Saturday, February 10, 2018

Curriculum Update

Bible
We will be reviewing the lessons we learned in the Desert and wrapping up our Desert Diaries!

Bible Test next week Tuesday (Review sheet goes home Monday)
Bible Memory: Ten Commandments extended. Due Tuesday, February 13.

Math
We will be learning more about plane shapes and their attributes. We will start on find the perimeter and area of various shapes too.  Homework is due Friday!

Social Studies
There were many events that led to Michigan becoming a state in 1837 and your third grader will be coming home with a booklet that explains what they have learned about these important events. This week we begin to see how Michigan's economy grew. We will discuss farming, mining, and lumbering! 

Word Work
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·      Dear Parent Letter comes home Thursday (Optional)
·      Spelling test on Friday

Reading
We are shifting gears from non-fiction to poetry. The focus will be on learning to read poetry since they are written with stanzas. Then they will be demonstrating an understanding about figurative language


Writing
This week we will be publishing our informational books. 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Curriculum Update

Bible
We will be reviewing the 10 commandments, learn about the golden calf, how God forgives, and talk about how we can forgive others. 

Bible Memory: The 10 commandments- Due this Friday, February 9. 

Math
We will be working on Geometry. with triangles and quadrilaterals (4 sided shapes).

Math homework due Friday!

Science
We are discussing the Erie Canal and how it helped Michigan become a state. Then we are moving into the economic activities that helped Michigan grow. This week we will be discussing farming! 

Word Work
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   Dear Parent Letter comes home Thursday (Optional)
·      Spelling test on Friday

Reading
We will be learning about the Olympics in our super switch groups this week. Everyone will be focusing on finding facts, asking good questions, and summarizing what we have learned. 

In our own classrooms we will celebrate what we have learned about from characters in our favorite books with a craft that we will hang on our lockers. Then we will move into poetry!

Writing

During WRITING WORKSHOP we have worked on non-fiction writing. If you think about it, most of the reading and writing that you and I do is nonfiction.  In almost every subject area of school your child will be asked to write nonfiction.  In the upcoming years your child will be assessed on state and national reading tests, history tests, science tests and college entrance exams based on his or her abilities to write nonfiction. 
Our current unit is important for all of these reasons, but most of all, it is important because children are being given the chance to teach each other what they know - these third graders have become the experts!  You should see how tall these children sit when they become the teachers, instructing others about babysitting, soccer rules, football, basketball, horses, playdates, kittens, dogs, legos, and art!  
This week we will finish publishing and share our work!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Curriculum Update

Bible-

We have been reading a Kidsadventure book that makes Bible stories come alive by giving kids choices to see where that may or may not have lead fictional characters to during Bible times. In the same way, we will be writing down facts and putting ourselves in the story of the wilderness thousands of years ago.

Bible Memory- Ten Commandments- Due Friday, February 9th.

Spelling-Unit 16
More with suffixes too as we study word parts.

Writing-
We will be working on creating compound sentences using conjunctions. (FANBOYS-For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So)

We will be using checklists to determine next steps for our informational books as well as creating introductions and conclusions.

Reading-

We are wrapping up the book, “Because of Winn-Dixie.” We are going to map out how characters have changed from the beginning to the end of the book. We will also continue practice with building theories (inferences) about the characters in the book.

Social Studies-
War! War! This is what we have been learning all about. The fight for Independence and how that impacted Michigan, The War of 1812 and how Native Americans here were impacted, and now we will discuss more fur trading and how supply and demand plays a role in the growth that Michigan began to experience during that time. We are illustrating pages of a book to remember Key Ideas as we read.

Math- This week we will wrap up Unit 3 of measurement. We have worked on three big ideas. Measuring with units both metric/customary, Measuring with clocks, and Measuring with graphs (line and bar). This unit has a ton of new vocabulary. Students will also be taking our Delta math screener this week. This tests kids on skills they previously learned. It helps us determine intervention for anyone who is falling behind in their understanding of Math.


***I want to stress the importance of MATH FACTS! Use REFLEX as we only have 5 more weeks with this program. It is a great way to ensure your third grader will have confidence going into 4th grade math. ***

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Curriculum Update

Bible
This week we will be reviewing for a test on Moses’ early life, the ten plagues, and the crossing of the Red Sea. A review sheet will be send home today. 

·      Bible Test on Friday
·      Bible Memory- No new memory verse until next week. 

Math
Telling time elapsed time on a number line along with graphing using pictographs, bar graphs, and line plots will be on the agenda this week.
·      Look for a one-sided homework sheet to come home on Monday.

Social Studies
We are beginning our next unit of Michigan History. We will be discussing how Michigan became a state and the impact the British had on the United States and Michigan during this time. We will cover a little bit of U.S. history with George Washington's role in the Revolutionary War too. 



Word Work
We will be reading "If you Find a Rock" and learning about compound predicates using a sentence from this book.


  • ·      We will be identifying base words and suffixes.
  • ·      We will be sorting –tch and –ch words.
  • ·      Dear Parent Letter comes home Thursday (Optional)
  • ·      Spelling test on Friday

Reading
We continue to focus our time on characterization in a story. We have been reading The Chalkbox Kid independently and listening to Because of Winn-Dixie. Both stories teach us to build theories about our characters. Our lessons include: 
  • Revising our theories about characters.
  • Noticing how characters act in surprising ways.
  • Characters face struggles or turning points that become turning points. 

Writing


We have created our introductions, sequence chapter, description chapter and now our teaching points will focus on how to write the compare and contrast chapter to our non-fiction books. I took folders home this weekend and wrote comments to help move these 3rd graders along in the process of writing. A few examples are below so you can see how they are turning out. 

















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