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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Heat Review

We will not end our Heat Unit until next week, but I made this since some of the vocabulary is so challenging.  I will show it to the class tomorrow!


HEAT Review

Monday, September 15, 2014

What's going on....

It is a busy week at RBES. We go to the book fair tomorrow morning at 8:30 am.  If your child has someone special coming to eat lunch, our lunch starts at 11:35 am.  The Chick-fil-a/ STEAM night is tomorrow night as well! 

Math: MD.4 How do I analyze data on a line plot, pictograph, and/or bar graph?  We will be looking at different types of data and organizing data using different graphs. 


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 continue Who was Paul Revere? and discuss how he impacted our democracy.  We will really begin to focus on "referencing the text" and finding evidence from the book to support our answers.

Word Work  
Vocabulary Words of the Week : summarize and anticipate
Spelling Pattern of the Week:  Long i patterns
WOW Word - ponder

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

Science: What are conductors and insulators? What is the relationship between conductors and insulators?

Homework: 

  •  Drop in the Bucket- Both sides DUE Friday.
  • Read for 20 min a night or 80 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
  • Line plot worksheet--DUE TUESDAY!
TOMORROW I will tell the students about a class project coming up. Each student will make an insulator for homework. The insulator will be due BY Monday, September 29!  Here is the information about the project!

Science Project – Insulator Project

Next week your child will begin learning about insulation.  To go along with this project, he/she will build an insulator to prevent a piece of ice from melting for as long as possible.

The following rules apply:
1. No liquid may be used.
2. It must have a removable lid/top.
3. It must be able to hold the piece of ice.
4. It must not be a manufactured insulator (a product sold for the purpose of keeping items cold, for example, simply bringing in an insulated coffee mug is not a ).
5. It can contain no frozen components.
6. It is the responsibility of the student to supply all materials for the insulator.
7. The insulator is to be built by the student.  Help is fine but there was a student last year who did not know how to open their insulator because “Uncle built it”. 

We will hold a contest to see whose ice melts last on Monday, September 29. The insulator will STOP heat from trying to move towards the area where the ice is placed.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Book Fair and CFA STEAM Night

The whole school is excited about our upcoming Book Fair next Monday - Friday (until 10:00am)  An amazing selection of books is headed our way!

At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents.
Mark your calendar for our Family Event where the whole family can join in the fun. And, you can contribute books to your child's classroom library.   CLICK "READ MORE" to see the weekly schedule!
If you are out of town or can't make it to our Book Fair,
you can also help support our school by shopping online.
  • Send wish lists to family and friends
  • All orders ship free to the school
  • Browse an expanded book selection - including Storia eBooks



  • Mon, Sept 15
    8:00 - 2:30
    10:50 AM-12:55 PM
    Lunchtime Family Event:
    Grandparent Lunch: Adult $3.50 Child $2.15
  • Tues, Sept 16
    8:00 - 2:30
    5:30 PM-7:30 PM
    Evening Family Event:
    Family Fun Night CFA (must pre-order food) and STEAM NIGHT!
    10:50 AM-12:55 PM
    Lunchtime Family Event:
    Grandparent Lunch: Adult $3.50 Child $2.15
  • Wed, Sept 17
    8:00 - 2:30
    10:50 AM-12:55 PM
    Lunchtime Family Event:
    Grandparent Lunch: Adult $3.50 Child $2.15
  • Thurs, Sept 18
    8:00 - 2:30
    10:50 AM-12:55 PM
    Lunchtime Family Event:
    Grandparent Lunch: Adult $3.50 Child $2.15
  • Fri, Sept 19
    8-10 am

Greek Arts and Craft Festival

Friday, Sept. 26, I would like to celebrate our study of Ancient Greece. The
children voted to have a Greek Arts and Craft Day.  If you would be
willing to provide some type of "Greek" snack or help with a craft,
please let me know!

The children will select from the following activities what they would like to complete.

* Tasting station - Greek foods like grapes or other ideas
* Greek Pottery - Mrs. Pinneau is going to give us some clay!
*Statutes-- Need some white modeling clay for this PLEASE!
*Olympic Torch 

*Greek Shield 
* Mythical Character creation - Zeus or Medusa - NEED SOME PAPER TOWEL
ROLLS OR TOILET PAPER ROLLS!

If you were able to attend the volunteer training from Mrs. Wages and
are free to come help with a station, I would be grateful!

Oconee Food for Kids


Putting the Rockets’ Way

into action

through

Contribution!


Oconee Food for Kids

To help bridge the food gap for some children during the weekend, sacks of kid-friendly

food are distributed every week to children in Oconee County.

 

The month of September Rocky Branch will be collecting:

 

Boxes of snack-sized microwave

 popcorn (10 per box)

 

Just send your popcorn donations to school with your child, or drop them off in the front office.  This is an excellent opportunity to have your child learn about Contribution – which is part of the Rockets’ Way!  Here are some ideas for how your child can be involved in this activity, rather than you just purchasing the item and sending it to school:

  • Allow your child to check prices for the popcorn.  Then, figure out a way that your child can earn that amount of money so he/she is purchasing the item for donation.
  • You could do a matching gift with your child.  For every box of popcorn that your child purchases with his/her money, you will purchase that many boxes with your money.
  • Split the cost of a box with your child.
  • Help your child decide a snack he/she will give up this week.  Then, use that money toward purchasing the popcorn.
  • Have your child look for coupons and sales for popcorn to get the most popcorn for your money!  You might need to do this with your child, depending on the age.

One of our goals is to help students learn to contribute to others for a greater good.  This is just one of the many opportunities your child will have this year to be a small part of something much larger!  - Beth Porter, Counselor