Classroom Happenings 5/20/19

It is hard to believe that we are entering the last three weeks of school. We have learned so much this year and are all ready to move on to the fourth grade. As we wrap up the third grade please know how much having your child as part of my classroom has meant. Watch for emails and postings on activities that will take place to close out the year.

Math:  We are working our way through  Unit 5 and will wind math with some review of all we have learned.

Writing: Our last writing/social studies unit has the kids learning about public issues and learning to take a stand on a public issue. They will be bringing home some survey questions for you to complete to get opinions the public issue they will be writing about.

Biography Museum: Hopefully your child is already preparing for the biography museum. We will be presenting for you on Tuesday, June 4 Tuesday, June 4 from 1:30 – 2:15.

Spelling: Your child should have brought home his/her spelling words on Friday. This weeks words(Week 26) focus on prefixes re, dis, un, im, and in.

The list is posted below:

We have been learning about vertebrates and invertebrates. Last week we learned the 4B’s (breath, babies, body covering, and blood) of amphibians and mammals. This week we will learn about reptiles and birds.

Reading: I have been working hard to get reading levels tested and will continue to do so. I am happy to report that the kids have all worked hard to improve their reading and have shown tremendous growth.  They are enjoying reading in mini book clubs or to reading books of their own interest independently.

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 5/13/19

There is a rumor that we may actually have spring this week with a few warm days. Hopefully, we will be able to get outside and enjoy it some. The kids are getting pretty restless as we close out the year.

Math:  We tested on our fraction unit last week. If your child didn’t do well in all of the areas, please remember that this was their first time exposed to fractions. They will have more next year and every year after that. They were not expected to master fractions in the third grade. We are going back to Unit 5 to work on one and two step story problems. This should take us to just about the end of the school year.

Writing: We made our biography people to hold our reports in on Friday. If your child was not yet finished with their final draft, it was sent home to complete. Please have them finish that up as soon as possible and return it to school. This week they will be reading about an animal they have chosen and writing an informational report on what they learned.

Biography Museum: The kids are already so excited about our upcoming museum. You will be amazed by how much they know about their person.  Please help your child be prepared for our museum which will be held on Tuesday, June 4 from 1:30 – 2:15.

Spelling: Your child should have brought home his/her spelling words on Friday. This weeks words(Week 25) focus on adding the suffixes tion, sion, ment, er, and est.

The list is posted below:

Social Studies: The kids had a ton of fun participating in “The Case of the Missing Puppy” court case. It was a great culmination activity for our government unit. Below is a little snip-it of their performance.

“The Case of the Missing Puppy

 

 

We are taking some time to learn about animals. Even though there will be no report card grades for science, this unit is from the Common Core curriculum and will eventually be part of the third-grade requirements.

Reading: We finished reading and reporting on the book “The Jacket,” and now between testing the kids one last time on their reading levels, they will have an opportunity to read in mini book clubs or choose to read a book of their own interest independently.

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 5/6/19

Well, we made it through M-STEP. The kids all worked so hard. I am so proud of all of them. On to the final 5-week push to the end.

Thank you for sending in your child’s field trip money and for the tremendous response of volunteers. I wish we could take you all along, but I had to draw only four names to attend Meijer garden with us. All may join us at Hagar Park for lunch if the weather cooperates.

Math:  We will test on unit 7 on Wednesday and then go back to unit 5, which we skipped earlier. This unit will involve solving one and two step word problems with all four operations.

Writing: The plan is to finish our biographies this week. If your child is behind in his/her writing it will be coming home for them to finish up. We have been working hard researching a person in history and then writing about what we learned about them and now it is time to move onto our final unit. This unit will be asking the kids to take a stand on a public issue.

Biography Museum: A note went home last week about our upcoming museum. This event is looked forward to all year and always well loved by the kids. Please help your child be prepared for our museum which will be held on Tuesday, June 4 from 1:30 – 2:15.

Spelling: Your child should have brought home his/her spelling words on Friday. This weeks words(Week 24) focus on adding the suffixes y, al, able, and ible

The list is posted below.

Social Studies: The kids were very interested in the judicial branch and what goes on in the courtroom. So, we will be holding a mock courtroom trial this week called the “Case of the Missing Puppy”.

 

 

Reading: We are just about finished reading  The Jacket. It has been so fun reading aloud as a class to see the wonderful growth the kids have made with their reading this year.

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 4/29/19

Wow! Only six weeks left to the school year. We have a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time. This week the kids will take the MSTEP. We will be testing from 9:00 to Noon on Tuesday and Thursday of this week. Pleases make sure your child is well rested, has a good breakfast with protein, brings two snacks and a water bottle for test days.

 Your child should have brought home a note about our field trip to Meijer Garden on May 28. Please send in your child’s $2.00 by this Friday as well as the note indicating whether you would like to be in the drawing for parents that would like to join us a chaperone. Unfortunately, we can only select four parents for the trip to Meijer Garden, but if you are not chosen for that part of the trip, you are still welcome to join us at Hagar Park for lunch and play time if the weather permits.

Math:  We will finish up our fraction unit this week and test the first of next week. We will then go back to unit 5, which we skipped earlier. This unit will involve solving one and two step word problems with all four operations.

Writing: Many of the kids are just about ready to start their final drafts for their biography, but still others are a bit behind. I will be checking in with all of them this week to see if they will need to finish them up at home.

Spelling: Your child should have brought home his/her spelling words on Friday. This weeks words(Week 23) focus on adding ly, less, ness, ful, and ily suffixes to words.  The list is posted below.

Social Studies: Our government unit will conclude with learning about citizens individual rights and responsibilities. Look for a study guide to come home for our Government final test.

 

 

Reading: We are working our way through the book The Jacket identifying the social issue, and answering comprehension questions about the text.

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 4/22/19

What a glorious weekend we had. I hope you were all able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and warmth. It is forecasted to be nice all week so we should be able to get outside and get some of our energy out. Yay!  😎

Math:  We started unit 7, which is all about fractions. The preview we had a few weeks ago must have really helped because the kids are catching on quickly. With any luck, we will buzz right through this unit and be ready for the M-Step.

Writing: We have started writing our paragraphs for our biographies and should finish the rough drafts by the end of this week. Some of the kids are a bit behind, so if they are not finished with their rough draft by Friday, you will see it coming home to work on over the weekend.

Spelling: Your child should have brought home his/her spelling words on Friday. This weeks words(Week 22) focus on adding ed and ing suffixes to words. The rules used here are if the vowel is short (bed) you need to double the consonant before you add ing (bedding).  The second rule is if the word ends with an e (bake) you need to drop the e before you add ing (baking). The list is posted below.

Social Studies: Our focus this week will be to learn the three branches of government: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. They will also learn who is in charge at each of these levels and what the job of each branch is.

Reading: The kids are doing a nice job with our social issues unit. They have read picture books and articles that focus on various social issues. They recorded the social issues they identified and used the text to support their answers. We will start reading a chapter book this week that also deals with a social issue. It is called The Jacket by Andrew Clements.

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 4/15/19

Something is definitely wrong with this weather. I am quite certain the phrase is not April snow showers bring May flowers. Thankfully this weather won’t be lasting and we will be warming up later in the week. With any luck the rain will hold off enough so the kids can get outside. 

Math: We will test on Unit 6 on Monday, take a day or two to try some of the sample math questions on the MSTEP website and then start unit 7, which is all about fractions. We had a little preview of them during our MSTEP prep, so hopefully the kids will catch on quickly. 

 Writing: The kids are moving along in their note taking and this week we will start the rough drafts for our biographies. 

Spelling: Your child will be bringing home his/her spelling words on Monday. This weeks words(Week 21) focus on the “s” sound heard when the c is followed by and e,i, or y and the hard c sound. The list is posted below.

Social Studies: Our focus this week will be to learn the difference between state and local government and the levels of government. 

Reading: We started a social issues unit during our reading block. The kids have been paired up to read picture books and articles that focus on various social issues. They record the social issue they identify and use the text to support their answer. 

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 4/8/19

Hi Families! I hope you had a wonderful time enjoying time together over spring break. With only nine weeks left of school, we will be working very hard to complete everything to make sure your students are ready for the fourth grade. We will be taking the M-Step on Tuesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 2. Wednesday and Friday will be make-up days for kids who may need extra time. Please avoid making any appointments on these days.

Math: We will finish up unit 6 this week and test on the unit next week. If there is any time available in your schedule to practice a few perimeter and area problems that would be so helpful to your child. Below is a link to a great site your child can do some practice problems on. Area and perimeter are listed under geometric measurement.

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-3

Writing: We will be starting the process of writing biographies. First, we will learn how to take notes while we read a biography. Next, we will learn how to use those notes and write our own version of a biography about the person we have chosen to write about.

Spelling: We will not have a spelling unit this week because we will be using that time to work on answering and typing constructed response questions based on articles we will read. Yes, the kids will have to do similar tasks on the M-Step.

Social Studies: We will be starting our Michigan government unit this week.

Reading: We will be reading and taking notes about the person whom we have chosen to write a biography for.

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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Spring Break Fun Activity

Fling Into Spring at Critter Barn!

Come see the new life that Spring brings us.

 

  • Friday, March 29 – Saturday, April 6, 2019
  • Meet the Spring babies: Ducklings, Chicks, Bunnies, Lambs, Kids, and Calves!
  • Join us for bottle feeding.
  • Enjoy the heated rooms when the weather is chilly.
  • We will be open daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Critter Barn

9275 Adams Street

Zeeland 49464

https://www.critterbarn.org/spring-fling

 

 

 

 

Amy Duwe

Grand Valley State University

Mary Idema Pew Library

Library: 616.331.3500

duwea@gvsu.edu

 

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop

 

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Classroom Happenings 3/25/19

A short four day week ahead before we head into spring break. Have a wonderful week with your children and safe travels to all who are leaving Michigan. Math: We have been working hard learning perimeter and area. As I said, it is a very hard concept for third graders. Mastery is not expected in the third grade. I was hoping to finish this unit before spring break, but it looks like we will need to come back to it again when we return. 

Writing: The kids wrote  On demand literary essays last week. Our next unit of study will be researching and writing informational reports. We will be choosing a person from history to read about and then write our own biography about that person. We will not start this until we return but instead be reading short stories and practicing answering questions about the stories and writing constructed responses to questions about the text.

Spelling: We will not have a spelling list this week due to the short week. Instead, we will be working on some more difficult word endings (suffixes) and doing activities with them.

Social Studies: The history unit is complete and our next unit will be Michigan government. We will be waiting until after the break to start this unit and will instead be using that time to prep for the M-step coming up the end of April. 

Reading: We are continuing with our biography unit. The kids are really enjoying reading about people in history.

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 3/18/19

  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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