Frigid February!!

February 17, 2017

 
Greetings from Room 116!

What a windy, wintry few weeks we have had!  I hope that everyone is managing to stay safe and warm during this chilly period. Despite the cold air and snow days, we have accomplished a lot. Here is a brief outline of all our great work:

ELA: We finished our realistic fiction books and began designing game boards to go with them – a fun way to enhance our comprehension.

Math: We started our fraction module and learned that the denominator always tells us the number of equal parts in the whole, while the numerator tells us how many parts.

Science/SS: We began investigating different biomes. This research will serve as the basis for a long-term writing project.

Other: We concluded our engineering projects in Library and worked on related Google Power Points during Technology.

We ended the week with a pizza party and class viewing of “Milo and Otis,” a lovely movie about friendship, perseverance, and courage.

Best wishes to all for an amazing February vacation! See you on Monday, February 27th.

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

 

P.S. Remember to read over vacation and record your activities!!

 

 

Happy February!

February 3, 2017

 

Greetings from Room 116!

It appears that we are in for a long winter, according to Punxsutawney Phil. Nevertheless, we will be going outside for recess whenever possible, so thank you for making sure that students are appropriately dressed.

Meanwhile, inside our classroom, we are keeping very busy:

ELA: We discussed how characters evolve and change over time in our realistic fiction book groups. We also examined the importance of setting in our community book Babe, the Gallant Pig.  In addition, we studied “schwa” spelling patterns, along with additional verb tense grammar rules.

Math: We calculated the area of compound shapes in several different ways.

Science/SS: We created alliterative food chain posters. We also expanded our understanding of Pilgrim life, while adding to our 2-column notes.

Other: We continued our engineering projects in Library and worked on Google Docs, Zearn, and Study Island during Technology.

Best wishes for successful Super Bowl weekend. Go Pats!!!

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

 

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

Happy Holidays!!

December 16, 2016

 

Greetings from Room 116!

Here are some of this week’s highlights:

ELA: We studied the long o (o/oa/ow) spelling pattern and continued to discuss possessives. In our reading groups, we focused on character analysis and plot development with our realistic fiction books.

Math: We worked on estimation while adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers using the traditional algorithm.

Science/SS: We learned more about food chains and added to our replica Wampanoag village.

Other: We spent more time coding games in Computers and enjoyed our final Calmer Choice sessions.

Please remember that the EHBi Holiday concert is on Wednesday, December 21st, at 10:00 am. Also, there is no school from Friday, December 23rd through Tuesday, January 3rd, due to the holiday break.

Best wishes to all for a wonderful vacation with family and friends!! See you on Wednesday, January 4th.

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

P.S. Remember to read and practice math facts.

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!

December 8, 2016

 

Greetings from Room 116!

What a whirlwind this week has been. We have been very busy, as you can see:

ELA: We studied the i/igh (long i sound) spelling pattern, and focused on grammar rules for possessive nouns. We also examined character development in our realistic fiction book groups.

Math: We learned about weight measurements (grams/kilograms) and liquid capacities (milliliters/liters).

Science/SS: We did a jigsaw reading of The True Book of the Wampanoags and created posters to teach others. We also added to our replica village.

Other: During Computers, we wrote codes to create LEGO game. We also practiced mindful movement during Calmer Choice.

We ended the week with a variety of holiday activities and class viewing of “Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer”!!

Best wishes for a wintry weekend

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

*Please note that students should continue read 20-30 minutes nightly, in addition to practicing all math facts.

Thank you!!

November 18, 2016

 

Greetings from Room 116!

Thank you to all who were able to attend Monday’s Grandparents’ Breakfast. What an amazing extended family we have! Additional thanks to all of the veterans in our extended family; we are so grateful for your dedication and service to our nation. Our other highlights include:

ELA: We studied the ai/ay (long a sound) spelling pattern, and focused on grammar rules for pronouns. We began an exciting genre focus on legends.

Math: We took our end of Module 3 Assessment.

Science/SS: We learned more about the importance of the cranberry plant to our environment and our economy.

Other: During Computers, we launched Study Island. We also discussed different perspectives during Calmer Choice.

Thank you for attending the 2016 EHBi Farm-to-Table Dinner. It was a huge success! Best wishes for a wonderful weekend and a blessed Thanksgiving!!

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

*Please note that students should continue read 20-30 minutes nightly, in addition to practicing all math facts.

November Already?!

November 4, 2016

 

Greetings from Room 116!

What a wonderful week we had. Here are some of the highlights:

ELA: We studied the vowel/consonant/silent e spelling pattern and worked on irregular plurals. We continued to practice reading roles in our mystery groups. We also enjoyed hearing and writing Halloween stories.

Math: We worked on 6’s, 7’s, 8’s, and 9’s facts, learning a variety of strategies. We also took our Mid-Module 3 assessment. Students demonstrated sound understanding of concepts.

Science/SS: We continued our cranberry bounce experiments and discussed wet and dry harvesting techniques.

Other: In Computers, we listened to online books and posted summaries while also commenting on others posts. During Calmer Choice, we discussed ways to focus on and appreciate the many positive things in our lives. We are truly blessed.

Please remember to set your clocks ahead as we “fall forward” this weekend. There will be no school next Tuesday (11/8) due to Election Day/Teacher Professional Day or Friday (11/11) in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

P.S. Please remember that students should continue to read 20-30 minutes of self-selected text and review their x3, x4, x6, x7, x8, and x9 facts as part of nightly homework.

Many Thanks!!

October 28, 2016

 

Greetings from Room 116!

It was wonderful to meet with everyone at conferences. Thank you so much for your ongoing support at home. Our partnership is critical to student success.

Following is a brief recap of the rest of our week:

ELA: We focused on the main characters in our mystery books to determine those qualities that make them effective detectives. We also practiced summarizing, clarifying, questioning, and predicting strategies.

Math: We solved multiplication and division problems involving the 6-9 facts. Students should review their x6, x7, x8, and x9 facts as part of nightly homework. Check out our classroom blog as well as websites/games distributed at conferences for fun fact practice opportunities.

Science/SS: We learned more about the cranberry plant and its relevance to our region’s economy. We conducted our own cranberry bounce experiments to assess the qualities of a “good” cranberry. We also examined tree stumps and seasonal changes in the forest biome to further extend our understanding of life cycles.

Please note that the Grade 3 Grandparent Day is Monday, November 4th. Best wishes to all for a warmer weekend!

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

Inquiry and Observation

October 21, 2016

 

Greetings from Room 116!

Here are some highlights from this past week!

ELA: We finished our first set of mystery books, practicing a variety of comprehension strategies, and started new books. We reviewed Spelling patterns, while focusing on plural nouns in Grammar.

Math: We worked on multiplication and division problems involving x6 facts.

Science/SS: We learned about the life cycle of the cranberry plant and conducted hands-on explorations of forest life. We also published our Wampanoag stories and started construction of our replica Wampanoag village.

Other: During Technology, we watched an online video about cranberries and submitted posts and comments in response. Calmer Choice lessons targeted mindful listening and eating.

This week focused on our powers of observation. Please enjoy a sensory stroll with your student this weekend if possible, focusing on one sense at a time to experience our beautiful Cape Cod environment in a whole new way!

Best wishes to all. I can’t wait to see you next week!

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

Positively Productive!

October 14, 2016

Greetings from Room 116!

Despite the short week, we have accomplished a great deal. Following is a brief recap:

ELA: We studied the oo and ew pattern in Spelling and reviewed the difference between common and proper nouns in Grammar. In addition, we learned about the Word Wizard/Clarifier job during reading groups. Please remember that students should be reading 20-30 minutes on a nightly basis to enhance reading fluency and comprehension.

Math: We continued using the commutative property and the distributive property to solve multi-step problems. We also took our End-of-Module 1 Assessment. Students should include fact practice in their nightly homework routine to help build automaticity.

Science/SS: We continued our exploration of Wampanoag life, creating Wampanoag personas for our class clan.

Other: We joined Google Classroom and learned about Internet Safety during Technology and discovered the power of focused breathing in Calmer Choice.

Please complete the attached conference form if you have not already done so. Times have been updated to indicate those slots that are still available.

Best wishes to all for a wonderful weekend!!

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

Time Travel!

October 7, 2016

 

Greetings from Room 116!

What an amazing week we’ve had time travelling back to the 1600s as Pilgrims and Wampanoags. Thank you to our incredible PTAC and our parent chaperones who helped make our Plimoth Plantation/Mayflower field trip a huge success!

Other areas of work included:

ELA: We continued reading our mystery books, practicing predicting and summarizing strategies. In Spelling, we concentrated on oi/ow words, while focusing on the conjunctions or, and, but in Grammar.

Math: We deepened our understanding of the relationship between multiplication and division, remembering that division can be represented as a missing factor problem too. The quotient or answer too a division problem represents either the number of groups (factor #1) or the size of each group (factor #2).

Science/SS: We spent time learning more about and comparing/contrasting the lives of the Wampanoags and Pilgrims in the early 1620s.

Other: During Technology, we practiced Word document skills while writing about our social studies experiences this week.

I have attached another fall conference form with the remaining available time slots. Best wishes to all for a restful long weekend!

Sincerely,

 

Ms. Feeney