August 29-September 2

Important Dates:

August 3oth– Used book sale in the Learning Commons. Soft back books fifty cents, hardback books $1.

September 2nd- Schoolwide STEM/Career Day. Students will participate in standards based STEM activities as well as hear from adult volunteers regarding various careers.

September 5th- Labor Day, no school

September 7th- Progress Reports go home for students who have a one in an academic area or behavior issues.

September 9th- At 1:30 the school will have a Patriot Celebration for our local first responders. Students are asked to wear red, white, blue or a combination of the three for the day.

September 13th- We will begin standardized testing with the CogAT. More information to come.

September 26th-30th- Fall Break, no school

Language Arts Brooks/Dorsett/Wilkes:

Due to STEM day on Friday and a media lesson on Monday, there is NO SPELLING this week. We will continue reading in independent books and partner books. Our focus lessons will be on sequence. Eagle Eye reports are due each Monday. The children were notified on Thursday and had a visual reminder on the board all day Thursday and Friday. They were also reminded to get at least one Eagle Eye form before they left school on Thursday and Friday. Several students turned in Eagle Eye reports early and don’t have one due on Monday. We encourage them to turn them in early so they can just play all weekend.

In writing we will continue to develop strategies for writing ideas and work on writing “seed” stories. Last week we discussed a “watermelon” idea, such as Disney World, and talked about how we could write all year and not cover everything for a trip to Disney World but within that large idea there were “seeds”. The children then brainstormed writing about meeting their favorite princess, riding a roller coaster, seeing the castle for the first time, etc. that could all be developed into stories. We will develop one of their seed stories this week and work with our partner to edit the piece. We will also be working on common and proper nouns to help with capitalization within our writing.

Math: 

This week in Math we will begin working on solving addition problems with 2 three-digit numbers using strategies based on place value. We will also work on solving word problems and writing a constructed response to show our understanding of the problem and support our mathematical reasoning.

he following links may be helpful for you to see the strategies we use with the students when working with addition. We do expose the students to the standard algorithm but encourage use of other strategies for calculation.

 

Social Studies/Science:

We completed our study of maps, longitude and latitude. We will revisit it again when we begin our study of Greece. Ask your children to share the chant and hand movements we came up with to remember what latitude and longitude are and how they help us. Here is a link for a fun video e watched in class. Warning: the tune is catchy and it may be a tune that you can’t get out of your head. The kids loved it!

We will begin our study of rocks this week. Students will have an opportunity to work as junior geologists and sort rocks based on classifications they feel are appropriate before learning the classifications used by geologists. They will also use science tools to closely examine and weigh a rock they find on our rock hunt later during the week.

Friday is our STEM DAY. We are really looking forward to it. 

Small group Reading/Math/Writing:

This week in math we are going to continue to work on place value, making tens and number sense. We will introduce the topic of rounding and look at one step word problems. I know it will be another fun week!

In small group reading we will continue using the FUNDATIONS program. We are going to learn and practice letter formation, phonological awareness, sound mastery, phonics word structure, vocabulary and much more. I am excited to start this program with our group. There will be spelling homework again this week, the test will be on Thursday because Friday is our school wide STEM / Career day.  Watch for more information to come home in your child’s agenda.  Don’t forget to sign the agenda each night!

In our small group writing class we are going to follow the Lucy Calkins program of writing. We will be learning how to write a personal narrative using the best small moment story that you can write. We will continue to practice and use correct grammar in our writing. And begin to use our writing journals more. Don’t forget that every week children will need to read at least 20 minutes every night and be prepared to turn in an Eagle Eye every Monday morning. We did an Eagle Eye together last week. We are going to Read a book about Pirates and do some writing following the book study. I am looking forward to another great week!

Specials:

Monday- PE (wear sneakers)

Tuesday- Health (wear sneakers)

Wednesday- STEM

Thursday- Art

Friday- Music

August 22-26

Important Dates:

August 23- Used book sale. All paperback books are fifty cents and hardback books are $1. Brooks homeroom donated over 100 books for the sale!  Thank you for your support.

August 26- All club applications are due.

August 31- Scholastic book order.

Brooks/Dorsett/Wilkes Language Arts:

The students did an excellent job with their first spelling assessment. The first grade is usually not counted so they can get used to the procedure but they did so well they asked that the grade be counted. The spelling for this week will be leveled according to their grade on the previous assessment. The students will have the spelling words they are responsible for highlighted. They will use the same choice board as last week (saves on printing and trees).

Eagle Eyes are due on August 22! Students had a visual reminder posted on Thursday morning if they have an Eagle Eye due. They were also reminded at least a dozen times to make sure they had Eagle Eye forms before they left school on Friday. They also have time each morning to work on an Eagle Eye and time during reading class. Not having a completed Eagle Eye is an automatic study hall on Friday.

Students met their reading partners and have a joint book that is on their reading level. They will read the book together, discuss it, write questions and learn new vocabulary together. They will continue with their leveled chapter books as well small group work on state standards.

In writing students began their first writing piece. They worked with their partner making suggestions and asking questions to make their writing better. They also conferenced with teachers to review their drafts before publishing. We will introduce another strategy for developing writing topics and work on it this week.

Small group Reading/Math/Writing:

This week in math we are going to continue to work on place value, making tens and number sense. We will talk about rounding and look at some word problems. I know it will be a fun week!

In small group reading we are going to begin the FUNDATIONS program. We are going to learn and practice letter formation, phonological awareness, sound mastery, phonics word structure, vocabulary and much more. I am excited to start this program with our group. We are going to have spelling homework this week. Watch for more information to come home in your child’s expandable folder and or in the agenda.  Don’t forget to sign the agenda each night!

In our small group writing class we are going to follow the Lucy Calkins program of writing. Learning how to write a personal narrative using the best small moment story that you can write. We will continue to practice and use correct grammar in our writing. And begin to use our writing journals more. Don’t forget that every week children will need to read at least 20 minutes every night and be prepared to turn in an Eagle Eye every Monday morning. We did an Eagle Eye together this week.

Math w/ Mrs. Mohammed

This week, we discussed how to determine the nearest 10 to a two-digit number as well as the nearest 10 and 100 to a 3 and 4 digit number. We will introduce the term rounding this week, as we spent last week setting up the concept by determining our benchmark 10s and disusing where it is in relation to the midpoint. We will continue exploring rounding while reviewing base-10 and place value. We also started out rotations for Guided Math. Please encourage your children to share what we have discussed in class. One of the best ways to learn something is to teach it to someone else. Math homework will be coming home every night, M-Th.

Social Studies w/ Mrs. Mohammed

We spent the past week studying the globe We discussed the equator as the imaginary line that separates the Earth into the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. We also discussed the Prime Meridian as the imaginary line that separates the Earth into the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. We looked at compasses and talked about cardinal directions, N,S, E, W, and intermediary directions- NE, NW, SE, SW. We labeled the walls in our room and used directions to identify different places on the globe. This week we will continue exploring the globe and create our own using balloons, comlete with the equator, Prime Meridian, lines of latitude and longitude.

Specials:

Monday- PE (wear sneakers)

Tuesday- Health (wear sneakers)

Wednesday- STEM

Thursday- Art

Friday- Music

August 15th-19th

Important Dates:

August 18th– Picture Day! The order forms for picture day were in the Thursday folders. Please hold them until the 18th, teachers aren’t allowed to hold money for students and we worry about them being left in a backpack.

The learning commons is having a used book drive to raise money to buy new library books and furnishings for the learning commons and makers space. The students in Mrs. Brooks/Ms. Dorsett’s homeroom have been told if they bring in five books Mrs. Brooks will buy them a book at the used book sale on August 23rd.

Students received agendas on Friday and had grade level behavior expectation meetings. The students were sorted into “houses” for special behavior rewards and were shown how the update located in the back of the agenda works. Students were also introduced to Eagle Bucks that can be spent at the school store or in the classroom. Each class has a banker to help students make weekly deposits into their bank account. Each day students arrive on time, stay until the end of the day and receive no marks in their agenda they will receive one dollar. Teachers have additional dollars to hand out for students exhibiting our Eagle pledge: Engaged in learning; Accept responsibility; Gratitude is our attitude; Live the golden rule; eager to achieve; and showing self-control. The students are very excited about the programs, if parents have any questions you may contact your child’s homeroom teacher by email or set up a meeting time.

A Scholastic order will be sent on August 31st. If you are interested in ordering online there is a sticker in the front of the agenda with the class code (upper right corner of first page).

Mrs. Brooks/Ms. Dorsett’s Reading and Writing classes:

This week in reading and writing students will be paired up with a partner. We will begin the Lucy Calkins units for both classes. In reading students complete individual reading fluency records with Mrs. Brooks and Ms. Dorsett, they will select a chapter book to read in class, work on a tall tale with their partner and work in small groups on Language Arts standards. We will have spelling words this week in order to get a baseline, students will have a choice board to use for homework. The list also includes vocabulary words associated with reading, we will discuss them in class. In writing they will learn to draw from personal experience for writing pieces and will begin a journal with writing ideas.

Mrs. Mohammed/ Mrs. Wilkes’ Math classes:

This week in math, we will continue working with place value before heading into rounding numbers. This past week, we  explored the role of the number 10 in our place value system and have seen how it assists in counting large quantities. We have traded 1s for 10s, 10s for 100s and 100s for 1,000s. We established the relationship between the various places and created chants to help us remember them. We discussed the difference between place and value, again creating chants to help in recall. We also talked about the four ways to represent a number: standard form, word form, expanded form and base-10 drawings. We will continue practicing this skill with larger numbers before we begin rounding, mid-week.

The students have also completed the MI, which is a computerized math test to get a baseline of their math level. We started working on multi-step word problems involving addition and subtraction. Lastly. we began our Math Number Talks by disusing how to make friendly 10s. We will also begin math rotations this week.

Nightly math homework starts Monday. 

Ms. Dorsett’s math group:

This coming week in our small group math time we are going to continue to work with numbers in many different ways. We will have a number of the day and I encourage everyone to find numbers in their own life outside of school. Look for numbers when you are in the grocery store, driving to after school activities or anywhere. Let’s share the numbers we find this week! I am looking forward to a great week in 3rd grade small group math!

Specials for the Week:

Monday– PE, please wear sneakers

Tuesday- Health, please wear sneakers

Wednesday- STEM

Thursday- Art

Friday- Music

August 8th-12th

Important Upcoming Dates:

August 9th– PTA meeting and Open House 6 pm-7:30 pm, we hope to see you there!

Used Book Fair– The Learning Commons could use volunteers on several dates to help collect, organize and sell used books as a fund raiser. Please look at the Signup Genius link below and volunteer if at all possible. You may volunteer for more than one date/time.

Signup Genius

August 18th– Picture Day!

This Week in Class:

The students took the Reading Inventory on Friday and will take the Math Inventory on Monday morning. Throughout the week we will be doing additional assessments within the classroom to determine areas of strength and areas that need remediation. We will address remediation issues through small group lessons as the school year progresses. The students will do their baseline writing assessments Monday-Wednesday and we will begin our Lucy Calkins sessions on Thursday.

Specials:

Monday- PE (wear sneakers)

Tuesday- Health (wear sneakers)

Wednesday- STEM

Thursday- Art

Friday- Music