We're almost finished with the first week of school. It's exciting to be back in the routines of fall. Speaking of routines...we have been really focusing on routines in the classroom. Routines will help us create seamless transitions and independent learners. We make up a wonderful class and I'm happy to have all of these third graders.
WOW!!! Reading is off to a bang. On the second day of school, we picked JRB's. Ask your child what a JRB is? And, we couldn't be more excited. Some of us have even finished more than one JRB already. YAY!!! Don't forget to return your reading folder to school every day. This month we are going to work on 'building our reading life'. In writing workshop, we will begin to write entries in our writers notebooks.
In Math, we have been assessing. However, Go Math officially starts tomorrow. We are starting with Addition and Subtraction within 1,000. We will have math homework every night. It would be great to help your child with homework, if need be. Be on the lookout on Tuesday, September 11th for a math page in your homework folder.
In Social Studies, we're all about maps. We're about to learn all about map skills, including oceans and continents.
This week we will also get together with our buddy class. Our buddies are right across the hall in Mrs. Keyes' third grade. We're so happy to be working with our friends, neighbors and our classmates. Tomorrow we will create our first STEAM activity. We can't wait.
It's going to be a fantastic third grade year!!!
Hello new fourth graders and families,
I am super excited for the upcoming year and can not wait for you to be in our class. This fourth grade year is going to be fun, exciting and full of engaging learning moments. My website will be how I communicate classroom news. Feel free to add your comments and/or questions. I hope you have been shopping for our school supplies and bring them in on the first day of school.
We are going to begin the year with various getting to know you activities as well as launch rules and routines of reading & writing workshops. We will begin GoMath on the first day of school. Be on the lookout for forms to fill out during the first week of school. The first week of school is always a busy time.
Do not hesitate to contact me! Enjoy the last couple of days of summer.
It seems as if Springs is here. Yay! With the ELA state test behind us, we are excited to begin new units in reading and writing workshop. In Reading Workshop, we are about to embark on a historical fiction journey. In class, we will read aloud the book Number the Stars. The students will read in mini book clubs their own historical fiction book. In addition to reading historical fiction, we will choose a person from the time period we are each reading about (a person of interest) to conduct additional research on. Our culminating activity will be a "living wax museum" in the classroom. We can't wait.
In math, we will begin to teach two lessons of math a day in order to prepare even further for the NYS Math test happening on May 2, 3 and 4th. We encourage to practice additional math at home on ixl or thinkcentral whenever possible.
In social studies, we are going to learn about WWII, while reading Number the Stars as well as researching the time periods of our book club books.
We look forward to the April Vacation and warmer weather!
As usual, we have been very busy in the classroom. We have finished our first bend for our research based argument essays on debatable topics in reading and writing workshop. We wrote letters to Mr. Casale and Ms. Cleary persuading them to take into consideration our claims. We have a bunch of mini-lawyers in our classroom. We are currently reading aloud the book Crash. Our next unit of study is Historical Fiction Book Clubs and we will be reading the book Number the Stars. In math, we are breezing through decimals. We now use the mid chapter checkpoints as quiz grades and take ¨friendly¨ versions of the tests. We encourage you to log on to thinkcentral.com (usernames and passwords are on our google classroom) to help you with homework or anything that you want to boost your level with. Please, work with your child at home on math homework and remember there are so many resources, thinkcental being just one, that are available on the internet, Khan Academy is another.
Thank you, parents, for all you do to help your child succeed in school.
I can´t believe it is already the middle of December. We have been busy learning in the classroom. We have grown so much this year as readers and writers. This makes me so proud. We are wrapping up a unit on feature articles in writing workshop. The students have been researching a topic they were interested in. In reading workshop, we are in a unit on tackling text complexity in nonfiction. We have focused our learning on main idea with supporting details, summarizing and how to tackly tricky vocabulary. In math, we have complete chapter 3 on adding and subtracting decimals. In social studies, we have begun discussing government after Election Day sparked our interest. We are excited to make Gingerbread Houses with our buddies on Friday. And, we are also excited to celebrate our 5,000 class dojo points which we have been earning since the start of the school year. I hope everyone enjoys the holiday and December Vacation.
Wow! Time is flying by and itś now November. November is an exciting month in the classroom as we have started new units in reading and writing workshop. In reading, we are working on moving up reading levels while becoming familiar with nonfiction texts. Our reading workshop compliments our writing workshop quite nicely because, we are writing feature articles (nonfiction). We will act and become authors. In math, we are getting ready to close a unit on division and start chapter 3 - adding and subtracting decimals. In social studies, we will continue our station/center work with European Explorers. We´ve been learning and studying academic vocabulary - check this out on your childś Google Classroom. Continue to help your child at home by practicing additional math facts and solving problems. Lastly, we are excited to kickoff P.A.R.P. with the rest of the elementary grades for the month of November. Happy learning! Looking forward to seeing you all at parent teacher conferences in a few weeks ;)
Wow! Here we are and it is already the middle of October! September was such a great month and we are well established with our rules and routines in 5th grade. In writing we have been working hard on our personal narrative stories and can't wait to share them with others. In reading, we are enjoying the read aloud Home of the Brave and digging deep on book interpretations. Our biggest topic of conversation has been around themes in books - it's been a very important focus. In math, we are finished with Chapter one and have our first test tomorrow! We wish everyone well. As math students, we are working on being problem solvers and trying out any strategy to help us figure out a math problem. In vocabulary, we study our science words on google slides - ask your child about this or have them study at home. We have two upcoming fieldtrips - on October 21st and 28th - check notices that come home for more information. We are such an awesome bunch of 5th graders and work really hard. I'm happy to see this!
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year. Fifth grade is a very exciting year, filled with lots of learning and hard work. We are looking forward to meeting all of you at open house night on Thursday, September 22nd to talk more about our fifth grade year together. Please, don’t hesitate to email us with any questions before hand.
Visit our website, which you can find on the springs school webpage. There are a few things to know about our website: we will be using it to share newsletters and important information (under the tab classroom news), *we will not be sending home monthly newsletters in an effort to save paper*, we will be using it to post homework every night, and we will keep our calendar updated with important dates.
As aforementioned, homework will be posted each night on our website, your child can check the website nightly for homework and news, however, we will be copying down homework in our agendas (which your child will bring to and from school each day along with their homework folders. Your child will also have a book baggie that he/she will take to and from school each day to read the expected 40 minutes at home every day.
Here is our special schedule:
Monday: Art 7th period
Tuesday: Library 5th period & Gym 6th period
Wednesday: Music 3rd period
Thursday: Gym 2nd period & Science 8th period
Friday: Science 3rd period & Spanish 6th period
All the best for a great start to the school year.
Ms. Lindsey Thayer and Mrs. Brittany Steudte
Here we are and it's just about Memorial Day Weekend. We've been up to lots and we hope you got to see our picture and article in the East Hampton Independent last week for our participation in the Lymes Challenge. On other notes, we wrote fantasy stories this past month and engaged in a unit of fantasy reading. It's safe to say that we ALL enjoyed our latest read aloud titled The Thief of Always.
We're moving on to June. Check our calendar for important dates coming up. We are going to wrap up the year with writing portfolios, reading about social issues, the Civil War in Social Studies and getting ready for 6th grade in math. We're very proud of all of our accomplishments and hope to finish the year off strong.