Sunday, January 31, 2016

Week #20 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
I apologize for not updating the blog last week.  There were some glitches with the report card system and it really threw a wrench in the amount of time I had to get everything done. I hope you were all able to log onto Skyward to view and discuss your child’s academic/social progress in third grade.  Can you believe we are already half way to fourth grade?  WOW!

We had a fun time last Friday with our Kindergarten Learning Buddies!  I read the book titled Olive, My Love and then the buddies created heats which had reasons they love being a student at Loon Lake Elementary!  It was very fun watching the positive ideas they came up with! 


LANGUAGE ARTS
The third graders have been focusing on nonfiction.  Using the TFK they continue to highlight important information to show evidence in order to support their thinking.  Another exciting task was choosing a nonfiction research topic.  Each student had to pick a topic and then come up with 10 “zoom in” focus questions.  Friday they used the Chromebooks to begin researching and answering their questions.  


  Our book clubs focused on non-fiction. Each group looked at important nonfiction text features which will transfer to their research report.  The third graders understand nonfiction text features and the differences between nonfiction and other types of written texts. 

MATH
We will be completing unit 4 is on geometry and measurement this week.  There were a few questions on a new vocabulary term: composite unit.  This is not the same as a composite number.  Nothing like confusing everyone, right?  Anyway, I pasted an image of the SRB which explains this concept.  
  

The third graders have learned how to play the "Area & Perimeter Game" as well as "What's My Polygon Rule?" last week.  I plan on sending a study guide home on Monday, February 1st so that the students can begin to review or the test.  The test will be given on Friday, February 5th Click HERE to see the study guide.  Click HERE for the Parent Letter that explains more AND has answers to the Home Links!
                           


                          



SCIENCE
Our water until has begun!  Our first field test involved observing water on different surfaces.  They also were introduced to Bill Nye the Science Guy!  I know some of you remember him!  
Click HERE to learn more about this science unit.



 

 


MICHIGAN STUDIES

We are working in Unit 3 about the History of Michigan.  Along with asking questions and using newspaper articles, timelines, maps, and photographs to determine what happened in history, the third graders know about the Three Fires!  This groups consisted of the Potawatomi, Odawa, and Ojibwa tribes.  The Three Fires had a very similar language and ways of surviving.  However, each tribe had specific things they were known for!  Ask your third grader about how the The Three Fires survived.  Key ideas: birch bark, adapting to the environment, changing (modifying) the environment, hunting, farming, chores, and seasons. 


Monday, January 18, 2016

Week #18 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS

LANSING 2016



We worked with our Kindergarten Buddies last Friday and helped them understand how important details are when writing!  They had to help create clues in order to identify their missing snowman!

 




Again, thank you for all of you who sent in Lysol Wipes and foaming soap.  We really go through these items quickly because we are diligent hand washers and like to keep surfaces clean. 



LANGUAGE ARTS
This week the third graders will be learning about MLK Jr. and using non-fiction texts to identify text features, summarize, and write short paragraphs about snapshots of his incredible life and about what he stood for.



Our book clubs are focusing on non-fiction texts for this next round of reading.  Looking at nonfiction text features and understanding the differences between nonfiction and other types of written texts. 


In writing the students will be learning how to use a more focused approach to a topic and really zero-in on specific details.  They will continue to use prior knowledge to help guide them while researching and writing.

MATH
Unit 4 is all about geometry and measurement.  The students were introduced to Tan-grams and have been using a balance scale to weigh items in grams.  Click HERE for the Parent Letter that explains more AND has answers to the Home Links!

 




SCIENCE
The science BA was given last Wednesday and the students did a fantastic job!  The class average was a 90%! Way to use your studying skills third graders. 

Our next unit is all about WATER!!!   

MICHIGAN STUDIES

We are working in Unit 3 about the History of Michigan.  Ask your third grader what a historian is and what questions they often ask.  The students were introduced to five different clues in order to try to figure out WHAT happened!  Timelines, newspaper articles, maps, and photographs all helped determine how Waterford from a small village on the Clinton River into a large town with hotels, stores, and a bank.  Ask your third grader what a PRIMARY SOURCE and a SECONDARY SOURCE is when pertaining to history.

 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Week #17 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
Last week was awesome!  Everyone got back into the routine and did an great job representing Loon Lake during our field trip to Lansing last Friday.  I will be sending out a slide show later this week with all the photos I took on the field trip.


Congratulations to Lincoln S. who was awarded the PBIS award for being the most resilient student for the month of December!


Thank you for all of you who sent in Lysol Wipes and foaming soap.  We really go through these items quickly because we are diligent hand washers and like to keep surfaces clean.  So, any time you can please feel free to send in a canister of wipes or foaming hand soap.
 Thank you, thank you!

On Thursday, January 14 at 6:00 pm, Loon Lake will be hosting the 2nd annual family game night. Last year, one of the biggest hits was playing Pictionary on the new interactive boards. Join us for some family fun!

LANGUAGE ARTS
Our book clubs will be focusing on non-fiction texts for this next round of reading.  Looking at nonfiction text features and understanding the differences between nonfiction and other types of written texts. 
 

In writing the students will be learning how to use a more focused approach to a topic and really zero-in on specific details.  They will continue to use prior knowledge to help guide them while researching and writing.
 







MATH
Unit 4 is all about geometry and measurement.  Click HERE for the Parent Letter that explains more AND has answers to the Home Links!

The third graders also had an opportunity to use the Chromebooks to work on Moby Max and X-TRA Math skills this week.


SCIENCE
The science BA is scheduled for Wednesday, January 13th.  The third graders brought home study materials.  I will be going over this review in class with the students.  Students had some time in class but most was to be completed over the past week at home in order to study.  
The study guide is due the 13th.

MICHIGAN STUDIES

We began Unit 3 on the History of Michigan.  Ask your third grader what a historian is and what questions they often ask.