Monthly Archives: September 2015

Classroom update.

We’ve had a busy first few weeks of school getting to know each other and our new third grade rules and routines.  Now that each student has returned his or her paperwork I can now start posting some photographs.  I’m very excited because each and every student has permission to appear on our classroom blog and website!

The first week of school everyone enjoyed participating in a puzzle team building challenge.  Groups were randomly selected using popsicle sticks and the students had to work together to assemble their puzzles without talking.  Every group developed different strategies for communicating without using their voices.  Each group successfully participated and three of the four groups completed their puzzles.  The only reason that one group did not finish was that the puzzle had many more, smaller pieces.  It was a successful team building activity and I’ve had many requests to do another puzzle activity!

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We have also been spending time learning how to solve addition and subtraction using a number line.  This method is quite different from the conventional method that students have been using.  Here are a few examples to illustrate the method we’ve been working on in class:

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There are many more word problems in third grade and we have been practicing doing three things in third grade: Showing our work (two different ways if possible), showing equations, and writing a sentence with our answer.  This is essential for all word problems solved in class and for homework assignments.  We have this chart on display in class to remind us:

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We’ve also started learning about rounding to the nearest ten.  Here’s a video illustrating how we round a number to the nearest ten.

In English Language Arts we have been talking about common elements of fiction, such as characters, setting, plot, problem, and solution.  The class has enjoyed reading Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth and My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco.  Towards the end of the week the students identified the character traits of the sister in My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (see chart below) and they are currently working on developing a paragraph explaining her character traits.

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One thing I remember most about my own elementary school experience is my teachers reading to me.  I can vividly recall which teacher read which book and I am continuing this read aloud transition in our classroom.  The students love listening to George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl because it makes them laugh.

Students have also been reading about Massachusetts and soon they will have their Massachusetts maps on display in the hallway outside our classroom.

Come by and visit any time!

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Welcome letter.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to third grade!  We are excited for the school year and we look forward to getting to know both you and your child.  We have a passion for and a commitment to learning, and we work continuously to create a classroom environment that is warm, safe, and challenging.

We hope to enrich your child’s school experience through parental and family involvement.  Mark your calendars!  On Monday, September 28 there will be an Open House from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm to discuss our third grade curriculum, activities, and expectations.  Our conferences are scheduled for November 17 (6:00-8:00), February 4 (2:45-4:45), and April 13 (6:00-8:00).  You can also set up an appointment to meet with us before or after school by calling the Kennedy School at 617-629-5440.  You can always email us at csccuccimarra@k12.somerville.ma.us or jtremonte@k12.somerville.ma.us to set up a meeting, ask questions, or to share successes or concerns.

We will update our website/blogs often with news and information that will assist you in our parent and school partnership.  You can stay connected with Mrs. Scuccimarra at cleccese.wordpress.com and with Mrs. Tremonte at mrstremonte.wordpress.com.  Please make our sites a “favorite” on your computer or smartphone, or better yet become a “follower” of our sites through wordpress.com!

We are very much looking forward to the upcoming year and working with everyone within the third grade John F. Kennedy School community.  We are confident we will have an enjoyable year filled with happy moments, new adventures, and academic achievement and growth.  See you soon!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Scuccimarra

Mrs. Tremonte