Sunday, December 13, 2015

5 More Days!

Who's excited for the holiday break???  We have five days left! It's going to be a great week! But first, here are some photos from last week:

We finished up our unit on Frederick Douglass. We pretended to be abolitionists from the 1800s and made anti-slavery posters.

We learned all about the properties of multiplication and reviewed with a fun game around the room.

I recruited my own 3 children to make some videos about the properties. Check the previous blog post for a quick review of the commutative, associative, and distributive properties of multiplication.

We visited the science lab on Friday and did some experiments with weathering and erosion.

This week we will finish our unit on Susan B. Anthony. Ask you child why she is an important historical figure. In writing, we are finishing up our biography projects. Your child has completed research and a rough draft on either Paul Revere, Frederick Douglass, or Susan B. Anthony. We will be putting all the pieces together this week for our final draft. In reading, we will be reviewing several skills as we complete activities that go with the text, The Polar Express. In math, we will finish our chapter on properties and solving equations. 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. I'm just an email away.

Thank you!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Happy December Everyone! I can't believe there are only 2 weeks until our holiday break!

We did a lot of learning this week. We learned all about the importance of Frederick Douglass. We read from a variety of sources about him and did some stations today in preparation for a short quiz on Monday. Ask your child why he is an important historical figure. Here are a few pictures of us reading about Frederick Douglass before writing about how he worked for liberty, justice, and freedom of expression:

In math, we finished our unit on area and made some awesome area robots:

In reading, we've been working hard on using complete sentences in our extended response answers as well as rephrasing the question in our answers. We also looked at some poetry to make sure we understood the terms line, stanza, & rhyme.

In writing, we began our hero writing as part of the Cobb County writing contest. If you did not see the email from we with contest information, let me know and I can get the details to you. Today, we did some research for our biographies that we will be writing for the next several days. Ask your child who they are writing about.
 Next week, in math we will be continuing to learn about the different properties of multiplication. Ask your child about the distributive and associative properties. In reading, we will continue to work on giving what I call "super-star" answers where we use evidence from the text in complete sentences to answer comprehension questions. In social studies, we will finish up with Frederick Douglass and begin learning about the importance of Susan B. Anthony.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I enjoyed spending time with some of my family in Virginia. Here are some pictures from our last week of learning:

We finished up our Paul Revere unit with some fun activities. We played PAUL-O (bingo), did a short play, and pretended that Paul Revere had a cell phone. The text message conversations were hilarious!

We finished up our soil writings. They're hanging in the hallway and look GREAT!

And on Friday, we completed our first STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activity. The challenge was to build a Mayflower ship that can hold the most cargo while floating in water. The students only had 1 sheet of aluminum foil, 1 piece of paper, 1 straw, and tape. Our cargo was quarters. It was awesome to see the teams working together to build their ships. They did a great job of adjusting their ship designs after seeing what worked and didn't work after their first test. The winning ship held over 100 quarters before sinking. Ask your child about their design.

Here is a look at what we will be learning this week. In social studies, we will begin learning about Frederick Douglass. In writing, we will be doing some "flash writing". This is where the students will be finishing a short writing in one sitting, as opposed to working on the same piece for several days in a row. We will also begin doing some research for our upcoming biographies. In math, we will finish our unit on area and then begin learning about the different properties of multiplication (commutative property, associative property, distributive property). And in reading, we will talk about poetry and the meanings of the terms stanza, verse, chapter, lines, message, & rhyme. We will also work on how to complete written answers to questions including using complete sentences and text evidence in our answers.

On Friday, our class will take a quick preview of the Holiday Shop. If you are not familiar with the Holiday Shop, this is a store that will be set up inside the school for student purchases on Saturday at 8:30-12:00. There will be many items at very reasonable prices for students to buy for their family members. There will also be activities in the cafeteria during this time.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hello Everyone!
Last week, we learned so much about Paul Revere. Here we are reading about how he showed diligence and liberty:

We will finish up our unit on Paul Revere this week. In writing, we will finish our Herman the Worm stories. In reading, we will work on listening comprehension as we focus on finding the main idea and details. In math, we will begin a new chapter on area. I encourage you to find ways to talk about how area is important in the real world. Do you have any tile at your house? Have your child find the area of a certain section of the tile. We will start by counting each square inside a rectangle and then move on to learning the formula (length x width) for finding area of a rectangle. It will be very important to use the term square units (or square inches, square feet, square centimeters, etc) when talking about area. 
We have a busy week ahead of us. On Thursday, we will meet with our 1st grade buddies. And on Friday, we will attempt our first STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity. We will be building a Mayflower ship out of aluminum foil and see which ship can hold the most cargo (pennies). It should be a lot of fun! We will also have a visitor from our school counselor on Friday and a visit from Well-Star with a lesson on managing our feelings.
Don't forget, this Wednesday is our special 3rd grade Thanksgiving lunch at 11:40. Please come and join us for lunch! Tuesday and Thursday, we will have lunch in the classroom to make room in the cafeteria for other grade levels to have their Thanksgiving lunches.
As always, please email me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Thank you!

Monday, November 9, 2015

We cracked open geodes!

We had a great week in 3rd grade! On Thursday, Gwyn's mom came to help us make some edible dirt cups and it was delicious! Thank you so much to those that donated soil supplies!
 And on Friday, we had a great experience with Mr. Dodd from the Cobb County Gem and Mineral Society. Every third grader was able to pick their own geode and then watch as it was cracked open to reveal the treasure inside. It was so exciting!

This week, we will begin learning about Paul Revere and why he is still remembered today as an important U.S. figure. In writing, we will use all of our recently learned soil knowledge to write an informational piece told through the eyes of a worm (Herman the Worm). We took a math test today and we will spend the rest of the week working on story problems, especially 2-step problems. These are often tricky so I encourage you to try some real-life examples at home. (You had 3 sets of Pokemon cards with 10 cards in each set, but then you lost 1 set of cards. How many cards do you have now?) In reading, we are working on using context clues to help us figure out the meaning of unknown words. It should be a great week - if only this rain will stop!

Don't forget, you can come eat Thanksgiving lunch with your child on Wednesday, November 18 at 11:40. (This is different then our regular lunch time at 10:57.)

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!