Glogster An Exciting Way to Communicate

All of the information you will need to do your report is listed here in this Glog that I created for you. You will access many online and paper references to help you complete the report. We will also visit Mrs. Miller to revisit how to cite our work. Enjoy glogster and remember your audience and purpose. Also, remember USERNAME:firstname,last name first two letters, and year. PASSWORD: IXL

Summer Bridge Software – Tech4Learning

the_gangParents support summer learning at home through curriculum related learning activities and collaborative projects with software from Tech4Learning. They are offering to parents, at a discount, their educational software packages that will delight, entertain, and teach your child to explore the process of learning and at the same time communicate with others.
Click on the attached link to view the software programs offered. I have also purchased three software packages due to the educational value.

Alliteration to Add Color and Beauty to Our Poetry

Out of the bosom of the Air,
Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
Silent, and soft, and slow
Descends the snow
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow-

Today, after reading the poem Snow-Flakes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow the students created their own portraits of the seasons through the use of alliteration. Here is a start to a poem created by Jedediah LaBrake.

Wonderful World
Inside you there are wild wolves and whistling woodpeckers
in the woodlands
and along the sandy seashore
whales move while we sleep.

Many Thanks to the Kiwanis for this Tree-rific Surprise

Students at Colton-Pierrepont Central were surprised today with gifts of trees to celebrate the preservation of our earth and to honor moms.

Members of the Potsdam Kiwanis presented to the Third Grade S.T.A.R.S. white pines to celebrate Arbor Day.  This was a county wide event that members of the Kiwanis and other local organizations became involved in to help in the preservation of the earth and to give back to the environment resources that we consume.  The students were instructed on how to plant the trees and where would be a safe place. 

A special thanks to members of the Potsdam Kiwanis for including our school in this county wide effort.  Together we can preserve natural resources.

A Tree-rific Surprise Gift

A Tree-rific Surprise Gift

Number Sense Games with Number Sliders

Many thanks to the Teachingnest Blog for this great reference.

Number sliders can be a great way for students to share rounding of numbers, also in developing numbers that meet a certain criteria, as well as playing games with one another.
We often play games in the classroom where I ask students to find a two digit number that is a multiple say of 5 and three, with a sum of 6, and with a difference of 4. In this way the students are hearing and using the vocabulary necessary for classroom discourse in mathematics. I also sometimes create a number given that the number is less than 70 but greater than 10, to again use additional vocabulary and restraints on the number. Also multiple answers are then available giving time to the students who need additional time and adding excitement to those who have the pattern.

Number Sliders

“Bringing the Common Core Curriculum to Life”

From State Education Dept

From State Education Dept

As I view what David Coleman has to say about literacy, it reinforces some of my own perceptions.  While leveled readers are good and have their place, we should not do away with allowing children to tackle a text that is challenging.  This was evident when author Lawrence Pringle visited here at CPCS.  Many of the informational texts were well beyond the levels used for instruction, but the students struggled with the texts because of interest.  Informational texts do have a great place in teaching and learning about the world.  If the child is willing to reach who are we to say, you aren’t tall enough. Growing up in a Italian family, I was taught to accept and seek challenges and because of that I feel I have been given valuable opportunities in life.  To this same end I challenge my students. Likewise  I am thankful for the reading curriculum here at CPCS that seeks to challenge and yet teach the joy in reading and writing.

Watch David Coleman present the ideals behind the Common Core Curriculum.  It is a challenge for everyone in the community to embrace so that we can build upon the excellence within each individual.

NY State ELA Testing

Parents, please remember that tomorrow is the start of the NY State ELA tests for our classroom.  We will start in the morning after 8:40 as we have specials on days 2, 4, and 6.  Each child may bring a drink and a snack to have before testing. 

Today was a special day because we got to see the play Charlotte’s Web.  The children loved it, and it made the rain go away. Imagine yourself on the farm with a spider and a rat, and voila Charlotte’s Web.  Terrific, humble Wilbur was and is the best pig ever.  After all what are friends for if they can’t see the good that someone does for them.  Wilbur was a true friend to Charlotte who gave until the end.