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6.11 – 6.15 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy ThursYAY! I hope everyone had a wonderful week! Thank you to our chaperones for helping out on Tuesday. Our trip to the Children’s Museum of the Arts was a success! Kids learned about short films and animation. Kids were in small groups to create a short animation film and then pulled out to make a whole group video about birds that will be shown at the celebration on June 21st! We have two trips next week: Monday, June 18 to Chic-fil-A and Tuesday, June 19 to Central Park.  If you’re a chaperone please be down in the lobby a few minutes prior to departure time! Some other fun activities this week include school spirit week, the summer birthday party and the Science picnic!

Today we had a special treat! The Wildlife Bird Fund came in for a presentation and even brought two baby pigeons that they’re nursing back to help. See attached photos! Ask your child things that they learned today, because there was a lot of great information!

This week in reading and writing, we continued with our Bird Study unit as well as began our Paragraph Unit. During reading time, we read a few paragraphs together and talked about what we noticed and wondered. In writing, kids wrote different paragraphs about birds and began to edit them. All the paragraphs have indents, topic sentence, details and a conclusion. I’m so proud of all the writing they’ve done!

In math, we continued talking about problem solving when there are two steps! (An example would be Lindsey went birding. She saw 125 birds on Monday, 294 birds on Wednesday and 145 birds on Friday. How many birds did she see in total?) We also revisited missing part problems.

We continued reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator! We found out that Willy Wonka, Charlie & his family are back at the Chocolate Factory! We also learned about the special vitamin that makes you 20 years younger. Kids are now wondering if the grandparents will take this vitamin or not!

In bird study this week we continued to create our celebration projects!

***We are all good with materials, so please don’t send anything else in.***

 

Please double check this chart for chaperoning duties! I will confirm a few days prior with an email.

DatePlaceChaperones
6/18Chic-fil-aLeonardo, Noga, Cruz, Emma (need some more!)
6/19Central ParkGavin, Ariel, Lucy, Zaria, Noga, Leonardo

 

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.

-If your child has a library book at home, please have them bring it back this week!

 

Upcoming Events:

Friday, June 15 – No School, Eid al-Fitr

Monday, June 18– Field Trip, Chic-fil-A

Tuesday, June 19– Field Trip, Central Park

Thursday, June 21– Family Thursday, Bird Study Celebration!

Tuesday, June 26– Half Day, Last Day of School!

 

Lindsey

 

6.4 – 6.8 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY and first day of June! I hope everyone had a great week!

Thank you to our chaperones for helping out on Tuesday. Our birding trip to Central Park was a success! Kids saw a few Mallards, Wood Ducks, Sparrows, European Starlings, American Robins, Blue Jays, and even a Baltimore Oriole as we were leaving! Our next trip will be this Tuesday, June 12 to Children’s Museum of the Arts. We will be leaving at 9:50 and returning after lunch time. We will be having lunch in the classroom when we return, so please make sure your child has home lunch! If you’re a chaperone please be down in the lobby a few minutes prior!

This week in reading and writing, we continued with our Bird Study unit as well as began our Paragraph Unit. During reading time, we read a few paragraphs together and talked about what we noticed and wondered. In writing, kids finished their narrative nonfiction pieces. They’re so excited to show off their hard work during the Bird Study celebration in a few weeks!

In math, we completed our Time Unit and began talking about problem solving when there are two steps! (An example would be Lindsey went birding. She saw 125 birds on Monday, 294 birds on Wednesday and 145 birds on Friday. How many birds did she see in total?)

We continued reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator! We found out that Willy Wonka, Charlie & his family helped save the astronauts from the evil Knids. We also found out that they are almost back at the Chocolate Factory! Ask your child what they’re wondering about the book!

In bird study this week we started our celebration projects! Below is the list kids created of desired materials for the projects:

Materials needed: Clay, feathers, branches or twigs, leaves, shoe boxes, poster paper, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, newspapers, toothpicks, egg cartons, string, butcher paper, bird seeds, and cotton to stuff butcher paper with. ***We are all good with large boxes for now, so please don’t send anything in but the materials suggested above.***

Please double check this chart for chaperoning duties! I will confirm a few days prior with an email.

 

DatePlaceChaperones
6/12Children’s Museum of the ArtsLeander, Hugo, Leonardo, Chloe
6/19Central ParkGavin, Ariel, Lucy, Zaria, Noga, Leonardo

 

 

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 our last Library session this week. If your child has a library book at home, please have them bring it back this week!

 

Upcoming Events:

Monday, June 11– No School, Staff Development Day

Tuesday, June 12 – Field Trip, Children’s Museum of the Arts

Friday, June 15 – No School, Eid al-Fitr

Tuesday, June 19– Field Trip, Central Park

Thursday, June 21– Family Thursday, Bird Study Celebration!

Tuesday, June 26– Half Day, Last Day of School!

 

Lindsey

5.28 – 6.1 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY and first day of June! I hope everyone had a great week!

Thank you to our chaperones for helping out on Wednesday. Our trip to the Battery Park City area was a success! Kids got to see birds in the water, trees and even flying! Our next birding trip will be this Tuesday, June 5 to Central Park. We will be leaving at 9:15 and returning before lunch time.

This week in reading and writing, we continued with our Bird Study unit. During reading time, we continued to think about narrative nonfiction books and what characteristics they have. In writing, kids continued working on their narrative nonfiction pieces. Kids continued to revise and publish this week! They’re so excited to show off their hard work during the Bird Study celebration in a few weeks!

In math, we continued with our Time Unit solving problems about elapsed time and playing a game with a partner called Guess My Time! Ask your child several times this weekend what time is it!

We continued reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator this week and we’re more than half way finished! Ask your child what they’re wondering about the book!

In bird study this week we had a few discussions around questions kids are still having about birds. We also started to think about our bird study celebration projects! Ask your child if they have any questions they want to find out about birds! Below is the list kids created of desired materials for the projects:

Materials needed: Clay, feathers, branches or twigs, leaves, cardboard, shoe boxes, poster paper, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, newspapers, toothpicks, egg cartons, string, butcher paper, bird seeds, and cotton to stuff butcher paper with. If you have any other materials that seem suitable for their projects, that will be appreciated as well!

 

Please double check this chart for chaperoning duties! I will confirm a few days prior with an emailJ

DatePlaceChaperones
6/5Central ParkZoya, Emma, Hugo, Leander, Noga, Leonardo
6/12Children’s Museum of the ArtsLeander, Emma, Hugo, Leonardo, Chloe
6/19Central ParkGavin, Ariel, Lucy, Zaria, Noga, Leonardo

 

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 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:

Tuesday, June 5– Field Trip, Central Park

Thursday, June 7– No School, Staff Development Day

Monday, June 11– No School, Staff Development Day

Tuesday, June 12 – Field Trip, Children’s Museum of the Arts

Friday, June 15 – No School, Eid al-Fitr

Tuesday, June 19– Field Trip, Central Park

Thursday, June 21– Family Thursday, Bird Study Celebration!

Tuesday, June 26– Half Day, Last Day of School!

 

Lindsey:)

5.21 5.25 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone had a great week!

Thank you to our chaperones for helping out on Wednesday. Our trip to the Chatham Square Library was a success! Kids got to research using books and computers. They found loads of information to use for their narrative nonfiction stories! Kids also got to enjoy the book fair this week! Thank you to those who bought our classroom some new books!

This upcoming week we have the Battery Park City birding trip on Wednesday, May 30 from 9:45-11:45. We will be back just in time for lunch!

This week in reading and writing, we continued with our Bird Study unit. During reading time, we continued to think about narrative nonfiction books and what characteristics they have. Kids noticed from the three books we read together that they all have real facts, fiction pictures and sometimes the animals in the stories talk. Kids then read for 30 minutes from their book baggies. In writing, kids continued working on their narrative nonfiction pieces. Kids began to edit them and even revise today! They’re so excited to show off their hard work during the Bird Study celebration in a few weeks!

In math, we continued with our Time Unit. We learned that about the terms AM and PM, how to tell time to the minute and solve problems about elapsed time. Ask your child several times this weekend what time is it!

Our read aloud is getting SUPER interesting Mr. Wonka, Charlie, and Charlie’s family just managed to escape from the knids (ask your child what these creatures are) and are now trying to save the Space Hotels crew from these creatures! Ask your child what they’re wondering about the book!

In bird study this week we talked about the kids study birds life cycles. Ask your child about their bird’s life cycle! We also talked about adaptations and how birds survive in their habitats.

Please double check this chart for chaperoning duties! I will confirm a few days prior with an emailJ

 

DatePlaceChaperones
5/30Battery ParkCruz, Sara, Emma, Thomas, Noa, Zaria
6/5Central ParkZoya, Emma, Hugo, Leander, Noga, Leonardo
6/12Children’s Museum of the ArtsLeander, Emma, Hugo, Leonardo, Chloe
6/19Central ParkGavin, Ariel, Lucy, Zaria, Noga, Leonardo

 

 

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

 

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, May 30– Field Trip, Battery Park

Monday, May 28– No School, Memorial Day

Tuesday, June 5– Field Trip, Central Park

Tuesday, June 12 – Field Trip, Children’s Museum of the Arts

Tuesday, June 19– Field Trip, Central Park

Thursday, June 21– Family Thursday, Bird Study Celebration!

 

Lindsey

5.14 – 5.18 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone had a wonderful week!

I’m missing a few envelopes requesting $10 or $20 for our Children’s
Museum of the Arts field trip. Please send those in ASAP!

This week we have the Book Fair (Tuesday) and a trip to the Chatham
Square Library (Wednesday)!

This week in reading and writing, we continued with our Bird Study
Unit. During reading time, we continued to think about narrative
nonfiction books and what characteristics they have. Kids noticed from
the four books we read together that they all have real facts, fiction
pictures and sometimes the animals in the stories talk. Kids then read
for 30 minutes from their book baggies. In writing, kids finished
field guides and began working on their narrative nonfiction pieces.
In this piece, kids can choose any topic about birds to write about,
their study bird or any bird of their choice! Ask your child what
their narrative nonfiction book is about! We will be going to the
Chatham Square Library on Wednesday to research more information for
these pieces!

In math, we completed our Measurement Unit and started our Time Unit.
We learned that you could start measuring from any place on the ruler,
but must count the length between your starting and ending points. For
example, if you began measuring at 3 inches and end at 8 inches, you
would get the same measurement as if you started from 1 and ended at
6. For our Time Unit, we talked about the hour and minute hands. We
also got to play a time game, which involved drawing the time our
partner gave us. Next week we’ll solve problems and talk about elapsed
time. Ask your child several times this weekend what time is it!

We didn’t have much time for our read aloud this week, but we did
found out that Mr. Wonka, Charlie and his family arrived on the space
ship and they’re not floating because the hotel has a gravity-making
machine. Ask your child what they’re wondering about.

In bird study this week we talked about birds’ bones and their life
cycles. Ask your child what kind of bones birds have and why!

This week, we met some new reading buddies (Pre-K class) and with some
old (3rd grade class)! Ask your child which books they read with their
buddies!

Please double-check this chart for chaperoning duties! I will confirm
a few days prior with an email!

Date                 Place                                                        Chaperones
5/23                Chatham Square Library                      Xander, Ariel, Sara, Chloe
5/30                Battery Park                                            Cruz, Sara, Emma, Thomas, Noa, Zaria
6/5                  Central Park                                             Zoya, Emma, Hugo, Leander, Noga, Leonardo
6/12                Children’s Museum of the Arts            Leander, Emma, Hugo, Leonardo, Chloe
6/19                Central Park                                             Gavin, Ariel, Lucy, Zaria, Noga, Leonardo

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. If your child is finished with their
library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.
-The weather is getting warmer, but it’s chilly in our room. If you’d
like your child to keep a sweatshirt here, that’s fine. I lock the
door every day!

Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, May 23– Field Trip, Chatham Square Library
Wednesday, May 30– Field Trip, Battery Park
Monday, May 28– No School, Memorial Day
Tuesday, June 5– Field Trip, Central Park
Tuesday, June 12 – Field Trip, Children’s Museum of the Arts
Tuesday, June 19– Field Trip, Central Park
Thursday, June 21– Family Thursday, Bird Study Celebration!

 

Lindsey:)

5.7 – 5.11 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone had a great week!

Thank you to our chaperones for yesterday’s trip to the Museum of Natural History. Looking forward to the next few! For the final trips, I sent an email about who will be the chaperones. When the date gets closer, I’ll send a confirmation email with specific times and our itinerary!

This week in reading and writing, we continued with our Bird Study unit. During reading time, we started thinking about narrative nonfiction books and what characteristics they have. Kids noticed from the three books we read together that they all have real facts, fiction pictures and sometimes the animals in the stories talk. Kids then read for 30 minutes from their book baggies. In writing, kids continued working on their field guides. A bunch of them are finished and they look amazing! Ask your child what new information they found out about their birds this week!

In math, we continued with our Measurement Unit. We learned about finding the length, width and height of objects as well as how estimating using body mark benchmarks can help us! Ask your child what they know so far from our measurement unit! Next week we will begin to discuss time!

We continued reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. We learned that the glass elevator has docked to a space hotel and the whole world is watching on their televisions, but think they’re people who are going to harm the hotel, little do they know it’s just Mr. Wonka, Charlie and his family. Ask your child what they’re wondering about the book.

In bird study this week we continued to talk about birds’ wings and the purposes of the different types. Ask your child which wing type do 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 library this week. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

-Please hand in permission slips and the letter regarding chaperoning!

-The weather is getting warmer, but it’s chilly in our room. If you’d like your child to keep a sweatshirt here, that’s fine. I lock the door every day!

 

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, May 23– Field Trip, Chatham Square Library

Wednesday, May 30– Field Trip, Battery Park

Monday, May 28– No School, Memorial Day

Tuesday, June 5– Field Trip, Central Park

Tuesday, June 12 – Field Trip, Children’s Museum of the Arts

Tuesday, June 19– Field Trip, Central Park

Thursday, June 21– Family Thursday, Bird Study Celebration!

 

Lindsey:)

4.30 – 5.4 News!

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone had an amazing week!

It was great to see a lot of you yesterday at our Family Thursday. The kids have really been enjoying researching on laptops and getting extra help from you all yesterday was awesome! We will begin writing our field guides next week and using them while we go birding!

This week in reading and writing, we continued with our Bird Study unit. We talked more about research and how we can find information to create our own field guides. During reading time, kids browsed sources putting post it’s inside books to hold as place markers. Kids then read for 30 minutes from their book baggies. In writing, kids researched and wrote down facts for each of the categories discussed last week (babies, nests, diet, habitat, description, fun facts, etc.) using our school laptops. We noticed most of our information was coming from allaboutbirds.org and national geographic kids. Ask your child what new information they found about their birds this week!

In math, we started our Measurement Unit. We went on two scavenger hunts in the classroom to explore items with different lengths. We also talked about estimating and finding the exact measurement. Kids also discovered how to compare distances by finding the difference between them. Ask your child what they know so far from our measurement unit!

We finished reading The Story of Diva and Flea, this week. Kids really enjoyed the story and as a class, we discussed different reasons why the author wrote this story. Some kids said to show friendship can happen at any time, new adventures are scary, but worth it and don’t judge someone before you talk to them. Ask your child what lesson they learned. On Wednesday, we started a new read aloud that the kids are thrilled about. We are just two chapters in, but ask your kids what they notice or wonder so far from Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. It’s a continuation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

In bird study this week we continued to talk about birds’ feathers and why birds have different types of feathers. We got the chance to draw our study bird’s feather and figure out how it helps the bird survive. Ask your child which feather 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. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

-Please hand in permission slips and the letter regarding chaperoning!

 

Upcoming Events:

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

Wednesday, May 23– Field Trip, Chatham Square Library

Wednesday, May 30– Field Trip, Battery Park

Monday, May 28– No School, Memorial Day

Tuesday, June 5– Field Trip, Central Park

Tuesday, June 12 – Field Trip, Children’s Museum of the Arts

Tuesday, June 19– Field Trip, Central Park

Thursday, June 21– Family Thursday, Bird Study Celebration!

 

Lindsey:)

4.23 – 4.27 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone had an amazing week!

Thank you to our chaperones that came to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and to the last minute volunteers! We had an amazing trip yesterday. We saw so many birds that were flying, in the water and eating from bird feeders! We can’t wait for our next trip on May 10th to the Museum of Natural History.

This week in reading and writing, we continued with our Bird Study unit. We talked more about research and how we can find information to create our own field guides. During reading time, kids browsed sources putting post it’s inside books to hold as place markers. Kids then read for 30 minutes from their book baggies. In writing, kids researched and wrote down facts for each of the categories discussed last week (babies, nests, diet, habitat, description, fun facts, etc.) We talked about when we research, we could write short notes instead of sentences. Ask your child what new information they found about they’re birds this week!

In math, we continued with our Fraction unit! This week we discussed what 1/3 means and completed various tasks to help us better comprehend this notation. We also worked on problem solving and came up with different strategies to show our thinking. Ask your child what they know about fractions!

We continued reading The Story of Diva and Flea, this week. Kids are really into the book and are connecting with the characters. Ask your child what they know so far and what they’re wondering!

In bird study this week we continued to talk about birds’ beaks and why birds have different types of beaks. We got the chance to draw our study bird’s beak and figure out how the beak helps the bird survive. 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. (This is because of the Math State Testing).

 

Upcoming Events:

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

Monday, May 28– No School, Memorial Day

 

Lindsey:)

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