Wise News and Notes
Week of 1/19/2016
Eyes in the Classroom
I sure hope you enjoyed your three day weekend. It was neat to wake this morning to a dusting on the ground. We enjoyed a very relaxing weekend together as a family. I was lucky enough to have my daughter join us. That is something to make me smile even bigger! :)
In class we are almost done with our Edward Tulane story. What a great story! Edward is a porcelain rabbit that belongs to a little girl. He gets lost and the story is about his journey thereafter. We would like to create a makerspace once the story is complete. This is a time where kids get to create and develop a prototype toy of their liking. We will begin with blue prints and then attempt to develop a true prototype. If your third grader comes home asking for certain materials don't be alarmed. I will try to provide what I can and will put together a list of goods to help us gather what we can. This should not be something that is costly or needs to be done at home. We will use class time to brainstorm and work together as toy makers. I am really looking forward to this.
I am very excited to share that we will once again have visitors to observe our math block. Word has gotten out that we have some good math thinking. ;) We are also trying small math groups that rotate through the teacher during a 60 to 80 minute timeframe. This can be daunting for a teacher to begin before seeing it in action. Our kiddos have got it down, and I love teaching this way. I feel like I am able to meet each third grader where they are in their math thinking. So if you hear that Hazen or Carlisle teacher's were in our classroom ... they were. :)
Looking at our subjects...
Math - Multiplication and Division - We are really focusing on understanding what multiplication and division mean. If we understand this, then we can tackle any problem given to us.
Reading - Finishing our story Edward Tulane and beginning our Makers Space
Language Arts - dictionary skills and parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs)
Social Studies - People that have influenced US history
Word Work- Current spelling groups and no excuse words
No Excuse Words ....
show, they, got, get, drink, have, light, small
Tues. Math Homework
Wed. & Thurs. Word Work tests
Fri. No Excuse Word Test
Upcoming Events ....
1/25-1/30 Great Kindness Challenge Week (we've already started)
1/29 Birthday Treat Day
***Something to start thinking about ***
Making your box at home for your friendship cards.
We will have a Friendship Day on 2/11. This will be a day to pass out Friendship Cards. Each third grader will need to make a box at home and bring it to school the week of Friendship Day. I will send more information in the next newsletter about the exact events happening that day.