Saturday, September 21, 2019

Classroom News - Week of 9/23/19


The above graphic made me laugh because I think that's what our classroom looks like lately...lots of fans, shorts, T-shirts and lots of water!  More warm weather is coming next week.  If possible, please send your child to school with a water bottle.  Students are needing a lot of necessary water breaks, and it would be helpful if they had a water bottle at their desk.


 

Curriculum Night
Pattengill Curriculum Night is Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. I am looking forward to seeing many of you!

Early Release Day

Wednesday, Sept. 25 is an early release day.  Students will be dismissed from school at 1:29 pm.  They will eat lunch at school, and buses will run as normal.

Headphones
We are using technology in our classroom for learning activities for which students will need headphones.  If you are able to send your child to school with inexpensive ear buds/head phones, s/he will keep it in his/her cubby, and it will only be used by them.  No worries if your child does not have headphones...I have some in the classroom.


Classroom Culture

We read the book, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.  This book is about a girl who discovers her artistic talent.  It teaches students to believe in themselves and to keep trying at things that might feel challenging.  The students then designed their own dot and we used the Quiver app to turn the dots 3-D.  



Students were placed into two groups to create a school "constitution."  They had to work together to come up with some guidelines for our school.  This allowed them to visualize what it might have been like for the framers of our Constitution.  
 


Reading
We are continuing to work on building the students' stamina for reading.  We are up to 30 minutes a day, with a 2 minute break in between.  We finished the first section of our unit on Making Reading the Best it Can Be.  We are now focusing on checking our comprehension as we read.  Please ask your child Who, What, Where, When and Why questions as they read at home.
                     
Last week students learned about telling time to the minute, scaled bar graphs, multiplication strategies, and the beginnings of division. 



We are continuing with our unit on Geography.  Students selected a region of Michigan of which they will become an expert, and they will be working on a slide show that shares their knowledge of that region.   


Students have chosen their topics for their personal narrative.  Last week, writers learned to make a story arc on which they can organize their story.  Then we began drafting.



Students started working on CORE5, which is a wonderful software program that allows students to learn spelling patterns and vocabulary words at their own pace.  This is a program that students can utilize at home as well.


Students working on CORE5.  Love their teamwork!





for the week of 9/23 will include: 
 





  • Home Links 1.9, 1.10, 1.11,1.12
  • Stop and jot Reading homework
  • Reading 20-30 minutes daily



  • Clorox Wipes
  • Classroom Snack


Upcoming Events
Tues., Sept. 24:  Curriculum Night, 6:30-8:00 pm, Pattengill
Wed., Sept. 25: Early Release Day, 1:29 pm
Thurs., Oct. 10: Pattengill Picture Day


Contact Information
Feel free to contact me at 994-1961 or moiziol@aaps.k12.mi.us with any questions or concerns.










Sunday, September 15, 2019

Classroom News - Week of 9/15/19



We had another wonderful week in room B16!  It was definitely a hot one!  More warm weather is coming next week.  Please encourage your children to dress in light clothing and bring a water bottle.

Below is a summary of our week.


To Cooper D!

Go Noodle Movement Break!
 


 

NWEA
We will be taking our beginning of year NWEA tests this week.  The math test is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 16 at 9:30.  Our reading test will be Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 1:30.  This test will allow teachers to see student strengths and weaknesses in order for us to plan individualized instruction.

Curriculum Night
Pattengill Curriculum Night is Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. I hope to see you there!

Headphones
We will be using laptops and iPads in our classroom for learning activities for which students will need headphones.  I only have 15 sets of headphones in the classroom.  If you are able to send your child to school with inexpensive ear buds/head phones, s/he will keep it in his/her cubby, and it will only be used by them.

Xtramath Passwords
The students have been introduced to Xtramath, which is an online math fluency program.  I sent home a log in sheet for students to practice their math facts at home.  If possible, please encourage your child to practice their math facts at home using this program.  We will also use it once a week at school.

Specials Schedule
Pattengill has finalized our specials schedule.  Our classroom specials schedule is posted on the "Specials Schedule" tab at the top of my blog.

Snack
Please send your child with a healthy snack each day.  I will keep goldfish or pretzels in the classroom for students who forget their snack, but the morning is long and the students do get hungry.  

Morning Meeting
Every day, we will start out our day with morning meeting.  It is a time when we connect with each other and start the day off on a positive note.  The students greet each other, we then share on a particular topic and we play a quick game.  This week we continued to focus on getting to know each other and talking about procedures and norms that will help us have a safe and engaging learning environment.




Reading
We are continuing to work on building the students' stamina for reading.  We are up to 30 minutes a day, with a 2 minute break in between.  Our mini-lessons last week focused on making reading the best it can be.  We discussed finding a good spot to read, talking about our books, studying our reading logs, and reading a TON!  Please ask your child about the books he/she is reading.

                     
Last week students learned about finding differences on the number grid, time, measurement and rounding.  Below is a picture of students playing the number grid difference game.

 
 
 
 
 

Math
Students played a game in which they collaborated on finding consecutive numbers.  Eventually students noticed the pattern on the page, and it made finding the numbers easier.  We are learning that finding patterns is an important part of math.
 
  



We have started our first social studies unit which is Geography.  Students are learning about the physical and human characteristics of different regions in Michigan.


We have started our first writing project which is a personal narrative.  Students have brainstormed special people and places in their lives and have learned that special people and places help us find topics in which to write about.



We have started word study.  Students will be placed into groups according to individual spelling skills.  We will be practicing word study routines again this week.  Regular spelling words will be coming home in the next couple weeks.












Homework for the week of 9/16 will include: 

  • Home Links 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9
  • Building a Reading Life homework
  • Reading 20-30 minutes daily



Shout Outs!


  • To Cooper D for the pencils and birthday surprises for the students and the hand sanitizer.


Upcoming Events
Tues., Sept. 24:  Curriculum Night, 6:30-8:00 pm, Pattengill
Wed., Sept. 25: Early Release Day, 1:29 pm
Thurs., Oct. 10: Pattengill Picture Day


Contact Information
Feel free to contact me at 994-1961 or moiziol@aaps.k12.mi.us with any questions or concerns.










Sunday, September 8, 2019

Classroom News - Week of 9/9/19



What a great first week we had!  I have really enjoyed getting to know our wonderful students!  Below is a summary of our week.






Curriculum Night
Pattengill Curriculum Night is Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. I hope to see you there!


Morning Meeting
Every day, we will start out our day with morning meeting.  It is a time when we connect with each other and start the day off on a positive note.  The students greet each other, we then share on a particular topic and we play a quick game.  This week we learned how to shake hands with a firm handshake while making eye contact.  We shared about our summer vacations.  We had fun playing some games that allowed us to get to know each other a little better.

Hope and Dreams

Last week, I asked the students to think about hopes and dreams that they have for themselves in 3rd grade.  I was impressed with the many different ways students want to grow this year, academically and socially. I will post their hopes and dreams outside our classroom.

Reading
We have a terrific classroom of readers!  We are working on building the students' stamina for reading.  The expectation is that the students will be able to read for 40 minutes daily.  We read for 15-20 minutes each day last week and students really enjoyed it! Students are welcome to bring books from home if they can't find something they like in our classroom library.  Below are some pictures of students buddy reading.

 
 
 
                              
Math
We started our first math lesson last week and reviewed how to solve subtraction problems using the number grid.  Unit 1 includes the following topics: number lines, time, elapsed time, bar graphs, multiplication strategies, a division introduction and measuring mass.  A parent letter will be sent home this week to explain Unit 1 in more detail.


Homework will be sent home Mon-Thurs starting this week.  It should be completed and returned the following day.  I understand that students often have other commitments such as sports, lessons and family obligations.  It's not a problem if homework is occasionally turned in a day late.  I will place any incomplete homework in the orange Homework Folder on Fridays.  Students are also required to read 5 days a week for 20-30 minutes.  I do not require a reading log because it often makes reading feel like work for the students.  I want them to develop a love of reading, so please encourage them to read to you, read to a sibling, a pet, or make it a family affair.  The more students read, the better they get at reading!

Snack
Please send your child with a healthy snack each day.  I will keep goldfish or pretzels in the classroom for students who forget their snack, but the morning is long and the students do get hungry.  

Recess Fun on the playground!

 
 
 
 
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Students sharing about themselves while they get to know each other!

 
 
 
 



Shout Outs!

  • To Mea and her family for the coffee filter snack containers.

Upcoming Events
Tues., Sept. 24:  Curriculum Night, 6:30-8:00 pm, Pattengill
Wed., Sept. 25: Early Release Day, 1:29 pm
Thurs., Oct. 10: Pattengill Picture Day


Contact Information
Feel free to contact me at 994-1961 or moiziol@aaps.k12.mi.us with any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to a great year!!