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!


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Week #22 in Review!

CLASSROOM NEWS
I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome Elissa to our class!  Elissa just moved to America only a few short weeks ago from the Netherlands. She speaks Dutch and only knows a couple of English words.  The entire class has been so welcoming, thoughtful, and kind.  We are all learning how to help each other. Elissa is fitting right in and we are so happy she is part of room #111!  

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  We will be having our celebration on Tuesday morning as a HEALTHY Pancake breakfast!  Students will exchange Valentine cards and enjoy pancakes, sausage, and fresh fruit.


Thank you all for begin so understanding and helpful while I was absent with strep throat AND influenza B.  I was very ill and really felt terrible that things were not as structured and planned as I would’ve liked them to be but I seriously was quarantined for 6 days! Sometimes, you just have to let it go because you physically cannot do anything about it (that’s not easy for me).  But, I am alright now and ready to get back on track!

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART will take place on Tuesday afternoon at 1:35pm.  Please remind your third grader to wear tennis shoes!


READING
The students have been researching and working on 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 students are really using RAZ-KIDS and enjoying earning points to build their creations!  It's a wonderful resource!

WRITING
The writing for the animal research report has all been done in class.  The research packet should be in your child’s binder. Some students are doing extra credit by creating a Google Slides Presentation.  This is OPTIONAL.  I am hoping to have all final reports (hand-written) turned in to me by Thursday, February 16th so that I can grade them over the mid-winter break!

 



MATH
 We began UNIT 5 on Wednesday which covers fractions.  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!  
Upcoming Question: What are some properties of water?


MI STUDIES
Unit 3 will be under way this week.  Welcome to MICHIGAN HISTORY! Click HERE to learn more!