Sunday, November 13, 2016

Curriculum update

Thank you to all of you who so willingly give of your time through your volunteering! The kids love having extra adults around to help out (and so does the teacher!).  

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. 

 Jacob has now gone to Egypt 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- Luke 2:1-14 is due December 9. Verses 6-14 were learned in 2nd grade.  
Check out this app to help with Memory Verses if you are looking for a tool to motivate your child. 

Egypt Day- This day will take place on December 1. It is an all-day event, however, your child may choose to undress from their costume at noon. We take pictures as a class around 8:00am. You are welcome to come in and help your child get dress, or send them to school dressed up. A big snack is provided in the morning that day. 

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 goes home Monday and due back Friday. 

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 will come home Wednesday. 

Science: (Mrs. Caryl) This week in Science we will be learning about optical illusions.  We will also be looking at the parts of the eye and how God created each of these parts to work together to give us the wonderful sense of sight.

Reading:   This week we finished our unit on "Understanding Characters." We have been working hard on studying our characters. Students received a Reading Notebook grade that will be coming home this week. I am almost done assessing all student's reading levels and now I will be spending time in small groups working on accuracy and comprehension strategies. Many students are making the shift from learning to read to reading for learning! Reading for learning means its time to really think about what we read, otherwise what’s the point! 

Writing: We have all the parts to our essay stories and now it is time to draft, revise, and edit. Mr. Synders will be introducing your child to google docs this week. It is my hope that your child will be able to type their essay in a google doc using our chrome books here at school.  

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

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