Sunday, September 24, 2017

Week #3 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
As we continue to get used to our daily schedule and classroom routines/procedures, we are also learning how to be flexible and resilient.  We had a shelter in place drill as well as a fire drill last week.  The students did great with both drills!

Ms. Qonja was a guest reader in our room last week!  She read a wonderful book titled The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade.  This book is about standing up to bullies to make a difference.



We learned a bit about the constitution and the preamble by reading We the Kids! last week.



LANGUAGE ARTS
I plan on having the third graders take the i-Ready diagnostic computer test this week in reading. If they have their own headphones and/or mouse, please have them bring it to class this week all week.

I finished reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.  The students were surprised by the ending and loved the character “Fudge” who is Peter Hatcher’s younger 3 year old brother. There are more books in this series if your child wants to continue reading about this family’s adventures. However, I would not recommend SuperFudge just yet.  It is set around the holidays and it’s better left for older students.

The third graders continue responding to literature using a TAGD (title, author, genre, date) format.  I’ve been having the readers make connections to relate to characters.

Lastly, the third graders have been reading independently for 19 minutes!  I am very impressed!  That means the WHOLE class!  Each child finds a comfortable place to take his/her book box full of books to read the entire time.  Not get up and get a drink or sharpen a pencil.  READ!  This wonderful!


In writing, the third graders has a museum walk to share their completed writer's notebooks!  Everyone was so proud to share their individual masterpieces













We continue planting seeds and making sure we have lots of ideas in our notebooks so that when it comes time to choose a story to bring through the writing process, we have plenty of options.  We have also written to picture prompts as well as done a few quick writes.  We are building stamina in writing too.  Those little muscles need to get stronger so the children can write for longer amounts of time.


We began using our word study book and our first sort was on long vowel sound using CVCe pattern (consonant, vowel, consonant, e).  We study the words and other words that use the pattern.  There is no test.  I look for the patterns in the students' writing, daily, work, and formative classroom assessments.








MATH
We are working in UNIT 1!  At Curriculum Night we decided to have homelinks sent home on Mondays (due Wednesdays) & Wednesdays (due Fridays).  This way, families would get two nights to complete the homelinks.  We do want this homework to be done WITH parents; however you choose to do that.  Each homelink is a review of what has already been covered in class.  
 
Open number time to show elapsed time.

Ready, set, show!

Click HERE to play the EDM4 online math games!

Each student received a math journal as well as a Student Reference Book (SRB).  The third grade mathematicians were finding elapsed time using an open number line, using tally charts to create bar graphs, and counting up and back by 10.   

Click HERE to see the Family Note about what you can expect in Unit 1.

 SCIENCE
This year we are starting an entirely NEW set of science standards and science kits!  It is very exciting!  Our first unit will cover Motion & Matter.  The scientists tested out the force of gravity and how magnets work.  Key words so far are: gravity, repel, force, attract.














MI STUDIES

This year we are beginning with the Michigan’s History! This week we learn about questions historians ask.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Week #2 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
It was another great week last week!  Thank you so much for taking time to come to Curriculum Night last Wednesday.  I know how busy everyone is and I truly appreciate your time.  If you could not attend, I sent home the handouts in your child’s Friday Folder.

**NO SCHOOL THURSDAY**

As part of a visible thinking routine, we used compass points to safely share our feeling about third grade so far.  Then...we had parents try the same routine at Curriculum Night! The students were so excited to discover the similarities and differences between their own feeling and the feelings of the parents. 











The third graders have been working hard on building stamina in reading and writing.  They have also been working on transitions.  Basically this means moving from one subject or task to another quickly, quietly, and with as little redirecting as possible.  This takes time and each day they are improving.

As a reminder, here is our specials schedule:
3rd Grade Lunch will be from 11:30-12:10pm
Monday – Block Recess 2:10-3:10pm
Tuesday – P.E./Music 9:10-10:10am & Library 12:45-1:15pm
Wednesday – Music 9:10-9:40am/ P.E. 2:45-3:15pm
Thursday – P.E./Computer Lab 1:40-2:40pm
Friday – ART 1:45-2:45pm


READING
I read the book titled Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon to the class last week.  This book focuses on being proud to be you and to stand up for yourself.  The students had to write about a time they felt proud of themselves.  I was amazed at how many children wanted to share.  Building a positive classroom environment is such an important priority.

Currently I am reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.  SUMMARY: Two is a crowd when Peter and his little brother, Fudge, are in the same room. Grown-ups think Fudge is absolutely adorable, but Peter and his pet turtle, Dribble, know the truth. From throwing temper tantrums to smearing mashed potatoes on the wall, Fudge causes mischief wherever he goes! (AMAZON.COM) 

The third graders have been responding to the story using a TAGD (title, author, genre, date) format.  I’ve been having the readers make connections to the story and try to relate to the characters.


Lastly, the third graders have been reading independently for 16 minutes!  I am very impressed!  That means the WHOLE class!  Each child finds a comfortable place to take his/her book box full of books to read the entire time.  Not get up and get a drink or sharpen a pencil or talk to a neighbor.  READ!  This wonderful!


WRITING
In writing, we have been planting seeds and making sure we have lots of ideas in our notebooks so that when it comes time to choose a story to bring through the writing process, we have plenty of options.  To help us do this, the writer’s notebook homework assignment that went home on the first day of school to decorate the composition notebook is due on September 18th.  All of the photos, stickers, words, etc. help our writers with ideas and memories for stories as well as take ownership of their notebook.




MATH
We began working in UNIT 1!  At Curriculum Night we decided to have homelinks sent home on Mondays (due Wednesdays) & Wednesdays (due Fridays).  This way, families would get two nights to complete the homelinks.  We do want this homework to be done WITH parents; however you choose to do that.  Each homelink is a review of what has already been covered in class.
 









We've been able to log on twice to the Chromebooks to use the Everyday Math online Games!  The students have access to these games at home too!  Just log on using the card I sent home on Curriculum Night or the one I had your child tape in the front of their planner.















Each student received a math journal as well as a Student Reference Book (SRB).  The third grade mathematicians reviewed telling time, finding elapsed time using an open number line, rounding to the nearest tens and hundreds, as well as how to play the Number Grid Game.   Click HERE to see the Family Note about what you can expect in Unit 1.










SCIENCE
This year we are starting an entirely NEW set of science standards and science kits!  It is very exciting!  Our first unit will cover Motion & Matter.  This past week the scientists used magnets, paper clips, tongue depressors, straws, and rube bands to test out the force of gravity.  
Key words so far are: gravity, repel, force, attract.


MI STUDIES
This year we are beginning with the Michigan’s History!

More to come!  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Week #1 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
It was a terrific first week back!  The students got to know each other.  They also learned about me and I learned about them as well.  We had some GO NOODLE fun and played a few games.




We are learning the classroom procedures and daily routines. This includes our daily schedule which is still being ironed out. So far our FAPES looks like this:

3rd Grade Lunch will be from 11:30-12:10pm
Monday – Block Recess 2:10-3:10pm
Tuesday – P.E./Music 9:10-10:10am
Wednesday – Music 9:10-9:40am/ P.E. 2:45-3:15pm
Thursday – P.E./Computer Lab 1:40-2:40pm
Friday – ART 1:45-2:45pm

READING

In order to create a love for reading and show the students how fun reading can be, I am currently reading one of my favorite narrative/realistic fiction texts to the class called Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.  SUMMARY: Two is a crowd when Peter and his little brother, Fudge, are in the same room. Grown-ups think Fudge is absolutely adorable, but Peter and his pet turtle, Dribble, know the truth. From throwing temper tantrums to smearing mashed potatoes on the wall, Fudge causes mischief wherever he goes! (AMAZON.COM) 












The third graders are building their reading stamina and making connections to texts in order to better understand what they are reading.

WRITING
In writing, we are mainly planting seed ideas and making sure we have lots of ideas in our notebooks so that when it comes time to choose a story to bring through the writing process, we have plenty of options.  To help us do this, the writer’s notebook homework assignment that went home on the first day of school to decorate the composition notebook is due on September 18th.  All of the photos, stickers, words, etc. help our writers with ideas and memories for stories as well as take ownership of their notebook.


MATH
We began working in UNIT 1 last week!  Each student received a math journal as well as a Student Reference Book (SRB).  The third grade mathematicians worked with partners to find out information using their SRB as well as reviewed how to use a number grid. Click HERE to see the Family Note about what you can expect in Unit 1.













SCIENCE
This year we are starting an entirely NEW set of science standards and science kits!  It is very exciting!  Out first unit will cover Motion & Matter.  Stay tuned!




MI STUDIES
This year we are beginning with the Michigan’s History!

More to come!  

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

School begins on September 5th!  It is a full day so please have your lunch plans set.  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Summer!

Have a SAFE and WONDERFUL summer!  
We will see you back at school in September!


Monday, May 22, 2017

RED NOSE DAY!

Please wear RED on Thursday, May 25 to celebrate Red Nose Day!  Click HERE to donate online.  Every penny counts!

Click HERE to learn more!  


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Week #33 in Review

CLASSROOM NEWS

I wanted to extend my sincere gratitude for all of the wonderful surprises last week!  "Staff Appreciation Week" was so fun and it really made all of us feel honored and loved!  Thank you for all of the kind notes, goodies, gifts, emails, and smiles!  The PTA rocked it with a fabulous VIP theme!  I truly felt like a VIP member for sure!  Bravo!

*Our field trip to Lansing is scheduled for May 11th!  Please have your child to school promptly at 8:30am with a completely disposable lunch.  


 The 3rd grade window for testing is:
Tuesday, May 9 -Math Performance Task  1:00-2:30      
Wednesday, May 10 –ELA 1:00-3:00       

READING
I am currently reading Because of Winn Dixie By Kate DiCamillo to the class.  This book touches is a favorite! 




SUMMARY: The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket--and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the local librarian, Miss Franny Block, who once fought off a bear with a copy of WAR AND PEACE. They meet Gloria Dump, who is nearly blind but sees with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who sets the animals in his pet shop loose after hours, then lulls them with his guitar.Opal spends all that sweet summer collecting stories about her new friends and thinking about her mother. But because of Winn-Dixie or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship—and forgiveness—can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm. (goodread.com)


 















CSI (Color, Symbol, Image) visible thinking routine to express feelings and thoughts as well as make connections. 



WRITING
In writing, the students have been learning about persuasive writing.  Last week we tried out writing a review of our favorite restaurants.  I was surprised to hear how many students considered McDonald’s their favorite place to eat.    We continue to practice restating and having proper punctuation, spelling etc. within our written work.


 















The students are still reading non-fiction texts and learning how to find explicit evidence to support their thinking.  We’ve been practicing how to search articles for specific proof/details (and highlight) that help support answers to questions being asked across the curriculum.  The students are getting much better at this!

MATH
We began unit 7 which focuses on fractions!  This is a tough unit.  Please review homework with your third grader.  Also, it is really important that the students continue to practice their multiplication facts. 

 Click HERE for the unit 7 parent letter.


Homework is given every Tuesday and Thursday.  Each home-link is a review of a concept the students have learned in class.  We encourage parents to help with the home-links as well as ask the students questions.

SCIENCE
MATTER & ENERGY is our final unit of study for third grade.  We began learning about what energy is and about energy sources.  Click HERE to learn more! 


MI STUDIES


We are focusing on Michigan’s Government for our last unit.  Please click HERE to learn more!