February 14, 2016 Update

Dear Third Grade Families,

I will keep this short and sweet to in honor of Valentine’s Day!

Last week we had a wonderful Valentine’s Day party.  Parents planned a well-organized event with just the right amount of food and fun!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Fun with the gang!

Fun with the gang!

Academics this week:

ELA:  This week students will continue to work on the whole-class novel:  Five Smooth Stones.  The students will be reading this selection until the end of the month.  I will give students two days to complete the entire assignment.  Each day I meet with individual students or small groups to perform informal assessments.  Spelling words for the week:  CORE:  sun, thing, whole, hear, example, heard, several, change, answer, room.  CONTENT:  intolerable, Continental, Congress, rebel, independence.  In writing we are finishing up the Homestead essay.  Later in the week we are going to spend some time reading The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.

Math:  In math we will continue to use Eureka math for measurement of liquids and performing multi-step word problems.  Students should keep practicing their multiplication facts as often as possible. The practice is working well and students are mastering their facts quickly!

SS:  This week we are going to hear the news from Colonial Boston from the Town Crier.  Students will learn of the Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts, and the Battle of Lexington and Concord.  Each announcement will be followed up with classroom discussion and completion of a page in their Patriot Journals.

Colonial Immersion Day:  We will wrap up our study of the Colonial America with a Colonial Immersion Day on February 26.  We will have four stations that all students will rotate through during the course of the day. The stations will include:  paper crafts, candle-making and games, dancing, and sewing.  Students are encouraged to dress in period costumes, if possible.  We will have a regular lunch and recess.  We will wrap up the day with a tea party.  We will serve scones, biscuits, herb tea, bread, cheese, jam, butter, and fruit.  Each student will be asked to bring either a tea cup or mug and a cloth napkin.  I have plates and silverware.  I would love to borrow some tablecloths because I do not have enough.  Plain ones will be best.  Be sure to label them! There will be a small fee for each student and we will be sending a note home about that next week.  

WPL Book Buddies:  Remember that we are going to the Waukegan Library on Friday morning.  Students will be leaving school around 9:15 and return by 1:30.  We will each at the library, so be sure to send a cold lunch.  The students are really looking forward to meeting their younger book buddies.  The program theme will be Fairy Tales and our students will be the “big” kids and will coach and mentor the younger students during the program.

Important Dates to Remember:

2/17 Farm to Table
2/19 WPL Field Trip
2/23 Regional Spelling Bee, 6 pm
2/24 Early Release
2/26 End of the Second Trimester and Colonial Immersion Day and Tea Party