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About jennytremonte

I'm a third grade teacher at the John F. Kennedy School in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Supply List

I hope everyone is having a fun and relaxing summer. The start of the school year is rapidly approaching and there are already many great deals on school supplies.
When shopping for school supplies, please purchase the following:
2 two-pocket folders (very important for organizational skills)

Composition notebook (marble)

Grid notebook

Thin EXPO dry erase markers

Sharpened pencils (mechanical pencils are great) and erasers

Markers, crayons, and colored pencils (for projects)

Highlighters

Scissors

Glue sticks

4 spiral notebooks

Hand-held pencil sharpener

Boxes of tissues, hand soap, and hand sanitizer are welcome at any time throughout the school year!

Enjoy the rest of your summer vacation! See you in August!

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Our favorite memories of this year.

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Mckayla—When I get to see my teacher and give her a big hug.

Lydia—Getting to do everything with my friends and my teacher.

Nariya—Meeting Mrs. Tremonte. She was really nice.

Aidan—Gym class.

Jessica—Meeting Mrs. Tremonte and seeing her every day.

Rahib—Doing the easy math challenges.

Pedro—Eating slush.

Kailyn—The activities we did, especially The Secret Soldier one.

Nathan—My favorite part of school was doing ELA.

Laura—My favorite part was talking to Mrs. Tremonte

Ryan—Going to Plimoth Plantation.

Tanner—Coming in and getting to see Mrs. Tremonte every day and giving her flowers.

Tommy—Doing the BeeBots.

Jordyn—When I got to meet Mrs. Tremonte at the beginning of the year.

Robert—All of the projects and field trips we got to do with this amazing class.

Jayden—Going out to recess.

Bianca—Eating pizza on Wednesdays.

Mrs. Tremonte—My favorite part of this year was having students who wanted to learn every day.

Robot.

Our class assembled four robots that reflected an act of kindness.  They used recycled materials to build their upcycled robots and it was amazing to see their creations.  All teams worked cooperatively and I am proud of what our class was able to accomplish.

robot class
It all began with a mess!

 

robot emoji
“Face Throwing A Kiss” Emoji
robot tommy
Making progress!

The finished robots were amazing!

Raul the third.

Artist Raul Gonzalez III visited our classroom to share his love of comic book illustration with our class.

He’s a contributor to SpongeBob Squarepants Comics, which the kids thought was really cool.  The children especially loved watching him draw SpongeBob!

The kids were captivated by Raul’s lively and engaging stories and they are all inspired to draw and write comics of their own.  At the end of the day they practiced drawing a character that was inspired by themselves, their friends, their family, or their pets.

Want to learn more about Raul’s  comic, Lowriders in SpaceClick here to watch a video on YouTube.  You can also read more about Raul on his website.  Raul’s comics,  Lowriders in Space and Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, can be found at Porter Square Books, your local library, or on Amazon.

 

Writing about texts.

Our class has been working to develop ideas about what they are reading to write a one page written essay.

Readers read the passage two times.  The first time is to get an idea about what the text is about and what the author is trying to tell us.  The second time is to underline important information (key ideas), to circle challenging and confusing words, to write any questions, and to write your thinking (annotate).

Students have been writing responses based on one text AND responses based on two texts that are related (paired texts).

Below are the steps students take to answer a paired text question, and the success criteria for the written essay.

Steps I take to answer a paired text question:

  1. Analyze the question.  What is it asking?
  2. Look at the first text and my annotations.  Find clues to answer the question.
  3. Look at the second text and my annotations.  Find clues to answer the question.
  4. Develop a central idea.  This is the center of the writing.
  5. Answer the question using evidence from the texts.  Use your box and bullets organizer (see below) to plan your response.  Then write your response.

 

 

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Box and Bullets Organizers

 

I know I am successful when:

  1. I answered all parts of the question.
  2. I stated my central idea at the beginning of the essay.
  3. I gave evidence from the text or texts.
  4. I gave an explanation (say more) sentence for each piece of evidence. (Be sure to connect back to central idea)
  5. I wrote a conclusion sentence (so what).
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Students share their essays.  They offer positive feedback and suggestions to improve writing based on the success criteria.

 

After students are finished with the essay they use a checklist to critique their writing.  This checklist allows them to analyze their writing for the central idea, evidence, explanation, and conclusion.  Perhaps the most important component is identifying what they need to work on so that they can continue to improve their writing.

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Below you can see students hard at work.  They are reading essays and evaluating the essays based on the “Writing about Reading Checklist”.

 

The entire class has made significant progress and we will continue to work on writing about texts.

 

 

 

Happy holidays.

We had a holiday-themed day today!  The students were filled with excitement and energy and we utilized their positive energy for some holiday projects.

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The STEM Tree Building Challenge was really fun!  Every student was engaged and involved in the process.  Every team met the challenge goal!  See the finished products in the photos below.

J’s grandmother was a guest reader in our class.  She shared The Great Pirate Christmas Battle by Michael G. Lewis and Santa Cows by Cooper Edens.  The children loved the stories.  Thank you for volunteering to read to our class!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for the cards, presents, and the generous classroom gift.  I appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.  THANK YOU!  I love spending every day with the students in our class.  We have a kind, thoughtful, creative, intelligent group of children and they make each day new and exciting.  I hope everyone has a safe and fun winter vacation.  Happy Holidays!

 

Thanksgiving week.

It’s been a busy Thanksgiving-themed week!  Our class has been having conversations about all of the things we are grateful for.  We filled out feathers to add to the school turkey and we wore tags displaying our gratitude.

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In math we have been working in groups to solve our turkey problems.  It has proved to be fun and engaging.  Check out our hard work below!

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Suggested Interview Questions” for the Molly’s Pilgrim Project are due Monday, December 5th.  Students should interview their “pilgrim” (or relative/friend of a pilgrim) and record their answers on a separate piece of paper.

What is your full name? Are you a pilgrim? If not, who is the pilgrim you will tell me about?

What country and city did you come from?

Was it a difficult decision to come to America?

Tell me about your life in your home country, such as friends and things you did in your spare time.

What city and state did you arrive in (U.S.)?

What year did you leave your country to come to the United States?

Tell me about the journey from your country. Did you come on a boat, plane, or car to the U.S.? How long did it take? Explain in detail.

How old were you when you came to the U.S.?

Why did you leave your country?

Did you come to the U.S. with anyone else? If so, who?

Tell me about your family.

What was your job in your first country? What was your job in the U.S.?

When you came to the U.S. what did you do first?

What do you miss about your home town?

What do you love about the U.S.?

Do you ever travel back to your old country? Why or why not?

Are you happy with your decision to come to the U.S.?

If the person is no longer alive, when did they die?

*Feel free to write your own questions!

 

I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving with family and friends.

 

Homework update.

STATE PROJECT. Students are continuing to work on their state projects.  Everyone should have completed the state map and the first four pages of the packet (Quick State Facts, Products, Industry, and Famous People).  Friday, November 4 the next three pages are due (Tourist Attractions, Landmarks, and Big Cities).  By Monday, November 14 a short written report, picture, and cover will be due.  The short report should have four paragraphs:

Paragraph 1–Important Facts/History

Paragraph 2–Geography

Paragraph 3–Landmarks

Paragraph 4–Fun and Interesting Information

Students should also provide the sources for their information.

The students have been collecting information for the written report in library.  At a later date students will be creating a presentation using the green screen in the Kennedy Makerspace!  Ms. Labaire and I will be working with Lesley University for this exciting project.

A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP. Students are logging when they go to bed and when they wake up to calculate the total number of hours and minutes slept each night.  They are also recording their observations about how they are feeling and why they think they are feeling that way.  After a week of recording their data, students will make conclusions based on their sleep record and observations. The entire packet, including the comprehension questions, is due Wednesday, November 2.

Also, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @mrstremonte.  I make a weekly post about our classroom happenings.  If you don’t have an Instagram account it is really easy to sign up!