New site

posted Jan 26, 2018, 1:09 AM by Jessica McColly

Just a reminder, that our site has moved to Seesaw.me  Email Ms. Jessica to get the password.

Week of November 6

posted Nov 10, 2017, 1:26 AM by Jessica McColly

  • Please look for your child's Unit 2 math test coming home today. Ask them what they plan to do to improve or challenge themselves.
  • Please take time to discuss unit vocabulary with them and talk about the meaning of words in their native language.  The vocabulary is listed in an earlier post. It is ESSENTIAL to your child's language development that you take time to discuss the meaning of these words in their native language. Talk about the concepts in Lithuanian, Russian, Kazakh, Portuguese, Arabic, etc (whatever your native tongue).
  • For the next several weeks, during our Friday afternoons, we will be going deeper into the meaning of empathy. This is a great video you can watch to help your child learn empathy.

Teaching Empathy to Your Child

  • I will be out of school for three days next week (Tuesday-Thursday). I will be attending a conference regarding increased student connection and responsibility for their community. Ms. Rebecca, Ms. Meida, and Ms. Birutė will be covering my class.
  • In math, we have begun studying measurement. We are focusing on measurements of length right now. We are estimating and measuring using the metric system. This will include measurements of perimeter.
  • We are making predictions, observations, and drawing conclusions regarding the connections between forces and motion. This week, the students wanted to study whether weight affects speed. We realized that we need to do more experiments to get better data.
  • In writing, we learned how to use writing territories to generate ideas and we wrote a narrative in respons to the prompt, "Write about a time you used a habit of mind."
  • In reading, we used literature to answer a big question, "What makes a person good at solving problems?" We collected evidence from the text and then shared our answers in a group to come up with a group answer.
  • Thank you for taking the time to read this!

Week of October 16

posted Oct 20, 2017, 1:41 AM by Jessica McColly   [ updated Oct 20, 2017, 2:49 AM ]

  • Keep an eye out for some emails over the next couple weeks about field trips. Also, I am looking for a parent or two to come with us to rake leaves and do playground experiments at Bernadinu Sodas on Wednesday from 1:15-2:30.
  • Please go over the vocabulary words in with your child and help them write down those words in their native language.

Forces vocab_HWW.docx

  • Here's a photo of the class language chart. As you can see, we are missing some words in languages, so please help your child with this.

  • We began our new unit. We went on a forces walk with Mr. Thibault and tried to figure out how you can win a tug-of-war against an uneven team. Our experiment didn't work yet, but we have some ideas about what to do next time. We also investigated pushes and pulls with a rubber band and used our senses to observe.
  • We published our personal narratives and reflected on our writing. We are going to have a small writing celebration next week.
  • We looked at different addition and subtraction situations, such as comparison, change, and parts-and-total stories. We used diagrams to represent these situations.
  • We discussed how we can be responsible for ourselves and our learning community after watching the video below. (Please note, this video will only be available online for one week in order to protect the students.)

Who's responsibility is it?.mp4

  • Thank you to families who have sent in tissues!

Week of October 9

posted Oct 12, 2017, 10:02 AM by Jessica McColly

  • Read the newsletter about our new unit of inquiry and our new math unit (attached below).

HWW unit letter_Oct 2016.docx

  • We are looking for donations of tissues for runny noses. We are also looking for donations of foam pipe insulation for some projects we will be doing for our next unit. (Picture below).

  • Empathy will a regular discussion in our class. Begin regular talks each week about empathy. Talk about different points of view, or invite your child to think about why someone might be acting or saying a certain thing.  The video below is very helpful.

YouTube Video

  • In writing, we are learning to use an editing checklist to fix our punctuation, spelling, and grammar. We are also learning when we should add paragraphs.
  • We are reviewing the relationship between addition and subtraction and finding out why knowing our basic addition and subtraction facts can help us with more difficult facts.
  • We learned how readers get ideas of what books to read and started a "Someday List" of books we want to read someday. We also learned how to give book talks.
  • We acted out different types of people who work in a group and discussed the different perspectives of learners.
  • We made plans of action to work on our habits of mind.

  • Thank you to Alex and his family (Ausra and Marius) for donating tissues to the class.

Week of October 2

posted Oct 4, 2017, 1:19 AM by Jessica McColly   [ updated Oct 6, 2017, 1:09 AM ]

(Note: I accidentally erased the previous version of this update, so this is a bit shorter because all my work was lost. Sorry)

  • If you are able to donate a box or two of tissues, the runny noses in the class would greatly appreciate it.
  • Take a look in your child's Friday folder (or clipped papers). Pay special attention to the math Unit 1 test. Part A is the section that students are expected to have mastered. Part B is the section that is formative- meaning I will use that information for future instruction.
  • If you child has clipped papers instead of a Friday folder, please send a folder they can use on Fridays.
  • We have been having a lot of problems in the class because students are destroying the belongings of their classmates and the school (bending spoons, ripping up papers, breaking pencils, taking things from each other's cubbies). Please talk to your child about responsibility, and how they can contribute to a solution to this problem.

  • We planned, drafted, and revised a second personal narrative. Next week, we will learn about the editing and publishing steps of the writing process.  Students should be consolidating their understanding of the steps of the writing process and showing that they can generate ideas, plan, draft, and make revisions. Revisions are how we improve our ideas, word choice, and voice. This is different than editing, when we make corrections to punctuation, spelling, and grammar.
  • We described and extended mathematical patterns. We noticed how patterns can grow or diminish and discussed strategies for figuring out mathematical patterns.
  • We have been talking a lot about reflection this week. Reflection on our learning is important because it helps us see what we need to work on, but also what we are good at. We self-assessed our math knowledge and reflected on our Unit 1 math test.

  • We discussed our responsibilities as digital citizens and members of a learning community.

  • Thank you to Matilde's mom, Maria, for baking a cake for celebrating Teacher Appreciation with the class.
  • Thank you for you appreciation gifts.

Week of 25 September 2017

posted Sep 28, 2017, 7:03 AM by Jessica McColly   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 1:28 AM ]

  • This week we focused on how writers make their writing better by revising. We tried out different beginnings for our personal narratives and tried adding details to the heart of our story.
  • We spent a lot of time thinking about what good group work looks like. We all contributed ideas to our class chart about group work.

  • In reading, we talked about ways that readers can better understand their reading by making connections to themselves and by checking for understanding.
  • We thought about our habits of mind goals and learned that one way that we can push our thinking is to come up with questions about what we are curious about when it comes to habits of mind. Next week, we will explore answers to our questions.
  • In math, we looked at different ways that people organize data and practiced finding elapsed time. We also discussed how math students can strive for accuracy (check their work).
  • We also took the math and reading portions of the MAP test. This took a lot of time out of our instruction.
  • We had a special celebration with klezmer band on Wednesday for the European Day of Languages.
  • Thank you to parents who have come to meet with me.
  • Thank you for making sure your child is at school by 8:25am

Math Curriculum

posted Sep 26, 2017, 11:43 PM by Jessica McColly   [ updated Sep 27, 2017, 1:54 AM ]

Dear Parents,

As promised (though a little late) I have some information regarding math teaching to share. Attached at the bottom of this post is a file that outlines the third grade curriculum here at VIS. You will see the content strands and descriptions of the goals for grade three in each of those strands.

I also have included some pictures from our math board so you can get a sense of some of the vocabulary and processes we've been discussing the past three weeks.

Math 3J September

Finally, I have set up some practice websites for the students. These are optional math practice sites, but as the year progresses, I may require certain students to do practice.

The first site I've set up is Khan Academy. On Khan Academy students can watch tutorials and practice skills from all strands of mathematics. Here are the directions:
1) Sit down with your child and set up a new account at khanacademy.org
2) Go to khanacademy.org/coaches
3) Type in the class code: 443CUU
                * This allows me to give your child assignments and monitor their progress.

The other site is xtramath.org. This site is for practicing automaticity with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. I will send home login information with students this evening.

15 September 2017

posted Sep 15, 2017, 12:56 AM by Jessica McColly   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 1:14 AM ]

I will try to make these updates clear and concise. They will take the form of Action, Information, and Appreciation:

  1. Make sure you schedule a time with Ms. Jessica to meet one and one to talk about your child. jessica.mccolly@vischool.lt
  2. Ms. Valdone sent some paperwork home with some students. Please check with your child to see if you have paperwork to fill out.
  3. Help your child find the translations in their native tongue for the vocabulary on the worksheet below.

Vocab_Handout-WWA .docx

    These first two weeks have been focused heavily on learning the routines and expectations of the classroom. We have learned how to choose books and build our reading and writing stamina. We have gathered ideas for writing in our notebooks. We have reviewed how data is organized with tally charts, line plots, and bar graphs. We have looked for mathematical patterns and created our own. We have some habits of mind and found examples.  I am revamping my website, so soon there will be pictures as well.

  •     Thank you to all parents who came to Back-to-School night last night. Our partnership is essential for your child's success. 

3J Weekly Schedule

posted Aug 28, 2017, 5:01 AM by Jessica McColly

Please see below for our class schedule.

We begin promptly at 8:30. This means your child should be in the school with coats/bags hung up by 8:25!!!!!!

Schedule for Grade 3_McColly1718

Welcome Letter and Supply List for the 2017-2018 School Year

posted Aug 25, 2017, 4:23 AM by Jessica McColly

Welcome to 3J! Please read the welcome letter and supply list below:

Welcome letter and supply list-Gr. 3 .docx

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