Weekly Update

October 21 Newsletter Reading:  We are starting a theme of stories this week that focus on the differences between realism and fantasy.  The two stories that the students will be reading are Dogzilla and The Stranger.  Each story will have classwork that the students will be expected to have finished and ready to turn in on Friday.


Reading Logs: Please remember that your child should be reading at least 80 minutes for homework each week (unless noted differently in their agendas).  With the beginning of the new quarter, I just wanted to remind everyone that I send the reading logs home each Monday and then collect them each Friday from the students.  If your child loses his/her log, they can ask me for a new one or you can print one from my website.


Word Study: The students will have their weekly test on Friday.  Please check your child’s agenda for their words. If your child is in the vocabulary group, he/she have their words and definitions in their homework folders.


Writing:  Each class is working on writing activities that are focused on October.  We will also be discussing the differences between common and proper nouns.


Math:  We will continue our unit on place value by comparing the value of numbers and ordering numbers from least to greatest and greatest to least. We will begin rounding numbers to the tens, hundreds, and thousands place. For the remainder of the year, homework that is due on Friday will be accepted the following Monday with no loss of points. Homework will be accepted until the following Friday with ten points deducted for being late. Homework assignments will not be accepted more than one week past their due date. 


Science: Beginning next week, we will learn about the various cycles that exist in nature. The different cycles that we will learn about are the phases of the moon, as well as the cycles of plants and animals. Be watching for a moon phase tracker to come home!


Social Studies: The Civics assessment will be this Wednesday, October 23. We will finish the week with their first alternative assessment. The next Social Studies unit will be an Economics unit. FYI - there will sometimes be a homework assignment with Social Studies or Science and students will always have up to two days to return before points are deducted for being late.


October 14 Newsletter

Reading:  On Wednesday, the students will be taking a Reading Assessment using PowerSchool online.  These assessments are set up much like the SOL test will be in the spring. The students will be required to read the selected passages and answer comprehension questions that are either multiple choice or TEI (technology enhanced questions).  The only “studying” that can be done is just discussing with your child how important it is to read carefully and look back at what they read while answering the questions.


Reading Logs:  Due to the shortened week, the students are required to read at least 60 minutes.  I will be collecting the Reading Logs on Thursday.


Word Study: Due to the shortened week, there will not be a weekly Word Study test.  We will be reviewing how to change singular nouns to plural nouns and the rules that apply to words when doing so.


Writing:  Each class is working on writing activities that are focused on October.  We will also be discussing the differences between common and proper nouns.


Math:  We took our graphing test last Friday.  If your child scored a 70% or below on this test, he/she has an opportunity to correct it for an improved grade.  The corrected test is due on Wednesday.  There is no other homework for this week.  We are beginning a new unit that will focus on place value.


Science: Our next unit will cover Life Cycles.


Social Studies: A study guide is on the back of this newsletter. The Civics test will be Wednesday, October 23. Please return the signed slip attached to the newsletter.



October 8 Newsletter

Reading:  This week, each of the classes will be reading the Scholastic News Issue that is about the Titanic.  The comprehension skill that we will focus on is Problem & Solution. The students will also join my Google Classroom for Reading.  At times, we will use the classroom to complete work and activities. Any assignments that are in the classroom should be completed at school.


Reading Logs:  If your child wants to read online using Scholastic News or RazKids, they are able to access both through my Clever Classroom.  Reading online can count on their reading logs as well. Please remember that this log is part of your child’s Reading Grade.


Word Study: Due to the shortened week, there will not be a weekly Word Study test.  We will be reviewing the rules of writing contractions.


Writing:  The students are continuing to finish their final copy of their Robot Paper.  We will be discussing parts of speech this week - focusing on Common Nouns and Proper Nouns.


Math:  Students received a study guide this week to complete for homework.  Our graphing test will be this Friday, October 11.   Please return the completed study guide by Friday for five extra credit points on the test.  There are examples of questions in the packet attached to the study guide that are very similar to the questions on the test.  


Science: The Soil quiz will be released to the students once all students who were absent on quiz day take the quiz. Once it is in your student’s Google account, they will be able to open the quiz and see the points that they received for each question. Their scores have been posted to PowerSchool.


Social Studies: We have begun our Civics unit. The test is tentatively scheduled for Monday, October 21. The study guide to sign and return will come home next Monday. Please continue to review the vocabulary flashcards that the students brought home. They will use the vocabulary in many different activities.



September 30 Newsletter

Reading:  On Wednesday, the students will be taking a Reading Assessment using PowerSchool online.  These assessments are set up much like the SOL test will be in the spring. The students will be required to read the selected passages and answer comprehension questions that are either multiple choice or TEI (technology enhanced questions).  The only “studying” that can be done is just discussing with your child how important it is to read carefully and look back at what they read while answering the questions.


Reading Logs:  Due to the shortened week, the students are required to read at least 60 minutes.  I will be collecting the Reading Logs on Thursday.


Word Study: Due to the shortened week, there will not be a weekly Word Study test.  We will be reviewing how to change singular nouns to plural nouns and the rules that apply to words when doing so.


Writing:  Each class is working on writing activities that are focused on October.  We will also be discussing the differences between common and proper nouns.


Math:  We took our graphing test last Friday.  If your child scored a 70% or below on this test, he/she has an opportunity to correct it for an improved grade.  The corrected test is due on Wednesday.  There is no other homework for this week.  We are beginning a new unit that will focus on place value.


Science: Our next unit will cover Life Cycles.


Social Studies: A study guide is on the back of this newsletter. The Civics test will be Wednesday, October 23. Please return the signed slip attached to the newsletter.




September 23 Newsletter

Reading:  This week, the students were given the opportunity to choose which Scholastic News they would like to read in class.  Since all of the students will be reading nonfiction text, we will be discussing NonFiction Text Features and Author’s Purpose.  


Word Study: The students wrote their words in their agendas today.  They will have their weekly test on Friday.


Writing: Each class is working on various writing activities, as well as reviewing Thinking Maps.  


Math: We are beginning a new unit on graphing this week.  Students will be collecting and organizing data into categories.  They will be creating graphs of the collected data. This week, we will focus on bar graphs. They have graphing homework for the week and a letter explaining what we will learn in this unit. 

*If your child brought home a Unit 1 test retake, please return it tomorrow.


Science: We continue our unit on soil. Please encourage your students to get out into your yard and dig - ask them questions about what they might see in the soil before you start. As a part of the unit, we will talk about ways to conserve soil. Please ask your students to share their thoughts as the unit progresses. The unit test will be next Tuesday, October 1. Refer to the study guide on the back of this newsletter. Please return the attached notice that you are aware of the test.


Social Studies: Our next unit will be a Civics unit. We will cover the responsibilities of good citizenship, and the purpose of the government and it’s laws.


                                          


September 16, 2019 Newsletter

Reading:  This week, the students will be reading from either a 3rd or 4th grade textbook.  The students will be working on vocabulary and comprehension activities that go along with their story.  Once the students have finished reading the story, they will be expected to take the AR test that will be counted as a grade in the gradebook.  The students are also working on their Daily Review #2 that is about a flier.  

Their Reading Logs will be due on Thursday with 

only 60 minutes of required reading due to the shortened week.


Word Study: Due to the shortened week, there will not be a test on Friday.  During this time in class, the students will be reviewing uppercase, cursive letters and writing Proper Nouns in cursive.


Writing: Each class is working on various writing activities, as well as reviewing Thinking Maps.  


Math: Students brought home a study guide today.  We will take our first unit test on Thursday.  We will continue to work with various models of multiplication and division to prepare for the test.  At this point, students should be beginning to “just know” the answers to some multiplication and division problems.  When they don’t know the answer, they should be able to choose a strategy and use it efficiently to find the solution.   We have used equal groups, arrays, skip counting, number lines, and picture representations most often as strategies. This week, we will focus on fact families as a new strategy.


Science: We will soon begin our unit on Soil - it looks to be a fun time! Students may get a little dirty, but nothing that will not clean up with soap and water! Students will be bringing a bag home to collect a sample of soil from your yard.


Social Studies: We just completed our unit on Geography - the quiz was today. If your student needs to make corrections for grade improvement, they will be bringing their quiz home. They are allowed to use their Geography note pages that came home on Friday for assistance with corrections. The next Social Studies unit will be Civics.


September 9, 2019 Newsletter Reading:
  This week, as a whole group, the students will be discussing how we make predictions and draw conclusions as we are reading.  Based on the PALS data, I have divided the students into groups for Word Study and Reading. The students will be working on assignments based on their group for reading.  I will be sending home a letter in our Wednesday folder about how our reading class will work.


Word Study: The students will have their weekly test on Friday.  Be sure to check your child’s agenda for a list of their words.  


Writing: Each class is working on various writing activities, as well as reviewing Thinking Maps.  


Math:  Since school started, we have been focusing on models of multiplication.  This week, we will begin to investigate division. We will see how the same strategies we used to multiply, can help us to determine a missing factor.  Division can be a challenging concept for many. Multiplication and division are focused on in two additional units during the year. This is not the only time this year that they will receive instruction on this topic.


Science: The next unit that students will have is on Soil. Students will come to an understanding of why soil is important to the Earth.


Social Studies: The students are working on a Geography unit as a precursor to studying about the ancient civilizations of Mali, Rome, Greece, Egypt, and China later in the year. We will learn about the geography on the continents that is important to the early cultures.


September 3rd Newsletter

Reading:  This week, we will finish up our PALS Assessment.  While I am assessing the students, they will be reviewing comprehension skills and writing skills. I am looking forward to starting small group instruction with the students next week.


Word Study: Due to the holiday, the students will not receive new Word Study words this week and will not have a test on Friday.  The students will be using the words from the past two weeks to complete Word Study activities.


Writing: During Reading class, the students are reviewing writing lowercase letters and words in cursive.  The students will be revisiting how we use a Double Bubble Map when we are comparing and contrasting topics.


Math:  This week, we will be working with arrays as a model of multiplication.  We will be creating arrays, matching arrays to given problems, and using arrays to determine the product of multiplication problems.  The fact practice homework sheet is due on Friday.


Science: The students did a great job with our science experiments. These were just for the purpose of introducing them to the Scientific Method and we will do more as the year progresses.


Social Studies: During the unit that we begin this week, students will discover that the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America have unique geographic features. We will explore the major rivers, mountain ranges, and other geographic features of each continent.

3rd Grade Newsletter

Week of August 26th, 2019

Mrs. Lilley, Mrs. Rickert, & Mrs. Zinn

Reading:  This week, the students will continue on reviewing comprehension skills and learning the rotations during Reading Class.  I began PALS testing today and we be individually assessing students this week and next. Once PALS is complete, then small group instruction will begin.


Word Study: The students are doing great learning about activities and expectations for Word Study!  This week, we will have another sort that should be a review sort for most students. Please be sure to check your child’s agenda for the list of words.


Writing:  Last week, we brainstormed ideas that had to do with hatching a dragon egg.  We started our narrative by giving details about the egg and how it hatched. This week, we will finish the narrative by telling about what happened after the dragon hatched.  


Math:  We have been exploring the concept of multiplication.  Students started by exploring things that come in groups.  We have identified strategies that help us to determine the total number when you have multiple groups.  We have used repeated addition, skip counting, and equal group pictures to help us solve multiplication problems.  We will be working on arrays and number lines this week. We will complete the Investigations math assessment for the beginning of the year. For homework, students will solve multiplication problems using a strategy that works for them.  


Science: The students are learning how to be Scientists! We have spent countless minutes drawing and writing about our drawing so that it becomes a natural part of the process. We will be working through some quick, simple experiments this week to further explore the Scientific Method.


Social Studies: The students will begin their first unit after Labor Day. It will be a unit on maps and connect to the areas of the globe that we will study this year.

                                                



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