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 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Whats going on.....

Here is a glance at our week!




Math- MCC3.G.1 - MCC3.G.2 : What are differences and similarities between polygons and quadrilaterals? We have worked very hard comparing quadrilaterals and identifying "attributes" of geometric figures.     Below is the Student Learning Map of what we will be discussing in this unit! 


Geometry Student Learning Map


Science: S3L1. Students will investigate the habitats of different organisms and the dependence of 
RECYCLED ITEMS NEEDED!
Grammar - How do I identify the subject and predicate of a sentence?
Homework this week




Reading  and Writing : RI 1, 2, 3 - This week we will be reading a non-fictional text titled Trapped by the Ice . We will work on using context clues, identifying cause and effect relationships, and sequence events.  This text is about Earnest Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica and how his crew survived many months trapped on the icy islands of Antarctica.   
We will also be reading about Mary McLeod Bethune and her contributions to civil rights, obstacles she overcame, and her accomplishments.

 Next week we will begin researching 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. 

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. 

I am in need of some recycled items for a class projected 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!


Study spelling words  - test Friday
Read for 20 min a night or 80 min a week
Read the Week 10 newspaper and complete questions (REFER to the text in newspaper to help you answer questions!)  Reading the newspaper may count towards the 20 min of reading.
Drop in the Bucket - both sides due Friday!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What's going on.....

Happy New Year!!!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and break! Here is a glance at our first week of 2015!

Math- MCC3.G.1 - MCC3.G.2 : What are differences and similarities between polygons and quadrilaterals? We will start our unit on geometry. We will discuss the shapes and attributes of polygons.  Below is the Student Learning Map of what we will be discussing in this unit! 

Geometry Student Learning Map


Reading  and Writing : RI 1, 2, 3   
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.   

This week we will begin our study on Georgia Habitats and plant and animal adaptations. Using informational text, we will read about each Georgia Habitat and identify the main idea and supporting details of the text.  The children will research and take notes on habitats and work on a STEM project related to habitats. On Thursday we will dive back into the WeDo Lego robots and design a device that will help zoo employees safely feed animals in their zoo habitat. The Habitat/Zoo project will review area and perimeter standards and include opinion writing standards.  


Next week, we will begin reading an informational story titled "Trapped By the Ice." (I think it will feel like this outside Wed.  and Thursday :) )We will discuss sequence of events and cause and effect relationships!

Grammar:  What are the subject and predicates of a sentence?

Homework this week for Mrs. Harris' class:
Read 20 min a night or 60 min a week.
Complete area and perimeter math sheet/DUE Friday
Read Week 6 newspaper and answer questions on worksheet (Due Friday) When students are reading the newspaper, this can also count as some of their 20 min of  reading. 






Monday, December 15, 2014

What's going on...



WOW!!! I can not believe this is the last week before Christmas and the last week of the semester!  We have a CRAZY schedule with PBL this week, but we will continue to finish up some standards. Here is what our days will look like!

8:00-8:35 - Math - We will be reviewing/reteaching previous standards and really working on word problems that require addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.

8:35-9:05 -  Activity

9:05- 9:45 - Science - Fossil formation and types of fossils -- QUICK Assessment for this on Friday morning

9:45-10:15 - Reading and Writing - Finish up Susan B. Anthony ( Assessment on Wednesday) read Christmas Narratives, and informational writing

10:15-10:45 - Recess

10:45-11:35-  Reading and Writing - Finish up Susan B. Anthony ( Assessment on Wednesday) read Christmas Narratives, and informational writing - Some crafts as well!

11:35 - Pack up

11:48 - 12:15 Lunch

12:30-2:20 PBL

Friday's schedule will be adjusted even more. We have the Sing-along at 9:45am, and  PBL will be earlier so we can start our class party at 1:30!

I'm tired just writing about the week!  :)


CHRISTMAS PARTY INFO
We are planning the class Holiday party which will held on Friday, December 19 at 1:30. The kids will be doing a used book exchange so we are asking everyone to bring in a gently used book that is wrapped. I have had many volunteers offer to send in snacks and goodies! Thanks to all!!


HOMEWORK-- The only homework will be to review as needed for Susan B. Anthony assessment on Wednesday and Fossil Assessment on Friday. We  WILL be reviewing in class, so there really should not be a great need to stress at home over this.  I PROMISE!  I added a Susan B. Review to the blog just in case! (See post below this one!)



Review on Susan B. Anthony

Use the link below to review for Susan B. Anthony Assessment.

PREZI on Susan B.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What's going on THE NEXT TWO WEEKS!

I hope you all had a wonderful break and Thanksgiving!  The children started back great! It is so hard to believe that we only have 2 and a half weeks until Christmas Break! I know this is a very busy time of year, but we have a lot to cover! I have two parents that will be planning our Christmas party! I should be emailing more information soon for this!

Here is a glance at our next TWO weeks.

Reading: RI 1, 2, 3, and 5 and Social Studies – Our Democratic Heritage-SS3H1, SS3G1, SS3CG1  Who is Susan B. Anthony? What influence did she have on equal rights?
 Each student also started a Christmas or Winter narrative that they will be reading in class. The week before Christmas break, they will be working IN CLASS on a project about the book they are reading.  In addition, we will continue to work on identify main ideas and supporting details and cause and effect relationships.  Susan B. Anthony assessment will tentatively be NEXT Thursday, December 11. 

Writing: We are finishing up our independent opinion papers and next week will start writing informational papers.

Math- MD 5- Area - We are staring our new unit on the relationship between multiplication and addition and area.   This week we will focus on what area means and how to find the area of squares and rectangles. Next week we will work on solving area and perimeter word problems.

Science: S3E1 a, b, c ,d and S3E2 a, b - Rocks, Minerals, Soils and Fossils - We have discussed in depth how weathering and erosion can change the shape of rocks, minerals and soil.  We will assess on Rocks, Minerals, and Soil TUESDAY. I know I mentioned Friday in the agenda...I just want a few more days to have the children engaged in discussions and activities.  This week we explored the color, particle size, and water absorption of different soils.  

GrammarHow do I identify  root words, suffixes and prefixes? How do suffixes and prefixes change the meaning of root words? What are adjectives and how do they make our writing more detailed?

This week's homework is the usual! We will not have Spelling or Drops in the Buckets the next two weeks.  I know it is a busy time. I will send home review or other worksheets to help practice for upcoming assessments.  The last week before break is Project Based Learning. The children are excited we added a week in December. There are many wonderful opportunities for the children to experience this week.

What's going on in school this week/month...
December 15-19 Project Based Learning - 12:30-2:20pm
December 19, RBES Sing-Along, 9:45 in the gym
December 19, Class Christmas Party, 1:30