Sunday, February 28, 2016

Week #23 in Review!

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!


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.

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.

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

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)

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!

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. 


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:
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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