Category Archives: school event

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.

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It all began with a mess!

 

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“Face Throwing A Kiss” Emoji
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Making progress!

The finished robots were amazing!

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.

 

September classroom update.

We have been busy in the third grade!  Our students are a fun, hard working group.  Every day has been fun and I’m excited to see what the rest of the year brings!  Below is a picture from our very first day of third grade.

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In English Language Arts we have been learning about fiction.  We’ve focused on characters, setting, plot, problem, and solution.  This week we learned about being a predictor and we talked a little about how we will have different roles in Reciprocal Teaching groups.

In math we have been using number lines to solve addition and subtraction problems.  We have also been using number lines to round to the nearest ten and to the nearest hundred.  This week we learned about variables and how to solve problems for an unknown number.  It is really important that students use a number line to solve problems and NOT the standard algorithm for addition and subtraction (this can be used as a second method to check our work).  Today we learned a fun new math game called “Close to 100” where students use number cards to try to find numbers that add up to 100.  Everyone loved the game!

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Having fun!

 

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Playing “Close to 100” during x-block (intervention).

 

We’ve started our unit on weather in science and in social studies we have been learning about Massachusetts and map skills.

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Here are our completed Massachusetts maps that are hanging up outside our classroom.  We are still waiting for a few maps!

 

This week was Spirit Week at the Kennedy School.  We decorated our door with reasons why we love the Kennedy and some students dressed up for “Twin Day”.

 

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These are some of the books we have been reading this year.
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“My something beautiful is…”  What is your something beautiful?

College and career week.

Our students have been learning about colleges and careers.  Some of the essential questions we’ve discussed this week are:  What is college? Why do people go to college? What are you interested in doing as you grow up? How do you want to change the world?  Students have had very engaging discussions and they have asked many wonderful questions.

Yesterday we attended a career fair and after that R’s father, Mr. D, came to discuss his career in the navy.  We all learned new information about the navy and submarines, and the students were so engaged that they didn’t realize it was time to go home!

 

Makerspace.

Our students were able to visit the Kennedy School Makerspace/Innovation Lab today for the first time.  Read more about the Makerspace, which was launched in partnership with Lesley University, by clicking here. The students were divided into four groups and each group was able to visit two out of four stations.  Every student was engaged and excited.  When we left their first question was, “Can we go back tomorrow?”  Success!

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Gratitude week and curriculum.

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Students at the Kennedy School have completed a week of “Gratitude” activities.  Students shared the things they are grateful for in classroom discussions, on a turkey in the cafe, and on a sticker that they wore for an entire school day.  Many students also participated in a canned food drive and they met with their fifth grade buddies to write a letter to someone they are grateful to have in their lives.

In mathematics, the children have been practicing their multiplication facts on daily timed tests.  Some students are still trying to beat the two facts, while others have moved onto the three and four tables.  Students should be practicing their multiplication facts at home to increase their fact fluency.  Also, since we are focusing our time on multiplication in school, please review addition and subtraction on the number line in order to maintain and improve these skills.

In English Language Arts, students have been learning and practicing the roles of clarifier, questioner, and predictor as part of the Reciprocal Teaching model.  Reciprocal teaching refers to an instructional activity where students become the teacher in small groups.  The students are learning these roles so that they can learn to guide group discussions about the texts they have been reading.  After the Thanksgiving break students will be learning about the summarizing role and how to identify the main idea and details about what they’ve read.  Below you can see the cards students use to guide their discussions in their groups.

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The students have been learning many new things about nonfiction texts, such as how to identify nonfiction text features and how to use strategies to figure out what new vocabulary words mean.  The children have also been using “stems” to write about their predictions, to share what they’ve learned, and to tell how they know what a new vocabulary word means.  Below are a few of the anchor charts students use in the classroom to assist their learning.

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The children have been working together in their groups and they are continually self-assessing what is working well in their group discussions and the things that they need to work on.  Here are some photographs of the students in their groups from this past week.

 

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In the upcoming week we will be reading Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen,  developing interview questions for our pilgrim interview project, and solving a challenging Thanksgiving turkey math problem.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!

Spirit week and other updates.

Last week our school enjoyed spirit week.  Monday we dressed in our school colors, orange and black.  Tuesday we decorated our door to show our Kennedy School pride (please come by to read the reasons why we love the Kennedy School), and on Thursday we were joined by our fifth grade buddies from Ms. Bougas’s class to participate in some Kennedy School Trivia.  We finished up the week by wearing Patriots clothing to celebrate our New England Patriots.  It was a fun and exciting week!

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In math, we have been continuing to sharpen our skills with addition and subtraction by using the number line and bar model.  We have also been finding the perimeter of squares and rectangles by using the formula perimeter equals length plus width plus length plus width.  Some children have even written books about “Peri the Perimeter Pet”!  The students have been using variables in equations to solve for the unknown.  We will be reviewing money, time, and rounding to the nearest ten and nearest hundred before our district assessment at the beginning of November.  Reminder: Always remember to show work (two different ways if possible), write equations, and write a sentence with your answer for word problems!

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In English Language Arts we have been continuing our study of fiction.  The last two weeks we have been reading My Name Is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada and we have been learning how to ask questions to further our understanding of what we have been reading so that we can have engaging conversations about the text.  Students have focused on asking a balance of “Right There” questions and “Author and Me” questions.  They have had clear behavior expectations when asking and answering questions with their groups and they have made significant progress over the last few weeks.  Group expectations include speaking and listening to my partner about my work, staying focused on my work for the entire time, and having the materials I need to complete my task.

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In Social Studies each student has chosen a New England State to learn more about.  Each child will research their state, write a report, and do a presentation.  Much of the research will be completed in school.  Students will be receiving more information in the coming weeks.  We started our maps in class on Friday and the map is due Wednesday, October 21st.

Pool with resume this Monday and Wednesday is a noon dismissal for students.

I’ll leave you with a photograph from Friday.  The students participated in their first session of Playworks on the front school yard. We had a lot of fun, despite the chilly weather and everyone is already looking forward to our next session.

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Reflections.

Thank you to everyone for the cards and presents!  You are very thoughtful and generous, and you certainly make me feel appreciated.  Thank you, thank you!

As promised, my husband brought my sons to school for a quick visit.  Here are our last class pictures of the 2014-2015 school year:

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Our favorite memories from the 2014-2015 school year, as quoted from our students:

The Secret Soldier 12-sided ball project

Making the “3rd Grade Memory Book” while J sang

Flatbreads trip

Field trips and fun

The City Hall trip

Field trips, fun days, and popsicles

Bus ride back from Plimoth Plantation

Meeting Mrs. Tremonte in September

“Can you do this?” (interaction between two students)

Gym class

Mad Minute math tests, and kindness compliments

Learning cursive

Field trip to Plimoth Plantation on my birthday

Albion Park field trip

Our classroom fun day

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Making t-shirts

Dance party in our classroom

Lunch room music day

It was a great year!