Sunday, September 25, 2016

Homework for week of September 26

 Study the New Testament Books, Read 15 minutes, Read through science review sheet

Study the New Testament books, Read 15 minutes, read through science review sheet

Study the New Testament books,Read at home 15 minutes

Study the New Testament books,  Read at home 15 minutes, Work on Earth's changes project. 

Friday- Bible memory is DUE. 
 Read at home 15 minutes. Finish Earth's changes project and bring it in next week!  

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.

The Sunflower faces the light and so should we! As believers we are learning in class how important it is to always go to THE ONE! 3rd graders inspired me with their beautiful painted pieces of sunflowers that came back from art class. The next day, I just had to tell them how sunflowers worked and connect it to our faith. Maybe next time they see one or when they bring their piece of artwork home, they will be able to connect their what they see or their painted picture to the memory of this reminder from Psalm 105!


Nomad projects are underway and should be out in the hallway by mid-week. We will continue to 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- Due Friday!, New Testament Books, we are rehearsing in class! Practice at home too.

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

1   Figuring out unknown words
2   Sharing our books with a partner
3   Talking about books we have read
4   Retelling our stories

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. Understand what to do when we have writer’s block
  2. Relive our stories and draft them
  3. Check our stories for personal narrative structure
  4. Ask ourselves, “What is the heart of my story?”

In word work/spelling, remember core words are new spelling words. These are the 5 we focus on this week. 
  • Core Words: few, those, always, show, large
  • Skill: understanding the frequent spelling patters for LONG A.
  • Homework: NO TEST this week due to science test! Test is next week Tuesday, October 4th.


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

Homework: NO HOMEWORK paper this week due to science project. Your child can always practice their 2s and 5s facts though!


This week we will review the concepts learned in our unit on Earth’s materials. I sent home a sheet explaining a homework assignment last week. Your child needs to look for information in two places and record his/her thoughts on the paper I sent home. Project are due next week.

On Thursday, we will start our next unit on Animals and their characteristics/adaptations. We focus on comparing vertebrates and invertebrates this week.

Homework: Earth's Changes Project (sent home last week, pink paper)

Specials for the week

Monday-#2 Spanish/P.E. and Library
Tuesday-#3: Art
Wednesday-#4 Spanish/P.E.
Thursday-#1: Music
Friday: Spanish/PE, **Cookie Day, $0.25**

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Curriculum update

"He's got the whole world in his hands." 

This week we learned to cast our burdens on Jesus. I read a passage called: The Blue Marble. This passage was a great reminder that we are not and our world is not a perfect place, but God is all knowing and the creator and designer of everything!! He has us held in His hands when we worry or think something is difficult. So when we hold the blue marble, it represents the World in His hands. Reminding us to always seek His face because the Lord has it all figured out. 

This week's Bible stories include Cain and Able, The flood, Abraham's Journey

New Bible Memory: New Testament books due Seputember 30. 

There is a note coming home about our upcoming Nomad Project. Plan to bring a bag with objects for your child to create their nomadic scene.

Examples of the Nomad Project

Language Arts

During reading workshop, we have been building reading stamina and beginning our 40 book challenge. 3rd graders all have a reader's notebook that they will be recording their books in. They write down their reflections, strategies for reading, and book reviews in there. This notebook becomes apart of their reading grade. This week's goals are:

  1. Having a positive reader's attitude
  2. Knowing when to abandon and when not to abandon a book. 
  3. Making a mental movie in their minds
  4. Knowing what to do when the movie gets blurry
  5. Figuring out unknown words

Our writing workshop we are learning how to revise the timelines we created to retell our stories bit by bit. We will add by:

  1. showing our stories rather than tell them. 
  2. using quotation marks
  3. creating strong leads

In word work/spellingwe are reviewing our core words together and practicing short vowel sounds. We will have our Unit 2 spelling assignment on Thursday this week. 

Core Words: below, saw, something, thought, both

Skill: reviewing the h- brothers (e.g. Ch, Wh, Th, Sh) and double vowel rules with long O (e.g. ow, oa, o_e)

Homework: A “Dear Parent” letter will be in your child’s folder Wednesday, however, this is optional to practice for the assessment. You may also choose to review the core words together. 


We will continue multiplication and we will relate division to multiplication with an unknown factor. Learning multiplication and division facts should become practice at home. You will see that in this week’s homework assignment.

For example: 15/5= ? or ?x5= 15. 

Homework: One of our focus points is on practicing the 2’s in multiplication. Use the homework sheet, apps, or flashcards to get to know these multiplication facts. 

MATH DUEL (Mrs. Koetje’s Favorite arithmetic app link) That’s right it is my favorite link for arithmetic. This is because it allows you to differentiate. Each partner is racing time, but can work on different arithmetic levels or types. Check out the link to learn more!!! 


This week we will discuss the difference between rocks and minerals, learn the impact of glaciers using ore's and ice cream, identify earth's materials and 

Specials for the week
Monday-#1: Music And Library
Tuesday-#2 Spanish/P.E.
Wednesday-#3: Art
Thursday-#4 Spanish/P.E.

Friday-#1: Music

Homework for Week of September 18

 Study the New Testament Books, Math homework goes home, Read 15 minutes
Study the New Testament books, Read 15 minutes
Study the New Testament books,"Dear Parent" spelling note goes home, Read at home 15 minutes
Study the New Testament books,  Spelling Assessment, at home 15 minutes

Study the New Testament books.  Read at home 15 minutes. Math homework is DUE, Bible memory is DUE. Bring in Nomad Project items by today!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Koetje Class Wish List

Let me begin by saying this is only a “wish” list. If you are unable to get to the store and/or you just can’t donate, please do not worry about it. I have what we need to get us going this year.

Need with the next month

  • Paper towel(needed the most)
  • Glue sticks 
  • Lysol wipes (this is the second most)
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Party city/dollar store type trinkets for the treasure chest. (things worth 25-50 cents)

Need/want for the future

I am hoping to catch the room up to speed in some technology advances. It is my hope to have up to 5 kindle fire HD8s in the future to use for accommodating student’s needs, math stations, writing exercises, research, presentations, reading…etc. I love using technology and it would make a great birthday/Christmas gift from the class! Link is HERE!
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