Monday, March 27, 2017


Last we began our study of motion by making tops and three different kinds of twirlers. The best way to test them was by dropping them from the Pond Cove lobby balcony. Today we made vehicles that we tested on ramps.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thanks to the Hamptons!

For the delicious Irish snacks last Friday!

Midweek update

Mrs. Hannon, our school social worker, came to our classroom to teach a lesson today about following the group plan.  She heard some kids were having trouble cleaning up at the end of choice time, lining up at lunch time or when it's time to go to gym, or sitting quietly on the rug when it's time to learn.  Often kids were "following their own plan."  Does this ever happen in your FAMILY?  I bet it does!!!  Ask me at pt conferences this week!!!

Learning to read long words part-by-part (check out C's shirt!!!).

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Editing Your Writing

Today we used an editing checklist with a partner to make our writing easier to read.


Mrs. G came on Wednesday to teach the kids about empathy, and seeing the world through someone else's perspective.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Monday and Tuesday

Ask your child about Mrs. Reali's birthday, book buddies with 3rd grade, number scrolling and our ladybug document projector (thanks to a PCPA grant!)!

Writing numbers from 1 to ????

A student shows her writing to our class with a Ladybug document projector...she is standing over to the left and her big writing shows on the smartboard for all to see!

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Mrs. G's guidance lesson

Mrs. G came to the classroom today to continues her lessons on "Being an Upstander" for someone who is getting hurt.  This could mean:
1) Using the being kind strategy..."I'm sorry that someone said that to you."
2) Using the speak up strategy..."Leave him alone!"
3) Get an adult strategy
Just do SOMETHING!  Doing nothing shows you do not care and it is okay for someone to be bullied or hurt.

trying the "self-control test" (ask your child!)
more self-control

puppet practice

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Reading tools and +9

Today we discussed a reading tool that we each use regularly, and chose a new tool to start using when we have to solve word we don't know.

Our latest math addition strategy is practicing plus 9 (1+9, 2+9, 3+9, etc.)  We call it the "I wish it was plus 10!" strategy, because plus ten is so easy, so if you know plus 10, then just go one number down.  This game is called, "Knock it Off!"