Sunday, October 25, 2015

Week #7 in Review

CLASSROOM NEWS
Thank you so very much for those of you who sent in Lysol Wipes and spray.  It is very appreciated!

Our Halloween party is this Friday!  If you have not send in the party donation (for the year) of $10 we will be collecting it all week.  Thank you!


The third graders took the iReady last Monday, October 19th (math) and then again on Friday, October 23rd (literacy).  If your child was absent for either of those testing days there will be make-up times this week.











Last week we had our first official TEAM meetings for PBIS.  October we are working on RESPECT.  The students had to work together as a team using a ball of yarn.  Ask your child what they did!

For coping skills last week the focus was on identifying other people’s feelings.  We played a game called “Foreman Says” to show emotions on our faces.
 There is a homework assignment for this lesson that is due Friday, October 30th with a parent signature.

Last Friday we created spooking skeletons with our 
kinder learning buddies too!








LANGUAGE ARTS
Our class worked on the reading strategy of visualization last week by creating a “Granod” and a witch!  They loved these fun listening comprehension tasks.   This week we will begin making inferences. An inference is an idea or conclusion that's drawn from evidence and reasoning.




Our class read aloud titled Frindle.  The main character is Nick Allen.  Mrs. Granger is his language arts teacher the last hour of the day.  Nick will discover how very different he is from Mrs. Granger yet similar too. 


We have begun working on the parts of a paragraph.  The third grade writers know that there is a topic sentence, three-five details sentences, and one concluding sentence to wrap up the paragraph. 
 We no longer write THE END!  We have three colors we use to make sure we have all of the parts:
Red - Topic
Yellow - Details
Green - Closing



Since the students know how to access their own personal Google drive, create a new Google Doc, share their writing with me, as well as how to change font size/color we’ve been able to begin publishing stories.  Each student received a Digital Citizen paper reminding them about the appropriate and responsible way to use technology at school. 



MATH
The Unit 1 Progress Check has been graded and a parent information sheet on the skills that were assessed went home last Monday with your child.  The class average was an 88%.   
PLEASE NOTE: Progress Checks are now being treated as Benchmark Assessments (district common assessments) and we are not sending them home.  The district is exploring other resources that could be used to communicate progress with parents following the Progress Check lessons. 

We began Unit 2 last week.  Click HERE for the Parent Letter to learn more. One of the underlying themes in math is begin able to explain your thinking using diagrams, math words, pictures, number lines, etc.





I signed each student in our class a MOBY MAX login and password card.  I also sent this information home in last week’s Friday Folder.  This is a GREAT way to help your child keep up on math fluency, number stories, and problem solving.  I can login and see how the students are progressing.  It’s a wonderful FREE resource.



SCIENCE
This past week we worked with investigation #2 the calcite quest!  The geologists discovered how to tell if a rock contains calcite.  Ask them about this field test.


The class performed scratch tests using a penny, their fingernail, and a steel nail to help determine the hardness of the minerals.  The Mohs Scale of Hardness was used to help the geologists. 

Minerals are not the same as rocks.  Your third grader should be able to tell you the difference between a rock and a mineral.  The first mineral investigation was an observation of 4 mystery minerals. The color, shape, size, texture were looked at.
Vocabulary we’ve learned:
Rock
Mineral
Properties
Earth Material
Mock

MICHIGAN STUDIES
We reviewed directions last week.  The students need to know which states are EAST, SOUTH, and WEST of Michigan in this region.  Also, that Canada is a COUNTRY north of Michigan.  There will be a short quiz on reading directions Monday.


The geography of the Great Lake’s Region is the main focus of this unit.  This week we will be learning how people ADAPT and MODIFY the environment.  Michigan has plenty of natural resources such as copper, iron-ore, trees, water, etc. 

Some key vocabulary includes:
Human Resources – The people who work or the employees.
Natural Resources – Materials or substances such as minerals, water, forests, etc. that occur in nature.
Human Features – Something man-made; made by humans.

Natural Feature – Features such as rivers, islands, waterfall that are NOT man made.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Week #6 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
We are running low on foaming hand soap and Lysol Wipes/Spray.  If you are able to send in an item to help us out during the cold/flu season we would truly appreciate it!  Thank you in advance.


The Color Me Fun Run was a huge success last Friday!  We are accepting donations through Friday, October 23rd.
Thank you for supporting our school!
On your mark, get set, GO!

Jason
Joshua


Anthony and Jackson
Milana and Anya



Dominic
William
Shaylee













iReady testing begins this week for third graders.  Our schedules times are on Monday, October 19th at 2:45pm (math) and then again on Friday, October 23rd at 1:30pm (literacy).

This week will be having our first official TEAM meetings for PBIS.  Please remind your student(s) to wear Loon Lake spirit wear or our school colors (green and yellow) this Wednesday.

LANGUAGE ARTS
The third graders have been learning about character traits and how the author “shows” the traits without directly telling the reader.  To help make this even more concrete I’m using our class read aloud titled Frindle so the students can begin to understand how Mrs. Granger and Nick Allen are very different yet similar too. 


In writing they learned how to plan and rehearse a story idea with a friend before beginning the actual draft.  A picture of a kitten was used as a prompt for the class.  There were some very heart-warming stories begun.
Planning and rehearsing
Since the student snow how to access their own personal Google drive, create a new Google Doc, share their writing with me, as well as how to change font size/color we’ve been able to begin publishing stories. 


MATH
The Unit 1 Progress Check has been graded and a parent information sheet on the skills that were assessed will be coming home on Monday. 
PLEASE NOTE: Progress Checks are now being treated as Benchmark Assessments (district common assessments) and we are not sending them home.  The district is exploring other resources that could be used to communicate progress with parents following the Progress Check lessons. 


We will begin Unit 2 last Monday.  Click HERE for the Parent Letter to learn more. One of the underlying themes in math is begin able to explain your thinking using diagrams, math words, pictures, number lines, etc.




I signed each student in our class a MOBY MAX login and password card.  I also sent this information home in last week’s Friday Folder.  This is a GREAT way to help your child keep up on math fluency, number stories, and problem solving.  I can login and see how the students are progressing.  It’s a wonderful FREE resource.



SCIENCE
Last week the class performed scratch tests using a penny, their fingernail, and a steel nail to help determine the hardness of the minerals.  The Mohs Scale of Hardness was used to help the geologists.  This week we will begin the calcite quest!


Minerals are not the same as rocks.  Your third grader should be able to tell you the difference between a rock and a mineral.  The first mineral investigation was an observation of 4 mystery minerals. The color, shape, size, texture were looked at.
Vocabulary we’ve learned:
Rock
Mineral
Properties
Earth Material
Mock

MICHIGAN STUDIES
The geography of the Great Lake’s Region is the main focus of this unit.  This week we will be learning how people ADAPT and MODIFY the environment.  We will continue to practice using cardinal directions.  Most important is being able to tell which state(s) are east, south, west, and north (not a state but…). Michigan has plenty of natural resources such as copper, iron-ore, trees, water, etc.  Some key vocabulary includes:

Human Resources – The people who work or the employees.

Natural Resources – Materials or substances such as minerals, water, forests, etc. that occur in nature.

Human Features – Something man-made; made by humans.


Natural Feature – Features such as rivers, islands, waterfall that are NOT man made.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Week #5 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
Are you ready for the Fun Run?  Our awesome PTA spoke to the students this past week about this fundraiser.  There are a lot of very cool prizes to be won!  Thank you for supporting our school!




LANGUAGE ARTS
The third graders have been learning about character traits and how the author “shows” the traits without directly telling the reader.  The book The Paper Bag Princess we know the princess is brave, determined, resilient, and clever.  The author doesn’t tell us this but we know from the way the princess “behaves” and acts.  Supporting our thinking is what we will continue to work on. We also covered how to figure out unfamiliar words when reading.







 Lastly, we had B.Y.O.D. Friday and the students really impressed me with their ability to stay on task and read using their devices.  I chose seven students (from the students who did not have a device) to use the new Android tablets also. It was a fun Friday!

Jason, Jack, & Colin


Maddy, Addisyn, Natalie, & Shaylee
My DRA testing sub date is Monday, October 12th.  This day allows me to meet with students one-on-one to test reading fluency and comprehension.

We have pen pals with a 3rd grade class at Wixom Elementary.  Our class wrote back to their pen pals this week and we sent them through the mail.  This is a fun way to motivate students to write and it’s FUN!  













On Thursday and Friday the students learned how to access their own personal Google drive, create a new Google Doc, share their writing with me, as well as how to change font size/color.  It was a lot of great learning with technology.


MATH
The Unit 1 Progress Check (test) was given last week. The students were able to  work with a buddy to check over work before I shared the correct answers to the study guide. 
Reed & Brayden

Progress Checks are being treated as Benchmark Assessments (district common assessments) and we are not sending them home.  The district is exploring other resources that could be used to communicate progress with parents following the Progress Check lessons.  More to come…
We will begin Unit 2 on Monday.  Click HERE for the Parent Letter to learn more.


SCIENCE
Monday the geologists observed what was left of their mock rocks  in the evaporation dishes.  Did you know that there are three types of rocks?  Your geologist should be able to tell you about igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks AND how each are formed.  


 
  
 Also, our geologists began learning about minerals!  These are not the same as rocks.  Your third grader should be able to tell you the difference between a rock and a mineral.  The first mineral investigation was an observation of 4 mystery minerals. The color, shape, size, texture were looked at.  This week the class will be performing a scratch test to find out the hardness of the minerals.  The properties help determine the name of each mineral.  We’ll be using the Mohs Scale of Hardness to help us.




Vocabulary we’ve learned:
Rock
Mineral
Properties
Earth Material
Mock

MICHIGAN STUDIES
The geography of the Great Lake’s Region is the main focus of this unit.  This week we will be learning how people ADAPT and MODIFY the environment.  We will continue to practice using cardinal directions.  Most important is being able to tell which state(s) are east, south, west, and north (not a state but…). Michigan has plenty of natural resources such as copper, iron-ore, trees, water, etc.  
Some key vocabulary includes:

Human Resources – The people who work or the employees.
Natural Resources – Materials or substances such as minerals, water, forests, etc. that occur in nature.
Human Features – Something man-made; made by humans.
Natural Feature – Features such as rivers, islands, waterfall that are NOT man made.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Week #4 in Review

CLASSROOM NEWS

Shaylee reading to her buddy
Last Friday was our first Learning Buddy meeting with the Kindergartners in Mrs. Z. and Mrs. M.’s class. The students enjoyed  working together.
Reed's buddy



Dominic, Jackson, & Jason helping their buddies read.

On Friday we also had our Marco's Pizza Lunch that we won for ordering the most pizzas for September!  Thank you Parents and Marco's!
Colin, Lucas, and Jackson were hungry!


Our class received a letter from a student who would’ve been in our class this year.  Her name is Zahraa.  Her and her family moved to Kuwait for this year and they are having some fun adventures!










LANGUAGE ARTS
**My DRA testing sub cancelled last week therefore; I have a new testing date which is October 12th

In reading the third graders have been responding to a variety of texts.  Some have been silly, while others were more serious.  This week we will begin learning about character traits. Our new read aloud book is titled Frindle by Andrew Clements. 


SUMMARY: Is Nick Allen a troublemaker? He really just likes to liven things up at school -- and he's always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he's got the inspiration for his best plan ever...the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle? Things begin innocently enough as Nick gets his friends to use the new word. Then other people in town start saying frindle. Soon the school is in an uproar, and Nick has become a local hero. His teacher wants Nick to put an end to all this nonsense, but the funny thing is frindle doesn't belong to Nick anymore. The new word is spreading across the country, and there's nothing Nick can do to stop it. (Amazon.com)


In writing we have pen pals with a 3rd grade class at Wixom Elementary.  The students were very excited to receive their first letter last week.  This week we will be writing back to our pen pals.


  

We also worked on "Zany Writing" and writing fun stories!  Ask abbout "Phillip the Nickle."

MATH
The Unit 1 test is scheduled for Thursday, October 8th.  A study guide will be going home on Tuesday as homework to complete. We will go over the guide in class on Wednesday.  Students can take the corrected guide home for one last review.  
Working on a math  challenge and talking out their thinking


 SCIENCE
One last field test with our mock rocks was pouring the contents of the viles into evaporating trays in order to see what’s left behind once the water is gone.  
Vocabulary we’ve learned:
Rock
Mineral
Properties
Earth Material
Mock













MICHIGAN STUDIES
The geography of the Great Lake’s Region is the main focus of this unit.  The third graders are practicing how to use cardinal directions.  Most important is being able to tell which state(s) are east, south, west, and north (not a state but…). Our 5 Great Lakes (H.O.M.E.S.) and that Michigan has plenty of natural resources such as copper, iron-ore, trees, water, etc.  Some key vocabulary includes:

Human Resources – The people who work or the employees.
Natural Resources – Materials or substances such as minerals, water, forests, etc. that occur in nature.
Human Features – Something man-made; made by humans.
Natural Feature – Features such as rivers, islands, waterfall that are NOT man made.