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!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Already???

Hi Everyone!
I can't believe November is here already! Here are some photos and videos from last week's learning:

Here we are giving clues about different types of soil. (Turn your volume up.) Can you guess what soil the students are describing???

We did some fun multiplication rotations to help us practice our facts:

And on Friday, we played multiplication bingo using some pre-Halloween candy to cover numbers:

This week we will finish our soil unit and enjoy a delicious treat on Thursday. We will be making our own edible cups of dirt with pudding, crushed oreos and gummy worms. Please let me know if your child can not have any of those products before Thursday. On Friday, we will have a very special visit to the science lab and we will be cracking open geodes! The students will all get to keep one too! In math, we will be working on our 3s and 4s times tables. Please help your child memorize their facts! We will also finish up a narrative story that we started last week. I was really impressed with the descriptive language everyone was putting into their stories! We will be learning about literal and figurative language in reading and will hopefully be able to use some of these in our writing as well.
This Thursday at 5:00, the Principal from Daniell Middle School will be in the media center to talk to parents about how middle school works. Then at 6:00, 5th grade will have a special performance in the cafeteria. It should be a great night! Come out and enjoy! 
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. My email is