Friday, December 16, 2016

Kindess Matters!

We watched these videos in class to help us prepare for a secret pal project which will be the focus of our homework next week. Each student will receive a secret buddy and will try to do random acts of kindness for them (without the person figuring out who's doing them). While we work to be kind all year, this month seems to remind everyone to focus on spreading a little extra kindness. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

What is the Distributive Property of Multiplication?(Homework Help)

The distributive property tells us we can take one factor and break it down into smaller parts to make the multiplication easier.  In other words we can "spread out one of the factors". For example in the problem

7 x 8 the eight could be thought of as 5 + 3. After multiplying the 7 to the 5 and then the 3, the products are added together.  (7x5) + (7x3). Some students might actually be using this property to solve harder math problems mentally.

The following two video clips may help this distributive property idea make more sense.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thank You!

A special shout out of thanks to the grown-ups who were able to chaperone our field trip to Plimoth Plantation last Thursday. The trip was a success thanks to all of you.

Be sure to check out the pictures from our trip.

For all of you who are celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday I hope you enjoy your time celebrating with your family.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Expanded Form Subtraction

Today in class we continued working on a subtraction strategy called Expanded Form Subtraction. The short video reviews the steps we practiced in class. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Finding Good Fit Books

Today we were reminded of the importance of choosing Good Fit or Just Right Books. Many students shared great strategies, such as previewing the front and back, reading a few pages to see if its interesting. We learned a strategy using the mnemonic I PICK and reviewing the 5 finger rule. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Cardboard Challenge!

We sure have been busy taking district assessments over the last few weeks that we thought we'd set aside a little time next week to use our imaginations and create. Thanks to Caine for inspiring us with his cardboard arcade and the 5th grades for allowing us to play your games at recess. 

All next week we will be spending time to brainstorm a game we could create out of cardboard and recycled materials. We will brainstorm and plan both individually and in collaboratively within a small group. Next Friday we will set aside time to work cooperatively,  build and play.

While we have been collecting cardboard, we are in need of packing tape(the small rolls on the dispensers), masking tape, tinfoil and cardboard and recycled objects your child might decide to bring in to use. 

If you are willing to donate tape please add a comment below. 

Enjoy this video of Caine's Arcade! 

Read more about the Global Cardboard Challenge

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Thursday Thought-- Welcome Back

Wow! I already this is going to be an amazing year. Almost everyone signed and turned in their yellow forms. If you didn't sent it back to school today, not to worry but please send it back to school on Tuesday.

This commercial was posted HH FB page but I just had to repost it.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday Thought (#10)

3 down....1 more to go for Math PARCC that is.

Be so proud of your third grader. They have been superstars throughout this first round of PARCC. I am so impressed with the stamina they are exhibiting as well as the strategies they have demonstrating such as taking time to review your work more than once!

The frustrating thing for some may be seeing some things that may seem unfamiliar or confusing. That is a challenge when being tested on a yearlong curriculum when the year isn't over.

I often remind kids who may be feeling frustrated to not worry...they just haven't learned it yet....

Please let me know if  your child seems to be acting differently during the testing rounds and I can happily give an extra pep talk or keep a "third" eye on their behaviors at school.

Remember the 4th Math session takes place Monday morning May 2. Please have your child arrive to school timely (as you all have been doing). Until then, enjoy this video clip.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Author Visit Tomorrow!

Tomorrow the third, fourth and fifth graders throughout the district will spend time with Author Sharon Draper.

To learn more about Sharon Draper you may visit her website at

Thoughtful Thursday

Thanks to a grant funded through the WPSF, author Sharon Draper visited with the 3, 4 and 5th graders in Wayland. Thank you to Loker reading specialist, Sarah Sontag, who took the time to write the grant, get us some books for the classroom and schedule this visit.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thursday Thought #9

Time seems to go much to quickly! We have been busy, busy busy in room 5. This week we are wrapping up GMADE which will be the last of our mid year assessments. The results will be shared during our regularly scheduled spring conference time which will begin on Wednesday March 3. Watch your email(including your SPAMBOX) for an email from Volunteerspot.

As we are all working together to encourage the kids and reminding them to put forth good effort...enjoy this short video clip and song.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Perimeter and Area Song!

Are you getting confused between perimeter and area? Sometimes singing a song can help! Listen and watch the video below!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Report Cards!

Just a reminder, report cards will be sent home tomorrow via backpacks!