Thursday, April 19, 2018

April 20

Religion:  Next week we will be talking about another mystery of our faith, the Paschal Mystery. We will talk about the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for us, and then talk about the idea of sacrifices third graders could make.
Writing: This week we focused on similes with our Mentor Sentence. We also continued to research our authors. We then wrote a three paragraph biography about the person we studied. We will present these to the class next week.
Math:  Unit 9 continues next week. The focus remains on multiplication and division. Although there are no graded timed tests for multiplication and division, the students are encouraged to get the basic facts memorized. They will be learning different strategies for multi-digit multiplication problems.
Spelling: Week 25 R-Controlled Vowels (or, ore) / Suffixes (ment, ness, 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 to learn about the tropical rainforests around the world. Students will identify where rainforests are located and the layers of the rainforests.
Comprehension: Next week we will conclude our Nonfiction Text Features study with a fun and interactive activity. Our next unit will be Reader's Theater. This will give us the opportunity to practice our fluency and expression.

Friday, April 13, 2018

April 13

Religion:  Next week we will have a theme of "Start with Hello." The students will be doing different activities related to this national week. Below are the themes for each day:
Monday - "Smile Power"
Tuesday - "Kindness is the New Cool"
Wednesday - "No One Eats Alone"
Thursday - Be an Upstander"
Friday - "Respecting Diversity"
Writing: This week we focused on diagramming sentences with adjectives for our Mentor Sentence. We also started an author study. Each child was assigned an author to learn about. We read biographies and did research in the computer lab.
Math:  Unit 9 continues next week. The focus remains on multiplication and division. Although there are no graded timed tests for multiplication and division, the students are encouraged to get the basic facts memorized. They will be learning different strategies for multi-digit multiplication problems.
Spelling: Week 24 R-Controlled Vowels (ar, air, are) / Suffixes (less, ful, like)
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 on Rainforests. Students will be learning about the different forest ecosystems, with focus on the rainforest. Students will also identify special characteristics of animals and determine the class they belong to.
Comprehension: We are working on a nonfiction text feature unit. This week each child has learned about the various features and how they help us understand and learn more about the subject.

Friday, April 6, 2018

April 6

Religion:  Next week we will be discussing the different parts of the mass. The students should know the which category in which the main parts of the mass take place. We will also focus on the Holy Trinity. They will be making an analogy to help understand how three parts can act as one.

Writing: This week we focused on quotation marks with our Mentor Sentence. We started a unit over main idea, and we practiced writing pieces with a topic sentence and supporting sentences. Next week we will use this knowledge to guide us in an author study.
Math:  Unit 9 starts next week. It will focus on multiplication and division. Although there are no graded timed tests for multiplication and division, the students are encouraged to get the basic facts memorized. They will be learning different strategies for multi-digit multiplication problems.
Spelling: Week 23 R-Controlled Vowels (eer, ear) / Suffixes (able, ly, ward)
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 learn how we depend on plants and the multiple ways we use plants or parts of plants in our everyday lives. We will have 2 days of review for our Plant Unit test. Test will be on Thursday, April 12.
Comprehension: We have completed the class book Stone Fox. Next week we will begin to study nonfiction text features.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

March 30

Religion:  The Stations of the Cross were led by the 6th graders today. Next week we will focus on Easter and do an activity with Bible passages. On Friday the students will be participating in a prayer service in each of our rooms. They will need to bring a rock to school for that by Friday.

Writing: This week we focused on possessive nouns with our Mentor Sentence. We presented our opinion pieces to the class. Next week we will study the structure of a sentence. The students will be able to identify a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
Math:  Unit 8 will be wrapping up next week. We will have one more lesson on Tuesday, no math on Wednesday due to practice for the music program, a review on Thursday and the test for Unit 8 will be on Friday, April 6th.
Spelling: Week 22 R-Controlled Vowels (eer, ear) / Prefixes (mis, dis, im, un)
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 learning about seeds this week. Students will need a piece of fruit for homework completion on Tuesday/Wednesday. On Thursday we will be observing all the different seeds and using them to complete a writing activity.
Comprehension: We have read the eight chapters in Stone Fox. Next week will finish the book, and we will discuss its bittersweet ending.

Friday, March 23, 2018

March 23

Religion:  The students have completed their Stations of the Cross booklet! Next week we will be talking about the special days during Holy Week. On Friday afternoon the 6th graders will be leading us in the Stations of the Cross in the church at 2:30. Mission Day will be on Thursday next week because of Stations. That means the Stewardship Sheet will also be due on Thursday.

Writing: This week we focused on comparative and superlative adjectives with our Mentor Sentence. We also continued to work on our opinion pieces. We are focusing on the conclusion of our work.
Math:  Unit 8 started up this week. Our focus is on fractions. The concepts that will be reviewed and introduced are using the number line to understand fractions, equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, and fractions greater than one. The test for Unit 8 will be on Thursday, April 5th.
Spelling: Week 21 R-Controlled Vowels / Prefixes (mid, tele, re, pre)
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: The test over our Space Unit will be on Monday. The kids reviewed on Friday and should be bringing home their study guide. Our next unit will focus on plants.
Comprehension: We have read the first four chapters of Stone Fox. We have worked on making connections and visualizing the words we read. Next week we will continue to work on this class book and more comprehension strategies.

Friday, March 2, 2018

March 2

Religion:  We have continued our focus on the Lenten season. The students are working on a Stations of the Cross booklet. Each station includes a description, activity and prayer for the students to complete. Each Monday the whole school is participating in a prayer service for Lent. The third graders will be in charge of the one on March 18 at 9:10 in the Church.

Writing: This week we focused on vivid verbs with our Mentor Sentence. We also started our opinion unit. We are working on stating our opinion and then writing down reasons to support our thoughts.
Math:  Unit 7 continued this week with a focus on multiplication and division. The students will be using parentheses to form more complex number sentences. They will also be practicing extended facts for multiplication and division. The test for this unit will be on Wednesday, March 7 before Spring Break.
Spelling: Week 20 Sound of a and al / Contractions
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 learn about the Earth's rotation and what that causes here on Earth. Students will also learn about Earth's revolution and how our seasons are determined.
Comprehension: This week we finished our unit on Determining Importance. After spring break we will begin a class book, Stone Fox. We will use a myriad of comprehension strategies while working on this text.

Friday, February 23, 2018

February 23

Religion:  We have started our focus on the Lenten season. The students are working on a Stations of the Cross booklet. Each station includes a description, activity and prayer for the students to complete. Each Monday the whole school is participating in a prayer service for Lent. The third graders will be in charge of the one on March 18 at 9:10 in the Church.

Writing: This week we focused on conjunctions our Mentor Sentence. We finished our functional writing unit. Next week we will begin our Opinion Unit.
Math:  Unit 7 started this week with a focus on multiplication and division. The students will be using parentheses to form more complex number sentences. They will also be practicing extended facts for multiplication and division.
Spelling: Week 19 Vowel Digraphs / Compound Words
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 in science on our solar system and the moon. We will read an informational book about the planets and create postcards to display new knowledge of the different planets.
Comprehension: We are working on determining importance from various pieces. We are looking at our own reading and trying to figure out the author's purpose.