Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Summer!

Have a SAFE and WONDERFUL summer!  
We will see you back at school in September!


Monday, May 22, 2017

RED NOSE DAY!

Please wear RED on Thursday, May 25 to celebrate Red Nose Day!  Click HERE to donate online.  Every penny counts!

Click HERE to learn more!  


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Week #33 in Review

CLASSROOM NEWS

I wanted to extend my sincere gratitude for all of the wonderful surprises last week!  "Staff Appreciation Week" was so fun and it really made all of us feel honored and loved!  Thank you for all of the kind notes, goodies, gifts, emails, and smiles!  The PTA rocked it with a fabulous VIP theme!  I truly felt like a VIP member for sure!  Bravo!

*Our field trip to Lansing is scheduled for May 11th!  Please have your child to school promptly at 8:30am with a completely disposable lunch.  


 The 3rd grade window for testing is:
Tuesday, May 9 -Math Performance Task  1:00-2:30      
Wednesday, May 10 –ELA 1:00-3:00       

READING
I am currently reading Because of Winn Dixie By Kate DiCamillo to the class.  This book touches is a favorite! 




SUMMARY: The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket--and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the local librarian, Miss Franny Block, who once fought off a bear with a copy of WAR AND PEACE. They meet Gloria Dump, who is nearly blind but sees with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who sets the animals in his pet shop loose after hours, then lulls them with his guitar.Opal spends all that sweet summer collecting stories about her new friends and thinking about her mother. But because of Winn-Dixie or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship—and forgiveness—can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm. (goodread.com)


 















CSI (Color, Symbol, Image) visible thinking routine to express feelings and thoughts as well as make connections. 



WRITING
In writing, the students have been learning about persuasive writing.  Last week we tried out writing a review of our favorite restaurants.  I was surprised to hear how many students considered McDonald’s their favorite place to eat.    We continue to practice restating and having proper punctuation, spelling etc. within our written work.


 















The students are still reading non-fiction texts and learning how to find explicit evidence to support their thinking.  We’ve been practicing how to search articles for specific proof/details (and highlight) that help support answers to questions being asked across the curriculum.  The students are getting much better at this!

MATH
We began unit 7 which focuses on fractions!  This is a tough unit.  Please review homework with your third grader.  Also, it is really important that the students continue to practice their multiplication facts. 

 Click HERE for the unit 7 parent letter.


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.

SCIENCE
MATTER & ENERGY is our final unit of study for third grade.  We began learning about what energy is and about energy sources.  Click HERE to learn more! 


MI STUDIES


We are focusing on Michigan’s Government for our last unit.  Please click HERE to learn more!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

M-STEP

M-STEP TESTING - The students are encouraged to bring in their own headphones and mouse to use for this computerized assessment.   
               

Thursday, May 4                Math
1:00-3:00            
                               
Tuesday, May 9                 Math Performance Task
1:00-2:30                          
               
Wednesday, May 10          ELA
1:00-3:00             

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Week #30 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
 I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!  What gorgeous weather!  This week will be a “normal” week at school.  
A visit from "Mr. Peace" before spring break!

1. There is a math test and a BA this week.  Please see below for more information.
2. Our field trip to Lansing is scheduled for May 11th!  Please have your child to school promptly at 8:30am with a completely disposable lunch.

3. M-STEP testing began for 5th grade last Thursday.  The 3rd grade window for testing is:
Thursday, May 4 -Math  1:00-3:00pm       
Tuesday, May 9 -Math Performance Task  1:00-2:30pm          
Wednesday, May 10 –ELA 1:00-3:00pm     

READING
Here are a few photos from the March READ-IN before break:
Happy Birthday Mika and Dylan!
 




TWINS!

I finished reading Charlotte’s Web to the class last Friday.  It was so touching to see the empathy and emotion from the students in reaction to the ending of this classic story.  I heard many heartfelt responses throughout this entire book and we had some great class discussions.  My plan is to show the movie version of this book and have them compare the book to the movie.


The students are still reading non-fiction texts and learning how to find explicit evidence to support their thinking.  We’ve been practicing how to search articles for specific proof/details (and highlight) that help support answers to questions being asked across the curriculum.  The students are getting much better at this!

I’ll be pulling student all day for DRA testing Tuesday, April 18th.  There will be a guest teacher in the classroom that day.


WRITING
In writing, the students have been practicing how to restate and have proper punctuation, spelling etc. We will be working with informational writing but in the form of persuasive writing. 

MATH
 We completed UNIT 6 and will be taking this unit test on Thursday, April 20th.   A review will be given in class to use as a study guide.

Order of Operations


Multiplication Baseball


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.

SCIENCE
Our final science unit for this year is all about MATTER & ENERGY!
 Coming soon…


MI STUDIES

Unit 3 on Michigan History is intense with a lot of information.  We have learned about the first people in Michigan, the French and Indian War, how Michigan became a state, as well as how Henry Ford’s “BIG IDEA” (the moving assembly line) help pull people to Michigan to find jobs making cars. This, in turn, helped Michigan to grow tremendously!  The students have a lot of material in their MI Studies pockets of their binders.  Any time is a good time to review and go over material again.  A review was handed out before spring break for your child to begin working on.  The BA is scheduled for Friday, April 21st.  We will review in class and play KAHOOT!
Timelines
 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Week #28 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
 Thank you for all the birthday wishes this past Friday for my birthday!  The children were very sweet and I felt pretty special (and old).

This Friday (March 31) we will be having a read-in!  Bring a beach towel and a buddy (small stuffed animal).  Students can wear PJs and/or comfy clothes.   

The MACUL conference I attended at Cobo Hall last week was so educational and exciting!  I’m hoping to try a few new ideas out before the end of the year!  Thank you so much PTA!









READING
We are half way through Charlotte’s Web.  This is a classic story and the children love the facts that Fern (the little girl) can speak to the animals on the farm.  We will be comparing this book to the movie once it had been completed.  We will continue reading both fiction and non-fiction texts during independent reading.



As part of "March is Reading Month" we had a guest reader!  Mr. Paddock is the principal of Sarah Banks Middle School.  And, last Friday was a word game day. It was a lot of fun!











WRITING
In writing, the students have been practicing how to restate and have proper punctuation, spelling etc. Soon, we will be working with informational writing but in the form of persuasive writing. 

MATH
 UNIT 6 mostly pertains to learning/reviewing more operations to help build fact fluency and use multiple strategies to solve multi-step/multi-operation problems.  Click HERE for the parent note to learn more and get home-link answers.  



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.

SCIENCE
Last week the scientist explored condensation and evaporation.  We are wrapping up this unit.  The study materials went home last week.  The review is due Monday, March 27th.  We will go over the material in class as well as play a KAHOOT!  

The BA is scheduled for Thursday, March 30th








MI STUDIES



Unit 3 on Michigan History is intense with a lot of information.  We have moved onto how Michigan became a state.  Ask your 3rd grader about the Boy Governor, Stevens T. Mason! The students have a lot of material in their MI Studies pockets of their binders.  Any time is a good time to review and go over material again.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Week #26 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
  We have a lot of fun events happening in March including “March is Reading Month” activities.  Author Ruth Barshaw coming to Loon Lake on March 20th!  Check out her work by clicking HERE!

The class worked as a team to create an awesome door decoration that represents Beauty and the Beast.  It was so fun to see all the students working together and completing this masterpiece for “March is Reading Month!”



Mrs. Rates will be in the classroom as our guest teacher on Thursday and Friday this week.  I will be in Detroit attending the 2017 MACUL conference with Ms. Qonja, Mrs. Ziegler, Mrs. Neinhaus, & Mrs. Carlson. We are all very excited and very thankful that the PTA was able to help us ALL attend! 
Thank you PTA!

READING
I began reading a fantasy book in honor of reading month called Charlotte’s Web.  

FUN FACT!
Did you know: “This is a story of the barn,” E.B. White said. “I wrote it for children, and to amuse myself."  White owned a farm in Maine. While he wrote Charlotte’s Web in the property's boathouse, he was imagining the farm's red barn, where he kept geese, sheep, and pigs. The barn even had a swing like the one described in the story: “Mr. Zuckerman had the best swing in the county. It was a single long piece of heavy rope tied to the beam over the north doorway." (Mentalfloss.com)

  This is a classic story and we will be comparing this book to the movie once it had been completed.  We will continue reading both fiction and non-fiction texts during independent reading.


WRITING
We will be working with informational writing but in the form of persuasive writing.  Last week the third graders worked as groups to write a nonfiction paragraph about an informational article they had to read.  In order to have a complete paragraph, the students needed to have a topic sentence telling the readers what the paragraph was mostly about, 3-5 detail sentences from the article, and a concluding sentence that brought the reader back to the main purpose of the information.




 













Also, the third graders have been having a blast creating Google Slide Shows and writing stories using Google Docs. I love the way the children are progressing using the technology and teaching each other new “tricks” and pointers.

MATH
The UNIT 5 test will be given o Wednesday, March 15th. The review went home last Friday and is due (completed) on Tuesday, March 14th.  This unit focused on fractions and multiplication. To help them practice multiplication facts, the students love to play the game SALUTE!

 



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.

SCIENCE
Our WATER unit has been progressing nicely.  The scientists looked at water on paper, paper towel, foil, and wax paper and discovered how water can be absorbed as well as water can bead up and slide!  Other areas we’ve been learning about include surface tension, temperature, and sinking/floating! 

 



MI STUDIES

Unit 3 introduces us to MICHIGAN HISTORY! Historians have questions they ask in order to learn about the past! We’ve moved on to learning about the French Fur trade & Native Americans (The Three Fires).  Our visit from the Mobile Learning Unit was excellent!  The ladies that visited our school really brought the fur trade alive and tied it into our unit.  

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Week #24 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
Everyone seems to have settled back in after the much needed the mid-winter break.  Our class even had an extra recess to enjoy that great weather last week!

We have a lot of fun events happening in March including “March is Reading Month” activities.  We have the author Ruth Barshaw coming to Loon Lake on March 20th!  Check out her work by clicking HERE!





I am so honored to have been chosen as a grant recipient by the Foundation For Excellence (FFE) last Friday! I was awarded almost $1,500 for 5 mini iPads and cases for the classroom. Thank you so much FFE!


READING
We’ve been reading and learning about Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) the past couple of weeks. A few books we’ve read include: Each Kindness, Kindness Counts, Bully, & The Invisible Boy.  With each of these books the class discovered the importance of human kindness, empathy, and “The Golden Rule.”  We used Color, Symbol, Image (CSI) visible thinking strategies to help us think about the ideas on a deeper level.







WRITING
The students shared their awesome animal reports with Mrs. Locey’s 2nd graders last Friday and were able to talk more about their research with her class.  It was a fun way to celebrate all their hard work!




We will continue working with informational writing but in the form of persuasive writing.  This is always a fun unit!


MATH
UNIT 5 focuses on fractions and multiplication.  Each student received a VOLUME #2 math journal.  Volume #1 was sent home and the students can complete any incomplete work as review. 



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.  

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 XTRAMATH site to help with fact fluency and skill building at home.  

ALL login/passwords should be in the front cover of your child’s planner to access easily anytime. 

SCIENCE
We started our WATER unit and looked at water on paper, paper towel, foil, and wax paper.  The students discovered how water can be absorbed as well as water can bead up and slide!  We also discovered surface tension!  Ask your third grader about this unique property of water!






MI STUDIES
Unit 3 introduces us to MICHIGAN HISTORY! Historians have questions they ask in order to learn about the past! Click HERE to learn more!