Happy Memorial Day

May 24, 2019

 

Greetings from Room 116!

This week I had the opportunity to read with several students individually as part of our end-of-year BAS assessment. Everyone has made wonderful gains since September! I will be reading with the rest of the class next week.

Here are some other highlights from the week:

ELA: We focused on “compound words” and continued reading our fantasy books. We also wrote memory stories.

Math: We created perimeter robots, made flashcards, and took advantage of the sunny weather to play multiplication baseball outside.

Science/SS: We learned more about colonial life, began our colonial trade research, and added to our village during Social Studies; while we focused on our local ecosystem during Science.

Other: We gathered together for an all-school Memorial Day Ceremony. As a reminder, we have several important events over the next few weeks, including Field Day (6/3), field trips to Wixon (6/5) and the Jericho House (6/6), the Grade 3 Celebration (6/14), and the EHBi Family Picnic (6/14).

Best wishes to all for peaceful Memorial Day weekend. There is no school Monday, May 27th, in recognition of this holiday.

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 10, 2019

 

Greetings from Room 116!

Thank goodness for some sunnier weather – a little sunshine certainly goes a long way! Your generosity during this Teacher Appreciation Week was also very uplifting. We are truly grateful for your support.

Here is how we made our own sunshine in the classroom this week:

ELA: We reviewed “r-controlled vowels and homophones” during Spelling/Grammar. We continued our fantasy books in reading groups and worked on articles for our news magazine. Our reading/writing focus was cause/effect and sequence.

Math: Multiple mixed-practice items helped us to prepare for the Grade 3 Math MCAS, which will take place on May 14th and 15th. (Please help students to study math facts at home as this will aid their performance.)

Science/SS: We discussed how technology played a critical role in NASA’s first lunar landing and how it continues to advance the United States’ exploration of outer space. We also learned more about the Colonial Era.

Other: During Library/Technology, we expanded our understanding of the wide variety of marine species that struggle to exist within our local ecosystem. We also worked on a super special secret project.

Best wishes to all of our families for a marvelous and well-deserved Mother’s Day!!

 

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

May Day!!

May 2, 2019

Greetings from Room 116!

Unfortunately, our April showers are spilling over into May, but at least the flowers are arriving too. However, along with the flowers come the allergies, so we could definitely benefit from some Kleenex donations (please and thank you).

May promises to be extremely busy. So much learning happens during these last two months! We have many events and assessments ahead, so we need to stay positive and productive.

Below please find a short summary of this past week:

ELA: We studied “contractions” in Spelling/Grammar. We also enjoyed our fantasy books in reading groups and began development of a Room 116 news magazine.

Math: We took our End-of-Module 7 assessment and conducted more formal preparations for the Math MCAS, which will take place on May 14th and 15th.

Science/SS: We discussed how some plants and animals use hibernation to help them survive the winter. We also continued our study of the Colonial Era.

Other: During Library/Technology, we worked on our Cape Cod unit.

Best wishes to all for a winning weekend.

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

Spring Has Sprung!!

April 26, 2019

 

Greetings from Room 116!

I hope that everyone enjoyed a restorative April vacation. As always, we truly appreciate your ongoing support and effort to help us maximize our time on learning. Below is a short summary of our first week back:

ELA: We studied “irregular plurals” in Spelling/Grammar. We also enjoyed our fantasy books in reading groups and spent some time on informational writing.

Math: We took our Mid-Module 7 assessment on perimeter. We are now exploring the relationship between perimeter and area.

Science/SS: We continue to examine factors influencing the survival of various species. We also began our study of the Colonial Era.

Other: We continued to build test-taking skills in preparation for the Math MCAS, which will take place on May 14th and 15th. During Library/Technology, we started a unit on Cape Cod and filmed our “About the Author” videos.

Best wishes for a splendid weekend. Let’s go Bruins and Celtics!!

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

March Madness!

March 29, 2019

 

Greetings from Room 116!

Here’s a quick recap of our very busy week:

ELA: We reviewed the “drop the e before adding -ing” spelling principle and practiced serial comma usage. We also worked on reading responses and spent some time on creative writing.

Math: We finished Module 6 and took our end-of-module assessment. The first few lessons of Module 7 focused on multi-step, multi-operation word problems; therefore, we focused on reading carefully, representing the unknown with a variable, breaking down multiple steps, and using different strategies to solve.

Science/SS: We learned about different types of clouds, their causes and effects.

Other: We continued to build test-taking skills in preparation for the ELA MCAS, which will take place on April 3rd and 4th. During Library/Technology, we created commercials and videos about favorite authors and their books. We also enjoyed an entertaining read aloud by Lieutenant Meehan as part of the EHBi Community Readers Outreach.

Best wishes for a warm weekend. Go Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics (and Duke)!!!

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

Spring is Here!!

March 22, 2019

 

Greetings from Room 116!

Happy Spring!!!! We have been very busy beavers in Room 116. Here’s a quick summary of our week:

ELA: We reviewed homophones in spelling; and worked on a variety of grammar principles. We are stressing the importance of proofreading our work to self-edit for mistakes. In addition, we wrote letters to Mr. Dilley and read/responded to a wide variety of MCAS passages.

Math: We learned about line plots and practiced reading/interpreting graphically displayed data. This work involves careful reading and multi-digit addition/subtraction. Traditional algorithms are used for these multi-step problems.

Science/SS: We learned about how to spot “fake news” and how to pick reliable sources. We finished our geological timelines, adding data from our animal research.

Other: We continued to build test-taking skills on Study Island in preparation for the MCAS, which will take place on April 3rd and 4th. We also worked on our biography unit in Library. In addition, we were treated to a special preview of the Mattacheese production of “The Little Mermaid,” which takes place this weekend.

Best wishes to all for a lovely weekend!!

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 15, 2019

 

Greetings from Room 116!

It finally feels like spring is just around the corner – next week in fact! We are doing our best to contain our spring fever, channeling that energy into positive outlets. Please find some of this week’s highlights below:

ELA: We practiced the double consonant rule regarding –ed and –ing endings for short vowel words; while we finished our historical fiction books, examining character development over time. In addition, we used our Drop Everything and Doodle time to create story boards for our animal stories. We also read several mentor poems and poetic books, which will help us to write our own poetry.

Math: We started the Module 6 exploration of Data by collecting and displaying information in tally charts, picture graphs, and bar graphs. We also learned how to read and interpret graphically displayed data. This work involves careful reading and multi-digit addition/subtraction. Traditional algorithms are used for these multi-step problems.

Science/SS: We learned about an American WWII hero who risked her life to help fallen American airmen in France. We also created a geological timeline to visually represent biological evolution.

Other: We continued to build test-taking skills on Study Island in preparation for the MCAS, which will take place on April 3rd and 4th. We also worked on our biography unit in Library.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

Springing Forward!!

March 8, 2019

 

Greetings from Room 116!

It was great to meet with everyone this week to celebrate student progress. We have such an amazing class and a truly special set of families. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Following is a quick recap of our wonderful week:

ELA: We focused on double consonant words in Spelling and reviewed possessive pronouns. We continued reading our historical fiction books and practiced another MCAS passage.

Math: We worked on equivalent fractions and compared fractions with different numerators and denominators. We also took our End-of-Module 5 Assessment.

Science/SS: We learned more about evolution and natural selection.

Other: We continued on our biography unit in Library and Computers and enjoyed a school-wide DEAR.

Remember to “spring forward” this weekend!

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

 

P.S. Students can access Study Island, a test-prep website, from home for additional practice if desired.

Baby Lambs!!!

February 15, 2019

 

Greetings from Room 116!

We already have a baby lamb at the Taylor Bray Farm! Perhaps Punxsutawney Phil was right after all. An early spring would be wonderful, right? In any event, we are well positioned in Room 116, as you can plainly see:

ELA: In Spelling, we studied the aw/o principle, while in Grammar we worked on noun-verb agreement. We continued our historical fiction genre study in guided reading groups, paying close attention to character development and author’s craft.

Math: We explored fractions larger than the whole, as well as fractions on the number line.

Science/SS: We researched different biomes for our animal stories and classified various insect species based on traits for survival. We also advanced our understanding of Pilgrim life.

Other: We celebrated both the 100th Day and Valentine’s Day with various classroom festivities. Thank you all for your generous donations regarding these events. We are truly blessed!!

Best wishes to all for a joyous vacation with family and friends.

Sincerely,

 

 

Ms. Feeney

P.S. Please remember that students should read and practice math facts over vacation to maintain progress.

 

Early Spring?

February 8, 2019

 

Greetings from Room 116!

Hurray- Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, so hopefully spring will be here soon. In the meantime, however, we will have to endure extremely erratic temperature swings. Thank you so much for ensuring that students are prepared for the weather with appropriate clothing.

In the classroom, of course, we are keeping warm and busy as you can see:

ELA: We reviewed recent spelling principles and concluded mid-year reading assessments. (Everyone has made amazing gains since September.) In addition, we finished and answered comprehension questions about the first round of historical fiction books. We also continued to identify critical traits that help characters to overcome their problems and succeed.

Math: We explored fractions greater than the whole and created new wholes by iterating different unit fractions.

Science/SS: We examined how animals and plants inherit favorable traits from their parents and then evolve over time to survive in their environments.

Other: We created informational animal reports on BookCreator. We also enjoyed an interactive Red Cross presentation on winter storms.

Believe it or not, Spring Conferences are next month! Attached, please find a sign-up sheet. Please indicate your top three choices, and I will do my best to accommodate your preferences.

Best wishes,

Ms. Feeney