February 21,2016 Update

Dear Third Grade Families,

Saturday was beautiful!  I hope that everyone was able to enjoy Mother Nature’s tease!  And today we are back to chilly and damp…

Last week we took advantage of the beautiful warmer weather on Wednesday and visited the Medicine Wheel garden for phenology.  It has been hard to complete our journals due to the cold, students have also worked in their art sketchbooks to practice  drawing accurately.  With the warmer weather we will be going outside for journaling more often.  Remember that your child should always to ready to enjoy outdoor activities and recess, so be sure that they have snowpants and gloves up until spring break.

phenology

phenology

phenology

phenology

phenology

phenology

phenology

phenology

On Friday we went to Waukegan Public Library for Bus to Us.  Our students were the older Book Buddies for second grade students from Clearview school.  It was tons of fun!  We will keep in touch with our new friends and they will return for Earth Week for some outdoor education experiences.

Arriving at the library.

Arriving at the library.

This week in academics:

ELA:  In Readers’ Workshop we will continue our whole-class book study using Five Smooth Stones, a historical fiction selection detailing the experiences of a colonial girl living in Philadelphia in 1776.  Students will finish the book by Friday, but we will wait to start the final writing assignment and culminating project until next week. Spelling Test is on Thursday!  Spelling words:  Core:  sea, against, top, turned, learn, point, city, play, toward, five.  Content:  militia, strategy, Trenton, Hessian, redoubt.  In Writers’ Workshop we are having Grammar Boot Camp with a focus on pronouns.  

Math:  We will continue with Eureka math this week.  The Common Core curriculum requires third graders to perform multi-step word problems using measurement.  We have had many lessons on linear, weight, and capacity and now it is time to practice using that knowledge with word problems.  You can help your child on his or her homework this week by helping them read the questions closely, emphasizing the critical words and phrases that will determine whether they will add, subtract, multiply.  And sometimes they will have to use more than one strategy. There will be homework on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  

Social Studies:  This week we will wrap up our Town Crier activities and take a quick peek at some of the major battles of the American Revolution:  Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill (Breed’s Hill), Trenton, and Saratoga.  The Colonial Immersion Day is on Friday.  Students are invited to dress in Colonial garb if they want to.  We will rotate through four stations and wrap up the day with a tea party in our room.  We will serve biscuits, jam, bread, cheese, and apples.  AND tax-free (herb) tea!

Please note that the end of the trimester is Friday, February 26.  I have informed the kids that all work must be in to me by 8:00 Friday morning in order to receive a grade.  Be sure that your child turns in his work on time this week. No excuses!

AND…check your email after school on Friday for the YouCanBookMe link to sign up for Student Led Conferences on March 10th.  We can conduct three conferences at a time.  If, after the student led conference, you feel you must have a conference with me, let me know and I will assign you a time on Friday, March 11 between 2:00 and 4:00.  

Dates to Remember:

2/24     Early Release
2/26     End of the Trimester
3/1        Green Challenge assembly
3/2       Early Release
3/4       Report Cards go home
3/10     Student Led Conferences

Have a great week!