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! 

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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.

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