Welcome to Ms. Maxwell's Third Grade Classroom
Welcome to Ms. Maxwell's website!
During this time of adventure, I am here to support you and your child. Remember, we are in this journey together!
On this website you will be able to:
- See all the assignments I sent home with your child on Friday, March 13th.
- Have access to Learning Links for reading and math.
- Check in each week to see if there is important information or updates you should be aware of.
Our Daily Class Motto
I will be thankful for all that I have
I will work hard for all that I desire
I will be intentional for the person I am becoming
I will love others for that is the reason I am here
To Access Google Classroom:
Search Google Classroom on Google
Sign in/add another account
Sign in with "email" student email@example.com
This will then take you to Everett School District's log-in for Google Classroom
Log in with just the student ID number. The password is most likely the same ID number
Use this class code if needed: tgcamvf
Assignments: March 13 - April 17
- Read a chapter of Poppy each day. Start from the beginning! If the reading is too difficult ( 5 or more words each page are difficult to read) read with a parent.
- Read an article from the work packet sent home Friday 3 times.
- Complete one assignment in Google Classroom that goes with the article.
- Choose either iReady Reading or RAZ Kids and read for 30 minutes.
There are 3 writing assignments in Google Classroom. Each student completed one out of the three assignments before leaving school on Friday, March 13. This leaves 2 remaining writing assignments for each student.
Write for 30 minutes each day in the writing form you choose to work in. Remember to create a 5-Box for your writing form. Use your article for your evidence.
- Saving Rain Forests Narrative
- Saving Rain Forests Informational Article
- Saving Rain Forests Persuasive Opinion Article
- Complete one math packet a day. Each packet is a review of third grade standards taught and practiced by each student.
- 30 minutes of iReady Math
- Math games from my website or the school library are optional.
Tips for Creating a Daily Schedule:
Tip #1 is use a schedule! The teachers in our building post schedules in their classrooms daily. This strategy helps students in many ways. When they have a plan, they know when activities start and end, when they can look forward to breaks, and they know what is expected of them. You can use this same kind of strategy at home with your family. Sitting down in the evening to create a schedule with your child for the next day gives them power over how they will work, what they want their break times to look like, and more.
You know your child best and there are many different ways to create a schedule. Talk to them about their options. Some students thrive on routine. Your child might like things in the same order every day. Some students like to be creative and enjoy flexibility. This style might be more open to moving activities around, negotiating the length of activities and what resources they use. Another option is to make a list of things that need to be done and let your child decide as they go which one they want to choose next.
The big goal is that they are working, feeling a sense of ownership over their day, and having positive interactions with the people around them. Another perk is that knowing what is coming next makes them less likely to need you to keep their day moving, and i know a lot of you are trying to get work done simultaneously. Picture examples of sample schedules are below, but there are no rules! Make a poster, set alarms on your phone, make a list, use magnets on your refrigerator...try to make it fun. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at NRichard@everettsd.org. Take care, everyone!
Mrs. Richard - Behavior Specialist
Tip # 2
At Jackson we speak to our students a lot about strategies they can use when they are feeling overwhelmed to help bring themselves back to a calm state. One of the strategies that helps with creating wait time, shifting focus, calming down, creating positive thoughts and much more is art. For many students drawing, doodling or coloring is perfect. However, today I am going to share two resources I love that are more guided that you can access for free at home.
Check out the Art for Kids Hub. If you see the emblem above you are on the right track. I love a lot of things about this channel. They always have a young artist doing the drawings so they are modeling that it doesn't look exactly like the grown-up version, and they talk about mistakes and have fun with them constantly. They also draw things that are motivating for kids like popular characters. These activities are fun for adults and kids alike which makes it a really great family activity. It is also something kids can do on their own.
The second art idea is called Zentangle. The goal of Zentangle is to draw a repeating pattern to clear your mind and calm your body. The main rules of Zentangle are that you always use a marker, you try not overlap lines, and there are no mistakes! When you follow a pattern you know what you will do next, but you never know what your art will look like in the end.
It might appear complicated, but with a little practice and guidance it can be for all ages. There are countless patterns and instructional videos available online so you don't need to purchase anything to get started. In addition to being great entertainment and a self-regulating tool, this could also be an activity to help your child wind down for sleep. Here are some additional resources if you are interested!
One Zentangle A Day By: Beckah Krahula
Have fun creating and feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions.
Behavior Intervention Specialist
Tip #3: Plan Ahead to Feel Upset
In our regular lives there are things that happen daily that trigger our moods to change. At school we let students know that it is okay to feel any way, but their reaction still needs to be thoughtful. Now our emotions are even more heightened than usual. Instead of reacting to upset feelings when they happen, you can take a proactive approach.
When everyone is calm, make a plan that your family can follow. Below are some interview questions you can ask your child to help you start your plan. When you interview your child, just be a listener. Don't try to solve the problem, disagree or downplay what they are saying. Just say okay, or repeat back what they are saying so they know you are listening. I like to write it down. This will make them feel heard, which is a great jumping off point for them accepting your input later. Also, if you are going to make a plan, memorize it and stick to it! Keeping your promises to your child will make it more likely that they will stick to the ones they have made.
What are the things that make you feel upset?
(This question is meant to reveal potential triggers so that you might be able to help your child anticipate in the future)
When you start to get upset, what does it feel like in your body?
(If they find it difficult to answer this question, prompt them with "for example, does your face feel hot?")
When you are upset and another person tries to help you, what makes it better? What makes things worse?
(Make a note of your child's answer here. You and other household members can commit to helping behaviors as a part of the plan.)
I know that you have learned a lot of strategies about how to calm down. Which 3 strategies work best for you?
(If they have difficulty producing an answer here you could prompt them with "for example, do you use a tool, go to the calm-down area, breathe?)
Where is a place you could go when you are upset to think about what you want to do next?
What are words you could use with me and other people in our house to tell them you need space that are still kind?
If you handle being upset by using a strategy or a tool instead of creating a problem, what would be a great way for me to celebrate with you?
(I suggest using time together here as a celebration, not material things or treats but having said that; pick something powerful for your child. The "celebration" has to feel better than not using restraint when upset.)
Is there anything else you want to tell me?
Once you get answers to these questions it becomes pretty easy to formulate a plan. Let your child help guide you through what they are going to do and what the people around them are going to do if they become upset. At school when I am making a plan with a student I get as specific as agreeing on what each individual will say or not say, but you have to do what feels organic for home. Post it somewhere when you are finished. Maybe on the fridge or their bedroom wall. Make sure everyone who is involved knows the plan and they are ready to follow it.
Remember, you are asking your child what they think and what they need, but you are ultimately creating the limits here. If they say one of the things that makes them feel upset is homework, that doesn't mean you eliminate it. It means you talk about how they can get it done without becoming upset. A good plan doesn't necessarily change expectations; it creates better avenues for getting to the end goal. If they say they get mad when they have to do chores, you don't take away that expectation. You let them know chores are going to get done, but you are willing to hear their suggestions on how doing them might be better. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the creative problem-solving that can take place. This takes practice, so if you need some help or guidance around what to do after you have completed your interview feel free to reach out!
Behavior Intervention Specialist
- Please note: There is a packet of activities in the manilla envelope that is optional. There is also a math packet of third grade standards that is optional. Please complete all Engage New York Math Packets first, then enjoy additional engagement with other math standards for third grade.
- The Everett School District is mailing a packet of grade level standards that is optional. When you complete all assignments in Google Classroom, refer to this packet.
Update on April 1
- Good afternoon class! There is a new assignment posted today in Google Classroom. It's a personal survey around how you are doing, created by Mrs. Richard. Have fun with it and be creative!
- Also, read the tips from Mrs. Richard. There are some great, relaxing, and creative ideas around finding peace in our daily lives as we navigate this new remote learning. Out of all the ideas, choose one or two that fit you and your personality!