Sunday, May 20, 2018

Curriculum Update

Bible
We have learned that there is a cycle of behavior with the Israelite people. Now it is time to learn about being a Bible explorer. We will take time to learn more about maps, concordance, footnotes, and verses. 

Bible Memory: We are working on Joshua 1:7-9

Math
We will take a quick quiz on rounding and place value. Then we will begin to learn strategies for adding and subtracting numbers up to the thousands place. 

Social StudiesThank you for all the help with the Michigan Food Day! This was a part of our economics lesson Friday. We were learning how businesses, states, or countries specialize. However, when we specialize we become interdependent. Since that was a big new word, we read “Pancake, Pancake” by Eric Carle, which names quite a few resources needed to make pancakes. It really helped them brainstorm a good definition for interdependent. Then I took their thoughts a step further and discussed how faith relates to this learning experience.-
They defined interdependent as trusting in something to make something work or happen. Isn’t that faith?? We are suppose to be dependent on God to make things happen. Then we prayed that God would richly bless us to build His kingdom as we trust Him to make things happen in our lives. We will continue learning more about Michigan's economy. Look for a review to come home late this week. 



Word Work
We will keep reviewing language and usuage rules
Spelling test is this Friday.

Reading
We will be wrapping up our bookclubs this week and begin our last unit called Fairytales, folktales, and fables, oh my! Students will be introduced to several versions of Cinderella story and Stone Soup and we will be comparing the texts to one another. 


Writing



We will begin reflecting on the stories we have learned this year in Bible and write our faith statements. As we brainstormed on stories from creation through Joshua on Friday, the students decided to form a cross to remind them of the symbol that tells the story in their hearts. This week they will pick a lesson from the cross and write a faith statement. This will be stored in a portfolio for yeas to come when they graduate eighth grade. Its neat to see God's hand in the spiritual journeys your children are exposed to as I peeked through the folders :) 


SUMMER to FOURTH grade

You may be searching for worksheets to keep your third grader refreshed on skills and concepts from third grade. I have created a digital copy resource that does just that. If you are interested, please follow this LINK!  


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Curriculum Update

Bible

In Bible, we will continue to learn how God’s people settle into the land of Canaan. We will keep practicing Bible memory at school. Be practicing at home too!


Psalm 24- Thursday, Due May 10


Math

We will be taking our test on Fractions this week. I will reteach if needed. If not, we will begin our place value unit.  
Math homework- Look for it in your child’s anchor folder.


Social Studies- We have completed our government unit and now we are into our last unit on Michigan's economy. This unit will cover lots of vocabulary such as: natural, capitol, and human resources, scarcity, opportunity cost, and incentives. I have a few interactive activities and I hope to have a Michigan's Food Snack for Thursday. CLICK HERE if you are willing to contribute to our snack that day. 



Word Work-Unit

Spelling homework (optional)

Spelling test is Friday


Reading

We will continue Book Clubs and the focus is to learn more about speaking and listening during discussions. We will be practicing by discussing our characters and building theories about them. 

Writing

We have started our drafts. This week I hope to finish the drafts, revise, edit, and maybe begin publishing! We hope to have these done in time for our Michigan Museum on May 17! 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Curriculum Update


Bible
In Bible, we will hear the story of the battle of Jericho and learn more about how God’s people settle into the land of Canaan. We will keep practicing Bible memory at school.

Psalm 24- Thursday, Due May 10

Math
We will continue our work with equivalent fractions and fractional concepts.
Math homework- Look for it in your child’s anchor folder.

Social Studies- We had a wonderful trip to the Capitol and museum last week. Now it is time to take what we have learned and review and assess knowledge. After this unit, students will begin to learn about all the ways in which Michigan makes money to support its economy today. One exciting part of this unit is our Michigan Foods Day. Information on this will come home later this week.


Word Work-Unit

Reviewing with usage rules
Spelling homework (optional)
Spelling test is Friday

Reading
We will continue Book Clubs and the focus is to learn more about the characters within each series and discuss what they are teaching us.

Writing
 We are continuing to pull together all of our evidence to support our claims. Then we will begin drafting our essays.  

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Curriculum Update



Bible
We will review/test. Then we will tell the story of God's faithfulness as the Israelites cross the Jordan River and into the land of Canaan. 

Matthew 28- Tuesday, Due April 24
Psalm 24- Wednesday, Due May 11

Math
We will continue fractions. I will be reteaching in small groups at the beginning of the week and then we will be comparing fractions by the end of the week. 

Social Studies
We will talk about the branches of State government. We also have our Lansing trip scheduled for Wednesday! A note in your child’s anchor folder for all the important information about this day!

Word Work
We are sorting words with different suffixes
Spelling homework (optional)
Spelling test is Friday

Reading
We will continue our book club unit. We have been paying attention to our characters and making inferences about their actions and words. This week we finish our 2nd books and discussions as well as take comprehension quizzes. 

Writing

 We are writing a Michigan Persuasive Essay. Last week third graders were able to state a claim and list reasons as well as research facts. We will begin our week with mini stories and facts to support reasons. Then we will will outline the body and begin our drafts. Third graders are becoming very familiar with google classroom throughout this process. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Curriculum Update

Bible

We will continue begin to read about the Israelites stay in the desert. 

Bible Memory: No new memory. 

Math


The week begins with an geometry and measurement assessment involving area and perimeter. I will reteach/retest if necessary, otherwise, I will move into fractions. 

Math Homework due FRIDAY


Science
We will be continue to variations that happen in air including: what affects climate has, the Earth's tilt, orbit around the sun. The we will begin discussing and investigating the effects of air pressure. This week special guest, Matt Kirkwood from Wood TV 8 visits us:

Word Work
We are working on   
This week our skill work focuses on There is a test on FRIDAY!

Reading

This week I will be assessing students on their fluency, accuracy, and comprehension one more time. 


Writing

Last week we created bio poems and acrostic poems. This week we will be working on a holiday poem and integrate Easter into these. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Curriculum Update



Bible

In Bible we will study Israelite Worship in the new Tabernacle and talk about different feasts the Israelites would have. 

Bible Memory: Psalm 8. We will be working on this verse and adding motions to it at school to help us learn it. DUE: MARCH 9. 

Math

We will be learning all about perimeter and area this week. Here are some of our goals.

·      To find and compare areas to rectangles.
·      To find and compare perimeters of rectangles.
·      To find the area of a shape by decomposing into rectangles and adding areas. 
·      To solve real world problems and apply area and perimeter concepts. 

Math Homework due FRIDAY

Social Studies

We will review in class together on Monday and our Test is this week Tuesday

Science
We will begin a new science unit on weather. We will be learning how to investigate weather conditions using several different instruments. Some of the goals we have this week include:
·      To determine what weather instruments to use for observing weather. 
·      To observe and organize data on a chart and log with tracker. 


Word Work
We are working on double letterings and adding –ing.
This week our skill work focuses on There is a test on FRIDAY!

Reading

In poetry we are focusing on determining the meaning of unfamiliar words in poetry, fitting each stanza together by pausing to ask, "How does this part fit with the next part?", and determining the theme of poems.


Writing

We will be celebrating personal expertise writing with Mrs. Koynenbelt’s class on Monday. Then we will begin generating ideas for poems! Some of the ways we will generate ideas include: using a heart map of important people and places in our lives, and jotting down ideas that may be hiding behind doors in our brains!

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