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.