Monday, May 2, 2016

Week #31 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS

Tuesday, May 3rd ELA
9:10am

 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.


LANGUAGE ARTS
The third graders love the mystery genre!  I am now reading a Hardy Boys - 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 and have a purpose for their writing.
 

MATH
Next up is Unit 7! This unit focuses on fractions and measurement. Click HERE for the Parent Letter that explains more AND 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

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 11 to share the importance of respecting the flags that mark underline utility flags.


MICHIGAN STUDIES
This week we will begin delving into Michigan’s Government!
Click HERE to learn more!




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