Friday, December 19, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thank You!

It was great to have such a wonderful turnout at our Plimoth Project open house this morning. Thank you for attending. The children took such great pride in their projects and enjoyed the compliments that were left. If your schedule didn't allow you to, we understand, but please know that you were missed.

For those of you who like to plan ahead,  be sure to mark your calendars for our next field trip on Tuesday February 10 to Harvard Peabody Museum in Cambridge. More information to follow as the date gets closer.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Amazing Plimoth Projects!

Wow! Every year these projects get better and better. I'm simply amazed at how wonderful all of the Plimoth Projects turned out. Thank you for all of the support you gave your child as they worked through this long term project at home.

We have begun sharing them with our classmates. It's always fun to look at how another classmate carried out the same project.

On Thursday, December 18th you are invited into our classrooms from 8:30-9:00 a.m. to view the projects. I hope your schedule will allow you to join us.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Little Bit of Time Pays Off

Once Adah set her mind to it, she found some time to practice demonstrate her understanding of subtraction facts on Xtra Math.  Nice job!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Another XtraMath Milestone!

What a surprise I had appear in my email box just as I was about to shut things down on a Friday afternoon! Way to go Jamie for finishing up your subtraction practice. Take the weekend off and on Monday you will be all set to move into multiplication!

To everyone in room 5, keep practicing your math facts. XtraMath is just one tool, you can practice using flashcards, having a parent orally give you facts to practice or play a Addition, Subtraction or Multiplication Top-It with a family member or on EDM online games! A little practice each day can go along way.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


No sentence would be complete without a word that tells what a subject is or does! Check out this video to learn more about verbs.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Way to Go!

Last week was a busy week for some of the mathematicians in room 5. Three more students need to be celebrated for their XtraMath milestone. Keep up the great fact practice!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Xtra Math Milestone

Congratulations to Zackary for receiving his first XtraMath certificate for demonstrating mastery of his subtraction facts.  There are a few other students close to being awarded certificates as well. Regular fact practice both at school and at home is essential for students to have quick recall of their basic facts.  An XtraMath lesson takes just about 8 minutes to complete and is one way to build in regular fact practice. If you information sent home again about setting up XtraMath for home use please let me know. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What a great day!

Thank you to the parents who were able to take time out of their schedules to join us on our field trip to visit the Mayflower II and Plimoth Plantation. These trips can't happen without your help. Whether you were there or not, please take a moment to talk with your child about their trip. Ask them to describe their favorite part of the trip. I always love to hear what the children's take-aways from these trips. Please take a few minutes to add a comment about what your child shared.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Plimoth Plantation...Here we come!!!

We are busy learning some background information in preparation for our trip to Plimoth Plantation on Thursday. Last week we began learning about the Wampanoag people, a native group who lived along the southeastern coast in Massachusetts. We will continue learning about their daily lives as well as be introduced to the first encounters of the Pilgrims who arrived from England in 1621.

Watching videos from the educational site Discovery Streaming and reading non-fiction texts helps us learn some information, but our visit to Plimoth Plantation is what truly helps students and adults experience the past. Plimoth Plantation is a living museum which allows us to get a sense of what life was like in 1627 Plimoth, six years after the settlers arrived. The experience with the "actors" is all abou the past.  

The Wampanoag homesite will allow us the opportunity to ask questions to Native American of today about their ancestors as well as get a sense for what daily life might have been like for the Wampanoag people.

You may want to visit the link to Plimoth Plantation website with your child which has many great interactive sites.

Wampanoag Homesite Virtual Field Trip

Thanks to Plimoth Plantation and Scholastic you don't have to travel too far to learn about life in Plymouth, Massachusetts in the 1620's. Check out these virtual field trips!

Plimoth Plantation Virtual Field Trip

Mayflower Virtual Field Trip

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Nouns, Nouns and More Nouns

This week we took a break from our word study routine to focus on nouns. We practiced plural nouns and learned about some really neat words that are collective nouns. Our study wrapped up with the tricky idea that nouns can be concrete--you can see, hear, taste, touch or smell. They can also be abstract--abstract nouns are ideas and feelings. 

A study of nouns wouldn't be complete without the following visit from Schoolhouse Rock!

"Noun Town" provides another catchy tune to review the different types of nouns. 

We will resume our word study routine next week!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mutliplication and the Commutative Property

Over the past week we have been learning so much about multiplication. Multiplication means putting equal groups together or adding the same number multiple times (repeated addition). I could use different strategies to show the meaning of a multiplication number sentence.  For example 4 x 3 means 4 groups of 3 so we could draw a picture to show four groups with three objects in each group, we could write 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 to represent the four groups of three added together or we could draw an array (grouping the objects into rows and columns)   
    x x x 
4  x x x 
    x x x
    x x x 

Today we learned about something called the Commutative Property. The Commutative Property of Multiplication is helpful because it lets us know if we change the order of the numbers we are multiplying (factors) it doesn't change the answer (product). 
Watch this video clip to learn more. 

How can knowing the Commutative Property of Multiplication help you in learning and practicing basic multiplication facts?

Monday, October 27, 2014

We are a "GOLD STAR" Classroom

Congratulations to the star students in room 5 who had worked hard to earn a gold star for being a kind and respectful classroom. Over the past few weeks we have been earning "star points" for being quiet and respectful in the hallways, working hard in our specials, following the rules and routines in the lunchroom and being kind, respectful and responsible learners in the classroom. Last Thursday we had completed our 50 star chart which earned us the star. Today we were recognized at school meeting. Way to go kids! Keep up the kindness as we work to maintain the star each week. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reduce Some Stress--Homework Free Night

You may have seen this posted on various email newsletters, but for those who may not be aware, there is some background to our homework free night this week.

  • Wayland Connects is our deliberate attempt to acknowledge the rapid pace of life we lead and take pause for purposeful connection between friends and family.  Between schoolwork, music, sports, extra-curricular activities, and other commitments, many students and families can find themselves overextended and tired.  The schools have set aside October 22 and March 3 as two dates during which no homework will be assigned, and no school activities will occur. There will be no projects due the following day, nor will tests or quizzes take place. We encourage all families to participate and join in on a truly wonderful opportunity to take pause and reconnect with the ones you love.     Dates:  Wednesday, October 22, 2014; Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
Some possible activities include:
Cooking dinner together
Going out to dinner with friends and family
Family game night
Visiting a museum
Doing a group art project
Read alouds
Family movie night
Supported by:
Wayland Public Schools
Wayland PTO
Wayland Youth and Family Services
Wayland Cares

We would love to hear what you did, if anything different, to take a break and reconnect. Please add your comment below.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The World of Technology

I am always amazed at how savvy the kids are with technology. Now that I'm a parent, I'm working hard to change some of my habits so I'm not always grabbing for my cellphone when I see it. While I Especially when it see how fascinated my little guy is by the world of electronics. While I can't keep him away from the digital media, I know I can try my best to my own responsible habits around their usage. Yes, we are all bringing our kids up in a digital world, which means keeping our kids safe and teaching them to "do the right" thing seems to take on a whole new dimension.

In Wayland we have an Acceptable Use Policy that students and adults are expected to abide by. To help them remember we use the acronym of LARK.  Do you know what LARK stands for? Please comment with the answer.

Are you stuck? Ask your child, check out the Friday eNewlsetter or the school's homepage for help.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Assess, Assess, Assess

"This will help me learn what you already know and which areas you may still need help with." It seems as though the past few weeks these are the words your child has been hearing often over the last few weeks. The beginning of the year is filled with opportunities for students to learn about their new grade, teachers and classroom community. For teachers it is also a time for us to learn what skills are students are entering the year with.

Using diagnostic assessment tools is one way we gather this information. You may have heard your child mention terms such as DIBELS, GRADE and GMADE. These are more formal and standardized opinion writing pre-assessments,  diagnostic spelling inventories, place value pre-tests and day to day observations of daily work. All of which will be summarized as part of my early fall observations at our first conference.

As we put these assessments aside until the second half of the year, it is important to remember that, for some children, completing assessments which may include both familiar and unfamiliar information, can cause feelings of frustration and anxiousness, while others actually enjoy or are un-phased by filling in bubbles to answer multiple choice questions.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rounding Numbers

We have been learning strategies for rounding numbers in class. Using a numberline is one way to prove or justify your answer. Being able to round numbers is an important skill when you want to estimate the answer to a problem or think about if an answer makes sense.

These videos will remind of how to round numbers to the nearest ten and preview rounding numbers to the nearest 100.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thank You!

It was great to see so many of you at our annual Curriculum Night. I hope you enjoyed learning about your child's day as much as I enjoyed sharing about it.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Welcome Back!

With the countdown to a new school year officially on, I wanted to welcome you all to third grade. The summer as usual seems to have flown by and as predicted most of my days were spent chasing my now 15 month old son around the home and off the tables. It was so much fun having extra time to spend with him at the beach or the playground or running around the backyard. He was ready, however for more playmates besides Mommy and Daddy (even though we are lots of fun)! He's now back to daycare and loving the time with his little friends.

For those of you who may have tucked that supply list away last June and are searching for it now, here's what your child will need for the school year. If you can't get all of this by Tuesday, please don't sweat it, but it can all be sent in by the end of the first week or the start of the second week that would be great.

Enjoy the remaining days and and a relaxing labor day weekend!

I'm looking forward to meeting you all.

Room 5 Back to School Supply List

• earbuds or headphones in a labled plastic ziploc baggie (3.5 mm—fits in laptops and ipods)
• 2 solid glue sticks
         • 1 dozen wooden pencils with erasers-sharpened
         • 1 pkg.Crayola regular size markers-classic colors
         • 1 pkg. Crayola thin markers-classic colors
         • 1 pkg. Crayola “twistable” colored pencils
         • 1 heavy duty pocket folders (design of your choice)
            (the glossy type are more durable)
         • 1 one-inch 3 ring binder(empty)
         • 1 pencil box for your desk-
         (no higher that 3 3/4” high fits best in your desk)
         • a backpack or bookbag (daily)

The glue sticks, markers and “twistables” are for our class community supply. Please keep them in their boxes. If you wish to bring in additional markers for your pencil box you may.

***Please rememember to label your supplies before you bring them in.

Throughout the year we will be in need of tissues Lysol antibacterial/disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and ziploc baggies. Any donations will be gratefully accepted.

Thank you for your support and help.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Fractions on a Number Line

In class we have been working on locating fractions on a number line. Watch the following video clip which is related to our class discussions. 

Monday, April 14, 2014


The words and, or, but, yet, so, and for are used when we connect two sentences or ideas together. These words are called conjunctions. Listen for these conjunctions and how they are used in the School House Rock video. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

What's an adverb?

Watch these short video clips to help you learn about adverbs. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Rock Cycle

Do you remember the three different types of rocks and how they form? This "rockin" video recaps what we've been learning in class. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Stop the Germs!

Stay Healthy!

Some of our classmates have been home sick over the last couple of weeks. This video is fun reminder about the importance of washing your hands. Remember soap and water are the best tools for washing your hands. Remember to wash your hands for about 20 seconds, that's singing "Happy Birthday" twice.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Area of Rectilinear(Composite) Shapes

We have been working hard calculate the area and perimeter of squares and rectangles and are now tackling the areas of rectilinear figures (also called composite shapes). These shapes are composed of two or more rectangles. 

This video gives a great reminder of the steps involved for calculating the area of rectilinear shapes.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Perimeter Rap

Check out his video rap to remind you how to calculate the perimeter of any figure.