What a crazy week! From freezing temperatures to warm breezes. We only had 2 and ½ days but managed to get much accomplished.
We finished our pretests for Reading and Math on MobyMax. I’ll be able to use these to drive our instruction and show growth at the end of the quarter.
In Writing most of the students are working on their final copy after working hard on their sloppy copy and editing. Keep a look out on seesaw to see our authors read their original work. Speaking of seesaw if you haven’t logged on please do. All the kids have recorded an original poem. I’m very proud of them.
We will start our Language Art centers next week exploring Mysteries, planets, and Non-fiction/fiction comparisons. We will also explore stars as we prepare for our field trip to the Planetarium.
Irregular and rectilinear shapes are the plan for Math next week. We continue to spiral back to previous learned skills: graphing, patterns, distributive/associative/communtative property, geometry.
Have a great weekend.
Happy New Year! We had a great start of of the 3rd quarter. In Math, we continued learning about area and perimeter. We will work on area and perimeter with word problems next week and finish up on Friday with an assessment. Next up will be Fractions.
In writer’s workshop we got back to basics by reviewing the structure and organizing of a 5 paragraph essay. Our first topic was winter. We brainstormed and came up with over 50 words to describe winter. The students have done a great job starting their stories and I’ve enjoyed reading them.
In Reading we started our unit on Mysteries. The students enjoyed hearing the stories, reading the clues and figuring out the mystery in The Blackbird Mystery for The Get a Clue series of books.
Since Science is my favorite I was thrilled to start our unit on Objects in the sky. Over the next month we will explore the sun, shadows, planets, moons, stars, the entire solar system and how we fit in it. We put together part of our Solar System flip book and did lots of research on our planet. I look forward to our field trip to the Planetarium on the 24th and the presentations and projects of each planet project due on January 27th.
I set up a classroom account on Seesaw. Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school. So far the students have created an original poem about themselves and had a partner video them. You can download the app on your phone. It is also very secure. Only you can see what is in your their portfolio unless I have tagged it as a classroom assignment. It is easy to set up. If you haven’t done it yet you can go here https://app.seesaw.me/s/841-715-714 to get started.
Have a great weekend!
Happy Track out!
Report cards went home on Friday. Please review with your child, sign the envelope and return to school. Your children worked hard and you should be proud of them.
We finished up the second quarter studying Holiday traditions from around the World. Each student (some with partners) researched a country and popular holiday traditions in that country. They created a paper brochure and then transferred it to a presentation on Google slides. They can show it to you by going into Mrs. Fountain's links msfountain.weebly.com/quick-links.html on the Middle Creek Website to the google link. They will need their student google email and password (lunch number). They worked very hard and I'm proud of them. We ran out of time on Friday so they will present them when we get back from vacation in January.
In Math we worked for a week on Area and perimeter. We will revisit those measurement standards when we return as well as explore fractions. PLEASE continue to practice those multiplicaton facts during track out.
In ELA we finished up The BFG . It was fun to read together and watch the movie together.
Coming in January we will compare nonfiction to fiction and mysteries, as well as introducing literature circles and planet research projects.
The pictures below are from the reader's theater on Thanksgiving and presentation of graphing project from the day before Thanskgiving. The students worked hard on their projects and I loved listening to them present them.
Have a safe and happy holiday!! See you in 2017!
It's been a busy week. We are halfway thru The BFG by Roald Dahl. We have discussed and analyzed character traits. We have learned lots of new vocabulary words like: ghastly, forlorn, contemptuous, colossal. The BFG also uses various words like chiddlers, scrumdidliumptious and human beans. We will continue reading next week and hope to find out more about the dreams he catches and how he handles the other giants.
We studied picture and bar graphs, introduced line graphs and line plots. The students had a great time collecting data by tasting skittles, lifesavers, tossing cards and "jumping the creek". Then they created graphs online at create a graph.com
We will finish government next week and briefly introduce our science unit the following week. In January look for us to chart the phases of the moon.
We had book buddies today with Mrs. Atcheson's first grade class. I'm so proud of our third graders. They were good role models today. The actively listened and read with enthusiasm. You can see that from some of the pictures I have attached.
Friday Folders (formerly Tuesday) were sent home. Please review, sign and send back on Monday.
Lastly we started using our Google classroom this week for ELA. Each child has a google email address and can access our classroom. It is new for me and I'm really excited about using it often for our learning.
The Fall festival and Book Character parade were a great success. We estimated, measured pumpkins and counted pumpkin seeds. We tasted yummy pumpkin treats and learned new pumpkin facts. Thanks for your donations for the fall festival!
The rest of the week in writing we worked on our Spooky stories for our class book.
We read Crankenstein and discussed what makes us cranky and why?
We started working on graphing and finishing up find the "unknown" number in a problem.
We are getting the hang of ELA centers and will switch up groups this week as we start the book, The BFG by Roald Dahl.
I will start some MClass quarterly testing on Wednesday and Interim reports will go home this week as well.
We had a great week. I hope the new homework plan worked out for your child. A reminder, you need to sign your student's agenda after they have read their 20 minutes for the day.
The kids got a break from Vocabulary this week. We will pick it up next week with a test on Friday.
They didn't get a break from the multiplication facts test. PLEASE study with or have your kids hop on math magician to practice their facts. It is important for them to have them memorized. It only gets harder from here if they don't know them. We also worked on inequalities, unknown numbers in multiplication and patterns. Next week we will work on graphing and more multiplication review.
Our Fall Festival is on Monday 10/31. We will have pumpkin activities and a book character parade. Your child is welcome to dress up as their favorite character from a book. Please be sure to send in any donations you signed up for. The signup genius is linked under USEFUL LINKS so take a look if you need a reminder. I look forward to seeing some of you when you come volunteer. We still need 2 more donated pumpkins. Please sign up if you can.
In Writing, we worked on our Spooky Stories. The students did a great job using descriptive words and imagery in their stories. Next week we will do opinion writing.
We started a government unit in Social Studies. We will be learning about the election process, local and federal government, citizens and the 3 branches of the government over the next couple weeks.
I have updated my wish list. The most pressing need is Headphones for listening to reading. I have NONE. School doesn't provide them. They are a great tool for listening to reading during ELA center time.
Don't forget to collect and send in your Box Tops!
Thank you to all coming to Open House. It was nice to meet you. Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.