Monday, May 19, 2014

What's going on....


 I know I say this at the end of each year...but here again...I just can't believe we are at the last two days of school.  I am so proud of this group of children and their hard work and accomplishments!!!!  This is one of the most compassionate, caring, fun, and accepting group of third graders I have be able to teach!  I will never forget them and look forward to all they will become and grow to do!   Thank you for trusting me with your child this year! It has been a pleasure working with them and with you!  Please keep me posted and know I am here if you have any questions!!




Here is what our last day of school will look like! 


Here is our rotation for the last day of school. Third grade classes will rotate from class to class to complete a fun activity!


Times
McGrath – Go to
Hancock – Go to
Harris – Go to
Haddon -Go to
Rutherford-
Go to
8:15-8:45
McGrath
Hancock
Harris
Haddon
Rutherford
8:50-9:40
Activity
Activity
Activity
Activity
Activity
9:40-9:55
snack
snack
Snack
Snack
Snack
9:55-10:25
Rutherford
McGrath
Hancock
Harris
Haddon
10:25-10:55
Haddon
Rutherford
McGrath
Hancock
Harris
10:55 -11:25
Harris
Haddon
Rutherford
McGrath
Hancock
11:25-11:55
Hancock
Harris
Haddon
Rutherford
McGrath


At 12:00, we will go outside for Recess. During recess, parents will be grilling hot dogs and setting up lunch in the classroom.  We plan to eat around 12:30 or 12:45!  After lunch, we will play a game or two and watch a movie!  Thanks to all of you who have offered to bring in something for the party!  Here is the list again! Please have them to  me by Wednesday morning!

Thanks again!  I have felt blessed this year!

Kylee - 1 pack hotdogs and paper plates
Jack G - 1 pack hotdogs
Lane - 1 pack hotdogs
Emma -4 packs buns
Audrey - 1 box Capri Sun
Jasmin - 1 box Capri Sun
Amari - 1 case of 24 water bottles
Lilly -Popsicles
RJ - 1 bag of individually wrapped chips
Hannah - 1 bag of individually wrapped chips
Ryan Knight - bottle of mustard/ketchup
Hannah - 1 dz cookies
Delaney - 2 dz cookies
Meredith A - fun candy

Try to keep your child learning over the summer!  They can always read and practice those multiplication facts when they get bored...or it is too hot to even go outside!!!! 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What's going on...

This has been a busy week with a busy schedule due to Project Based Learning.  It is a nice break after all the testing last week! We are working on a variety of things and have  a lot coming up next week! Here is a glance at our week!

Career Day:  We will be having 3 career day lessons this week. Our three career cluster we will be discussing are Hospitality and Tourism, Human Services, and Energy.
Math: Working on story problems, area.  and perimeter
Reading: Finish our novel study of Judy Moody Saves the World
Social Studies/Science -  Pollution  and Tolerance/Justice

ECONO FAIR NEXT WEEK
Social Studies: SS3E1 - Next  week we will review our economic terms as we prepare for the Econo Fair. The Econo Fair is Wednesday, May 14  from 10:00 -12:00.  Each third grade class will have two stores and the children will have the opportunity to be consumers and producers. PLEASE SEND IN $3.00 for your child to shop during the EconoFair. Students will be pricing items based on supply and demand!  All proceeds will be donated to the RBES Pollinator Habitat Garden. 

Our two stores will be a toy store and a book store!  PLEASE begin sending in any gently use toys, stuffed animals,  and gently used  books that the children can sell!! Anything would be appreciated!  Right now we have a scarcity of resources for our store!!


HOMEWORK For this week and next week!


Here is information about the Garbage Art Project!
Judy Moody Saves the World “Garbage Art!”
In the book that our class finished reading, Judy and her class teach us about the importance of recycling and conservation. This has also helped us cover one of our standards in Science as well. We have discussed the 3R’s – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle and identified ways to protect the environment.
For this project, your child needs to use recyclable or reusable materials to make a garbage art masterpiece. You can use plastic, paper, cans, bottles, etc to create you design. I want this to be a fun/creative activity for your child.
***Your child will also be required to write a short informational paper about the project. The writing needs to inform the reader of the name of the project, explain the recyclable materials used, and include other details about your work on this project. This project will be due on Thursday, May 15

Checklist Rubric for Assessment
_____ Project used a variety of recycled items
_____ Project was neat and creative
_____ Informational Writing about Project (assessment ideas taken form Informational Writing Rubric)
___ Writing informs reader of the name of project and materials used
___ writing is organized with an introduction, body, and closing
___ Writing includes a variety of sentence structure and interesting language
___ writing contains complete sentences, correct spelling, and correct punctuation
_____ Project was turned in on or before Thursday, May 15

Monday, April 28, 2014

What's going on...

We had a great first day of testing!! Mrs. Yount said the children worked hard. Please continue to encourage them to get a good night sleep and use all their strategies to show what they know!!! This is your child's only homework this week!! 

After testing this week we will be working on a variety of activities related to our Polloution and Conservation unit. On Friday, I would like to have each child make a bag from an old t-shirt.  This will show the children one example of how to reuse an object. If you could please send in an old shirt that your child or you don't need anymore. We will cut it and make some ties to create a bag!! 

Thanks for all the snacks, mints, and gum donations!! 
Have a great week!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

What's going on...

I can't believe it is already Thursday. The week has just gotten by me. So...here is a glance at what we have done this week!

MATH:  We worked Monday and Tuesday on a ZOO Project that helped us review Area and Perimeter. From this activity, the children had a great understanding of the concepts so we went ahead and had the Measurement assessment.  Wed-Fri, we  have worked/are working on a task list with various activities from each of our Math units this year. This has been a great review for the children.

Reading: Monday and Tuesday we worked on some reading test prep and really practiced how third graders should "think" and use the text for assessments. We also practiced bubbling and making sure that we marked all answers on our answer document. (Bubble sheets) I don't want the children to be surprised about anything next week! In addition we continue to focus on identify the main idea and supporting details of chapters from Judy Moody Saves the World.  We will also work on sequencing and language arts review.

Science/Social Studies: We are working on a graphic organizer that will help us review all the Famous Americans we have learned. We will also review previous standards from Science.

Next week is going to be fine!  Remember....it is SHOW WHAT YOU KNOW WEEK!!
Please have your child go to bed early and eat a healthy breakfast. Here is the post from last week!  WE GOT THIS!!!

"Show What You Know Week!" aka...CRCT.


It’s here! It’s almost time!  APRIL 28 - May 2  is “Show What You Know” week and this class is going to do amazing!


"Show What You Know Week" begins a week from  Monday on April 28! If you would be willing to send in a healthy snack of mini muffins, grapes, cheese sticks, etc. that would be great. It should be a quick, light, and clean snack!  Research also shows that children can concentrate better with peppermint or gum. So, feel free to send some in to share with the class. I do ask that the gum be sugar free. It usually holds the taste a bit longer than other gum. Let me know which day you would like to sign up to send in a snack!



 I’m not concerned about your children! Instead of spending ONE SECOND stressed or worried, I want them to walk into this room confident and proud of what they have learned in third grade. We are going to do some showing off in this room and be PROUD of it! As a matter of fact, we don’t even say the "C" word....it is called "show what you know!" I have some special ticket drawings and raffles to share to help us celebrate  our learning this week, and we will have some great snacks. Others may be stressed and worried but we are E-X-C-I-T-E-D! What an opportunity to show all that you know!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What's going on....

I hope you all had a wonderful Spring Break!  It was relaxing, and the children came back ready to work!  Here is some information on CRCT week and what is going on in our class!!


Our LAST MAP test is tomorrow!  It is the math assessment!  Please encourage your child to be diligent and take his/her time! I know these are long, but they can do it!  If they get to a hard one, remind them to just figure out what they do know! They have worked very hard on these and done great!  I try to keep it calm and stress less, but sometimes the students are just so hard on themselves!


Friday we will be have a special RBES Rocket Relay at 1:30pm. This will be our own school wide Relay for Life! Each grade level will complete a lap to a special grade level song!  PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILD WEAR HIS/HER RELAY FOR LIFE T-SHIRT IF THEY HAVE ONE!




"Show What You Know Week!" aka...CRCT.


It’s here! It’s almost time!  APRIL 28 - May 2  is “Show What You Know” week and this class is going to do amazing!


"Show What You Know Week" begins a week from  Monday on April 28! If you would be willing to send in a healthy snack of mini muffins, grapes, cheese sticks, etc. that would be great. It should be a quick, light, and clean snack!  Research also shows that children can concentrate better with peppermint or gum. So, feel free to send some in to share with the class. I do ask that the gum be sugar free. It usually holds the taste a bit longer than other gum. Let me know which day you would like to sign up to send in a snack!



 I’m not concerned about your children! Instead of spending ONE SECOND stressed or worried, I want them to walk into this room confident and proud of what they have learned in third grade. We are going to do some showing off in this room and be PROUD of it! As a matter of fact, we don’t even say the "C" word....it is called "show what you know!" I have some special ticket drawings and raffles to share to help us celebrate  our learning this week, and we will have some great snacks. Others may be stressed and worried but we are E-X-C-I-T-E-D! What an opportunity to show all that you know!




Show What you Know Schedule for April 28- May 2.

Monday, April 28 - Reading
Tuesday, April 29  - ELA
Wednesday, April 30- Math
Thursday, May 1 - Science
Friday, May 2 -  Social Studies



Here is what we will work on this week!!!


Math - We have practice on identifying the units of measure for mass and liquid capacity. We will also work on identifying the area and perimeter of irregular shapes. I hope to have the measurement/elapsed time assessment next Tuesday or Wednesday!



Reading/Science: ELA3R3 – RL 1, 2, 3 This week we have worked some more on book Judy Moody Saves the World. This novel ties with our pollution standards from Science. While reading we will really focus on referring to the text and identifying main ideas and supporting details of each chapter. Students will also review prefix, suffixes, and root words.


 We will spend a little time this week and next with some  test prep strategies and provide time to help students practice bubbling answers and REFERRING TO THE TEXT!


**Don't forget, in your child's agenda is their Online Assessment login information for CRCT practice.  If you or your child would like some extra practice this is a good place to start!


Social Studies - Review of Famous Americans and discuss and learn important contributions of Lyndon Johnson and Cesar Chavez.




Homework for this week
*Drop in the Bucket due Friday.
*Read for 20 min a night or 80 min a week - Use the Lyndon Johnson biography or newspaper for this reading. If your child didn't get a book, we will give him/her one later this week.
*There was a Math sheet sent home for this week that can be turned in Wednesday or Thursday.


 

Friday, March 28, 2014

For anyone who was planning to work Saturday in the garden at RBES, the event has been CANCELLED due to expected weather!!!!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

What's going on.....





REMINDERS/UPCOMING EVENTS
Wednesday 3/26 - MAP (ELA)
Thursday, 3/27 - 3rd grade Ag Day
*Monday, 3/31 - Friday, 4/4 - Global Youth Service Week*


*Starting Monday, 3/31, RBES will be collecting items for Global Youth Service Week.  If you feel led to donate, please see the list of items and days on which to turn them in.*
Monday, 3/31 - Pasta
Tuesday, 4/1 - Rice
Wednesday, 4/2 - Beans
Thursday, 4/3 - Peanut Butter



Here is a glance at what we will be working on in class!


MATH:  How do I measure mass and capacity? The children will be learning about measuring mass in grams and kilograms. They will also learn about measuring capacity. Below is the Student Learning Map for this unit! 




Measurement Student Learning Map




Reading: This week we will be comparing stories written by the same author. We will compare and contrast characters, conflicts resolution, settings, and author's crafts.  The children will also begin reading a biography on Thurgood Marshall and a narrative titled Judy Moody Saves the World.  This narrative ties in great with our pollution  and conservation standards that we will begin learning next week!


The students LOVED exploring with writing code and programing last week! The children will have a day to build a Lego animal, discuss the adaptations of the animal, then program the animal to make movements that help it survive. They have really done a great job with these task. It really requires following directions and problem solving.


I will not be able to do an Online Chat this week! :( The children were disappointed! I will set one up for next week if our schedules work out!




Social Studies: What were the accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt and Thurgood Marshall? What was their influence on America culture?




Grammar: We will continue to work on correcting punctuation and grammar of sentences.


ONLINE ASSESSMENT PRACTICE






I have login information for the OAS (Online Assessment System) if you are interested. I will have students write login information in the front of your child's agenda .  These are good practice assessments for CRCT that you may work on at home. The children may work on these to review standards or practice referring to text  to answer questions from reading passages.  I caution you that sometimes these practice assessments cause undo stress and test anxiety for students (AND PARENTS!). So please watch your child as they take these and make sure it isn't causing them to worry or become upset.   It is often harder for them to take these on the computer and some of the sample questions are short answer or performance based. CRCT is just multiple choice.  We are working to review and reteach all standards at school as well.










Lost and Found…
The RBES Lost and Found is in the hallway near the gym and cafeteria, right at the entrance to the cafeteria door.    Please encourage your child to stop by the Lost and Found to see if they have an item there.

All items remaining in Lost and Found on Monday, March 31 will be donated or sold.  All profits will come back to RBES Secret Santa fund.