Classroom updates 11/15/18

Hello parents!
Can you believe it’s already Thanksgiving time? Hanukkah is just around the corner and the kids are buzzing with excitement! CJDS is holding a toy drive to collect new toys for children in need. The toys will be donated to JFS and will only be collected until Monday, November 26th. If you have the ability, please consider donating! 

The ‘Turkey Tom’ projects came out beautifully! It’s always fun to see how differently each child decides to decorate their bird. This year, we had a rotten bowl of cereal, handyman, basketball, unicorn, artist and many more creative ideas! We have been discussing various types of writing in class, and this project focused on persuasive writing- trying to convince people to NOT eat the turkey! It was fun to read their pleas to ‘NOT eat me’ and they are all on display in the hallway outside of our classroom. Please take a look before entering the room for conferences on Monday or Tuesday! 

We are wrapping up the first 30 days of social studies where we focused on geography! THANK YOU to everyone that asked people from around the country, and WORLD, to send us postcards! It has been so incredibly exciting to get mail every day. Today, we even received a postcard from MY 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Lindsey. As a mini project in social studies, the kids made a comic strip on the iPad app called POW. The comic strip was meant to serve as an advertisement for a National Park, which each kid self selected. They researched and took notes on location, physical geography, attractions, wildlife and fun facts. Once this was done, they learned how to navigate the new app and created beautiful mini posters. Take a look at our classroom door to see the final projects. Our next unit of study will be science with a focus on habitats. This is always fun to delve into in preparation for our overnight trip to Atlanta, where we experience habitats through the Atlanta Zoo and Aquarium! 

Please remind your child to return any library books they may have checked out from the J Library a couple weeks ago. They may return the books in the lobby of the school or simply give them to me, and I will return. If you ever need chapter books for your child to read at home, they are more than welcome to take books from the classroom. We have hundreds of books! All third graders should be reading nightly for 30 minutes. 

I look forward to seeing you all next week for conferences! As always, please be in touch if you have any questions or concerns!