Think Tank in Third

Weekly Update- October 14, 2016

Our Week at a Glance

Reading- We have continued talking about character traits and finding text evidence to support our answer. We added some amazing new words to our Reader's Notebook that can help us describe characters. This took longer than expected because we wanted to be sure we understand the new words we added. We color coded them and are ready to use them when we write about reading. Next week we will focus on making inferences.

Math- We had a math test on Tuesday over addition, subtract, and rounding. We will do test corrections today and rubrics will come home sometime next week. These are skills we will continue to work on and will again assess before learner's profiles come out. Next week we will begin our E4Tech lessons for module 1, which will also incorporate mapping social studies skills.

Writing- We are continuing to work on our personal narratives. Next week we will take a break to focus on opinion and informational writing so that students are exposed to this before taking the first round of AIR testing in November. Exposing students to this type of writing will hopefully alleviate some stress and also set them up for success.

Social Studies- We mailed our Flat Stanleys and will hopefully be getting some mail here soon. Our e4tech modules will tie into Social Studies standards with mapping. We are so excited to begin these engaging lessons.

Genius Hour/Coding- This was on hold this week due to our short week. We will continue next week.

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Fall Party

Hi! Jenny Mechling and Colleen Wildenhaus have reached out to you about the fall party. Please be sure to contact them with any questions

If you are interested in signing up to attend or help with the party, please click here.

If you missed the email that we sent out from them regarding the fall party, here it is:

October 7, 2016

Dear Families,

We are happy to have the opportunity to introduce ourselves to all of you and to serve Mrs. Callahan’s and Miss Pratt’s class as Head Room Parents this school year. You can find all of our contact information below. We will be helping to plan three class parties this year as well as coordinating the Teacher Appreciation Week activities for our classroom. Please feel free to contact us anytime you have a question, an idea or an interest in helping out. We welcome and need your assistance!

Please forward your contact information (including student name, parent name, and e-mail address) to to assist us in communicating with you. We will use your contact information to communicate with you regarding classroom needs & activities. Participation is always voluntary!

This year's party dates are as follows:

Friday, October 28, 2016 (11:00-12:00pm)

Thursday, December 15, 2016 (11:00-12:00pm)

Friday, February 10, 2017 (11:00-12:00pm)

As you can see, our first party date is fast approaching. We will be sending out information via email to request party volunteers and party supplies. Be on the lookout for a sign-up email by the end of next week! We will use sign-up genius for all volunteer and donation sign-ups.

Please be aware when volunteering and sending in supplies:

We are limited to 5 volunteers per class party - sign up is first come, first serve.

We have the following food allergies in our classroom this year: milk, fish, nuts, wheat flour, soy, egg whites


Jenny Mechling Colleen Wildenhaus

614-329-4895 702-327-5341

Captain Fluffy Winkle

We know some students have been anxious to sign up to take Captain Fluffy Winkle home for the weekend.

If you missed the link to do that, you have find it here.

Also, if you sign up, but are not able to pick him up due to an emergency, please let us know as soon as you realize this, so we can make other arrangements.

Thank you so much to everyone who has signed up! :)

Donor's Choose

We have started a Donor's Choose account so we can get some technology for the classroom that will help reach our learning goals. We currently have technology that is shared within our SLC, but we don't always have access to this if other teachers need it.

If you feel compelled to donate to our cause, here is the link: click here to donate

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