April 23, 2016 Update

Dear Third Grade Families,

Earth Week was a ton of fun!  Students engaged in protecting the Earth from evil villains:  The Drip, The N Bandit, Baron Von Buckthorn, Pollu Tor, and The Power Phantom…Each day we were introduced to a “villain” and the effect the villain had on our Earth and its resources.  Students created drawings of each villain, read articles related to each villain, and listened to stories that emphasized the need to protect our resources.  On Tuesday we entertained our second grade book buddies from Clearview Elementary School in Waukegan.  It was a cold and blustery day, but we had fun.  The field trip to Hastings Lake Forest Preserve was amazing!  The venue was perfect for our lessons and students.  The stations were:  Water, Water, Everywhere, Small Seek, Animal Homes Hike, and Zoom, Zoom. We wrapped up the week with Earth Day promises and Future Letters.  Students kept track of their work all week long in an Earth Week Journal.

Many students loved Hastings Lake FP.  Directions:  Take 45 north to Grass Lake Rd. in Milburn, turn left on Grass Lake. Take Grass Lake to Gelden Rd. and turn left.  The preserve is on the left at the crest of the hill.  Don’t forget to stop at Brainstorm on Grass Lake.  TONS of great educational toys and cool gifts.  (Owned by an awesome Scouting family, by the way…)

Here is a sampling of photos from last week:

Gardening

Gardening

Not a worm!

Not a worm!

Great Shirts!

Great Shirts!

Scavenger Hunt with our Book Buddies.

Scavenger Hunt with our Book Buddies.

Sample of an Earth Week Journal.

Sample of an Earth Week Journal.

Housekeeping:  We are out of tissues…the onset of allergy season claimed the last box this week.  Donations would be greatly appreciated!  Also, be sure to send a clean water bottle each day.  PE and outside activities require more hydration in the Spring.

Academics this week:

ELA: In Readers’ Workshop we will get back to our poetry study.  This year we are using Love That Dog an inspiration to read and write poetry.  Please feel free to check one out of the library or buy a copy for your child to enjoy during this study, but it is not necessary.  I have a personal copy that I will use as a read aloud.  This week we will learn about free verse, rhyme, and repetition in poetry.  Students will have poetry homework on Tuesday and Thursday.  Spelling Core words are:  grow, draw, yet, less, wind, behind, cannot, letter, among, able.  Content words are:  cartography, political map, physical map, state, capital.  Writers Workshop:  We will continue our study of verbs with understanding main and helping verbs and linking verbs.  

Math:  We will miss two math sessions this week due to the PARCC math testing on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. We will have Eureka Math Lesson 24:  Whole numbers as fractions, Lesson 25:  Whole numbers as fractions on a number line, and Lesson 26:  Decomposing whole number fractions and number equivalence.  There will be math homework on Wednesday and Friday.  

Science/SS:  This week we will transition from Science to Social Studies as we prepare for our final unit about Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery.  On Tuesday we will have a test on Motion and Matter.  Your child took home a text book to use to review for the test.  Inside the front cover he or she was told to place a note with the pertinent pages listed.  Please return the book on Tuesday.  On Wednesday we will begin to develop some geographic background knowledge on the location of the states within our country.  Students will take a pretest, work on mapping activities, and then take a post test the following week.  We will also cover map scale and latitude and longitude prior to beginning the Lewis and Clark unit.

Specials:  All specials will meet as usual.  For the time being, Spanish will be conducted in the lab or elsewhere.  

PARCC:  We have Math tests 2, 3, 4 this week.  We will test on Monday, Thursday, and Friday.  All tests are on paper and most students will remain in our room.  Friday Music will be moved to 12:30.

Erin’s Law:  Our program is on Wednesday at 10:00 am.  Please refer to the email message that I sent to you on Friday afternoon.

Family Math Night: Third and Fourth Grade Family Math Night is on Wednesday, April 27 from 6:00 – 7:00.  Please let me know if you plan on attending.  So far we have half the class going!  At the end of the evening, you will receive a goody bag with game directions, a 30-sided dice, and a deck of playing cards.  

Dates to Remember:

4/27 Erin’s Law Presentation, Farm to Table, and Family Math Night
4/28 CP Presentations in the Barn, ABC Countdown begins!
5/3   May Green Challenge Assembly
5/4   Early Release
5/14 Plant Sale at the PC Farm

Enjoy the BEAUTIFUL weather!  Help defeat the N Bandit!