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4.16 – 4.20 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone had an amazing week!

Thank you to those who’ve offered to chaperone for the two trips we have coming up. Remember, if you’d like to chaperone, please reply to just me in the email:)

This week in reading and writing, we started diving deeper into our Bird Study. We started to talk about research and how we can find information in order to create our own field guides. During reading time, kids browsed sources and placed post its inside books to hold as place markers. In writing, kids came up with questions they had about their birds and then put them into categories (babies, nests, diet, habitat, description, fun facts, etc.) We also talked about what are just right questions for researching purposes. We’re making sure our questions have room for exploration and give us more than a one word answer. Ask your child what questions they’ve come up with so far!

In math, we began our fraction unit! This week we discussed what ½ means and completed various tasks to help us better comprehend this notation.  Today, we started talking about ¼ and how it means something is divided into 4 equal parts. Ask your child what they already know about ½ and ¼!

We have finished our read aloud Clementine, and have started a new one called The Story of Diva and Flea, which was given to me from a student last year. It’s a very cute story about a cat and dog in Paris, France. Ask your child what they know so far and what they’re wonderingv about this text!

Also, in Bird Study we talked a lot about birds’ beaks and why birds have different types of beaks. Ask your child which beak they think is the best and why!

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 30 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have open access this week we return from break. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, April 26– Field Trip, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, May 10– Field Trip, American Museum of Natural History

Monday, May 28– No School, Memorial Day

 

Lindsey 🙂

4.9 – 4.13 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone enjoyed the break! Monday was a little sleepy for us, but we are back and ready for the rest of our school year!

This week in reading and writing, kids learned more about shape poems, line breaks, repetition and alliteration. We used our Book of Poetry to learn about these elements, and put them to use for our own poems. Kids then edited, revised, and published their poems. Since this is the end of our poetry unit, kids picked their favorite poem they wrote, added more crafts to it, edited, revised and published them. These poems will be put into a class book for each kid to have! Ask your child what poem they selected to put in our class book.

In math, we completed our Early Multiplication Unit. We learned when solving multiplication problems we can use repeated addition, skip counting or make an equation. (Kids are very comfortable with using the ratio table.) In partnerships, kids completed two tasks, which they all did well with. The class also worked on problem solving with multiplication stories. Most kids solved using a ratio table or skip counting using a number line. The next unit we have will start on Monday!

We are well into our read aloud, Clementine, and enjoying the humor! While I read each chapter, kids are writing down their noticing’s and wonderings in their reading notebooks.  Ask your child what they’ve learned so far in our new book and what they’re wondering! We are already up to chapter 8!

In bird study, we talked about NYC and if it’s a good habitat for birds. After we completed a writing task in our bird study notebooks, we had a circle share about our thoughts. We also learned out which birds we will be studying! Ask your child which bird they have!

Today, we saw our reading buddies and read our poems to them. Third graders really enjoyed all of the poems!

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 30 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have library the week we return from break. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, April 26– Field Trip, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Monday, May 28– No School, Memorial Day

Lindsey

3.26 – 3.29 News

Dear 318 Families,

 

Happy ThursYAY! I hope everyone liked the Poetry Party this morning. We heard some amazing poems and enjoyed the funny comments.

 

This week in reading and writing, kids learned about descriptive language, similes and metaphors. We used our Book of Poetry to learn about these elements, and put them to use for our own poems. Kids then edited, revised, and published their poems. Ask your child what topics they made poems about!

 

In math, we continued with our Early Multiplication Unit. We learned when solving multiplication problems we can use repeated addition, skip counting or make an equation. Kids are getting very comfortable with using the ratio table.

In partnerships, kids got a picture of a grocery store that included different fruits. Their job was to use a strategy to find out the total amount of each fruit and make a poster. Most kids used ratio tables!  For example, there were 4 boxes of apples and each box has 8 apples. Kids used a ratio table to find out the total amount of apples.

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Amount of Apples8162432

 

Kids love Clementine! While I read each chapter, kids are writing down their noticing’s and wonderings in their reading notebooks.  Ask your child what they’ve learned so far in our new book and what they’re wondering!

In bird study this week we talked about:

-What questions we have about birds?

-How can we learn about birds?

-Permanent residents vs. migratory birds

*The week we return, kids will get to pick the bird that they’ll be studying; so exciting!*

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 30 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have open access the week we return from break. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

Upcoming Events:

Friday, March 30- Friday April 6 – No School, Spring Break

 

Have an amazing break!!!!!

 

Lindsey

3.19 – 3.23 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYay! I hope everyone had an amazing week and enjoyed the snow!

Reminder: If you still have your envelopes the reports came in, then please return them ASAP. They will be used again in June!

In reading and writing, we began our Poetry Unit. All students were given a packet of wonderful poems that we will be studying. Each day we read one or two, and talk about what we notice. Kids learned that poets write about things that they know, love or have experienced. Kids also learned that poets use crafts just like Kevin Henkes! Some crafts we talked about were descriptive language, vivid verbs, repetition and alliteration. Ask your child which craft they tried out this week!

In math, we began our Early Multiplication Unit. Each day, we’ve skip counted as a group by a different number (2, 3, 4 and 5). Kids noticed patterns in both the ones and tens places. Kids learned math language like groups of and equal groups. For example, cars have 4 wheels, so we would say “1 group of 4”. Kids were also introduced to a ratio table, which helps mathematicians keep track of information when working with equal groups.

This week we started a new read aloud called Clementine. So far the book is very funny! While I’m reading, kids have the job of writing down things that they notice and wonder. After I finish reading, we have a whole group conversation about our noticings and wonderings. Ask your child what they’ve learned so far in our new book!

The Bird Study has been a hit! Kids are super into the study and have so many awesome questions! This week we talked about:

-What are habitats and what do birds need to survive in them?

-Migration

-Which birds live in NYC all year round?

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 30 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have Library this week. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, March 29 – Family Thursday @ 8:45AM

Friday, March 30- Friday April 6 – No School, Spring Break

Lindsey

3.12 – 3.16

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYay! I hope everyone had a fabulous week!

I enjoyed speaking with you last night at Parent Teacher Conferences and look forward to the rest of the school year. As always, if you have any question/comments/concerns, then please email me! Also, please return your envelopes the reports came in ASAP. They will be used again in June!

In reading, we completed our Author Study about Kevin Henkes books and will begin with Poetry on Monday! Ask your child what their favorite part of the Kevin Henkes study!

In writing this week, kids either finished their fiction stories or began making a new one. Most kids who began their second stories decided to write about the same characters, but this time having a different problem, like a series book. These books will be displayed in our classroom library, and later on in the year will be sent home for you all to read.

In math, we completed our T-Shirt Factory Unit and will be starting Early Multiplication on Monday. Kids also got to see their t-shirts that we ordered and will be doing something special with them next week! Ask your child about their favorite part of the T-shirt Factory Unit!

In word study, we continued to talk about prefixes: mis, un, dis, non and trans as well as suffixes: ful, less, ment, able, ness, ish and en. Kids are now expected to be using these word parts in their writing.

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 30 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers. This week all kids brought or wore sneakers! Woohoo!!!

-We have open access this week. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, March 22 – Annual Spring Gala/Auction

Thursday, March 29 – Family Thursday @ 8:45AM

Friday, March 30- Friday April 6 – No School, Spring Break

 

Lindsey

3.5 – 3.9 News

Dear 318 Families, 
 
Happy FriYAY! I hope you all had a wonderful week!
 
Conferences are coming up this week, so please make sure you know the time you’re scheduled for.   If you have any questions, please let me know! Conferences will only be 15 minutes, so please don’t be late!
  
In reading, we continued our Author Stud on Kevin Henkes books. We are noticing that Kevin Henkes has his characters solve the problem, and uses descriptive ways in order to ends his stories. Ask your child what they noticed!
 
 In writing, kids began editing and revising their books this week. Kids edited using a student created checklist:
-Punctuation
-Capitalization of the first letter of a sentence, the word I and names
-Flying capitals
-Tagging dialogue
-Rereading to make sure their work makes sense
-Adding vivid verbs and adjectives
-Checking word walls for spelling and charts from word study
 
In math, we continued our T-Shirt Factory Unit. The story for this unit is that the PTA bought a bunch of t-shirts and needed help organizing them because t-shirts were everywhere. They decided to put them in rolls of 10. This unit helps with place value. 
 
This week, kids were thinking more deeply about the loose t-shirts (ones place) and if there’s 10 or more shirts that are loose, can we make them into rolls(tens place). For example, if there are 12 rolls and 26 loose, we could take the loose shirts and make 2 more rolls and leave 6 loose. We would then add the rolls we took from the loose column (2) and add them to the rolls column, making 14 rolls and 6 loose. Then kids wrote equations, so for this example their equation would be 14 rolls and 6 loose=140+6=146 t-shirts.
 
In word study, we talked about prefixes: mis, un, dis, non and trans. We also talked more about suffixes: ful, less, ment, able, ness, ish and en.. Ask your child what words they can come up with that have these prefixes and suffixes!
 
Some reminders:
-Kids should be reading for 30 minutes each night.
-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers. This week a few kids forgot to wear sneakers and couldn’t participateL
-We have Library this week. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.
 
If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!
 
Upcoming Events:
Thursday, March 15 – Half Day, Conferences
Friday, March 30- Friday April 6 – No School, Spring Break
 
 
Lindsey

2.29 – 3.2 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYay! I hope everyone had a great week!

Conferences are coming up shortly. If you haven’t signed up yet, then please do! If a time doesn’t work, then please let me know. Remember, just one 15 minute conference per students. Please don’t be late!

In reading, we continued our Kevin Henkes Author Study. We started to think more deeply how Kevin Henkes crafts his texts by introducing the characters and setting. In addition, he summarizes the story on the first page, creates a problem, and includes ways that the characters make multiple attempts in order to find a solution.

We connected our reading discoveries to our writing. After each reading period, we used what we learned in order to write our own fiction stories inspired by Kevin Henkes. The kids are including detail, description, and dialogue in their pieces. We can’t wait for you all to read them! Ask your child what their book is about!

In math, we started our T-Shirt Factory Unit. Here is the context for our unit of study: The PTA bought a bunch of t-shirts and needed help organizing them because t-shirts were everywhere. They decided to put them in rolls of 10. This unit helps with place value. The kids were asked about different scenarios (example: 42 shirts would be 4 rolls and 2 loose ones). Then we talked about this scenario:  if the PTA had 100 shirts, then how many different ways can they organize the shirts into rolls and loose ones? Kids automatically got 10 rolls and 0 loose ones, but had a harder time conceptualizing that you could also have 9 rolls and 10 loose, 8 rolls and 20 loose, 7 rolls and 30 loose etc. We will be doing more scenarios like this in order to build flexible thinking.

In word study, we talked about new suffixes which include ful, less, ment, able, ness, ish and en. We talked about how these suffixes change the meaning of a word. Ask your child what words they can come up with that have these suffixes!

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 30 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers. This week a lot of kids forgot to wear sneakers and couldn’t participateL

-We have open access this week. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful break!

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, March 15 – Half Day, Conferences

Lindsey

2.12 – 2.15 News

Dear 318 Families, 
 
Happy ThursYAY! I hope everyone had a wonderful week. Thank you all for coming to our Subway Celebration. The kids worked hard for many months preparing for this day. Also, thank you for all your comments and questions. The kids loved your feedback!
 
On Wednesday, I sent an email about parent teacher conferences with a link and a code. Please sign up for a time that works for you. Remember, just one 15 minute conference per family.
 
Shout out to Isobel’s mom, Ana for giving us a great tour and information on our trip to the 72nd Street 2nd Avenue Subway Station. She also provided us with handouts that were sent home. Kids got to see lots of murals and noticed how clean the station was. After the trip, we surprised kids with a last minute Secret Subway visit on the 6 train. It was a great time! Also, thank you to our awesome chaperones!
 
This week in writing, we continued to think more deeply about Kevin Henkes crafts and began to think about writing our own fiction stories. Kids completed an outline and will begin writing the week we get back from break. Ask your child what their story will be about!
 
In reading, we continued our Author Study: Kevin Henkes books. We read the books Julius the Baby of the World, Owen, and Penny and her Marble. Kids noticed that sometimes there are multiple attempts to solve the problem and lots of adjectives in order to describe what is happening in the text. Ask your child what they know about Kevin Henkes.
 
In math, we completed our Data Unit. Kids compared and contrasted their data with Simona’s class’ information! We also learned a new game called Get to 100. Kids needed to roll dice with the numbers 5,10,15,20,25, and 30. First, the students rolled two numbers. Next,  the students added  the numbers together. The students kept rolling the dice until they got to or over 100. Exciting news: we will be starting our T-Shirt Factory Unit when we get back from the break!
 
Some reminders:
-Kids should be reading for 25-30 minutes each night.
-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.
-We have Library this week. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.
 
If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful break!
 
Upcoming Events:
Friday, February 16 – Friday, February 23 – Midwinter Break
Thursday, March 15 – Half Day, Parent Teacher Conferences

 

 

 

Photos from today’s celebration!

 
Lindsey

2.5 – 2.9 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone had a wonderful week. We had a great one with tons of Subway Study Celebration prep!

This week in writing, we dove deeper into Kevin Henkes texts and the crafts he uses in order to engage his readers. We spoke about the purpose of craft and why it is important in texts. Kids discovered that Kevin Henkes uses a variety of adjectives in order to create a picture in your mind. Also, students learned that when Kevin Henkes repeats a sentence, it’s because it’s really important. Next week, kids will begin their own fiction stories using crafts inspired by Kevin Henkes.

Furthermore in reading, we continued our Author Study, reading Kevin Henkes books. We read the books A Weekend with Wendall, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Jessica and Sheila Rae, The Brave. Kids noticed that his introduction always tells us who the main character is, the setting, and problem. Ask your child what they know about Kevin Henkes!

In math, we continued our Data Unit. Kids took information from our survey to make line plots and bar graphs. We also took another survey, which was How Many Teeth have you Lost?. Kids organized the data and sorted it into categories. On Monday, kids will be comparing and contrasting their data with Simona’s class’ survey!

In subway study, we continued our projects. Most kids have finished their individual projects and are beginning to work on the whole Second Grade project. It’s awesome to see what kids create with cardboard, tape and paint! We can’t wait for the celebration on Thursday!

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 25-30 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have open access Library this week. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

-For the field trip, please make sure your child wears sneakers!!

-Hand in permission slips for the trip. I’m still missing a few!

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, February 13 – Field Trip to the 72nd Street 2nd Avenue Station

Thursday, February 15 – Subway Study Celebration

Friday, February 16 – Friday, February 23 – Midwinter Break

Lindsey

1.29 – 2.2 News

Dear 318 Families, 
 
Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone had a wonderful week and kept warm!
 
This week in writing, 318 finished their Subway books and they look amazing! Kids can’t wait to read these books to you all during the Subway Celebration on February 15th
 
Next week we will be learning more about Kevin Henkes as an author and illustrator. Kids will notice his various crafts, which will help them when they create lots of fiction stories.
 
In reading, we continued our Author Study on Kevin Henkes. We read the books Lilly’s Big Day, Jessica, Wemberly Worried and A Good Day. Kids noticed that Kevin Henkes uses repetition, dialogue, and adjectives in his books. Kids also noticed there’s always a problem that gets solved. Ask your child what they know about Kevin Henkes!
 
Just a reminder that the books kids take home without a sticker are push books for all kids. Please make sure they don’t get lost with ones that are from home. Kids were told these books need to be read with an adult since they’re more complex texts.  
 
In math, we began our Data Unit. Kids learned about Venn Diagrams, Bar Graphs and Line Plots. Yesterday, kids took a survey about their favorite weekend activity and today they sorted through all 22 kids answers and categorized them. On Monday, kids will be choosing a way to represent their data and making a poster.  Kids should continue practicing counting by 10s and 100s both up and down by any number. This is super important!
  
We continued our projects in subway study, . Most kids are working on individual projects, while a few are working in partnerships. This week a bunch of kids began painting their projects and gluing pieces together. They can’t wait to show off their masterpieces!
 
Reminder: We are now all set with cardboard boxes for our individual projects. We might need some more in the coming weeks, so I’ll keep everyone posted.
 
In word study, kids learned about syllables and how they are word parts. We then learned about how compound words are when we combine the meaning of the word parts. For example, the word bathtub combines bath + tub. Ask your child some compound words that they know.
 
A fun homework option that would be helpful for our class is taking your child to a subway station with murals. Kids will be making a “Peck Slip” mural for our Subway Study Celebration and any pictures would be great!
 
 
Some reminders:
-Kids should be reading for 25-30 minutes each night.
-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.
-We have Library this week. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.
 
If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!
 
Upcoming Events:
Thursday, February 15 – Subway Study Celebration
Friday, February 16 – Friday, February 23 – Midwinter Break
 
 
Lindsey