Friday, November 3, 2017

Mt. Apatite Farm

Hello Families!

What a week! What a storm! What a wonderful field trip we had! We were worried about the weather and pondered with the thought of canceling, and we're so glad we didn't. We had a wonderful time rock hounding! I hope your child shared with you the gems that they took home with them and were able to name some of the minerals they found. They are becoming very knowledgable of our Maine minerals. Also, a huge thank you to all of our parent volunteers! Enjoy the slideshow of our trip and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Lights Out!

It was a stormy morning and the hallways and classrooms at YES were dark, but that didn't stop us from having fun ​and learning! Our classroom, or the Penthouse as Mr. Gleason likes to call it, had power and lights were on in Room 104​! We invited other 3rd graders to join us in making an array city during our math workshop today. Check out our​ video of all the fun we had and our final project.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Mystery Skype-Global Read Aloud

This week we connected with two classrooms to discuss the Global Read Aloud book Fenway and Hattie. On Tuesday we connected with a 3rd grade that was located in British Columbia, Canada. We enjoyed discussing out favorite parts of the book so far. Ask your child what their favorite part of Fenway and Hattie has been.

On Thursday, we made things a little bit more interesting! We mystery Skyped with a 3rd grade classroom in Missouri, but our students didn't know the location of each of the classrooms that we were connecting with. Therefore, it was a mystery Skype. Each classroom took turns asking each other yes or no questions and the first class to guess the correct state won...we lost, but we are confident we'll win the next time around!

Here is a slideshow of our Skype thanks to our classroom photographers, Silas and Emma...

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Breaking Out and Global Read Aloud!

On Monday our class will be participating in the Global Read Aloud. The project was created in 2010 with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world. Now seven years later, they predict there will be more than 1,000,000 connections made in 60 different countries. Wow! And we are going to be one of those participants. Each week, for 6 weeks, we will connect with another classroom via Skype to discuss that week's chapters of the read aloud. The book we will be reading is Fenway and Hattie. We can't wait to share with you each week about our journey around the country with other classrooms reading the same book!

To kickoff the Global Read Aloud we did a Breakout EDU to go with the book Fenway and Hattie. What's a Breakout EDU? Breakout EDU activities are innovative games that teach critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, teamwork, and communication skills. These teams of students work together to solve clues and unlock a tightly locked box. Students will show perseverance, excitement and even frustration as they collaborate to breakout! These boxes were granted to the 3rd grade last year through a YEF grant. A huge thanks to the Yarmouth Education Foundation!

Here are a few pictures from our breakout:

Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 15, 2017

A Peek at our Week!

Hello Families!  

After such a short time, I am so impressed with how quickly we are adjusting to life in 3rd grade! We accomplished a great deal this week and I am excited by how well everyone worked together.

**Reminder that we have Open House on Monday night at 6:00-7:00pm. Parents will start in the gym.

Below are a few highlights from our first full week:
Community Building
  • We incorporated a few different greetings into our Morning Meeting. One favorite was the micro-wave greeting where we greeted each other around the circle by waving our pinkie fingers. 
  • Each morning the class and I take time to greet each other appropriately, read a morning message, participate in a short activity, and a few people may share something. All of us shared something everyday this week.
  • We started Unit 1 and spent time looking at number grids, number lines, patterns and telling time. 
  • We used our iPads for the first time on Thursday and created a birthday bar graph in our seesaw account (more information to come about seesaw for parents at open house)
  • Everyone is excited to learn cursive this year!
  • Each student now has a Handwriting Without Tears Cursive workbook that will be used on Friday's. We kicked off this practice with a warm-up, revisited proper pencil grip, and started with the cursive letter c. 
Reader’s Workshop

  • We are getting more familiar with our classroom library. We spent time choosing independent "just right" books and building our reading life for the year.
  • We also started our read-aloud, Gooseberry Park during our snack time and Stone Fox during our workshop.

Writer’s Workshop
  • We decorated our writer's notebook this week. We're excited to fill them with wonderful stories.  
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Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Welcome third graders!

Dear Third Graders,     

I hope you are having a fun-filled summer vacation. I’m having a great summer with my 3 year old son, Landon and his 1 year old sister, Finley. This summer, we went to visit family on the beach in South Carolina and went strolling on the busy streets of New York City. Landon learned how to ride a bike (with training wheels) this summer and Finley learned how to walk! What exciting things have you been doing over the summer? Did you go on any trips? Leave a comment and share your summer adventures, I'd love to hear about them.

While you're here visiting our classroom blog, please take some time to explore. You will be able to learn some information about our class, when we will have our specials, and get the class supply list. Feel free to bring your school supplies to our Family Drop-In Day.

I am really excited to meet you. I hope you are able to pop in and say hi on the Family Drop-In Day on August 31st from 9:30-10:30. Have fun during your last few weeks of summer. See you soon!

Mrs. Colfer