Classroom Happenings 3/18/19

  I would guess many of you are wearing green for St. Patrick’s day today, but I hope you are wearing green to support MSU in the finals today. If you must wear blue then we’ll see if you’ll be blue in spirit too. Good luck to both teams!                                    Such a fun rivalry.

Math: We have completed our discussion of quadrilaterals and their attributes. Now we will move on to area and perimeter. This is always a difficult concept for third graders so if you have a chance to throw those words and their meanings out a few times it would be helpful.

 

 

 

Writing: We are set to write our final drafts of our literary essays. Next the kids will be given a new story and be asked to write a literary essay on their own using all they have learned.

Spelling: Your child should have brought home the Unit 20 words on Friday. This week’s focus is on silent letters in words containing (ge, gi, gy, and hard g  Below is the unit 20 list of words.

Social Studies: This week we will finish up our time line of Michigan’s road to statehood. Your child will be bringing home their timelines this week and having a quiz on the three things that were needed in order to become a state. We will then fill out the final history test review guide which will test the kids on all we have learned about the history of Michigan. 

Reading: We are having fun learning about people in history and why they have biographies written about them.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. It is best to contact me via email. I check that frequently, so will be able to respond in a more timely manner. nflory@hpseagles.net

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Classroom Happenings 3/11/19

Parent/Teacher conferences: will take place on Monday March 11 and Wednesday March 13. I’m looking forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress. Winter Conference Schedule 2019

Classroom Management Change: the change has been quite successful. For only the second week in, we had no behavior slips sent home this week. The kids are really working hard to follow the classroom rules making it easier for everyone to work hard and learn well.

Math: We have started unit 6 which covers geometric shapes and their properties along with area and perimeter. This unit has loads of new vocabulary for the kids so we will be reviewing each day what we have already learned. The goal is to complete this unit before spring break.

Writing: The kids have all been assigned a partner and a book to read, choose a character and two character traits this character has. They will work together to find evidence in the text to support their claims and write their essay.

Spelling: Your child should have brought home the Unit 19 words on Friday. This week’s focus is on silent letters in words containing (mb, gn, wr, kn, stle)  Below is the unit 19 list of words.

Social Studies: We are just finishing up learning about the brave pioneers who traveled to Michigan to make it their home. Next we will learn the steps involved in becoming a state and the events that unfolded to make becoming a state happen for Michigan. 

 

Reading: This kids are well into their first biography book and learning how to look for the events in a person’s life that made them who they are/were.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. It is best to contact me via email. I check that frequently, so will be able to respond in a more timely manner. nflory@hpseagles.net

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Classroom Happenings 3/4/19

March has arrived, but it looks like winter is going to hang on for a while. Please make sure you continue to send your child with snow clothes and boots so they are prepared to go outside for their recesses.

Parent/Teacher conferences: will take place on Monday March 11 and Wednesday March 13. You should have received an email indicating the day and time of your conference. Please let me know right away if you are not certain of your conference appointment day and time.

Classroom Management Change: I made a slight change in classroom management last week. Although the kids have received tally marks whenever they broke a classroom rule all year, I felt they needed to be held accountable for behaving in a way that disrupts the class by making it hard for themselves and/or others to learn. Therefore, for each tally they receive, the student has to fill out a behavior contract slip and recite it to me before they go outside for recess. This usually only involves 2-3 minutes of their time, but lets them know the seriousness of their behavior. I let the kids know that if they receive 4 or fewer tallies during the week, I will simply throw the slips away at the end of the week for them to have a fresh start the following week.  However, when a student receives five or more tallies during the week then they receive a note for parents to sign attached to the behavior slips. If you have any further questions about this change please contact me. Below are the forms I am using.

Time to Think Behavior Contract Name: _________
Date: ______________
I apologize for my behavior because it makes it hard for my classmates and me to learn well.

From now on I will remember to

________________________________________
so my classmates and I are able to learn well.
Dear Parents,
You are receiving this note attached to your child’s weekly behavior contract slips because your child has received five or more behavior contracts this week. Please talk to your child about remembering to follow the classroom rules.
Please sign this slip and have your child return it to school on Monday.
Parent signature: _____________________________________________
Thank you,
Mrs. Flory
Classroom rules:
Rule #1: follow directions quickly
Rule #2: Raise your hand to speak
Rule #3: Raise your hand to leave your seat.
Rule #4: Make smart choices.

Math: We will test on unit 4 on Monday and then move into unit 6 which is our geometry unit. This is a more difficult unit, so we thought we would complete this unit first to make sure the kids understand all of the geometry vocabulary and how to determine area and perimeter before we head off to spring break.

Writing: We have been working hard learning how to write a literary essay. We completed one together and next the kids will work in pairs to read a book, determine the character traits, and write a literary essay together.

Spelling: Your child should have brought home the Unit 18 words on Friday. This week’s focus is on the consonant digraphs (gh,ph, and f) Below is the Unit 18 list of words.

Social Studies: Your child will test on the British in Michigan on Monday and then we will move on to the pioneers that started making their way to Michigan to settle here and build a home for their family. 

Reading: This week we will start our biography unit. The kids will be reading several biography books and eventually choosing the person who most interested them to write a biography report about.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. It is best to contact me via email. I check that frequently, so will be able to respond in a more timely manner. nflory@hpseagles.net

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Classroom Happenings 2/25/19

Bitmoji ImageHoping the post is finding you safe and secure in your homes. The wind is pretty strong and scary out there. Hold on to your little ones tightly.

Math: This week we will use our addition and subtraction skills to answer one and two step word problems. We should finish the unit this week and test by early next week. Please make sure your child is practicing their math facts on Mobymax. Just five minutes each night would be fantastic!

Writing: We have finished our realistic fiction writing and will begin writing literary essays by determining characteristics shown in a story and supporting them with details from the text.

Spelling: Your child should have brought home the Unit 17 words on Friday. This week’s focus is on the consonant blends (spr, shr, str, squ, scr, spl, and thr) Below is the Unit 17 list of words.

 

Social Studies: This week the kids will be learning why we speak English instead of French. That’s right – “The British are coming!”  By the end of the week the United States will be a country, but Michigan will not quite be a state.  Look for a study guide to come home sometime this week on the British in Michigan. 

 

Reading: We will continue reading fiction and nonfiction articles learning how to answer questions about the readings and write constructive response answers.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. It is best to contact me via email. I check that frequently, so will be able to respond in a more timely manner. nflory@hpseagles.net

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Classroom Happenings 2/18/19

Bitmoji ImageLet’s try again for a full week of school. Whew! This has been some winter. In a little more than two weeks I will be handing out report cards and meeting with all of you for conferences again. Check your email this Friday for your day and time. Your day and time will be the same as the fall schedule except the dates will be March 11 and March 13.

Math: We are still working on adding three digit numbers. Please don’t worry about using the methods I have been teaching them in class. If you are use to the traditional method of adding then feel free to work with your child using that method. We only show them the other methods so they are able to choose the method that makes sense to them. We will start subtracting three digit numbers this week with and without borrowing or as we call it, (ungrouping) the 100s or 10s.

Writing: On Friday we began typing our Realistic Fiction stories. It is a slow process, so I told the kids that if they are able to work on it at home at all it would be fantastic. They are typing them on a Google document which are webbed based making it accessible from any computer that has internet. Just open up Google Chrome and have your child log in to his/her Google account. Their emails are just their school username followed by @hpsstudents.net and their passwords are their school passwords.  Next open up Google Drive and click on my documents. Your child’s writing piece should be there. : )

Spelling: Your child should have brought home the Unit 16 words on Friday. This week’s focus is on the consonant blends (ch and tch) Below is the Unit 16 list of words.

Social Studies: Hopefully your child has told you a little about the French coming to Michigan to trade furs with the Native Americans. Next week we will learn about some other French who came to Michigan and then fill out a study guide for a test on the French in Michigan. There is a lot of information for the history of Michigan, so I will be giving quizzes on shorter sections instead of waiting until the end where the amount of information would be overwhelming. Look for a study guide to come home sometime this week. 

Reading: Hopefully your child was able to finish up his/her chapter book this weekend. With all of the snow days, we are really behind. Next week we will begin reading fiction and nonfiction articles learning how to answer questions about the readings and write constructive response answers.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. It is best to contact me via email. I check that frequently, so will be able to respond in a more timely manner. nflory@hpseagles.net

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Classroom Happenings 2/11/19

Will this be our first full week in three weeks? We can only hope. We still have much to learn so getting back to work is a must.

Math: We are back into unit 4. So far the most difficult part is rounding to the nearest 10 or 100. We will be working on adding and subtracting three digit numbers with carrying and borrowing. They will learn a variety of methods to solve these problems, but will be encouraged to use whichever method makes sense for them.

Writing: We will be finishing up our realistic fiction stories this week and beginning to revise, edit, and type them for our published copies.

Spelling: Your child should have brought home the Unit 15 words on Friday. This week’s focus is on the consonant blends (ng, nk, nt, pt,sk,st) Below is the Unit 15 list of words.  Social Studies: We’ve completed learning about the first people of Michigan, Native Americans. Next the French come to Michigan. We will be learning why they came and what caused them to stay. 

Reading: The kids are still reading the second book in a series, but with all of the days off, it has been hard to get them going and caught up. We will read as much as we can this week, but if your child is not finished by Friday they will be bringing their book home to finish over the weekend so we can start our biography unit.

Valentines Day Party: We made Valentine bags so all the kids will need is Valentines for their friends. I have some Valentine math games planned and made some Valentine cookies for a treat.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. It is best to contact me via email. I check that frequently, so will be able to respond in a more timely manner. nflory@hpseagles.net

Have a great week,

Mrs. Flory

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Snow Day Challenge

Hey Class,
Mrs. Reagan has created a contest for us to participate in. We could win another pizza party for our class. You can do it! Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!

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We have another SNOW DAY today.  Please encourage your child to do at least 30 minutes of learning (see below).  Thanks to our AMAZING PTC (made possible by your WALK•A•THON Donations), $10 Barnes and Noble Gift Card (one per grade) will be given to randomly drawn students.

AND EXTRA special INCENTIVE:

Mrs. Reagan will host a  pizza party for the classroom that has the MOST PARTICIPANTS in SNOW DAY LEARNING.   She will look at who has participated over all the snow days (last Friday, today …. and maybe other days this week) and the class with the most students who participate will get a PRINCIPAL PIZZA PARTY!

Options for learning:

  1. Read a book or two or three.  ONLINE Learning record for reading minutes.
  2. Learning on MOBYMAX or RAZ-KIDS through Clever.com:
  • Log into https://clever.com/in/hpseagles
  • Select log into other google account.
  • Type in district username followed by @hpsstudents.net
  • Type in password – if your child doesn’t remember the password, choose TIME TO READ instead — or email me, the teacher!
  • Select Elementary Apps
  • Find MOBYMAX OR RAZ KIDS….get started!

Students have until 5 pm tonight to participate.

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Classroom Happenings 1-21-19

 

BRRRRR! Winter has officially arrived. Please make sure your child comes to school with warm clothing for going outside. If the weather is 0° or above we have outdoor recess.

Math: On Friday we tested on unit 3. Overall the kids did well. Elapsed time and measuring to the 1/4 inch proved to be the most difficult for them. For some of the kids, they are just not developmentally ready for these concepts. It will come in time. Unit 4 will involve place value and adding and subtracting with three-digit numbers that require borrowing and carrying.

Writing: Thank you for making sure your child completed his/her informational report. We celebrated them on Friday and began our next writing unit. The kids will be writing a realistic fiction story.

Spelling: Your child will bring home words to study for unit 14 on Monday. This week’s focus is on the consonant blends (ck, ct, ft, ld, mp, nd) Attached is the Unit 14 list of words. Week 14 PDF

Social Studies: History lesson one taught the kids how to be historians. Now that they have accomplished that, we will be learning about the first people of Michigan, the Native Americans. 

Reading: The kids should all be done with their first chapter book in the series they are reading. On Monday, they will be given the second book in the series. As they work their way through the second book, we will be comparing it to the first book and noticing how the main character changes.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. It is best to contact me via email. I check that frequently, so will be able to respond in a more timely manner. nflory@hpseagles.net

Have a great week,

Mrs. Flory

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Classroom Happenings 1/14/19

We are back in the swing of things and ready to do the bulk of our learning during this long stretch before spring break. Even though this seems like the winter that never was, it is still quite cold out. Please remind your child that he/she needs to bundle up for recess. Several of them feel if there is no snow that they don’t need to wear a coat. Hats, mittens and warm coats are still needed.

Math: We will finish this unit by Friday and test early next week. For the most part, the kids have been doing well with this measurement unit. Telling time to the minute and telling elapsed time were the most difficult. Some extra practice at home in these areas would be helpful.

Writing: Your child should have brought home his/her informational report final draft pieces if they were not finished. Please have them complete it and return it to school by Tuesday morning. We will be reading each other’s pieces during writing on Tuesday. Our next unit will be writing a realistic fiction piece. Most of the kids enjoy the chance to make up a story of their own. 

Spelling: Your child will bring home words to study for unit 13 on Monday. This week’s focus is on the consonant blends (pr, pl, sh, th) Attached is the Unit 13 list of words.

Social Studies: Our next unit in social studies will be Michigan History. This is usually a favorite among the students and certainly of the teacher’s. It is a large unit, so there will be many quizzes on shorter sections in history. 

Reading: We started book clubs last week and the kids are enjoying their first books. The goal is to finish the first book this week and move on to the second book in the series to be able to see how the main character’s personality traits can be seen throughout a series.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. It is best to contact me via email. I check that frequently, so will be able to respond in a more timely manner. nflory@hpseagles.net

Have a great week,

Mrs. Flory

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