May 8, 2016 Update

Dear Third Grade Families,

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our wonderful moms.  The Mother’s Day craft activity was totally designed and led by students.  It was entertaining to watch the kids explain and model to the rest of the class.  They had a few glitches, but all in all, they were very successful.  

Mother's Day 2016

Mother’s Day 2016

Mother's Day 2016

Mother’s Day 2016

Mother's Day 2016

Mother’s Day 2016

Final present!

Final present!

Teacher Appreciation Week was a joy too.  We received so many wonderful cards and gifts.  Thank you for the flowers, cards, breakfast, framed student art work (it is up in the room already!), and the SCRIP gift.  You all are very generous!

Housekeeping:  Over the next few weeks, you can expect your child to bring home completed work, both in notebooks and journals.  We will keep the journals that we use for two years, usually phenology and Nature Journals. Also be sure to check the weather in the mornings, May can be sunny in the am and thunderstorm in the pm.  Many students are not prepared for the weather and do not have a raincoat at school.  

Academics this week:

ELA:  In Readers’ Workshop students are continuing to read and write poetry.  Your child’s goal is to have at least two poems ready to publish by the end of the week.  We have been typing them in google docs when they are done editing them on paper.  Guided reading groups will be working on a paired text reading assignment over the next two weeks.  I will also be performing some Fountas and Pinnell testing.  Core spelling words are:  ready, green, yes, built, special, full town, complete.  The Content words are:  artifact, diplomacy, expedition, fauna, flora.  In Writers’ Workshop we are using a story planner to organize our narrative.  Our focus is to create a story with a central problem with a solution, engaging characters, descriptive setting, and three events.  This is easier said than done! Students may need to bring home their writing journals to complete the rough draft.  We have plans to type and publish.

Math:  After reteaching some of the fraction concepts, I think that most of the students had enough success on the final assessment that we can move on.  We will spend a few days working on the concept of decimals and everyday uses.  Students will understand the decimal point in money and recognize common decimal and fraction equivalencies.  We will wrap up our third grade math with more multi-step word problems, using a variable to represent the unknown quantity, and then move to data analysis.  Students should expect homework on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week.  

SS:  Last week we began our Lewis and Clark simulation.  Students were assigned to corps, reviewed the rules of the simulation, and had several lessons in latitude, longitude, and scale. The next step is to begin the adventure!  Students rotate roles:  Captain, Journal Writer, Interpreter, and Private.  Each one has a specific role during the class and at the end of the class, each corp receives Expedition Cards (good) and Penalty Cards (bad).  The cards will determine the distance each corp’s pirogue can move on the map.  The first pirogue to reach the Pacific wins the competition.  Ask your child how his group can earn cards each day.  

Garden:  If you see Jodi Heller on campus, give her a big thanks for helping put our new cold frames together.  Although we will not use them until fall, having her help and include the kids, has been wonderful.  We will be planting the Butternut Squash in the Grow Carts on Wednesday afternoon as the first step of our Three Sisters Garden for fall.

Specials:  All specials will meet as usual this week. Mr. Corra should be contacting parents for help with Third and Fourth grade Field Day on May 25, beginning at 1:00.  If you would like me to pass on your interest, send me an email and I forward it to him. Pray for good weather!  

Dates to Remember:

5/9  NWEA Reading
5/12 NWEA Math
5/18 Early Release