Happy Mother’s Day!

May 11, 2018


Greetings from Room 116!

We are officially done with our Math MCAS!!   I am so proud of everyone’s effort and persistence.

Here is a quick overview of the rest of our week:

ELA: We studied contractions in Spelling and verb tense in Grammar. We looked at different ways to end a story and tried some in our own writing. We also continued reading our historical fiction novels, noticing how setting influences characters’ actions.


Math: We used our knowledge of perimeter to create rectangular robots.

Science/SS: We learned about the four stages of the water cycle(evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and accumulation/runoff) and set up a long-term experiment. In addition, we learned about colonial schools and colonial trades, and picked colonial names for ourselves.

Other: We ended the week with a special project and some yummy treats courtesy of Mrs. Hanley.

We will be going on a field trip to the Josiah Dennis Manse on Wednesday, 5/16. Please make sure to return the permission slip that was sent home for this and other upcoming events, including field trips to Wixon (5/21) and the Jericho House (6/7). Please note that the first annual EHBi Fun Run will be held on 5/24, while Field Day is scheduled for the afternoon of 6/6. Finally, the Grade 3 Celebration will be held on Friday, 6/15, followed by the EHBi Family Picnic.

Best wishes for a very Happy Mother’s Day weekend!!

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

Friday the 13th!

April 13, 2018

 

Dear Room 116 Families:

This week the kids put together an online newsletter. Check it out:

Have a wonderful week! Remember to read and practice math facts.  The Math MCAS is on May 8th and 9th. See everyone back at school on Monday, April 23rd. Enjoy!!

Most sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

 

Great Job!

April 6, 2018

Greetings from Room 116!

We are officially done with our ELA MCAS!!  Students worked very hard and put forth great effort during this first round of state testing. I was very proud of their focus and perseverance. The Math MCAS will be administered after April vacation on May 8th and 9th.

Here is a short summary of the rest of our week:

ELA: We wrote sequels to Cynthia Rylant’s When the Relatives Came.

Math: We finished Module 6 on Data and took our End-of-Module assessment. Next week we will begin to explore the concepts of Geometry and Perimeter.

Science/SS: We continued our Extreme Weather research projects. We also built and tested various parachute designs, using a variety of materials, to see which ones could effectively handle heavier loads. In addition, we created colonial personas and began construction of our replica village.

Other: We wrote articles and took photos for the first edition of our online newspaper The 116 Times.

Best wishes to all for a pleasant weekend!!

Most Sincerely,
Ms. Feeney

Goodbye, March!!!

March 29, 2018

Greetings from Room 116!

It may not be going out like a lamb, but March is already coming to an end. We are officially in the final trimester of third grade. The year is just flying by!

Below are a few of the highlights from our past two weeks:

ELA: We studied more homophones in Spelling and focused on verbs in Grammar. We continued to read our historical fiction books, while also practicing for the ELA MCAS.

Math: We learned how to interpret and create different types of graphs, including bar graphs, pictographs, and line plots. We also practiced traditional algorithms to add and subtract multi-digit numbers.

Science/SS: We began our unit on Climate and Extreme Weather. We also learned more about the early Colonial Period in our nation’s history.

Other: We continued to build our test-taking skills on Study Island in preparation for the MCAS which is scheduled for April 3rd and 5th. We also enjoyed a fabulous presentation by David A. Kelly, author of our community book The Fenway Foul Up.

Best wishes to all for a very blessed Easter!!

Most Sincerely,
Ms. Feeney

Hurry Up, Spring!

March 16, 2018

 

Greetings from Room 116!

I hope that everyone survived the blizzard and was able to stay safe and warm! It seems hard to believe right now, but spring is really just around the corner – next week in fact!

Despite the crazy weather and resulting snow days, we were able to get several things accomplished this short but sweet week:

ELA: We practiced more r-controlled vowels and homophones in Spellings. We also read our historical fiction books, looking at character development over time.

Math: We finished our fraction unit and took our End-of-Module assessment.

Science/SS: We learned about the curious dining habits of early colonists. We also explored how rainbows are formed and how the water cycle works.

Other: We continued to build our test-taking skills on Study Island in preparation for the MCAS which will take place on April 4th and 5th.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

Manic March

March 9, 2018

 

Greetings from Room 116!

I hope that everyone survived the past two nor’easters without too much inconvenience. March has certainly come in like a lion!

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 practiced more r-controlled vowels in Spelling and reviewed possessive pronouns. We also continued reading our historical fiction books, and participated in a District Writing Assessment.

Math: We examined equivalent fractions and compared fractions with different numerators and denominators.

Science/SS: We learned about the Pilgrims’ journey to the New World from the perspective of the children.

Other: We created more computer codes.

Best wishes to all for a quiet weekend!

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

March Already?

March 2, 2018

 

Greetings from Room 116!

Is it really March already? This year is truly flying by!! Thank you for helping to ensure that students came back to school ready to learn. We had a very productive week. Here are some highlights:

ELA: We practiced r-controlled vowels in Spelling and possessive pronouns in Grammar. In addition, we started a new genre study regarding historical fiction in our guided reading groups. We also published our revised kindness stories, as well as journal entries from Wally’s perspective.

Math: We examined fractions on a number line and discussed how to compare fractions with various numerators and denominators.

Science/SS: We participated in a lab to identify hereditary adaptations that help plants and animals survive in different environments. We also renewed our study of life in the New World.

Other: We continued to explore TestNav to practice using online assessment tools.

We ended the week with Crazy Hat Day and a school-wide Drop Everything and Read session. Best wishes to all for a safe and secure weekend I look forward to meeting with everyone next week!

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

 

Reading Matters

February 9, 2018

 

Greetings from Room 116!

This week, I was lucky enough to read one-on-one with students as part of our mid-year BAS reading assessments. I am happy to report that our class has made huge gains since September. Thank you all for helping to encourage nightly reading habits; this is essential to their continued progress.

Please find below other highlights from our week:

ELA: We worked on “sight words” in Spelling and possessive pronouns in Grammar. In addition, we wrote personal narratives about our own individual experiences of kindness. We also finished our second round of realistic fiction books.

Math: We learned that fractions can be used to represent more than a whole; for example, 5 halves is the same as 2 wholes and ½.

Science/SS: We launched a long-term research project regarding interdependence and ecosystems.

Other: We explored biographies of Olympic athletes during technology.

Thank you to everyone who has returned Spring Conferences forms. If you have not already done so, please find attached another form with remaining availabilities.

Best wishes to all for a lovely weekend!

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

 

Happy February!

February 2, 2018

 

Greetings from Room 116!

Fortunately, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, so spring will be here soon. In the meantime, we will be going outside for recess as much as the weather permits, so please make sure that students are prepared with appropriate clothing. In the classroom, we are keeping warm and busy as you can see:

ELA: We worked on “schwa” vowel sounds in Spelling and in Grammar. In addition, we worked on narrative writing and read our realistic fiction books. We continue to examine how characters are revealed through their thoughts, actions, and words, and how they impact what happens in the story.

Math: We learned that fractions represent equal parts of a whole. We learned how to identify fractions and began partitioning shapes into fractional parts.

Science/SS: We explored how all living organisms are connected through food chains and webs in various ecosystems.

Other: We enjoyed additional STEM activities during Library, and created GOOGLE slides during technology.

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 to all for a winning weekend! Go Pats!!!!

Most Sincerely,

 

 

Ms. Feeney