Sunday, November 20, 2016

Week #11 in Review!

*Friday afternoon I had to leave unexpectedly from school due to a family emergency; my youngest cousin (who just turned 23 last Monday) passed away in a tragic accident Friday.  Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


CLASSROOM NEWS

Our author visit from Maria Dismondy was awesome!  W got to see the cover of her new book coming out in February (The Jelly Donut Differnce) as well as learn all about being determined and having a growth mindset.  It was a great assembly!




We had a big day Friday with our first B.Y.O.D (Bring Your Own Device) day!  The students were amazing at following the rules and expectations.  Every Friday will be a B.Y.O.D. day!  Please have everything downloaded and logged in so that your child can easily access reading, writing, spelling, and math apps appropriate for school. 

 





READING
The students are working on finding evidence when they read informational texts.  This is very important when reading articles for science and MI Studies.  There is a lot of information to learn and understand!  Last week we used our Storyworks Jr. magazine to incorporate an interactive non-fiction article pertaining to the importance of bees.  The students had to answer questions in order to create a topic sentence, find three details, and then come up with a concluding sentence. 


WRITING
The students are completed their personal narratives!  I look forward to them sharing these final pieces with each other this week.  We will focus on punctuation and grammar this week in order to dive into paragraph writing after Thanksgiving break.  Writing complete paragraphs is a skill we will be practicing the next few weeks and will be an expectation for written pieces and constructed responses.

The students created a special Thankful Turkey last week in order to write about what they are thankful for this year.  Gobble! Gobble!










  
MATH
I sent home the unit 2 math BA scores in the Friday Folder.  We begin Unit 3 this week. Click HERE for the Family Letter to learn more about this  unit!

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. Your child also has access to Moby Max. This is a free resource that your child has access to by using the login I gave in the beginning of the year.  Lastly, I signed the class up for the Xtra math site to help with fact fluency and skill building at home.  Click HERE to get to that site. 
ALL login/passwords should be in the front cover of your child’s planner to access easily anytime.




SCIENCE
 The science BA will be given on Tuesday, November 22nd.  We will go over the study guide in class tomorrow to make sure everyone is studying with correct information.  I meant to do this on Friday but had to leave. 

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!  More to come…



Sunday, November 13, 2016

Week #10 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
It was an exciting week because the students received their first pay!  Our bankers did a fabulous job of double checking their math and working in a timely manner.  Way to go!

We made turkeys with  our kindergarten learning buddies and had a gobbling good time!




READING
Loon Lake had a successful Scholastic Book Fair!  Mrs. Sinclair may have spent a little too much money but she did get some treasures!  



Maria Dismondy will be visiting Loon Lake on Wednesday, November 16th.  She's a fabulous local author who writes books for children to learn to embrace differences and be kind.  Take a look at her website by clicking HERE!


 The students are working on finding evidence when they read informational texts.  This is very important when reading articles for science and MI Studies.  There is a lot of information to learn and understand!


  
WRITING
The students are on week #3 of their personal narrative writing and are publishing them this week! They’ve worked very hard to bring this piece through the writing process. 
  








MATH


In math we have been focusing on problem solving, number stories, and fact extensions.  The unit 2 math test will be given on Wednesday, November 16th.  A review went home last Friday.  We will correct this in class on Monday the 14th.

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. 

Your child also has access to Moby Max. This is a free resource that your child has access to by using the login I gave in the beginning of the year.  This should be in the front of your child’s planner.  Click HERE to get to Moby Max.

SCIENCE

I moved the science BA back in order to explore a few more concepts and a really awesome geode brought in by Cailyn!  Thank you to her family for getting each of our students a FREE pass to Cranbrook as well as a pencil filled with rocks & minerals.  It was very thoughtful!



The science BA is scheduled for Wednesday, November 22nd.  A study guide is coming home this week.  We will be reviewing the material this week. 

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!  More to come…


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Week #9 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
Conferences are on Tuesday, November 8th.  I know how busy everyone is and I appreciate you taking the time to come and visit with me that day.  I do have a very tight schedule to keep so please know I will be doing my best stay on time. Don’t forget to VOTE!


The students were given their new jobs and all last week was a “training” week.  Beginning this week, fines will begin and the bonus money will continue. The economy system is in full swing beginning Monday!

Congratulations to Noah for earning the typing award for being our fastest typist.


Thank you to everyone that helped with the Halloween celebration especially Mrs. Kogut for volunteering to be our room parent this year!  The kids had a blast!
























READING
We are almost finished reading the book Frindle by Andrew Clements.  The students love this book and he has many other books if your child is interested in reading more fun stories! The third graders are using the TAGD (Title, Author, Genre, and Date) method to answer questions pertaining to the story in order to be sure they are understanding the text.


Also, our students are working on finding evidence when they read informational texts.  This is very important when reading articles etc. for science and MI Studies.  There is a lot of information to learn and understand!


WRITING
Our writers have been organizing their personal narratives into beginning, middle, and end.   We are on week #2 of this writing genre.  Again, the writers have to think about their audience while creating any piece of writing.  They want to be able to connect with their readers.


MATH
In math we have been focusing on problem solving, number stories, and fact extensions.  We are just about finished with unit 2.  I am going to try and give the unit 2 math test late this week.





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
We read our last article pertaining about minerals and their properties on Friday.  We will be reviewing the material all week and giving a review guide.  This test is the most difficult out of the 4 topics we explore.  Unfortunately, our school always gets this kit first whereas some schools get it in April giving them much more time to mature as readers and as test takers.

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 history!  More to come…