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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September 14, 2016

    September 14, 2016

     Finally, our first blog of the year!!!! It's taken a bit of time (3 weeks to be exact) and we've covered lots of information so far, gotten to know each other better, and learned some very important rules and procedures.
     We're off to a great start having already worked on place value to the millions and adding and subtracting concepts. We've also briefly covered many of the multiplication facts--0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, and 11. We'll continue working on the other facts as well.
     We just finished up our first language arts unit which was a study of classic tales including the story of The Wind in the Willow written by Kenneth Grahame in 1908. We also worked on reading skills as the class read various classic stories from our small readers.
     The students have also had various opportunities to practice their writing skills as we've implemented the strategy Think-Write-Pair-Share (T.W.P.S) and worked on daily journal entries.

 Please Note:

**If you have not signed and returned the "Acceptable Use Policy" or E-signed by going to the school home page, please do so as soon as possible. Students are not allowed to use computers until a new policy is signed each year. We'll begin working on the computers as early as this Friday.

Upcoming Curriculum:

Language Arts:    
--This week we will begin unit 2 in language arts.  This unit is a fun one and includes Rattenborough, a spunky little mouse/narrator who will take us on a non-fiction adventure as the students learn about classification of animals. 
--We will also review the parts of a sentence including the subject, predicate, nouns, verbs and adjectives. 
--We will be working with prefixes -un & -non and suffixes -ed & -ing. 


--Our first spelling list will come home next week. Students will write their list each Monday and bring it home to study and we'll have our tests on Fridays.

--We will end chapter 1 Monday or Tuesday of next week and begin chapter 2 on Wednesday or Thursday. 
--We'll continue reviewing ways to add larger numbers mentally and using regrouping to add numbers up to 1,000.  We'll also continue our review of subtracting 3 digit numbers using regrouping. 
--Throughout chapter 2, students will learn about and review graphs, including picture graphs, bar graphs, horizontal and vertical bar graphs, and graph scales and keys

Science/Social Studies: 

--The language arts program we are currently using lends itself very well to many of our science and social studies concepts. The last unit was a great example of communities (other units will cover this concept in more detail) and the current unit helps students to explore classification of animals.

Upcoming Events:

September 21st        Hearing Screenings (K-3)
September 23rd       Fall Pictures 

Weekly Schedule:

Monday: Library & Music
Tuesday: Art
Wednesday: Music & P. E.  

Monday, January 4, 2016

January 2016


Dear Parents, 
     Welcome back and Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had a wonderful break. I had a restful holiday filled with family, friends, and lots of joy. Thanks again for the wonderful donations for our classroom party and games/supplies for our classroom.  
   We still need paper cardboard rolls that come from paper towels rolls, toilet paper rolls, the end of aluminum foil, etc for a project in this month. If you can send any of these items in, that would be great.
Math--We will finish chapter 6 this week and test on Wednesday. We will then move on to chapter 7 where the students will learn more about division facts and strategies.

Times Tables
Thank you to the parent helpers who have been able to work with the students one-on-one. Each Friday  your child has the opportunity to pass off a new set of multiplication facts, so  please study times tables with your child each day in order to prepare them.

Please take a few minutes to check and initial your child's homework each night. 
This helps me immensely. Checking the work also gives you a better understanding of the concepts we're working on in school and whether or not your child is understanding those concepts.

We're on unit 4 which focuses on Ancient Roman Civilizations

Please help your child study their words each week. We'll have a spelling test every Friday.

Although we have finished our keyboarding lessons, we will continue practicing those skills a couple times each week.

Unit Study (Science/Social Studies)
Science- Along with our Roller Coaster activity, we will be learning about Force & Motion for our science lessons.
Social Studies-As we move through our units and look ahead a bit (actually, Mrs. Holmes needs the credit for looking ahead), I'm discovering that the CKLA program is doing a great job of covering many, if not all of the 3rd grade social studies units.

Upcoming Events...