Sunday, October 25, 2015

Week #7 in Review

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!

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. 

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.

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:
Earth Material

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.

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