Friday, December 30, 2016

Week #16 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
Happy New Year!!!  I hope everyone has a safe and fun-filled celebration to bring in 2017!  A very special thank you to Mrs. K. & Mrs. M. for organizing the winter celebration! Hot cocoa, popcorn, a "spirit if Christmas" bell, and a movie was perfect.  

Thank all of YOU for the absolutely wonderful treats, cards, gifts, and special notes you gave me for the holidays!  
I am so very grateful for all of you!

To catch everyone up I’m posting photos from before the winter break.  


I’ll see you back at school on Wednesday, January 4th!



















Sunday, December 18, 2016

Week #15 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
 
The first trimester report cards were posted last Wednesday.  Please check them out and discuss goals for the next report card with your third grader.  The curriculum and expectations will increase!

Our Holiday celebration is on Thursday, December 22nd. We are having a very low key movie and hot cocoa afternoon in our PJs.  I’m hoping to end the 2016 year calmly with everything all prepared for when we return in 2017!


READING
The students began working with expository (nonfiction) text features.  All of this is in preparation for a research type reports the students will begin after the break. 
 







WRITING
We’ve been working very hard on paragraph writing.  Having a topic sentence, 3-5 detail sentences, and a concluding sentence are now the expectation for all written responses (constructed) and published writing. 

 






MATH
We are finishing up Unit 3 and plan on giving the test on Wednesday, December 21st.  A review will go home on Monday, December 19th

 



Homework is given every Tuesday and Thursday.  Each home-link is a review of a concept the students have learned in class.  We encourage parents to help with the home-links as well as ask the students questions.

Don’t forget, each student received a login card in order to access the EDM4 games, home-links, and helpful videos.  This card is stapled into the front cover of the assignment notebook that is inside of the binder.  Please click HERE to access this site. Your child also has access to Moby Max. This is a free resource that your child has access to by using the login I gave in the beginning of the year.  Lastly, I signed the class up for the XTRA math site to help with fact fluency and skill building at home.  Click HERE to get to that site.  ALL login/passwords should be in the front cover of your child’s planner to access easily anytime. 

SCIENCE
The scientists have been observing the crayfish, Bess beetle and isopods (pill bugs)!  We have a lot of visitors in the classroom and the kids love it!  We are also observing our seeds grow and change through their life cycle.  Lastly, the students are learning what ALL living things need in order to survive.  This will all be on their BA when we finish this unit.

 
 


 



MI STUDIES
Unit 2 covers Michigan’s economy!  Key words:
Economy
Distribute
Consume
Produce
Opportunity Cost
Goods
Services
Natural Resource
Capital Resource
Human Resource


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Week #13 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS

It was a full week of learning last week.  Wednesday we had time with our Kindergarten Learning Buddies and PLAYED! Yes, played! The students were so supportive and positive while role playing, building, creating, and learning.




We also had another big day Friday with B.Y.O.D (Bring Your Own Device) day!  Every Friday will be a B.Y.O.D. day!  Please have everything downloaded and logged in so that your child can easily access reading, writing, spelling, and math apps appropriate for school.  Thanks!


READING
The students are working on finding evidence when they read informational texts.  Our Storyworks Jr. Magazine allows us to highlight and find evidence right in the text!  Boy, do third graders like to highlight!  So, a few sessions were spent on knowing what to highlight as the information pertained to questions I asked.   


WRITING
Our area of focus is writing a complete paragraph using a topic sentence, 3-5 detail sentences, and a concluding sentence. A second area of review was nouns.  The students had a noun hunt!























MATH
We are working Unit 3.  Click HERE for the Family Note!

Homework is given every Tuesday and Thursday.  Each home-link is a review of a concept the students have learned in class.  We encourage parents to help with the home-links as well as ask the students questions.


SCIENCE
The crayfish have arrived and they are HUGE!  This is the largest batch I’ve ever had delivered to my classroom. 
Fun times!  We are also working with seeds and what ALL living things need in order to survive.






MI STUDIES
Unit 2 covers Michigan’s economy!  We read a story titled Pizza for the Queen that does a nice job of showing all of the produce and ingredients needed to make pizza for the consumer
 (the Queen).  

Key words:
Economy
Distribute
Consume
Produce



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Week #11 in Review!

*Friday afternoon I had to leave unexpectedly from school due to a family emergency; my youngest cousin (who just turned 23 last Monday) passed away in a tragic accident Friday.  Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


CLASSROOM NEWS

Our author visit from Maria Dismondy was awesome!  W got to see the cover of her new book coming out in February (The Jelly Donut Differnce) as well as learn all about being determined and having a growth mindset.  It was a great assembly!




We had a big day Friday with our first B.Y.O.D (Bring Your Own Device) day!  The students were amazing at following the rules and expectations.  Every Friday will be a B.Y.O.D. day!  Please have everything downloaded and logged in so that your child can easily access reading, writing, spelling, and math apps appropriate for school. 

 





READING
The students are working on finding evidence when they read informational texts.  This is very important when reading articles for science and MI Studies.  There is a lot of information to learn and understand!  Last week we used our Storyworks Jr. magazine to incorporate an interactive non-fiction article pertaining to the importance of bees.  The students had to answer questions in order to create a topic sentence, find three details, and then come up with a concluding sentence. 


WRITING
The students are completed their personal narratives!  I look forward to them sharing these final pieces with each other this week.  We will focus on punctuation and grammar this week in order to dive into paragraph writing after Thanksgiving break.  Writing complete paragraphs is a skill we will be practicing the next few weeks and will be an expectation for written pieces and constructed responses.

The students created a special Thankful Turkey last week in order to write about what they are thankful for this year.  Gobble! Gobble!










  
MATH
I sent home the unit 2 math BA scores in the Friday Folder.  We begin Unit 3 this week. Click HERE for the Family Letter to learn more about this  unit!

Homework is given every Tuesday and Thursday.  Each home-link is a review of a concept the students have learned in class.  We encourage parents to help with the home-links as well as ask the students questions.

Don’t forget, each student received a login card in order to access the EDM4 games, home-links, and helpful videos.  This card is stapled into the front cover of the assignment notebook that is inside of the binder.  Please click HERE to access this site. Your child also has access to Moby Max. This is a free resource that your child has access to by using the login I gave in the beginning of the year.  Lastly, I signed the class up for the Xtra math site to help with fact fluency and skill building at home.  Click HERE to get to that site. 
ALL login/passwords should be in the front cover of your child’s planner to access easily anytime.




SCIENCE
 The science BA will be given on Tuesday, November 22nd.  We will go over the study guide in class tomorrow to make sure everyone is studying with correct information.  I meant to do this on Friday but had to leave. 

The geologists learned that there are 3 main rock groups: igneous, sedimentary, & metamorphic.  Mock rocks were investigated as well as weathering, mineral hardness (the Moh’s Scale) using scratch tests, and categorizing properties of minerals. This is a vocabulary rich unit. Articles, vocab. cards, and other materials to help your child review should be in his/her science notebook and/or their science folder in the binder.


MI STUDIES
Unit 2 covers Michigan’s economy!  More to come…