Mrs. Menken's Class
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Welcome students, parents, and families to Mrs. Menken's class website! Please use the schedule and subject area tabs above to find general information about our class. Remember to check back regularly to see updates about our class, hear about upcoming events, and see pictures of our class below.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Tonight is EXPO night! Please join me here at school from 5:30 - 7:00. In additional to a variety of student work, our class slideshow will also be on display. Please feel free to watch it here as well! I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone tonight!
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
As part of our science study of life cycles, students began an experiment with white beans today. Students predicted which would grow better - a bean in a wet paper towel or a bean in a dry paper towel. They chose to hang the beans on the window where they would be exposed to sunlight, and we have been checking on their progress regularly.
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!
Friday, January 11, 2019
Today, Mrs. Beaudoin from the Media Center invited our class to create virtual Rube Goldberg machines using the app Pettson's Inventions. Students worked in pairs to arrange different mechanisms to create chain reactions. This was an engaging way to get students excited for our upcoming Invention Convention, in which students are able to create Rube Goldberg machines this year!
Friday, January 4, 2019
In math, students have been studying multiplication and division, with an emphasis on understanding place value and demonstrating knowledge in multiple ways. Students are moving from concrete work with manipulatives, to pictorial representations, and most recently to abstract algorithms. See some of our hard-working classmates demonstrating their thinking below:
Thursday, November 15, 2018
All students received a free dictionary from the Pembroke Grange today! The project was initiated 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.
Friday, November 9, 2018
Today we recognized the Veterans in the Hooksett Memorial community. Avery, Emma, and Owen all shared photographs of veterans in their families. Max, LaShawn, and Owen wore their Cub Scout uniforms as a show of respect and appreciation.
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!
Friday, November 2, 2018
Rube Goldberg Tinker Day is here! 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.
Friday, October 26, 2018
SLIME TIME! Our class has received enough compliments about our safe, respectful, and responsible behavior around the school to celebrate! The students have chosen to make slime. Although I am a novice to "slime," the students were quite knowledgeable. Amaya and Emma were our class experts, and helped everyone make their best creations yet!
Friday, October 12, 2018
It's Tinker Day! Students went to the Media Center to explore different stations. Some class favorites included snap circuits, sphero, and dash and dot robots. Students were grouped randomly, and worked very well together!
Friday, October 5, 2018
Recently, Mrs. Ruest visited our class to explain three different STEM bins that our class will be receiving in the near future. The students are excited to explore the bins as they rotate from classroom to classroom. First for our class...the force and motion exploration!
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Mrs. Lemay began her skateboarding unit today! Students learned the proper way to put on safety equipment, the different parts of the skateboard, and basic movement techniques. Everyone did a great job, and learned some new skills along the way!
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
I hope that everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend! Now that we are back to school, students are getting more and more 'into the swing of things.' You'll soon start to see an increased amount of homework coming home. Please remember that our third grade homework policy recommends a limit of 30 minutes of focused work each night, and should you find that your child is exceeding this, please contact me so that we can find more appropriate assignments.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
We have officially started third grade! We spent the day getting to know the rules, routines, and expectations of our school and classroom. Students brought home their first homework assignment, "Me, Myself, and I," which is due next Friday (September 7, 2018). Students can fill in the different sections with words, drawings, magazine cutouts/internet printouts, or photos. The use of color and creativity is encouraged! They also brought home A LOT of homework for parents! We kindly ask that families return paperwork by Friday, September 7, 2018.
I'm hoping that everyone had a great day! Check out the third grade teachers getting ready for the big day:
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my future students and families today at "Meet and Greet." I'm looking forward to a great school year! I can't thank everyone enough for the many donations for our classroom. We are certainly well-stocked for the year ahead. Your generosity is much appreciated and the supplies will be put to great use!
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Welcome to Hooksett Memorial School! Our future third graders recently visited HMS, and today, anticipated homeroom placements were announced. I have had an amazing and rewarding year with my 2017-2018 class of third graders, and will miss them all tremendously! At the same time, I have just received my class list for next year, and I'm already excited to meet a great new group of students.
I am excited to be teaching summer programs in our district for several weeks before the next school year begins. Aside from some travel plans here and there, I will be checking my email regularly. I am very open to answering any questions about third grade, or addressing any concerns that you may have about your child's transition to a new school. Please click the link below to see our class's supply list.
Monday, June 18, 2018
Today was a fun awards day for Mrs. Menken's class! Each student received a special award, with a list of personalized compliments from classmates attached. Considering today's heat, even Mr. Menken sent in a special treat...popsicles! All in all...a GREAT second-to-last day of third grade
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
"Everybody...LIMBO!" Today, as part of our "Celebrate Our Success" week, students (and teachers!) dressed in summer gear. While Mrs. Ux played some summer songs, she, Mrs. Coulon, and I began a hallway limbo game! "How low" could we go:
Thursday, May 31, 2018
We want to give a BIG thank you to Mrs. Olkonen and Miss Hanson for an exciting gym class, which integrated Physical Education and Music instruction. Students participated in "Drums Alive," in which they created music using drumsticks and exercise balls. Even Mrs. Menken participated!
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Trip had a chance to work on his fictional series today. His plan is to include multiple books in his "Star Doors" series, which will explore the ramifications of an evil villain removing a doorknob from the galaxy. Keep your eyes posted at Barnes and Nobel, as he is a future 'author-in-the-making.'
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Today was our amazing field trip to Bear Brook State Park! We started off catching and observing tadpoles in a vernal pool. Our next adventure was "ponding" where we saw two frogs and several dragonfly larvae. After lunch in the main lodge, it was time for a hike. It did start to rain, but we did our best to stay dry with the supplies we had. Kaylee noticed something high up in a tree, and our leaders, Mr. Tom and Ms. Hailey, identified it as a porcupine!! It may look like a bird (or a blur!) in the photos, but we certainly saw the quills in person! Thanks to all our families for sending students appropriately-dressed and supplied for the day! Here are some photos from our trip:
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Tonight is EXPO Night! I hope to see everyone tonight as we display some of our work from this year. The book fair will also be open so that students can purchase books to read over April vacation. Please view our class slideshow to remember some of the great times we had in third grade!
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Today was our best SCA Science lesson EVER! Sadly, it was also our last of the year. Our amazing team of Bree, Gina, and Mr. Jesse are moving forward to pursue careers as Park Rangers and other opportunities involving education and the outdoors. The students (and I) will miss them very much! Today, students learned about "leaving no trace" and the "10 Essentials for Camping." The best part? Our class built a tent! Thanks again to our SCA team...We will miss you!
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Today's SCA Science focus was on animal tracks and scat. There was a variety of mixed reactions to the plastic scat models, ranging from thrilled to grossed out! Students also created a food web using string, and several students, including Ky-Mani and Hallie modeled different animal movement patterns with Miss Bree.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Our SCA team continues to bring informative and hands-on lessons for our students each week. In this week's lesson, students examined both pelts and skulls. Students learned how an animal's pelt helps it to survive in a particular environment, and how its skull and tooth structure best suit its diet. As always, the focus was on native New Hampshire animals.
Friday, March 9, 2018
Our amazing SCA team of Mr. Jesse, Bree, and Gina taught the class what it would be like to be a water molecule. We learned so much about the water cycle, and really enjoyed acting out our knowledge!
Friday, February 23, 2018
"TIGER" visited us today! This program from Plymouth State University taught students about friendship and respect through a variety of humorous skits (including one presented by Mr. Hollock and Mrs. Menken!). Our very own Madi was chosen to participate. She did a great job!
Friday, February 16, 2018
It's "Tinker Day!" Mrs. Beaudoin from the school Media Center and Mrs. Dresser from the Hooksett Public Library brought lots of technology "tinker toys" with which students could experiment. Toys included Makedo Construction, Sphero, Snap Circuits, Ozobots and Evobots, Probot, LED Electrical Activities, and Dash and Dot Robots. Students worked on skills like communication, persistence, determination, logical thinking, coding, and collaboration. Our class had a great time and are really hoping that Tinker Day comes back to us later this year.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Today our Student Conservation Association Team ("SCA") of Gina, Bree, and Mr. Jesse taught the class about trees. Students examined leaves, counted the rings to determine the ages of different trees, and decorated "tree cookies" (small cross-sections of young trees). The students had a blast and can't wait to see what the team will bring us next week.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Today Andrew, Jonah, Michael, and Trip wowed us with their inventions! We all enjoyed hearing about "Imagination Nerf," "Nerf Rival Ball Picker-Upper," and "The Sunflower Shellie." Great work guys, we are all so proud of you!
Sunday, February 4, 2018
Even Scooter, Mrs. Menken's dog and our unofficial "class mascot," showed support for her favorite team on Sunday! Go Patriots!
Saturday, February 3, 2018
As the class well knows, Mrs. Menken is a big "Jeopardy" fan. I was so excited to see this question in a recent episode...and it was worth $2000! Do you know the answer?
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Our class will be celebrating Valentine's Day on Wednesday, February 14th. Students will decorate bags to collect Valentines in advance, but if they have a box or special bag at home, they are welcomed to bring that in also. Students who want to may pass out Valentines - I respectfully request that you do not attach any candy or food items to the cards. Remember to make a Valentine for each student in our class - a list will be sent home soon. Students can also bring in board games to share with their classmates on Wednesday. Feel free to reach out if there are any questions.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Here are a few updates about our class:
- Good luck to Jonah, Trip, Michael, and Andrew, all of whom signed up to compete in the Invention Convention!
- We have a new classmate! Welcome, Craig, we're so glad you're here!
- Flyers were sent home about several programs - Baton Twirlers and Girls on the Run. Make sure to sign your child up if you are interested!
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Welcome back to a brand new year! In mathematics, we will be continuing our study of multiplication and division. Please remember to have your child study his/her multiplication facts daily - there are some excellent resources on our Media Center wikispace page. In reading, we are continuing to work on fluency, phonics, word structure, and comprehension skills. Our next unit will focus on animals and their habitats.
Today, students learned that Invention Convention is back again, and coming to HMS! Students have the next few weeks to decide if they want to participate in this optional program, in which they create a unique invention in response to an everyday problem. An informational flyer was sent home today; If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Some holiday week homework...thanks to all who donated spare socks for our holiday craft! Students had a ball creating a craft for their families, which will be sent home on Friday. I'd share a picture now, but it's a surprise! Here are a few reminders that you should have seen in your child's homework folder in the form of a note, or written in his/her assignment book. Thanks for all the support this holiday season!
- We will be in need of board games for a celebration on Thursday. Even if your child did not choose to participate in this particular activity, as several options were presented, a loaned board game would be much appreciated!
- Students are asked to bring a favorite holiday book to share with a classmate on Friday.
- On Friday, we will be watching "The Polar Express" and students are invited to bring in school appropriate pajamas and a small stuffed animal. Please note that students should change into their pajamas once at school, that slippers are not permitted, and that students will be having an outdoor recess.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Winter fun is here! Students have been having a blast in the snow these last two weeks. They have been building forts and snow men, and bundling up for the cold temperatures. Here is a photo of third graders from several classes.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
In math, our class is continuing our study of multiplication. Today, we learned how to multiply two- and three-digit numbers by a single-digit number. On the left is a picture of Hannah teaching the class her strategy. You can help your child at home by practicing multiplication facts with them, asking them to show you what they are learning in class, playing games that involve math, or using teaching websites, such as Khan Academy (I have created accounts for every student, so please contact me for login information!). You should also explore the resources from our school's Media Center website. Thanks to all families for their continued support!
Monday, December 11, 2017
Derek, from the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs, came to visit our class today! Derek read "The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School," a book about developing a growth-mindset. Then we played "Multiplication Around the World," even picking Braden to earn a prize from the prize box. Lastly, Derek got the chance to read from our Imagine-It books with Hannah, Hallie, and Beckham. Thank you Derek, for spending time with us today!
Monday, December 11, 2017
Another Hooksett winter is upon us! Please remember that students will need boots, snowpants, coats, hat/hood, and gloves/mittens to use any recess equipment or play on the field. Trip, Forest, Jonah, Kaylee and Beckham are dressed for some recess fun!
Friday, December 8, 2017
Our class learned about an exciting new project today! We will be writing and publishing a book about machines. All of the students were very excited, and even Ms. Vincent and I agreed to complete a page! The books will also be available for parents to purchase, and I will send the appropriate form home when the book is ready for publication. A special shoutout goes to Trip, who was particularly excited about both the project and the topic. As Trip said, "This was a dream of my life!"
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Congratulations to Bella, Forest, and Jonah for an excellent chorus concert! The class got to watch their dress rehearsal during the school day, and the students performed for friends and family last night at Cawley Middle School.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
It's "Hour of Code" season! Our class participated in the "Hour of Code" today. Students worked to learn basic computer coding skills using specific options from the code.org website. Everyone can practice at home using the link provided!
Friday, December 1, 2017
Today Mrs. Ruest joined our class for a Social Studies enrichment lesson for all students. We all loved using "Plickers," which turned our study of cardinal and intermediate directions into a game show! Students also explored actual New Hampshire maps, and discovered some unique features.
Friday, December 1, 2017
Congratulations to Jacob and his family for moving into their new house! Jacob has been a wonderful student and classmate, who will be missed by everyone. We all wish him the best of luck at his new school, and hope he will send our class some mail once he settles in! Good luck, Jacob!
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Today, students who consistently demonstrated safe, respectful, and responsible behavior throughout the month of November got the chance to enjoy a special reward - a board game celebration party in the classroom! We even welcomed a few special guests from Mrs. Glenn's class. Congratulations to all the students who attained this special recognition!
Tuesday, November 27, 2017
Thanks to a recent visit from the Pembroke Grange, every student in our class now owns their own dictionary. Students attended a brief presentation from the Grange where we learned facts about the history of the Grange and their dictionary program. The students' favorite parts of the dictionaries included the Sign Language section, the rivers section, and the longest word. We also had the opportunity to learn about writing friendly letters to thank the Pembroke Grange for their generosity.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Recently, the PTA brought us a presentation from Dr. Quinton Quark and his Slapstick Science program. Students learned about force, motion, thrust, lift, and drag. The students really enjoyed the presentation and we thank the PTA for bringing Dr. Quark to us!
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Please remember that parent-teacher conference day is Tuesday, November 14, 20107. I look forward to meeting with all of my students' families! Additionally, picture retake day will be Friday, November 17, 2017.
Friday, October 6, 2017
In Science, we have been learning about force and motion. After defining "force" as any push or pull, and discussing concepts like friction, students created "Hopper Poppers." They tested and recorded the jumping height of their "Hopper Poppers," and then made modifications to improve their designs.