3M at HMS

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End of the Year Dates to Note

May 21st, Tues. - Field trip to Bear Brook State Park

May 22nd, Wed. - Digital Families Community Event, 6:30-8:30pm @ Cawley

May 24th - Fri. - NWEA Testing - Reading

May 27th, Mon. - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

May 30th, Thurs. - NWEA Testing - Math

June 11th, Tues. - HMS Field Day

June 14th, Fri. - Last Day of School for students (1/2 day)

5/13 - Thank to the AMAZING Mrs. White and our PTA, our class tie-dyed our shirts for field day today. I'd also like to thank Mrs. Uribe & Mrs. Shea for helping our class with this messy task!

On Wednesday, May 8th, we went on a Google Expedition with Ms. Beaudoin in the Media Center. Our class went up through the five layers of the atmosphere in a weather balloon. Here are some photos:

If you're on Twitter, you can check out the HMS Media Center tweets for a short clip of the students "falling" to Earth. (@MemorialLib)

Week of 4/29

  • Reading - We will begin our story The Moon Seems to Change. In this story, students will learn all about the phases of the moon. We'll review skills such as cause and effect, summarizing, main idea/details.
  • Writing - We are starting our last argumentative writing of the year. Students will need to decide if they'd be willing to become a Mars One Astronaut and go live on Mars after reading the risks and benefits.
  • Math - This week we'll learn how to determine elapsed time as well as review skills from previous chapters.
  • Bear Brook field trip permission slips went home today. Our field trip is May 21. Please return the forms ASAP.
  • NH SAS Testing -
        • Reading: Monday, May 13th
        • Writing: Tuesday, May 14th
        • Math: Thursday, May 16th

Week of 4/15/19

  • Reading/Writing - April is National Poetry Month. In class we have been learning about the elements of poetry, reading poetry, and writing poems.
  • Math - We will finish up Chapter 11 - Metric System and begin Chapter 12 - Real World Problems using the Metric System.
  • Expo Night is Wednesday from 5:30-7 pm. Come check out your child's work from this school year. There will also be a Scholastic Book Fair in the library.
  • April Vacation is 4/22-4/26.

Week of 4/9/19

  • Reading/Writing - Students have chosen a planet to research and are writing informational essays about their planet. We will also made a model of the planets in class!
  • Math - We are working on Chapter 11 - Metric System. Students are learning to convert between kilometers/meters/centimeters, grams/kilograms, liters/milliliters,

Week of 4/1/19

  • Reading/Writing - Students have chosen a planet to research and are writing informational essays about their planet. We will also made a model of the planets in class!
  • Math - We are finishing up Chapter 13 - Bar Graphs & Line Plots. Students will then be introduced to pie graphs and line graphs but will not be assessed on those topics. On Friday, we will begin Chapter 11 - Metric System which will continue until April vacation.
  • Third Grade Expo Night - Wednesday, April 17 - 5:30-7pm
  • Scholastic Book Order due - Friday, 4/12/19

Week of 3/18/19

  • Reading - This week our story is Uncle Jed's Barbershop. This is the story of a man who spends his life struggling, saving, and sacrificing to build and own his own barbershop and who, despite the many racial difficulties that stand in his way, opens the doors of his new shop to the public at the age of seventy-nine
  • Writing - This week we are revising our Four-Leaf Clover writing and will begin an informational writing about why tourists should visit Magic Kingdom.
  • Math - We are working on Chapter 19 - Area and Perimeter. This chapter will be assessed this week. Then we will move on to graphing (Chapter 13).
  • Report Cards will be going home on Friday! Please sign and return the envelope. As always, please email me with any questions or concerns.

Week of 3/11/19

  • Reading - This week we will be finishing up our story Lemons & Lemonade: A Book About Supply and Demand.
  • Writing - We are working on a short opinion piece about whether or not four leaf clovers are lucky.
  • Math - We will be finishing up Chapter 17 - Angles & Lines and will begin Chapter 19 - Area & Perimeter.
  • Report Cards will be going home on March 22, 2019.
  • Music - students should be practicing their recorder 45 minutes each week. They have a log to keep track of their minutes. Please be sure that students bring this with them on Tuesdays for music class.

This week we've been studying types of angles and lines and Vivian wore the PERFECT shirt to help us remember acute angles!

Week of 2/18/19

  • Math - We will continue to work on Chapter 18 - 2D Shapes.
  • Reading - Our story this week will be The Go-Around Dollar. This story weaves together a fictional narrative about the travels of a single dollar with facts and anecdotes about money and how it's made.
  • Recorder - Students will need a recorder for music this Tuesday (2/19). Please remind your students to bring it to school every Tuesday for class!
  • This week is Spirit Week. (see below for details)

Friday, February 15, 2019

Today, students from Plymouth State University brought us the TIGER assembly, which encouraged students to take care of themselves and be kind to others!

HMS Spirit Week 2019

Week of 2/11/19

  • Math - Students will finish Chapter 14 - Fractions and begin Chapter 18 - 2D shapes. In this chapter, we will learn about open vs. closed figures, polygons, and how to classify and sort these shapes. Students will also learn about congruent figures and symmetry.
  • Reading - We have started Unit 3 - Money. Our first story is It's a Deal. This story focuses on the history of money and how money has changed over time.
  • Writing - Students have finished an argumentative writing on whether or not students should be allowed to watch TV. Students will then begin to write a narrative about what'd they do if they found a $100 bill.
  • Valentine's Day is Thursday! Please be sure to send in a bag or box to collect Valentines.

2/6/19 - Today we had our first SCA lesson! All third graders at HMS will be working with Student Conservation Association (SCA) N.H. AmeriCorps for the next nine weeks. They will visit each classroom once a week and provide hands-on lessons that provide nature based educational experiences. In our class, we will be working with Miss Molly from Pennsylvania, Miss Jasmine from Georgia, and Miss Angela from Texas. Their first lesson was about the four spheres that make up our earth.

Week of 2/4/19

  • Math - We are continuing Chapter 14 - Fractions. This week we will learn how to represent fractions on a number line, add and subtract like fractions, compare fractions (like and unlike), and learn how to find fractions as part of a set. The fractions assessment will be next week.
  • Math NWEA - Wednesday!
  • Reading - We will be working with "Wolf Island", which is a story based on an actual event. It is set on an island in Northern Ontario is a moving chronicle growth, food shortage, and starvation affect every member of the chain. The skills we are working on are homographs, inferencing, character traits, setting, and providing evidence.
  • Writing - Students will begin writing and then publish an argumentative essay about whether or not children should be allowed to watch TV (based upon evidence from two different texts.)
  • SCA is coming back to HMS! Our third graders will be participating in this amazing program. Last week, our class got to meet Jasmine, Molly & Angela. They will be coming to our classroom on Wednesdays from 10:20-11:20 for nine weeks to teach the students about topics such as the water cycle, soil, rocks/minerals, plants/trees, habitats, and weather.

Week of 1/28

  • Math - This week we are starting Fractions (Chapter 14). We will learn how to represent fractions, find equivalent fractions, and compare fractions.
  • Reading - This week we are reading Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing Animal Habitats. This story is about various habitats and the animals/plants that are found there.
  • Science - We are learning about life cycles of animals. In this unit, students will learn about inherited traits, environmental factors, how traits are passed to offspring, and some traits that depend on the environment.
  • Life Cycle Projects are due Friday, February 1, 2019.
  • Signed Progress Reports are due Friday, February 1, 2019.

Week of 1/21/19 Reminders

  • Don’t forget to keep track of Fitness Points for Mrs. Lemay. The class with the most points at the end of each Trimester gets a prize.
  • Life Cycle Projects are due Friday, February 1, 2019.
  • Music - All students will need a Soprano recorder for music classes beginning after February 14. (So our first recorder class would be on Tuesday, 2/19.)
  • Progress Reports will go home on Friday and need to be signed and returned by 2/1. Thank you!
  • Scholastic Book Order due on January 31!

Week of 1/14/19

  • Reading - We will read "Make Way for Ducklings", a story that many students will already know. We will be focusing more on how the ducks adjust to their new habitat, Boston. The skills for the week will be irregular plurals, sequencing events, inferring, cause & effect, and fantasy vs. reality.
  • Math - This week we will be (hopefully) finishing Chapter 8 - Division.
  • Writing - Students are finishing up their informational writing on the animal of their choice.
  • T-shirts - Please remember to send in a t-shirt for your child by January 25th (or earlier if possible).
  • Shoeboxes - We are collecting shoeboxes for an upcoming art project!
  • NO SCHOOL - Monday, January 21st - Martin Luther King Day

Week of 1/7/19

  • Reading - We will be starting Unit 2 this week: Animal and their Habitats. The first story is "One Small Place in a Tree". This story demonstrates how different animals slowly create a hole in a tree and make it bigger and bigger. The skills for this story are plural nouns, cause & effect, point of view, and sequence of events.
  • Writing - Students are working on their first independent informational writing. Students got to choose an animal and are conducting research about where they live, what they eat, and what they look like. Students will then write an essay with their information.
  • Math - We are beginning Chapter 8 - Division. At this point, it's crucial that students know their multiplication facts. Please continue to practice them every day!

Other notes:

-We need shoeboxes! Please send in shoeboxes for an upcoming art project.

-Sneakers - Mrs. Lemay will be requiring students to always have their sneakers for gym. She will start having students sit out if they don't have them. Please remember to send your child to school on Thursdays with sneakers.

-Miss Chaisson, our student teacher from SNHU, is starting this week and will be in our classroom for the next 16 weeks.

HMS Winter Block Party

On Friday, January 25th we will be participating in our HMS Winter Block Party. Students will be participating in activities to get them excited for winter testing. One of our activities will involve decorating t-shirts to wear on the day of testing. Please send in a white (or light colored) t-shirt for your student to decorate. If you would like to donate fabric markers for the class to use and additional white t-shirts it would be greatly appreciated!

Week of 1/2/19

- Math - We will review multiplication this week before moving to division next week.

-Writing - This week students will begin researching for their own informational essay about an animal (their choice!). We completed this type of writing before the holidays as a whole class (on reindeer.)

- Sneakers - Mrs. Lemay will be requiring students to always have their sneakers for gym. She will start having students sit out if they don't have them. Please remember to send your child to school on Wednesdays with sneakers.

- December Book It - Please send in the December Book It with the book report.

- Holiday Vacation Homework - DUE on Wednesday, January 2nd. Remember students can earn a coupon if returned completed.

*Next week we will have a student teacher, Ms. Chaisson, who will be joining our class until she graduates in May from SNHU.

12/6 - Today we had the HMS Holiday Concert. Everyone did an amazing job! Here is a short clip of our chorus. Congrats to the students in 3M that were apart of it!

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12/3/18 - Today we completed Hour of Code! The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.

Students had a blast and are very interested in continuing this at home! It’s free and easy to do…

Go to https://code.org/learn

Photos from

Hour of Code

Week of 12/3:

- Math - We will continue Chapter 6 - Multiplication. In this chapter, students have been using strategies to solve for products of x6, 7, 8, 9 facts. They have also learned that division is the inverse of multiplication. It is imperative that students are practicing their multiplication facts every night!

- Reading - This week our story is The Snow Globe Family. The skills for this story are comparative and superlative adjectives, as well as, similes and metaphors. We will also talk about the perspective of characters of the story.

- Writing - This week we will finish our Personal Narratives.

- Note - Report cards will go home this Friday, December 7th. Please make sure you look over the report card and then sign and return the report card envelope to me by Wednesday, December 12th.

- November Book It - This Book It is due on Wednesday (12/5). Please send in the reading calendar this week. Also, in order to get the Pizza Hut pass, students must sent in the book report too.

Winter is here! Please make certain to send your children to school ready for the weather, with coats, hats, gloves/mittens, boots, and snow pants (if they want to play in the snow). The HMS Winter Recess Guidelines (including wind chill): 15 or above degrees = Outdoor Recess; 14 or below = Indoor Recess

Week of November 26, 2018

  • Math - We will complete Chapter 6 - Multiplication of 6, 7, 8, 9. In this chapter, we have learned about the properties of multiplication and learned countless strategies for solving for unknown products. This week we will learn about how division is related to multiplication. It in imperative that students are practicing their multiplication facts at home.
  • Reading - This week our story is The Disappearing Island. This is a heartwarming intergenerational story follows Carrie, as she and her grandmother explore the treasures of a mystifying island that is only visible during low tide, and Carrie discovers that her Grandmother's stories are the most valuable treasure of all. We will focus on cause & effect and using context clues to help figure out the meaning of unknown words.
  • Writing - We will continue with our personal narrative. Ask your child what s/he is writing about!
  • Notes:
    • Scholastic Book Order is due Wednesday to be sure we get it before the holidays!
    • Trimester 1 ends on November 30. Report cards will go home on December 7th.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

All students received a free dictionary from the Pembroke Grange today! The project was initiated many years ago when one Grange member saw students waiting at the bus stop without any books. Today, students enjoyed searching using guide words, seeing pictures of sign language, and trying to read the longest word.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Ray and Keegan from the New England Coca-Cola facility's Recycling and Sustainability division spoke to students about recycling. Students learned that bridges are being built out of recycled materials, and that there is currently a shortage of recyclables. We were also reminded that although our town isn't currently picking up recycling, the transfer station is still accepting all recyclables!

(11/5) Check out some of the things we've been learning in math!

Week of November 5, 2018

  • Math - We are starting Chapter 6. In this chapter, we will learn about the properties of multiplication as well as strategies for solving multiplication facts. It is crucial that students know their x0, x1, x2, x5, x10 facts. We will use these to help us solve other equations.
  • Reading - This week we will be working with the story "Earthquake! The 1906 San Francisco Nightmare". We will focus on the following skills: prefixes (dis, mis, anti), fact & opinion, author's purpose, and text features.
  • Veteran's Day Assembly - Please make sure you send in pictures of veterans with the student's name, veteran's name, rank, teacher's name, etc. The pictures will be send back to you.
  • Food Drive - Please continue to send in canned goods. We will be collecting items from November 1st to November 26th. Please look for the flyer in your child's folder.
  • Parent-Teacher conferences will be on Tuesday, November 13. Reminders will go home on 11/6 of your scheduled time. Please be on time as conferences are only 15 minutes.
  • Picture Retakes are November 14, 2018.

Halloween in 3M! We started our day with spooky word problems in math. Read about a family visiting a creepy, old haunted house. We also learned about the bones in our hands and made an X-ray of our own hands and completed a Skittles science experiment! It was a fun day and we also learned a lot!

Students learned a bit of background about Rube Goldberg machines by previewing some YouTube videos of others' creations. Then it was off to the Media Center where Mrs. Beaudoin, Mrs. Ruest, and Mrs. Tremblay challenged students to use a chain reaction of three events to cause a ball to drop or roll into a cup. Our class was up to the challenge, as you can see here:

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Hooksett Fire Department visited us today. Students learned the importance of knowing their address and phone number, and were reminded to ask their families to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. They also learned about the science of fire, and even got a tour of the fire truck! Here are some pictures of the event, including Max helping a classmate walk down the truck's steps.

Week of October 29, 2018

  • Math - This week we will continue, and complete, Chapter 5: Problem Solving Using Addition & Subtraction.
  • Reading - We will not have a story this week. We are going to read some Halloween related passages and work on answering questions from a text as well as including details and examples in our answers.
  • Writing - We have been working on argumentative writing. This week, students will begin an opinion writing about Football vs. Soccer.
  • Book It! - Please continue to work on the Book It. If you have any questions, you may contact me. This is due within first week of November. (Book It! is optional.)
  • Tuesday, 10/30 - We will have a visit from the Hooksett Fire Department. Students will get to have a truck tour and a short presentation about fire safety.
          • HOMEWORK from the HFD: Be sure your child knows their address and parent's phone number(s). Also, check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.


Week of October 22, 2018

-Math - We will begin chapter 5. In this chapter, we will be solving one-step and two-step word problems using addition and subtraction. Students will be encouraged to draw bar models to represent the problem. Bar modeling is a STRATEGY, not a standard that needs to be mastered. However, solving two-step word problems is a third grade Common Core Standard.

-Reading - This week we will begin our unit on Communities Across Time. Our first story will be The House on Maple Street. This story is about two girls that live at the house discover an ancient arrowhead and broken china cup and begin to wonder what they would see from their front porch if their neighborhood looked like it did 300 years ago.

- Book It! - Please continue to work on the Book It. If you have any questions, you may contact me. This is due within first week of November. (Book It! is optional.)

- Homework - There will be homework this week. It will go home on Monday and should be returned signed on Friday. The signature is important as it lets me know that parents are involved with the homework.

Week of October 15th

- Reading - This week we will continue reading "Teammates". This story is about Jackie Robinson. We are focusing on vocabulary, main idea/details, and fact/opinion. The test will be Friday. We are also continuing to work on our famous athlete timeline.

- Math - We will begin Chapter 4, Subtraction within 10,000. Check out the math tab for more information!

- Book It! - Please continue to work on the Book It. If you have any questions, you may contact me. This is due within first week of November.

- Homework - There will be homework this week. It will go home on Monday and should be returned signed on Friday. The signature is important as it lets me know that parents are involved with the homework.

- Gym - This is the last week of skateboarding in gym. Students may bring their helmets and pads again.

October 12 - TINKER DAY!

Week of October 8th

- Reading - This week we will be reading "Teammates". This story is about Jackie Robinson. This week will focus on main idea and details. Additionally, over the next two weeks, students will choose a famous athlete, complete research, and create a timeline of their life.

- Math - We will finish Chapter 3, Addition to 10,000.

- Book Order - Have fun ordering. The book order is DUE to me by Wednesday, October 10th.

- Book It! - Please continue to work on the Book It. If you have any questions, you may contact me. This is due on the last day of the month.

- Homework - There will be homework this week. It will go home on Tuesday and should be returned signed on Friday. The signature is important as it lets me know that parents are involved with the homework.

- Gym - This is the last week of skateboarding in gym. Students may bring their helmets and pads again.

- PTA Fundraiser - Please consider participating in the Fundraiser. There are lots of great prizes for students and for the classroom. We have had 2 students return a slip so far! It is due on Wednesday.

These are the questions our class generated today (10/1) about this illustration from our story. I am so impressed!

Reminders & Notes - Week of 10/1/18

  • No School Monday, 10/8/18
  • Physical Education on Wednesday - Please wear or bring sneakers.
      • Also, be sure to keep working on your Fitness Challenge.
  • Homework was assigned on Monday and is due on Friday.
  • This week we are going to be reading Goodbye 382, Shin Dang Dong.
  • Math - We are starting Chapter 3 - Addition to 10,000.
  • Science - We have been working on Forces & Motion.

Reminders & Notes - Week of 9/24/18

  • No School Friday!
  • Physical Education on Wednesday - Please wear or bring sneakers.
  • Homework was assigned on Monday and is due on Thursday.
  • This week we are going to be reading Beauty and the Beast. Our reading focus this week will be: Determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
  • Math - We will be having our Chapter 2 math test on Thursday.
  • Science - We have been working on Forces & Motion.

Reminders & Notes - Week of 9/17/18

  • Physical Education on Wednesday - Please wear or bring sneakers.
  • Homework was assigned on Monday and is due on Friday.
  • This week we are going to be reading The Legend of Damon and Pythias. Our reading focus this week will be: Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
  • Math - We have started Chapter 2 - Mental Math. This chapter is about learning strategies for adding/subtracting numbers mentally by rounding and adding/subtracting the difference. It's not expected that all students master all the strategies.

Reminders & Notes - Week of 9/10/18

  • Students - Be sure to memorize your lunch code (5 digit code).
  • Physical Education on Wednesday - Please wear or bring sneakers.
  • Homework was assigned on Monday and is due on Friday.
  • NWEA Testing - Math 9/13/18

Reminders & Notes - Week of 9/4/18

  • Students - Be sure to memorize your lunch code (5 digit code).
  • Parents - Please complete all paperwork and pass in on or before Friday, Sept. 7.
  • Physical Education on Wednesday - Please wear or bring sneakers.
  • Homework will begin next week in 3M. It will be assigned on Monday and due on Friday.
  • NWEA Testing - Reading 9/6/18, Math 9/13/18

August 31, 2018

We had a great first two days in third grade! We've learned many rules and routines. We started Chapter 1 (Numbers to 10,000) in math and have begun learning about how challenges make our brain grow! Please, as always, feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Welcome to 3M!

Upcoming Third Graders: As many of you know, I was on maternity leave for the last trimester of the 17-18 school year but I look forward to coming back to school in August. Please poke around my website and email me with any questions you may have. But most importantly, enjoy your summer vacation! Make sure you spend lots of time outside, reading, and practicing your math facts! Keep an eye out for a letter in the mail soon!

3M Current Class: I am SO PROUD of all of you. You have worked so hard this year, persevered through challenging tasks, taken risks and they have paid off! I loved getting to know you this year and watching you grow - just as you loved having Alana visit and watching her grow! I will miss each and every one of you and hope you'll visit next year.

April 20, 2018

Mrs. Ivers will be the long-term substitute for the remainder of the school year. You can reach her at mivers@sau15.net As always, feel free to email me if you need anything!

March Update - Maternity Leave

As you may know, my daughter was born at the end of February. After much consideration, I have decided to not return to the classroom this year to spend this time with her. It was not an easy decision. I will be return in the Fall of 2018.

I have been working closely with Mrs. Bobay who is currently the substitute in the classroom. If you need to email her, you can reach her at kbobay@sau15.net. I continue to check emails so feel free to reach out for any reason!

I will be in often to visit as I miss the students tremendously!

2/15/18

Today was the first Invention Convention at HMS! It was amazing to see all of the students' great ideas! In our class, we had two students participate. Here are photos of them with their inventions and explaining them to the class. Way to go Wyatt & Cece!

On Monday (2/12), students will be introduced to their Life Cycle Project. This project will be in place of homework for the next two weeks. It will be due on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. This allows us the Thursday & Friday before vacation to present our projects.

Life Cycle Project

2/8/18

Today was our first SCA lesson (due to the snow day yesterday). We learned the Earth Steward Pledge (and motions) and all about the four spheres of the earth. Here are some photos of them learning the pledge as well as sorting pictures into the different spheres (hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere).

SCA is coming back to HMS! Our third graders will be participating in this amazing program. Yesterday, our class got to meet Andy, Kelsey, and Tara. They will be coming to our classroom on Wednesdays from 10:20-11:20 for nine weeks to teach the students about topics such as the water cycle, soil, rocks/minerals, plants/trees, habitats, and weather. The note below was sent home on 2/1/18.

*Please note that classroom teachers will be present during all lessons with the SCA volunteers.

Week of 1/29/18

  • Math - This week we will be wrapping up Division and moving onto Fractions (Chapter 14).
  • Social Studies - We are continuing our unit on Native Americans.
  • Winter NWEA Testing - Tuesday 1/30/18 & Tuesday 2/6/18.
  • Art - Students will be completing animal habitat dioramas beginning on February 5. They will soon be taking home a list of materials they may need. If you are unable to gather the materials, please let me know. I'm happy to help!

Week of 1/22/18

  • Reading - This week we will finish our lessons using Make Way for Ducklings. The assessment will be on Tuesday. Wednesday through Friday, we will be completing activities using Knots on a Counting Rope, a story about young Navajo boy and his grandfather.
  • Math - Chapter 8 - Division
    • (Note: use the math tab for what we will be learning during this chapter)
  • Writing - Together we completed a five-paragraph informational essay on Snowy Owls. Students will now use what they've learned about writing informational essays and write their own essay on their animal of choice.
  • Social Studies - We are moving on to our competency "identifies and explores groups of people who have affected life in the United States." Miss DeLorenzo will be completing a two-week unit on Native Americans with the students.
  • Winter NWEA Testing - Tuesday 1/30/18 & Tuesday 2/6/18.
  • Scholastic Book Order due Friday (1/26/18)
  • Art - Students will be completing animal habitat dioramas beginning on February 5. They will soon be taking home a list of materials they may need. If you are unable to gather the materials, please let me know. I'm happy to help!

Week of 1/15/18

  • No School Monday, 1/15/18
  • Reading - This week our story is Make Way for Ducklings. This is the classic tale of the famous mallard ducks in Boston. We will work on comprehension strategies including cause and effect, sequencing, and inferencing. On Monday, 1/22, students will be going on a "Lit Trip" using Google Earth to follow the path of the ducklings from this story.
  • Math - Chapter 8 - Division (Note: use the math tab for what we will be learning during this chapter)
  • Science - We are finishing up our second science pilot on Electric & Magnetic Forces.
  • Writing - We have been working on an informational writing about snowy owls. This week, we'll learn (and practice) peer editing.
  • Winter NWEA Testing - Tuesday 1/30/18 & Tuesday 2/6/18.
  • Invention Convention forms are DUE 1/19/18.
  • Homework: Complete two-column notes for chosen animal (what it eats, where it lives, what it looks like). It is due on Friday 1/19/18.
        • This will be used for an informational essay in writing.
        • Students will also be using this research to create a diorama in art near the end of the month.

Meet Miss DeLorenzo:

"Hello, my name is Megan, Miss D to the third grade students. I am going to be student teaching in Mrs. McLain’s classroom for the next eight weeks. I am studying elementary education with a certification in special education at Southern New Hampshire University. I am in my final semester! I live on campus, but I am from Beverly, Massachusetts. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to the beach, and traveling. I am very excited to be student teaching in Mrs. McLain’s classroom!"

Coming in January 2018...

Math - Chapter 8 (Division) - During this chapter, it's very important for students to have mastered most of the multiplication facts.

Reading - We will begin Unit 2 - Animals and their Habitats. We will continue to work on fluency, comprehension, and expanding our vocabulary.

Writing - We will begin Informational Writing. Our first topic will be Snowy Owls. Students will read informational sources about the owls, then write an organized essay about where they live, what they eat, and what they look like.

Student Teacher - Beginning January 8, we will have a senior from SNHU complete her student teaching internship in our classroom for 8 full weeks. Miss DeLorenzo has already spent many hours in our classroom this fall/winter getting to know the students and routines and has taught some mini lessons. We are happy to have her join our classroom community!

All of third grade will be having a Polar Express Pajama Day on Friday, December 22, 2017 to celebrate the season together. Students are invited to wear their pajamas to school for the day.

Please note:

  • Slippers are not permitted.
  • Students will be going outside for a regular recess.

In our class, students are allowed to bring in small stuffed animals, blankets or pillows to use during the movie (they should fit in the student’s backpack).

Fun in the Snow! Please remember that in order to be in the snow, your child needs a winter coat, snowpants, winter boots, a hat, and gloves/mittens.

12/6 - HMS Chorus Concert - Today our chorus and bands had their dress rehearsal in front of the whole school! It was incredible! Here are some pictures of the students in our class that are in the HMS chorus as well as a shot of their performance. Good luck to all of those performing tonight at Cawley!

Awesome job Aubrey, Ava, Cece, Mia, Kierra, and Jacoby!

Week of 12/4/17

  • Reading - We will be reading our last story in our unit on Communities. This week's story is called Whatever Happened to the Baxter Place? It is about a farm family begins to sell their land piece by piece as urbanization creeps farther and farther into the country.
  • Math - We will be starting our multiplication tests this week. Students will have to pass x0/x1 to move onto x2, then x10, then x5, and so on. We have been working on the conceptual understanding of multiplication for many weeks. All students are able to solve multiplication using many different strategies. Now it's important that students begin to recall the products from memory.
  • Writing - Students continue to work on their argumentative writing - TV Time.
  • Science - We have been learning about forces and motion and will continue throughout this week before we move into our second program pilot and learn about electric & magnetic forces.
  • Report cards go home this Friday! A few things to note about report cards:
      • Students have earned their letter grades in reading, writing, and math based upon their completed work throughout the trimester.
      • Competencies are given to match how students are progressing towards meeting the third grade standards.
      • Our class will have different science competencies graded (than the other third grade classes at HMS) because our class is completing a district-wide pilot of two potential science programs for the years to come and have covered different topics.

Week of 11/27/17

  • Math - We will begin to wrap up Chapter 6. Our test will be on Tuesday, December 5. Students should be practicing their multiplication facts each night! Begin with x0, x1, x2, x5, x10 facts. Once students have a good recall of the products, work on x3 and x4 facts.
  • Writing - This week students will work on their first independent argumentative writing. Students will have two articles, have to gather the important facts from each, then make an argument about whether or not TV time is appropriate for children using evidence from the text sources. We completed a similar task together over the past few weeks about whether or not schools should be year round.
  • Trimester 1 closes on December 1. Report cards will go home on 12/8.
  • Save the Date - PTA Holiday Gift Fair - Saturday, December 9 at HMS
  • HMS is currently hosting a food drive. Please send in non-perishable food items to help those who are less fortunate! Thank you!

Week of 11/20/17

  • Math - We will continue with Chapter 6 - Multiplication (x6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Reading - focus on cause & effect and the history of Thanksgiving
  • Slapstick Science Assembly - 11/21 - Thanks to our PTA!
  • No School 11/22-11/24 - Enjoy your Thanksgiving! :)

Week of 11/13/17

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday! Please show up on time as conferences are only 15 minutes.
  • Thursday - Students have book exchange in library.
  • Reading - This week we are reading How Many Days to America? by Eve Bunting and focusing on vocabulary, story elements, and inferring.
  • Math - We are continuing with Chapter 6 - Multiplication. Students are getting a deeper understanding of the meaning of multiplication. However, it would be VERY helpful for your child to start practicing their multiplication facts at home. Begin with x0, x1, x2, x5, x10 facts. Once students have a good recall of the products, work on x3 and x4 facts.
  • Writing - We are working on argumentative writing. Specifically, student are writing an essay about whether or not schools should be year round based upon text evidence from sources that give the advantages and disadvantages of the two types of school scheduling.

Week of 11/6/17

  • Reading - Our focus has been on nonfiction text features, using context clues, and affixes. Our reading test will be on Thursday.
  • Math - We have started multiplication! Please be sure your child is practicing their multiplication facts nightly. Begin with x0, x1, x2, x5, x10 facts. Once students have a good recall of the products, work on x3 and x4 facts.
  • Veteran's Day - HMS will be honoring our Veteran's on Thursday, November 9th at 2:30, with an assembly. All the pictures that were sent in will be presented in a slideshow. Also, our students will be singing a patriotic songs.
    • No School on Friday!

Week of 10/31/17

  • Tuesday (Halloween) - No Homework!
  • Reading - Our story is Earthquake! The 1906 San Francisco Nightmare - due to the short week, our test on this story won't be until Thursday, November 9.
  • Math - We are finishing up Chapter 5 - Real World Problems using Addition and Subtraction. The test will be on Friday, November 3.
  • No School - Veteran's Day - Friday, November 10, 2017
  • Recorders - Students will need their recorders every Tuesday for music, beginning on November 7, 2017.
  • No School - Parent-Teacher Conferences, Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    • Please arrive on time as conferences are only 15 minutes.
    • Reminders about scheduled time went home on Tuesday, 10/31
    • If you are unable to make it, please email me or call the office so they can relay the message!

Reminder: Students will need RECORDERS for music beginning on November 7, 2017. If you haven't purchased one yet, be sure to buy a soprano recorder.

Week of 10/23/17

  • Math - We will be finishing Chapter 4 (Subtraction) and taking our test on Tuesday. Afterwards, we will begin Chapter 5 (Real World Problems using Addition & Subtraction).
  • Reading - This week our story is The House on Maple Street. (When the two girls who live at 107 Maple Street discover an ancient arrowhead and a broken china cup, they begin to wonder what life was like 300 years ago.)
  • Yo-Yo sales will continue on Monday and Tuesday from The Ned Show.
  • A notice went home about sending in pictures for our Veteran's Day assembly. Please send in the picture by Friday, October 27 (labeled with name of military member and relation to student).

Week of 10/16/17 -

  • Reading - We will continue working with the Biography of Jackie Robinson, Teammates. We are practicing vocabulary, using context clues, finding the author's purpose, and main idea/details.
  • Students will begin researching a famous athlete to create a timeline of their life.
  • Math - We will continue working on Chapter 4, Subtraction within 10,000. Please practice subtraction facts at home!
  • Thursday - The NED Show Assembly at 1 pm

HFD Presentation & Truck Tour (10/12/17) - THANK YOU HFD!

Students were excited because HFD brought their ladder truck!

10/6/17 - Next week -

  • No School Monday - Columbus Day
  • Wednesday - Chapter 3 Math Test (Addition to 10,000)
  • Reading - We will be reading Teammates - the story of Jackie Robinson becoming the first professional African American baseball player.
  • Thursday - Fire Prevention Assembly/Fire Truck Tour
  • PTA Fundraiser DUE October 11th!

10/4/17 - This week our story is about a little girl who moves from Korea to the USA. These are some words our class found interesting and we did some research about what the words meant. Other words included foreign, pastel, glum, plump and monsoon.

10/2/17 - Today was our school-wide PBIS reward for the month of September. All students in our class were respectful (which was the word of the month for September). As a result, we got to watch Inside Out. The word of the month for October is Kindness.

*Remind Notice - Please note that I will be continue to use Remind as a way to remind you of upcoming information. However, if you need to get in touch with me, please email me at mmclain@sau15.net.

Math - This week we will be starting Chapter 3, Addition to 10,000, in math.

Reading - Our story this week will be Goodbye, 382 Shin Dang Dong.

Sept 29th - Important Dates

PTA Fundraiser - The first fundraiser was handed out to students on Wednesday, September 27th. Please make sure that students sell safely and return the forms by Wednesday, October 11th. Thank you for your continue support.

Off Site Evacuation - During the week of October 2, our staff and students will participate in an off-site evacuation of the school. Both the Hooksett Fire and Police Departments are expected to participate in the exercise.

Picture Day - Students will have their pictures taken on Friday, October 6th

Destination Imagination - Parent and Student Information & Registration Night

Anyone interested in learning more about a year long – after school Creative Problem Solving Enrichment Program

Please attend!

Tuesday October 3, 2017

6:00 PM in the Media Center

If you’d like-a-challenge, join us to hear more about what DI is all about.

Please note: We meet every Wednesday afternoons, beginning on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (3:30 – 5:00). Extended time will be added as we approach the March Tournaments. The expectation is that each team member will be there each week in order to be a part of the DI team. If a team is selected to advance to a state tournament, the commitment lasts a bit longer. Work will be assigned each week. Please contact Ellie Stetson, HMS DI coordinator at ellie.stetson@nh-di.org if you have questions.

9/26/17 Conferences - If you'd like to a conference, please use this link to sign up for a time.

9/25/17 Look at all the ways our class found to solve this one addition problem! Way to go!

9/19/17 - Skywatch

We are excited to announce that SKYWATCH is scheduled for Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 7:30-9 pm in the back parking lot at CMS. Hopefully the weather will be clear with no chance of rain. Please not that the astronomers will be focusing on different celestial objects so they will want to go to all the telescopes.

9/15/17 - Accelerated Reader (AR)

Accelerated Reader is up and running for third graders! AR is a computer based reading comprehension program. "Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results."

Be aware that you cannot complete a google search for AR, as each school has it's own specific URL. Be sure to use the Important Links tab for the correct AR website. In my class, students can earn rewards for their points! The more challenging the book, the more points they earn. However, if a child doesn’t pass the test, they do not earn any points. Therefore, students should be choosing books that are at their appropriate reading level. Quizzes can be taken at home or school but need to be completed independently by the student. Here is the HMS AR link. I am also challenging my students to read 1 million words each this year! We will keep track of the words read throughout the year.

To log in, your child will use the first letter of their first name, and first four letters of their last name as their username (Two students have a 1 after the first four letters of their last name - double check the notice that went home for your child's username). Passwords are "abc". Students can begin taking quizzes immediately.

9/13/17 - A few notes:

  • Chorus notices went home today - Chorus is on Wednesdays from 8:15-8:55 am in the music room. An informational meeting will be on Wednesday, 9/20 from 8:15-8:55 am.
  • Open House - Third & Fifth Grade - Tuesday, 9/26 from 6-7:30 pm.
  • Agendas - Please check your child's agenda for reminders. However, please note that I do not check students agendas for notes - it is for them to write down the HW and reminders each morning and to refer to at night. If you have questions for me, please send in a separate note or email me.
  • STAR Homework - Students first homework assignment is due on Friday!

9/8/17 - Today students went home with a notice for their Continents and Oceans map quiz. The quiz will be on Wednesday, 9/20. Students will not need to know how to spell the continents or oceans as they'll be provided with a word bank. However, points will be taken off for words not spelled correctly.

9/1 - Book Order - Students came home with their first book order this year. You can either order online (many more book choices!) or return the flyers with exact cash or check (made out to Scholastic). Our class code is: 1YMJN. I will use the bonus points we receive from your orders to get new books for our classroom library for everyone to enjoy!

Highlights - Students came home with the form on Friday. Please check YES or NO and sign. Either way, please return the signed form to school ASAP!

Wednesday, 9/6 - We will have our Fall Reading NWEA testing at 9:15 am.

8/31 - Today was an excellent first day of third grade! We learned many routines and procedures and got to know each other a little bit. I'm looking forward to a great year!

Please know that you can contact me any time at mmclain@sau15.net.