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