November 29th- Learning Commons checkout during Eagle Time. Students who arrive before 7:30 will be able to go to the Learning Commons and get new library books.
December 2nd- Giving Tree items due. If you would like to purchase a gift for a needy child or their siblings here at Big Shanty we have a tree in the lobby containing tags with a needed item. If you aren’t able to come in to the school to get a tag let Mrs. Brooks or Mrs. Mohammed know you would like to contribute and your child will be sent to the lobby to select a tag. Please return the tag along with the gift.
December 10th- We will place our last Scholastic order before the winter break. Some flyers came home before Thanksgiving break and there are some more coming home Thursday. If you wish to place an order you can return the paper order form along with a check or cash for the amount (no tax or shipping is charged) or you may go online to Scholastic and place an order online with a debit or credit card. Our class code is NBX43. The books are shipped to school and will be distributed to students when they arrive.
We are continuing the focus on non-fiction text this grading period. The students will begin focusing on biographies and non-fiction text that is written more as a narrative. They will work in small group with Mrs. Brooks on locating details in non-fiction writing and will independently complete a snapshot on Edmodo for standards RL5 and RI5. They will work independently on a variety of assignments using non-fiction text features. They will receive a new spelling list on Monday, we are continuing with our “words all third grade students need to know” so the list will not be leveled. Students will also receive a new homework choice menu. We will use this menu until the winter break. Four selections from the board will be due on Friday, the same day as the assessment. Students are encouraged to take the practice quiz on Spelling City. If your students does Spelling City for one of their homeworks please make a note in their agenda that they visited Spelling City.
Students will continue working on their second story. They have editing checklists in order to check their own or their partners work. Students will confer with teacher after they have utilized their checklist and their partner has checked their story.
We will continue our study of idioms utilizing a Promethean flipchart and reading aloud books specific for idioms. Students will take an idiom comprehension assessment on Friday. On Monday students will receive information regarding Sharing Through the Seasons. Children will select a holiday book to read aloud to the class. Their book may be on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, Kwanzaa or any other religious event celebrated during November, December or January. They will need to practice reading their book at home so they are fluid and accurate when they read aloud to the class. They need to be able to finish the book in 15 minutes and should bring a small item related to the book. They can make or purchase something related to the book but it should be inexpensive. They will also receive a packet to complete on their book, they will need to provide information and develop five questions from their book. They will be able to write their report or they may type it into a word document or Powerpoint. The information coming home is detailed regarding the requirements. We will begin presenting our books on December 12th, to make it fair Mrs. Brooks will “draw sticks” in each class to assign students a date that their book is due. This project covers several standards for reading, writing and speaking, after visiting Mrs. Peacock’s class and seeing their Halloween wax museum they wanted to do a similar project for the winter holidays. They are very excited to do the project, if they don’t have a book at home they wish to read they may go to the Learning Commons at school to get a holiday book. Below are links to all the forms.
Small Group Reading and Writing
Welcome back to school, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. I so enjoyed some time with my kids and all the rest. This week in Reading and Writing we will be reveiwing and doing some writing about Thanksgiving time. We will have spelling words this week. Please help your child practice the words so they will do fanitastic on the spelling test Friday. I am looking forward to a great week! Love, Ms. Dorsett
Tuesday- PE (wear sneakers)
Wednesday- Health (wear sneakers)
Friday- No specials (fourth grade SOAR day), students will have an extended Fun Friday