Highlights of the week

Week two has already flown by! This week, we finished our work with summer reading books, worked on summarizing what we’ve read, started working with ways to show multiplication as things that come in groups, and developed our class rules and expectations.

Here are some of this week’s highlights:

  • reading The Legend of Rock, Paper, and Scissors and playing a game with the whole class
  • Max welcomed his dad back from a long trip to Australia
  • working with a partner to write summaries of our summer reading books
  • Friday choice time, experimenting with ways to make stress balls (we’ll come back to the project in the future!)
  • created class rules: In this classroom, we demonstrate RESPECT, KINDNESS, RESPONSIBILITY, AND PARTICIPATION
  • we wrote compliment cards to one another, a new Friday tradition
  • Mrs. Burns visited briefly and taught Mr. Gould some of the math games we did in 2nd grade
  • we took some beginning of the year tests to show what we already know
  • we made multiplication posters that showed groups of objects and we wrote sentences and multiplication equations to explain
  • we earned class tickets: we have enough for a bonus recess next week and Jacob won this week’s raffle!
  • Mr. Gould printed our artifact pictures and put them up (come by and see them!)
  • we had fun solving riddles

Have a great three-day weekend! See you on Tuesday!

The Week Ahead: August 26-30

I hope that everyone has had a restful weekend after our first full week of school. Here are a few things to know for the week ahead:

Language Arts

  • We will continue our class study of The Lemonade War. Last week, students analyzed the personalities of the two main characters and answered questions about main plot points. This week, students will work as a whole class to develop a story map and summary of the book.
  • Students will apply the work we did on Lemonade War to one of their other summer reading books. They will work with a partner or small group to identify characters, setting, problem, major plot events, and resolution. Finally, they will create book posters to present their book for the class.
  • We will be conducting reading diagnostic assessments in class this week in order to help plan effective instruction, small groups, etc.
  • We will begin to develop stamina in independent reading and writing and will begin to write stories with a beginning, middle, and ending.
  • We will be starting our work in cursive handwriting.


  • We are beginning Unit 1 of our new math curriculum. This week, we will dive into our first investigation, exploring things that come in groups. Watch for family letters that will come home during the week to tell more.

Class Community

  • Last week, we worked to draft a mission and vision statement for our classroom (see Friday’s blog post!). We will continue to examine and work on this document in order to make it a strong statement of our goals.
  • Based on the class mission and vision, we will create a set of rules for our class that everyone can agree to.
  • We will continue to practice daily routines, cooperative learning, and teamwork through class meetings, games, etc.


  • We are gradually adding homework in order to help build routines and practice. Students will be expected to read daily. A reading log will be included in their homework folder. In addition, students will have math homework 2-3 times during the week.

Mass Apostles

  • This week it our class’s turn to assist during the Tuesday Mass service. Last week, we signed up for roles.
    • Acolytes (be at school by 7:45 to meet Mrs. King): Michael, Genevieve, Nico
    • Bring forward bread and wine: Dempsey, Joshua
    • Present prayers: Elia, Ife
    • Collect Offering: Mina, Eiley, Max, Noah

Here’s looking forward to a great week! Thanks for helping get us off to a good start!

One week complete!

We’ve had an exciting and busy first full week of school. Here are some of our highlights:

  • We made quilt squares to show our favorite subject, free time activities, special places, and things we’re looking forward to learning.
  • We made self portraits and hung them proudly on the wall for everyone to see.
  • We made a lot of artwork!
  • We collected data about our birthdays and created an organized pictograph.
  • We shared artifacts to teach about ourselves, wrote a bit about them, and took photos with Mr. Gould.
  • We wrote letters to tell Mr. Gould about ourselves.
  • We created character posters about Evan and Jessie in The Lemonade War.
  • We worked on strategies for successful group work and cooperation.
  • We learned how to give and receive helpful feedback.
  • We drafted a class mission and vision statement and started thinking about the rules we need to have in our learning community.
  • We started earning some class tickets.
  • We took a math pretest and played a math game.
  • We sang songs and played GoNoodle together.


Here’s the draft mission and vision statement. We’ll keep working on it as the year continues.

Room 3B is a community of learners. We are kind, considerate, respectful, and trustworthy. We use our different skills to work together and help each person succeed. We learn by trying things out, making mistakes, supporting each other, cooperating, and sharing our ideas in a safe space.

We are working to create a classroom that is:

  • Welcoming, friendly, and supportive of each unique person.
  • Hard working and focused on learning new things.
  • Peaceful, patient, quiet, and calm so that everyone has their best chance of success.
  • A fun and creative place to be.

First Day of School!

Friday was our first day of the 2019-2020 school year! We had a busy (and hot!) day together.

Here are some of our highlights of the day:

  • getting to see our old and new friends
  • helping set up bags for the Casa Maria meal program
  • drawing quilt squares about ourselves
  • learning that we have a lot in common
  • getting to know Mr. Gould and seeing some of our old teachers
  • making name tags for our desks
  • playing a name game with our initials
  • starting the year in a new classroom
  • playing classmate bingo with the other 3rd grade class
  • talking about summer reading and naming our favorite books

We’re looking forward to a great year! See you Monday!