Sunday, October 23, 2016

Week #6 in Review!


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!


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!

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.

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.

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.  




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.  

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