Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Important Info: Wax Museum

Students will work on the backdrops for their Wax Museum in class this week.  They may add printed graphics or quotes to the backdrops, but these must be printed at home.  

We will have a dress rehearsal tomorrow (Wednesday).  NO COSTUMES ARE NEEDED FOR THE DRESS REHEARSAL.  Wax Museum speeches should be fully memorized by tomorrow (Wednesday).  Students will practice their speeches with Miss Shakespeare's class.  

The Wax Museum will be held on Thursday afternoon in the gym from 2:00-3:00pm.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Students will have 15-20 minutes to change for the Wax Museum prior to the start.  Please make sure they are able to get into their costume on their own.  Props may be used at the wax museum, too.  However, they will be kept in your child's cubby during the day and they must be appropriate for school.  I will send a reminder email out later in the week.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Final 40 Book Challenge Due Date Modified

The final 40 BC due date will be moved from Thursday, June 7th to Monday, June 11th. 

The final turn-in includes 30 total entries and a book talk. Students who go above and beyond to reach 40 book entries will receive special recognition. 

In addition to the in-class book talk presentation, students must complete the book talk planning form (taped in the back of their 40 BC notebook) to receive full credit.

Final Field Trip

Field trip slips for our final field trip on the Shoreline Sightseeing Boat Cruise went home on Tuesday, 5/29.  Please return the signed form as soon as possible and no later than Monday, June 4th.  You are only responsible for the cost if you DID NOT pay the student fee at the beginning of the year.  

Sunday, May 20, 2018

DEAR Day on Monday, May 21st

We are celebrating all our hard work this year with an ABC Countdown, as part of our ABC Countdown, we are having a DEAR Day on Monday, May 21st

DEAR stands for "Drop Everything and Read." Students can wear pajamas to school and bring a blanket, pillow, and one stuffed animal. Anything brought should be able to fit in a small bag and be carried without the help of an adult. We will spend the day reading independently, reading our read aloud book, Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief, and at the end of the day, students will watch the movie, Sign of the Beaver, which we finished reading this week

The movie is Unrated (I would categorize it as PG). If you do not want your child to watch the movie in class on Monday, please notify me by email by 8AM on Monday, 5/21. Please make sure your child comes to school with at least one book they can read for a prolonged period of time on Monday. :) 

A Sneak Peek into Next Week

Literacy:  Next week, students will begin reading their literature circle novels and meeting for small group discussions.  If they do not finish the reading at school, they will be expected to finish it at home. During the writing block, we will work on our short story written from a bug's perspective.

Math:  We will continue to move through Unit 8 in our math curriculum.  Students will practice on www.freckle.comand we will continue to practice word problems, as well.  You can expect the corresponding Home Links as homework. 

Science: During the science block, we'll begin learning about the food chain and the impact environmental changes and man-made changes have on different ecosystems.  Students will create a food web and participate in a population simulation. 

NWEA Testing: Third grade will take the final spring NWEA assessment on Wednesday, 5/23 and Thursday, 5/24

Progress Reports were sent home on Friday. Please sign the bottom portion and have your child return it on Monday.

Important Reminders
5/21 DEAR Day
5/23 QP Final Report Due
5/23-5/24 NWEA Testing
5/28 Memorial Day (No School)
5/30 QP Speech Notecards due
6/7 Wax Museum & 40 BC Due
6/8 Field Trip

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Look at Our Week Ahead

Literacy:  We will finish our shared novel, The Sign of the Beaver, and take the final assessment.  Students will also choose a literature circle novel for the following week.  All of the literature circle novels will focus on analyzing different characters' perspectives on an event. 

Math: We will begin Unit 8 this week.  In this unit, students will apply their knowledge of fractions, number concepts, patterns, and geometry to different real-world scenarios.  Students will also continue to practice skills on www.freckle.com (formerly known as Front Row).  This computer program is adaptive to students instructional needs and differentiates accordingly.  It is available your home computer as well and each child has his/her log-in written inside their planner. 

Science:  Students will observe meal worms over the next several weeks.  They will student the meal worms' life cycle and watch it develop through the stages.  Additionally, students will study a variety of ecosystems and the animal classification systems. 

Important Reminders
5/23 QP Report due
5/23-5/24 EOY NWEA Testing for 3rd Grade
5/30 QP Note cards for Speech
5/28-6/1 All Library books due, no more books will be checked out after this date

Monday, May 7, 2018

A Look at the Week Ahead

Literacy:  Students will continue reading The Sign of the Beaver.  They will look closely at two perspectives represented in the book and analyze why the characters may have a different perspective about an event or topic.  Each day, students will be expected to read a designated section of the text and complete the corresponding vocabulary page in their packet. 

Math:  We will wrap up Unit 7 this week.  Students will receive the study guide early in the week and they will test on Thursday.  We will review for the test on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Science: Students will take the National Geographic Theme Set assessment tomorrow (Tuesday).  We will continue to study living things and environments as we watch meal worms develop through their life cycle and look closely at other insects as well.  Please visit the TGW to learn more about the Environments unit.

5/11 Quarter Project Research due
5/18  Progress Reports go home
5/23  Quarter Project Report Due
5/23-5/24 Spring NWEA testing
5/28  Memorial Day (No School)