Monday, November 20, 2017

Mondays in Third Grade

Happy Monday! Almost Happy Thanksgiving!!

Today we had a great book hunt/search. The kids started off entering the Book Yard (our room) quietly so they didn't disturb the sleeping books lying around the room. They then search through the books for certain text features.  Later in the morning they had to take the hunt down the hall to the dark and mysterious library. Using only a flashlight, the detectives had to search out small pictures of different text features and match them to the names on their paper. 

In math we had a food day! The kids used Cheez-its to find the area of rectangles. Once they found it they got to eat their baggie of cheez-its.

Only tomorrow left. We will do mostly normal activities for our Tuesday. Next week we will pick back up with our regular subjects.

If you could return the portion of the Feast invitation and let me know if you can provide a food, that would be great. We will be trying to see if we can supplement any missing foods over the long break. (FOOD DOES NOT HAVE TO COME TOMORROW!! Just let me know if it will be coming)

Have a great night and safe travels for Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tuesdays in Third Grade

Happy Tuesday!!

This week's Happenings:

Recorders or recorder $ must be in by Friday.

Math: This week we are continuing to learn about area of a rectangle. Right now we are counting squares and working towards using the formula, Area= Length x Width

Reading: We have been working on identifying the different text structures authors use for nonfiction text. 5 types are description, cause and effect, problem/solution, sequencing, and compare/contrast.

Writing: Our Pilgrims Unit is covering our writing.

Fundations: We are in beginning week 2 of Unit 4. This week we are spelling multi-syllable v-e (quiet e on the end of words) words then adding a suffix to them.

Language: Working on conjunctions.

Be on the look out for information on our upcoming feast. It will be the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Parents are welcome to come.

Have a great night!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mondays in Third Grade

Hello!  Welcome back after a long weekend!  We finally have a whole "normal" week ahead of us. I think we get 2 in before Thanksgiving week hits.

This week's happenings:
Math: This week we are starting our Module 4 on Area.
Today we talked about how Area = length x width

Reading: We began talking about nonfiction text today. We discussed how nonfiction means not a story. We are focusing on text features and text structures this week in groups.

Fundations: We are starting Unit 4 this week. It will cover what happens to words that end with a silent e when you add a suffix to it. This is not our schwa unit as I had thought prior. I got ahead of myself a little.

Writing: For the next month we will be doing a Pilgrim Simulation Unit during our writing time. The kids will break up into teams. These teams will have to do activities and try to survive better than the pilgrims did. There is a lot of cooperation and teamwork in these activities.

Social Studies: Our Pilgrim Unit.

Tonight the kids had one page of cursive homework. They are either working on the a, o, or the c. They are all at different points since they had a sub last Wednesday.

Tom the turkey went home on Wednesday. Please try to have him back and decorated by this coming Friday. Thank you

Have a Great Night!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tuesdays in Third Grade

Good Evening

Well it looks like fall has come finally! I can't complain. We had a great extended summer. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Sunday was a nice lazy, rainy day at my house. Although I got 7 loads of laundry done, I didn't get much else done. We hadn't had a slow day like that in a very long time. Football season officially ended Friday night and volleyball season also ended earlier last week. We now have a 2 week break before wrestling starts. Oh MY!

This week we welcomed Mr. Reuter to our classroom. He is a student from Rockford University who is getting some field observation hours in our room. He will mostly be observing, but as he and the kids get to know one another, he will be helping a little.

This week's happenings:
Math: We finished Multiplication yesterday and will have our test over the Wednesday and Thursday class periods.

Reading: The kids have been working in new groups last week and this week on fluency practice and also answering questions about the short passages they are reading about.

Writing: We will continue to work on our biography projects to be showcased on Monday at our Concert.

Language: We are reviewing nouns, adjectives and verbs this week.

Fundations: We will hove our Unit 3 test tomorrow. It will cover the quiet e on the end of a word will make the vowel say its long sound.

Have a great night!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesdays in Third Grade

Good Afternoon!

Today was a quick one! I can't believe how fast it went. I think the kids were amazed too.

We had our Bullying presentation this afternoon. The kids talked about the difference between bullying, accidents, and just mean. They also learned the difference between a good tell and a tattle tale.

This week's happenings:
Math: We are finishing up our Module on multiplication. This week we are reviewing strategies to solve word problems and also using the distributive property.

Fundations: This week we started Unit 3. We will be reviewing vowel-e syllable types and then introducing multi-syllable words. Unit 3 is only 1 week long so our test will be towards the middle of next week.

Writing: We are starting to do research for our biographies.

Reading: For the next 2 weeks we will be working on fluency practice.

Cursive homework tonight was the i. If the kids want to do the j they can. It WILL be homework tomorrow along with the p (do not have them do the p yet). 
Have a great night!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursdays in Third Grade

Good Afternoon,

I just wanted to let you know that communicators did not go home today  in our classroom due to multiple fire drills at the end of the day. I will make sure they get to you tomorrow~!

Have a great night

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesdays in Third Grade

Good Afternoon!

As much as I know we need this rain, I don't enjoy these gloomy days.

Today we had a fire drill. It is October, and it is Fire Safety month. The kids did great!
I had a sub yesterday because I was at a conference Monday and Tuesday. I got a terrific report from the sub that they were excellent!

My conference was so uplifting and wonderful. I can't wait to use everything I learned with the kids. Ask your kids what "shark-bait" means.

This week I finally got the Tepees up and in a rotation. It was just one of those things that I kept putting off to get other things done.

This Week's Happenings:

Fundations:  We have our Unit 2 test tomorrow.

Math: We finished Lesson 11 today. We are working on using tape diagrams to help solve word problems.

Reading: This week the kids will be finishing up their books and doing final projects with their groups.

Writing: We are finishing up our writing essays this week. It was a free choice informational topic.

Science: We will be finishing up with Force and Motion.

Have a great night!

Mondays in Third Grade

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