Monday, February 27, 2017

Curriculum Update

We will continue to learn about Israelite worship, the building of the tabernacle, and ark of the covenant. This week Wednesday students will be introduced to Ash Wednesday as it relates to Easter. 

Bible Memory: Psalm 8- Due Wednesday, March 8.

Our week will begin with Tangrams and end with our unit assessment.

Math homework goes home Tuesday and is due back Friday

Social Studies

We quickly understood scarcity, choice, and opportunity cost when it came to Trading Day, but how does that relate to Michigan and our natural resources? We will continue to tackle that question next week as we go and visit a Maple Syrup Farm and learn about the culture in the 1600-1700s.

Word Work
Spelling Test Friday
Keep working on Inflected endings, word usuage, and homophones.

In some units of study during third grade I focus heavily on word solving/fluency, and in others, I'm emphasizing comprehension. The unit Book Clubs focuses in the latter category. It aims to help readers stop, think, jot, and explain. It promotes conversation between students using phrases like: I agree with you because… or I’m still wondering about… This week students will begin another book in their chosen series. They will begin paying attention to the interactions and relationships among characters, notice problems characters are facing, and look for patterns between the books!


We have begun collecting ideas for our realistic fiction stories. This week we will act out some of our ideas and then write down more details. Also, we will learn to be patient so that our stories do not jump too quickly through time, Finally, if all goes well we will begin a multi-scene storyboard to develop our thoughts. It is much easier to re-sketch a picture than re-write and entire page. Keeping it real by having engaging lessons is so key as these kiddos begin to develop larger pieces of writing!

Homework Log

Monday-Feb. 27

No School

Tuesday-Feb. 28

Math homework goes home
Study Bible Memory
Reading minutes for February Book it

Wednesday-March 1

Study Bible Memory
Math homework 
Begin March Book it
Turn in February Book it

Thursday- March 2

Read over and study Bible Memory
Math homework Due
Reading minutes for March Book it
Spelling Assignment (Optional)

Friday- March 3
Spelling Test
Math Homework Due

Keep Reading for March Book-it

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Curriculum Update

Now that the Israelites have been in the wilderness, they have learned that they will wonder for 40 years and not see the promise land due to the sin they committed when they did not trust God. In this next week students will learn about Israelite worship, building of the tabernacle, and ark of the covenant.

In devotions, we are exploring our faith on a deeper level by interpreting the parable of the sower and relating it our lives.

Bible Memory: Psalm 8- Due Wednesday, March 8.

We will be finding the area of rectangles by decomposing big rectangles into smaller ones. We will work on story problems involving area and perimeter too!

Math homework is 2-sided this week. There is an attached page of our classroom chart to help jog your child’s memory if needed.

Social Studies
We are learning about the furry little critters (Beavers) that drew the French to Michigan! We will learn all about the trade business too! This week Wednesday is our Trade Day! Look for a note to be in your child’s binder about this event.

Word Work- NO Spelling Test this week!
·      Finish up tricky sentences with Subject/Verb agreement
·      Keep working on Inflected endings, word usuage, and homophones.

We are shifting gears from non-fiction to fiction. To do this we will begin Book Clubs. Students will select a series they are most interested in and be placed in a book club. Each group will make a plan, set a goal, and answer different comprehension questions throughout the week.


This week we will be drafting an “If I was president piece.” And finishing up our faith statements. I was hoping to share these faith statements with you at conferences, however, that may be stretching it since I was gone Friday. We will see how far we get.  

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