Sunday, February 7, 2016

Week #21 in Review!

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!

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. (

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. 

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!

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.


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:
Birch Bark
Beaver Pelt

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.

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