Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What's going on...

I hope you all had a wonderful 3 day week!  It was very much needed! Here is a glance at our week! PLEASE notice we have added spelling words for homework!

Math: NBT 2: What strategies can I use to fluently add and subtract within 100? We will be working a great deal on addition and subtraction problem solving this week.  The children are expected to write an equation that matches each problem, show a solving method, and label their answers.

Reading:RF 1, 2,3 and RI 1, 2, 3:  What do good readers think about while reading informational text? We will start our Daily 5 rotations this week. When children are working in small groups with me, we will work on what informational text looks like and strategies that will help us better understand informational text.  We will read text on Heat that will correlate with our Heat standards.

Word Work  
Vocabulary Words of the Week : although and various
Spelling Pattern of the Week:  Long a patterns
WOW Word - strive

Science: What is heat and what are the different ways thermal energy is produced? How do we measure heat?

Homework: 

  •  Drop in the Bucket- Both sides DUE Friday.
  • Read for 20 min a night or 60 min this week!
  • Spelling : Study spelling words throughout the week. We will work on  practicing these words in class during Daily 5 as well. I have given each child a suggested list of ways to help them study. For now, I will not ask students to turn in what has been done to study, but I will be able to notice results on spelling assessment if words were reviewed.  I am starting new spelling procedures, so this may change as we go!  THESE SPELLING WORDS ARE NOT FOR THOSE IN MRS. TRAMMELL'S GROUP. SHE IS COVERING SPELLING DURING CLASS TIME!


  • Ancient GREEK ASSESSMENT...I have changed the date again! The children were worn out today and we didn't make it as far in the review as I had planned. I would just like to take one more day in class to work on this.  I honestly think they are ready, but I want them to feel VERY confident! So, we take the assessment on THURSDAY!!!!!





Monday, August 25, 2014

What's going on....

Here is a glance at our week!

MATH - NBT.2 How do we use properties of addition to help us do mental math solve addition and subtraction problems? How can the properties of addition help me solve for an unknown variable? How can I quickly solve number sentence in my head?

Reading - RF1, 2, 3 - What do good readers think about while reading? In reading, we will work to finish our  book Hour of the Olympics.. They will begin working on book clubs and learning expectations for each job. Each book club job helps your child to apply different reading standards to books read in class.  I like to incorporate book clubs with the Daily 5 because they really get children to focus his/her reading. Plus, they enjoying talking about the books.  Books for book club are selected based on the child's reading level.  Here are the jobs below. The letters and numbers after the job refers to the reading standards that that job covers.

BOOK CLUB JOBS

Discussion Director -RL3.1 , RL 3.5 and RI 3.1, RI 3.5
Your job is to develop a list of questions that your group might want to discuss about this part of the book.  Don’t worry about the small details.  Your task is to help people talk over the big ideas in the reading and share their reactions.  Usually the best discussion questions come from your own thoughts, feelings, and concerns as you read.  Write your questions below, during or after your reading.  Please generate at least five questions.

Summarize-RL 3.2 and RI 3.2, RI 3.7
Your job is to prepare a brief summary of today’s reading.  The other members of your group will be counting on you to give a quick statement that conveys the idea, the key points, the main highlights, the essence of today’s reading.

Word Hunter RL 3.3 and RI 3.3
Your job is to be on the look out for a few (at least 3) especially important words in today’s reading.  If you find words that are puzzling or unfamiliar, mark the page with paper while you are reading.  You may also run across familiar words that stand out somehow in the reading---words that are repeated a lot, used in an unusual way, or a key to the meaning of the text.
  1. Write the word.
  2. Page and paragraph
  3. Definition
  4. Why did you select the word?

Character Analysis RL 3.3 and RL 3.5 (Non for Reading Informational)
Your job is think about the one of the main characters of a book and how he/she interacts with others or acts in events of the book. You will use a graphic organizer to complete a detailed "analysis" of the character.


Social Studies - Our Democratic Heritage-SS3H1, SS3G1, SS3CG1What is a democracy? What are the differences and similarities of direct and representative democracies?  I hope to assess these standards next Tuesday!

Writing:  W4 - How do I organize my writing and use the writing process to organize my work?

Grammar - What are nouns and how do I use them correctly in a sentence?

Homework:  Read for 20 min a night or 80 min a week. 
Complete BOTH sides of Drop in the Bucket.  This will be due Friday. I may add an additional math sheet later this week if I feel the children are independent enough for the practice of new information taught during class time.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Whats going on...

Here is a glance at our week!!


DON'T FORGET!! Third Grade Curriculum night is this Thursday, August 21 at 6:30pm.  We will be meeting as a grade level to discuss the third grade curriculum and other grade level information! If you will not be able to attend, we will have the PowerPoint to share with you!


If you would like to participate in activities with our class or at our school, please make sure to attend a Volunteer Training.  Here are the final two dates!
Thu Aug 28, 2014   7:00pm – 8:00pm
Sat Sep 6, 2014   9:00am – 10:00am


Math: NBT 1 How do I round whole numbers to the nearest ten or hundred? How are digits in a number related? What are the different ways to show the value of a number?  We really focused on rounding today and will begin working on solving story problems by demonstrating an understanding of place value and other properties.   Below is a Student Learning Map that will let you know what our essential questions and concepts are for this unit! These are also posted on the tab at the top of the page!


Unit 1 - Numbers and Operations


Reading:  What do good readers think about while reading? In reading, we will start reading the book Hour of the Olympics. This book goes GREAT with our Social Studies standards. We will continue to work on the Daily 5. We will also focus on identify the setting and details of the setting.


Social Studies - Our Democratic Heritage-SS3H1, SS3G1, SS3CG1 What influence does ancient Greek democracy have on the modern democracy in the United States of America?  We will start Science during the last four weeks of the quarter!

Drops In The Bucket:  These worksheets will be used for weekly homework. They will be given to students on Mondays and are DUE BY FRIDAY.  For this week, the students will be asked to do one side only! This week is the Math side. Next week, both sides will be assigned for homework and will be due by Friday.

Please don't forget to send in snacks daily!  If anyone would like to send in a healthy snack, I would love to have some in the room for those days when a student forgets his/her snack. Thanks!

Monday, August 11, 2014

What's going on.....

I hope you had a great weekend!  Here is a glance of what we will be working on this week.

If you have not completed the Parent Questionnaire, please do so. I am trying to get a list of all emails! PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE


Math: NBT 1 How do I round whole numbers to the nearest ten or hundred? How are digits in a number related? What are the different ways to show the value of a number.

Today we worked on the different ways to show the value of a number.  If your child has me for math, there is a baggie with some cards in it. Your child can practice finding  the value of a number for these cards.

 For example: how to identify the value of a number when written like this:
 
3 hundreds
12 tens
5 ones.
This number would be 425.


Reading:  What do good readers think about while reading? In reading, we will start reading the book Hour of the Olympics. This book goes GREAT with our Social Studies standards. They will begin working on book clubs and learning expectations for each job. Each book club job helps your child to apply different reading standards to books read in class. Below is a list of the jobs. Be sure to ask your child what his/her job is for Hour of the Olympics.

We will also start modeling and practicing the Daily 5.  Information about the Daily 5 is posted on the tab at the top of the blog. Due to scheduling and making sure the needs of all students are met, I will be modifying how I use Daily 5. I will still include the 5 components during reading time.

Reading Homework: -

Nightly Reading: For homework, your child will be asked to read for 20 minutes a night OR 80 minutes a week. Some parents prefer the 20 minutes a night; however, others know they have activities one night and need to adjust amount of times read on other nights to get in all required minutes of reading. Please do what works best for your child. Please record nightly reading in the AGENDA. Have YOUR CHILD write the title of the book and the number of minutes read in the Agenda. I showed them the best place to do this on Monday.

Writing: How do I use the Writing Process to complete a published writing? We will read The Important Book and then write The More Important Book.

Social Studies - Our Democratic Heritage-SS3H1, SS3G1, SS3CG1 What influence does ancient Greek democracy have on the modern democracy in the United States of America?  We will start Science during the last four weeks of the quarter!

Drops In The Bucket:  These worksheets will be used for weekly homework. They will be given to students on Mondays and are DUE BY FRIDAY.  For this week and next week, the students will be asked to do one side only! This week is the Language Arts side. In three weeks, both sides will be assigned for homework and will be due by Friday.

Please don't forget to send in snacks daily!  If anyone would like to send in a healthy snack, I would love to have some in the room for those days when a student forgets his/her snack. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

First Day

We had a WONDERFUL first day! I really enjoyed getting to know your children today!  We seem to have a GREAT bunch!


PLEASE make sure that you have completed the parent questionnaire either online or by paper!
I hope to get a "group" email up and going soon!


CLICK HERE FOR QUESTIONNAIRE!


Thanks so much for all the supplies as well! I really is amazing how much we go through and it will not go to waste!


PLEASE let me know if your child seems to be anxious or nervous about school. I want to do all I can to calm those nerves. As a parent, I know how helpless and hard it is to watch your child stress!


Thanks again! I will keep you updated!



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Parent Questionnaire

PLEASE complete the following quick Parent Questionnaire so I know how to best help meet the needs of your child!


CLICK HERE FOR QUESTIONNAIRE!