Sunday, November 29, 2015

Week #12 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving break!  Only 26 days until Christmas…YIKES!

Before break we were able to play some Thanksgiving Trivia using Kahoot and see the ABCs of Thanksgiving presented by Mrs. Doran's first grade class.




Kindness is our PBIS trait for November.  We will be selecting and honoring our classroom leader later this week.  I wonder who will be voted for as the student who exhibited the most kindness. 

 
LANGUAGE ARTS
Our wonderful PTA purchased a magazine called Time For Kids (TFK).  The students have been learning how to read articles in a magazine, find evidence to answer questions pertaining to the articles, as well as learn about main idea.  This will help us when reading nonfiction articles in science too!

Tess's Tree
The third graders use Google Classroom for the first time last week.  Each student had an assignment in this virtual classroom to complete by following a set of directions which included going to a link in order to read a story titled Tess's Tree.  After, the students had to respond to the story by creating a new Google document and writing me a letter explaining their thoughts on the story.  It was a great!


Because of Winn Dixie is the chapter book I began reading to the class.  Because of Winn-Dixie, a big, ugly, happy dog, 10-year-old Opal learns 10 things about her long-gone mother from her preacher father. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal makes new friends among the somewhat unusual residents of her new hometown, Naomi, Florida. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to find her place in the world and let go of some of the sadness left by her mother's abandonment seven years earlier.  With her newly adopted, goofy pooch at her side, Opal explores her bittersweet world and learns to listen to other people's lives. (Amazon)

In writing last week we wrote about things we were thankful for as well as worked on our pieces we typed on the Chromebooks.  Each student got to publish a piece of writing after adding dialogue and a few more details. 


MATH
The students are working in unit 3.  We reviewed “What’s My Rule?” and writing numbers in expanded form in order to try different addition/subtraction strategies.  Click HERE for the Parent Letter to learn more. One of the underlying themes in our math program is begin able to explain your thinking using diagrams, math words, pictures, number lines, etc.
Mental Math
What's My Rule?

Each student in our class has a MOBY MAX and Xtra Math login and password card.  These are GREAT ways to help your child keep up on math fluency, number stories, and problem solving skills.  Also, I can login and see how the students are progressing.  These are wonderful FREE resources.


SCIENCE
Our structures of life unit begin by looking at seeds and learning about the life cycle of plants.  The botanists have observed germination and learned about the different parts of a seed.  Click HERE to learn more!

Germinating pea seeds
Joshua, Kayla, Chloe, Colin, & Jason observing the class sprouter


Kayin taking off the seed coat








Lima Bean seed
MICHIGAN STUDIES

Unit 2 covers Michigan’s Economy the 2nd card marking.  Please click HERE to learn more about what’s coming up!


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Week #11 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Winter is here and the students all need to dress for the weather.  PLEASE label your child's gear.  You have no idea how man pair of black snow pants etc. there are at school.  Thank you in advance!


Kindness is our PBIS trait for November.  Last week our TEAMS met to learn more about being kind and created a kindness poster. 


With our kindergarten learning buddies we did a marshmallow challenge.  The challenge was to work as a team using only a few materials in order to create the tallest free-standing tower.  It was great to see all the ideas, planning, and teamwork!



LANGUAGE ARTS
Our wonderful PTA purchased a magazine called Time For Kids (TFK).  The students have been learning how to read articles in a magazine, find evidence to answer questions pertaining to the articles, as well as learn about main idea. 

Because of Winn Dixie is the new chapter book I began reading to the class last week. Because of Winn-Dixie, a big, ugly, happy dog, 10-year-old Opal learns 10 things about her long-gone mother from her preacher father. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal makes new friends among the somewhat unusual residents of her new hometown, Naomi, Florida. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to find her place in the world and let go of some of the sadness left by her mother's abandonment seven years earlier.  With her newly adopted, goofy pooch at her side, Opal explores her bittersweet world and learns to listen to other people's lives. (Amazon)

In writing we’ve been practicing using grabbing leads.  The third graders learned how to lead with a sound, a question, dialogue, and humor. The topic of personal experiences is what we will be writing about this card marking.

MATH
We are now working in unit 3 in math.  We reviewed “What’s My Rule?” and writing numbers in expanded form in order to try different addition/subtraction strategies.  Click HERE for the Parent Letter to learn more. One of the underlying themes in our math program is begin able to explain your thinking using diagrams, math words, pictures, number lines, etc.



 Each student in our class has a MOBY MAX login and password card.  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
Our structures of life unit begin by looking at seeds and learning about the life cycle of plants.  The botanists have a class sprouter to observe and take notes on.  They also have soaked Lima Beans to explore next week.  Click HERE to learn more!

 




MICHIGAN STUDIES

Unit 2 covers Michigan’s Economy.  Please click HERE to learn more about what’s coming up!  If you are a family that likes to get a head start, click HERE for the study guide.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Week #10 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
Thank you so very much for taking time out of your busy schedules to come to parent teacher conferences last Thursday!  It was a pleasure getting a chance to discuss your most important treasure, your child.  Thank you for sharing him/her with me this year.

We have two class representatives for our student council.  Congratulations to Colin and Dominic!  I'm very proud of all of the students who prepared a speech and gave the speech in front of the entire class.  Great job third graders!
Dominic & Colin class reps.


Congratulations to Kayin for being our class’s top fundraiser!  He earned a pizza lunch with the third grade teachers, three of his friends, and the other third grade winners with their friends last Friday.  It was a fun lunch!






LANGUAGE ARTS
Since we received our magazine subscription, Time For Kids (TFK) the students have been learning how to read articles in a magazine, find evidence to answer questions pertaining to the articles, as well as learn about main idea. 
 









Our class helped our kindergarten buddies shop at the book fair.  Then on Friday we met with them again learn about saying the word PLEASE!  I read a new book from our book fair titled The Duckling Wants a Cookie by Mo Willems.  
 










I will begin a new read aloud chapter book titled Because of Winn Dixie this week.

As you know, we’ve been practicing writing grabbing leads to start off their writing pieces.  They’ve learned how to lead with a sound, a question, dialogue, and humor. Last week this skill was applied to their pen pal letters. 

MATH
We finished unit 2 in math and took the checking progress last Friday.  The results of this test will be sent home this week.  We will begin unit 3 Monday.  Click HERE for the Parent Letter to learn more. One of the underlying themes in our math program 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.  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
Our next unit will focus on the structures of life. 
Click HERE to learn more!

MICHIGAN STUDIES

We will begin unit 2 covering Michigan’s Economy the 2nd card marking.  Please click HERE to learn more about what’s coming up!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Week #9 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
We had a great time with our kindergarten learning buddies last Friday.  The third graders helped their buddy create a 3-D Thankful Pumpkin.




Conferences are on Thursday, November 12th.  Sign up is now online through Skyward Family Access.

There is NO SCHOOL on
Thursday, November 12th.

LANGUAGE ARTS
We’ve been working on inferring while reading.  The students are getting very good at making an inference and citing evidence to support their inference.  An inference is an idea or conclusion that's drawn from evidence and reasoning.

In writing the 3rd graders have been learning about grabbing leads to start off their writing pieces.  They’ve learned how to lead with a sound, a question, dialogue, and humor.


MATH
We finished unit 2 in math.  This week we will be reviewing some of the more difficult concepts/skills such as division with remainders.  
The unit test will be given on Friday, November 13th.  A study guide will go home on Tuesday, November 10th.

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.  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
We took the earth science B.A. on Friday, November 6th.  This was a very challenging unit.  It has A LOT of information covered and its concepts are difficult.  We reviewed using Kahoot! 
 I’m very proud of the way the students took responsibility to study and prepare. 
 



 Mr. Jones (a geologist and a Loon Lake parent) was a guest speaker last Thursday.  He brought all kinds of rocks/minerals and taught us even more cool things about them.  Thank you Mr. Jones!


 

Our next unit will focus on the structures of life. 
Click HERE to learn more!

MICHIGAN STUDIES

We will begin unit 2 covering Michigan’s Economy the 2nd card marking.  Please click HERE to learn more about what’s coming up!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Week #8 in Review

CLASSROOM NEWS
No substitute teacher for our ART meant a free indoor recess!



What a fantastic Halloween celebration last week!  Thank you to Mrs. Strohl who took charge and all the helper parents that donated supplies and ran stations.  The students had a blast!  Ms. Qonja even got involved!



    
   




 The end of the first card marking is this Friday, November 6th.  The second card marking begin on Monday, November 9th.  It’s a clean slate and Oops! Slips are wiped cleanConferences are on Thursday, November 12th Sign up is now online through Skyward Family Access.

Two of our own Sinclair Superstars got their tickets pulled during lunch for acting respectfully and got to eat lunch with a friend at a "special" table last week!
 
Lincoln B. and Shaylee eating with a friend of their choice


There is NO SCHOOL on
Tuesday, November 3rd.

We had a few prize winners from the Fun Run!
Milana

Addisyn
Brayden
Kayin



 LANGUAGE ARTS
We’ve been working on inferring while reading.  The students are getting very good at making an inference and citing evidence to support their inference.  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. 

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. 

In writing we worked on ending our paragraphs with a question.



MATH
We are finishing up unit 2 in math and then we will be reviewing some of the more difficult concepts/skills such as division with remainders.

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.

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. 

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
A science review went home with your child last week.  We will be reviewing all week and then taking the B.A. on Friday, November 6th.



MICHIGAN STUDIES
We finished this first unit on the Geography of Michigan.  The students began reviewing in class last week.  
This B.A. is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4th.

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.