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

Open House

September 23, 2016

 

Greetings from Room 116!

It was so wonderful to see everyone at the EHBi Open House yesterday. What an amazing group of families we have!

Our classroom is now in full swing, and we are settling into our routines nicely. Below is a short summary of our third week of school:

ELA: We read nonfiction books to accompany our science unit, focusing on elements such as headings, captions, diagrams, and vocabulary. We also listened to several fictional read alouds, while practicing prediction strategies, to begin our study of the mystery genre. In Spelling, we continued our review of short vowels with a look at short e and short o. During Writer’s Workshop, we published autobiographical poetic pieces.

Math: We continued our study of multiplication concepts, focusing on the commutative property, related multiplication/division facts, and the break-apart/distributive strategy. We also took our mid-module assessment.

Science/SS: We finished our fabulous group posters. We also examined the forest life cycle and the different ways in which forest animals adapt to this changing environment.

Other: During Technology, we learned how to personalize Word documents with various font and color options.

Best wishes to all for a fun-filled fall weekend!!

Sincerely,

 

Ms. Feeney

Up and Running!

September 16, 2016

 

Greetings from Room 116!

Thank you so much for helping students to settle back into school successfully. We have already started internalizing daily routines, which in turn will help us to maximize time on learning. This week, we set group goals for our classroom and laid the foundation for a safe learning environment through the creation of a classroom constitution. Following is a brief recap of the rest of our busy week:

ELA: We discussed the key elements of non-fiction and started reading leveled non-fiction books in reading groups. We also reviewed the “short a/i” vowel patterns and discussed fundamental sentence structure components (subject/predicate).

Math: We explored basic concepts of multiplication and division, focusing on the number of equal groups, the size of the group, and the total number of items (factor x factor = product and dividend/divisor = quotient).

Science: We continued our exploration of life cycles, learning about how different plants and animals mature. We worked in small groups to study the life cycles of individual species and created informational posters to teach others what we learned.

Other: We practiced keyboarding skills ad reviewed Library routines.

The EHBi Open House will take place on Thursday, September 22nd, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, immediately followed by the Book Fair from 7:30 to 8:00 pm. I look forward to meeting everyone then. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

Week One!

September 9, 2016

Greetings from Room 116!

Thank you all so much for helping students to successfully transition back to school! We have been working hard to internalize daily routines and classroom expectations, which will help us to maximize our time on learning.

This week we set individual academic goals for ourselves. We also worked together to lay the foundation for a safe learning environment, which will help us to achieve those goals. Following is a brief review of our busy week:

ELA: We read Ish, Name Jar, and Chrysanthemum, discussing and answering questions about these stories. We also worked on our “Hopes and Dreams” for this school year.

Math: We reviewed second grade place-value and addition concepts before launching our new multiplication unit. (Please find attached a Parent Overview for Module 1 as well as a lesson-by-lesson Homework Guide.)

Science/SS: We started our science unit on life cycles. This unit connects to first grade life cycle lessons and to our Grade 3 social studies unit on cranberries.

Other: We practiced keyboarding skills in Computers.

Please mark your calendars for the EHB Open House, which will take place on Thursday, September 22nd, from 6:00-7:30pm. Best wishes for a warm and wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

Welcome to Third Grade!!

August 22, 2016

 

Dear Room 116:

I am very excited to meet all of you. We are going to have such a terrific year together. Before we begin school, however, I would love to learn a little 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 Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Until then, enjoy the rest of your vacation!!

XO Ms. Feeney

 

Ready for Fourth Grade!!

June 17, 2016

 

Greetings from Room 116!

It’s hard to believe, but this is actually the last newsletter of third grade. Time has literally flown by, and I am not really ready yet to say goodbye. Nevertheless, there is no denying that our class is ready for fourth grade. We have had an amazing year and have maximized every single moment!

Here is how we spent our last full week together:

ELA: We finished our animal stories, and practiced our play. We also read our Roald Dahl fantasy books.

Math: We reviewed multi-step, multi-operational problems.

Science/SS: We learned about the economy of our amazing state.

Other: We visited Wixon to learn more about fourth grade. We also enjoyed a fantastic Field Day. (A special thank you to all of our family members who were there to cheer us on!)

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

P.S. I have attached some educational ideas for those rainy summer days.

PARCC Round 1

May 6, 2016

 

Greetings from Room 116!

This week students successfully completed their PARCC Mathematics testing. Next week they will take the PARCC ELA assessments (May 9th -11th). Thank you in advance for ensuring that students are well rested on these important testing days.

Following is a schedule of important upcoming events:

  • Monday, 5/16 – Josiah Dennis Manse Trip
  • Wednesday, 6/1 – Music Memory
  • Thursday, 6/2 – Lighthouse Field Trip
  • Monday, 6/6 –Wixon Visit
  • Wednesday, 6/8 – Jericho House Tour
  • Wednesday, 6/15 – Field Day (1:30-3:00pm)
  • Friday, 6/17 – Grade 3 Celebration at DYHS (10:00am)
  • EHBi Family Picnic (12:00-1:00pm)

Field trip permission slips will be sent home soon.

Best wishes to all for tranquil weekend.

Sincerely,

 

 

Ms. Feeney

 

P.S.  Remember to read this weekend!

Home Stretch

April 29, 2016
Greetings from Room 116!

Hopefully everyone enjoyed a lovely vacation week with family and friends. Thank you for helping to ensure that students returned to school ready to learn. We have had a very productive week as a result:

ELA: In Spelling, we worked on comparatives and superlatives; while in Grammar, we reviewed articles such as a, an, and the. In book groups, we finished our traditional tales, focusing on author’s craft and purpose. We also continued our PARCC practice and writing projects.

 

Math: We solved multi-step and multi-operational story problems and reviewed for PARCC.

 

Science/SS: In Science, we concluded our exploration of weather and the water cycle. In Social Studies, we finished our study of the Pilgrims with several interactive group activities.

Other: In Computers, we worked on our Extreme Weather projects.

Next week, we will begin our PARCC sessions.  There will be four days of Math testing from Monday, May 2nd, through Thursday, May 5th. ELA assessments will be administered the following week from Monday, May 9th, through Wednesday, May 11th. Consequently, there will be no math or spelling homework over the next two weeks; however, students should continue to read and practice math facts every night. In addition, please make sure that they are well-rested during this time.

Best wishes to all for a relaxing weekend!

Sincerely,

 

Ms. Feeney

Whirlwind Indeed!

April 8, 2016

 

Greetings from Room 116!

This was a whirlwind week both literally and figuratively:

ELA: In Spelling, we worked on plurals. We also did some PARCC practice and worked on different writing projects.

Math: We learned about perimeter – the measurement around the outside edge (or “rim”) of a geometric shape.

Science/SS: We conducted a condensation experiment by creating a cloud in a jar. We also examined how wind, air pressure, and temperature influence weather. In connection with this, we discussed the impact of weather on the Pilgrims’ Mayflower journey and their first winter in the New World.

Other: In Computers, we continued our partner research for our Extreme Weather unit.

Best wishes to all for a warmer weekend!

Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

 

P.S. Remember to read and practice math facts every night!