Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Multiplication Fun

Third graders are working so hard on developing strategies for learning their multiplication facts. Once the concept is understood, learning strategies is an important next step to develop  fluency and automaticity in basic facts.

Watch the following video clip to start thinking about the 3's tables. 

Something to think about? Do you think knowing your 3's times table can help you with your 6's?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Xtra Math Milestone

Congratulations to Rachel for receiving her first XtraMath certificate for demonstrating mastery of her addition facts.  There are a few other students close to being awarded certificates as well. Regular fact practice both at home and school is essential for students to have their basic facts at their fingertips.  

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Money, Money, Money, Money....

Today in class we did some work with thinking about coin, coin values and making change.

There are so many great interactive games on the internet that will give you more practice or stretch your brain when it comes to working with money. Here are just a couple to try. If you find any fun ones let me know.



Thursday, September 26, 2013


Watch this video and think about our core values at school.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Welcome to Room 9

Dear Families,
         I would like to formally welcome you to third grade and room 9. I am so excited to work with you throughout your child’s learning process in 3rd grade. 
         Here are a few “nuts and bolts” which may be helpful to know as we progress through the news year. Many of these will be repeated in notices as the year progresses.

Class blog: The class webpage can be accessed from the Happy Hollow website. There are numerous links to support and extend your child’s learning at home. At times there will be homework assigned utilizing the blog. 

Friday Folders: Corrected work will be sent home on Fridays in your child’s Friday Folder and initial on the tan paper that you have looked at its contents. More importantly, please try to find 5 minutes to jot a quick note in response to your child’s Friday letter. It means the world to them. 

Conferences/Report Cards: Watch for an email. The electronic organizer Volunteerspot will be used. Conferences will be held on the following Wednesday afternoons October 2, 9, 16, 23 and October 30. This first conference will provide us with an opportunity to share information about your child. The second round of conferences will take place in March on Wednesdays. This round of conferences will also include your child.  Report cards will be sent home with January and again on the last day of school in June.

MCAS Dates: Thursday, March 20 and Monday, March 24 for ELA
Friday, May 9 and Tuesday, May 13 for Math. Please mark your calendars.

Star Student: Each week a different student will be selected as the star of the week. This allows us to highlight each child.

Backpacks: Please be sure to label your child’s backpack. Backpacks should be brought to school daily and emptied each afternoon. Please encourage your child to pack his/her backpack the night before school.

Notes: Please remember to send a note if there is a change in after school destination or “typical” routine. No note, means no change.  Also, please send a note or email if there will be a planned absence, or upon the return of an illness.

Field Studies: We have four field studies during the school year. On November 21 we travel to Plimoth Plantation, in January/February we will visit the Harvard-Peabody museum as an extension of our rocks and minerals unit. In the spring we will travel back in time to learn about the early events in the American Revolutions as we explore historical sites in Lexington and Concord and visit the Grout Heard House in Wayland.

Wish List/Supplies: Thank you to all of you who have donated supplies. Throughout the year we will be Kleenex and hand sanitizer. Please periodically check our class blog and monthly newsletter for requests.

I’m looking forward to a great year working with all of you as together we support your child in their third grade learning.

Debbie Dowd

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Creating a Bar Graph

As an extension to last weeks Time For Kids article, we are taking inventories of our possessions and creating bar graphs at home.

Visit the link below to help you learn more about bar graphs.


This link takes you to a site where you can create your own bar graph.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Subtraction Algorithms

In class we have learned to different algorithms(procedures) for solving multi-digit subtraction problems.

Remember "Counting Up" turns the subtraction problem into an addition problem. This algorithm can help you build your mental math skills.

"Trade-first" is the traditional algorithm for subtraction. It can be more friendly and efficient with larger numbers.

Click on the the link below the picture to remind yourself how to use the "Counting Up" and "Trade-first" Algorithms.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Schoolhouse Rock "rocks"!

Two new videos related to our learning this week.

School House Rock--Mutliplying by 2

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

On Monday January 21, we celebrate the birthday of  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was an important man who believed that people should be treated equally. He was a leader in the fight for equality for African Americans. This year is the 50th anniversary of his famous "I have a Dream" speech. 
Watch the video to learn more about his life. 

In class we read a book called Martin's Big Words. Here is one of his quotes. 
What do you think it means?

To learn even more about Martin Luther King Jr., you may visit the websites listed by clicking on the links.