Thursday, October 12, 2017

Curriculum Update

SCIENCE: 1 Timothy 4:4 says, “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.”

I am thankful for failures we have endured in Science this week because they teach! Your third grader has been busy observing a car in motion. These observations have been used to help design a plan. Then the plan has had to be carried about by a team of classmates. Most trials have resulted in failure and some groups have struggled to work together.  I am in awe and wonder at the minds God has gifted these third graders with. He is teaching all of us! We are learning how to work together and how to use our failures towards successful thinking. This next week we will keep trying/failing/trying again. Finally, we will reflect on what we have learned and how these experiences are similar to our walk with Christ. 









BIBLE: We have explored Abraham's life and learned that he was a true friend of God, however, we have learned that he didn't always make the right choices.  Next week we will wrap up the last story and then review and test. The Test for Bible will be Tuesday, Oct. 24Below is the review guide we have been using in class. This may give you an idea of how to help your child prepare for the test.







Bible Memory:  New Testament Books of the Bible is due this coming Wednesday, October 18. 


WRITING:

These third graders are doing an excellent job asking, "How can I be better at writing?" I am impressed with the first piece they took through the writing process. Next week we will be revising and editing. 




READING: Sharing our connections about the most important parts of our stories and tracking our goals will be what we do this upcoming week.  

WORD WORK-Reviewing adjectives and homophones

MATH: We continue to work with multiplication and division. We are learning about the properties that help us understand how numbers work. To make this visual so kids can remember, we have been using the chart below. We continue to work on building our fluency with our multiplication facts 0-10. 

Keep working on Reflex at home!







Sunday, October 8, 2017

Curriculum Update

Bible
We are continuing on in our study of the life of Abraham and we are beginning to see the choices Abram had in his life. We have been mapping out when he has followed God’s lead and when he has followed his own. We are learning that even though Abram is a hero of faith, he is not perfect just like us. This week, God will destroy Sodom and test Abraham’s faith. We will write down some examples of when we have been tested in our own lives!

Bible Memory-New Testament Books of the Bible is DUE October 18. 

During reading workshopwe will begin to track goals for ourselves as independent readers. Lesson topics include:

  • readers choose their attitude towards reading
  • readers listen and respond when sharing reading
  • readers keep the book in the book talk. 




Our writing workshop I think we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel for our personal narrative stories. This week we will double check our introductions and endings, then we will begin to peer conference.   





In word work/spelling, we are working on Unit 5. 

Practice Activities on SpellingCity.com

Mathematics

Continuing our work with multiplication and division! This week we are practicing 2’s,5’s,9’s, and 10’s while learning our 3’s and 4’s this week in multiplication facts. We will continue to representing story problems related to these facts using “Math Mountains.” Understanding the relationship between multiplication and division is certainly and important connection for your child to make; I will continue to direction instruction towards this concept as well!  


Homework: There are story problems coming home. I tell students to ask themselves, Is there a total? If there is, it is a division problem. If there is not, it is a multiplication one. We have been using the chart above to help us. 


Science
We are beginning our new science curriculum at HCS this year. Monday we start our first unit: Forces in Motion. We will be exploring, explaining, elaborating, and evaluating a firetruck that needs to get from the kitchen to the living room. We will have a map design on the floor and have to figure out how to get a battery operated car from room to room using forces in motion!




Specials for the week

Monday-#3: Art/Library 
Tuesday-#4: P.E.
Wednesday-#1: Music
Thursday-#2: Spanish

Friday: No Specials

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Curriculum

Work time on the Nomad Project

On Display near Mrs. Keller's Office


Bible


We are continuing our study on the life of Abraham.  By calling one person and one nation, God began to fulfill the promise He gave to Adam and Even in Genesis 3:15, the promise of a Redeemer! God was beginning to prepare the time, the people, and the place to send His Savior.  The children are learning about the promises God gave to Abraham and how these promises are fulfilled (great nation, bless him, make his name great, and to bless all the people on earth through him - pointing towards Jesus, who comes through Abraham's family line.)

Bible Memory- On Tuesday, I will introduce the New Testament Books. The Due date for that is October 18.


During reading workshop, we will continue to focus on good habits readers use to stay focused on reading. This week's goals are:

1.   Readers keep track of what is happening in their books.
2.   Readers Keep their mind and eyes on the book.
3.   Readers follow guidelines to what engaged reading looks like.
4.   Readers try to visualize the story to stay focused.



Our writing workshop we are learning how to write true stories based on our own experiences. One way you can help, is by rehearsing these moments in your child’s life. For example: My son made a paper airplane and tried flying it. I would rehearse this scene step by step, play around with fun words, and use some expressive voices with him. Great authors rehearse their stories!! This week we will:

1  Writers choose a story and plan out actions they want to include.
2  Writers plan out dialogue they want to include in their stories.
3  Writers plan out feelings they want to include in their stories.
4  Writers craft leads to capture a reader’s attention.

In word work/spelling,


   Skill: Spelling the tough vowel combinations
   Homework: Spelling City assignment


Mathematics

We continue to on multiplication and division relationships! Our focus will be on 3’s and 4’s while learning the Distributive Property of Multiplication.

Homework: You will see a worksheet come home this week and use REFLEX!


Social Studies:

We will be continue to study the Native Americans by recognizing the names Native Americans gave our state and identifying the important vocabulary words and studying for our upcoming test. Test was moved from Tuesday to Thursday!

Specials for the week

Monday- Spanish and Library
Tuesday-Art
Wednesday-P.E.
Thursday-Music

Friday: Spanish

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Curriculum Update

The moments we talk about the Word of the Lord continue to be such a special time in our day. What a gift it is to start each morning by being rooted in the word.



SEEK HIS FACE ALWAYS!!
The Sunflower faces the light and so should we! As believers we are learning in class how important to “Tell God’s Story” This last week the 3rd graders inspired me with their beautiful painted pieces of sunflowers that came back from art class. This week I plan to tell them how sunflowers always face the sun and we should always face the SON!

Bible
Nomad projects will be underway this week. We will discuss the nomadic life style this week. We will also focus on the three promises God made to Abram. 

By calling one person and one nation, God began to fulfill the promise He gave to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:15 - “And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your descendants and her Descendant. He will crush your head, and you will bruise His heel.” This verse provides the very first biblical glimpse of God’s plan of redemption, focusing ultimately upon the final thrusting of Satan into the eternal hell of fire (Rev. 20:10). ...God was preparing the time, the place, and the people to send our Rescuer.
Bible Memory-The Old Testament Books due date has been pushed back to Wednesday, September 27. About half of the third graders have said it and I thought we needed some more time.   On Thursday, I will introduce the New Testament Books. The Due date for that is October 18.


During reading workshop, we will continue to focus on good habits readers use to stay focused on reading. This week's goals are: 
  • Visualize the story.
  •   Figuring out unknown words
  •  Stop, reread, and think to clear up confusion
  •   See a movie in their mind to keep track of what is happening.




Our writing workshop we are learning how to write true stories based on our own experiences. One way you can help, is by rehearsing these moments in your child’s life. For example: My son made a paper airplane and tried flying it. I would rehearse this scene step by step, play around with fun words, and use some expressive voices with him. Great authors rehearse their stories!! This week we will:

  •  Can name two things writers can do when they have writer’s block.
  • Relive our stories and draft them
  •  Use a checklist to draft our stories.
  • Ask ourselves, “What is the heart of my story?”
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In word work/spelling,

   Skill: understanding the frequent spelling patters for LONG A.
   Homework: Spelling City assignment


Mathematics

We continue to practice 2’s, 5s, 9’s, and 10’s facts in class. We will be quizzing each other in class on these this week. We are wrapping up our second big idea on multiplication and division relationships.

Homework: You will see a worksheet come home this week and use REFLEX!


Social Studies:

We will be studying the Native Americans who lived in Michigan all week. A review sheet will be coming home at the end of the week for a test next week Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Specials for the week

Monday-Music and Library
Tuesday-Spanish
Wednesday-Art
Thursday-P.E.
Friday: Music





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