• Our Last Reading Unit

    Posted by Jennifer Mastrullo on 6/2/2017 4:00:00 PM

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    Today marked the midway point of our last reading unit entitled, "Character Studies." One of the mentor texts for this unit is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. We have been making observations about the main character, Edward Tulane, including how he talks and acts. We have noticed patterns in Edward's behavior.  These observations helped us to develop theories about Edward's character.  Some character traits the students have used to define Edward include self-centered, snobby, conceited, vain, and spoiled. 

     

    We have also been tracking Edward's journey using a story mountain map. Readers of fiction understand that all stories follow a pattern including setting, problem, climax, and resolution. Below you will find the teaching points for this unit.

    The children are asked to apply these skills while working with a small book group. 

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  • Colonial Trading

    Posted by Jennifer Mastrullo on 5/11/2017 4:00:00 PM

    The colonists in S104 and S106 had a great day buying, selling, and bartering colonial goods. Thank you for helping your child create goods to sell.  It was a lot of fun! Enjoy the pictures below.

    Our last day of MCAS for the year is tomorrrow! Please help your child get a good night sleep tonight.  They should also eat a hearty and healthy breakfast.  

     

     

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  • Colonial Adventure

    Posted by Jennifer Mastrullo on 5/8/2017 3:00:00 PM
    We had an amazing two weeks of learning upon returning from vacation.  First, Historic New England visited our classroom. For two days, the students were immersed in colonial activities focused on specific jobs of the time period. The children learned about the job of the weaver, candlemaker, and the apothecary to name a few.  Many thanks to the PTO who funded this enrichment activity for all third graders.
     
    Next, we spent a morning learning about the town of Lincoln in Colonial America. Our day started out with an authentic colonial "flapjack" pancake breakfast featuring the syrup the students worked so hard to produce. We had so much fun celebrating all of our hard work. After breakfast the Lincoln Minutemen put on a FANTASTIC series of demonstrations and activities for the students. First we learned how to march, then we learned about Nathan Brown and how his colonial family lived back during the time of the Revolution. After that we marched to Pierce Park to watch a demonstration of colonial muskets. Then it was off to the Stone Church to hear the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, the cemetery to find the burial spots of the Patriots of Lincoln, Bemis Hall to learn about colonial handwriting and finally back to the Stone Church to have a snack and learn more about colonial life.  Before marching back to school, we assembled once more to sing Yankee Doodle together. It was a fabulous day for sure! Please take some time to scroll through the pictures below.
     
    A special THANK YOU to all the volunteers who donated supplies for the flapjack breakfast, a snack for the trip and those who braved the walk with us. We appreciate your support. 
     
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  • Everyday Math Unit 6 Family Letter

    Posted by Jennifer Mastrullo on 3/7/2017 2:00:00 PM

    We have completed the math assessment for Unit 5. It will be sent home on Friday. Please take time to review it with your child. Click the link below to learn about Unit 6.

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  • Biographies

    Posted by Jennifer Mastrullo on 2/28/2017 3:00:00 PM

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    We are heading into the last bend of our nonfiction reading unit. This bend is devoted to teaching students to read narrative nonfiction texts. We will start this bend specifically reading biographies, but within a few days the lessons will support narrative nonfiction in broader terms. During these sessions, the children will learn that readers read differently depending on the text structure. When students approach a text asking, "What sort of text is this?" they may realize a nonfiction text is written in narrative form. This realization will allow the children to bring a story frame to their work, which can lead them to synthesize as they read, looking for a main character who has traits and motivations and who encounters and resolves problems.  This story frame also helps determine importance, which is especially helpful given the abundance of information in many nonfiction texts. Please find the summarizing rubric below for narrative nonfiction, as well as, the story frame the children will be using to guide their thinking.  

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  • Tapping the Maples!

    Posted by Jennifer Mastrullo on 2/27/2017 5:00:00 PM

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    Today marked the beginning of our sugaring season. All of the third graders met as a group to listen to a Native American folktale about sugaring retold by Mr. Colombo. Following the presentation, we ventured outside to tap three sugar maples on campus. (Enjoy some pictures below) Each day, for the duration of the season, a group of three children from various third grade classrooms will have the opportunity to collect the sap, measure the quantity, and write about the experience. All students will have multiple experiences to venture outside for this wonderful authentic learning opportunity! Keep your fingers crossed for a bountiful season.

     

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  • Wetu Project

    Posted by Jennifer Mastrullo on 2/8/2017 3:00:00 PM
    Our annual wetu building project is approaching quickly. For this project  each child will need to bring in a 12 inch by 12 inch plain piece of corrugated cardboard. This piece will be used as a base for the upcoming project. Please have your child bring his or her cardboard by Wednesday, February 15th. See pictures below.  Thank you for your help!  
     
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  • Fact Practice Homework

    Posted by Jennifer Mastrullo on 2/7/2017 3:00:00 PM

    As you know, learning multiplication and division tables through 10 is a goal for Grade Three students. To facilitate attainment of this goal, students will practice an assigned multiplication or division table each night throughout the week.


    At this point in the year the children are in various places with their learning of these facts. Your child is working on facts that have been assigned based on a pre-assessment that was recently administered. To begin, they were tested on the 2's, 5's, 10's and 3's fact tables. Each test included 17 facts and the children were given 40 seconds to complete each quiz. Children who missed or left blank 3 or more facts on a given quiz received that fact table to practice. In order to move on to the next table, the children will need to pass a Friday quiz.

    Your child will make flash cards every Monday in school. These flash cards will be sent home to practice nightly for a minimum of 5 minutes. You can sort the cards into "I know these facts" and "I am still working" piles at home. You also have the option of practicing the same facts in a slightly different way. For example, you could provide facts with a missing factor - 5 x ___=45. You could also turn the facts into division facts -  40/5 = ____.

    Please continue to review previously practiced fact tables so that the children will retain this information. As you know, fact power makes math so much easier!

     

    Thank you for your support. 

     

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  • New Year, New Learning!

    Posted by Jennifer Mastrullo on 1/17/2017 2:30:00 PM

    The New Year has brought a tremendous amount of new learning to S106.  Many new units are underway: a new Social Studies unit on Massachusetts and its history, a new writing unit on informational writing, and a new reading unit on nonfiction text.

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    The Art of Informational Writing is our new writing focus.  During this new unit of study the class will be writing about topics on which they already have much expertise.  The students will focus on organizing, synthesizing and linking diverse bits of information, using domain-specific vocabulary and writing in ways that instruct readers. In short, the children will become teachers by developing, claiming and sharing what they know.  Our first few lessons will focus on finding our expertise and settling on a topic. After topics have been selected we will then learn how to divide a topic into subtopics and elaborate on each using our own knowledge
          
    The winner of the 2012 Newberry Award for best children’s books, The One and Only Ivan, is our new whole group read aloud.  I have inserted the book trailer for you to view.  It is a wonderful book with a powerful message. 
     
     
    In reading we are moving on to a new unit Reading to Learn: Grasping Main Ideas and Text Structures. The main work in the first part of this unit is to teach the students how to read expository nonfiction with eagerness, interest and fluency, ascertaining the main ideas and recognizing the infrastructure of a text. They will learn to distinguish what really matters in texts that often contain an overwhelming amount of information. I have included below, the learning progression for the first section of this unit.   
     
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    The children are learning how to use boxes and bullets to organize the information they are gathering while reading expository texts. They are using this information to formulate a main idea. Below is an example of the boxes and bullets format being used during reading. 
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  • Thank You!

    Posted by Jennifer Mastrullo on 1/6/2017 5:00:00 PM

    thank you Thank you so much for the generous classroom gifts.  The new Yogibo is a big hit and will be used for many years to come.  The headphones have been a welcome addition.  According to the student, "The new headsets are much more comfortable."  Also, thank generous gift card. Your generousity is truly appreciated.  Wishing you a year full of much happiness and peace!  

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