Sunday, September 27, 2015

Week #3 in Review


CLASSROOM NEWS

*It was a busy 4 day week last week but very productive!  There was an assembly presented by Brooks Gibbs about treating others the way you want to be treated (the Golden Rule) and about not letting others get you angry.We are tying that in with our coping skills lessons. 

*Our class successfully learned how to log onto the Chromebooks!  Yippee!

*The fall conference schedule goes LIVE on October 1st.  Be sure to log onto Skyward and pick a time to meet with me.


*Ms. Qonja was a guest reader in our class on Friday.  She read the book Enemy Pie.  This book teaches a young boy that once you spend time with someone you may actually like them. You just have to give everyone a chance; don't judge others.





I am made this list of APPS & WEBSITES that are educational, fun, and pertain to our units of study:

Write About This
MAD Libs
EPIC 
Brain Pop
3rd Grade Splash Math
Moby Max (I will set this up for the class soon)
Educreations
Brain Quest
Storia
Spelling City
Math Zombies
Sushi Monster
Scoot Pad
Grammaropolis
ABCya
Cursive Practice
Ace Multiply

Storm & Skye – magical adventure story for kids




LANGUAGE ARTS 


The third graders have been building their reading stamina.  Last week they read for 30 minutes during independent reading which  means they attained their goal!  Way to go third graders!


I will be finishing up reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume this week.  They have really taking a liking to the "Fudge" character. Ask your child about this fun book!
NOTE: the student really want to read more books from this series but beware of SUPERFUDGE.  Email me if your child wants to read this book so you can decide if you feel it's appropriate. 


This week on Thursday, October 1st, I will be administering the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) in order to determine where each child is as far as comprehension, fluency, and reading strategies.













In writing last week we wrote "I Wonder..." in the notebooks and shared our wonderings with a friend.



   
Also, the students wrote from the heart in our notebooks.  I taught the students that writing can be about anything.  Sometimes even difficult issues such as loss, arguments, and friendship issues.  I also let the class know that if there was anything they did not want me to read (private) that they could fold over that page and then that's a sign to me not to read that particular entry.  I want the writers to feel safe when writing about feelings and personal situations.




I gave the first part of the DWA (Developmental Writing Assessment) last week.  The students will finish these up on Monday.  The information I gather from these pieces is very valuable for me so I can plan lessons and conference topics.



MATH
As we work through unit 1 the students are learning about equal groupings, working with remainders, reading information on a tally chart in order to create bar graphs, telling time on analog clocks and showing their thinking. They've also been trying out some EDM games on the Chromebooks. 

Click HERE for the parent letter for unit 1.





SCIENCE


Our geologists learned that a rock is made up of more than one substance including minerals.  A mineral is ONE pure substance.  In order to show this each team worked on taking apart a "mock rock" and sorting the material it is made of.  Then the "minerals" were set aside and the other gray material was put into small viles with 25mls of water.  They shook them up and then we let them settle to see what happens.  Some key vocabulary so far include:
Geologist
Observe
Circumference
Diameter
Rock
Mineral
Earth Material











MICHIGAN STUDIES
The geography of Michigan has begun and your third graders should be able to tell you what H.O.M.E.S. stands for and name each.   We are learning about the Great Lakes Region and reviewing how to use a compass rose to find states on a map.



Sunday, September 20, 2015

Week #2 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
We had a great week last week!  The students enjoyed seeing an assembly called The NED Show which focused on not giving up and self-esteem. Yo-Yo order forms went home if you wanted to order a NED YO-YO.  If you need another, there are more in the front office.

I have been asked by many about some APPS that are good for reading.  So I am made this list of APPS & WEBSITES that are educational, fun, and pertain to our units:

Write About This
MAD Libs
EPIC 
Brain Pop
3rd Grade Splash Math
Moby Max (I will set this up for the class soon)
Educreations
Brain Quest
Storia
Spelling City
Math Zombies
Sushi Monster
Scoot Pad
Grammaropolis
ABCya
Cursive Practice
Ace Multiply

Storm & Skye – magical adventure story for kids



LANGUAGE ARTS 

The third graders have been building their reading stamina.  Last week they read for 25 minutes during independent reading.  Our goal this week is 30 minutes. Also, this week after book shopping I will be going around and checking in with the students on me so I know  what books they've chosen and if they are the "just right" books for them.  We are also working on being a reader and living a reading life.  From magazines to articles online...reading is everywhere!

I am currently reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume to the class.  They have really taking a liking to the "Fudge" character. Ask your child about this fun book!  The third graders learned how to to a TAGD in their reader's notebooks.  Ask your child about this!





In writing I taught mini lessons about using the writer's notebook, authority lists, and mind pictures.  The students shared their decorated notebooks too.  This week the third graders will be writing for the DWA (Developmental Writing Assessment).  The information I gather from these pieces is very valuable for me so I can plan lessons and conference topics.





MATH
As we work through unit 1 the students are reviewing rounding numbers, using a number grid, reading information to create bar graphs, and telling time on analog clocks. They've also been trying out some EDM games and Versatiles.  
Click HERE for the parent letter for unit 1.





SCIENCE
Addisyn and Jackson observing their Mock Rock


Investigation Sheet
Brayden and Colin taking notes












Our science kits have arrived!  The geologists set up their science notebooks last week complete with a table of contents.  Our first field test was to observe, describe, and measure a "mock rock" to help determine what it is made of.  The students do not know what MOCK means at this point which is part of the investigation.  Some key vocabulary so far include:
Geologist
Observe
Circumference
Diameter

MICHIGAN STUDIES
The geography of Michigan has begun! However, last week we spent some time on the Constitution for Constitution Day.  The students saw an oldie but a goodie video..."School House Rock: The Preamble" on YouTube. Check it out! We also read the book titled We the Kids.





Sunday, September 13, 2015

Week #1 in Review

CLASSROOM NEWS!


The first week of school was a huge success!  We played a few games to get to know each other.  I focused on routines and procedures within our third grade classroom as well as reviewed where we go for alert drills.  Third grade REALLY picks up quickly as far as being an independent thinker and having responsibilities.  I'll explain more about expectations and curriculum on Wednesday night at 7:30pm.  If you cannot attend Curriculum Night please do not worry.  I will have everything hard-copied and sent home in the Friday Folder for you. 






COPING SKILLS
In third grade we use the Second Step Program to help our students develop tools and strategies when dealing with a variety of situations and feelings.  We do one lesson per week and sometimes there is a family homework that needs to be completed.  Our lessons are usually on a Friday.  You get an entire week to complete this with your third grader.  
The homework is due the following Friday.



** Happy Belated Birthday Kayin!**
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LANGUAGE ARTS
I introduced and read two picture books to the class.  After discussion they had to compare and contrast the two main characters in the book.  Both books have a theme that pertains to being yourself!





Buddy Reading

The students are building their reading stamina! They began at 10 minutes and ended last Friday reading for 20 minutes!  Way to go SUPERSTAR readers!  There was even time for Buddy Reading!  Also, the third graders had to create their writer's notebook over the long weekend.  We will be sharing these on Tuesday.

Book Boxes

MATH
The Everyday Math Program came our with a 4th version totally aligned with Common Core.  Click HERE to read the Parent Letter that explains more about our first unit.  We reviews the number grid as well as played a number grid game.  Click HERE to get see a number grid and print it out!