Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What's going on.....

I am sooooo glad to be back on a regular routine!  Last week was fun and the play was wonderful; however, the routine is nice!!!   BTW...it is still early...but it looks like our class made our DA$H GOALS!!!   Be sure to help your child collect donations and send them in as soon as you can!! 

 Here is a glance at our week!

MATH: OA1 - What is the relationship between Multiplication and Division?  This week and last week we continued to explore multiplication and division, and we discussed common story problem situations that multiplication and division could be used to solve.  We are working hard to make sure that we show our work , write an equation that matches the story problem, and label our answers with the correct unit.  This week we will write our own story problems and practice solving them. We should be ready to assess our first multiplication and division unit NEXT Tuesday!

MULTIPLICATION FACTS -- 
Students should practice 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. Ask your child how they are doing on their goals for learning facts!


 Reading: RI 1, 2, 3, and 5 and Social Studies – Our Democratic Heritage-SS3H1, SS3G1, SS3CG1  Who is Fredrick Douglass? What influence did he have on equal rights? We will complete a book club on the Fredrick Douglass biography and discuss his influences on equal rights.  We will also begin a book study on Judy Moody Declares Independence.  We will review Reading Liteary standards and work on character analysis. We will also compare this book to our reading of Who Was Paul Revere.

Science - S3P2 Students will investigate magnets and how they affect other magnets and common objects.  Magnet test will be on Friday. I sent home a study sheet today and posted a MAGNET REVIEW on the blog under this post!

Click here is the Student Learning Map on Magnets!! 

Word Work  

Vocabulary Words of the Week : class/classify and significant

Spelling Pattern of the Week:  short a and e - redo from last week

$100 Word - wallop
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. 

PUMPKIN FUN!!!

On Friday, we will begin studying character analysis on the main characters of our stories, and we will do an analysis on Fredrick Douglass.  On October 31 as a  time to "sharpen our saw", I would like to do a fun activity to let the students analyze the main characters from one of his/her favorite books.

Each child will pick a character from a book they have read or they are currently reading. They will create a character analysis graphic organizer on the character. Then, the students will brainstorm a way to decorate a small pie pumpkin to represent that character. The character analysis graphic organizer and brainstorming will be done for homework NEXT WEEK. . We will decorate the pumpkin in class on Friday, October 31 from 9:40-10:30 am.  If possible, please send in a small pie pumpkin. I will provide, yarn, paint, and other crafts supplies that may be needed. If your child thinks his/her character needs some special material from home to help with the character analysis, feel free to have them bring it in. For example, last year a student did “Captain Underpants.” I am sure you can guess what was brought from home!

Also, if you attended the volunteer training and would be willing to come and work with some students and help me, I would love the assistance. It can be a messy project, but the Character Pumpkins turn out so cute. When all the pumpkins are done, the children will write a Character Biography on his/her pumpkin!

If someone would be willing to donate a yummy fall snack and drink or an extra pumpkin, we would love it!

Magnet Review

Link to Magnet Review

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.