Thursday, December 15, 2016

December 16

Religion:   Next week we will have our last Advent Prayer Service. After Mass on Wednesday the whole school will go to the gym to sing Christmas Carols. After Christmas break we will talk about the 12 Days of Christmas leading up the the Epiphany.
Writing: We will be starting a new unit after Christmas break on Fiction. The students will get the chance to use their imagination to create a story where anything is possible.
Math:  Unit Five will begin next week. This will focus on larger numbers and place value. They will be reading, writing, and ordering numbers to the millions.
Spelling: Week Twelve - sounds of oi & oy / plural endings to nouns. 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. Our test for Week 12 will be on January 6.
Science/SS: We will be finishing up our unit on the "American Spirit" for social studies. Next we will be starting a new unit in science called Force, Motion and Simple Machines. Look for information to be coming home on Tuesday regarding important dates for materials, assignments and the completed project for the Invention Convention!

Comprehension: We are working on making inferences in reading. The third graders are asked to be detectives while they read so they can find clues. Students will. We will continue to meet with students in groups as well as individual conferences.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

December 9

Religion:   We will have our Advent Prayer Service next Friday at 8:40. Mrs. Thornton's class is in charge of Mass on Wednesday. We will continue our mini unit on the Works of Mercy. On Friday we will go to the computer lab to make word clouds using words pertaining to the Works of Mercy.
Writing: Next week we will be finishing up our unit on personal narratives. We will work on editing our writing and turning it into a final draft. Each child will present his or her work to the class. Our next grammar lesson will be on verbs.
Math:  Unit Four will wrap up next Thursday. Monday and Tuesday are teaching days, Wednesday will be a review day, and Thursday is the test. Please continue to work on basic facts with your child. The basic facts for addition and subtraction should be mastered at this point. We will start learning more games to help memorize their multiplication facts.
Spelling: Week Eleven - sounds of ea in mean / head and 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 be discovering and learning about 6 different themes that symbolize our "American Spirit" (Courage, Hard Work, Diversity, Liberty, Honor and Equality). Students will be using My Maps to find the location of their person/place that symbolizes a particular American Spirit. Students will also share their American Flags that contain information about their person/place.

Comprehension: We are working on making inferences in reading. The third graders are asked to be detectives while they read so they can find clues. Next week we will read the trade book Boundless Grace and will discuss how to describe the main character's personality.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 2

Religion:   We will have our Advent Prayer Service next Wednesday at 2:50. The students will have the opportunity to participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday as well. We will do an examination of conscience on Tuesday during school to help prepare the students. Mass will be on Thursday next week due to the Immaculate Conception. On Friday we will start a mini unit on the Works of Mercy.
Writing: The students are continuing to work on their personal narratives. Next week we will focus on creating a strong lead as well as a strong conclusion to our piece. Our next grammar lesson will be a pronoun review.
Math:  Unit Four continues with multiplication and division. The students will use fact families and arrays to further their understanding of multiplication and division. They will also be learning multiplication baseball to help memorize the facts. This is an app they can download to play on iPads as well.
Spelling: Week Ten - vowel sounds of y and medial consonant blends and digraphs (ex: teacher). 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 discovering and learning about 6 different themes that symbolize our "American Spirit" (Courage, Hard Work, Diversity, Liberty, Honor and Equality). Students will be choosing one to go more in depth with and research a particular person or place the exemplifies that spirit. Be looking for a research notes sheet to be coming home on Wednesday to edit with your child.

Comprehension: We are working on making inferences in reading. The third graders are asked to be detectives while they read so they can find clues. This week we read a trade book and discussed how we would describe the main character's personality.

Friday, November 18, 2016

November 18

Religion:   We will be learning about Advent before we head off for Thanksgiving break. After break we start our weekly Advent Prayer Services. Also, we will be focusing on the Bible and how to look up verses. On Thursday and Friday we will use the Bible to look up verses pertaining to Mary to prepare for the Immaculate Conception Mass.
Writing: The students are continuing to learn about the qualities of personal narratives. We are spending some time each day writing in our writers' notebooks. The grammar lesson after Thanksgiving will be noun and pronoun agreement.
Math:  Unit Three concludes on Monday with a test over Unit 3. After Thanksgiving we will start our fourth unit over multiplication and division. We will cover multiples of equal groups, multiplication arrays, equal shares and equal groups, and how division and multiplication relate to each other.
Spelling: Week Nine long vowel review and medial consonants (puppet, camel). The spelling section 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 will be finishing up our unit on government. Our last lesson will be focusing on the three branches. After Thanksgiving we will be focusing on American Spirit and Symbols.

Comprehension: We will continue to work in reading groups as well as meet with students in individual conferences. We will conclude our unit on visualizing. After Thanksgiving our focus will turn to making inferences.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

November 10

Religion:   We will be sharing the completed Saints slides in class on Tuesday. The students will also be focusing on the PBIS pillar of responsibility. They will learn about a lot of vocabulary that goes along with being a responsible person.
Writing: The kids will be continuing their unit next week on personal narratives. They will be writing using sensory detail to enhance their memories. One of the topics they will write about will be their first day of school. The grammar lesson will be over possessive pronouns.
Math:  Unit Three continues next week.  We will focus on area, number models for area, diameter and circumference. There will be no math on Tuesday because of our Playhouse field trip.
Spelling: Week Eight o (Co, oa, ow) and consonant digraphs (gh, ph as /f/). The spelling section 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: They will focus on city and state and national government. They will be looking into the three branches of government as well.

Comprehension: We will be doing more with groups and continue to do individual conferences. The comprehension strategy is visualizing what you read.

Friday, November 4, 2016

November 4

Religion:   We will be talking about the importance of respecting all people. We will read the book, Horton Hears a Who! and discuss how we can be the protectors of all people. The students can continue to work on their Saint slide from home. We would love to have these completed by the end of the week so the students can share their slides the following week.
Writing: The kids will be starting a new unit next week on personal narratives. They will be writing about experiences they have had with loved ones, writing about home, and completing a quick write using sensory details. They grammar lesson will be over subject and object pronouns.
Math:  Unit Three continues next week.  We will focus on perimeter, collecting and displaying data, and area. There will be no math on Thursday because of our Iowa Wild field trip.
Spelling:  Week Eight focuses on the long o (Co, oa, ow) and consonant digraphs (gh, ph as /f/). The spelling section 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 wrapped up the matter unit this week with the oobleck experiment. Next week we will start a unit about government. They will hear the story, City Green, and talk about the role of government in our community. They will focus on city and state government.

Comprehension: We will be doing more with groups and continue to do individual conferences. The comprehension strategy is visualizing what you read.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October 28

Religion:   We will continue to work on our Saints project next week.  The students should have enough time to complete this in school, but if they haven't finished it by the end of the day on Friday it becomes homework.  They have access to their project with their gmail account on their google drive.  They can turn in their work via computer at home as well.
Writing: The kids will be finishing up author's chair next week. We will be starting our unit on personal narratives after Iowa Assessments.
Math:  Unit Three continues next week.  We will only have two days with homework due to the Iowa Assessments.  They will focus on measuring to the nearest 1/4 inch, 1/2 cm and nearest mm.  We will also focus on the metric system and U.S. Customary units of measurement.
Spelling:  Week Seven focuses on the long i (Cie, Cy, CCy, igh) and final consonant digraphs (ck, ng, nk).    The students will not get their new words until Friday. The test over Week Seven will be on Thursday, November 10 due to Iowa Assessments next week and no school on the 11th.  The spelling section 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 was delayed one day, so that put our last experiment for matter into next week. The kids will get to create and experiment with Oobleck. It is an interesting material because it displays the properties of both a solid and a liquid at different points.

Comprehension:  Making connections with the text will continue to be our focus during reading.  We have introduced text-to-self, text-to-text and text-to-world connections.  We will be doing more with groups and continue to do individual conferences.