Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Place value

Today in math we used styrofoam cups to demonstrate expanded and standard form of five digit numbers (thank you Pinterest).  The kids loved it!  I hope it helped their understanding by having a concrete example to get their hands on.

In Reader's Workshop today we talked about having a Balanced Reading Diet.  I brought in two sample lunches (one healthy, one not).  We discussed keeping a variety of book genres in their reading baskets, so they can have a balanced reading diet. 

Don't forget to get those Timberwolf Trek pledges and money collected by Friday!  I know the kids want more playground equipment.  And personally, I'm looking forward to the dance off between Mr. Fitzmorris and Mrs. Brooks!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Writer's Notebooks

Today we personalized our Writer's Notebooks.  Thank you for sending pictures and magazine clippings for us to use.  Tomorrow we will partner share about our notebook decorations.

Today we also had our Olweus anti-bullying kick off assembly.  The videos used in the presentation were powerful examples of how bullying takes place.  The students were very good listeners throughout the assembly.  They may want to discuss this topic more at home with you.

We also watched a short video about plant parts that we eat.  We completed a flip book project afterward describing the jobs of each part of the plant. Here is a cute song we watched last week.

Overall, we had a great Monday!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Passwords and Codes galore!

I am sending home some important passwords and codes with your child tomorrow.  One of them is for This is an online reading program that kids can work on at school or at home.  I demonstrated it with them today in class.  When they login, they will sign in with my class code Cherylannscott  Then they will see the class list with their own icon.  They will click their icon and their picture password. (It will make sense when you see the login card.)

The next resource is  This is also a tool that can be used at home or school.  It gives your child approximately 10 minutes of basic math fact practice for each time they login. The directions are printed out on a flier specifically for your child, so look for that sheet tomorrow.

Lastly, I have set our class up for online book order at  You do not have to use the online method, but if you do, they are offering some incentives this year.  We have not received the paper copy of the book order that usually comes each month.  It may be because we are at a new school.  I will send those home when I get them.  Our online class code is L6WL6, but if yiou just use the link above, it will get you there!!

Our class has been building our reading stamina (focused independent reading time).  Today, we read for 18 minutes!  Here is a picture...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Terrific Tuesday!

The kids got a kick out of this YouTube video today, so I thought I'd share it with you.  I guess the wolf howling was pretty funny to them... go figure!  We reviewed place value today, as we will soon start to work with larger numbers.  We played a few rounds of a game called Place Value Clues, which we will continue later in the week. 

Today we also went to the playground to learn about Playground PACK expectations.  One of the main focuses was on "C" which means Caring for Others.  On the playground, one way students can care for others is to include them in their games and activities.  The playground is a fun place for most kids, but can also be a lonely or scary place for others.  Some kids might feel left out or alone on the playground.  In keeping with one of our four anti-bullying statements, on the playground all Tiffany Ridge students are making a commitment to include others who are left out.

In Writer's Workshop today we discussed a way to personalize their Writer's Notebooks. If students would like to bring some pictures from home to decorate their notebook, that would be great!  In the past we have used magazine clippings, but unfortunately I got rid of all my magazines when I moved to Tiffany Ridge.

If you are a parent who volunteered to help in the classroom or from home, I will be getting back with you soon about setting up a schedule.  I already have a few projects that I need help with!!

There are still several kids missing index dividers, and we do not have any extras at school.  So, if you can double check with your child, we will be needing these for our data binders. 

Don't forget, study those addition and subtraction facts with your child, sign their planner each night, and have them read at home 100 minutes a week.  (I love how the new student planner has a spot to record reading minutes!!)

I am really enjoying getting to know your kids. I am already seeing their individual personalities stand out!! 

Sorry for such a long post tonight!  Have a good evening!
Friday, August 17, 2012

1st Day of Third Grade photos

I'm so excited that I found out about sliderocket (because I was prowling on another teacher's blog)!  Now I know how to embed slide shows on our blog!  This is my first time using a blog, so I'm still learning.  But here are those super cute third graders on the first day of school!

Parent Orientation slide show

For those of you who were not able to make it to parent orientation, here is what you missed.  Check out the slide about signing up for Remind 101 text messages!!

Great week!

We had a busy three days this week! One of the highlights was playing "People BINGO" with the whole third grade in the pod area (picture above). Students each had a game board and they had to get other students to sign the box if certain things applied to them, such as:  I write with my left hand, I have a cat, or I know the principal's name.  It was a fun time!

We also had a few new students join our class this week.  For the purpose of birthday treats, etc. we now have 25 students.  Next week we will start using our student planners, and we will begin our third grade curriculum.  We will continue to teach procedures as well.  I'm looking forward to another great week!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Our first day at Tiffany Ridge

Wow!  What a day!  It just flew by!  The first days/weeks of school will be spent going over procedures.  We will also do some fun getting aquainted activities.  Today we spent some time getting our school supplies organized.  There were a few things that some kids were missing, so you might want to check with your child to see if they have all the supplies they need.  Several kids were missing index dividers.  I took some great pictures of your kiddos today.  Unfortunately, email wouldn't let me send the PowerPoint because the attachment was too large.  Sooooooo.... check your email tonight or tomorrow for your child's individual 1st Day of School photo.  I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly our first day went at Tiffany Ridge.  I'm looking forward to a fun year together.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to give me a call (359-6108) or send me an email
Saturday, August 11, 2012

Back to School Night

I enjoyed meeting many of you at Parent Orientation Thursday night.  I am looking forward to meeting all of my new third graders on Monday from 5:00-6:30.  Stop by Tiffany Ridge and drop off school supplies and meet your new teacher and classmates.  See you there!
Thursday, August 2, 2012

Back to School!

I can't believe it's almost time for school to begin.  This year is a special one as we get to open Tiffany Ridge together.  I can't tell you how excited I am to get this school year started.  I've spent many hours unpacking and getting our classroom ready for all of my future third graders. I feel so lucky to be part of this new community of Tiffany Ridge Timberwolves. I am looking forward to meeting many of you at Parent Orientation on August 9.  Back to School Night will be held for students on Monday, August 13.  It's going to be a great year!