /sh/, /th/, and /ch/ and the silent e vowel pattern. It would be helpful if as you are reading at home with your child you could call attention to these patterns.

Finally, our field trip to Tryon Creek is next Monday, October 27th. We will be boarding the bus at 9:15, so it is important to be on time. It looks as though it might be wet with a chance of mud, so make sure your kiddo is dressed for the weather. A good night sleep, a good breakfast and a hearty lunch will also be important. Sending an extra pair of shoes to change into when we get back to school might be useful as well! Cheers!

Ms. Sarah

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Room 3 Classroom Notes October 15, 2014

The kids did a fantastic job running laps for Run for the Arts. The kids set goals for themselves and I believe everyone was successful! Good job Room 3 kiddos!

In the classroom this week we are wrapping up our first spelling and word work unit that focused on the short vowels and the common endings -s and -ing. I gave the kids a spelling assessment last week and was excited to see that everyone has fantastic spelling skills. In our next unit we will be working on the sh, ch, -tch and th sounds, as well as the silent e pattern. Our unit stories will focus on communities, resources, interdependence, and families.

In math we have begun a new unit called From Land to Sea: Understanding Addition & Subtraction. This week we are learning a new set of math workplaces which will give the kids more practice with adding and subtracting numbers up to 20. We are starting a new morning work challenge.  The kids will need to come up with a math story problems to which all I have given them is the answer. They come up with the story and the matching number sentence, and then show in pictures, numbers, and words how to solve it!

We have a couple of busy weeks ahead which include the Tryon Creek field trip 10/27, conferences 10/29 & 10/30, and a visit from the Tree Lady to take us on a Lewis Garden Tree tour and to make paper. I will need two volunteers to help with the paper making. Please let me know if you are interested in helping out with this fun activity. It will be on Thursday 10/23 from 10:45-11:40. Speaking of volunteers – I would love to have a parent helper give word ring quizzes each morning Tues -Fri from 8:45- 9:00. Please let me know if you are interested and can stay one or more mornings to help with this one-on-one activity.

I will be putting up a calendar next week for in-class volunteers. It will be hanging up outside the classroom. You can simple write your name into a time slot that works for you. I will be sending home a note about the different ways in which you can help and the corresponding times. This is a wonderful group of kids to work with so come in and enjoy! Thanks for your support.

Cheers, Ms. Sarah

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Birthday fun – Celebrating Scarlett’s birthday.

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More Reading Buddies

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Reading Buddies – Our first meeting.

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Room 3 Classroom Notes – October 7, 2014

The weeks are flying by in Room 3. The kids have settled into the classroom routines and we are having a great time together. This week we are reading a short story called Get the Egg. Our focus is on retelling a simple story in sequence, the short e sound, and identifying and using action words. We are hunting for verbs in our reading and making note of when we use them in our writing. We have been identifying the naming part and action part of sentences, as well building our reading fluency through partner reading and reading and rereading our weekly poem.

In math we are becoming master sorters. We have been identifying possible categories and sorting bugs, sea creatures, frogs, and buttons. Today the kids made a graph of their sort and then had to represent what they learned by using pictures, numbers and words. It was a tall order for first graders, but these kiddos met the challenge well.

Every other week this Fall the class will visit the Lewis Learning Garden with Ms. Kathleen. She takes half of the class at a time for 30 minutes on Thursday afternoons. The kids will be heading out there this week for some more fun.

Finally, thank you to everyone who sent in their $5 supply funds. We are very close to having the full cost covered for the magazine. If you aren’t able to donate at this time please let me know so I can request a PTA scholarship to help out. Thanks for all of your support. Cheers!- Ms. Sarah

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Classroom Notes – October 1, 2014

We completed our second art project of the year on Monday. It is a collage still-life of three apples. This was a multi-day, multi-step project. The kids did a wonderful job blending the primary colors to make secondary colors, cutting out their apples, and gluing the entire piece together. We talked about how a collage artist plays with the placement of their subject to create an interesting composition. You can see these works of art outside our classroom.

This week in the classroom we are learning about the action tense of -ing. We made -ing crowns to celebrate the many actions we do each day. We have been practicing all kinds of -ing – such as walking, talking, lining up, writing, playing, and eating. We continue to look at plural nouns and comparing it to the inflected ending -s (plays, jumps, eats). Our main story is titled A Fox and a Kit. We are thinking about what we can learn about animals and such by observing. We will also be writing sentences to retell the story, making lists of animals, illustrating our weekly poem, and finding plurals in our weekly poem, to name a few.

In math we have returned to practicing our workplace set-up and clean-up, how to use the materials properly, as well as small group problem solving. A big part of our Bridges math curriculum is the Workplaces. These math games give the students practice with their math skills in a fun game-like way. It does require though that the kids be independent and responsible for much of their learning during this time- a tall order for first graders. Ask your child which math center they visited and what skill they are practicing.

There is a field trip permission slip coming home today. We will be going to Tryon Creek State Park on Monday, October 27th. I can only have two chaperones on this trip. If you are interested, please let me know if you have a current background check and any CPR training. I will get back to interested parents next week.

Cheers,

Ms. Sarah

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