Week of May 22, 2017

Reading: We are starting a new unit on Native Americans starting with the Northeastern tribes. There are some very fun art projects intertwined in this unit of study. Looking forward to all of it!

Writing: We are still working on our fiction pieces. The hardest part about fiction writing is having a problem/solution arc to the story itself. We made "story mountains" with each event leading to the climax of their own stories and they did great!

Math: Our geometry unit is going well.  Ask your child to sing you the "Perimeter Song". Our math SBAC test is next week. Please practice those facts!! Homework due Friday.

Spelling words: there, several, animals, family, often, upon, it's, up on, most, move, along, a long, work, once, turn, its, sure, water, later, another

*Spelling test Friday!* Words are written in their planner. 

Homework journal: 

If you could learn how to speak another language, what would it be? Write about a language that you would want to be able to speak and why.

 

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Readworks.org stories and questions complete = $20 each

Reading: We are starting a new unit and have been reading about tall tales like "Paul Bunyan". The main message and characters' actions driving the story are still our main focus.

Writing: We just started our fiction pieces. Each student chose whether they wanted to do realistic fiction or fantasy. It was about half and half. The biggest thing I want them to take away from fiction writing is the act of engaging the reader with really good details. We started our introduction and we're focusing on describing the character and the setting in detail.

Math: We just started our geometry unit. You will be hearing about the elusive "cute angle" (acute..haha). Our next SBAC test is math and any help you can provide with practicing facts is appreciated.

Spelling words: their, said, other, people, made, right, because, something, thought, soon, best, try, several, himself, usually, didn't car, morning, I'm, body

*Spelling test Friday!* Words are written in their planner. 

Homework journal: 

Think about your favorite memory. Write about your favorite memory and why that moment sticks out to you.

 

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Readworks.org stories and questions complete = $20 each

Week of April 24th, 2017

Lelooska field trip permission slips came home today. They're due Wednesday. 

Reading: We are finding the message like pros with our fiction pieces and the discussion today was outstanding with comparing and contrasting two fiction texts. 

Writing: Our persuasive writing unit needs to be wrapped up in the next few days. If you receive an email from me it's because your child will need to do some writing at home so we can move on as a class. We have some big SBA testing practice we need to start before out testing window the second week of May.

Math: We worked on perimeter and area today. I challenged the kids to find a rectangular object at home (kitchen table? Front door?) and measure it to find the perimeter. This would be worth Blairwin Bucks. There is homework due Friday. PRACTICE THOSE FACTS. 

Spelling words: learn, little, children, play, city, there, point, about, which, its, young, toward, school, four, were, ever, said, called

*Spelling test Friday!* Words are written in their planner. 

Homework journal: 

The Earth needs people like you to help make this world a better place to live. Write about some ways that you can make this world a better place to live.

 

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Readworks.org has passages and worksheets. Each one is worth $15.

Week of April 17, 2017

Reading: We are reading poems and stories about storms and wind. We had fun today reading with a wicked "storm" in the background. We are fully understanding what point of view means in a story.

Writing: We start our persuasive writing unit tomorrow. The kids have chosen their topic to have an opinion about and will need some good reasons for their pieces. The dinner table and driving in the car are great places to chat with your kids about why they believe what they believe about their topic. 

Math: There is homework due Friday. PRACTICE THOSE FACTS. 

Spelling words: home, father, sea, because, much, very, several, called, room, top, their, against, turned, however, were, what, might, and right.

*Spelling test Friday!* Words are written in their planner. 

Homework journal: Imagine that it rained for 10 days and there was a huge flood. Write about what you would do to survive in the flood.

 

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Write 20 words that have prefixes..example reheat.

Week of April 10th, 2017

Reading: We started a new unit today centered around finding the main message. We also looked a cool poem today and talked about stanzas and rhythm. 

Writing: We started our persuasive writing unit today and the kids are gearing up to state their opinion on something they're passionate about. Heads up, you might hear about bottled water today and how it's not good for the environment :) I used it as an example.

Math: There is homework due Friday. PRACTICE THOSE FACTS. Quizeepoo tomorrow.

Spelling words: during, thought, their, would, heard, they, answer, could, several, example, use, change, landed, said, some, today, what, other and BONUS: identify, surprise

*Spelling test Friday!* Words are written in their planner. 

Homework journal: Write about a spring break memory from last week. Typing these is good practice and always encouraged!

 

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This week is a SUPER challenge. The site Readworks.org is awesome for practicing all reading skills. Create an account, have your child complete one of the worksheets that goes with a reading passage and he/she will receive $25.

LINK: http://www.readworks.org/

Week of March 27th, 2017

Reading: We are comparing and contrasting all of our nonfiction texts from this unit and then we're assessment-bound. Our classes will have a chance to show us what experts they are with finding the main idea, among other skills. We are also doing DRA's (the tool all LHE teachers use to measure reading level) all week just in time for report cards..they will go home April 18th.

Writing: We wrapped up our informational essays and are diving into fact and opinion this week, which will lead right into our last writing format: persuasive…excited to have our 3rd graders know how to write all three formats. Amazing growth since September!

Math: There is homework due Friday. We're starting fractions—equal shares. Practice, practice, practice those facts. It's makes all the difference!

Spelling words: there, said, about, would, little, through, don't, important, picture, since, across, however, knew, young, sun, thing, whole, hear

*Spelling test Friday!* Words are written in their planner. 

No homework journal this week.

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This week is a SUPER challenge. The site Readworks.org is awesome for practicing all reading skills. Create an account, have your child complete one of the worksheets that goes with a reading passage and he/she will receive $25.

LINK: http://www.readworks.org/

Week of March 20, 2017

Reading: We are making major headway with main idea and supporting details. We will be spiraling back to main message with fiction texts. If you're reading books with your children at home, it's always a great to ask, "What's the author trying to teach us."

Writing: Our informational essays about the Supai Village are wrapping up this week. We're taking all fo the pieces (intro, subtopics 1-3 and the closing) and editing them. Our final drafts are going to be finished on Thursday. If you receive an email about writing, it's because your child will need to bring it home to have it done on time.

Math: There is homework due Friday. We're starting fractions—equal shares. I was informed by Miss Irwin that my class (in particular) needs to be practicing multiplication facts at home. She's seeing some folks who have not done the work yet.

Spelling words: there, knew, little, still, today, sure, once, told, it's, often, school, however, different, began, try, then, know.

*Spelling test Friday!* Words are written in their planner. 

Homework journal :

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1) What season is it in the southern hemisphere if it's spring in the north?

2) On the first day of Spring in the southern hemisphere, the sun is directly over the _______________.

3) In America, which bird is often seen as symbolizing the arrival of the Spring season?

4) In Major League Baseball, Spring training happens in February and March. In what state does it take place?

5) Spring is the season of flowers. The Japanese celebrate the arrival of Spring by hosting mass viewings of which flower?

6) In America, which college sport holds its annual national championship tournament during the spring?

Week of March 13, 2017

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**Let's hope all this rain brings extra spring flowers**

Reading: We are reading a fun nonfiction text called "Deep Down" that examines "extreme homes", like the small tribal village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. There is so much to learn about our world and how different people live. We are having lots of discussions and your children are participating like the growing learners they are. Good stuff!

Writing: We are in the process of writing an informational text about the Supai Village (the one at the bottom of the Grand Canyon). This time around we're "chunking it out" with a section of the essay written in one class period. It seems to lessen the burden of facing an entire essay in one fell swoop. I'm liking this pace and I think our students are too.

Math: There is homework due Friday. Elapsed time and measurement is what it's all about this week. Try measuring things at home and ask them to figure out a timeline on your family's happenings.

Spelling words: know, world, however, never, during, something, said, best, there, very, could, air, then, would, across, why, don't, today

*Spelling test Friday!* Words are written in their planner. 

Homework journal (due Friday):  Friday is St. Patrick’s Day. Imagine that you found a four-leaf clover. Write about the good luck that you might have.

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1) When does spring occur in the Northern Hemisphere? What date to what date?

2) Name two flowers that are planted as bulbs.

3) Name two forms of severe weather that occur in the United States in the spring.

4) What is the Latin word for spring?

5) During Spring the Earth’s axis starts to tilt towards ____________. (fill in the blank)

6) What was Daylight Savings Time originally used for?

Week of March 6, 2017

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Reading: Today we examined photographs and captions in our "City Homes" nonfiction text. We are learning how text features can help us further understand what we're reading. We will be moving on to other nonfiction texts to practice finding the main idea and supporting details throughout this unit.

Writing: Today we learned about the three kinds of informational texts: procedural, report and explanatory. We will begin our explanatory pieces with lots of writing journal exercises this month.

Math: There is homework due Friday.  If you have a conventional clock at home, practicing elapsed time with your kids is so helpful. 

Spelling words: paper, place, near, now, something, hard, because, sentence, what, don't, through, until, think, better, without, your, their, were.

*Spelling test Friday!* Words are written in their planner. 

Homework journal (due Friday): It is a great feeling to be able to help someone in need. Would you rather help at a homeless shelter or at a hospital? Explain.

 

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1) Who was St. Patrick and when was he born?

2) What is the official flower of Ireland?

3) What is the symbol of Ireland?

4) In Dublin, Ireland what days do they celebrate the St. Patrick's Day Festival?

5) How many people in America are part Irish?

6) Where in the U.S. is a river temporarily dyed green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day?

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**It's Dr. Seuss week! I would love a volunteer to help me with our door decoration. If you're interested, please let me know if you can come in to assist.**

Reading: We started a new unit in ReadyGen with a look at "connecting character, culture and community". Today we read about all different kinds of dwellings around the world in cities and suburbs. Your children have a lot to say and are aware of how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful, bountiful place. 

Writing: Today we started a new piece in honor of Dr. Seuss week. After reading "Cat in the Hat", the students brainstormed ideas about what would happen if he came into our classroom during rainy day recess (with no teachers present!) and how he would deconstruct and reconstruct our classroom. :)

Math: There is homework due Friday. A new unit started today about measurement and time. If you have a conventional clock at home, practicing elapsed time with your kids is so helpful. 

Spelling words: year, they, there, important, people, began, together, soon, again, through, ever, since, been, write, above, story 

*Spelling test Friday!* Words are written in their planner. 

Homework journal (due Friday): 

Think of a Dr. Seuss book that has been made into a cartoon or movie. Which version do you like better, the book or the cartoon/movie. Why?

Superhero Day is Friday and the Superhero Dance is Friday night from 6-8.

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1) When was Dr. Seuss born? When did he die?

2) Where did Dr. Seuss go to college and what did he originally want to do as a career?

3) Did Dr. Seuss have any children? 

4) How many languages have Dr. Seuss' books been translated into?

5) What was Dr. Seuss' first book?

6) Was Dr. Seuss really a doctor?