Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What's going on...

This is turning out to be an interesting week!  We shall see what happens tonight and tomorrow. Here is a short glance of what we are working and have been working to complete!

Math - Continued working on some word problems involving fractions, review subtraction with regrouping, and creating bar graphs

Reading/Social Studies- Finish reading FDR and discussing his accomplishments, contributions, and obstacles. We will NOT ASSESS until next week.  I wrote in the Agenda it would be Friday, but I would rather hold off!

We completed an informational reading titled the Night of the Puffins and worked on answering comprehension questions about the story.

Science- Create a creature projects were amazing. I will post pictures as soon as I can. The adaptations were very creative!

Homework-
Review spelling words for test Friday (if we are here)
Work on project - due Wednesday
Read for 20 min a night or 80 min a week
NO FDR assessment this week.




Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Here is a glance at our week...

I hope you had a great 3 day weekend. It was kind of nice to take my time this morning too!
 Here is a glance at our week!

Math: MCC3.NF.1, MCC3.NF.1, MCC3.NF.3  - We will work to finish our fraction unit this week .  I am going to give a quick check tomorrow to see what I need to reteach and hopefully give the assessment on Friday.  The homework is a practice of some of the material we have covered. 

Reading/Social Studies - We will finish our chapter book titled Who Was Franklin Roosevelt?  This book  will support Social Studies Standards on how Franklin Roosevelt influenced our democracy and county.  We will also work on figurative language. We will identify figurative language in a narrative text and try to add figurative language to our writing. In addition, we will discuss why authors use figurative language in non-fiction text.  We will identify cause and effect relationships and work on sequence of events in informational writing. 

Economics -  Social Studies -  
Last week we started our Economics unit.  Here are the standards for this unit! We have a good video series that will help cover these standards.
SS3E1 The student will describe the four types of productive resources:
a. Natural (land)
b. Human (labor)
c. Capital (capital goods)
d. Entrepreneurship (used to create goods and services)

SS3E2 The student will explain that governments provide certain types of goods
and services in a market economy, and pay for these through taxes and will describe
services such as schools, libraries, roads, police/fire protection, and military

Science-  Georgia Habitats and Animal Adaptations - We have finished our unit on habitats and adaptions.  In the last FRIDAY folder, a project was sent home titled Create a Creature. This project is due NEXT WEDNESDAY, February 25!!! In agenda's today, we made a tentative schedule on how to spread out the project so that it is all not completed two or three days before. This is just a suggested way to work on it nightly and begin with the end in mind.  This will be the bulk of homework this week and next week!

Writing: How can I add figurative language to my writing?  How do I write to inform my reader of  my plans for a project.  We are trying to persuade Mrs. Wages to let us add a buddy bench to the school playground. We will work on a class letter to tell her our plan. I may need a few parents to help us build a bench. Let me know if you would be willing to help donate wood, time, or supplies. 

Grammar- What are the differences between simple, compound and complex sentences? (continued(

Homework:
Work on Create a Creatures Science project
NO DROP IN THE BUCKET
No Spelling this week 
Math worksheet on fractions due Friday
Read for 20 min a night or 60 min a week!

Monday, February 9, 2015

What's going on....

Here  is a glance at our week! 


  • Don't forget...if you would like your child to earn a Six Flags ticket for the summer. the deadline for Six Flags completed logs is February 16th!
  • Wednesday, Feb 11 is our STEM Awards celebration!  We are hoping all students will wear there DA$H shirts  on Wednesday!
  • RELAY for LIFE t-shirt orders came home in Friday Folders!  Be sure to order yours asap!
  • Valentine's Day party is Feb 13 at 1:30!
    • Our class voted during class meeting last week and they want to have a snack, read their valentines, and watch a movie. So we will keep it very low key and relaxing. It will be a time to show kindness and just enjoy each other! 
Math: MCC3.NF.1, MCC3.NF.1, MCC3.NF.3  - We will continue to work on identifying fractions on a number line. The class is still very inconsistent with this skill. That is why I sent it home for homework this week!  We will also work to identify fractions of a set, for example 1/4 of 24 is ? .

Reading/Social Studies - We will practice reading standards on a biography titled Who Was Franklin Roosevelt?  This book  will support Social Studies Standards on how Franklin Roosevelt influenced our democracy and county.  We will also work on figurative language. We will identify figurative language in a narrative text and try to add figurative language to our writing.

Science-  Georgia Habitats and Animal Adaptations - There is a Habitat Review posted in the blog entry before this entry! 

Grammar- What are the differences between simple, compound and complex sentences?

Homework:
Georgia Habitat Assessment on  FRIDAY..we wrote Wednesday on the blog, but I want some more time to do a couple of activities with the children!
NO DROP IN THE BUCKET
Review for spelling words 
Math worksheet on fractions due Friday
Read for 20 min a night or 80min a week!




Habitat Review

Habitat Review

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

What's going on....

We have had a great start to our week! Here are some announcements and a glance at what we are doing!


  • Don't forget...if you would like your child to earn a Six Flags ticket for the summer. the deadline for Six Flags completed logs is February 16th!
  • Friday, Feb 6 is GO RED DAY! Wear red to support Heart Health!
  • Wednesday, Feb 11 is our STEM Awards celebration!  We are hoping all students will wear there DA$H shirts  on Wednesday!
  • RELAY for LIFE t-shirt orders came home in Friday Folders!  Be sure to order yours asap!
  • Valentine's Day party is Feb 13 at 1:30!
    • Our class voted during class meeting last week and they want to have a snack, read their valentines, and watch a movie. So we will keep it very low key and relaxing. It will be a time to show kindness and just enjoy each other! 
Math: MCC3.NF.1, MCC3.NF.1, MCC3.NF.3  - Based on individual results of the Fraction pre-assessment, task lists were create to help students work on specific fraction standards.  We focused a lot on equivalent fractions and identifying fractions on a number line. We will continue to work on these standards and work on solving word problems with fractions. I hope to do a fraction assessment by the end of next week.

Reading/Social Studies - We will practice reading standards and book club on a biography titled Who Was Franklin Roosevelt?  This book  will support Social Studies Standards on how Franklin Roosevelt influenced our democracy and county. In addition we will review sequence and cause and effect relationships in informational text. 

Science-  Students will be researching and completing a booklet on the Habitats of Georgia. They will identify plants and animals in each Georgia habitat. I hope to have Habitat assessment by Wednesday!

Grammar- What are the differences between simple, compound and complex sentences?

Homework:
Drop in the Bucket - both sides due Friday
Reading Newspaper and comprehension questions - due Friday - reading can count towards 20min
Review for spelling words 
Math worksheet on fractions due Friday





Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What's going on....

A bit later than usual, but here is a glance at our week!

Don't forget...if you would like your child to earn a Six Flags ticket for the summer. the deadline for Six Flags completed logs is February 16th!

We have finished our research and note-taking on different plants in Georgia and in the RBES garden.  We are still typing our informational text on each plant.  These will be published on a web page. Next week we will  create a QR code for the website. The QR codes will be attached to the appropriate plant in the RBES garden so that students can use the garden to learn informational facts about specific plants in Georgia. The children are very excited about this. I will let you know when we "Go live" with their research!


Math - We will begin looking at fractions as parts of a set and parts of a whole. We will also start working with fractions on a number line.

Here are the standards and the Student Learning Map.  We did the pre-assessment today. We have also done two lessons discussing how fractions can be part of a "set" (like Smarties) and parts of a "whole" (like a Hershey bar.) 

Here are the standards and the concept map!  

Student Learning Map Fractions



MCC3.NF.1 Understand a fraction 1/as the quantity formed by 1 part when a whole is partitioned into equal parts; understand a fraction a/as the quantity formed by parts of size 1/b.


MCC3.NF.2 Understand a fraction as a number on the number line; represent fractions on a number line diagram.

MCC3.NF.3 Explain equivalence of fractions in special cases, and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.

In Science we have really been focusing on features of plants and animals that help them survive in the region of Georgia! We will continue this more next week as well!

Science: S3L1. Students will investigate the habitats of different organisms and the dependence of 
organisms on their habitat. b. Identify features of green plants that allow them to live and thrive in different regions of Georgia. c. Identify features of animals that allow them to live and thrive in different regions of Georgia.

NEXT Week in Social Studies: SS3G1 The student will locate major topographical features. 
 a. Identify major rivers of the United States of America: Mississippi, Ohio, Rio 
Grande, Colorado, Hudson. 
         b. Identify major mountain ranges of the United States of America: Appalachian, 
Rocky. 
         c. Locate the Equator, Prime Meridian, and lines of latitude and longitude on a 
globe

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What's going on...

I hope you all had a great three day weekend!
The Georgia Milestones End of Grade state assessments (this will replace the CRCT)  will be given between the dates of April 16 - April 30. All assessments will be given online.   Assessments will be given using a staggered grade level schedule that may change as needed.  PLEASE make all arrangements possible to be at school during this window.We will have online practice sessions before this time so the children will know what to expect.


Here is a glance at our week.

Math- MCC3.G.1 - MCC3.G.2 : What are differences and similarities between polygons and quadrilaterals? We will finish up our Geometry unit this week and assess on Thursday.  Your child was told to put the geometry vocabulary in his/her homework folder to review the 2D quadrilaterals.  I recommended to them that they fold the paper, read the definition, and see if they can recall the word. It is not a vocabulary assessment; however, they will need to know the vocabulary to answer questions and compare quadrilaterals.  FYI...they will NOT need to know a heptagon is a 7 sided figure! :)  Next week we will discuss equally partitioning geometric figures and start learning fractions. 

Reading  and Writing : RI 1, 2, 3 - 
We will  finish our study on Mary McLeod Bethune and her contributions to civil rights. This assessment will be on Friday. A vocabulary study guide is posted below and some notes will be sent home tomorrow. 

Mary Bethune Facts Quizlet
Mary Bethune Vocabulary Quizlet

We started our research and note-taking on different plants in Georgia and in the RBES garden.  We will be writing informational text on each plant. This will integrate well with our Science standards.  Next week will will type our informational text onto a website and then create a QR code for the website. The QR codes will be attached to the appropriate plant in the RBES garden so that students can use the garden to learn informational facts about specific plants in Georgia. 

Recycled items still needed!!!

I am in need of some recycled items for a class projected on animal adaptations that I would like to do Friday, January 23.  I would like any cardboard tubes (from paper towels, toilet paper, or wrapping paper tubes) small cardboard boxes, plastic containers, cans, juice jugs, egg cartons, or any other clean items you may have in your recycle box! Please send them in with your child! THANKS!


Homework....
NO SPELLING THIS WEEKRead for 20 min a night or 60 min a week
Subject and Predicate worksheet due Friday.
Drop in the Bucket - MATH side due Friday--The wrong Drop in the Bucket was copied today, so your child was not able to bring his home. I will hand out the Drop in the Bucket tomorrow and only the MATH side can be due Friday!  Sorry!

Valentine's Day Party!!!!
We will have our Valentine's Day party on Friday, Feb. 13 at 1:30. Please have your child bring in a decorated box or bag for his/her Valentines! If you would be willing to organize the party for me, let me know! We will have a fun snack and exchange cards. If anyone would like to plan a craft or send in materials for one, let me know! Below is a class list of names 



Arham

Emma 

Kaitlyn

Kaleigh 

Skyy 

Carson 

Keely 

Jacob 

Charlotte 

Braedon

Aidan 

Anna 

Frank 

William 

Joshua 

Dani 

Stella 

George 

Ryan 

Brooks 

Isabelle

Sydney

Chassidy 

Chrissy 

Sophia 

Austyn 

Presley