Weekly Update

Newsletter for May 18, 2020

Reading:  This week, I have planned the activities that we would normally be doing in the classroom the last week of school.  There are three activities that the students can choose from ~ Digital Memory Book, Reading Escape the Classroom, and Language Arts Escape the Classroom.  If your child chooses to create the Digital Memory Book, please encourage him/her to share it with me.  I would love to see their finished products.  :)  

I have also included a letter with our newsletter that I would like for you to read and then share with your child.


Math: Since we didn’t get to take a field trip this year, you can take a virtual one to Disney World. There are only a few math questions for you to answer on your “field trip”. I am also posting the last review activity.  It has review questions about almost everything that we covered this year.    


Science: Many students have yet to complete the last activity which has them exploring zoos and aquariums from all over the world, commenting on what they saw, and finally building an ecosystem/habitat of their choice. I have added an Animal Matching puzzle that plays like concentration for students to do. As your student completes the science activities, I am adding them to the coding page. They are free to choose from these activities what they want to do. 

Ecosystem flipgrids Dear Diary: What I Saw at the Zoo flipgrids


Social Studies: Any social studies activity that is in the Google classroom from the year is available to your student. 



Newsletter for May 11, 2020

Reading:  The students that participated in the Rainbow Squirrel Adventure Writing last week did a GREAT job!!  I will be emailing families to see about using your child’s work in a powerpoint, so be on the lookout for that from me.  For this week, I would like for the students to read different types of fiction.  I have chosen to use IXL lessons on Historical, Science, and Realistic Fiction.  Once your child is done with the lessons, I would like him/her to complete the Exit Ticket that is with this week’s assignment.


Vocabulary:  The students will be reviewing using Context Clues.  We had done this multiple times during the school year, so this shouldn’t be anything new.  There are two IXL lessons that I would like for them to complete.


Writing:  The students will be reviewing the mechanics of writing abbreviations of street and state names using IXL.


Math:  You did it!  You have finished all of the topics in math. For the rest of the “year”, we will work on reviewing skills. We worked on balancing equations a little this year, but didn’t focus on it, so that will be our first review skill.


Science: I hope that the students enjoyed making their slide as much as I did! For the coming week, there are a couple things going on. The slide show is great and I will also be asking for permission to share with Bedford County.

First, you will see an activity on Animal Relationships where you will explore food chains and food webs. There is a PBS video to watch and then a website to explore. After exploring the website, there are games to play which allow you to build food chains and webs. Let me know in a PRIVATE message what your highest chain or web is.

The second activity is optional but I would love to have as much participation as possible: you will make an additional slide to show another type of adaptation: in other words, if you did a physical adaptation, try making a slide with a behavioral adaptation for your animal. 


Social Studies: Students should feel free to explore any of the previously done topics in my Google Classroom for Social Studies. Once we are done with our last two science topics, we will do some coding! Yeah!



Newsletter for April 27, 2020

Reading:  Mrs. Winfrey and I have teamed up this week using a new Scholastic News Issue titled “Were You Tricked?”.  Within that issue is a short article titled “Rainbow Squirrel” that the students will need to read.  We have posted our assignments together in my Google Classroom. We are very excited to see the students’ writing and artwork this week.  


Writing: For writing this week, you will see two kinds of IXL Lessons for the students to work on.  One set of lessons is on Descriptive Details and the other set of lessons is on Identifying/Creating Complete Sentences.  These sets of lessons will help with the writing activities that are incorporated in both reading and science this week.


Math:  This week, we will continue to focus on Probability.  I have posted a short video that you can watch just for fun.  There is one IXL assignment posted. We will also look at probability in a different way this week as we determine all of the possible outcomes for an event or determine a missing outcome.  


Science: Moving on to Animal Adaptations. This should be an interesting and fun week for us. It will also provide a way for all of us to interact in the same project so we need to be very careful that we do not disturb the work that is in the project before ours! The assignment for students this week is Animal Adaptations. Before completing the activity, there will be a study guide for students to download, a Discovery video to watch, and two quick “how-to” videos to watch (thank you Mrs. Cope). Then, students will CONTACT me for an animal. Students will only be able to complete the activity once we have worked together to assign an animal - they will be able to choose but they must follow the activity directions in order to do so. The final part of the assignment is to follow the directions in the activity for completing the slide based on what they find out about their animal. Once the week is over, we will have a beautiful slideshow on Animal Adaptations that I will put to music for us to watch and comment upon!


Social Studies: I have a link in my Google classroom to Career Town - the students have worked on this with Ms. Horton in the past and have enjoyed doing so. It is not required but might provide some down time activities. 


Just remember that no matter what you do - when you complete an assignment in Google Classroom, make sure that you turn it in or mark as done. That way we know to look at the completed activity.


Counselor’s Corner: here is a link to Ms. Horton’s student survey. Please have your student try to take this in a timely manner.

Newsletter for April 20, 2020

Reading:  This week, you will be focusing on Problem and Solution.  The new Scholastic News Issue is available online - Can Cows Save Our Planet.  In my Google Classroom, you will find activities that focus around the article titled - Can Cows Change The Climate.  When you complete an activity, please make sure you click “SUBMIT” at the bottom of the form.  There are several IXL Lessons that review Text Structure that I have included in the assignment for this week. Once you reach 80% on a lesson, you can stop that lesson and move on to the next lesson.


Vocabulary: Instead of Spelling this week, I would like for you to work on Vocabulary Development using IXL.  The lessons that I would like for you to work on are CC 1 - 3: Multiple Meaning Words.  Once you reach 80% on a lesson, you can stop that lesson and move on to the next lesson.


Writing: There is no assigned writing in IXL this week.  I will post a picture for another “Wacky Wednesday Writing” activity.


Math: Our last new topic is probability.  For this unit, we will focus on determining whether a given outcome is likely, unlikely, certain, or impossible.  We will also be working on identifying all of the possible outcomes in a given scenario.  


Science: There are two Energy review activities posted. Neither is mandatory but both will help review the material that was in the Let’s Learn About Energy Google doc. The Energy Padlet is an opportunity for students to interact with me as well as with each other. They will post their answers as well as have the opportunity to view the answers that classmates have posted. The Energy Quizziz will be Thursday evening and Friday morning. I will post reminders for them as the week progresses.


Social Studies: I have a link in my Google classroom to Career Town - the students have worked on this with Ms. Horton in the past and have enjoyed doing so. It is not required but might provide some down time activities. 


Just remember that no matter what you do - when you complete an assignment in Google Classroom, make sure that you turn it in or mark as done. That way we know to look at the completed activity.



Newsletter for April 6, 2020 We will be observing Spring Break and will not post any new assignments next week. Reading:  This week, we are focusing on Themes of Stories. In my Google Classroom, I have posted a BrainPOP video about Themes and a 3rd grade IXL lesson on themes.


Writing: Using IXL, you will be working on Topic Sentences.


Math: Remember Gallon Man? We will be working on measuring volume in cups, pints, quarts, and gallons. I posted two videos and two IXL assignments. Try to complete at least ONE math activity this week.


Science: The Energy unit has been posted to Google Classroom. The focus of this unit is obviously a little different than what we would have done in class. By watching the videos, you will have the opportunity to learn a little about the different types of energy sources that exist in our world. There is a note page that you are to fill out - some answers require filling in the blank and others are simply your own thoughts after watching. While there is no hard due date, I will be posting the next unit after Spring Break. 


Social Studies: our social studies units are complete - I will occasionally assign a reading from Raz~Kids or Ducksters if I see something that can help with retention of the material.


Just remember that no matter what you do - when you complete an assignment in Google Classroom, make sure that you turn it in or mark as done. That way we know to look at the completed activity.


Newsletter for March 30, 2020 Reading:
  I have planned a “virtual book club” for this week using Raz~Kids.  The title of the book is The Hollow. The students can access Raz~Kids using Clever and have done this many times during the school year.  In my Google Classroom, there are two activities to go along with the book.


Word Study: The students have a Weekly Challenge in SumDog this week using various High Frequency Words from the PALS website.


Writing: Using IXL, we would like the students to work on the Organizing Writing Skills (O.1, O.2, O.3).  The students will be putting sentences in order, ordering from most general to most specific, and organizing information by main idea.


Math:   This week, we will be focusing on liquid volume in cups, pints, quarts, gallons and liters.  I posted three videos on my page that students can watch to get them started. Let them help measure when you are cooking so they can get some hands on experience with these units of measurement.  I created a Prodigy account for all third graders, even those that grade advance. They will be able to login and play games while practicing their math skills. Contact me for your child’s username and password.  


Science: Students have activities in Google classroom to complete the Water Unit. Tuesday, March 31, we will do another Quizziz to see how everyone does with the Unit. I am hopeful that some of you wrote about being a drop of water and I would love to read these - you can share them with us through google. Then, beginning Wednesday, new activities will appear in the Google Classroom for the Energy Unit. I also hope to do a live activity with this unit - stay tuned! 


Social Studies: Good News - our social studies units are complete - I will occasionally assign a reading from Raz~Kids or Ducksters if I see something that can help with retention of the material.


Just remember that no matter what you do - when you complete an assignment in Google Classroom, make sure that you turn it in or mark as done. That way we know to look at the completed activity.


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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