Friday, January 19, 2018

January 19

Religion:  Next week we will discuss parables and how to find symbols in them to learn about God's kingdom. The students will read the parables and also watch short videos depicting them.
Writing: This week we focused on adjectives with our Mentor Sentence. The students are doing a great job changing the sentences and creating similar sentences.

We are continuing to study different pieces of fiction writing. We are drafting our own fiction stories as well.
Math:  Our next unit will focus on geometry. There will be a lot of vocabulary to review and learn. This is a fun unit with lots of hands-on activities to help the students understand the concepts. We will start with lines, line segments, rays, angles, parallel and intersecting lines and triangles.

Spelling: Week 15 Sounds of OU (cousin & thought) / Verb Endings - s, es, ed, ing
The spelling section of the website contains all of the weekly lists and the choice words in case your child misplaces their words.  You can also find a copy of LSCW if you need it.
Science/SS: Students will be doing a hands on observation with the forces at work on bridges and will attempt to construct a paper bridge. They will discover just how strong it is by putting as many pennies on it that they can! A reminder that the Blank Poster Board and edited Planning Sheet are due on Thursday, January 25. Invention Convention is Friday, February 2 from 12:15-1:00.
Comprehension: We are continuing to work on the comprehension strategy of wondering and questioning. Next week we will write a letter explaining how we are using this strategy while we read our own books.

Friday, January 12, 2018

January 12

Religion:  Because of the snow day, we will be moving our discussion and activity about the Baptism of Jesus to next week. We will continue with our classroom meetings as well.
Writing: We are starting to use a program called Mentor Sentences to help the students learn about sentence structure and building their own sentences correctly. Look in their take home folders to see what this program is all about.

We are continuing to study different pieces of fiction writing. We are drafting our own fiction stories as well.
Math:  We will finish up our work with larger numbers in Unit 5. We will have one more lesson on Tuesday, a review on Wednesday and then the test will be on Thursday. Thank you so much for bringing in materials to help with our STEAM activities!

Spelling: Week 14 Sounds of OU (round & could) / Singular and Plural Possessives
The spelling section of the website contains all of the weekly lists and the choice words in case your child misplaces their words.  You can also find a copy of LSCW if you need it.
Science/SS: We are starting our forces, motion, and simple machines unit. The kids will participating in many hands on activities throughout the unit! This week we will be looking more in depth at these simple machines: This week we will be learning more about the wedge, pulley and wheel and axle. Blank Poster Board and edited Planning Sheet due on Thursday, January 25. Invention Convention is Friday, February 2 from 12:15-1:00.
Comprehension: We are continuing to work on the comprehension strategy of wondering and questioning. We will practice describing our thoughts before, during and after we read.

Friday, January 5, 2018

January 5

Religion:  Next week we will be focused on the Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord. We will also see how the sacrament of Baptism is rooted in the Bible.
Writing: This week we started working on Fiction. We read the book Tacky the Penguin and discussed the characteristics of a fictional story. We will continue to work with studying more types of fiction as well as drafting fiction next week.
Math:  We will continue working with larger numbers in Unit 5. There will be some introduction of decimals and fractions as well. The students will be expected to know their place value to the millions as well as low as the hundredths place. Thank you in advance for bringing in materials to help with our STEAM activities!

Spelling: Week 13 Sounds of OU (round) & OW (cow) / Changing Vowel Sound in Plurals (foot - feet)
The spelling section of the website contains all of the weekly lists and the choice words in case your child misplaces their words.  You can also find a copy of LSCW if you need it.
Science/SS: We are starting our forces, motion, and simple machines unit. The kids will participating in many hands on activities throughout the unit! This week we will be looking more in depth at these simple machines: Inclined Plane, Screw, Wedge, and Pulley.
Comprehension: Next week we will begin to work on the comprehension strategy of wondering and questioning. We will practice describing our thoughts before, during and after we read.

Friday, December 15, 2017

December 15

Religion:  Our third Advent Prayer Service will be on Monday, December 18 at 8:45. Mrs. Thornton's class is in charge of Mass on Wednesday, December 20. The students will also participate in a prayer service and sing along on Thursday morning.
Writing: We have been working on creating paragraphs in writing. We have talked about using a topic sentence as well as supporting sentences.
Math:  Unit 5 focuses on place value with larger numbers and decimals. We will be focusing on the millions for the next few days with different activities. The students will also participate on their third STEM activity of the month. Ask them which one they liked the best!

Spelling: No Spelling Next Week
The spelling section of the website contains all of the weekly lists and the choice words in case your child misplaces their words.  You can also find a copy of LSCW if you need it.
Science/SS: We are starting our forces, motion, and simple machines unit. The kids will participating in many hands on activities throughout the unit!
Comprehension: This week we worked on making inferences. We will continue to do this next week as well. The students have been told to act like detectives while they read and look for clues.

Friday, December 8, 2017

December 8

Religion:  Our second Advent Prayer Service will be on Monday, December 11 at 2:45. On Tuesday our third graders will participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation. We will be preparing them for his on Monday. Mrs. Drey's class is in charge of Mass on Wednesday, December 13.
Writing: Grammar Lesson - Review Week - Pronouns & Possessive Nouns
We have been working hard on our special project. We have been working on creating a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
Math:   Our 4th Unit will wrap up on Tuesday, December 12 with an assessment. They will review for this on Monday. Wednesday we will start Unit 5. This will focus on place value with larger numbers and decimals.

Spelling: Week 12 Sounds of Sound of oi & oy / Plural endings es, s
The spelling section of the website contains all of the weekly lists and the choice words in case your child misplaces their words.  You can also find a copy of LSCW if you need it.
Science/SS: Students will continue with the unit entitled The American Spirit. Students have been researching a person or place that has helped shape and link us together as Americans today. The key ideals of Liberty, Equality, Courage, Hard Work, Diversity and Honor will be a common thread to all of these people and places. Students will present their information to the class in the form of an American flag.
Comprehension: This week we continued to work on making inferences. We read the book Boundless Grace and we discussed the main character's personality. We used clues from the book to help us come up with specific words to complete this task.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December 1

Religion:  We will begin having our Advent prayer services next week. The first one will be on Monday, December 4 at 2:45. Also, our Mass time for next week has changed to Friday, December 8th to celebrate the Immaculate Conception. Mrs. Pamperin's class in in charge of that Mass. We will be learning more about Mary in the Bible to be prepared for it.
Writing: Grammar Lesson - Noun / Pronoun Agreement
We will finish our unit on personal narratives by presenting our writing to the class. Then we will begin a special project that will be presented to you soon.
Math:   Your child has multiplication/division fact triangle to study. They have learned a lot of different strategies to help with understanding multiplication and division as well as strategies to help them memorize their facts. They will be doing more explorations with arrays next week, finding distances, and finding areas of rectangles using multiplication.
Spelling: Week 11 Sounds of EA (in mean and head) & Syllables -cion, -sion, -tion
The spelling section of the website contains all of the weekly lists and the choice words in case your child misplaces their words.  You can also find a copy of LSCW if you need it.
Science/SS: Students will continue with the unit entitled The American Spirit. Students have been researching a person or place that has helped shape and link us together as Americans today. The key ideals of Liberty, Equality, Courage, Hard Work, Diversity and Honor will be a common thread to all of these people and places. Students will present their information to the class in the form of an American flag.
Comprehension: We will continue our unit on making inferences. We will practice being detectives and look for clues within passages. We will then apply this to our own reading.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

November 17

Religion:  Our focus will be on the Works of Mercy the next couple of weeks. They will be using what they learn to create a word cloud in the computer lab.
Writing: Grammar Lesson - Possessive Pronouns
Next week the third graders will continue working on our Personal Narratives unit. We will be discussing strong openings and closings. We will then edit our work and create a final draft to share with the class.
Math:   The fourth unit will start November 20 and will focus on multiplication and division. Some of the skills the students will focus on will be multiples of equal groups, understanding and creating arrays, equal shares and equal groups, and division ties to multiplication with fact families. We will be using a multiplication/division chart to help them find the basic facts. Our goal is that they will master/memorize some of the the "easier" facts this unit.
Spelling: Week 10 Vowel Sounds of Y
The spelling section of the website contains all of the weekly lists and the choice words in case your child misplaces their words.  You can also find a copy of LSCW if you need it.
Science/SS: Students will begin a new unit entitled The American Spirit. Students will choose a person or place that has helped shape and link us together as Americans today to research. The key ideals of Liberty, Equality, Courage, Hard Work, Diversity and Honor will be a common thread to all of these people and places.
Comprehension: We will continue our unit on making inferences. We will practice being detectives and look for clues within passages. We will then apply this to our own reading.