News from Room 16 – October 22, 2014

Hello from the SWIFT conference in Bend!  We are rapidly approaching parent-teacher conferences.  Due to my absence this week, I pushed back our upcoming writing project until next month.  If you need a reminder of when your conference is scheduled, please let me know.

Speaking of next month, our first field trip is coming up in a few weeks!  We will be going to see Ivy + Bean performed by the Oregon Children’s Theater.  If you are interested in being a chaperone, please make sure that you have your background check up to date and look for the sign up outside of Room 16 next week!

Theory of Knowledge projects are due on Monday, October 27th but you can bring in your project this Friday if it’s ready.  There will be some long tables set up in the hallway where projects will be displayed until after conferences.

See you on Friday!

-Ms. Elissa

Book Recommendations

Sometimes shopping for books for your child can pose a challenge.  Finding a just right book or finding books that are engaging and interesting for your kid can be downright tricky.  Luckily, there are wonderful people out there who have compiled great lists of recommended books.  I stumbled across this list today and wanted to pass it along.  Click the photo to see the list.

Teenager girl sitting on leather sofa and reading book

This list is broken down by age and gives a picture and synopsis of each book.  Check it out!

Happy hunting!

-Ms. Elissa

News from Room 16 – October 15, 2014

It stayed dry enough for us to Run for the Arts on Tuesday and it was a great one!  Everyone put in an awesome amount of effort and they had the red cheeks to prove it.  Afterwards, the class shared achievements and gave compliments to classmates.  There were quite a few personal records set and many proud faces in the crowd.

In math we are learning new ways to think about and record numbers.  We have been building a variety of multi-digit numbers using base 10 pieces using minimal collection (using the fewest pieces possible).  Students will soon begin using these skills to solve larger addition and subtraction problems.  Right now, many third graders are more comfortable using a visual strategy like tallies or drawing a picture to solve problems.  As we move through this unit, students will learn and practice more efficient strategies for solving multi-digit addition and subtraction problems.

We are working hard to put the finishing touches on our personal narrative stories.  Our next writing project is called “Who are my people?”  It is an integrated unit, blending interviews, narratives, poetry writing, and art to let each student dig deep and learn more about themselves.  Look for more information about this project next week.

If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out our paper portraits in the dip, you should walk by!  They look fabulous!


Take care,

-Ms. Elissa

News from Room 16 – October 8, 2014

This week is a short week, but it is packed full!  Between picture day, and lunch duty, and the Lewis Cardboard Arcade, it’s amazing that we fit it all in!

We have fully rolled out the Chromebooks and they will now be in use daily in class.  We have begun using them to publish our personal narratives that we have been working on over the last few weeks.  We will continue to work on keyboarding and various other projects throughout the year.

We are also starting a new math unit this week, focusing on data analysis and two-digit addition and subtraction.  Students will learn new strategies or refine the ones they already have through math discussions and partner games.  Please continue practicing your facts at home as needed.

Next Tuesday is Run for the Arts, so remember to bring your running shoes!  Also, Coding Club will be back on schedule next week.

Enjoy your long weekend (before the rain comes)!

-Ms. Elissa

Homework Extension Options

As we go through the year, the weekly math homework will stay a fairly constant 3-5 pages of more practice with content learned in class as well as some review of important skills and ideas.  For some kids, this is not enough!  If you are looking for ways to work in a little more math (or other content) into your child’s routines, please check out the links on the menu to the right —->

Moby Max is a neat tool that Lewis began using last year.  It begins with placement test to match students with content at their level.  (Be forewarned that the placement tests are not adaptive – so each student answers every question even when they are way beyond their ability.  I’m hoping they fix this feature soon…)  Whereas IXL was a practice tool only, Moby Max teaches a mini-lesson on a new concept, then gives your child practice time with the new idea.

Adapted Mind is another math resource we have access to.  This website was recommended to me by Matt Marchyok, who used to teach 5th grade at Lewis until he was snagged to work in the TAG department.  This is a new tool to me, so we can explore it together this year.  I don’t think I have sent home the passwords for Adapted Mind yet, look for them in next week’s homework folder.

RAZ Kids is a familiar site for many of these guys.  It is nice because you know that students are always reading texts at their level.

Brain Pop (Jr.) is a nifty website with many things to explore.  PPS has gotten a 30-day trial subscription so dive in while you can!  There are videos and games covering many content areas.  Login using the username: ppstrial and password: pop

Typing Club is a keyboarding program that we will be using daily this year to improve our typing skills.  I believe you can access it from home as well if you are interested.  Look for login info in next week’s homework folder.

Hope you find something that works for you!

-Ms. Elissa