Sunday, April 24, 2016

Week #30 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS

M-STEP Testing
3rd grade testing dates are as follows:

Tuesday, April 26
Math  9:10-11:15am

Thursday, April 28
Math Performance Task 9:10-11:15am

Tuesday, May 3
ELA 9:10-11:15am

 Headphones/Earbuds: Students may use the ones we provide or bring their own.

A Mouse: IF kids have been using their own mouse on the Chromebook and this is comfortable for them, this is allowable and they may continue to do so. Please do not allow it otherwise as we do not want to create any variables that will interfere with testing.

Time for tests: Tests are not timed. The schedule was created based on the suggested times we were given. Students can take as long as needed to take the test. Tests can also be paused as often as needed. If a student does not complete a test before lunch or a FAPE, they may pause and resume afterward.  If by the end of the day a student isn't finished, they can resume testing on another day. 

FIELD TRIP
Click HERE for information on the music field trip to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, April 27th.

KINDERGARTEN BUDDIES
Last week was a fun day with our buddies.  Mrs. McCullough prepared a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) activity for the students to work on together in honor of Earth Day!  Create an insect!







LANGUAGE ARTS
The third graders love the mystery genre!  We finished out book clubs and many groups chose to read another mystery.  I am now reading a Hardy Boys Secret Files - The Mystery Map book to the class. 




 Over the next few weeks the students will be writing using all of the types of writing they’ve learned this year.  It’s time to focus on the “meat” of their writing now that the basic structures have been taught and practiced.  The students can now support a claim by using reasoning and evidence from a variety of texts, add relevant and meaningful word choices to strengthen their sentences, as well as research a topic and write an informational piece. The students know how to write to an audience, have a purpose for their writing. 

We just finished our final writing pieces to be published into a class book we titled "Kindness Matters" to go along with our PBIS traits. The publishing company we are sending it out to is called Student Treasures
 A BIG thank you to Mrs. Ferwerk for helping get all of the paperwork and final details in order to help this book become a memory!








MATH
We took the Unit 6 test last Friday.  I will have the results posted in Skyward by Wednesday.  Next up is Unit 7! This unit focuses on fractions and measurement. 
Click HERE for the Parent Letter that explains moreAND has answers to the Home Links!




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.

SCIENCE

Up next…Matter & Energy!  Click HERE to learn more.  

MICHIGAN STUDIES
We made it through the GIANT history unit!  Yahoo! I know it was an abundance of information but it lays the foundation to build upon next year.  The class average was an 88%!  Way to go class!

  Next up…Michigan’s Government!
Click HERE to learn more and get the study guide early!



Sunday, April 17, 2016

Week #29 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
Welcome SPRING!  What a gorgeous weekend it was! Finally we watched my daughter's softball practice and didn't freeze! A welcome change.  


Our school celebrated the March PBIS students last week during our assembly.  Congratulations MICHELLE for being chosen as the March Loon Lake Learner!

3rd grade PBIS winners
 To make things more exciting, our class was chosen and the PBIS class of the MONTH for March!  Way to go Sinclair Super Stars!!!



3rd grade testing dates are as follows:

Tuesday, April 26
Math  9:10-11:15am

Thursday, April 28
Math Performance Task 9:10-11:15am

Tuesday, May 3
ELA 9:10-11:15am

 Headphones/Earbuds: Students may use the ones we provide or bring their own.

Mouse: IF kids have been using their own mouse on the Chromebook and this is comfortable for them, this is allowable and they may continue to do so. Please do not allow it otherwise as we do not want to create any variables that will interfere with testing.

Time for tests: Tests are not timed. The schedule was created based on the suggested times we were given. Students can take as long as needed to take the test. Tests can also be paused as often as needed. If a student does not complete a test before lunch or a FAPE, they may pause and resume afterward.  If by the end of the day a student isn't finished, they can resume testing on another day.


LANGUAGE ARTS
The third graders love the mystery genre!  Each reading group has been given their mystery book.  The books are all by the same author (except for one) and the students had to investigate the author, Ron Roy.  Ron is the author of the A-Z Mysteries books!   The students will explore the vocabulary, characters, and plot structure they are likely to encounter when reading a mystery.
Author online scavenger hunt
Learning about author Ron Roy

Over the last few weeks in writing we've learning how to opinion writing.  We used a strategy called OREO to help us be sure we have all the components of a solid opinion piece of writing. The students can support a claim by using reasoning and evidence from a variety of texts.  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.
Milana and Addisyn created the class poster!
o    Identify the audience.
o    Be clear about your purpose.
o    Give supporting reasons for your opinion.
o    Use persuasive word choices.
Should students have desks they stand at instead of sitting?
Working hard 





Kayin sharing his opinion
MATH
We are finishing up Unit 6.  The test for this unit is scheduled for Friday, April 22nd.  A review guide will go home on Tuesday.  One way the class has been practicing their multiplication facts is by playing the game SALUTE!  Ask your child about this game.  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. Click HERE for the Parent Letter that explains more AND has answers to the Home Links!

SALUTE!


SCIENCE
Up next…Matter & Energy!  Click HERE to learn a little more.


MICHIGAN STUDIES
The BA for the history of Michigan will be administered on Thursday, April 21st.  The third graders have two different study guides, a plethora of articles/reading materials as well as a timeline they created.    

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!

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.




Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Week #28 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
Last week was a cold “spring” week.  Hopefully some of you were able to escape to a warm destination this week! 

Our school wide read-in was last Friday.  The students did an excellent job of reading both from devices as well as actual books!  We went to Mrs. Heinke’s room for some buddy reading time too!
















LANGUAGE ARTS
We are a little behind starting our mystery unit.  After break, 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.

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.


Our TFK magazine always has a bonus question the students need to answer.  Many times these are opinion questions that the students need to answer.  By practicing with this type of writing all year we are preparing for the M-STEP!  Find the evidence to clearly support your thinking.

MATH


We are currently working in Unit 6.  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. Click HERE for the Parent Letter that explains more AND has answers to the Home Links!  Below are pictures of the students playing the math game Salute!








SCIENCE
The water science unit has been completed.  Up next…Matter & Energy!  Click HERE to learn a little more.

MICHIGAN STUDIES
The history of Michigan is so interesting!  The BA for this unit will not be until AFTER the spring break.  I do not have an official date yet but the students DO have a study guide started that they can begin to study. 

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!

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.