Sunday, March 20, 2016

Week #26 in Review!

As I reflect on last week I wanted to share a story.  The third graders were very frustrated with a new math concept (breaking apart facts).  Long story short, they did not give up! I had a handful of students stay in to get extra help during block recess. I did not make anyone stay in. I merely offered the help and left it up to them.  Tears turned to smiles by day two and students were begging me to give them “more of those problems.”  “I love math!” and “Now I get it!” and “That was fun!” were some of the comments I heard.  I am very proud of all my students for taking on a challenge, not giving up, and overcoming the fear of math. 

Last week we celebrated reading month with Flashlight Friday.  The children had the opportunity to read independently as well as with a buddy. 

We will be moving on in reading to mysteries!  Each reading group (A.K.A. Book Club) will be introduced to the mystery genre and will explore the vocabulary, characters, and plot structure they are likely to encounter when reading a mystery.

A Dr. Seuss Scavenger Hunt?  Yes!  Mrs. Carlson and her helpers created another wonderful interactive hall display!  Our third graders helped their kindergarten buddies with the scavenger hunt.  FUN!

Last week the young authors practiced a few "quick writes" which allows me say one topic and they are able to be creative and have some freedom while not getting frustrated about not having a topic. 


Over the next few weeks in writing we will be delving further in to opinion writing.  The students need to be able to use support a claim with using reasoning and evidence.  Word choices can help strengthen persuasive sentences. It is also important to consider the audience, the purpose, and the reasons for your point of view.
o    Identify the audience.
o    Be clear about your purpose.
o    Give supporting reasons for your opinion.
o    Use persuasive word choices.

Unit 5 has come to an end.  There is a chapter test on Wednesday, March 23rd.  A review guide went home on the 18th and we will be reviewing in class as well. The class has also been taking fact tests.  This is not set up in a race format.  Each child tries his/her personal best to complete each set, pass them, and then move on to the next. Last week the third graders used Moby Max, XTRA Math, and Connect Ed (EDM4) to practice facts and problem solve using the Chromebooks.  Click HERE for the Parent Letter that explains more AND has answers to the Home Links!

Last week the students tested out water freezing by measuring 50 mls of water with a syringe and freezing it to see what happened.  They are learning that water EXPANDS when it freezes: (O degrees Celsius).  Our first field test in this unit 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.  Click HERE to learn more about this science unit. 

The history of Michigan is so interesting!  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 famous priest, the French and Indian War, Pontiac’s Rebellion, and the British taking over control of the land.  Next up is the Toledo War, Lewis Cass, Stevens T. Mason, Andrew Jackson, Henry Ford, the Model T and much more!

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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