May 15, 2106 Update

Dear Third Grade Parents,

Welcome back to winter!  That was a short summer, wasn’t it?  We actually have some snow flurries around noon on Saturday. Hard to believe…

Housekeeping:  We need another infusion of tissues…on Friday I passed out as many tissues as I did papers!

Academics this week:

ELA:  This week upcoming students will finish the poetry unit using Love That Dog as a mentor text.  We hope to produce a binder of poetry for the bookshelf for everyone to enjoy.  Fountas and Pinnell testing will continue this week and guided reading groups will resume toward the end of the week.  Spelling words are:  CORE:  hot, anything, hold, state, list, stood, hundred, ten, fact, felt.  CONTENT:  Sacagawea, Jefferson, Fort Mandan, Fort Clatsop, sandwiches.  In Writers’ Workshop we are planning to wrap up the rest of the year with grammar and final writing benchmarking on opinion, narrative, and informational writing forms.  

Math:  In Math we are going to return to Eureka math for more work on geometry, perimeter, area, and measuring. Remember that we complete the Problem Set each day in class and the strategies and processes should be copied for the homework pages.  The children should be able to express themselves using pictures or diagrams and then form an equation with a missing value expressed by a variable (n).  Please work through the directions and review the problem set with your child before tackling the homework.  For our end of the year benchmarking in math we are doing two eight minute probes one on calculation and one on computation.

SS:  Students will continue their simulated journey up the Missouri River in our Lewis and Clark simulation.  We should reach the Pacific Ocean early next week.  Students have the option of taking home unfinished work to perfect it and they are doing great!  I love this classes’ dedication.

Outdoor Ed:  Last week we planted Butternut Squash on the Grow Carts that will be transplanted early June.  The lettuce for June Farm to Table is looking really great.  We will harvest it in a few weeks and then replant the beds with corn, beans, and squash.

Specials:  All specials will meet as usual this week, although Spanish will be shortened due to Early Release on Wednesday.  Be sure to sign up for Field Day Volunteer using Mr. Corra’s Sign Up Genius site.  I sent the link to everyone on Friday the 13th.

I will be at a Boy Scout Campout at Devil’s Lake this weekend.  I won’t be in the classroom on Friday afternoon.

Dates to Remember:

5/18 Early Release
5/25 3/4 Field Day, 1:00 – 3:00
5/27 McGovern Camp In Day
5/31 3/4 Lewis and Clark Immersion Day
6/1   Last Farm to Table of the Year
6/2  3/4 Picnic and Games
6/3  PBIS Celebration and Last Day of School – Early Release