Sunday, December 3, 2017

Learning and growing together this Advent Season!

Tuesday, December 19
During the month of December your child will be learning all about the birth of our Savior.  We'll be studying the Christmas story in school and even memorizing the beautiful passage of scripture found in Luke 2.  Your third grader has been learning  joyful songs to help share this story. On Tuesday, December 19, the first-fifth grade children will share the story of Christ’s birth with you; you won't want to miss this.   The program will begin at 7:00 pm at Fair Haven Church (28th and Baldwin)  Please join us;  invite grandparents too! 

Click HERE if you want to hear the music we are learning.

We have been learning all about Joseph’s life as he was sold as a slave in Egypt. Students should have a whole new perspective on this story now that they understand the culture of Egypt 4000 years ago.  This week we will review and take a test on Josephs life. Look for a study guide to come home Monday.
*Bible Memory is Due Friday, Luke 2:1-5. We will recited it everyday in class. Please work on it at home too! (FB has audioboom) 

We are reviewing strategies for 2-step story problems as well as multiplying. I am sending home a paper copy for math homework this week for story problem practice. We will be taking a test on Unit 2.

*Math Homework: 2 step story problems worksheet is due Friday.

SCIENCE- We are learning all about magnetism as a force. We begin diving into facts about magnets last week and many students reported that they did not know the whole world was a magnet.

Unit 11 begins Monday and I will assess on Friday this week. We will be learning about compound subjects and predicates in sentences. 

*Optional homework is on the back of this weeks spelling list.

I will be checking in with an assessment on your childs oral reading fluency and accuracy. I have marked the gradebook with our latest comprehension test.


We have been busy drafting all 3-5 parts of our Egyptian informational articles. This week we will peer and teacher conference as we seek to meet the expectations. These articles will be presented on Egyptian Day!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Learning and Growing Together

Our devotional theme for this month will be "Lighting up the world with Kindness" - based on Ephesians 4:32 -"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." As we learn about Egypt and begin to learn more about Joesph’s life, we wonder why Joesph...

·       did not fuss and fight.
·       was kind to people in prison.
·       found good in everything.
·       forgiving to his brothers who traded him in. 

Starting December 1. We will be doing random acts of kindness leading up to our 12 days before Christmas. Some of the acts your child will be involved in include: Making kindness snowflakes to hand around school, posting compliments on bathroom mirrors, smiling at someone new, passing out candy canes, making cookies for staff, and delivering cards to the The Laurel's in our community.  I absolutely love Christmas.  Even though it can be a stressful time, I think it is a holiday that has the potential to bring out the best in people. 

- Test Next Week, Review sheet will go home at the end of the week.
Joseph and Potiaphers House
Joseph in Egypt
Discuss the Egyptian Culture

*Bible Memory is Due Friday, December 8 is Luke 2:1-5. We will recited it everyday in class. Please work on it at home too! (posted on FB group the audiobook for this)

We will be working heavily on story problems. These problems will be more challenging as they will be two-step problems. Students will read, write an equation, answer, and label all problems. They will also be creating their own story problems. 

*Math Homework: 3 green lights

SCIENCE- We will be exploring the force of a marble and how gravity effects the distance. Then we will be moving into the force of magnetism.

Unit 10 this week. Working on /J/, /s/. and /o/ sounds as well as homophones.

*Dear parent letter goes home (optional homework)

We will be learning all about text structures when reading informational text. We will focus on descriptive, sequential, compare and contrast, and cause and effect.

* Monthly reading logs are due this week. Please return them by Friday.

We are working on outlining our informational articles on topics involving Egypt. We will add an introduction and conclusion this week too!

LOVE BAAZAR- Friday is our annual Love Baazar. (note went home a week or so ago) If your child chooses to participate, we will shop from 1:30-1:55. Please prepare using the checklist below:

  •  Have your tags labeled
  •  Money in envelope labeled.
  •  Bag to carry gifts home.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Curriculum Update

Thank you to all of you who so willingly gave wipes and kleenexes last week. I am hoping these last us through Christmas. Also, a big thank you to the parents who helped on our field trip last week. It was a great time of fun and learning about forces and motion with air and space.   

Field trip- This week Tuesday our 3rd graders were invited to attend a music event at the Celebration Cinema on the East Beltline. This is a quick trip and there is no need for parent volunteers. The kids will be seeing Bill Vits and learn about his experiences with music in the Grand Rapids Symphony. 

Growing in Faith 
Growing in faith together is the beautiful part I get to incorporate into my plans and just allow the spirit to guide me with each week as I teach your third grader. This last week your child had the opportunity to name one person who has showed them Jesus in their life. These were written as thankful prayers and posted on our wall outside the classroom. We named them "Thankful Pockets" Inside each pocket is a name of one person you child is hoping and praying for this year to show Jesus to. 

Another thing that has been happening each month is preschool buddies.  We have been meeting up with preschool buddies on Fridays once a month. As we have helped our preschool friends learn how to cut, sit, listen, and clean up, we have begun to nature their faith development too! Through examples and encouragement notes, we hope to continue this relationship with our preschool friends all year.  

Jacob will be going into Egypt in our Bible stories this week and his life resembles the one of Jesus Christ... I love how this is worded in The Jesus Storybook Bible... One day, God would send another Prince, a young Prince whose heart would break. Like Joseph, he would leave his home an his Father. His brothers would hate him and want him dead. He would be sold for pieces of silver. He would be punished even though he had done nothing wrong. But God would use everything that happened to this young Prince - even the bad things - to do something good: to forgive the sins of the whole world.

Bible Memory- Psalm 100 is due next Tuesday 

 Luke 2:1-14 is due December 15. Verses 6-14 were learned in 2nd grade.  
Check out this my audioboom podcasts for your kids to listen to if they are more auditory. 

Egypt Day- Is coming soon! This day will take place in December.  Your child will dress up like an Egyptian. Start asking past parents to borrow costumes. If you do not have anyone to reach out to, and do not want to be purchasing one more thing during this season, let me know. We have had things donated to us. Stay tuned after thanksgiving break about this event. 

Math: Students continue to practice those 6's, 7's, and 8's. We will be learning about square numbers and work through 2-step word problems this week. 

   Homework is three green lights on reflex!

Word work: We are working on Unit 8 which covers ci, ss, ce spelling patterns. We will also be working on sentence structures with subjects and predicates. Students will learn how to build bigger sentences too!

  • Homework is optional and you will find it on the back of the spelling list. 


Reading:   We are finding facts and listing the ones we remember on sticky notes. We will be practicing main idea and supporting details as well. 
  • I can list facts I remember on sticky notes
  • I can sort important vs interesting facts.
  • I can locate the main idea sentence in a paragraph.
  • I can support main ideas with key details from the text. 


Writing:  This week we will be practicing our speaking and listening skills by using an app called Audioboom. Students will create a podcast of their stories with me that they can share. These will be posted at conferences on their lockers with QR code readers for you to listen to. 

Also this week, we will be organizing facts about Egypt and outlining our ideas into organizers. 

Monday- P.E.
Tuesday- No Music, field trip
Wednesday- Spanish
Thursday- Art
Friday- P.E. 
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