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4/25/18 - TO CELEBRATE OUR NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT THIRD GRADERS WILL BE PROVIDED A HOT DOG, SNACK, AND A DRINK DURING THE LUNCH PERIOD.  Students are still welcome to buy a hot lunch or bring in a bag lunch. No notes were sent home and the math homework is link 7.1. In the morning we worked on our daily math problem solving problem. Students discussed their strategies in small groups. During our computer lab time we practiced going over math M-STEP problems. Students did a great job. After lab, we worked on using our King Midas graphic organizers to begin our essays. Each essay is focusing on how King Midas' behavior changes throughout the story. We concluded the morning discussing the main idea of an article that focused on bringing back extinct animals. In the afternoon we continued working on the King Midas essay. At 1:30 students read their just right books and I worked with a number of students on reading strategies. After recess, we discussed the concept of volume. Milliliters and liters were the main units of focus. We did quite a bit of estimating the amount of milliliters as well as estimating units in fractions.




4/24/18 - Sorry for the delay. We had study hall today. No notes were passed out. Math homework is link 7.6. Students had the opportunity to check out books during their library time. In the morning students worked on their daily math problem solving. We reviewed the story about King Midas and his golden touch. After library, we took a brief outdoor break. Upon coming back to the class we further reviewed the language arts component of the M-STEP assessment. We will take the assessment later next week. We concluded the morning reviewing fractions on number lines and practicing our fraction game. In the afternoon I formally introduced improper fractions and mixed numbers. We worked at the carpet and students used their whiteboards. During the reading/Intervention Block students read in a variety of ways. A few students still needed to complete the school improvement cheetah essay. I supervised that as I also worked with students on reading strategies. After second recess, Mrs. Alt, one of the district's reading coaches, came in and led a discussion on how to take notes from the King Midas story. Mrs. Alt visited all of the third grade classrooms. Now, the students are ready to write their essays. We had another good day.




4/23/18 - What a beautiful weather weekend we had. Study hall is tomorrow. No notes were passed out. Math homework is link 7.8. In the morning, as part of our Mindset Mondays, I read and discussed a Chicken Soup story involving empathy. After art, we prepared more for the M-STEP assessment. In the classroom we used the computer screen on the whiteboard to go over some more practice test problems. We concluded the morning buddy reading about the myth, King Midas and his golden touch. Then,  I reread the text to the students and we discussed the theme of the story. After lunch, students worked on their daily problem solving problem. Students are reading a problem that involves dividing a class up into fractions. During the Intervention Block a few students worked on completing their school improvement cheetah essays. The remaining students read their "just right books" and I worked with several students on their reading strategies. We concluded the day practicing writing fractions on a number line. 




4/20/18 - Spring has sprung!!!!! No notes were sent home and there is no homework on the weekend. In the morning I read to the class a ficticious story about Amber Brown. Then, the students worked on completing their reading/writing school improvement essay. Many of the students did a nice job. They showed grit. After the hour of writing, students were given an extra recess break. After the break, we watched a brief, informative fraction video. Then, we played a new fraction game. After that, we reviewed how to solve two digit by one digit multiplication problems. After solving it, the students wrote down as much detail as they could describing how the math problem was solved. In the afternoon we cleaned out our lockers and our book bins. We also completed a challenge activity that is meant to help students develop more social skills. The students completed the challenge! During the Intervention Block the students read and I worked with a number of students. After recess, we stayed in the classroom since we had no music teacher. I decided to become a music teacher. Students had fun dancing to the various videos. There were a lot of smiles. Have a great weekend.




4/19/18 - Study hall was today. Students should have taken home the Cookie Dough fundraiser packet. Hat Day is tomorrow. Math journal page 229 was assigned for homework. Students went to gym and we had a brief Cookie Dough assembly. The remaining portion of the morning students worked on their school improvement graphic organizer/essay. Please see yesterday's blog for more detail. In the afternoon we worked on more fractions using number lines. During our Intervention Block the students read in a variety of ways and I read with a number of students working on reading strategies. We concluded the day going to the computer lab. We prepared for the state test coming up. We went over example language arts problems that the state has provided. Have a good evening.




4/18/18 - I THINK THE LANSING TRIP WAS A SUCCESS.  The students seemed to have a good time. Yesterday, all of our computers were down the entire day. I will summarize the past two days. A YMCA note, an ice skating note, and a Fitness Friday note were all passed out today. No notes were passed out yesterday. Yesterday's math homework was link 7.7. Today's math homework is link 7.4. Study hall is tomorrow. We have gym tomorrow. On both days we had our regular Intervention Blocks. Students read and I worked with the students on a variety of reading strategies. Today we visited our first grade buddies. In math we have been studying fractions in more detail. Students are learning how to mark fractions on a number line. They are also learning strategies to locate fractions that are greater and smaller than one-half. In reading/writing students have been taking the school improvement assessment. Students read a cheetah article in September. They took notes from the article and then proceeded to write an essay from the article. Now, the students are repeating the same process. We are hoping that every student demonstrates real improvement. Upon completion, each student will see their original work and compare it to their most recent product. Hopefully, the students will see a nice change. Yesterday, we discussed the word of the month, EMPATHY. Using the growth mindset books students wrote a piece about a time when they observed empathy in action. The year continues to fly by. ALL BUT FIVE FAMILIES HAVE MADE A DECISION ABOUT THE LIFETOUCH PICTURES. Thank You! If you still need to make your decision, please do so this week.




4/13/18 - The Lansing trip was a lot of fun for so many of the students. I sure hope your son/daughter enjoyed it. Thank you for your support. No notes were sent home and there is no homework. The entire day we spent in Lansing. This may be my shortest blog of the year. ABOUT HALF OF MY PARENTS HAVE YET TO MAKE A DECISION REGARDING THE LIFETOUCH PICTURES. PLEASE MAKE A DECISION SOON. Although the weekend weather wise is supposed to be yucky, make the best of it anyway.




4/12/18 - Sorry for the delay. We had study hall today. THE LANSING TRIP IS TOMORROW. Students should have taken home a note about it. Students who have adults chaperoning should have taken home another note for their chaperones as well. There is no math homework. Three other notes were passed out. Students received an Autism note, a Detroit Tiger ticket game note, and a Box Tops note. In the morning students copied down the extra credit math problems onto their unit seven review. Before gym, students also wrote down the steps of solving an order of operations problem. After gym, we continued our work taking notes and writing an essay. Students read an article about some animals that hunt in amazing ways. They are taking notes on a graphic organizer and using those notes to write an organized essay. After lunch, we continued working on the graphic organizer and essay. As students finished, they were given academic choice. During the Intervention Block students read in a variety of ways. I worked with a number of students on reading strategies. After recess, we practiced more two digit times one digit multiplication. We included numbers such as 6,7,8, and 9 in our multiplication problems. We concluded our day discussing the Lansing trip and passing out the note(s) about Lansing. We should have a wonderful time.




4/11/18 - Students who privately hand me a plastic coin before 9:00 will receive a reward. Thank you for reading my updates. No notes were passed out. STUDY HALL IS TOMORROW. All chaperones have been ICHAT cleared to participate in Friday's Lansing trip. Information regarding the Lansing trip will be discussed in class tomorrow and should be sent home. Email me any questions you may have tomorrow if I missed anything. If you have Lifetouch pictures laying around, please make a decision this week. Simply return all the pictures or keep the ones you are paying for. Please make sure to include a check, IF PURCHASING ANY OF THE PICTURES, in the package you are returning. In the computer lab we did a reading growth check. Students complete this once a month to help teachers assess how much progress is being made. I passed out a new math review in the morning and went over it. Yesterday's math review that was passed out can be recycled. The previous review had too many errors on it. We spent about an hour discussing government. We talked about the reasons government exists - safety, organization, to serve the people. In the afternoon we learned about the Constitution and the three branches of government. We focused on how power is shared so that not one person or branch, in theory, becomes too powerful. In math students practiced multiplying two digit numbers by one digit numbers. We estimated the product first by completing facts extensions. Then, we multiplied using the traditional method.  During our Intervention Block students read in a variety of ways. We also reread the article about amazing animal hunting adaptations. Students are taking notes on their graphic organizers and tomorrow they should all be writing their essays. It was a good day.




4/10/18 - Math homework is to complete homelink 7.7. Study hall is this Thursday. The Lansing field trip takes place this Friday. Some students who have yet to order a yearbook received a yearbook reminder note. Yearbook orders are due April 15th. We have a PTA meeting tonight at 7:00 and I plan on attending. In math we continued writing about how we solved various math problems. At the carpet we practiced writing fractions for the different amounts that were represented. Students had to make the pieces the same size in order to correctly write the fraction. We discussed the purpose of government. We brainstormed government words and discussed why we have the type of government we do have. In science we discussed animal traits, characteristics, and adaptations. Students read about unusual animals that have interesting hunting techniques. Students are recording their information and preparing to write an essay based on their graphic organizer notes. During our Intervention Block students read their just right books and I worked with a number of students on their reading strategies. We had another productive day.




4/9/18 - THE LANSING FIELD TRIP IS THIS FRIDAY! I will be sending information to the chaperones on Thursday. It is great to be back. My TWITTER account is currently unavailable. Spring pictures were passed out. PLEASE RETURN THE PICTURES OR WRITE A CHECK FOR THE PICTURES YOU WANT THIS WEEK. THANK YOU. There is no homework assigned on the first day back to school. STUDY HALL WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY. In the morning we discussed what we did on break and I reviewed where we left off in the various subject areas. I read a story to the students before we went to art. After art class the students were introduced to April's character word, EMPATHY. I discussed empathy in detail as students wrote the definition for it and came up with empathy examples in their Growth Mindset booklets. Then, we worked on our daily math problem solving. We continued to focus on writing detailed academic responses to problems we solved. We ended the morning switching desks and cleaning our desks. In the afternoon I reviewed a bunch of math concepts at the carpet. During the Intervention Block all of the students read for the hour. I perused the group noting the reading material they were engaged in. After recess, we finished the day solving two by two digit math problems. We reviewed helper facts and fact extensions. The students seemed to remember how to solve most of the problems using a grid. It was a good start to a good week.




3/29/18 - THERE IS NO SCHOOL TOMORROW AND ALL OF NEXT WEEK. I HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE BACK ON APRIL 9TH. Only a skating coupon note was passed out. There is no homework. The great majority of the day the students spent enjoying their READ-IN. To finish out the March reading month I also read a couple stories. In addition we practiced detailed math writing. Students tried to explain step by step how to complete a subtraction problem involving regrouping. IF YOU ARE CHAPERONING LANSING, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED THE ICHAT QUESTIONAIRE. The school year goes by faster and faster the older I get. We will have one full month (May) to go upon our return. Blessings to all of you.




3/28/18 - We just completed study hall. No notes went home. TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL BEFORE THE BREAK. THERE IS NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY. ALL CLOTHING IN THE LOST AND FOUND WILL BE DONATED TOMORROW. Math homework is to complete a grid problem. Students should each choose a challenging grid problem that they can solve using helper facts. Please return the parental math test signature half sheets if you have not already done so. The final reading coupon #4 is due tomorrow and tomorrow is Spirit Day. Students are encouraged to wear their PJs. Bring in a beach towel and a stuffed animal. We will be having a READ IN to complete the March Reading Month. Students worked on a bunny project with their first grade buddies. In the computer lab students prepared for the coming M-STEP, the Michigan state test. We are working on the reading portion of it. We had a guest reader and I did a retelling of two books (Enemy Pie and Salt in My Shoes) as part of our reading March Madness. One of the district's reading specialists came by. Mrs. Alt assisted our class in revising their Ujiji stories. We read an article about future transportation using magnets and vacuum tubes. It was an interesting article. Students conducted an experiment/observation at the end. Students read during their Intervention Block period.  




3/27/18 - Sorry for the late notice. I was working with a student until 5:30. A Skate Night note was passed out. Skate Night is this evening from 6-8:00. Math homework is for students to complete their helper fact grid paper. They should be able to explain what they are doing. STUDY HALL IS TOMORROW. CHECK OUT THE LOST AND FOUND TOMORROW, IF POSSIBLE. THERE IS A LOT OF QUALITY CLOTHING THAT WILL BE DONATED ON THURSDAY. A LOT OF QUALITY CLOTHING. I wish some of it were my size. On Thursday, not tomorrow, we will have a school wide PJ/Read In Day. This will be the culminating activity for the March Reading Month. How fast time goes by. In math every day this week we are revisiting how to respond to our work in paragraphs. We completed another order of operation problem and students worked on writing their responses. I collected the papers and hope to return those papers tomorrow. In the afternoon we continued our grid paper work using helper facts to solve two by two digit times problems. During our Intervention Block students read from a variety of resources. We had a guest reader, Mrs. M., and I read two selections to the students. One of the pieces was a March Madness story about Michael Jordan. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time. In writing students are finishing up their informational essays on Ujiji. They are using evidence from the text to support how the relationship between the rhino and the birds changed throughout the story. THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY OR ANY DAY NEXT WEEK. EASTER/SPRING BREAK




3/26/18 - Spring pictures took place today. Students went to art and for keeping the bathrooms neat, Mr. Crocket gave the students a bonus 30 minute gym period. Students received their math tests back and they should have taken the test home. Please return the parental signature portion sometime this week. For homework, students should try and correct the test errors. In math we went over the unit six test. We also discussed helper facts and extension helper facts. Students used this information to solve two by two digit times problems using grid paper. We also worked on our daily problem solving problem. This week we are focusing on clearly writing explanations to our math work. We are reviewing topic sentences, transition words, and how to close an explanation. We completed Integrity month with a Chicken Soup story. Students learned that demonstrating integrity can be most difficult. Typically, showing integrity has its side effects. During the Intervention Block students read and I worked with a number of students on their reading strategies. Students might receive a frozen treat from me tomorrow. They need to give me a fake coin before I give my 9:00, "Good Morning, Class". Thank you for reading my blog. THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY OR NEXT WEEK. JUST AN EARLY FYI REMINDER.




3/23/18 - PIZZA FUNDRAISING KITS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICK-UP FROM 3-6:00 IN THE COOLIDGE GYM. SPRING PICTURE DAY IS THIS MONDAY. STUDENTS WON AN EXTRA GYM PERIOD ON MONDAY. PLEASE WEAR TENNIS SHOES. No notes were passed out and there is no homework. We had three guest readers today. The students enjoyed the guest readers very much. Contact me if you would like to be a guest reader this final coming week of March. I collected the optional third week reading coupons. We went to the computer lab to practice more for the M-STEP ELA test. We read another article and together we discussed each question carefully. I use the M-STEP practice assessment to review with students important reading strategies. Students also read during their Intervention Block as I worked with various students. In math we went over our daily problem solving problem of the week. I collected the student work. Students received their math facts tests back from last week. The facts tests should have gone home. Students went to music. In writing I went over the Curling paragraph. I modeled my paragraph and demonstrated how to explain the sport of curling along with the forces used in the game. In addition I modeled my Ujiji essay and gave the students time to complete their first drafts. Some students began to peer edit each other's pieces. Have a nice weekend.




3/22/18 - Six notes were passed out: two camp notes, two golf notes, a gymnastics note, and a summer fun note. The unit six math test was enough. No math homework this evening. The optional #3 March Reading Month coupon is due tomorrow. Tomorrow is also Spirit Sport Wear Day. Students went to gym. In math we finished reviewing for the unit six test. In addition students worked in groups of three on their daily problem solving problem. The students discussed the answers they had and tried to revise their work as needed. Around 10:50 we took the math test. All the students basically completed the test the first half hour in the afternoon. As students finished the assessment, they reread the Ujiji story. Then, they proceeded to read their just right books. During the Intervention Block students continued reading in a variety of ways. After the second/final recess, students kept working on their first draft of the Ujiji story. Students are writing how the characters' relationship changed as the story progressed. The year is moving quickly.




3/21/18 - No notes were passed out. THE UNIT 6 MATH TEST IS TOMORROW. Homework is to look over the unit 6 math review. The review will be allowed on the test. March is reading month. Any student who would like a special adult to read to the class this or next week is welcome. The adult should choose appropriate reading material and the reading session should not last longer than 20 minutes. Contact me about this if you are interested. In the computer lab we prepared for the State of Michigan reading test (M-STEP). I discussed with the students what to expect. We read one story and went over the six questions about it. In math we talked more about helper facts and fact extensions. Students have had the unit 6 review for a couple weeks to work on. In the morning we also worked on our weekly math problem. This week's problem deals with using helper facts to solve 15 times 6. Students can use the math review on tomorrow's assessment. I believe in rewarding students who do their assignments. Students who struggle in writing responses will benefit from using the review as well. In reading Mr. Grezak read to the students as part of March reading month. Students read during their Intervention Block time and students also may have reread part of the Ujiji story. In writing students used their notes from the Ujiji story and they should have come close to finishing their first three paragraph draft. If you have not already done so, please turn in the report card envelopes. Thank You.




3/20/18 - Welcome Spring! Study hall took place today. Students who have adults chaperoning the Lansing field trip received a note. Otherwise, no notes were passed out. Math homework is to try and solve 8 x 17 using the centimeter grid paper. In math students worked on their daily problem involving helper facts. We reviewed our multiplication work from yesterday. We also learned about fact extensions. Students should be able to multiply 20 times 30 and 50 times 500. See if they can demonstrate how. THE UNIT 6 MATH TEST IS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY. STUDENTS SHOULD MAKE SURE THEIR REVIEWS ARE BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THIS ASSESSMENT. In reading students read quietly during the Intervention Block. I worked with a number of students on reading strategies. I introduced a story about an upset hippo and some birds who feared him. We discussed the vocabulary and various text features. We read the story together. Then, one of Livonia's reading specialists showed the students how to take notes. We reviewed the big question and began to organize our response into three paragraphs. In addition I reviewed how to organize the Forces fiction story. Then, students had time to review their story and add detail to it.




3/19/18 - No notes were passed out. STUDY HALL IS TOMORROW. The  Unit 6 math test is scheduled for Thursday. Math homework is to try and use the quarter inch grid paper to solve 20 x 33. Students should use helper facts (times facts they know) to assist them in solving the problem. Students went to art and we had an hour long reading assembly with the great motivational basketball artist, Basketball Jones. The students had a wonderful time. We were reminded how to treat others, to work on big assignments in small steps, and to push ourselves to be the best we can be. In math we practiced solving two by two digit times problems. We did so by using grid paper. Students used smaller helper facts to find the product of the larger number. Students also received their daily problem solving problem that focuses on the same concept. In reading students listened to me read about sound used in movies and how it is added to every movie once the movie is totally filmed. Students tried to write down the main idea on their whiteboards. We talked about integrity. I reviewed the clip from Willy Wonka. Students should have completed page 40 from their Growth Mindset books. Some students shared what they wrote. During the Intervention Block I met with several students to discuss how to go about proving answers using the reading program, Read Theory. The day went by quickly.




3/16/18 - REPORT CARDS SHOULD HAVE GONE HOME TODAY. If you would like a second conference, just let me know. The new report cards can be difficult to assess and interpret. No other notes were passed out and there is no homework on the weekend. The second March Reading Month coupons were due for those students choosing to turn them in. Students went to music and we had Mr. Jeremy, from the Community Financial Credit Union, conduct a fun estimation math game with our class. In math students completed the weekly problem solving problem. We went over the assignment and I collected the student work. In the afternoon we discussed how to use helper facts to solve math facts we do not know. In reading we discussed the main idea of an article where a large amount of gold was found. We voted for our favorite book for March Reading Month. Students read independently and I met with a number of students reviewing how to locate answers in a text. Students should have finished their curling paragraphs and they should have shared their paragraphs with me through Google Chrome. When completed, students worked on their FORCES fiction stories. A lot is going on. Have a nice weekend.




3/15/18 - Literacy Evening was a terrific success. We had a lot of fun and I was pleased with the turn-out. No notes were passed out. Math homework is to work 10 minutes on the Unit 6 Review. Tomorrow, the second March reading coupon is due and students are encouraged to dress as a book character. In math I passed out the Unit 6 review. Students worked on it. We also played two math games. The Unit 6 test will take place later next week. In reading I read to the students one of the March Madness reading books. We discussed the theme, or main message of the story. During our Intervention Block students read in a variety of ways and I met with some of my reading groups. In the morning students went to gym. We worked on our curling paragraphs. Students wrote about how to play curling and they needed to use FORCE terms to explain the game. Students edited each other's work and I placed a number of examples on the whiteboard.




3/14/18 - Happy PI Day! No notes were sent home. There is no math homework this evening. Tonight is our Literacy Evening from 6-7:30. Hope to see you there. We read with our buddies. In the computer lab students had an I Ready reading growth check-up. We also completed out Forces Essay Puzzle. I reread Enemy Pie and discussed the moral of the story. We reviewed the story elements of a story as students are in the process of writing their own story. We organized our library and learned a lot about the importance of organizing our books. During the Intervention Block students read from a variety of resources and I worked in small reading groups at the carpet. It was a good day.




3/13/18 - No notes went home. Tomorrow is the last day to turn in Book Swap books. From 6-7:30 tomorrow we will be having our Family Literacy Night. Hope to see you there. Link 6.11 is the math homework. In the morning all of the third grade teachers had guest teachers. We met with our Literacy Coach to prepare for the M-Step, to review academic needs in our classes, and to refine our curriculum for the rest of the school year. In the morning the students free read, worked on order of operations math problems, played a math game, and listened to the guest teacher read, Mr. Peabody's Apples. After the reading students outlined a story they wanted to write. They needed to include the characters, the problem, the solution, the setting, the events of the story, and the moral of the story before any writing took place. In the afternoon I reviewed Mr. Peabody's Apples with the students. During our Intervention Block I met with a variety of students. After second recess, students played Target Number in small and large groups.




3/12/18 - No notes were sent home. Study hall is scheduled for Thursday. Any Book Swap books should be turned in tomorrow. Homelink 6.6 is the math homework. In math students started out trying to understand the problem of the week. It involves subtracting in several steps. We reviewed times facts and order of operations. Students practiced these skills in small groups. We discussed reasons why letters are sometimes used in place of question marks. We completed the short story problems on journal pages 200 and 201. In reading students free read and some worked with me in small groups. During our growth mindset time the students wrote about the word, INTEGRITY. We reviewed the meaning of the word and we showed the scene of Charlie and the Chocolate factory when Charlie returns the Everlastingobbstopper. We watched many videos on Curling. Students began to compose a paragraph explaining the forces used in that sport.




3/9/18 - Today was a half day. However, Book Fair/Movie Night/ Pancake Dinner takes place from 4-9:00 this evening. The first optional reading coupons were due and the students enjoyed Freaky Friday. This morning I gave students a half hour reading block of time. We also reviewed the two March Madness books and the students voted for the one they enjoyed the most. We practiced our math facts in peer groups and students took a two minute facts test. Our  gravity fiction stories were further worked on. We focused on the setting of the story, emphasizing the importance of developing the setting so that the reader has a good idea what is taking place. Students looked at different student examples on the big screen. We concluded the morning doing a group team building activity. 




3/8/18 - Had study hall today. Dr. Seuss night is this evening at Churchill (6:00). Math homework is link 6.2. Tomorrow the first reading coupon is due and it is Freaky Friday dress day. TOMORROW IS A HALF DAY WITH DISMISSAL AT 12:10. Teachers will be working on the report cards. Tomorrow from 4-9 Coolidge will reopen for the Book Fair/Movie Night/and Pancake Dinner that was postponed last week. Hope to see you there. In math we practiced our multiplication facts and played the Target number game from yesterday. Students read during their Block time in a variety of ways. We discussed the importance of author's messages. In science we read, watched, and discussed the many ways a world without gravity would be like. Students began their own story of a world without gravity that we will continue with tomorrow. I reread one of the growth mindset books in the March Madness reading competition. We revisited the books important messages.




3/7/18 - Sorry for no blog yesterday. I was out sick. I am getting better, but the process is slow. Still feel lethargic. Math homework is homelink 6.10. Five notes were passed out... a spring picture note, a Livonia football league note, a book swap note, a pizza fundraiser note, and a summer reading note. Study hall is scheduled for tomorrow. Tomorrow, Churchill is having its Dr. Seuss evening. The date was changed to 3/8/18 when last week's inclement weather caused it to be postponed. The Read Across America begins at 6:00 and is hosted by the Honor students of Churchill. Students did a lot of reading today, throughout the day. In the computer lab students were given academic choice, teacher appropriate. I read and discussed two stories tied into March reading month. We discussed the theme of each story. In math we wrapped up the rules of operations and students played a game where they had to add, subtract, multiply , and divide to find a targeted answer.




3/5/18 - The Movie Night/Book Fair/ Pancake Dinner will take place this Friday. Study hall will be on Thursday. Homelink 6.8 is the math homework. A chicken pox note and a Karate note were passed out. The PTA meeting scheduled for tomorrow may be cancelled. Call the office to confirm. In math we played times bingo. Our main lesson focused on students solving problems using order of operations. In reading students read during the Intervention Block. I read a passage about polar bears. Students tried to write down the main idea. We reviewed the book Herman's Moving Experience. Students are in the process of writing a story that incorporates FORCES terms and an explanation of how forces are used in real life. Students had to have their graphic organizers checked by me before proceeding to write the story. I will be contacting the remaining chaperones for the Lansing trip this week. I will be leaving quickly after school to get some more rest. not feeling well




3/1/18 - Welcome, March! Sorry for the delay. We had study hall today. The Unit five math test was returned. Please fix the mistakes for homework and have the parental signature page turned in. A pom pom note, a hockey note, and a coupon for a free sundae was passed out. DR. SEUSS NIGHT, DUE TO THE WEATHER, HAS BEEN CANCELLED AT CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL. Dress like a Dr. Seuss character tomorrow. It will be Dr. Seuss' birthday. Students went to gym and we read with our buddies. We changed desks for the month and cleaned out our desks as well. Students read during the Intervention Block. We discussed the main idea of two text passages that I read to the class. We discussed in detail the possible importance of NASA sending an astronaut to Mars. Students completed a graphic organizer of the story elements from HERMAN'S MOVING EXPERIENNCE. Some students now have their own graphic organizers. Shortly, each student will be writing a ficticious story and incorporating science language into it from our unit on Forces. Hope all of you can make the Book Fair/Movie Night/Pancake Dinner tomorrow. It should be a lot of fun for the kids.




2/28/18 - Good bye, February. No notes went home. Remember those gym shoes. Pancake/sausage pre-orders were due today. If students turned in their three to five subtraction problems that they could answer correctly, then there is no homework. STUDY HALL IS TOMORROW. I will complete the rest of this by 5:00. I need to get ready for our PD.
2/28/18 Continued - This morning each teacher presented an activity or game for the students. It was a good way to end February's Math Month. Students enjoyed doing math and being taught by a variety of teachers. We also went to the computer lab. Students continued working on their Forces Essay puzzle. Some students completed their essay puzzles today. Hopefully, next week we will wrap these puzzles up. Puzzle essays require many academic skills to be used. It is a terrific way for me to observe what my students have learned. Remember - Tomorrow Churchill's Honor students are hosting a Dr. Seuss night... HATS OFF TO READING. Take a second look at the reading packet passed out yesterday. Hopefully, some families will be able to attend and enjoy themselves. CHAPERONE PARENTS WILL BE CHOSEN TOMORROW. THOSE CHOSEN WILL BE CONTACTED THIS WEEK.




2/27/18 - Study hall will take place Thursday of this week. Students could not make study hall today. Tomorrow is a half day for the students. Dismissal should be 12:10. Teachers have professional development in the afternoon. The March Reading Month packet was sent home. It contains a lot of relevant information. Please look it over. The optional pancake breakfast/sausage note is due tomorrow. Each person saves a buck if they turn the form in by tomorrow. Math homework is for students to come up with 3-5 subtraction problems that they can correctly solve. Students should show me how far they can go. I will collect these papers tomorrow. Students went to the Book Fair and many of them should have brought Book Fair materials home. The Book Fair runs all week and will be open from 4-9 on Friday. Friday should be a lot of fun and I hope to see many of our class families attend. In math we began unit 6. The unit starts with subtraction problems. We worked on a ton of subtraction problems. Some even included decimals. I encouraged students to stay focused and demonstrate to me through their homework what kind of subtraction problems they are capable of solving. During or Intervention Block time students read a variety of materials and I checked the reading levels of a couple more students. In the morning I read a couple passages about roller coasters/forces. Students tried to come up with the main idea. In reading/science we completed Herman's Moving Experience. We reviewed story elements and discussed how to incorporate science into our fiction story soon to be written. We concluded the morning conducting a friction experiment. Students hypothesized and then used marbles, octagonal pencils, and colored pencils to move a book. We discussed their findings and will complete the Scientific Method paper tomorrow. Remember.... Friday is Movie Night, Book Fair Night, and Pancake Night. Hope to see you there.




2/26/18 - Remember ... Wednesday is a half day for the students. Teachers will be having professional development. Five notes were passed out. Students received an online safety note, a baseball note, a softball note, a reading note, and a Book Fair/Pancake dinner note. STUDY HALL WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW. During our library time tomorrow students will visit the Book Fair. Students may want to bring in some money. The Book Fair will be open throughout the week. Math homework is for students to work on memorizing the basic times facts. In math we finished going over last week's money problem. Students tried to divide $847.22 equally three ways. Students worked on the problem and later on we went over the problem as a whole group. We will begin Unit 6 tomorrow. In the morning students went to art and we had our math assembly as a culminating activity for February being Math Month. The students enjoyed the assembly. During our Intervention Block time students read in a variety of ways. I met individually with a number of a students. The rest of the afternoon I reviewed the story elements to a fictional piece and I completed reading chapter two of Herman's Moving Experience to the class. We concluded the day reading chapter three with a partner. Shortly, students will also be writing a fictional piece and incorporating science(motion) words into their stories.




2/22/18 - No notes were sent home. As part of our Math Month celebration students may wear PJs to school tomorrow. Math Month problem #4 is also due tomorrow. Math homework is for students to work on their basic multiplication facts with or without a family member. Students went to gym and we had an assembly on Internet safety. In math students took the Unit five assessment. Look for these tests to go home this coming Monday. We completed step three of our weekly problem solving problem. Students tried to make $836.22 using as few bills/coins as possible. Tomorrow, we will divide this money up three ways as part of our problem solving challenge. During the Intervention Block students read in a variety of ways. I read a selection about the Titanic and students used their whiteboards to write down the main idea of the passage. We concluded the day discussing story elements. Eventually, students will be writing a story and using concepts from our FORCES unit in their stories. I proceeded to read the first of three chapters of Hermann's Moving Experience. It is a story that includes many concepts related to forces. We had a great day!




2/21/18 - Study hall took place today. Remember the gym shoes for tomorrow. No notes were passed out. Math homework is to go over the Unit 5 Review. Students received another Unit 5 review today if they needed one. The Unit 5 math test is scheduled for tomorrow. In the computer lab we began the first session of putting together a Forces essay. Like a puzzle, the sentences I created were all mixed up. We will continue using our strategies to put the essay back together when we head back to the lab next week. During our Intervention Block students free read in a variety of ways. I tested some more reading levels of students. In math we prepared for Thursday's test. We worked on the review. The game Salute was played. In the morning we discussed the weekly money problem. We talked about Step 2, Making a Plan, in order to complete the problem accurately. In science we went over yesterday's gravity experiment. Students completed their scientific method papers and I had them collected. I will be leaving shortly after 5:00 this evening as I am attending Livonia's Founder's Day celebration.




2/20/18 - No notes were passed out. STUDY HALL IS SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW. Math homework is to work on link 5.11 (Helper Facts). The Panda Express restaurant fundraiser takes place this evening. In math students received their weekly math problem. This problem of the week focuses on dividing up a large amount of money. We discussed how to understand the problem and then estimate the answer. The Unit 5 test is scheduled for Thursday. In the afternoon we spent a lot of time practicing using helper facts to assist us in solving problems. In addition, we played the Fraction War game. During the Intervention Block I tested reading levels of a couple students. The students used their time reading from a variety of sources. I read a book about motion to the class. Using their whiteboards students attempted to write down the main idea of the passage. In science I began the lesson asking students if balls of different weight fall at the same speed. We read about gravity in a science text and we watched a Bill Nye video looking for the answer to the question. Students came up with an hypothesis before doing the experiment. Although dropping balls to the floor may seem like a basic experiment, students found out that other variables may well interfere with the results.




2/16/18 - NO SCHOOL THIS MONDAY DUE TO MID WINTER BREAK. Four notes were passed out. a flag football note, a volleyball note, a Panda Express fundraiser note, and a Book Fair note  No homework on the weekend. All of the Lansing field trip forms and permission slips have been turned in. Well Done! Chaperones will be announced next week.
Box Tops competition ended today. However, please keep sending them in. All of my students finished the I Ready math and reading assessments. The results look promising. Contact me any time for additional information. February Math Month problem #3 was due today. We had Hat Day. Students went to music. In the morning we went over the weekly math problem in detail. I collected the papers. Then, I reviewed with the students how to divide a variety of numbers. We divided into peer groups and proceeded to complete division problems of increasing difficulty. After math, we read about Newton's First Law of Inertia. We predicted what would happen in our experiment. Students conducted the experiment and many were surprised to observe that a smaller ball with less weight travels a shorter distance than a heavier ball. In the afternoon students completed their Scientific Method paper about the experiment and I collected each one to review. During our Intervention Block all the students read in a variety of ways. I had individual students read to me for the purpose of testing their current reading level. Have a nice weekend.   




2/15/18 - Sorry for the delay. We had study hall after school today. No notes were passed out. The math homework is for students to work on the 20 coin problem I passed out on Monday. Hat Day is tomorrow. The third of the four Math Month problems are due tomorrow as well. Students enjoyed going outside during their gym period. At the end of the day we visited out first grade buddies. We went back to the computer lab to finish up our I Ready tests. We are done and the students worked hard. Students read when they completed the I Ready assessment. The Box Tops competition ends tomorrow. All Lansing field trip money and permission slips should be turned in by tomorrow. In reading students read during their Intervention Block time. I used the period to assess some of my students' reading levels. We also reviewed how to locate the main idea of a text. In math students worked on the coin problem in peer groups discussing strategies that might work. We went over helper facts with our whiteboards as well. The Unit 5 fraction and helper fact test will take place next week. Remember, there is no school this Monday.




2/14/18 - Happy Valentine's Day. For gym tomorrow students should be totally prepared to go outside and play in the snow. Please make sure to have all winter gear here at school. Study hall is tomorrow. Look forward to seeing some of my best workers in attendance. No notes were passed out. Math homework is to work on the Valentine graph. In math students continued taking the I Ready math assessment. As a class, we are almost finished. Students have been taking their time and I look forward to studying the results. Students also worked on a Valentine graph in the classroom. At the end of the day we had our Valentine celebration. Students received food, drink, and Valentines. In reading students had two free reading periods. Context clues and using indirect text evidence to find answers remains a focus this week. We discussed Valentine's Day and students wrote a main idea statement from the Valentine story I told them. In the morning students wrote compliments about each other. We brainstormed a variety of compliments. Students passed papers around the room taking turns writing a compliment about each person. We plan to meet with our first grade buddies tomorrow. Four Lansing field trip forms to go. 22 out of the 26 students have returned them. Thank You! They are all due this Friday. Please contact me if needed.




2/13/18 - Happy Fat Tuesday! No notes were sent home. Math homework is link 5.4. Study hall will be on Thursday. Be sure to wear your Valentine colors tomorrow. Valentines may be passed out. However, per school policy, please, no candy. In math we went back to the computer lab to continue the I ready math test. Many students finished. We will go back to the lab tomorrow morning. I passed out our weekly problem solving problem. It is very similar to last week's. I want to see how well each student can apply the knowledge learned from last week. We also discussed helper facts to assist students in finding a math fact they do not currently have memorized. In reading we discussed the main idea of an article that detailed how coral reefs become very active at night. Students read during the Intervention Block and when they completed the I Ready math assessment. In science we conducted another basic, but informative experiment involving Newton's First Law of Motion. Students had fun trying to keep small cubes from moving as they moved the piece of paper underneath the cubes. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time. We had another good day.




2/12/18 #2 - Forgot to mention that study hall will take place this Thursday.




2/12/18 - No notes were sent home. Math homework is to work on Thursday's fraction worksheet on the centimeter grid paper. February Math Month problem number 2 was due. As part of FAT TUESDAY I plan on bringing in pacskis (Polish doughnuts)for the students. They thought I was making up the name Fat Tuesday. Perhaps you might enjoy talking with them about the Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) tradition. The third grade TEAM decided we will be doing things related to Valentine's Day on Wednesday. However, we are not officially having a party. I will be providing students some snacks and drinks. We will work on some Valentine papers and students will be allowed to pass out Valentine's. School policy requests that Valentine food not be brought in. Other trinkets a student chooses to pass out should be just fine. Email me with any questions you may have. Our Lansing field trip money is due this Friday. If you have not already done so, please turn in the form and the $25 by this Friday. Any checks (CASH IS PREFERRED) should be made out to Livonia Public Schools. In math we took the I Ready math assessment. The students gave a good effort. We will return to the lab tomorrow and continue working on the test. Like last week's reading I Ready assessment, this math test will give us some idea how much each student has improved this year. Feedback is instantaneous. Contact me any time before report cards to find out how your son/daughter did. In the classroom students played Fraction War. We practiced using our times facts tables and we reviewed some math vocabulary. We checked our daily problem solving problem as well. I collected the student work. For Mindset Monday we discussed February's word, REFLECTION. I gave the students numerous stories regarding how I self reflected. On page 43 students began writing their own personal reflection pieces. We did not have an art teacher today. So, I took the students to gym. We received some good exercise before settling in for the I Ready math test. In reading students read during the Intervention Block. I met with a couple groups to discuss context clues. First thing in the morning we reviewed some of our class expectations and we discussed where we left off from Thursday. Enjoy your evening.




2/8/18 - LIVONIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAS OFFICIALLY CANCELLED SCHOOL FOR TOMORROW (FRIDAY) DUE TO THE IMPENDING EXPECTED SNOWFALL. No notes were passed out and there is no assigned homework on the weekends. Tomorrow's PTA Skate Night is still scheduled and it will not be cancelled. The  second Math Month problem should be turned in on Monday. Students went to gym. We went to the computer lab and continued our second session of the I Ready reading assessment. Most students finished. We will complete the test early next week before moving onto the I Ready math assessment. In math we had an in depth discussion on fractions that seemed to be quite helpful. Students tried to complete a challenging fraction worksheet that gradually increased in difficulty. After much debriefing and peer support, I think most of the students had a light bulb experience. We worked on our daily problem solving paper as well. Our focus on fractions today should help the students be able to come up with the correct answers to the coin problem. In reading I read an article about Boblo Island. Do you have any memories of it? Students tried to locate the main idea of the text and we discussed their responses. During the Intervention Block students read, worked with me, and/or took some time to free write. In small groups we have been focusing on using context clues to help us understand the meaning of unknown words. Enjoy your evening.




2/7/18 - Sorry for the delay. We had study hall after school today. Remember gym shoes for tomorrow. No notes were passed out. The math homework is link 5.8. We took the I Ready Reading assessment today. This is the midyear test. Students took the first test in September and they had a couple I Ready growth check quizzes along the way. This test will be ONE indicator of each student's reading improvement. Many students are working hard, taking their time on the assessment. We will go back to the computer lab tomorrow to try and finish up the test. Next week we will take the I Ready Math test. In the morning I also read a passage about migrating lobsters. Students, using their whiteboards, tried to write down the main idea of the passage. We concluded the morning working on our daily problem solving problem involving coins/fractions. In the afternoon we had our Intervention Block. Students read in a variety of ways as I worked with small groups. We focused on using context clues to locate the meaning of unknown words. In math students played the times game called SALUTE. We worked on our multiplication facts using pages 299 and 300 in our Volume 2 math journals. We ended the day discussing how to properly use the multiplication chart to quickly find the product.




2/6/18 - No notes were passed out. About 10 students did receive their Lifetouch class composites. These pictures were paid for by some of the parents. STUDY HALL IS TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).  Parental communication with me is needed. Math homework is journal, Volume 2, page 298. Students had the opportunity to check out library books during their LMC time. Students who put a rubber band in my hand before 9:00 tomorrow will receive a Jolly Rancher. Shhhh! Keep it quiet. In math I collected some of the Unit 4 parental signature pages. Hopefully, you saw the assessment. Please turn in the half paper this week. Students played two math games. One involved comparing fractions and the other one dealt with factors/products. We used our whiteboards to write down fractions certain shaded parts represented. Students continued working on Monday's math problem. They are trying to figure out what amount of coins each fraction represents. In reading students listened to a text selection about Emperor Penguins. We discussed the main idea. During the Intervention Block students read in a variety of ways and I met with a couple groups to discuss antonyms and synonyms. In science we watched a Bill Nye video on friction. We debriefed at the carpet what friction is. Together, we finished going over the scientific method worksheet from the coin motion experiment. In the early morning, as students were working on their math, we had a telephone challenge. We were not quite able to pass along the correct message to every student. However, we are improving.




2/5/18 - No notes were passed out. Study hall is scheduled for this WEDNESDAY. The Unit 4 Math tests were returned and should have gone home. For homework, students should try to correct their errors. Please return the parental signature half sheet this week. Students went to art. In the morning I read two articles. One article focused on Warren Buffett helping kids and the other dealt with miniature frogs. The students worked on finding the main idea of each article. Students received their weekly math problem. It is similar to last week's challenging problem. Reminder.... the second Math Month problem is due Friday. For Growth Mindset  Monday we discussed February's word.... REFLECTION. On page 42 of the Mindset books students defined the word and gave examples of reflective experiences. We closed out the morning debriefing Friday's First Law of Motion experiment. In the afternoon we went over the Unit 4 Math Test. We practiced our math facts in peer groups and reviewed some geometric vocabulary. During the Intervention Block students read in a variety of ways and I met with students in small groups discussing evidence in texts that can be used to help us draw conclusions.




2/2/18 - Happy Groundhog's Day! Six more weeks of winter. We shall see. No homework. Students should have taken home a pizza fundraiser note, a play audition note, and a yearbook note. Students went to music. In math we checked Monday's problem involving the 24 students  in our classroom. Fractions of our class came to school via different ways (walk, bike, bus, car). Students worked on taking each fraction and turning it into a concrete amount of students. The unit four math tests should go home this Monday. Students also worked in small groups on a series of challenging math problems. As each group got one problem correct, they moved onto another. In the afternoon I went over all the problems and collected each captain's paper with the other students' names on it. In reading students listened to an article about lying. We discussed the main idea of the article as well as the main idea of a crab article. During the Intervention Block I met with a number of students individually. Students free read and tested their skills on Read Theory. We conducted a science experiment involving motion. We looked at Newton's Law of Inertia which says that objects moving and at rest will stay that way unless a force causes a change. The students enjoyed trying to flick coins on a card, and an eraser on a card, into a cup. It was a good day. Enjoy your weekend. Stay warm. Our second strongest cold front of the year is here. 




2/1/18 - Welcome, February! No notes were sent home. As part of Math Month students are encouraged to wear jerseys/#s tomorrow. Tomorrow, the first of the four Math Month problems are due. I currently have about 16 field trip forms with money turned in. Thank you. Field trip forms with the field trip money is due in a couple weeks. Please contact me if you have any questions. Math homework is homelink 5.7. In math we discussed Monday's problem. Students used cubes and their experience from yesterday to work on the problem. We will go over it tomorrow. In addition students played the Fraction War game. We discussed equivalent fractions, what does a piece/whole refer to, when is a half more than a whole, and I demonstrated fractions on a number line. Students turned in their Volume 1 math journals and they received their Volume 2 math journals. We ended the day cutting out fractions from the back of the journal and students placed the fraction pieces into a plastic bag. Students went to gym. For February we changed our desks and we cleaned out our desks. We watched a second Bill Nye video on Forces as an introduction to the Forces unit. During the Intervention Block I met with most of the students. In groups we discussed context clues, proving answers, and drawing conclusions from the evidence presented. I read a Chicken Soup story that focused on the importance of following directions and being careful at school. The days are flying by.




1/31/18 - Good Bye, January. Gym shoes are needed tomorrow. No notes were sent home. Math homework is homelink 5.10. Students worked with their first grade buddies and we went to the computer lab. In the lab students finished from last week their paragraph puzzle quiz. Then, they had academic choice upon completion of the assessment. In math students took the unit four test. The results take time to grade and the tests should be returned on Monday. Students also played Fraction War with a peer and we used manipulatives to try and understand how much certain fractions represent. In reading students tried to write down the main idea of an article I read to them. We reviewed some of the playground rules. During the Intervention Block I spent a lot of time meeting with individual students. Frequently, we look at an informational text and discuss helpful strategies for understanding the information. Have a nice evening.




1/30/18 - Sorry for the delay. I had study hall today. No notes were sent home. The Unit 4 math test is tomorrow. In math we used our whiteboards to identify more fractions. At the end of the day we reviewed for tomorrow's test. Students also worked on their daily problem solving problem. The perfect square patterns were collected. In reading I read two articles and the students worked on locating the main idea of each one. Students free read and went on reading computer programs during the Intervention Block. We wrapped up the Gecko essay. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during their library time. Many families have turned in the field trip money and application for Lansing. Thank you. Both are due February 16th. Finally, we watched a Bill Nye video. I used the video as an introduction to the Forces unit.




1/29/18 - STUDY HALL IS TOMORROW. It would be a good time to prepare for Wednesday's math test. Parental permission is needed. No notes were passed out. Students went to art. In math students worked on completing their fraction squares. The squares are due tomorrow. Students received their fraction problem of the week. We read over it and discussed it together. In pairs students played the fraction war game. We talked about the fraction one-half and used it as a basis to compare other smaller and larger fractions. Students also used their fraction cards and attempted to place 24 fraction cards in order from least to greatest. In reading we read two articles and students tried to locate the main idea of each one. Students read their just right books and went on Read Theory. I met with most of the students today discussing context clues, direct text evidence, and/or indirect text evidence. Students are in the process of completing their Gecko essays. Time was given for the students to finish their essays and look over each one. another productive day




1/26/18 - Study hall is scheduled for next Tuesday. There is no math homework. Students received three notes. A cheerleading note and a baseball note were passed out. Students also received their February Math Month packets. Many of the kids were already working on the packets today. Students went to music and I gave the students some extra recess time on this gorgeous day. In math students finished their tessellation pictures and turned them in. We practiced our math facts with a dice times facts game. Then, students took their first timed times facts test of the year. Students made a design out of centimeter grid paper and they colored the design. After that, students labeled what fraction of the whole pattern each color represented. We read about blue whales and students used their whiteboards to write down their version of the main idea from the article. We continued the Gecko reading/writing assessment. Students have good organization skills. Adding more detail to our notes and essay is an ongoing process. One more math thing.... Students played yesterday's fraction war game. They seem to have the hang of it and are slowly learning patterns with fractions. During the Intervention Block students read their just right books, went on a computer reading program, and possibly met with teachers to discuss reading strategies. Have a super weekend.




1/25/18 - I have study hall after school until 5:00. The rest of my blog will be typed up by 6:00. No notes were sent home. For homework students should complete homelink 5.1. The unit four math test will take place next Wednesday. Field trip notes are slowly coming in. Thank you. In math students continued working on their tessellation patterns. We began unit five discussing fractions and the need for them. Students used their whiteboards to convey their understanding of basic fraction concepts. Students played fraction war with their fraction cards. Each student took turns comparing fractions. If the student compared the fractions correctly, the student kept the cards. The student who had the most cards won the game. In reading students worked on locating the main idea of a Storyworks article. We began our Gecko independent literacy assessment. Students are reading an article on geckos, recording information on a graphic organizer, and eventually producing an essay from it. The results of this assessment will be compared to the Cheetah assessment given in September. Based on our current progress a lot of students should demonstrate nice growth. During the Intervention Block students read and some students wrote. One student group worked in pairs sharing evidence from a story to support their answers. We had another productive day. One other note... students went to gym.




1/24/18 - No notes were passed out. Gym is tomorrow. Remember those tennis shoes. Math homework is to spend 10 more minutes working on the unit four review. The test will take place next week. My study hall is tomorrow. Please contact me to confirm any students staying after school. Students should be picked up around 5:00. Please personally pick up your son/daughter. Lansing is an expensive trip. The field trip note did not mention that each class will have their own private coach equipped with a toilet and tv monitors. Chaperones in the past have consistently mentioned that the extra cost was worth it. In math students worked more on their tessellation pieces. It is a challenge for students to make polygons tessellate, especially more than two polygons. The rest of the math time was used putting together our area and perimeter project. Students wrote their names in block letters and recorded each letter's area and perimeter. Then, the total are was calculated. a fun academic project   In reading students tried to come up with the main idea of an article that focused on fidget spinners in schools. A student who gives me a rubber band tomorrow before 9:00 will earn a prize. The student must keep this private. Students read during their Intervention Block, went on Read Theory, and some students met with me. Our Frog essays and graphic organizers were worked on and due today. I showed many examples for the students and they did a fine job explaining reasons why frogs across the globe are disappearing. In the computer lab students took a district culture survey and they worked on my paragraph puzzle quiz. All the quizzes will be completed next week.




1/23/18 - STUDY HALL IS THIS THURSDAY. An important Lansing field trip note and an important study hall note should have gone home today. The unit four review was also distributed. For homework, students should work on the review for approximately 10 minutes. In math I collected more polygon pictures. Students who had yet to finish worked on the pictures during second recess. We discussed tessellation in more detail and students should put together a tessellation piece by Friday. Students played a couple math games and we reviewed characteristics of various polygons. Students had the opportunity to check out more books during library time. Students are in the process of completing their Frog essays. The kids did a nice job organizing their thoughts on the graphic organizer. Taking good notes makes writing the essay easier. During the Intervention Block I met individually with a number of students. It was a productive day.




1/22/18 - No notes were sent home. For homework students should complete last Friday's polygon picture. Students went to art. During the Intervention Block students read, wrote, went on Read Theory, and some students met with me. In math students continued to work on their polygon pictures. The pictures should be done by tomorrow. When finished, students worked on tessellation. Tessellation involves putting shapes together in such a way that the images connect like puzzle pieces and continue on in every direction forever. At the carpet we discussed the following terms... line segments, lines, rays, parallel, perpendicular, angles, and vertices. In reading we discussed the main idea of a Chicken Soup story. We completed more of our Frog graphic organizer. I modeled how to utilize "bullet" points. This morning we discussed the growth mindset word, "Confidence". On page 46 of the growth mindset booklets students wrote about a situation involving confidence. The secret trinket for tomorrow is a penny. Before 9:00, any student giving me a penny tomorrow will receive three Coolidge Cash. The secret trinket should not be advertised to any other student.




1/19/18 - No homework on the weekend. Four notes should have found their way home... Box Tops, Gymnastics, Karate, and Bowling. Tonight is Movie Night. Hope to see you here. Students had their vision tested by Wayne County today. Students went to music. Mr. Jeremy from the credit union visited us and he played a math Lego game with the class. In math we checked the polygon family worksheet. We also went over in peer groups the Block T area and perimeter problem solving assignment. Students spent the remaining math time working on their polygon pictures. Students had to use a variety of shapes to form a picture. We will complete this assignment on Monday. In reading we discussed the main idea of an article that talked about how $1 coins are not in significant circulation because people do not care for them. During the Intervention Block students free read, may have worked with me, perhaps free wrote, and went on some reading computer programs. Have a wonderful weekend.




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.