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

 

 

Welcome to Third Grade!

August 16, 2017

 

Dear Room 116:

I am so excited to meet everyone. We are going to have a wonderful year together. Before we begin school, however, I would love to learn a little bit more about you. Please tell me about yourself by clicking on the link below and answering a few quick questions.

https://goo.gl/forms/a5nwDMqfYrCXhtgp

I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Until then, enjoy the rest of your vacation!!

XO Ms. Feeney

Onward and upward!

 

 

June 23, 2017

 

Greetings from Room 116!

Sadly, here is our last newsletter. This year has flown by, and I am not at all ready to say goodbye. Nonetheless, everyone is definitely ready for fourth grade. We have had an amazing year together and have maximized every single learning moment!

Here is how we spent our last full week together:

ELA: We finished our Roald Dahl fantasy books and practiced our play. We also studied adverbs.

Math: We reviewed facts and worked on multi-step, multi-operational problems.

Science/SS: We learned about the current demographics, geography, and economy of our amazing state. We also explored forces and motion.

Other: We enjoyed a great field trip to Chatham Light and a beautiful Grade 3 Celebrations ceremony followed by a lovely Family Picnic. Thank you to all who were able to attend these events. What a fabulous way to close out the year!

In closing, it has been both a pleasure and a privilege to teach this class. Thank you so much for sharing your special students with me. I will miss them tremendously. Please keep me posted on their future progress.

Best wishes for a spectacular summer with family and friends!

Most sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

Seventh Inning Stretch!!

June 9, 2017
Greetings from Room 116!

So much to do and so little time left!! Following are some of the main events from our incredibly busy week:

ELA: We are enjoying our funny fantasy stories, while observing Roald Dahl’s unique writing style. We also reviwed irregular plurals in Spelling and began writing our class play.

Math: Although our formal math instruction is over, we continue to practice math facts and solve multi-step word problems.

Science/SS: We learned more about the maritime era. We researched different colonial trades and created Google slides to present our learning.

Other: We enjoyed field trips to Wixon and the Jericho House.

Please note that we will hold the Grade 3 Celebration on Friday, 6/23, followed by the EHBi Family Picnic. Our play performance will occur on the last day of school, 6/27 (time TBD).

Best wishes to all for a beautiful weekend!

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

P.S. Homework consists of nightly reading and math fact practice.

Memorial Day

May 26, 2017

 

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.

Other highlights from the week include:

ELA: We began our fantasy books in Reading and studied the “–ed” ending in Spelling.

Math: We created perimeter robots and tangram pictures.

Science/SS: We learned more about colonial life and had a wonderful hands-on field trip to the Josiah Dennis Manse.

Other: We added finishing touches to our extreme weather technology projects.

We ended the week with a special all-school Memorial Day Ceremony.

Best wishes to all for peaceful Memorial Day weekend.

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

Congratulations!!

May 19, 2017

Greetings from Room 116!

Congratulations to all of our students for completing the Grade 3 Mathematics MCAS!!  Everyone persevered and gave their best effort. Thank you families for your support in this endeavor.

Following are some of the many other highlights of our week:

ELA: We finished our historical fiction book groups, observing how good writers establish character, plot, mood, and theme. During Writer’s Workshop, we worked on various memoirs; while in Spelling, we reviewed the –ing suffix.

Math: We reviewed all mathematical concepts: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measurement, fractions, and geometry. We also played an interactive, kinesthetic game of multiplication on the baseball field.

Science/SS: We recorded new observations regarding our long-term evaporation experiment. We also launched our study of life during the later colonial era.

Other: We finished our our Extreme Weather Story Board projects in Library/Technology.

Best wishes to all for a restful weekend!

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

P.S. Homework includes nightly reading and math fact practice.

May Flowers?

May 5, 2017

 

Greetings from Room 116!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Here are some highlights from our busy week:

ELA: We continued to practice reading comprehension strategies within our historical fiction book groups, while examining how good writers establish character, plot, mood, and theme. During Writer’s Workshop, we wrote sequels to Cynthia Rylant’s The Relatives Came and created cinquain cloud poems. In Spelling, we reviewed double-consonant spelling patterns.

Math: We explored the attributes of various geometric shapes, including angles, vertices, sides, and perimeter.

Science/SS: We learned more about the water cycle and conducted several experiments regarding evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. We also created cloud posters demonstrating four major cloud formations (stratus, cumulus, cumulonimbus, and cirrus).

Other: We worked on our Extreme Weather projects in Library/Technology and worked on math concepts with Zearn.

Best wishes to all for a lovely weekend!

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

P.S. Remember to read and practice facts always!

 

 

MCAS Round 1

April 28, 2017

 

Greetings from Room 116!

This week students successfully completed their ELA MCAS. I am so proud of the great effort put forth by all. Math MCAS testing will be held on May 16th and 17th. Thank you in advance for ensuring that students are well rested on these important test days.

In addition to MCAS, we worked on the following items throughout the week:

ELA/Computers: We conducted research on different types of extreme weather phenomenon and took notes.

Math: We started our Geometry unit with a look at attributes of 2-dimensional shapes.

Science/SS: We launched our study of the water cycle and its impact on weather around the world. We also picked our colonial names and created our colonial figures.

Following is a partial schedule of important upcoming events:

  • Wednesday, 5/24 – Josiah Dennis Manse Trip
  • Monday, 6/5 – Lighthouse Field Trip
  • Thursday, 6/8 – Jericho House (TBD)
  • Friday, 6/9 –Field Day
  • Friday, 6/23 – Grade 3 Celebration and EHBi Family Picnic

Field trip permission slips will be sent home soon. Best wishes to all for a tranquil weekend.

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

More Like A Lion!

March 31, 2017

Greetings from Room 116!

Well, March is certainly not going out like a lamb! Apparently, we will have to wait a little while longer for spring-like weather to appear. (Evidently the groundhog was right after all.)

Below is a quick recap of our busy week:

ELA:  We continued to read  historical fiction novels in our book groups, examining how characters persevere through difficult times. We studied more r-controlled vowels in Spelling and additional comma usages in Grammar. We also compiled lists of personal experiences for our own memoir writing.

Math:  We began our investigation of data and graphing with a look at tally charts, pictographs, and bar graphs.

Science/SS: We learned about heredity and evolution and finished our informational writing about the Pilgrims.

Other:  We enjoyed a read aloud by Sherry Santini, the DY Director of Humanities, who paid a special visit to our classroom. We also added to our biography newspaper project in Library and Computers.

Best wishes to all for a relaxing weekend!

Sincerely,
Ms. Feeney