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1/18/18 - No notes were passed out. The math homework is a shapes worksheet that involves students looking at shape characteristics to find pairs of shapes that are most related. Shapes that have the same amount of sides indicates two shapes that have quite a close relationship. Tonight is Sapporo's PTA dine-out evening. A portion of the bill (proceeds) will go back to Coolidge. In math students worked on their shapes worksheet that is this evening's homework. I also introduced the students to tomorrow's polygon picture assignment. In the morning students found the perimeter and the area of the Block T that they made. They began to write about how they found their own perimeter and area for the shape. In reading I read a couple short selections. Students used their strategies to try and write down the main idea via their whiteboards. We read over the Geographic article on frogs. A graphic organizer was passed out and students, with my assistance, began to put the information down. Students went to gym. During the Intervention Block students read, possibly met with me, and had a variety of other language arts academic choices.




1/17/18 - No notes were passed out. Math homework is to try and complete link 4.12. We read with our third grade buddies. In the computer lab students worked on organizing paragraph puzzle number seven. Next week the students will have a paragraph puzzle quiz. Sentences will need to be rearranged and put into different paragraphs. In math students learned about shapes and polygons. We discussed how shapes have families, or are related to one another. In problem solving the students finished designing their block Ts. ? They began to calculate the area and the perimeter. In reading we read a selection about anacondas. Students used the text to try and formulate a main idea. I introduced a National Geographic frog article. We discussed the format of the article, talked about the purpose for reading it, and we read the article together.




1/16/18 - No notes were distributed to the students. Math homework is to try and complete homelink 4.10. Students had the opportunity to check out more library books. In math we reviewed last week's measurement concepts. Then, we talked more about area and we connected the concept of area to making arrays. We learned that we do not need to see each individual squares to calculate the area. During the Intervention Block I met with individual students as the entire class read and worked on Read Theory. In the morning I read a selection about crocodiles. Students tried to locate the main idea of the text. We also received our weekly math problem. Students are in the process of drawing a block T and describing its perimeter and area. We completed the morning with students wrapping up their essay on how Michigan's natural resources helped our state grow, prosper, and develop. I am comparing these essays to each student's previous essays to determine how much language arts progress has been made.




1/12/18 - THERE IS NO SCHOOL THIS MONDAY(MLK). SCHOOL RESUMES ON TUESDAY. Six notes were passed out and should have been taken home. A high school play note, a Coolidge Movie Night note, a Karate note, a golf academy note, a soccer note, and a Livonia Youth Choir note were all passed out. No math homework was assigned for the weekend. The unit four review will be passed out early next week. We spent our math time focusing on the concept of area. Students cut out one inch squares and covered areas of their paper in an effort to comprehend this concept more. We made shapes with our paper tiles and compared areas of shapes to the perimeter. Students went to music. I read an informational text on mongooses and cobras. Students tried to write the main idea of the text and we saw a clip of these two animals battling one another. We worked in our Growth Mindset books. Students matched up fixed mindset sentences with growth mindset sentences. Then, they glued the paper onto page 55 of their mindset books. We continued working on our five paragraph natural resources essays. We should finish these essays by Tuesday. During our Intervention Block I met with a lot of students, individually. Students free read, went on Read Theory, or worked on other reading computer programs. Before the morning concluded, students were challenged to put themselves in birthday order. They were able to accomplish this task. We had another good, productive week.




1/11/18 - No notes were passed out. Math homework is to try and complete link 4.6, problems 3 and 4. Students went to gym. There is no school on Monday (MLK). In math we reviewed perimeter and we discussed how to measure objects that bend. Later, I introduced the students to the concept of area. We will continue learning about area. Students are in the process of completing their five paragraph natural resources essay. They have been working diligently on it. Today, I went over the snowman story problem and I collected each student's work. I read a main idea paragraph about cats and students used their whiteboards to write down the main idea of the paragraph. During the Intervention Block students read, used the computer program Read Theory, and some students met with me to work on specific skills. We had another productive day.




1/10/18 - No notes were passed out. Students should have their gym shoes ready for gym tomorrow. Math homework is to work on Homelink 4.6, problems 1 and 2. In the computer lab students worked on organizing related sentences into paragraphs. In math we reviewed how to properly measure segments in inches and centimeters. Then, we discussed what perimeter means. We practiced finding a number of perimeter problems. Students also shared their Snowmen problem from Monday. They discussed their answers and debated how to best find the answers. During the Intervention Block students read, worked with me, and/or read on the computer program, Read Theory. We are in the process of writing our essays concerning what natural resources made the state of Michigan a place that prospered and grew. Students worked hard on their essays this morning.




1/9/18 - No notes were passed out. A PTA meeting takes place tonight beginning at 7:00. Math homework for this evening is for students to try and fix their errors on the Unit Three assessment. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time. In the morning I read a story from Chicken Soup... and we discussed the theme of it. We also continued our math work on the Snowman story problem. After library, students used the Chromebooks to write about their vacation. They emailed me their typed pieces. Then, we began writing our essay on Michigan's natural resources and how these resources were used to help us grow and prosper. In the afternoon we began Unit Four discussing measurement. Students learned how to use a ruler, measuring to the nearest half-inch and even half-centimeter. During the Intervention Block time students free read, went on Read Theory, and some students met with me in small groups. Third graders are having their vision tested this week or next week. Please make sure any necessary glasses are brought to school.




1/8/18 - Alright! It's 6:00 and I can finally get on my website. Computers can be finicky. Happy New Year! No notes were sent home. However, students should have taken home the Unit Three Test we took before the break. Please sign and return the half parental page this week. Students went to art. In the morning I reviewed procedures with the class and we talked about what we did with our vacation time. Before art class we switched desks for the month of January and we began to clean our desks. After art, we finished cleaning up. I read to the class a Chicken Soup story and we discussed the message, or theme, of it. "Confidence" is the Growth Mindset word for this month. In their Growth Mindset books students completed page 45. They defined what confidence is and they gave examples of confident behavior. We completed the morning working on a daily math problem. We reviewed the four steps to problem solving. In the afternoon we reviewed and played two math games. During the Intervention Block students read quietly, went on Read Theory, and some students met with me. For this second trimester some of the students who were seeing other teachers had their schedules changed. These students seemed to have made significant progress. During the Intervention Block time I reviewed many of the skills I had previously taught. After second recess, students used their whiteboards to review math concepts in unit three. Towards the end of the day I discussed the Unit Three math tests and passed the tests back. We have a PTA meeting scheduled for 7:00 on Tuesday. We all seemed to have a great day. Students were full of smiles coming back.




12/22/17 - Five notes were sent home: a YMCA note, a Movie Night survey note, a Skating coupon note, a Baseball sign-up note, and a Box Tops note. There is no homework. The unit three math tests should be returned on Monday the 8th. School will resume on Monday, January 8th (spring is just around the corner). Today we had a Pajama Day and a Read-In day. The students seemed to enjoy it. In addition I read to the students and they were able to shop at the Coolidge Cash Store. Students went to music and we had a good time at our party. I will be here until roughly 6:00 in case something was left behind. It has been a terrific start and I look forward to teaching the students in 2018. See you soon. Todd Mai




12/21/17 - Tomorrow's main entrée is popcorn chicken. Tomorrow is a full day of school. After that, we have a two week break. School will resume on Monday, January 8th. Students are allowed to wear their pajamas tomorrow. The third grade is having a READ IN. Pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals can be brought to school. At 1:45 we will have our party. Parents are invited. I will be providing pizza, drinks, and the entertainment. If you can pick up the pizza for me from Little Caesars around 1:35, let me know via email. If I do not contact you, please assume arrangements have already been made for the pizza to be picked up. Thank You! No notes were passed out. A bunch of notes will go home tomorrow. There is no homework. Students went to gym. In the morning we went to the computer lab to work on our I Ready math growth check. Students finished the growth check in the afternoon. When students finished the growth check, they worked on their paragraph puzzle. After gym, students took the unit three math test. I will grade them over the break and return the tests on Monday. Students who finished the test before lunch were given academic choice. During the Intervention Block time the third graders had a guest teacher. The students read just right books, completed their natural resource paragraphs, and/or completed some reading programs on the Chromebooks. During that time, the third grade teachers met to discuss the Intervention Block. We discussed what was going well and what changes we thought would be beneficial. After recess, we checked Monday's 12 Days of Christmas problem. I collected the student work. Then, I read a story from Chicken Soup. We discussed the theme, or main message, of the story. Have a good evening.




12/20/17 - No notes were passed out. Math homework for the evening is to go over the review. The Unit Three Test is tomorrow. Our party is scheduled for Friday beginning at 1:45. All parents are invited. Thursday and Friday are full days before we go on our two week break. The computers were updating today so we did not do any work in the computer lab. In math we reviewed for tomorrow's test. Students who gave their best should be well prepared. We met with our buddies and made some paper stockings. During the Intervention Block students read with me and I met with two groups to discuss contractions. In writing students should have finished their personal natural resource paragraph. Students are in the process of giving peer feedback. In the morning we went over the five paragraph essay puzzle. Students took their essay puzzles back and worked on revising them. I read an article about wood used in the classroom. Students tried to write down the main idea using their whiteboards. We also problem solved in the morning. Students shared and discussed their answers to the 12 Days of Christmas problem. There is a lunch menu change for tomorrow. The main entrée will be cheese quesadillas.




12/19/17 - No notes were passed out. Math homework is to try and complete the Unit Three Review. The test is scheduled for Thursday. The students looked very festive and prepared for the Holiday Concert. For those of you in attendance, we hope you enjoyed it. We had a full house. Besides the concert students also went to the library and had a chance to check out additional just right books. In the morning students continued working on their five paragraph essay puzzles. We should complete these puzzles tomorrow. After the concert, students worked further on their 12 Days of Christmas problem solving. Students are working on adding up the total amount of gifts and then are trying to package as many gifts as possible into a perfect square. Before lunch students worked on their personal natural resource paragraph. Tomorrow, we will be in the process of revising the paragraph using peer feedback to assist us. In the afternoon I went over the first half of the unit three review. At the end of the day, students spent time completing the remaining problems and having them checked. I met with roughly half our students during the Intervention Block. Students also read their books and used computer programs to enhance their reading skills.




12/18/17 - Tomorrow is the third grade concert here at Coolidge. The concert is scheduled to begin at 10:30 and conclude around 11:00. Students should wear holiday attire much like they did last week. The K-1 parental concert will take place tomorrow as well beginning at 2:00. I have revised our class party time. Parents are welcome to attend. The party is now scheduled for 1:45 until 2:30 on Friday. I will be ordering pizza and drinks for the students. The students will finish their day with recess and music class. No notes were passed out. In math the homework is to work on the Unit Three math review for 10 minutes. The students received a second copy of the review and it should be brought back to school. The Unit Three Test is scheduled for Thursday. We worked on the review in class. Rounding numbers, playing the place value game, and problem solving the 12 days of Christmas also took place today. During the Intervention Block time students free read, went on Read Theory, possibly met with various teachers, and some students utilized other computer reading programs. This week we will be discussing student progress and possibly rearranging the different Intervention Block groups. Contact me any time regarding any question you may have. Students read a text on natural resources and they tried to write down the main idea of the text. We discussed the main idea in detail. We reviewed the word GRIT. Students saw two more videos referring to grit and they drew a picture in their Mindset books depicting GRIT in action. First thing in the morning students continued to rearrange their five paragraph essay puzzle. Most of the students are making significant progress. This is a full week of school before we take two full weeks off. The Holiday Shop is now officially closed.




12/15/17 - Sorry for the delay. I was talking to one of our student teachers who just completed her assignment here at Coolidge. No notes were passed out. There is no homework on the weekend. Next week is a full week of school. Currently, our party is scheduled for Friday at the end of the day. In math we played a couple math games. We discussed perfect squares in more detail. I also went over Monday's problem solving problem. I collected the papers to look over students' progress. Students went to music. The parent concert is scheduled for this Tuesday at 10:30. In the morning I read about two natural resources from Michigan. Using whiteboards students tried to write down the main idea from the text I read. Students began researching a different Michigan natural resource. Students are using their information to write a paragraph about it. Students also spent some group time trying to rearrange an essay I had cut up into sentence strips. Students are working on putting the sentences into their proper paragraphs. During the Intervention Block students free read, went on Read Theory, and utilized other resources to help them become a better reader. Because the Holiday Shop was closed on Thursday, it will be open on Monday. Have a good weekend.




12/13/17 - No notes were passed out. Math homework is a division worksheet I passed out a couple days ago. Stay tuned to the LPS website or WWJ for the latest regarding possible school closings. The Holiday Shop continues all week. Students are allowed to shop at their second recess period. We visited our first grade buddies, enjoying reading with them. In math students shared how they solved Monday's math problem. We played a math multiplication game, reviewed Helper Facts, learned what a factor/product is, learned what a perfect square is, and reviewed the Turn Around rule for multiplication. In the computer lab we had our second I Ready Reading Growth check. After the check, students went to my outbox and worked on solving a paragraph puzzle. In the morning I read a selection about trees. Students, using their whiteboards, practiced writing an appropriate main idea statement. In writing students finished writing their detailed paragraph about the importance of water to the state of Michigan. On the big screen I used children examples to teach students how to peer edit each other's writing. During the Intervention Block students read quietly, went on Read Theory, may have worked with specified teachers, and may have used the Chromebooks to apply reading strategies. I think the students favorite song this evening will be .........."Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow."




12/12/17 - No notes were passed out. just a reminder from the PTA...  Yearbook orders are currently being taken. Math homework is link 3.12. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time. Students sang Holiday songs to other students and we watched the K-1 students perform in the afternoon. We did not have the Intervention block today. In math students worked on yesterday's story problem. Many students were in the process of writing out their explanations to the problem. In the afternoon we discussed what a helper fact is and how to use a helper fact to find an unknown product. A place value game was also played. I read about iron ore and copper. Students used their whiteboards to come up with a main idea statement from the reading. We discussed the natural resource, water. Students came up with a topic sentence about Michigan's fresh water and proceeded to write details supporting it. Another fast day in our Winter Wonderland.




12/11/17 - Winter has arrived. No notes were passed out. Math homework is link 3.2. Skate Night is this evening from 6-8:00. Tomorrow, the K-1, 2-3 students will perform their Holiday program in front of the other children. Next week, the parents are invited to attend. I encourage students to wear appropriate attire for tomorrow's program. Red and green colors with some Santa hats thrown in should suffice. Each group will be watching the other groups performance. Students went to art and we also shopped at the Holiday (Santa) Shop. The shop will be open the rest of the week. Students who have money may return to the shop during any second recess (2:30-3:00). The shop is closed at lunch time. After shopping and art class, the students worked on the problem solving problem of the week. Then, for our Mindset Mondays, we reinforced the word GRIT. Students watched a video on the word and then proceeded to write about a specific time they witnessed GRIT in action. Students used their Growth Mindset books to work on their piece. We completed the morning editing our paragraphs on the lumber industry of Michigan. Students peer edited papers and, with permission, I went over some student work on the big screen. Students are in the process of sending me their final copies. In the afternoon we played a place value game and continued working on our division worksheet. At 3:00, students continued working on the division worksheet. Using our whiteboards we also discussed what a Ballpark estimate is. In a nutshell it is when a person rounds off a number to its largest place value. During the Intervention Block students read their own books and went on Read Theory. About half the students met with me in small groups and/or they worked on other reading programs. I received many report card envelopes back today. Do I have yours? Have a good evening.




12/8/17 - Congratulations to my fidget spinner winners. Thank you for reading my blog faithfully. Report cards were passed out and should have gone home. Four other notes were passed out and should have gone home.... a Skate Night note, a Skating Lesson note, a Holiday Shop note, and a Yearbook Order note. This Monday is the Holiday (Santa) Shop. Of course, bringing in money is optional. If a student forgets his/her money, the shop will be open during certain recess times throughout the week. Students went to music. We molded our natural resource, CLAY, into figurines. Students had a desk check. During our Intervention Block students free read, worked on Read Theory, possibly met with me, and/or went on some other computer programs focused on language arts. In my records I have a PTA event scheduled for 7:00. However, if this Sports Event exists, I know nothing about it. In math students reviewed how to divide numbers. They worked in pairs on a worksheet. In addition we played a game in pairs that focused on placing numbers in the correct place value. We watched a brief video on Michigan lumbering. Students used the Chromebooks to write a topic sentence about Michigan's lumbering industry. Then, they worked on writing details that supported their sentence statement. At the carpet I read another text about an explorer. Students used the information to try and formulate the main idea (message) of the text. It was a  busy day that moved quickly along. Have a good weekend.




12/7/17 - No notes were passed out. Report cards go home tomorrow. Math homework is homelink 3.7. On Monday students can bring in money. We are scheduled to go to the Santa (Holiday) Shop first thing in the morning. According to my records there is a PTA event scheduled for 7:00 this Friday evening. I think it involves sports. Skate Night is this Monday. In math we practiced our times facts both individually and with a group. We reviewed some addition skills, practiced mental math addition, and created our own data graph using students' first and last names. Together, we also solved Monday's math problem. Using their whiteboards students wrote a main idea sentence from the social studies text that I read. Students free read, worked on Read Theory, and many students met with me to discuss reading strategies. We read several pages in our social studies book. We discussed how the information is organized and we saw another video on logging. Students who privately hand me one piece of play money first thing tomorrow morning will receive a fidget spinner or something else (if they so choose). They may not share this information with any student. Students went to gym.




12/6/17 - No notes were passed out. Report cards go home this Friday. Math homework is to work on homelink 3.6. Next Monday is our Holiday(Santa) Shop first thing in the morning. In math we continued working on Monday's problem solving problem. Students shared their methods of solving it. We played a multiplication game using dice. In the afternoon we worked on completing more graphs. In the computer lab students practiced their cutting and pasting skills moving sentences around to form paragraphs. We read more about the 1800s lumberjack camps and watched a brief video about it. During our Intervention Block students free read, went on Read Theory, and possibly met with some teachers to discuss reading strategies. In the morning I read a section from the Michigan book. Students worked on locating the main idea of the text. Tomorrow is already Thursday.




12/5/17 - No notes were passed out. Report cards go out this Friday. I am happy to have a second conference with any parent. Math homework is homelink 3.8. We focused on the purpose of graphs. In the morning students worked on completing the weekly problem solving problem. During the Intervention Block students read their just right books, perhaps met with me, and used the Chromebook to utilize some reading programs. Students should have completed their 15 Great Lakes facts and they should have chosen six facts to write about in paragraph form. These paragraphs were sent to me via email. Students who did not finish worked on these paragraphs at second recess. We talked about Michigan's natural resources. We focused on lumbering. The purpose of our discussion was to define and explain important words associated with the lumber industry of the 1800s. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time.




12/4/17 - Welcome, December! Math homework is homelink 3.13. No notes were passed out. REPORT CARDS GO HOME THIS FRIDAY. In math we reviewed adding numbers, rounding numbers, and making arrays from math sentences. We also reviewed last year's number boxes. Although this is not a new skill for the students, it reminds the kids that there are many ways to express a number. In the morning students individually worked on an array problem. With the full week of school, we will be doing problem solving every day this week. We switched desks and cleaned our desks. It took some time to clean the desks, but the time was well spent. Sometimes, we find items in our desks that we can't even identify. Our growth mindset word of the month is GRIT. For Mindset Monday we discussed the word, defined it in our books, and gave examples of ways students have demonstrated grit. I provided a video example for the students to look at as well. In reading I read a section from the Michigan book. Students, using their whiteboards, tried to write the main idea. We discussed their sentences. Students have been researching a Great Lake. By now, 15 facts should have been written down about the Great Lake being researched. We will be putting these facts into paragraph form. There is a PTA meeting tomorrow morning at 9:30.




11/30/17 - Good Bye, November. A Box Tops note and a note about students NOT HAVING SCHOOL TOMORROW were passed out. Tomorrow, teachers will be working on their report cards. Report cards will go home via the students a week from tomorrow. Today was the end of the first academic trimester. Hard to believe that about one-third of the school year has passed. Students who forgot to bring back their clay should bring it back on Monday. Students went to gym. In the morning we continued to work on comprehending the main idea of a passage. Students used whiteboards to convey their understanding of the text I read out loud to them. Later, we looked at different ways clay is used in today's society. After gym, we began to research the Great Lakes. Each student chose a lake to research. Using Chromebooks we went on the Britannica website to find facts about the lakes. Students recorded many facts about each lake that we will put into paragraph form next week. In math we reviewed how to add and subtract large numbers using a step by step pattern I have been teaching the students. We also practiced our rounding patterns, drawing arrays, and showing multiplication problems through addition. During the Intervention Block students free read, worked on Read Theory, perhaps met with me and/or used a couple other reading programs. We had a good day.




11/29/17 - No notes were passed out. Students did bring some clay home. If you could help them refine the clay, that would be terrific. As part of our natural resources unit, the clay should be brought back to school tomorrow. In the computer lab students learned how to cut and paste sentences into appropriate paragraphs. This was a challenging, but beneficial, lesson. We dug for clay and students each got to take home a bag. Hopefully, this relevant experience will help students understand what a natural resource is all about. In reading I read about George Washington. Using their whiteboards students wrote down the main idea statement. We shared and discussed the sentences. I passed out the Michigan consumable books that I received from the Capitol. We talked about some interesting facts in the book. In math we reviewed how to add and subtract numbers following a specific pattern. We used a different pattern to round numbers of any amount. During the Intervention Block students read, went on Read Theory, and some met with me. After recess, we read with our first grade buddies. TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR THE WEEK. ON FRIDAY TEACHERS WILL BE WORKING ON THE REPORT CARDS.




11/28/17 - No notes were passed out that were meant to go home. A few students did receive some pictures from Lifetouch. The math homework for this evening is homelink 3.1. In math we continued our discussion of functions. After second recess, we reviewed how to round numbers, regroup addition and subtraction problems, form arrays related to math sentences, and replace multiplication sentences with addition sentences. By now, you should have seen the Unit Two math test. If you have not done so already, please return the parental signature page. In writing some students stayed in during second recess to work on finishing the Opal five paragraph essay. In reading I read an article on BATS. Using whiteboards students wrote down the main idea of the article. We used our social studies books to learn about the purpose of using indexes. We used the index to locate natural resources of Michigan. In groups students wrote down these resources and recorded their uses on a piece of paper. During the Intervention Block students read quietly, went on Read Theory, and/or met with various teachers to work on reading skills. We went to the library and students had the opportunity to check out more books. There is no school this Friday as it is a teacher report card work day.




11/27/17 - It is good to be back. We had many smiling faces today. No notes were passed out. However, students should have taken home their Unit Two math tests. Please sign the parental half page and return to school this week. Today, we discussed functions. Functions deal with putting a number in, something happening to the number, and a different number coming out. For example, if the function is add 2, if a three goes in, it will come out a five. Unit three reviews will be passed out this week. Students went to art. In reading we are working on locating the main idea of a text. Students are getting better at finding the main idea. Students also had free reading time, read in their just right books, and read other sources as well. About half the students met with me during the Intervention Block. We discussed Michigan's natural resources and their importance to our state growing/prospering. In writing most students finished their five paragraph Opal essays. Students who have yet to finish, for a variety of reasons, can finish the essay during recess times. THERE IS NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS THIS FRIDAY. IT IS A REPORT CARD WORK DAY.




11/21/17 - HAPPY THANKSLIVING EVERYONE! No notes were sent home. There is no school the remainder of this week. Good Bye, Mrs. Riggi. You will be missed. An elementary secretary can be a secretary anywhere. The canned food drive was a nice success. Thank you! In math students took the Unit Two assessment. Test results should come home next Monday. In reading students listened to a biography and tried to write down the main idea of the biography. We discussed the results. Students also worked on matching four main idea turkeys with the appropriate details. This was an extensive assignment. Many students took it home. If they return this assignment completed, they will receive Coolidge Cash and a prize for it. Working on the turkey paragraphs is OPTIONAL. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time. During the Intervention Block I met with nearly half of the students. Students also read their just right books, read on Read Theory, worked on the Opal five paragraph essay, and completed some other reading programs. We left with a lot of smiles and look forward to our return on Monday.




11/20/17 - No notes were passed out. Students should have taken home a Unit Two Math Review. A first copy was passed out a couple weeks ago. The review may be used on the tomorrow's test. Tomorrow is our last day of school for the week. There is no school this Wednesday. Students who have or will bring in a canned good are invited to wear pajamas tomorrow. We are trying to donate as many canned goods as we can to needy families over this season of Thanksliving. Students who donate two or more canned goods are able to bring in stuffed animals. Slippers may be worn in the classroom only for any student who donated at least one canned good. JUST AN FYI....TOMORROW IS MRS. RIGGI'S LAST DAY HERE AT COOLIDGE. In math we worked on the Unit Two Review. We also checked last week's money story problem. I stressed using manipulatives on the test since it benefits so many students. In our Growth Mindset books we discussed our Word of the Month...RESPECT. On page 35 students drew a picture or made a poster of RESPECT. In social studies students used the Table of Contents to locate natural resources of Michigan. During reading I read a selection about Michael Jordan. Together, we came up with the main idea of the text. Students also free read, worked on various computer reading programs, and met with me to talk about reading strategies. Students went to art. In writing we are in the process of finishing up our Opal character traits essays. A lot is going on.




11/17/17 - Coolidge's first Movie Night of the year is this evening. Two notes were passed out... a note for Spirit Wear orders and a note about a December picture contest. Today was our last Fitness Friday for the Fall. Mr. J, from the credit union, paid us a visit. Students love when he comes to our school and conducts math games with us. There is no math homework. We worked on problem solving and we solved Monday's problem. The Unit Two test is scheduled for this Tuesday. Students should have the study guides. In reading students read independently and they read on the computer program, Read Theory. Some students also worked with me. I read a piece about Abe Lincoln. Students tried to come up with a main idea statement. In writing we continued editing our five paragraph essay from Winn Dixie. We ended the day with music. Have a good weekend.




11/16/17 - Today, after school, we are celebrating Mrs. Riggi's many years with us at Coolidge. Therefore, this blog will be a little brief. No notes were sent home. Tomorrow is Fitness Friday and in the evening we should have our first Movie Night of the year. In math, homework is math homelink 2.5. The test is scheduled for next Tuesday. Students have had a study guide for a couple weeks. We worked on problem solving, memorizing multiplication facts, and story problems requiring two steps to solve. In writing students finished their first Opal essay drafts. Students worked on editing their essays using feedback from me and their peers. In social studies we talked about Michigan's natural resources. Students paired up to brainstorm as many natural resources they could think of that Michigan has. In reading we read quietly, met with different teachers to discuss reading strategies, worked on Read Theory, and completed other reading programs. We discussed the main idea of an informational text the first thing in the morning. Another Friday dawns upon us.




11/15/17 - No notes were sent home. Math homework for this evening is homelink 2.4. Today, we spent a lot of time reviewing how to accurately subtract three digit numbers. Following a consistent pattern is important. Students also worked on their daily math story problem. In writing most students should have come close to finishing the first computer draft of the Opal essay. Tomorrow, we will finish the draft and begin revising. Using our social studies books students answered questions located throughout the text. Students learned that by using the Table of Contents correctly, many answers could be quickly located. During our Intervention Block students read quietly, worked with me and/or other teachers, used Read Theory, and/or a variety of other reading programs. In the computer lab students took an I Ready computer program reading growth check assessment. This test was important as it is one of the major indicators of student improvement. After the test, students corrected a paragraph's punctuation and sentence structure. In the morning I read to the students and discussed the theme, or message, of the story. Next week students have school on Monday and Tuesday. There is NO school on Wednesday.




11/14/17 - No notes were sent home. We have a PTA meeting tonight at 7:00. Coolidge is in the process of collecting canned goods for the needy this Thanksgiving season. Please, keep sending in the Box Tops as well. We have a box outside our classroom for the canned goods. . Students had an opportunity to check out books during their extended library time. Students spent about one hour in the library as certain assessments needed to be completed. In math homelink 2.3 is the homework. Today, students used dice, with a partner, to practice their math facts. Students also worked on the daily story problem associated with Thanksgiving tables. In our journals we focused on completing story problems involving two or more steps to find the correct answer. In writing students used their Chromebooks to begin typing up the second draft of Opal's three important character traits. Paragraphs one, two, and five were directly modeled for the students. Using our social studies books students are learning how to use the Table of Contents to locate information more quickly. In other reading students read to themselves, went on Read Theory, worked with various teachers, and used other reading programs to enhance reading skills. In the morning I read to the students a Chicken Soup story. We have been focusing on the theme, or main message, that these short stories give.




11/13/17 - No notes were sent home. We have a PTA meeting tomorrow at 7:00. In math homelink 2.2 is the homework. We talked about how to add numbers mentally. We could think of 23+9 as 23 +10-1=32. We will continue to practice. We also worked on more story problems. We discussed basic skills needed to solve problems and I showed some graphic organizers students could use to help them organize the information. We also individually worked on Monday's problem solving problem. It involved 100 Thanksgiving guests and a certain amount of chairs. In reading the students worked on a variety of reading programs. They read independently as well. Half of the students saw me for specific reading strategy information. As part of our Growth Mindset Mondays, a story about RESPECT was read and discussed. In writing I modeled how to put together a Winn Dixie introductory and concluding paragraph. Students continued working on their own paragraphs discussing Opal's key character traits. In social studies we used our Michigan textbooks. Students used the Table of Contents to locate different questions. We had a good day.




11/10/17 - These weeks are flying by. No homework on weekends. Four notes were passed out.... a Box Tops note, a Yearbook note, a Nutcracker Ballet note, and a Girl Scouts note. A few of my students had their pictures taken/retaken in the afternoon. We attended music.  In math we continued discussing patterns. We observed that patterns can involve many things, not just numbers. We checked yesterday's problem solving problem and students worked on solving a money/division problem in small groups. I used base 10 manipulatives to model dividing numbers. During reading time I read to the students a Chicken Soup story. We focused on the main message, or theme, of the story. Students read on their own and worked on Read Theory too. A number of students met with me during their small group time. Based on the group's need we worked on a variety of reading strategies from phonics, context clues, words with two definitions, prefixes/suffixes, and syllables. With Winn Dixie, I modeled how to write a paragraph from the graphic organizer notes I took. Then, students used their own notes from the organizer to write about one of Opal's main inside character traits. We used our Michigan books to locate any question about Michigan. We learned that by using the Table of Contents, many questions could be found in a minimal amount of time. It was another good and productive week.




11/9/17 - Math homework is homelink 2.11. No notes went home. Tomorrow, participating students have Fitness Friday and picture retakes/make ups will occur in the afternoon. We had a fire drill and students attended gym class. The third grade TEAM had guest teachers in the PM. We went to an inservice on word study. In math students focused largely on finding patterns in numbers. We also worked on solving a story problem. I read a Chicken Soup story. Students focused on coming up with a theme for it. In writing students received a graphic organizer for Winn Dixie as well as a character traits paper. I teacher modeled how to record information regarding one of Opal's most obvious inside character traits. Students recorded the information and proceeded to work on one or two of the other trait sections. During the Intervention Block students continued to individually read, read on Read Theory, use other programs on the Chromebooks, answer some Winn Dixie questions, and work with various teachers on reading strategies. Another weekend is upon us. For reading my blog, a student who gives me a play dime before 9:00 will receive a prize. This student should not pass on this information.




11/8/17 - There is no official homework. Students can work on the Unit Two math review. No notes were passed out. In math we worked on subtracting more three digit by three digit numbers using the traditional regrouping method. At the end of the day we enjoyed our time spent with our first grade buddies. In the computer lab we corrected a paragraph full of sentence and punctuation errors. During the Intervention Block I met with a number of different groups. We went over reading strategies applicable to different students. Students also spent the hour reading their "just right books", reading on Read Theory, and answering four questions from Winn Dixie. The students enjoyed the finale of the Winn Dixie movie. We spent a lot of time brainstorming generic character traits both in small and large groups. We are preparing to write an essay based on the three most important traits of Opal, the main character in Winn Dixie. This Friday is Fitness Friday #2 and it is Picture Retake Day.

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11/6/17 - THERE IS NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS TOMORROW. Teachers will be at an inservice on Voting Day. No notes went home. However, in math students should spend the next couple days completing the addition/subtraction worksheet. We reviewed the traditional way of regrouping numbers to add and subtract correctly. We used our Growth Mindset books to begin writing about RESPECT. We reviewed the meaning of respect, saw a brief video about it, and modeled some stories that demonstrated respectful behavior. During the Intervention Block students read their JRBs, went on Read Theory, wrote about the Winn Dixie movie, and met with various teachers. The majority of the day was spent watching and discussing the Winn Dixie movie. We will watch the final 15 minutes on Wednesday.




11/3/17 - Happy first Fitness Friday. Some students received Entertainment Books and prizes along with it. Lifetouch pictures, for those who ordered them, were passed out. A Movie Night note and a Restaurant Night note were passed out as well. There is no official homework on the weekend. At the end of the day students went to music. During reading time we finished reading Winn Dixie. Upon completing the book students used their Chromebooks to reflect on the story. They were asked to give their opinion about the book, discuss theme, complete the sentence... Because of Winn Dixie..., and describe two characters/traits from the book backing it up with evidence. Students also read their just right books and went on Read Theory. During the Intervention Block I met with roughly half the students to discuss reading strategies. In math we checked the weekly problem. Later, students used the base 10 manipulatives to work on subtraction problems. In the afternoon we used this knowledge to complete problems by regrouping numbers in the more traditional manner. THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON TUESDAY. Have a nice weekend.




11/2/17 - A sickness note should have gone home. I have a student out with Foot and Mouth. The math homework for this evening is to discuss two things... Students should be able to explain what our base 10 system is all about. Basically, the answer is we use just 10 number symbols to create a bunch of different numbers. Number Two... When is three bigger than four??? Answer.... when 3 is in a larger place value. We spent our time discussing place value, making arrays, and forming groups from multiplication problems. In addition we added numbers using cubes, flats, and longs. In the morning students worked on explaining their answer to Monday's problem solving problem. In reading students listened and responded to Winn Dixie. We will be finishing Winn Dixie tomorrow. We have enjoyed learning about character traits, problems, big questions, and theme. Students independently read and they worked on Read Theory. Some students wrote me a short piece about their Halloween adventure and some students completed their personal paragraph. Students went to gym too. WEATHER PROVIDED, TOMORROW WILL BE OUR FIRST FITNESS FRIDAY.




11/1/17 - Welcome, November!! I hope all the Halloween festivities went well with your family. No notes went home today. In math homework is homelink 2.10. We did more work using money to trade amounts, create amounts, and divide amounts. With our whiteboards, students demonstrated their understanding of the relationship between addition and multiplication. Students also made arrays and formed groups of numbers. Problem solving time was used to work in pairs and discuss the current progress each student was making. We problem solve each day. In the computer lab students punctuated a paragraph. Then, with any time left over, many students went on the math, Prodigy program. Other students used their academic time wisely in other ways. In reading Winn Dixie continued to be read. Our character study, asking important questions, and coming up with mini themes for each chapter has kept us busy. Students read independently, used Read Theory, and worked with me on special areas during their Intervention Block hour. We started off the day changing desks and cleaning desks out for the month of November. For reading this, students who hand me a play penny first thing tomorrow morning will receive a prize. Students should not tell any other student about this.




10/31/17 - Happy Halloween! Time is flying by. A Square 1 reminder note, a piece of art work, and a few Halloween trinkets should have come home. Being Halloween Day, we did a few things differently that the students enjoyed. In reading we continued reading Winn Dixie focusing on character traits, important questions, and finding details. Students also read independently and went on the computer program, Read Theory. In math students worked on several problem solving activities and they spent lots of time on a Halloween graph. I read some material about Halloween as well. May all of you have an enjoyable time this evening.




10/30/17 - No notes were passed out. There is no official math homework. Students are encouraged to wear their black and white colors tomorrow. Students may pass out Halloween trinkets, but no food please. The third grade TEAM of teachers met in the afternoon to discuss future lessons. Guest teachers filled in during the PM. In reading we continued Winn Dixie discussing character traits and looking for answers to important questions. Students went on Read Theory and independently read their just right books. In math students received and worked on the unit 2 review. The test will take place later next week. Students also worked on trading and exchanging play money. They added up different amounts and divided the money as well. Furthermore, students worked on solving a Halloween problem involving addition of money and dividing the total amount into groups. Some students went on math Prodigy. In our Growth Mindset books we completed page 33. We defined RESPECT and gave examples of respectful behavior. During our Intervention Block students worked on a number of language arts strategies. The year is flying by.




10/27/17 - I am soooo glad the weather held out for our 3:00 Tailgate Party. The kids seemed to have a good time. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped out. There is no official homework this weekend and no notes were sent home. It appears all the pumpkins made their way out of the classroom. Students went to music. In math we cleaned out our pumpkins after we weighed each one. Then, we counted how many seeds each pumpkin had. On Monday we will graph the results to see if there is a relationship between the pumpkin's weight and the number of seeds it produces. Unit one math test parental signatures were due today. If you still have not seen the test, please let me know. We also went over the Trick or Treat problem as a whole class. In reading I read more from Winn Dixie. Students also had independent reading time and they worked on Read Theory. During the Intervention Hour I met with a number of students in small groups working on a variety of reading skills. In writing students tried to create a paragraph of their choice. When finished, these student paragraphs will be emailed to me. Have a nice weekend.




10/26/17 - We will be using the pumpkins tomorrow. Please send one in if you have not already done so. If you have a pumpkin scooper, please send one in as well. Our Tailgate party is still scheduled for 3:00. Parents are welcome. Students who are wearing a costume should not wear their costumes to school. We will change at recess time. Obviously, some parts of the costume may be worn to school if necessary. Masks and weapons should not come to school. I do not have a problem with face paint. If the weather is inclement, we will accommodate the best we can. Trick or Treat Trinkets can be passed out next Tuesday (no candy). In math the homework is homelink 2.8. We worked a lot on dividing money into equal groups. It is quite a challenge for the students since it involves numerous skills. We are showing GRIT. If you have not already done so, please turn in the half page, unit one parental signature. Doing so lets me know that parents have seen the test results. In the morning we also problem solved. Students discussed Monday's Trick or Treat problem and we will go over the solution on Friday. In reading I read Winn Dixie, focusing mainly on character traits and asking important questions. Students utilized Read Theory, read their JRB's, and worked with teachers on a variety of skills during the Intervention hour. As a whole class, we talked about the purpose of headings and how information can be more quickly located using headings as a starting point. We had another good day.




10/25/17 - Please bring in a real pumpkin of any size. We plan on doing some neat math activities with them. I will remind parents of more Tailgate Party details tomorrow on this website. A fundraiser Wreath note, a fundraiser Square 1 note, and a Gymnastics note were all passed out. In math we continued working on dividing various amounts using sketches. We expanded our knowledge of dividing by working on money problems. No official homework was assigned. It would be a good day to work on correcting the mistakes from the Unit 1 assessment. Please return the Unit 1 parental signature half page. Doing so confirms that parents saw the results of the test. During reading times I read more of Winn Dixie. Students are developing their understanding of asking important questions and listening carefully to find answers. Character traits remains a focus as well. Students had time to read their JRB's and work on Read Theory. In the morning students had another teacher discuss autism. It is our hope that students do not fear students with autism. Rather, they welcome them at Coolidge and try to make them feel comfortable. At the end of the day we read with our first grade buddies from Mrs. Brees' class. In the computer lab students again worked on locating my computer outbox, dragging it to their desktops, and correcting the punctuation of the paragraph I gave them. When finished, students had academic free choice. During our Intervention Block students worked on a variety of reading skills. Ask them what they did during that time. The weekend is approaching quickly. It so often does for me.




10/24/17 - A note regarding our 3/4 Friday Tailgate party was sent home. If possible, please have your little one bring in a pumpkin, of any size, by this Friday. The third grade plans on conducting a problem solving activity using the pumpkins. In math students received and should have taken home their unit one math tests. Please sign the half page note and have it returned this week. We spent some time going over this first assessment. Throughout this week, regardless if students are retaking the test, students should attempt to correct their errors. Also in math students shared their results about yesterday's trick or treat problem. We discussed division and learned that division means to break apart. For homework, students should try to complete homelink 2.9. 10-15 minutes of homework should suffice no matter how much or little was accomplished. Tomorrow, at the start of the day, the magic word is "Bones". Have your little one see me for a prize. Students, at this point, should be sketching math pictures of their thinking. In reading students continued to read their JRB's, work on Read Theory, and use evidence to support their statements. We read chapter 2 of Winn Dixie. Answering important questions and understanding character traits are emphasized throughout this book. Handwriting page 23 was assigned. During our Intervention Block students are doing a number of activities. Various groups are working on comprehension, phonics, vocabulary, and other key strategies.




10/23/17 - Two notes were sent home, a Karate note and an Art Show note. This Friday our third/fourth grade tailgate will take the place of our Halloween party. Please look for tomorrow's note in your child's yellow folder. Could your child bring in a pumpkin of any size by Friday? We plan on doing a grade wide problem solving activity with the kiddos. If a pumpkin is not brought in, students can share. Our new intervention groups began today. Teachers are targeting learning strategies based on individual student needs. After roughly seven weeks, teachers will be reviewing the data and rearranging the groups as needed. In math we problem solved twice. We wrapped up Friday's problem solving activity involving the student who worked at a haunted house for $10 an hour. We went over the problem in small groups and as a large group. I assigned another problem involving Halloween candy. We will work on this problem throughout the week. Today's EDM lesson focused on putting dots into different arrays. Homework this evening is homelink 2.7, page 60. Math tests will come home tomorrow. Sorry for the extended delay. In reading students read their JRB's, they worked on Read Theory, and many students received small group instruction. I also began reading Winn Dixie. We discussed Big Questions the author had yet to address and we discussed character traits, both inside and out, from characters in the book. Cursive page 22 was assigned as well.




10/20/17 - The Fall Festival is at Holmes Middle School from 6-8:00 this evening. Hope to see you there. No notes went home today. Students went to music. They had two quiet reading sessions and two opportunities to utilize the program, Read Theory. In math we problem solved for an hour. We reviewed the four steps to problem solving.... Understand the problem, Make a plan for solving it, Carry out the plan, and review the results. Students were given a difficult problem and they worked well together trying to solve it. We will go over the answer on Monday. Handwriting page 21 was assigned. In the morning I read to the students. We continued our discussion of theme. Having the Growth Mindset remains our key focus. Have a nice weekend. The weather has been great.




10/19/17 - No notes were sent home today. Conferences continue into this evening. Tomorrow students have a full day of school. The Fall Festival is on Friday at Holmes from 6-8:00. This morning students went to gym. I read to the class and we discussed the main theme of the story. Later, we went over a sentence worksheet. After that, we finished and checked the Big Cat article. We proved our answers and students learned how to use the text feature, Headings, to help them more quickly find the correct answers. The morning concluded with a quiet reading period involving just right books while other students read on Read Theory.




10/18/17 - Sorry for the late notice. Many conferences have been taking place. No notes were sent home. In the morning I read to the students a Chicken Soup story. We talked about the main message (theme) of the story. We also discussed details of the story that supported various questions. In the computer lab students navigated to my teacher outbox. They dragged a paragraph onto their desktops and proceeded to correct the punctuation. Afterwards, students could choose a variety of academic activities to work on. When we returned, I prepared the students for the unit one math test. The test took the remainder of the morning for basically all of the students to finish. Students who did finish used the Chromebooks to work on Read Theory. Some students chose to read a just right book. Tomorrow is another half day as conferences will take place in the afternoon and the evening. Dismissal is at 12:10. Friday is a full day of school.




10/17/17 - TOMORROW AND THURSDAY ARE HALF DAYS. DISMISSAL IS AT 12:10. WE HAVE CONFERENCES. FRIDAY IS A FULL DAY. A Fitness Friday note went home. A couple students also took home a conference note. Tomorrow is the Unit One math test. Students should have taken it home to review. The math review can be used on the first test. In groups of three students went over the review. Students have had the review for about a week. THE REVIEW COULD HAVE GONE HOME ANY DAY. We had the opportunity to check out more library books. Handwriting page 20 was assigned. In reading students read their just right books. During this time I read with some of the students. Students also worked on Read Theory. In the morning I read to the students from Chicken Soup for the Soul. We discussed the message of the story, GRIT. Students worked on a sentence paper. We discussed the importance of reading papers out loud. We hear our mistakes more than we see our mistakes because we are much more experienced talkers than writers. As of now, the Fall Festival is still scheduled for this Friday at Holmes Middle School. By Wednesday, we will know if we have enough volunteers. REMEMBER - I AM ENCOURAGING ALL PARENTS TO BRING THEIR SON/DAUGHTER TO THE CONFERENCE. I look forward to talking with you about a lot of good things. Fitness Friday begins this week. Students who ride a bus and choose to participate need to fill out the form and return it to school.




10/16/17 - Yeah! We had our pictures taken before recess. No class notes were passed out. Wednesday and Thursday are half days for the students. Teachers will have conferences in the afternoon and evening. Students are strongly encouraged to attend. Please email me if you do not yet have a conference time. Library books should be returned tomorrow. If they are at home, please bring them in. Students went to art today. In reading we had two quiet reading periods and we had one session on locating more direct text answers. Students are learning about paragraphs and how informational text is structured. The article discussed similarities and differences between tigers and lions. Students went on Read Theory too after they finished their paragraph writing puzzle. In math we learned a quicker way to round off numbers to the nearest ten and hundred. We learned that if we followed the same pattern, we could round off just about any number. I also introduced the key words FIRST, THEN, NEXT, and FINALLY to the students. Using these words as a guide will help students write a coherent response regarding how a math problem was solved. The unit one math test is scheduled for this Wednesday. For optional homework students can work on the review at home. The review should come back to school on a daily basis. Later in the day we checked last week's problem solving problem. I modeled a successful strategy how to solve it. Towards the later afternoon we finished Friday's handwriting page.




10/13/17 - FRIDAY THE 13TH. IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO RESEARCH THIS DATE AND HOW IT CAME TO BE. A Panera Bread fundraiser note was passed out. THIS MONDAY IS PICTURE DAY. Due to hot weather picture day was postponed earlier in the year. Students should have also brought home a note about your son/daughter's reading level. Regardless of what the note says, due not fret. My students know that if they give their best, they will never need to worry. Conferences are next week and I will discuss the reading note in detail. no worries  Can your little one round a number to the nearest 100??? After reviewing rounding to the nearest 10, we worked on rounding to the nearest 100. Some students were even able to round to the nearest 1000. Awesome!!! Students went to music. A few minutes of the day were spent passing out some prizes for students who sold Entertainment Books. Keep up the good work. The sell continues. Our Fall Festival is scheduled for next Friday at Holmes Middle School. Can you help out? Either way, I hope to see you there. In class students worked on the math Program, Prodigy. They also spent time covering concepts on the unit one review. The test will take place next week. In reading students went on the program, Read Theory and they read for extended periods. Handwriting page 19 was assigned. I read to the students and we discussed the theme of the story. Conferences are next week. I encourage every student to attend. If you do not yet have a conference time, simply email me. We will work it out. Have an enjoyable weekend.




10/12/17 - No class notes were passed out. If you have yet to sign up for a conference, please email me. Conferences take place next week. Students went to gym. In math we focused on rounding. Students are learning to round to the nearest 10 and 100. Time was given to work on the unit one review. If taken home, please return the review back to school on a daily basis. Some students went on the math program, Prodigy, as well. In reading we checked and discussed the Owl article. Students highlighted direct text answers and came up with questions of their own. Students had a quiet reading session and some students went on the program, Read Theory.  Handwriting page 18 was assigned. Tomorrow is the final day of the Scholastic Book Fair. The Entertainment Book fundraiser continues into next week.  




10/11/17 - A conference note, a Fall Festival note, and a Picture Day note should have gone home today. Although it rained, students were productive. The Scholastic Book Fair runs through Friday. If any students are not selling the Entertainment Books, please send them in ASAP. In math students worked on the unit one review. The test will take place next week. If the review is taken home, it should come back to school on a daily basis. Students learned about the meaning of the multiplication symbol. In the computer lab students learned how to access my teacher outbox and copy one of my documents onto their desktops. Then, students worked on correcting punctuation errors within the document they copied. I read to the students and have been focusing on the author's message. We also read a brief text on owls. I modeled how to highlight direct text answers and look for specific information. At the end of the day we visited our first grade buddies. Students completed handwriting page 17. We had a couple just right book reading periods. Some students also had time to work on Read Theory or math Prodigy. another good day with smiling faces




10/10/17 - Three notes, a scarecrow contest note, a basketball note, and an Entertainment Book note should have all gone home via the yellow folders. We had another good learning day. In math students learned what the equal sign truly represents. We spent a lot of time balancing equations. There is no homework. Students also worked on the math program, Prodigy. Tomorrow morning have your little one whisper to me the word "Godzilla" and they will receive some reward for it. Thank you for reading my blog. In writing students took a paragraph quiz. Each student wrote about their favorite place using the Chromebooks. We reviewed the proper elements of a paragraph and the students emailed me their work. In reading students used Read Theory, they read their just right books, and they listened to me read. Handwriting page 16 was assigned. IF YOU HAVE YET TO SIGN UP FOR CONFERENCES, SIMPLY EMAIL ME.




10/9/17 - Scholastic Book Fair is tomorrow. Bringing in money is totally optional. Happy Columbus Day! We discussed Columbus and his accomplishments. No notes were passed out and students went to art.
In writing students finished their "Best Day" paragraphs and most students completed their responses to the Edward Tulane book (both via the Chromebooks). Mindset Monday focused on RESPONSIBILITY. We discussed the definition of responsibility and students wrote down a number of examples describing this character trait. Then, on page 31 of the mindset books students wrote about a personal time when they were responsible/irresponsible. In reading students had two quiet reading periods in their "just right books" and students individually worked on Read Theory. Handwriting the letter "g" was assigned. In math students practiced problems using Prodigy. Students took a brief addition/subtraction quiz. Also in math students reviewed the four steps to problem solving. The four steps were used to work on a problem. Each day the students will go over different aspects of the problem.



10/6/17 - No notes were passed out. Our class heads to the Scholastic Book Fair during our Tuesday library time. We had music today. In math we played a game where students had to answer math questions. If students answered a more challenging question, the football moved even closer to the opponent's goal line. Teams were chosen based on the support for Michigan or State. The game ended with a zero/zero tie and the ball five yards from the 50 yard line. We also had a contest for the best dressed fan. Congrats, O.D.. If a student comes up to me privately on Monday and whispers to me,  "Coolidge Cash", I will give each student two bonus Coolidge Cash plus a treat. Thank you for reading my blog. In reading I completed the first phase of assessing all of my students. Results will be shared at conference time. Students had two quiet reading periods and they worked on Read Theory using their Chromebooks. Chromebooks were also used to answer questions on the math program, Prodigy. Edward Tulane was finished today and I had the students respond to the book, via the Chromebooks, how much they liked it. Name tags were also made for our desks. As with every one of my years, the days are flying by. Have a good weekend. If you have yet to sign up for a conference time, simply email me.




10/5/17 - No notes were passed out. Tonight, from 6-8:00, is Coolidge's Skate Night at Riverside roller rink in Livonia. Tomorrow, students are encouraged to wear maize/blue or green/white to support their favorite team. Students went to gym and they were assigned handwriting page 14. In reading we are wrapping up Edward Tulane. We are largely discussing characteristics that the different characters are exhibiting. Students used their Chromebooks to work on Read Theory and we had a quiet read period. I am wrapping up assessing student reading levels. In math clockwork dominated our time. Students are demonstrating nice improvement. There was some time for students to work on the math program, Prodigy. Using the Chromebooks students finished their paragraphs about their favorite day of the year. Students commented on their peers' paragraphs and each student edited each piece as they saw fit. We discussed the different jobs in our class and I read a story about respecting/appreciating what one has. Another Friday is approaching.




10/4/17 - This week, again, is moving quickly. Six notes/items should have come home with the yellow folder. A Skate Night note, a Book Fair note, a Livonia Fire Open House note, a skating lesson note, and a volleyball note were all passed out. We also had a brief fundraising assembly which focused on selling Entertainment Books. Please consider selling a couple or more. I find that these books are worth their $30 price tag. I personally saved over $100 using last year's book. In reading we continued reading Edward Tulane. We are getting near the end and the students seem to really enjoy this book. E.T. deals a great deal with emotions and the importance of being happy for what a person does have in life. Students also read quietly and used Read Theory to strengthen their reading fluency and comprehension skills. In the computer lab students continued their programming using the website www.code.org. Cursive page 13 was assigned and worked on. In math another skill was added to telling time. All the students seem to be improving. We used our Chromebooks to work on math Prodigy and we extended our practice of writing paragraphs that are supported with evidence. Tomorrow, students have gym.




10/3/17 - Skate Night is this Thursday. A note will come home tomorrow. No notes were sent home today. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time. There will be no class book check out next week as students will attend the Book Fair during their library time. In the morning we continued reading Edward Tulane and discussing many reading strategies good readers use to comprehend a story. Students also had their quiet reading period. I monitored students to ensure they were reading just right books and I conducted some reading tests. Students used their Chromebooks to go on Read Theory and the math program, Prodigy. I set up the program to ask a number of questions dealing with the third grade skill of telling time. We also used our Chromebooks to write paragraphs to one another and have our paragraphs critiqued. In groups we worked on telling time and handwriting page 12 was assigned. We had another good day.




10/2/17 - Welcome, October. The yellow folders should have gone home containing two notes, a basketball note and a credit union note. Students went to art and we had an assembly on the importance of saving money. In reading we continued our Edward Tulane text, students had a free reading period, and students worked on Read Theory. We switched desks, discussed our discipline flip chart system, discussed jobs in the classroom, and shared information how to keep germs from spreading in the class. Cursive page 11 was worked on and students used math Prodigy. We ended the day discussing the word RESPONSIBILITY and working on some time elapsed problems. I need to leave shortly after school to pick up my car. I will respond to any emails I receive tomorrow.  




9/29/17 - Good Bye, September. I will miss my favorite weather month. No notes were sent home. Students went to music. In the morning we had a quiet read. I completed some more assessing of reading levels and just right book reading. I read more chapters from Edward Tulane and discussed a variety of reading strategies. Students used their Chromebooks and continued to write paragraphs. These paragraphs were shared with a buddy. The buddy gave feedback via the Chromebooks. Students also used the Chromebooks to work on the math program called Prodigy. By the way,  the first three students who privately whisper to me "Fidget Spinner" will receive a gift Monday morning. I appreciate parents reading my updates. Be sure to tell your little one not to tell anyone about this. We completed handwriting page 10 and we did some more clock work at the carpet. Next week we will focus on elapsed time. Towards the end of the day we had a team building challenge activity. We almost succeeded and we will try again next week. One more thing... Students used their Chromebooks and completed some reading texts using the program, Read Theory. It was another good week.




9/28/17 - IF YOU HAVE YET TO SIGN UP FOR A CONFERENCE TIME, SIMPLY EMAIL ME OR CALL MRS. RIGGI. I hope you found Curriculum Night enjoyable and informative. See all of you for conferences soon. No notes were sent home. Students went to gym. I continued reading Edward Tulane and we discussed character traits. Students had an extended quiet reading period. They are developing greater reading stamina and most of the students are reading just right books. Super! Handwriting page 9 was completed. In math most students should now be able to tell time on an analog clock. Using whiteboards students practiced with a buddy. We also used our Chromebooks to further familiarize ourselves with the math program, PRODIGY. The students really enjoy it and they can do Prodigy at home. We used our Chromebooks to write about dogs or cats being the better pet. Students made their claim and were asked to support their topic sentence with evidence. Students titled their document, emailed it to a buddy, and received constructive criticism from the buddy via the Chromebooks. The week is flying.




9/27/17 - Ah, cooler weather is coming in. No notes were passed out. CURRICULUM NIGHT FOR THE THIRD GRADE BEGINS AT 6:45 AND ENDS AT 7:30. HOPE YOU CAN ATTEND. PLEASE - PARENTS ONLY
Students went to the computer lab. We worked on our programming skills using the website www.code.org. In math students went back into the computer program called Prodigy. They really enjoy it and can use this program at home. Handwriting page 8 was assigned. Using our Chromebooks students read texts at their reading levels. Students answer questions to help the program assess improvement. We also used our Chromebooks to write more paragraphs. Students learned/reviewed how to title a document, share it with a friend, and allow a fellow student to type comments. A 35 minute quiet read was also given. I monitored the students and asked them about choosing just right books. At the end of the day we met Mrs. Brees' buddies for the first time. The kids were excited. I read more chapters from Edward Tulane and focused on the development of the characters. We had another good day.




9/26/17 - No notes were passed out. Tomorrow, beginning at 6:45, the third grade Curriculum Night begins in my room (30). Students had the opportunity to check out more library books. Only just right books should be checked out. We continued reading Edward Tulane focusing on character traits. In math we worked on a new computer program called Prodigy. For most of my third graders, Prodigy is a new program. The students seem very motivated to utilize it and it can be used at home. Students also worked in pairs testing each other on telling time correctly. Handwriting page 8 was completed and students finished more assessments on Read Theory. Students had a quiet reading period and I spent that time checking student books for the correct reading level. Using our Chromebooks we completed the day writing a paragraph containing a topic sentence with supporting details. We had another productive day.




9/25/17 - Due to the heat, Picture Day has been postponed. A new date should be announced this week. No notes were passed out. Students went to art. In the morning I continued reading from Edward Tulane. We are looking at the various character traits demonstrated in the book. Our Chromebooks were used to write paragraphs. The paragraphs, with student permission, were displayed so that students could look at strengths and weaknesses. Students spent time on the reading program, Read Theory. In the afternoon students had a quiet reading block. In math we reviewed the purpose of each clock hand. Students were given a time and asked to numerically write the time down. Cursive page six was completed and several more Growth Mindset pages were discussed as well. Curriculum Night is this Thursday from 6:45 until 7:30. Hope to see you there. Reminder... a media opt out page needs to be completed if you do not want certain information(name/picture) about your son/daughter to be displayed. I believe this form is located on the Coolidge web page. Enjoy your evening.




9/22/17 - Well, we made it through a hot, muggy week. The yellow folder should have gone home. One note about the Livonia Youth Choir should be in it. In the morning the kids enjoyed the Fund Run. Thank you for the donations. Donations will continue to be accepted next week. In the afternoon we went to music. Students had a quiet reading period and they used their Chromebooks to work on Read Theory. Chromebooks were also used to write a paragraph. Students were given a topic sentence prompt and asked to write three supporting details. Students sent me their work using the email on the Chromebook. very cool    I continued reading Edward Tulane. We are mainly working on summary and character traits. Cursive page 5 was assigned. PICTURE DAY IS MONDAY. Have a nice weekend.




9/21/17 - Students should wear YELLOW tomorrow. Yellow is our Fund Run third grade color. All students, regardless if a family sends in donations, will be able to participate. Four notes should have gone home via the yellow folder. A YMCA note, a hockey note, a Martial Arts note, and a Coolidge Book Fair packet should have found their way home. Students went to gym. In class I read and discussed several more Edward Tulane chapters. We completed handwriting page 4. In math we finished doing subtraction problems using the numbers chart. Students had two quiet reading periods. Focusing on reading just right books has been an important goal. Students used the Chromebooks to practice their reading skills on Read Theory. In our Growth Mindset books we discussed expectations for severe weather. We discussed the purpose of writing in paragraphs. Several examples were given. A number of students still need to bring in a rag or old sock to use as an eraser for their whiteboards. We made it through another hot and muggy day.




9/20/17 - No notes were sent home. Leo's Coney Island fundraising event is today. Our Fund Run is this Friday. Donate if you can. Tomorrow, as part of Spirit Week, students should wear colors of the rainbow. In the computer lab students worked on writing code using the website www.code.org. I read more chapters of Edward Tulane. The students are enjoying the book and learning about character traits. Handwriting page 3 was assigned. Students are reviewing how to properly hold a pencil. In math we continued using our 100s charts to subtract numbers. Using our Chromebooks I introduced Read Theory to the students. I believe Read Theory can be done at home when students have their passwords memorized. Read Theory is a computer program that assesses individual student reading levels and adjust texts based on students correctly or incorrectly answering multiple choice questions. We completed more pages of our Mindset book. We discussed arrival/dismissal and fire procedures. We had two quiet reading periods. I continued assessing students and discussing just right books. It was a warm, but productive day.




9/19/17 - A butterfly releasing event note was sent home via the yellow folders. Students went to the library and had the opportunity to check out more books. We had a lock-down drill. Two quiet reading sessions took place. I had a guest teacher in the PM and used the time to formally assess more students' reading levels. I read Edward Tulane. We discussed how the character traits of the main character are changing. We also discussed the word, "summary." The students are enjoying the book. My guest teacher read a Chicken Soup story to the students. In math we practiced adding and subtracting numbers using the hundreds chart. Students practiced following patterns and assisting others to solve problems. Tomorrow, our special is computer lab and in the evening the Leo's Coney Island fundraiser takes place. Please remember the Fund Run donations. Tomorrow, as part of Spirit Week, Coolidge is allowing Wacky Wednesday dress up. We concluded the morning with the students working on a class wide problem... putting the class in alphabetical order. We are getting close.




9/18/17 - One note about Spirit Week was sent home via the yellow folders. Tomorrow's Spirit Week is Hawaiian dress up day. Wear your bright colors. The Fund Run is this Friday. Donations for the Fund Run go to our PTA and are greatly appreciated and needed. In class a bunch of different things took place. Students went to art. Mr. Grezak talked to the third grade students about having a Growth Mindset. We had our first practice fire drill and we discussed how the Constitution of the United States came to be. We had two reading blocks and I assessed students at that time. I read several more chapters from Edward Tulane. We are discussing vocabulary and character traits within the text. Students received their handwriting books. We worked on holding the pencil correctly and the routine for completing each page. We had another productive day.




9/15/17 - Five notes were sent home via the yellow folders. A picture note, a Karate note, a butterfly note, a Leo's Coney island note, and a Cub Scout note were all passed out. Only the boys received the Cub Scout note. Students went to music. In math we took our school's problem solving math test. Results will be discussed at student/parent/teacher conferences. Also in math we used the 100s chart to work on adding correctly single digit and two digit numbers. A lot of time was used to model patterns in math. Students had two quiet reading periods. I continued assessing my students' reading levels and their selection of just right books. In addition we began reading Edward Tulane. We talked about character traits both inside and out. We discussed how people can change. In our Growth Mindset books we went over more of our classroom rules and expectations. In the computer lab I introduced the students to programming using the website  www.code.org. We made it through our first full week. Enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having.




9/14/17 - No notes were sent home. Students went to gym. We completed three more rule pages in our Growth Mindset books. I read to the students and the class had several quiet reading opportunities. I continued monitoring the books students were reading and I assessed a couple students' reading levels. Unless absent, the students finished Coolidge's reading and writing assessment on Cheetahs. Almost every student completed the I Ready math and reading tests as well. Tomorrow, students will finish up the week working on Coolidge's problem solving problem (math). For the most part we will be done taking school, district, and state tests for quite some time.




9/13/17 - Gym is tomorrow. Remember those tennis shoes. No notes were sent home. This week, for the boys, a Cub Scout note will go home. Most students are wrapping up the I Ready assessments. Except for absent students, we should complete the two tests tomorrow morning. The Cheetah article reading and writing test is three-fourths complete as well. Today, the students used their notes to begin writing their essays. Tomorrow will be the final day for students to complete their essays. Students had several quiet reading blocks. I am impressed with many students' reading stamina. I continue to assess student book selection as well as student reading levels. We completed two more pages concerning bathroom rules and hallway expectations in our Growth Mindset books. Our heavy testing week is more than 50% complete. Yeah!




9/12/17 - No notes were passed out. All or most of the yellow folders should be at school. Students went to the library and were able to check out books. YEAH! TONIGHT AT 7:00 IS OUR FIRST PTA MEETING. Consider coming and joining us. As mentioned earlier, this week is our testing week. Please see the previous notes for more information. Students looked over the cheetah article and recorded their final notes on the graphic organizer. A cheetah video was included. Tomorrow, the essay portion of the assessment will begin. Students also worked on the I Ready math assessment. As students finish, they will begin the reading portion. Breaks are allowed as needed. We worked in our Mindset books discussing good rules to follow for guest teachers and indoor recess. We also had two half hour silent reading blocks. During this time I began assessing students just right book selections. In addition I have begun formal reading level testing. Tomorrow will follow a similar pattern. Have a nice day.




9/11/17 - The 16th year away from 9-1-01. The students I taught that year are now around 27 years old and very well could have families of their own. Time goes by too quickly. No notes were sent home. Yellow folders should be returned to school on a daily basis. For the most part yellow folders will come home when there are notes from Coolidge. This week is a heavy assessment week. Students are taking the I Ready district reading and math tests. We started the math test today in the computer lab and will take portions of this test all week. We also began the reading and writing (ELA) test for our school. Students are reading a cheetah article, are being asked to takes notes from it, and write an essay using the notes taken from the article. This assessment will continue each day of this week as well. Coolidge also began our Intervention block. Our time starts at 1:30 and lasts until 2:30. The main purpose of the block is to assist and focus on helping our struggling learners. The students went to art for the first time. I read to the class and we had a quiet read period. I began assessing student reading levels. We talked about 9-1-01 and we used our Growth Mindset books to write down rules of the classroom. Tomorrow we have a PTA meeting at 7:00. Perhaps I will see you there. Most parents have turned in their child's Emergency Cards. Thank you.




9/8/17 - Well, we made it through the first week of school. I enjoyed meeting so many parents at Open House and I look forward to seeing you at Curriculum Night. In class today students should have taken home, for the first time, their plastic yellow take home folder. The folder should contain a gymnastics note and a hockey note. The folder should be returned to school every day it goes home. Use the folder to send school materials back to Coolidge. Students attended music and we had a short extra recess. We reviewed how to select a just right book and students had two quiet reading periods. I read with students during these time periods. We began math by looking for patterns. We used the 100s chart to find every possible pattern. Then, we used the patterns in the 100s chart to find the difference between two numbers. We worked in our Mindset book on page 2. I read a story about giving a good effort and shared a personal story of mine. The students wrote about a time when they worked hard to be successful. In the morning we changed desks for the month of September. We will change desks again next month. We took out the Chromebooks. I reviewed how to carry a Chromebook and put it back in the cart. Students were given the opportunity to log on and peruse various teacher appropriate sites. Next week will involve a lot of district and school improvement testing. Try to encourage your son/daughter to give their best. The students will be taking the I Ready reading and math assessments, during different days, in the computer lab. In the classroom students will read an article, take notes about the article, and use the notes to write an essay. A math problem solving problem will be given on Friday. The computer will instantly grade the I Ready assessments. Teachers will grade the article and the problem solving problem. The assessment scores will serve as a benchmark score. These assessments will be regiven in the spring to help teachers determine student academic growth. Contact me with any questions you may have. I will be discussing these tests in more detail during Curriculum Night and Parent/Teacher Conferences. Have an enjoyable weekend. 




9/7/17 - Due to the poor weather, the Coolidge picnic has been cancelled. However, our Open House will take place from 6-7:30. Feel free to drop by any time during this period. Today, no notes were sent home. We went over a number of rules, routines, and procedures. Students worked in their Growth Mindset books writing about who they want to be and discussing recess rules expectations. We watched a Zootopia video and tied it in to giving our best effort. Students reviewed how to select a "just right book" to read and we had two silent reading blocks. I read to the students and read with several of my students observing the reading choices they made. We had a productive day and all of us seem to be enjoying the class. Hope to see you this evening.




9/6/17 - No notes went home. Please turn in your child's Emergency Cards one day this week. Tomorrow, from 6-7:30, is Coolidge's Picnic and Open House. Hope to see you there. Today our students wrote a letter about themselves. I read to the class and took them out for an extra recess observing how they interact. In the computer lab we worked on memorizing our passwords and being able to navigate to each student's page. Gym is tomorrow. Bring tennis shoes. Students began selecting "just right books" and we had two reading time periods. Students worked on a name project and we had a class activity.  Additional rules, procedures, and routines were discussed. Feel free to email me any time.




9/5/17 - We are off to a fine start. Thank you for all of the generous supply donations. Tomorrow is our first full day of school. Dismissal is at 3:58. Our Open House/Picnic will take place this Thursday. Hope to see you there. Tomorrow our special is the computer lab. Email me any time. I also have a Twitter account ... @ToddMai1    Have a nice day.