Monday, May 30, 2016

Week #35 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
Tuesday, May 31st I will be in the building but there will be a guest teacher in the room so that I can assess the students’ reading growth.  This is a new testing date due to a substitute shortage last week. The results will be marked on the final report card.
DRA materials ready to go!

 MAY 26th was Red Nose Day! 
Loon Lake raised just about $1,500.00!
Way to go!
Mrs. Locey, Mrs. Sinclair, & Mrs. Webster
Kermit & Jason










#Dominic





Loon Lake also had another Play Day on Mary 26th.  For part of the morning and the afternoon, the students played! I observed sharing, cooperation, problem solving, creativity, acting, supportive classmates, singing, laughing, and so much more!  Another success!
Cat's Cradle
Twister


Trading cards
Addisyn, Natalie, Calista, & Maddy performing a puppet show.

Field Day is this Friday, June 3rd!  Please have your 3rd grader wear his/her YELLOW t-shirt they received at the beginning of the year!

LANGUAGE ARTS
In class we are doing an author study about Beverly Clearly. I am reading Ramona Quimby, Age 8 to the class aloud.  Beverly Cleary is a well-loved author who has written books such as the Ramona Series, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Dear Mr. Henshaw and many others! Each student got to select one of her books as a final assigned reading.  The children have until June 10th to complete the book and a comprehension task that involves character traits.



We are planning a Pen Pal Meet & Greet with our third grade Pen Pals from Wixom Elementary for Wednesday, June 1st.  The Wixom students will be coming to visit Loon Lake Elementary School after lunch and we will celebrate a year of writing and making new friendships!

Over the last few weeks the students will be writing focusing on creative writing pieces that use all of the types of writing they’ve learned this year.  They get a little more room to explore and use their creativity in writing. 

MATH
The 3rd graders finished i-Ready testing and the took the unit Unit 7 test on fractions and measurement last week. 
The grades will be posted in Skyward. 
Next up…Unit 8!

Click HERE for the Unit 8 Parent Letter that explains more about the multiplication/division unit AND has answers to the Home Links!
i-Ready math testing

SCIENCE
We are studying Matter & Energy unit! Our scientists have explored tone generators, motors, and light.  We will be learning more about matter and the three states in which it exists (a review from the water unit). Ask your child about this energy unit!
  Click HERE to learn a little more. 

 




MICHIGAN STUDIES
We continue learning about laws and common good in our government unit.  We began learning about local/state government and the branches of government. They should be able to tell you WHY we have government.  Click HERE to learn more!  Click HERE to learn some fun facts about Michigan!



Sunday, May 22, 2016

Week #34 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS

Monday, May 23rd I will be in the building but there will be a guest teacher in the room so that I can assess the students’ reading growth.  This is a long process and I will not get through each child tomorrow.  However, I will get a good start.  The results will be marked on the final report card.

MAY 26th is Red Nose Day!
The money raised by Red Nose Day in 2016 will benefit projects in some of the neediest communities in the U.S. and some of the poorest communities in the world. In 2016, partner charities include Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity: water; Children’s Health Fund; Covenant House; Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children and The Global Fund.  All of Red Nose Day’s grant money will support projects to keep children and young people safe, healthy and educated.

ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED!
We have 8 Android Samsung Galaxy 4 tablets in our classroom.  We are in need of protective cases for them. As much as we try to keep them scratch free and safe, accidents happen.  If you know anybody who has connections or someone who has refurbished cases to fit this set of 8 Galaxy 4 tablets please let me know.  I’ve inquired about Gumdrop Cases (which I love) but I cannot afford 8 of them.  Any leads…please let me know!  Thanks!

LANGUAGE ARTS
In class we are doing an author study about Beverly Clearly.  She is a well-loved author who has written books such as the Ramona Series, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Dear Mr. Henshaw and many others! Each student got to select one of her books as a final assigned reading.  The children have until June 10th to complete the book and a comprehension task that involves character traits.
 
 








There is NO MAY/JUNE READING CALENDAR!  The third graders each need to work toward a personal reading goal that we will put in their planner.

We are planning a Pen Pal Meet & Greet with our third grade Pen Pals from Wixom Elementary for Wednesday, June 1st.  The Wixom students will be coming to visit Loon Lake Elementary school after lunch and we will celebrate a year of writing!

Over the next few weeks the students will be writing using all of the types of writing they’ve learned this year.  I will also be administering the DWA (Developmental Writing Assessment) to take a look at final growth measures in a variety of writing areas.

MATH
We are just about finished with Unit 7 on fractions and measurement. A study guide went home on Friday so that the students had plenty of time to review and ask any questions about concepts taught.  This study guide is due on Wednesday, May 24th.  The test will be given on Wednesday, may 25th.  Click HERE for another copy of the study guide.

 


 


Click HERE for the Parent Letter that explains more AND has answers to the Home Links!


SCIENCE
We began the Matter & Energy unit! Our scientists have explored tone generators, motors, and light.  Ask your child about this energy unit!
  Click HERE to learn a little more. 
Students taking notes on a video about LIGHT!


MICHIGAN STUDIES
We are learning about laws and common good in our government unit.  This week the 3rd graders will be learning about local/state government and the branches of government. They should be able to tell you WHY we have government.  Click HERE to learn more!



Sunday, May 15, 2016

Week #33 In Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS

I’m not sure why Mother Nature is so confused lately but…There’s not much for us to do except come to school prepared for anything!


We are so excited at LLE to be able to help children in need in our home state! We'll be joining with people around the world in Red Nose Day and hope you'll join us too!

MAY 26th is Red Nose Day!
What is Red Nose Day?
Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion globally in the last 25 years, and in the UK has become a cultural phenomenon where people across the country come together to have fun, raise money and change lives. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015, dedicated to raising money to help children who are most in need, both in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities in the world. The money raised by Red Nose Day in 2015 benefited children and young people in all 50 states and in 15 countries internationally.



Where Does the Money Go?
The money raised by Red Nose Day in 2016 will benefit projects in some of the neediest communities in the U.S. and some of the poorest communities in the world. In 2016, partner charities include Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity: water; Children’s Health Fund; Covenant House; Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children and The Global Fund.
All of Red Nose Day’s grant money will support projects to keep children and young people safe, healthy and educated.
Click this link to find out more:
Is it Tax Deductible?
YES!!
Comic Relief Inc., the parent organization of Red Nose Day, is a 501(c)(3) organization with Federal Tax ID 01-0885377. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.​

So please... SPREAD THE WORD
And make your donation today by clicking HERE. 
Together we can make a difference!



TABLET CASES NEEDED! 
We have 8 Android Samsung Galaxy 4 tablets in our classroom.  We are in need of protective cases for them. As much as we try to keep them scratch free and safe, accidents happen.  If you know anybody who has connections or someone who has refurbished cases to fit this set of 8 Galaxy 4 tablets please let me know.  I’ve inquired about Gumdrop Cases (which I love) but I cannot afford 8 of them.  Any leads…please let me know!  Thanks!


LANGUAGE ARTS
In class we are doing an author study about Beverly Clearly.  She is a well-loved author who has written books such as the Ramona Series, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Dear Mr. Henshaw and many others!  

There is NO MAY/JUNE READING CLENDAR!  The third graders each need to work toward a personal reading goal that we will put in their planner.

We are planning a Pen Pal Meet & Greet with our third grade Pen Pals from Wixom Elementary for Wednesday, June 1st.  The Wixom students will be coming to visit Loon Lake Elementary school after lunch and we will celebrate a year of writing!


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 and have a purpose for their writing. 


MATH
We began Unit 7 last week! This unit focuses on fractions and measurement. Click HERE for the Parent Letter that explains more AND has answers to the Home Links!







SCIENCE
We began the Matter & Energy unit last week! What is energy?
  Click HERE to learn a little more.  We had Consumers Energy coming to visit our third graders on May 11th to present the importance of safety when around electrical flags and postings.  Please help our class win a FREE PIA PARTY but signing and returning the parent letter that was sent home about the program!  Click HERE for a new one!


MICHIGAN STUDIES
This week the 3rd graders learned WHY we have government.  They should be able to tell you 4 important reasons we have government! Click HERE to learn more!






Sunday, May 8, 2016

Week #32 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS

Happy Mother’s Day from my family to yours!!  I hope this weekend included some family time, some YOU time, and maybe a little relaxation.  You all deserve it! 

STAFF APPRECIATION!
It was an amazing week of being honored, spoiled, appreciated, and thanked! The beautiful notes, kind words, and gifts of APPRECIATION were so wonderful and helpful.  We could NOT do our jobs without all of you!  Thank you for appreciated us even if there are days you may not understand us or the decisions we HAVE to make.  Please know we always have the child's best interest in our heart.

 







HELP NEEDED:
 We have 8 Android Samsung Galaxy 4 tablets in our classroom.  We are in need of protective cases for them. As much as we try to keep them scratch free and safe, accidents happen.  If you know anybody connections or someone who has refurbished cases to fit this set of 8 Galaxy 4 tablets please let me know.  I’ve inquired about Gumdrop Cases (which I love) but I cannot afford 8 of them.  Any leads…please let me know!  Thanks!




LANGUAGE ARTS
We finished reading a Hardy Boys - The Mystery Map book to the class.  I’m not sure what the next read aloud with be but the 3rd grade teacher are throwing around some ideas. 

There is NO MAY/JUNE READING CLENDAR!  The third graders each need to work toward a personal reading goal that we will put in their planner.

We are planning a Pen Pal Meet & Greet with our third grade Pen Pals from Wixom Elementary for Wednesday, June 1st.  The Wixom Elementary students will be coming to visit Loon Lake Elementary school after lunch and we will celebrate a year of writing!

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 and have a purpose for their writing. 

MATH
We began Unit 7 last week! This unit focuses on fractions and measurement. Click HERE for the Parent Letter that explains more AND has answers to the Home Links!







SCIENCE
We began the Matter & Energy unit last week! What is energy?
  Click HERE to learn a little more.  We have Consumers Energy coming to visit our third graders on May 11th to present the importance of safety when around electrical flags and postings.

MICHIGAN STUDIES
This week we will begin learning WHY we have government to begin with!  Click HERE to learn more!