Sunday, October 18, 2015

Week #6 in Review!

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!


Anthony and Jackson
Milana and Anya


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.

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. 

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.

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:
Earth Material

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.

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