Sunday, January 29, 2017

Week #20 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
There is a 1/2 day this Wednesday, February 1st.  That day is also GLOBAL SCHOOL PLAY DAY!  
Please click HERE to learn more!


Congratulations to Shaylynn for being recognized as December’s PBIS winner!  The trait was being RESPONSIBLE!  Way to go!




On Wednesday we created posters to show the difference between a FIXED mindset and a GROWTH mindset with our kindergarten buddies.  They work so well together!





READING
On Monday we reviewed facts and opinions by using a class article about snow days. The students had to find 2 facts and post a sticky note on the paper so we could find the facts and evidence.
 











We also continue to work on all of the non-fiction text features we might come across while researching.  In order to be sure we know what each one is, the students had to find examples from magazines and put them with the correct features on a mini poster. 












The class began researching for their animal reports.  All students had the opportunity to go to our library to look for a book.  They also were able to look through the classroom library as well as use the Chromebooks to get information.  Your child might still need to get more information.  Please help them to do this at home.  The writing will be done in class.  The research packet should be in your child’s binder.

 















WRITING
To go along with our research, each student have been writing down (in third grade words) important facts and information they’ve discovered about their animal.  We will begin to put all of this together into paragraphs.  The class is very excited about this project! 





MATH

This past week the 3rd graders have been really focusing on knowing the difference between AREA and PERIMETER!  We played two new games.  One was called Name That Number and the other was Rugs and Fences.


 


 















We are finishing up working in unit 4, which is all about measurement!  I plan on giving the unit 4 test this Thursday, February 2nd.  A Review guide will go home on Monday or Tuesday in order to help your child study. 

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
Out next unit is all about WATER! Stay tuned!

MI STUDIES


Unit 2 covers Michigan’s economy! We are wrapping up a last few lessons. Each student will need to come up with their own business plan complete with capital, natural, and human resources.  Also, they’ll need to share what goods/service they will be using, opportunity costs, a good location for their business, and how their business will help Michigan’s economy.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Week #19 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
It was a short but productive week!  If you’re still interested in donating $5.00 towards the Raz-Kids online reading subscription, please send in the money with your third grader in an envelope labeled RAZ-KIDS.  Thank you so much!  If you would like more information about Raz-Kids click HERE! 



READING
The students continue working with expository (nonfiction) text features.  All of this is in preparation for a research type reports the students will begin next week. Last week we started identifying the main ideas and supporting details using non-fiction texts.   
 


  

WRITING
The third graders have been working very hard on paragraph writing.  Having a topic sentence, 3-5 detail sentences, and a concluding sentence are now the expectation for all written responses (constructed) and published writing. This will be the expectation for their upcoming research report as well.








MATH
We are working in unit 4 which is all about measurement!  The students have been learning how to use a ruler with both inches and centimeters, measuring to the nearest ½ inch, exploring polygons, reviewing quadrilaterals, and much more!  Click HERE for the unit 4 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.

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 scientists took the BA on Friday, January 20th.  They all did fantastic!  Way to go 3rd grade scientists!  
Our next unit is all about WATER!


MI STUDIES
Unit 2 covers Michigan’s economy! We are wrapping up a last few lessons. Each student will need to come up with their own business plan complete with capital, natural, and human resources.  Also, they’ll need to share what goods/service they will be using, opportunity costs, a good location for their business, and how their business will help Michigan’s economy.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Week #18 in Review

CLASSROOM NEWS
We celebrate and honor Martin Luther King Jr. today!  As a class, we worked with our Kindergarten Learning Buddies last week to learn more about being an UPSTANDER instead of a BYSTANDER. Take a look!


February's PBIS focus will be on kindness and empathy!  Random Acts of Kindness Week is Feb. 13-17th.  We will have a special assembly on Feb. 6 with Caleb White of the Caleb White Project. He will help us launch our focus on kindness (http://www.calebwhiteproject.com/)


READING
The students continue working with expository (nonfiction) text features.  All of this is in preparation for a research type reports the students will begin very soon.   




The third grade team is excited to introduce a new reading resource that we are “trying out” with a short free trial.  The program is called Raz-Kids.  The resource has some awesome tools that will help your child to not only read but practice in a way that encompasses many of the reading strategies we discuss in school.

Please explore this resource with your child before the free trial is over (January 18th). Meanwhile, we are asking for a $5.00 donation to help cover the cost.  This subscription would be available for their use throughout the summer months until the end of August.  Using it over the summer will help prevent the “summer slide.”  As you know, reading daily is essential for your child to grow as a learner.  Raz-Kids provides them a tool that will help to motivate them to read.

If you would like more information about Raz-Kids click on the link below.


WRITING
The third graders have been working very hard on paragraph writing.  Having a topic sentence, 3-5 detail sentences, and a concluding sentence are now the expectation for all written responses (constructed) and published writing. 














MATH
We are working in unit 4 which is all about measurement!  The students have been learning how to use a ruler with both inches and centimeters, measuring to the nearest ½ inch, exploring polygons, reviewing quadrilaterals, and much more!  
Click HERE for the unit 4 Family 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.

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 scientists said farewell to our classroom creatures last week.  We plan on giving the BA on Friday, January 20th.  A study guide went home last Friday (January 13th).  Please help remind your third grader to review little sections throughout the week in order to study for this assessment.


MI STUDIES
Unit 2 covers Michigan’s economy! We are wrapping up a last few lessons. Each student will need to come up with their own business plan complete with capital, natural, and human resources.  Also, they’ll need to share what goods/service they will be using, opportunity costs, a good location for their business, and how their business will help Michigan’s economy.