Sunday, February 28, 2016

Week #23 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
SNOW DAY FUN
Last week we had our first snow day!  It was fun talking about all the fun the students had in the snow.  Then, today it was 60 degrees!  You’ve got to love Michigan!

MS. QONJA VISIT

We had Ms. Qonja come in and talk to all the third graders about recess issues that have been happening on the playground and how to solve them. Basically it came down to "The Golden Rule" and learning how to love yourself more so you can be a good friend.  Hopefully this discussion left an impression.











BOOK FAIR
The spring book fair is coming soon! March 7-11th.  The PTA will be providing support so that the book fair will be open from 9:30-3:00pm daily. Plus from 7-9 am on Tuesday morning for Donuts with Dads and Moms.  Classroom libraries are ALWAYS in need of books and teachers are ALWAYS very grateful for the donation.

KINDERGARTEN BUDDIES
Last Friday we helped our buddies read from their book boxes.  They sure have come a long way with their reading skills!





LANGUAGE ARTS
The third graders wrote letters to their pen pals at Wixom Elementary last week.  This is such a wonderful way to incorporate writing, reading, and communication skills!  It is so much fun receiving letters back from our pen pals too! 



The nonfiction research reports are due on Wednesday, March 2nd.   The criteria needed for this assignment includes:
·       Title
·       Table of Contents
·       Glossary OR 3-5 Power Words
·       At least one picture with caption
·       3-5 Headings (sections) that are each one paragraph in length
·       One OTHER text feature of the students’ choice (graph, chart, diagram, etc.,)
·       Proper spelling, punctuation, & grammar




I began reading a new book to the class titled On My Honor last week.  This is a very good book that allows the students to dig a little deeper with meaning.  Summary: Joel’s best friend, Tony, is a daredevil. It was Tony’s idea to make the long bike ride to the Starved Rock state park, and Tony’s idea to stop for a swim in the dangerous Vermillion River. So why does Joel feel so much guilt when tragedy strikes? (Amazon)






MATH
We are working in Unit 5 which is all about fractions.  We played a fraction Kahoot! last week to review what we've learned so far.  Click HERE to see the Khan Academy explain fraction basics and take a quiz!  Click HERE for the Parent Letter that explains more AND has answers to the Home Links!










SCIENCE
Our first field test involved observing water on different surfaces.  The students have discovered surface tension using pennies and eye-droppers.  Also, they learned about properties of water (surface tension being one of them) and the 3 states water can exist on earth.  This week will be all about water and temperature: freezing, melting, expanding, and contracting.  Click HERE to learn more about this science unit. 


MICHIGAN STUDIES

The history of Michigan is so interesting!  So far we’ve learned about the first people (Native Americans) and important survival facts, the French landing here when they were trying to find China, the voyageurs, a brave priest names Jacques Marquette, the French and Indian War, Pontiac’s Rebellion, and the British taking over control of the land.  Click HERE to learn more about how it all happened!  Click HERE to learn more about Michigan facts!

 Some key terms we’ve covered are:
Wigwam
Birch Bark
Trade
Beaver Pelt
Mission
Voyageurs

Timeline
1618 - French explorer Etienne Brule arrives claiming the land for France.
1668 - The first European settlement is established at Sault Ste. Marie.
1701 - The city of Detroit is founded.
1763 - The British gain control of Michigan after winning the French and Indian War.
1763 - The local Native American tribes unite and fight the British in Pontiac's Rebellion.
1787 - Michigan becomes part of the Northwest Territory of the United States.
1796 - The British finally leave Detroit.
1812 - The British retake Detroit at the start of the War of 1812.
1813 - The Americans take back Michigan and Detroit after winning the Battle of Lake Erie.
1825 - The Erie Canal is opened providing easier travel to Michigan.
1837 - Michigan becomes the 26th state.
1847 - Lansing becomes the capital city.
1903 - Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Week #22 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
I hope everyone had an enjoyable mid-winter break this past week.  The Sinclairs stayed in the area and took part in many different adventures that were offered locally.  The week did go by way too fast! But, I was able to come into school for a few hours to organize, clean, and plan with Mrs. Heinke.  

Our Valentine Celebration was perfect!  Thank you to Mrs. Strohl and the volunteer helpers that worked so hard to make sure everything was awesome!  I personally LOVE my ceramic coasters!

 

 



We love Random Acts of Kindness! 
The week before break we all took part in Jump Rope for Heart!  This is a great way to raise money to help children at St. Jude's Hospital.  Also, our school collected a lot of water to help with the Flint situation.  Lastly, the 3rd graders all wrote letters to local firefighters thanking them for their efforts and putting their lives on the line every single day to help keep citizens safe.  Mrs. Heinke and I dropped of the special packages before break to the Fire Station on Wixom Road and the Fire Stations on Glengary Road.  

 

 




BOOK FAIR
The spring book fair is coming soon! March 7-11th.  The PTA will be providing support so that the book fair will be open from 9:30-3:00pm daily. Plus from 7-9 am on Tuesday morning for Donuts with Dads and Moms.  Classroom libraries are ALWAYS in need of books and teachers are ALWAYS very grateful for the donation.


LANGUAGE ARTS
Nonfiction research has been the area of focus in both reading and writing the past few weeks.  Before the break most students had everything they needed in order to bring their research to the publishing stage.  Each student will be creating their own nonfiction book about a topic they’ve chosen to research.  These books will be assembled and put together in class.   The criteria needed for this assignment includes:
·       Title
·       Table of Contents
·       Glossary OR 3-5 Power Words
·       At least one picture with caption
·       3-5 Headings (sections) that are each one paragraph in length
·       One OTHER text feature of the students’ choice (graph, chart, diagram, etc.,)
·       Proper spelling, punctuation, & grammar
BONUS: ALL ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Nonfiction continues!  The third graders had a scavenger hunt in order to locate a variety of nonfiction text features.  Mess, and fun! 

 

Our book clubs will be focused on some aspect of water to help students with this unit’s science material.

MATH
We will begin Unit 5 this week.  Click HERE for the Parent Letter that explains more AND has answers to the Home Links!


SCIENCE
The students have been very exciting about this water unit.  It is one of my favorites too.  Our first field test involved observing water on different surfaces.  They also were introduced to Bill Nye the Science Guy!  An oldie, but a goodie!  Last week we discovered surface tension using pennies and eye-droppers.  There were 3 water sources that were used: plain water, soapy water, and salt water.  Ask your child which had the most drops creating the dome with surface tension.  Last week we explored water on a slope!  Click HERE to learn more about this science unit. 

 

 



MICHIGAN STUDIES
The history of Michigan is so interesting!  SO far we’ve learned about the first people (Native Americans) and important survival facts.  We are now focusing on the French landing here when they were trying to find China and the voyageurs.  Click HERE to learn more about how it all happened!  Click HERE to learn more about Michigan facts!

 Some key terms we’ve covered are:
Wigwam
Birch Bark
Trade
Beaver Pelt
Mission
Voyageurs


Timeline
1618 - French explorer Etienne Brule arrives claiming the land for France.
1668 - The first European settlement is established at Sault Ste. Marie.
1701 - The city of Detroit is founded.
1763 - The British gain control of Michigan after winning the French and Indian War.
1763 - The local Native American tribes unite and fight the British in Pontiac's Rebellion.
1787 - Michigan becomes part of the Northwest Territory of the United States.
1796 - The British finally leave Detroit.
1812 - The British retake Detroit at the start of the War of 1812.
1813 - The Americans take back Michigan and Detroit after winning the Battle of Lake Erie.
1825 - The Erie Canal is opened providing easier travel to Michigan.
1837 - Michigan becomes the 26th state.
1847 - Lansing becomes the capital city.
1903 - Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Week #21 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
We had a jammed packed week last week!  One of the highlights was Global Play Day Wednesday. Was it loud?  Yes!  For 2 hours the students played board games, created drawings, played Twister, created scripts for puppet shows, built forts, and looked at trading cards.  As I watched my students I saw team work, compromise, organization, creativity, leadership, problem solving, risk-taking, and so much more.  This two hours of curriculum free time was truly worth it!  
 



















Congratulations Jason!  Jason was voted as our class's most responsible student for the month of January at our PBIS assembly.  Way to go!

LANGUAGE ARTS
Nonfiction research is in full swing and there are some very interesting topics our third graders are learning about.  I am hoping to have these projects published before the mid-winter break.

I am reading The Report Card by Andrew Clements to the class. This is another great story that is really about a life lesson.  

This novel highlights the controversial issues of testing and grades from a child's point of view, but it also reveals the pressure that everyone, including teachers, administrators, and parents, feels. (Amazon.com)

Right now our book clubs are 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
Last Friday the students took the Unit 4 math test.  You will be getting the results later this week.  We will be reviewing concepts taught thus far and working on multiplication facts this week.  The plan is to begin Unit 5 after the break.  Click HERE for the Parent Letter that explains more AND has answers to the Home Links!




  
SCIENCE
The students have been very exciting about this water unit.  It is one of my favorites too.  Our first field test involved observing water on different surfaces.  They also were introduced to Bill Nye the Science Guy!  An oldie, but a goodie!  Last week we discovered surface tension using pennies and eye-droppers.  There were 3 water sources that were used: plain water, soapy water, and salt water.  Ask your child which had the most drops creating surfacetension.  Click HERE to learn more about this science unit.
 





 

MICHIGAN STUDIES
The history of Michigan is very interesting!  So far we’ve learned about the first people (Native Americans) and how they survived.  We are now focusing on the French landing here when they were trying to find China and the voyageurs.  Click HERE to learn more about how it all happened!  Click HERE to learn more about Michigan facts!

Some key terms we’ve covered are:
Wigwam
Birch Bark
Trade
Beaver Pelt
Mission
Voyageurs


Timeline
1618 - French explorer Etienne Brule arrives claiming the land for France.
1668 - The first European settlement is established at Sault Ste. Marie.
1701 - The city of Detroit is founded.
1763 - The British gain control of Michigan after winning the French and Indian War.
1763 - The local Native American tribes unite and fight the British in Pontiac's Rebellion.
1787 - Michigan becomes part of the Northwest Territory of the United States.
1796 - The British finally leave Detroit.
1812 - The British retake Detroit at the start of the War of 1812.
1813 - The Americans take back Michigan and Detroit after winning the Battle of Lake Erie.
1825 - The Erie Canal is opened providing easier travel to Michigan.
1837 - Michigan becomes the 26th state.
1847 - Lansing becomes the capital city.
1903 - Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company.