Week of February 13th, 2017

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Valentine's Day party tomorrow at 2:45. Parents are welcome to attend. If your child is giving out Valentines, we ask that he/she creates one for everyone in the class.

Reading: We'll be starting a new unit soon and will have our students do a performance task with writing. It is amazing how far they've come with their comprehension and writing abilities.

Writing: Athabascan story FINAL DRAFTS ARE DUE TOMORROW. I appreciate your support with your child to finish this up. We are overdue on this project and need to move onto our next content area. Everyone who is not done with their final draft has their writing with them in their backpack.

Math: There is homework due Friday. Multiplication is here to stay—please have your children study their facts at home.

Spelling words: there, their, know, write, too, place, while, next, something, together, food, once, mother, light, country, father, and let

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

In honor of our Lacamas Arts Week, Oregon Shadow Puppet Theater will be performing at our Wednesday assembly this week. Parents are welcome to attend!

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Mystery Questions:

1) How many Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year in the U.S.?

2) Which state produces 60 percent of American roses grown in the US?

3) Which card company has 1330 different cards specifically for Valentine's Day?

4) What percentage of women American send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day?

5) What is the meaning of Valentine's Day?

 

Week of February 6th, 2017

Reading:  We're finishing "Miss Agnes" this week. What a great book! We will also be working on nonfiction and finding the main idea/supporting details.

Writing: We are finishing our pieces this week. I had quite a few students bring their stories home tonight to finish their rough drafts. We need to move on to the next type of writing piece. I thank you for your support at home!

Math: There is homework due Friday. Multiplication is here to stay—please have your children study their facts at home.

Spelling words: they, there, your, could, than, again, something, through, don't, want, school, important, once, enough, need, far, hand, high, year

*Spelling test Friday!* Words are written in their planner. Next week I a harder list for students who consistently receive 100% on their spelling tests.*

MOVIE NIGHT this Friday at 6:00 "Storks"!

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Mystery Questions:

Why is the color red the symbol of Valentine’s Day?

Where does chocolate come from?

Who receive the most Valentine’s Day cards in the US?

How many Valentine’s Day cards are sent worldwide every year?

Who made the first box of chocolates made for Valentine’s Day?

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*It is very helpful to have your child practice home row on Typing Agent at home.*

To access Typing Agent from home:

http://schools.camas.wednet.edu/elementarylinks/

Click on the Leopard (Lacamas Heights Elementary)

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Reading:  "Miss Agnes" continues to entertain all of us during reading. We are investigating ways to identify the central message of the story with key details. We are also talking at great length about characters and how their dialogue and actions move the plot along.

**HOMEWORK JOURNAL QUESTION: On this day in 1919, baseball great Jackie Robinson was born. What do you think it takes to be a great athlete? Write about the characteristics and qualities it takes for someone to reach a level of greatness in a sport.**

Writing: We are discovering that writing realistic/historical fiction is challenging. The key to creating a good story is telling about the setbacks a character goes through. We've been talking about the "story mountain" and how there's a climax and a resolution for the character. I'm emphasizing CONVENTION (my non-negotiables like punctuation and capitalization) is extremely important as we enter into the 3rd trimester.

Math: There is homework due Friday. Multiplication is here to stay—please have your children study their facts at home.

Spelling words: there, first, through, new, too, another, because, different ,off, always, without, life, head, almost, live, page, got, earth

*Spelling test Friday!* Words are written in their planner. Next week I a harder list for students who consistently receive 100% on their spelling tests.*

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Mystery Questions

What "holiday" is celebrated on February 2nd?

What is February's birthday?

What day of the week does Valentine's Day fall on?

Which president of the United States was born on February 12th?

Is this year a Leap Year?

How many days are usually in February?

Dates to remember:

Character Ed. assembly tomorrow

PALS movie night: Friday, February 3rd

Lacamas Art week: 2/13-2/17

Week of January 23rd, 2017

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Thanks to all parents who brought in items and stayed to help on Tuesday to create some Alaskan winter magic in our rooms! We appreciate you!

Reading: We are enjoying the fiction book "Miss Agnes" about a one room school room teacher in the middle of an Alaskan village in the 1920's. It coincides with our study of Athabascan territory in northern Alaska.

Writing: We are still writing fiction pieces about the Athabascans, creating characters with a story. The main learning experience with this unit is to research information about this tribe to write authentically about the region and culture in a fiction story. We are hoping that our students will be inspired by the new Alaskan surroundings in our room!

Math: There is homework due Friday. Multiplication is here to stay—please have your children study their facts at home.

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

 

Mystery Question….

Write an entire page of practice spelling words for our test…earn moo-la!

Week of January 9th, 2017

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Reading: We are starting our next unit in our ReadyGen curriculum. We're still working on how to identify the main idea/supporting details in a text. Ask your children about the Athabascans and their old/new ways of life. Pretty interesting!

Writing: We will be writing fiction pieces about the Athabascans, creating characters with a story. The main learning experience with this unit is to research information about this tribe to write authentically about the region and culture in a fiction story.

Math: We are still working on adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers and rounding. The "Rounding Song" is a must-hear! Rounding would've made so much more sense for me as a 3rd grader if I'd had this handy dandy song. smileyThere is a handout coming home today that gives an overview of the unit and strategies for doing the homework.

*No spelling this week…there is math homework due Friday.*

Dates to Remember:
1/13- Family Game Night @ 6:00 pm

Mystery Question….

Write down 10 compound words in your most beautiful handwriting.

If there's a snow day tomorrow, please tell your lovies to be SAFE!

Mrs. Blair

Week of January 3rd, 2017


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I hope your holiday was excellent! We are back in full swing with school (journal-write action today on the carpet!) and your children rose to the occasion. We reiterated how important this winter is for making progress with our academics and also let them know there is a lot of fun to be had as well. smiley 

FYI: REPORT CARDS ARE COMING HOME TOMORROW.

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AUCTION: The auction will be held this Friday. It will begin at 12:45. If you would like to come and help, please try to be here a little early. Parents are always welcome. It's very helpful to assist in subtracting funds from Blairwin balances and to make sure everyone leaves with something.

 

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Our character ed./Martin Luther King assembly is tomorrow at 9:15 if you'd like to attend.

Reading: We are starting our next unit in our ReadyGen curriculum. This week we will be examining how to identify the main idea/supporting details in a text. 

Writing: We are studying how to identify subjects and predicates in sentences. They will also be starting to write a new narrative at the end of the week.

Math: Tomorrow will be our first day of Unit 3 in math. We will be working on adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers. Keep an eye out for a handout coming home giving an overview of the unit.

*No homework or spelling this week.*

Dates to Remember:
1/4- Character Education Assembly
1/4- Report Cards come home
1/13- Family Game Night @ 6:00 pm

Mystery Question….

(that's not really a question at all.smiley)

If a student has an emergency number (home phone, parent cell phone, etc.) memorized, they will receive $10.

Stay warm out there! We appreciate you sending your children to school with warm coats and gloves as the wind is quite harsh out there on the playground.

Mrs. Blair

Week of November 28th, 2016

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Reading: Our ReadyGen text "Treasure in the Trees" has been a great book for our class discussions. They are finding text evidence like pros and are really grasping the concept of character motivation. We will be assessing both classes for reading next week.

Spelling: (test on Friday) life, little, left, without, once, thought, another, house, took, animal, there, enough, know, something, these, find.

Writing: We are still plugging away on our informational writing pieces. It's a format that has been fueled by graphic organizers, and I do believe we are at a point where we're all on the same page (so to speak :) ). You might see some of these writing pieces come home. We have some folks who will need extra time for their rough drafts. 

Math: We are finishing up our multiplication unit and will be doing an assessment next week. This is a wonderful time to begin practicing math facts at home.

Some notes about our invention unit: We were so proud of our kiddos with their invention presentations! Thanks to all who were able to come and watch. I am done grading all of the inventions and would appreciate having them picked up if it's too big an item for a bus ride. I will send the smaller ones home with students today, but if you could arrange a pick-up of larger items by Wednesday, that would be fabulous! Thank you.

DECEMBER: We are excited to have a blast with December activities with our classes, but there is also a lot of work to be done. These next three weeks are very important for students’ academic evaluations. Miss Irwin and I will be doing report cards in a week or so and we are hoping everyone brings their best possible effort and follow-through. We appreciate your support at home! 

STUFF THE BUS is this week. We have offered $1 (Blairwin buck) a can as an incentive.

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AUCTION: Thank you to folks who donated to the auction. We would be grateful for any items you'd like to add in. If you have puzzles, games, books or stuffed animals that have become "old hat" at your house, we will gladly take them off your hands. We appreciate it!

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Mystery Questions (Random this week!)

1) What's the birthstone for someone born in December?

2) What day is the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack in Hawaii during World War II?

3) On what day in December did the Wright Brothers make their first flight?

4) "Jingle Bells" was originally written for what holiday?

5) If the Farmer's Almanac prediction states there will be snow fall on Christmas Day, what weather is predicted for Easter Sunday?

6) What's the first day of winter?

Week of November 14th

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Reading: We have started a new unit around non-fiction. Finding the main idea and supporting details is ruling the day in our rooms right now. We have also been talking a lot about text features and how they help us learn more about a topic in a text.

Spelling: (test on Friday) large, form, land, from, side, its, feet, without, home, different, boys, their, around, too, could, and been. Please have your kids study more than one evening for their weekly test.

INVENTIONS:

We hope that the planning of your child’s invention is going well. With the projects being due in one week (November 21st) we wanted to take a second and check in with you all. Here is what we are expecting for next week.

  • Projects will be brought in on Monday, November 21st by 10:00 A.MAnything that goes with the student’s project should be turned in at this time, including any poster boards, models, and all handouts.

  • Students will be presenting their projects on Tuesday, November 22st at 12:50. We would love to have parents come and watch the students’ presentations. We will be serving some punch and a few snacks.

    • Students’ presentations should be no longer than 4 minutes. They can bring anything that they believe would help them convey what they wanted their project to be about. They will be expected to stand in front of the class and explain their projects, what they did and why they did it, and the purpose of their project.

    • Students should practice their presentation at home to check for content, length of time, and to practice presentation skills. Students will be graded on their presentation (please refer to rubric for expectations) and practicing at home is the best way for students to have success in this area.

  • Tuesday morning we will be inviting other classes in to come in and look at our students’ awesome work. The students will be standing next to their desks and the classes will come in and view projects.

Writing: We started our informational writing pre-writing today with everyone picking their topic of interest. It was a bit challenging for everyone to understand what a "subtopic" was. I had them work together to create their subtopics because sometimes two heads are better than one. This is the format we are using for these pieces (body paragraphs are the subtopics):

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Typing: Please have your children practice keyboarding at home. A great program is: http://www.kidztype.com/

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Mystery Questions:

1) What year was the first Thanksgiving celebrated?

2) Who organized the first Thanksgiving?

3) In what year did Thanksgiving become a legal holiday?

4) What does it mean when one lucky turkey gets a pardon every year on Thanksgiving?

5) What famous parade is on Thanksgiving Day?

6) What chemical is in turkey that makes people sleepy?

7) Which state consumes the most turkey on Thanksgiving?

8) What famous Thanksgiving food did Campbell's soup create 50 years ago?

Reading: We will be assessing our students using the new ReadyGen curriculum tomorrow. We start our new unit this week with nonfiction and finding the main idea. Newspaper reading is a useful tool at home, if you have it around.

Spelling: (test this on Friday) which, children, important, form, keep, food, their, want, great, until, went, again, more, always, because, and first.

Homework: There is no reading journal or math homework this week. We are deep in the INVENTION project process.Tomorrow the MATERIALS LIST is due. Your child needs to list everything that would be needed to build the invention (even if he or she is only creating a poster). Gathering materials is essential for this week (even if it is just poster board and markers). Please fill out the TIME SHEET when your child works on the invention project. You will need to sign each time it is brought to you. We appreciate your assistance in the accountability part of this process. :)

Writing:  We are finishing figurative language and it has really been a fun unit with your creative kids! They will be playing a game tomorrow to wrap it up. We start our nonfiction pieces next week. It's a whole new format that will be unfamiliar. We will break it down into bite-size chunks and it will be a long process to get to a final draft. I am confident they will get there with flying colors.

Typing: Please have your children practice keyboarding at home. A great program is: http://www.kidztype.com/

**We are so excited to win the box top contest at LHE! The best part is beating Miss Irwin's class (we're not competitive at all :) ). Thank you for sending those in! It's much appreciated.**

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It's actually not mystery questions this week. Please write a paragraph about why you think it's important to honor our country's Veterans on Veterans Day.Please include ways we can honor them besides having an assembly.

We can't believe it's November tomorrow!

Reading: We will be assessing our students using the new ReadyGen curriculum. There is a lot about characters' motivations. retelling a story, making inferences, and much more. Our next unit will involve nonfiction texts and are writing will go in that direction. We will be finding the main idea of nonfiction texts. This is a big jump for 3rd graders!

Spelling: (test this on Friday) what, asked, always, want, world, help, school, each, going, show, right, important, around, there, write, another.

Homework: There is no reading journal or math homework this week. We are starting our INVENTION projects. Parent notes will be coming home each week. Please look for them in the purple folders. Tonight it has crucial information for how the project will go. Each paper will need to be turned in and checked off by us.

Writing: Our realistic fiction narratives were passed back today with scores on them. I spent a lot of time this past weekend really going over each piece for each scored area: focus, organization, language and vocab, elaboration and convention. As predicted for this time in 3rd grade, the scores were not terrific and I had to talk with them about where we need the most work. I really emphasized having a "growth mindset" and being positive about the future (when we decide to work hard :) ). These are terrific kids with a drive to learn and I am confident they will be right where we need to be in June. Comparing all of their writing pieces the last few days of school is one of my favorite activities. They are amazed by their own growth.

Typing: Please have your children practice keyboarding at home. A great program is: http://www.kidztype.com/

*Great to meet you at conferences. It is fun to share what we love about your children and what we see for them at the end of 3rd grade.*

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Mystery Questions:

1) What is the purpose of Veterans Day?

2) What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?

3) Where is the ceremony held in the U.S. honor all who have died in war?

4) List three wars our nation has fought in.

5) What was the original name for Veterans Daybefore the 1940's?

Mrs. Blair