Sunday, December 17, 2017

Curriculum Update

What are we learning?

Bible: This week your third grader made an ornament for our classroom tree. We talked about the colors of Christmas.  RED reminding us of the LOVE of our Savior, whose blood was shed for the atonement of our sin.  The GREEN reminding us of our eternal life! We do not fear death! And, WHITE, reminding us of our hearts cleaned white as snow when we accept His gift of Salvation.  WHITE also a reminder of the twinkling lights of the season - shining brightly for HIM! We can twinkle for Jesus!

During morning devotions I am reading One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham.  It's a beautiful Christmas story capturing the history of God's redeeming love - beginning with Creation and ending with the resurrection - truly teaching how a Baby in a manger became the Savior of world. 

Bible Memory: Luke 2 is due this week Tuesday. I will be using a fill-in-the-blank format for those who have not said it verbally by tomorrow afternoon.

I will be evaluating fluency and comprehension this week. To celebrate finished books, third graders have been allowed to create podcasts about their books. You can access these podcasts by going to HCS podcasts. It’s a great place for your third grader to go if they are looking for new book ideas too!

We will be presenting and celebrating the work we did on our Informational Article posters. These will come home sometime this week. As I evaluated each one’s work, I have seen growth in the ability to become independent writers and thinkers! These third graders will now live in Egypt with Moses’ and the Israelites in a whole new way after learning and teaching other’s about the Egyptian culture through these articles.

We will work on ABC order and proofreading skills.

Science: We are wrapping up our force and motion unit. We have learned so much! Students will take the assessment but will not receive a grade on it since this is our first year with the new standards and curriculum. We have learned so much about our world through this phenomenon based curriculum. Kids have certainly enjoyed the hands on activities too. Through these discoveries we continue to be in awe of God’s great power and wisdom.

Math: We will work with Metric units of liquid volume and mass this week.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Learning and growing together this Advent Season!

Tuesday, December 19
During the month of December your child will be learning all about the birth of our Savior.  We'll be studying the Christmas story in school and even memorizing the beautiful passage of scripture found in Luke 2.  Your third grader has been learning  joyful songs to help share this story. On Tuesday, December 19, the first-fifth grade children will share the story of Christ’s birth with you; you won't want to miss this.   The program will begin at 7:00 pm at Fair Haven Church (28th and Baldwin)  Please join us;  invite grandparents too! 

Click HERE if you want to hear the music we are learning.

We have been learning all about Joseph’s life as he was sold as a slave in Egypt. Students should have a whole new perspective on this story now that they understand the culture of Egypt 4000 years ago.  This week we will review and take a test on Josephs life. Look for a study guide to come home Monday.
*Bible Memory is Due Friday, Luke 2:1-5. We will recited it everyday in class. Please work on it at home too! (FB has audioboom) 

We are reviewing strategies for 2-step story problems as well as multiplying. I am sending home a paper copy for math homework this week for story problem practice. We will be taking a test on Unit 2.

*Math Homework: 2 step story problems worksheet is due Friday.

SCIENCE- We are learning all about magnetism as a force. We begin diving into facts about magnets last week and many students reported that they did not know the whole world was a magnet.

Unit 11 begins Monday and I will assess on Friday this week. We will be learning about compound subjects and predicates in sentences. 

*Optional homework is on the back of this weeks spelling list.

I will be checking in with an assessment on your childs oral reading fluency and accuracy. I have marked the gradebook with our latest comprehension test.


We have been busy drafting all 3-5 parts of our Egyptian informational articles. This week we will peer and teacher conference as we seek to meet the expectations. These articles will be presented on Egyptian Day!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Learning and Growing Together

Our devotional theme for this month will be "Lighting up the world with Kindness" - based on Ephesians 4:32 -"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." As we learn about Egypt and begin to learn more about Joesph’s life, we wonder why Joesph...

·       did not fuss and fight.
·       was kind to people in prison.
·       found good in everything.
·       forgiving to his brothers who traded him in. 

Starting December 1. We will be doing random acts of kindness leading up to our 12 days before Christmas. Some of the acts your child will be involved in include: Making kindness snowflakes to hand around school, posting compliments on bathroom mirrors, smiling at someone new, passing out candy canes, making cookies for staff, and delivering cards to the The Laurel's in our community.  I absolutely love Christmas.  Even though it can be a stressful time, I think it is a holiday that has the potential to bring out the best in people. 

- Test Next Week, Review sheet will go home at the end of the week.
Joseph and Potiaphers House
Joseph in Egypt
Discuss the Egyptian Culture

*Bible Memory is Due Friday, December 8 is Luke 2:1-5. We will recited it everyday in class. Please work on it at home too! (posted on FB group the audiobook for this)

We will be working heavily on story problems. These problems will be more challenging as they will be two-step problems. Students will read, write an equation, answer, and label all problems. They will also be creating their own story problems. 

*Math Homework: 3 green lights

SCIENCE- We will be exploring the force of a marble and how gravity effects the distance. Then we will be moving into the force of magnetism.

Unit 10 this week. Working on /J/, /s/. and /o/ sounds as well as homophones.

*Dear parent letter goes home (optional homework)

We will be learning all about text structures when reading informational text. We will focus on descriptive, sequential, compare and contrast, and cause and effect.

* Monthly reading logs are due this week. Please return them by Friday.

We are working on outlining our informational articles on topics involving Egypt. We will add an introduction and conclusion this week too!

LOVE BAAZAR- Friday is our annual Love Baazar. (note went home a week or so ago) If your child chooses to participate, we will shop from 1:30-1:55. Please prepare using the checklist below:

  •  Have your tags labeled
  •  Money in envelope labeled.
  •  Bag to carry gifts home.
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