We are so excited for our field trip Wednesday to the Grout-Heard House. The weather is forecasted to be 70 degrees and perfect. We will have snack first thing at school before leaving at 9:00 AM and will be back at school right at lunch time. Students are able to buy lunch at school per usual. We are so fortunate to visit the museum right here in town. What a great resource!
We were so lucky to have author Grace Lin visit school today. She talked to the whole school community about becoming a writer and the experiences that shaped her decision to create a " Community Book Stop" at her daughters school in western Massachusetts. More details to follow about the Community Book Stop here at Loker to follow.
My former first grader class chose Grace Lin as a multicultural leader last year. Her portrait is outside of Room 3.
Yesterday Ms. Pirelli joined our class to talk about personal safety. We talked about the importance of knowing what to do in some emergency situations. We watched a developmentally appropriate movie about Chester the cat that had a magnificent tail that others liked to touch. We talked about our bodies belonging to us and steps to take to stay safe. Please ask your child about the movie, what he/she learned and personal safety.
I am so proud of the students in Room 9! Today we completed our first part of the MCAS. Testing is hard. Preparing students to showcase all they know is hard. Testing is one piece of the complicated puzzle that is a third grader. I am proud of the approach all students took in testing today. They were calm, well poised and worked hard. I have no idea how they scored but they scored high with me in terms of approach!
In ELA we are working on narrative writing. Today we looked through books and found more expressive words to replace the word "said". Students worked so hard and generated a HUGE class list of alternative words to use. We agreed the word "said" is fine but does not convey feeling and can be boring to read over and over.
We had the most amazing DEC day in Room 9!!!!! I observed team work, problem solving, creativity and fun. Ask your child about his/her arcade game.
Have a restful and happy vacation!
We are reading the book The Stories Julian Tells as a class. The book is collection of short stories told from the perspective of Julian, a school age boy. The book uses a lot of imagery and figurative language. We have read the first chapter titled, "The pudding like a Night on the Sea." Ask you child about the story.
We have been so busy in Room 9!
In ELA we have published our opinion writing pieces. We used text to support argument as to why a cat or dog would make a better pet. This week students typed their papers in google documents and inserted pictures. We will make a class book. I will send home a copy of your child's work. I am so proud of Room 9!
In math, we continue to work on area. We will begin an enrichment project next week applying what we have learned with area and perimeter in creating a dog kennel.
We completed our first investigation in Motion and Matter. Ask your child about the hovering paperclip?!
We have begun a new math unit concentrating on area and perimeter. The big ideas are:
Come back often to see what's up in Room 9 and see pics too!