Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DA$H Goals

The Dash is FRIDAY!!!!  During a class meeting a few weeks ago, our class set goals to do our part so we could help earn money for some more robotics at RBES.  Below are the two goals we have made and a graph to show our progress.   In order to meet our goal, we need every student to get at least ONE SPONSOR.  If you lost your child's green sponsor sheet, just write it on a sheet of paper and sign it and send it in to me!  We are only 1 person shy or meeting our second goal of at least have the class have 3 or more sponsors.  PLEASE help us get one sponsor for child!!!!



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

HATS information

Click here to see information about costumes for HATS!! Don't forget our play is THURSDAY!!!!!

DRESS REHEARSAL IS TUESDAY!!!

What's going on....

We had a GREAT field trip! I was so happy I was able to get back and go with the class! It made my morning when they got excited I was here and going with them! You have such sweet, caring children.  You would be touched, as I was, with the number of cards and notes they have left on my desk for my mother and I. I shared them with her at the hospital and she thought is was so sweet! Thanks!!

Final grades will be posted and available on Power School October 17. Printed report cards will be sent home in Friday folders on this day also.

Here is the blog post for the rest of this week and next week! 


MATH: OA1 - What is the relationship between Multiplication and Division?  We continue to look at  different strategies to help us solve multiplication problems. We will to study what division "looks like" and analyze how it is related to multiplication. The children will practice solving multiplication and division problems this week. 

MULTIPLICATION FACTS -- 
It is time for the students to begin practicing the multiplication facts through 10s!!!!  Research shows that students learn the facts better mixed up as opposed to learning all the 2s and testing, then 3s and testing...etc.  I want students to really use stratgies to take the facts they DO know to figure out the facts that are  hard. For example...if 4x6 is hard. I want the children to say, "Well...I know that 4x5 is 20 so if I add 4 more it is 24!"  We will try to take a timed test weekly or every other week. We will also do some practice in class. Thursday or Friday of next week we will make flashcards of the harder facts to memorize.  We will also graph our progress of how many facts we can get correct in 3 minutes.  The children know where the website is to practice the facts as well! 
Reading: RF 1, 2,3 and RI 1, 2, 3:  What do good readers think about while reading informational and narrative  text?  This week we will finish Paul Revere and have a quick assessment tomorrow. PLEASE don't stress..the children know this and if I have assessed to soon, I will reteach and reassess.  I will have a short study sheet tonight.  
Next week, we will work on reading informational text about our government and each child will read a narrative at his/her reading level. We will continue to work on setting of a narrative, main idea, and supporting details.  
Social Studies CG1: The student will explain the importance of the basic principles that provide the foundation of a republican form of government. We will learn about the three branches of government and the three levels of government. The vocabulary for these is often difficult for third graders to remember. Use the student learning map below to help review the branches and levels.
Democratic Heritage Learning Map

Science - S3P2 Students will investigate magnets and how they affect other magnets and common objects.

A. Investigate to find common objects that are attracted to magnets.

B. Investigate how magnets attract and repel each other.

Click here is the Student Learning Map on Magnets!! 

Word Work  

Vocabulary Words of the Week : claim specific/specifically

Spelling Pattern of the Week:  short a and e

Writing: How do I write an opinion paper that includes details to support my opinion? In class they will be working on writing an independent opinion paper. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

What's going on.....


Thanks you all so very much for all your donations and help these last few weeks with the Lego Robotics, Greek Festival, and Smores...well...when we get more solar energy than we have had lately!  The children have really been engaged in their learning and these activities help them make meaningful connections. I am grateful!!!!!!



***Picture retakes are tomorrow. If you want your child's picture re-taken, I must have a note!



MATH: OA1 - What is the relationship between Multiplication and Division?  We will be looking at different strategies to help us solve multiplication problems. We will to study what division "looks like" and analyze how it is related to multiplication.





Reading: RF 1, 2,3 and RI 1, 2, 3:  What do good readers think about while reading informational text?  This week we will continue to work on learning our Social Studies standards on Paul Revere and talk about his Midnight Ride.   We will also use our informational reading strategies to research Magnets and our Democracy.  The children will use a Blog I created on Magnets to research the Magnet standards.  They may use their device for this if they want to bring them.



  In addition, we will be reading an informational newspaper and book that tells how our government is organized.  Here are the Social Studies Standards for these.

Social Studies CG1: The student will explain the importance of the basic principles that provide the foundation of a republican form of government. We will learn about the three branches of government and the three levels of government. The vocabulary for these is often difficult for third graders to remember. Use the student learning map below to help review the branches and levels.



Democratic Heritage Learning Map



On Tuesday, October 7, we will be taking a field trip to the  Oconee County Courthouse, old Oconee County Jail, and Eagle Tavern.  We are leaving school at 8:30 am and will return at 12:30. We will eat lunch at school when we get back! This is a great field trip! We get to see the Local Level of government and the 3 branches of government hands on!  This trip ties in perfectly with our government standards!  If you have not done so, please turn in $3.00 and a permission slip.  We are only allowed to have two chaperones for this trip and those spots are taken. I am so sorry!



Science - S3P2 Students will investigate magnets and how they affect other magnets and common objects.

A. Investigate to find common objects that are attracted to magnets.

B. Investigate how magnets attract and repel each other.

Click here is the Student Learning Map on Magnets!!

Word Work  

Vocabulary Words of the Week : characterize and strategy

Spelling Pattern of the Week:  Long u patterns

Writing: How do I write an opinion paper that includes details to support my opinion?



Grammar:  We have been working on nouns throughout many lessons. I gave a short formative assessment and the children did really well!  Many students need to work on possessive nouns, so we will continue to work on those.  We work weekly on punctuation, capitalization, and other rules of convention.  We will start pronouns next!


Homework: 

 DROP IN THE BUCKET THIS WEEK Due Friday



WORK ON INSULATION PROJECT DUE MONDAY!  The students wrote down some "deadlines" so they would not wait until the last minute!!!!! You may bring them in whenever!



Spelling : Study spelling words throughout the week. We will work on  practicing these words in class during Daily 5 as well.

 

Monday, September 22, 2014

What's going on.....



MATH: OA1 - What is the relationship between Multiplication and Division?  Today we began Unit 2.  We will review strategies for learning multiplication and discuss the relationship between multiplication and division.  Before we start to really memorize facts, we will make sure that the students really understand what multiplication means. I have added the new UNIT 2 Learning Map to the page titled "Student Learning Maps for Math."


Reading:RF 1, 2,3 and RI 1, 2, 3:  What do good readers think about while reading informational text?  When children are working in small groups with me, we will continue to work on what informational text looks like and strategies that will help us better understand informational text.  We will FINISH  Who was Paul Revere? and discuss how he impacted our democracy.  We will do an analysis of Paul Revere and identify his strengths and weaknesses! We will also look at text features in informational text.

Word Work  
Vocabulary Words of the Week : cause and structure
Spelling Pattern of the Week:  Long o patterns
WOW Word - culprit

Writing: How do I write an opinion paper that includes details to support my opinion? - I will be introducing transition words and conferencing with students this week. 

Science: What colors tend to absorb more heat than others?



Homework: 
NO DROP IN THE BUCKET THIS WEEK!

WORK ON INSULATION PROJECT DUE MONDAY!  The students wrote down some "deadlines" so they would not wait until the last minute!!!!! You may bring them in whenever!

Heat Assessment will be Thursday! I put a study guide on the blog. (under this post) We will do another study guide in class on Tuesday and Wednesday!

Math worksheet on pictographs: DUE Wednesday -

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!  

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We are starting our multiplication and division unit which involves making equal groups and dividing items into equal groups. I have created a Math Blog to give us ideas of things that come in groups.  Please go to the Math Blog, linked below, and read how you can take pictures and email them to the Blog. 


 IF you find something that comes in groups, just email the image to aharris36.mathblog@blogger.com. The image will automatically post to the blog!  The link to the actual blog is below! 

Mrs. Harris Math Blog