Weekly Happenings in Room 207 10/16-10/20

Spelling: Last week’s spelling feature with ck, ke, and ook proved to be difficult for many of the kids. Therefore, I am going to have a review week for this spelling feature. Your child’s list for this week is posted below.  I would also like the kids to be able to spell the name of their school district; Hudsonville. 

Please help your child work with these words this week: 

CK

Ke

ook

packing

shake

shook

deck

broke

cooked

ticket

hike

crooks

bucket

joke

hooked

Lucky

smoke

books

Math: Unit two covers the multiplication facts  6s, 7s, and 8s. Please make sure your child is practicing his/her facts using flash cards and/or Mobymax. Knowing the multiplication facts is vital to your child’s success in third grade math.

Writing:  We are finishing up our personal narrative final drafts and will be starting opinion essays this week.

Social Studies: There will be a test on Thursday on the way humans have modified and adapted to Michigan’s environment. The study guide will go home on Tuesday, but I have also attached it here. 

Geo Lesson 7 Review (Change and Adaptation)

Have a great week, Mrs. Flory     

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Michigan Natural Resources Quiz Review Guide

Michigan Natural  Resources Quiz Review Guide

Your child will have a test on Thursday, October 12 on Michigan’s natural resources.  They will need to know the following:

Name three ways we use water in Michigan

    1. Shipping
    2. Recreation (swimming)
    3. drinking
    4. fishing
    5. generating power

2. Name three ways we use our land in Michigan

       1. Fertile Soil is used for farming and orchards

      2. Minerals are used for building things or making things out of.

          Examples include: copper, limestone, iron ore, sand, salt

       3. Gas and Oil are used to heat our homes and as fuel for transportation

3. Name two ways we use our forests in Michigan

1. making paper

2. making furniture

3. using lumber to build homes

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Week of 10/9/17

A Glance at Our Week: 10/9/17- 10/13/17

Unit 1 Math Test: The kids took the unit one math test today and did amazing! Thank you for helping them learn their facts! Knowing the facts is essential to doing well in third grade math. Next to come will be the times six facts. 

Spelling: Unit 8 will focus on the spelling pattern (ck) as in back and (ke) as in bake.

Reading: The kids are reading, reading, reading  and learning how to recognize character traits of the characters in their books.

Writing: We are finishing up our personal narrative unit this week. The kids will edit their stories and then write their final drafts. They are really working hard and have some pretty good stories to tell.

Social Studies: We are continuing to learn about Michigan’s geography. Thank you for helping your child study for the tests we have had. The information is new to the kids, so I like to give short tests more frequently because waiting until the end would just be too much for the kids to learn at once. The kids will be bringing home a chart with Michigan’s natural resources. There will be a quiz Thursday, where they will need to list three natural resources and an example of what we use that resource for. 

Friday is an early release day. The kids will be released at 12:15 

 

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MSU/UofM dress up day

Hi Parents, 

Since this weekend will be the MSU/Michigan game, we thought it would be fun to dress up in the colors of the team we will be supporting. So, if your child would like to wear green or blue tomorrow to support their team that would be great. 

Hoping for a sea of green,

   Mrs. Flory                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

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Social Studies Test Friday

Your child has a social studies test on Friday, September 29 on Michigan’s vegetation and climate. They should have brought home a study guide and a set of flash cards to help them study. They will need to know the following:

Two Types of vegetation and an example of each:

Forests (National, State, and Commercial)

 Orchards (Apple, Blueberry, Strawberries)

Climate: is the temperatures and precipitation our state has.

Examples:

  • It is colder in the U.P. 
  • It rains and snows more on the west side of Michigan
  • Michigan has four seasons: winter, spring, summer, fall

State Symbols: Be able to name three

  • State Flower: Apple blossom
  • State Bird: Robin
  • State Stone: Petoskey Stone
  • State Game Mammal: White Tailed Deer

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY SCHEDULES TO HELP YOUR CHILD STUDY FOR THIS TEST. IT IS MUCH APPRECIATED. 

 

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Postcard Project

First of all I want to thank you all for the many generous donations to our classroom. It’s those little extras that help make the classroom feel a little more like a home away from home. Next I want to express my heartfelt appreciation for reaching out to friends and relatives in regard to our postcard project. The response has been AMAZING! I have posted a picture below to see our board of friends near and far in progress. The kids are having a ball with this. 

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Homework Clarification

My third grade handbook on the blog explains our classroom procedures, but I think there are a few questions still out there, so I will be addressing them below. 

Homework: 

Math Homework will be given MOST Tuesdays and Thursdays. It needs to be completed that night and turned in the following day. 

Fact Practice: The kids are learning multiplication this year. It is important for them to practice these facts for at least 5 minutes each night. They can do this by using flashcards that I will send home or by doing fact fluency on Mobymax. To use Mobymax, your child will have to access it through clever.com.  Go to that sight and have them enter username@hpsstudents.net. Then they can enter their password and clever will open and Mobymax will be on there. Your kids all wrote down their user names and passwords on their agendas today. If it is not clearly written, let me know and I will email it to you. 

Spelling Homework: The kids will take a pre-test on Mondays. If they miss 0-1 words they will receive the challenge list for the week. If they miss 2 or more words they will receive the regular list. On Monday their list will come home with some spelling activity ideas on the bottom of it to help them study their words. Your child can record which spelling activity they did on their agenda in the space provided. I would like them to do one activity each night Monday – Thursday. (I totally understand if it just can’t happen on some days)

Spelling City is one of the choices and the lists are already in there for the kids to click on and start using for the games. 

 https://www.spellingcity.com/MrsFlory207/ 

Reading Homework: Your child’s goal for third grade is to read 80 – 100 minutes per week. You may decide how to divide that up among the seven days in a week. I told the kids to try for 20 minutes a day for four days. The time spent reading may also be recorded on the agenda. 

I hope this answers any questions you might have. Let me know if there is anything else and I will happily try and answer your questions or concerns. 

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