It is hard to believe but we have reached the second rotation for "helpers of the week" in Room 9. This second rotation has brought on a new privilege of sitting in a comfy teacher chair for the week. Also this week, helpers will capture photos on our classroom camera and write a blog post on Friday. I am so excited for this new challenge for third graders.
I am proud of the way Room 9 handled the ALICE drill today. We hope to never have to use the practice for ALICE drills or fire drills in real life but it is always best to be prepared. Students followed protocol and I am very proud of them!
We are so excited for our field trip later this week. The weather looks to be chilly and rainy. Please dress your child in weather appropriate clothing and shoes. Portions of the trip will be indoors but also outdoors. Remember a disposable lunch, drinks and snacks. We are so thankful for all the volunteers who will meet us there.
We met our Kindy book buddies today! Room 9 students were so happy and excited to meet the kindergarten students they will work with this year. For the first time, third graders are the OLDER partner in book buddies. We talked about the responsibility in being the leaders and what that means. We will meet with our book buddies in Room 2 every 2-3 weeks. Ask your child who they are paired up with.
Thanks to the generosity of the Wayland Public School Foundation, we had a special anti-bullying/promoting kindness assembly today put on by Boston Improv. Students participated in the program and talked about ways to support one another. Ask your child about the assembly. Please see following link for more information:
We are learning about the commutative property of multiplication in math. The commutative property teaches students that the order of the factors does not change the product. For example:
2 x 3 = 3 x 2
Students are demonstrating a clear understanding of multiplication so far and seem really excited to build on what they know.
In class we have been learning how to write opinion pieces. We have learned the "tree" nemonic to help us organize thoughts and create an organized essay. Students recently read two articles about being an astronaut. One article told all the positives and the other the negatives. Students used these articles to help support the argument for or against becoming an astronaut when he/she gets older. Look for these essays coming home today.
I am so delighted to have a room full of authors. Students in room 9 LOVE to write. They make books in free time and love sharing them with the class. Embedded in this natural love of writing, I am able to teach students about the craft of writing and how to use proper punctuation and style. Ask your child about his/her latest book!
We have begun our multiplication unit in math. This topic brings a lot of excitement. The following are the common core standards of instruction for this unit.
We have completed our first unit in math and yesterday we had our place value end of unit assessment. I am very pleased with the progress all the students made and am eager to move onto multiplication. I will share the assessment with families at parent/teacher conferences. All students showed tremendous growth and demonstrated an understanding of place value.
Come back often to see what's up in Room 9 and see pics too!