Monday, October 31, 2016

Outstanding October!

It has been a busy month here in Room 209!

The third grade teachers love to show our spirit! Some days we plan on dressing alike, some days it just happens!

Officer Schipelliti came in to talk about bus safety and how to act on a school bus and what to do in case of an emergency.



We met up again with our Kindergarten Buddies to help them learn some cooperative games to play during indoor recess:
Mancala


Uno:


Chess:


We were also one of the first grade levels to fill up our flag in the cafeteria because we earned so many Starbucks! Our reward was being able to decorate our lockers! Check them out!






In math, we are finishing up learning our multiplication facts from 0-10. We learned a new game call Multiplication Squares to help us practice our facts!






In Science we learned about Magnets and what in our classroom was magnetic and what was not. We also learned about the poles of a magnet and how we use magnets every day.

In Social Studies, we are busy learning about the Wampanoag Native Americans and the Pilgrims in preparation for our field trip to Plimouth Plantation. Mrs. Weldon put together a great activity for us to use the interactive Plimouth Plantation Website to learn more about them.




We got together with Mrs. Kip's class and Mrs. Moussa and Mrs. Guttenplan came in to teach us about Diwali and the traditions that go along with Diwali. We made connections with some of our own celebrations and how they are similar and different.


Mrs. Kip also showed us a fun Brainpop on Halloween, where we learned where the holiday came from. Did you know that it originated in Ireland? I didn't know that!

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween. Please refrain from sending in candy as a snack. A nutritious snack is more helpful for your child's learning than candy. 

November is tomorrow! Remember no school on November 8th (Election Day), 10th (Teacher Professional Development), and 11th (Veterans' Day). 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Magnetism Test - Thursday, October 27th

We will be having a Magnetism Test on Thursday, October, 27th. The study guide went home today (Monday, October 24th) and the students have been having fun doing experiments with magnets. Reviewing the sheet nightly for the next few nights is encouraged.

Thank you!


Friday, October 7, 2016

Kindergarten Buddies!

Today, Room 209 had the opportunity to go down to Mrs. Percoskie's Kindergarten Class to meet our Kindergarten Buddies! Both classes were very engaged in eating snack and interviewing our new friends! Some of us also got to read books to our buddy! We are looking forward to doing this a few times a month during the school year!











Friday, September 30, 2016

September!


September had been a busy month! The students are settling into their routines and doing a fantastic job following Third Grade Expectations. 

Today, we started our Time Lines for Third Grade. We meet as a class to brainstorm what we thought was exciting, new, or fun for us in the month of September. Above are the things we came up with. The students are really enjoying our new math program and switching for math class, as well as the new math apps that they get to do in 3rd Grade.









Thursday, September 8, 2016

First Week Updates

We are having a great week! The students and I are learning more and more about each other. We have been lucky that the rain has gone away for outdoor recess! Yeah for playing outside!

We've been reading a lot of interesting books, Interrupting Chicken, The Fantastic Elastic Brain, Have You Filled a Bucket Today, and a chapter book read-a-loud, Third Grade Angels. We've been talking a lot about our goals and setting classroom expectations so we can all achieve our goals. We also have been working on a beginning of the year math assessment. We are all reminding ourselves that this is a test we should be able to do at the end of the year and that we have a lot to learn!

Please make sure that when you are sending in snacks to school, they are peanut and tree nut free. Snacks that contain nuts will be saved for lunch to eat in the cafeteria. I have talked to the students about this, but please remind your students if you are sending in an item with nuts, it needs to be eaten in the cafeteria. This helps keep everyone safe in school, and if you ask the kids, they know my number one expectation is to keep everyone safe!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Happy First Day!!!

Welcome back!

Today was a great first day! We met in the auditorium where we listened to Mrs. Dressler and Mr. Rosenblatt (our new Vice Principal), talked about our STARbucks, and setting goals for the school year. We even did a little dancing!

The day seemed to go by in a flash! Some highlights:  we challenged ourselves to line up by our birthdays without talking, we learned about our supplies and where things are kept in the classroom, we practiced lining up and moving around in the classroom, we had PE, and we read a funny book called First Day Jitters and after we wrote about our own jitters. By the end of the day, some students wanted to stay longer, some were tired, and some had more and more questions about our room! Don't worry, I have 179 more days to do my best in answering them.

We have parent homework this week! Please do your best to fill out the information in the backpack folders and return it as soon as possible. Backpack folders should come back and forth every day, as information goes home from the office in them.

If you haven't already, please sign up for the Remind account on the right hand side of my blog, or follow the information on the paper that was mailed home last week. It is a great tool to get my blog links and reminders of important events. Parents from my class last year really liked it. You may also use it for communication with me, however please do not send transportation changes through it. Those need to be in written/paper form and given to me by your student when they come in.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. My email is keating@bpsk12.org. Our Open House for adults is on Wednesday, September 14th. I look forward to meeting you then!

Have a great night!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

End Of Summer!

This summer has flown by so fast! I have been in a few times this week to get things set up for the opening of school on Tuesday, September 6th. Labels are on the desks and the supplies are ready for you to use. I can't wait to see you all! 

For the first day, I would like you to bring in 1 SMALL item to share with the class.  This item should be able to tell us something about what you did over the summer. For example, a souvenir from vacation, a seashell from a day at the beach, a photo of a nice day with friends or family, etc.  If you do not have a small item to bring in, you can draw a picture of your favorite thing that you did this summer.

I've had a busy summer with my family and friends. We took trips to Rockport, the Lowell Spinners, and the Minuteman National Park. Mr. Keating and I went on vacation to Aruba, and our family traveled to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, where we saw where the Wright Brothers took their first flight and the lost colony of Roanoke. We also enjoyed spending time at home swimming, crafting, and reading. I hope you have had a great summer, full of all different experiences - I can't wait to hear all about them!