It’s fire safety week, and we enjoyed a visit from the Mill Valley Fire Department. They shared some very important safety tips. See if your child can name them all! We learned what to do when a smoke detector goes off (touch a door to feel if it is hot, get out, walk low under the smoke, go to the family meeting place, and NEVER go back into a building until the fire department says it’s safe.) We all practiced (!!) dropping and rolling, and then had some great fun with picture searches and word scramble materials the firefighters left for us. In your child’s take-home folder is a postcard with information about the MVFD open house this Saturday from 11-2. Lots of kids are hoping to go.
While none of us really love the 5 minute multiplication timings, your child bar graphed the last 5 weeks results and many saw a very encouraging upward trend. When the children color in their bar graphs they often get a sense of ownership and become really motivated. Again, I am sending out a plea to continue to quiz your child at home on their 0, 1, 2, 5, and 10 facts. Before you know it, we will add the other numbers and this can be daunting if the basic facts aren’t secure. Check your child’s folder for their Unit 1 test, and celebrate the success!
In science, we began a fun rotation that includes fossil sorting and graphing, and fossil-rub art. These activities are a true blend of math, science, and art. Several children brought in bones, fossils, stones and skull models to add to my odd assortment that includes antlers, petrified wood, porcupine quills, various skulls, a rattlesnake and a lizard skeleton. We made scientific observations and discussed all sorts of ‘wonderings’ and known facts. I am so impressed by the curiosity and depth of knowledge in this room!
Our Kiddo! poet Ms. Glass visited us twice this week. One day, the children pulled a stone from a bag and wrote a poem about the life of the stone. On Friday, we learned about alliteration and onomatopoeia and wrote some very spooky and delightful Halloween poems. Your child will be typing these into a Google Doc over the next few weeks to get some practical and fun keyboarding practice. I hope to compile the “best of” poems in a poetry book by the end of the year.
School counselor Meredith Mishel is visiting our class this month to help build empathy, compassion, and a stronger sense of self and community. She read some really awesome books and led deep conversations circling around ways to get along at school. As your 3rd grader is becoming more mature, these conversations become much more meaningful. She will visit our class a couple more times and focus on conflict resolution and friendships before she moves on to other classrooms throughout the school.
I spent Monday representing our school at a coding conference in Berkeley and I am really looking forward to introducing some fun and challenging coding experiences for your children later this fall. Coding is such a great way to build critical thinking, problem solving, collaborative skills in our young scholars...plus, it’s fun!
That’s all for now, have a fantastic weekend!