Monday, October 31, 2016

Week #8 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS

Conferences are on November 8th.  Please sign up via Skyward Family Access to make or change an appointment.  Thanks!


We said good-bye to Eita last week.
He moved to Japan. We wish him well!



I am so proud of all the students who were brave enough to give a speech in front of our class to tell us why they were the best ones to be class representatives!  Way to go third grader!  




Congratulations to Saimegan and Grant for being voted our two classroom representatives for the Student Council!



We had fun using shaving cream to write words and solve basic math facts with  our Kindergarten Buddies!




 The students who turned in their job applications on time now have an official classroom job!  This week will be a week of training and practicing the new jobs.  It is a very exciting time in third grade!  Let the economy system begin!




READING
The third graders have been working on reading punctuation marks.  Reading with expression is very important and helps the reader understand and author's message and adds emotion to the story.



We are about half way through the book Frindle by Andrew Clements.  The students love the battle going on between Nick Allen and Mrs. Granger.  Only time will tell who will win! 

 WRITING
Last week the third grade writers learned three different types of leads they could try using for their personal narrative ideas.  Lead with a question, with dialogue, and with a sound.  These personal narratives will take a few weeks to take through the writing process and publish.  Our writers have to think about their audience while creating any piece of writing.  They want to be able to connect with their readers.  The authors were able to try peer editing last week too!

 














MATH
In math we have been focusing on problem solving, number stories, and fact extensions.  The class learned how to play a new multiplication game called Multiplication Draw! 

 














Homework is given every Tuesday and Thursday.  Each home-link is a review of a concept the students have learned in class.  We encourage parents to help with the home-links as well as ask the students questions.

Don’t forget, each student received a login card in order to access the EDM4 games, home-links, and helpful videos.  This card is stapled into the front cover of the assignment notebook that is inside of the binder.  Please click HERE to access this site.


SCIENCE
The geologists learned that there are 3 main rock groups: igneous, sedimentary, & metamorphic.  Mock rocks were investigated as well as weathering, mineral hardness (the Moh’s Scale) using scratch tests, and categorizing properties of minerals. This is a vocabulary rich unit. Articles, vocab. cards, and other materials to help your child review should be in his/her science notebook and/or their science folder in the binder.

 




  


MI STUDIES
Unit 2 covers Michigan’s Economy! 
The unit 1 BA was given last Tuesday, November 25th.  I will have these available for viewing at conferences if you’d like to see your child’s test.    



Sunday, October 23, 2016

Week #6 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS

Congratulations to Saimegan for earning the PBIS Student of the Month for September!  The PBIS trait was INTEGRITY.  The PBIS trait for October is RESPECT!

I am getting everything together I order to begin the economy system process.  My hope is to have this up and running the first week of November.  Classified ads will come home this week along with an application.  Be sure to remind your 3rd grader how important it is to read all of the directions and show neat printing!

We had out Kindergarten Buddies on Wednesday!  This was only their second time seeing each other so we used the beautiful day to let them simply play with their buddy!
 


















READING

One book I read to the class last week was titled An A From Miss Keller by Patricia Polacco.  This was a wonderful book about a teacher who believes in her student but also pushes her to find her words.  There’s a sweet inner story about this teacher and Pop.  It brought tears to my eyes when I read to myself the first time.  I also had quite a few teary-eyed third graders when I read it to them.  It was a perfect story to prove that a good writer can move you; they can make you feel emotion!  Another reason I chose this book was because it is a personal narrative and a great way to begin our own personal narrative writing.

Last week I started reading the chapter book titled Frindle by Andrew Clements.  The students love the battle going on between Nick Allen and Mrs. Granger.  Only time will tell who will win!  Learn more about this author and his books by clicking HERE!



 WRITING
The ideas began last week for a personal narrative writing topic.  We really practiced writing a “seed” moment rather than a “watermelon” story!  Focused, detailed, sequential, and grabbing!  We will be working on this personal narrative piece over the next couple of weeks.   Our writers have to think about their audience while creating any piece of writing.  They want to be able to connect with their readers.



MATH
We started working in unit 2 last week (click HERE for the Family Letter).  The focus was on problem solving, number stories, and fact extensions. 


Don’t forget, each student received a login card in order to access the EDM4 games, home-links, and helpful videos.  This card is stapled into the front cover of the assignment notebook that is inside of the binder.  Please click HERE to access this site.


SCIENCE
After seeing a flood and looking at valleys, deltas, canyons, rivers, plateaus, mountains, how a river meanders, and how quickly a landslide can happen we moved on to rocks!  Where to rocks come from?  That is our focus questions.  The geologists learned that there are 3 main rock groups: igneous, sedimentary, & metamorphic.  Ask your child about these groups and how the rocks in each group are formed. 

This is a vocabulary rich unit. Articles, vocab. cards, and other materials to help your child review should be in his/her science notebook and/or their science folder in the binder.  
 

 

 








MI STUDIES

We spent last week finishing up transportation in Michigan as well as human/natural characteristics of Michigan.   The end of the week we reviewed and each child was supposed to study the concept map and study guide over the weekend. 

The BA will be given on Tuesday, November 25th.  

Monday, October 17, 2016

Week #5 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
This past week we had our first STAR STUDENT!  Anna W. was the closest guess to the Estimation Station I brought to class.  Anna enjoyed her week sharing more information about herself and what interests her.  Way to go Anna!

CLASSROOM ECONOMY SYSTEM
I will be getting the classified ads ready!  My goal is to have our economy system begin in November.  More to come!


FUN RUN!
This PTA fundraiser is very important to Loon Lake and all who attend this school whether as a student, teacher, parent, or Prime Time Care provider.  It’s the biggest fund raiser of the year and you can STILL send in donations this week!
 

 

















TICKETS EARNED!
Anna and Sophia’s tickets got pulled and they each got to pick a friend and chose to eat lunch with me! I was honored! 

Caden also got 2 tickets pulled.  I know one is for a FREE night of no math homework (his choice) but he’s still deciding what to pick for the second ticket.  Lastly, the entire class got a ticket pulled and they voted on a 30 minute play time (no technology) to play with good, old fashioned games, toys etc. 

FIRE DRILL!
The students did a fabulous job of moving quickly and quietly for a fire drill last week.  They were even more resilient because it happened right in the middle of our math test. Way to go third graders!!


READING
Last week we read books that helped us narrow our focus so that when we got to writing it would be easier to try!

I’ll begin to read our next read aloud chapter book titled Frindle by Andrew Clements this week. Learn more about this author and his books by clicking HERE!


 WRITING
Our first published piece of writing we will be working on is a personal narrative. I’ll begin this unit by read one of Patricia Polocco’s new books titled An A From Miss Keller. The audience for this piece is other third grade students; their peers.  This is a very important thing the authors have to think about while creating any piece of writing.  They want to be able to connect with their readers.


MATH
We took the Unit 1 Math Assessment as well as the i-Ready math diagnostic last week.  Another important happening last week was that each student in my class was set up to be part of my Prodigy math Game.  A parent letter with the information, login code and password was sent home in the Friday folder last week.  They LOVE this “game” and I love that I can embed skills for each student to work on as they play.  I can check on their progress and assign all kinds of skills each week.  It is a great tool for extra practice at home! 

Don’t forget, each student received a login card in order to access the EDM4 games, home-links, and helpful videos.  This card is stapled into the front cover of the assignment notebook that is inside of the binder.  Please click HERE to access this site.

SCIENCE
Our first unit covers earth materials and land forms.  This is a vocabulary rich unit.  I will be sending home articles, vocab. cards, and other materials to help your child review.  These materials will be located in the SCIENCE folder in the binder.  Last week we tried to recreate how certain land features are formed by using stream tables.  The students observed and have vocabulary words in their science notebooks to study.


 








MI STUDIES


We are learning about the Great Lakes Region, natural and human resources, adapt versus modify and how to use directions to locate states near Michigan.  We will be working on the UNIT 1 Review Guide IN CLASS this week.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Week #4 in Review

CLASSROOM NEWS

It was another very successful week in third grade!  The students began using the Chromebooks and are learning how to handle them as well as put them away correctly.  This is a much bigger task than you’d think.  But, I’m already impressed! 

Chromebook Cart



















READING
Our reading stamina is amazing!  I am totally impressed with the solid 35 minutes of reading this class can do already. The students have been learning all about character traits by reading books written by Kevin Henkes!  Click HERE to visit his webpage!





 WRITING
In writing out young authors are adding details and learning how to stretch their writing in order to make it more enjoyable for the reader and more vivid!  We are still working on writing stamina.  This is a much more difficult task because it takes hand muscle coordination as well and ideas, thoughts, and knowing how to put events in a sequential order.  It will all come together though!  Our first published piece of writing we will be working on is a personal narrative.  The audience for this piece is other third grade students; their peers.  This is a very important thing the authors have to keep in mind while creating this narrative so they really know who they are writing for.

MATH
We are working finished with unit 1! The study guide went home last Thursday and is due tomorrow, Monday, October 11th.  The actual test will be given on Tuesday, October 12th.  






One major event last week was that each student in my class was set up to be part of the Prodigy Math Game.  A parent letter with the information, login code and password was sent home in the Friday folder last week.  They LOVE this “game” and I love that I can embed skills for each student to work on as they play.  I can check on their progress and assign all kinds of skills each week.  It is a great tool for extra practice at home!  


Don’t forget, each student received a login card in order to access the EDM4 games, home-links, and helpful videos.  This card is stapled into the front cover of the assignment notebook that is inside of the binder.  Please click HERE to access this site.

SCIENCE
Our first unit covers earth materials and landforms.  This is a vocabulary rich unit.  We have not really begun this unit because we are trying to get most of the MI Studies completed before delving into this challenging unit. I will be sending home articles, vocab. cards, and other materials to help your child review.  These materials will be located in the SCIENCE folder in the binder.

MI STUDIES


We are learning about the Great Lakes Region, natural and human resources, adapt versus modify and how to use directions to locate states near Michigan.  Click HERE to read more about what we are learning.