November 12-16

Hello students and parents! Thanks for checking in. There are some important upcoming activities. Please read through the whole blog to find out. Here are our plans for this week:

Students will use spelling patterns to spell new words. We will review the spelling of each word by chanting them, outlining them and playing Mind-reader. Students will take a spelling test of these words on Thursday. (Friday is half-day p.m. schedule)

This week’s list:

  • fossil
  • petrification
  • mold
  • cast
  • preserved
  • extinct
  • paleontologist
  • sediment
  • remains
  • evolution
  • skull
  • imprint
  • amber
  • limestone
  • preserver
  • Bonus: Jurassic

Reading and Writing:

Our students will continue working on their animal research project. Students will need their devices on a daily basis to complete their chosen presentation (Google Slides, Display board or Glogster). We will  finish reading Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLauchlan for our Guided Reading and start the second book of the sequence Skylark.

Math:

We will continue with Multiplication fun. Our third graders will begin multiplying a 1 by a 2-digit factor using a variety of strategies such as breaking apart, and Lattice method (Singapore Math). Students are expected to practice the multiplication facts on a daily basis. We will have 5 IXL skills this week.

Science:

Our third graders will be finishing the Inheritance Relationships and Ecosystems unit. We will look at the role of decomposers on the petrifaction process (fossils). Students will also create their own models of a food chain using a variety of materials.

Art & Technology:

We will use IXL, Spelling City, Safe Search Kids, and Google Slides as part of daily classwork and homework.

Handwriting:

We will continue practicing Cursive Handwriting. The students will have 2 pages of homework this week. The booklet will be sent on Monday and should return by Friday.

Homework:

IXL Math Skills: F.13, G.1, G.5, G.9, G.15

Spelling City (There were some troubles with the school account last week, it should be working well now).

Handwriting: 2 pages

 

IMPORTANT NEWS:

A note from Ms. Cristiana The third graders have been enjoying (I hope!) listening to me read Roald Dahl’s The Witches to them. This is a book I used to read to the third graders when I taught third grade, and it was a success every single year, so I am grateful to have this opportunity to do this with such an awesome group of students.

We would like to watch the movie as part of the Thanksgiving Day festivities on Wednesday, November 21, and do some extension activities such as character analysis and movie/book comparison. The movie is rated PG; therefore we will be sending a small permission slip for you to sign. Please check the following links if you need to in order to decide.

Anticipated thanks!

PS – Do not let your third grader watch the videos or read the articles – we are not done with the book just yet!

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/the-witches

https://www.movieguide.org/reviews/the-witches.html

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100944/

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate ask!

FIELD TRIP: As a closure for our Science unit on Inheritance Relationships and Ecosystems, we are planning a field trip to the Museo de Historia Natural at the UNAH next week. More information will be sent through the permission slips.

Thanksgiving Day: Our Thanksgiving celebration will be held next Wednesday, November 21. Please make sure to send in what you agreed to on the chat group. Thanks to Maria Castillo for taking care of this! If you would like to join us this day, please let Maria know, so she can include you in the feast.

Have a great week!

Ms. Dariela

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November 5-9

Hello students and parents! Our students had a blast in our Book Character Day this past week. Thank you for sending in the snack to share! Here is what is planned for this week:

SPELLING: Students will use spelling patterns to spell new words. We will review the spelling of each word by chanting them, outlining them and playing Mind-reader. Students will take a spelling test of these words on Friday. Our Internal Spelling BEE took place this last Friday. Congratulations to the winners: First place-Mia Garcia, Alternate-Valeria Gough. Way to go ladies!!

This week’s list:

  • glossary
  • caption
  • graph
  • title
  • subtitle
  • heading
  • italics
  • highlighted
  • index
  • content
  • decomposer
  • savanna
  • trait
  • reproduction
  • temperature
  • Bonus: food chain

Reading and Writing: Our students will continue using Nonfiction Text Features to locate information. Students will also begin a research project on Animal traits. They will complete an animal research outline. Students will need their devices on a daily basis.

Students will also continue reading Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan for our Guided Reading. Also Ms. Cristiana will continue reading Witches by Roald Dahl as our read aloud novel.

Math: We will continue with Multiplication fun. Our third graders will begin multiplying a 1 by a 2-digit factor by breaking numbers apart and the lattice method. Students are expected to practice the multiplication facts on a daily basis. We will have 5 IXL skills this week.

Science: Our third graders will continue working on our Inheritance Relationships and Ecosystems unit. Our focus will be on identifying the elements in a food chain. Also students will create their own models of a food chain using a variety of materials.

Art & Technology: We will use IXL, Spelling City, Safe Search Kids, and Mystery Science as part of daily classwork and homework.

Handwriting: We will continue practicing Cursive Handwriting. The students will have 2 pages of homework this week. The booklet will be sent on Monday and should return by Friday.

Homework:

IXL Math Skills: F.8, F.9, F.10, F.11, F.12

Spelling City

Handwriting: 2 pages

Have a great week!

Ms. Dariela

October 29-November 2

Hello students and parents! Thank you to all the parents who collaborated in setting the stands for our UN Day Celebration. All of our students had a blast!

Another cool celebration will be taking place this week Book Character Day! Here is what is planned for this week:

SPELLING: Students will use spelling patterns to spell new words. We will review the spelling of each word by chanting them, outlining them and playing Mind-reader. Students will take a spelling test of these words on Friday. Spelling BEE will also be held this week. The word list was distributed for students to practice last week. Wishing you all the best of luck!

This week’s list:

  • clear
  • break
  • speak
  • sure
  • aware
  • unclear
  • unbreakable
  • unspeakable
  • unsure
  • unaware
  • producer
  • consumer
  • herbivore
  • carnivore
  • omnivore
  • Bonus: Halloween

Reading and Writing: Our students started a Non-fiction Unit on Text Features last week. We will be identifying text features in multiple informational texts. We will also work on locating important information using these features. Students will continue reading Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan for our Guided Reading. Also Ms. Cristiana will continue reading Witches by Roald Dahl as our read aloud novel.

Math: We will continue with Multiplication fun. Our third graders will be applying different strategies to better understand multiplication facts, such as grouping, repeated addition, number bonds & number lines. You may choose to do them all at once or one every day. Students are expected to practice the multiplication facts on a daily basis. We will have 5 IXL skills this week.

Science: Our third graders will continue working on our new unit on Inheritance Relationships and Ecosystems. Our focus will be on distinguishing between producers and consumers. Also students will classify animals based on their food habits.

Art & Technology: We will use IXL, Spelling City, Safe Search Kids, and Mystery Science as part of daily classwork and homework.

Handwriting: We will continue practicing Cursive Handwriting. The students will have 2 pages of homework this week. The booklet will be sent on Monday and should return by Friday.

Homework:

IXL Math Skills: F.3, F.4, F.5, F.6, F.7

Spelling City

Handwriting: 2 pages

IMPORTANT NEWS:

*This Wednesday, October 31 is Book character Day, the interactive museum will last from 8:50-9:40 a.m. We would like to celebrate it by having a special snack for our students afterwards. Please send in something to share with 15 (for example: cookies, cupcakes, juices, etc.) Parents are welcome to come and meet all the exciting characters and learn about some new books.

Have a great week!

Ms. Dariela

October 22-26

Hello students and parents! UN Day is this week!!! Please read through all this blog to find out the activities we have planned for this week.

SPELLING: Students will use spelling patterns to spell new words. We will review the spelling of each word by chanting them, outlining them and playing Mind-reader. Students will take a spelling test of these words on Friday.

This week’s list:

  • reason
  • comfort
  • accept
  • profit
  • enjoy
  • reasonable
  • comfortable
  • acceptable
  • profitable
  • enjoyable
  • environment
  • habitat
  • survive
  • adaptation
  • organism
  • Bonus: United Nations

 

 

 

Reading and Writing: Our students will begin reading Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan this week. We will focus on the sequence of events of the story. We will also begin reading Witches by Roald Dahl for our read aloud novel.

Math: We will continue with Multiplication fun. Our third graders will be looking at a variety of strategies to better understand multiplication facts, such as number bonds & number lines. Also we will have 5 IXL skills this week. You may choose to do them all at once or one every day.

Science: Our third graders will begin a new unit (closely related to our last unit) on Inheritance Relationships and Ecosystems. We will be looking at the variations in animals and plants’ structures for adapting to different environments. Our focus this week will be on Spiders.

Art & Technology: We will use IXL, Spelling City, Safe Search Kids, and Google Slides as part of daily classwork and homework.

Handwriting: We will continue practicing Cursive Handwriting. The students will have 2 pages of homework this week. The booklet will be sent on Monday and should return by Friday.

Homework:

IXL Math Skills: E.6, E.7, E.8, F.1, F.2

Spelling City

Handwriting: 2 pages

IMPORTANT NEWS:

*This Friday, October 26 is our UN Day Celebration. This celebration highlights the cultural diversity and richness which makes Discovery School such a great place. We currently have 22 nationalities represented in our school, and are counting on our parents so that all of these nationalities are represented that day. If you would like to be more involved, please contact any DPTO officer, or email us at dptowolves@gmail.com

*In keeping with Discovery School tradition, children in the Early Childhood and Elementary are invited to dress up as their favorite book character on Wednesday, October 31. A note was sent home with the Elementary Students for parents to fill out with their child and return to school. If you haven’t sent it back yet, please do so ASAP. Every costume needs to be previously approved by the teacher. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will set up a live interactive museum that day, which will last from 8:50-9:40 a.m. This will allow the younger students to come and learn about new book characters. Parents are welcome to come and meet all the exciting characters and learn about some new books.

Have a great week!

Ms. Dariela

October 15-19

Hello students and parents! Thanks for checking in. There is new and important information this week, please go through the whole blog to find out. Here are our plans for this week:

SPELLING: Students will use spelling patterns to spell new words. We will review the spelling of each word by chanting them, outlining them and playing Mind-reader. Students will take a spelling test of these words on Thursday.

This week’s list:

  • perfect
  • collect
  • correct
  • object
  • protect
  • imperfect
  • incorrect
  • imperfection
  • collection
  • correction
  • objection
  • protection
  • desert
  • grassland
  • tundra
  • Bonus: tsunami

Reading and Writing: Our students finished reading Amber Brown is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger last week. Now students will be working on a project to demonstrate their comprehension of the book and its elements. We will finish reading Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick for our read aloud novel.

Math: Our Second Quarter begins with Multiplication fun. Our third graders will be looking at a variety of strategies to better understand multiplication facts. Also we will have 5 IXL skills weekly. You may choose to do them all at once or one every day.

Science: As a closure for our Weather and Climate unit, the students will create a Google Slide presentation on their chosen topic (One of the 6 Biomes or a Natural Hazard). Students will continue using their devices on a daily basis.

Art & Technology: We will use IXL, Spelling City, Safe Search Kids, and Google Slides as part of daily classwork and homework.

Handwriting: This second quarter our third graders will begin practicing Cursive Handwriting. The students will have 2 pages of homework every week. The booklet will be sent on Monday and should return by Friday. (This week on Thursday, due to the conferences).

Homework:

IXL Math Skills: E.1, E.2, E.3, E.4, E.5

Spelling City

Handwriting: First 2 pages


*This Friday, October 19 is our Student-Led Conferences Day. Please mark your calendars. Conferences for this quarter are mandatory. The notes with the schedule will be sent on Monday. If you cannot make it at the assigned time, please contact me to reschedule it.

Have a great week!

Ms. Dariela

October 8-12

Hello students and parents! I hope you all have had a safe and relaxing week off.

I can’t believe we are in October now! Time goes by so quickly when you are having fun. Here are our plans for this week:

SPELLING:

Students will use spelling patterns to spell new words. We will review the spelling of each word by chanting them, outlining them and playing Mind-reader. Students will take a spelling test of these words on Friday.

This week’s list:

  • ship
  • treat
  • pave
  • state
  • govern
  • shipment
  • government
  • treating
  • stated
  • pavement
  • through
  • doesn’t
  • summary
  • perspective
  • biome
  • Bonus: thunderstorm

Reading and Writing:

Our students will continue reading Amber Brown is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger. Students will be identifying the author’s point of view or perspective from this book and some excerpts from other stories. We will finish reading Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick for our read aloud novel.

Math:

Students will choose from a variety of strategies to subtract numbers up to 4-digit numbers. We will use tens, count on, regroup, and estimate the difference. We will also have a Math Quiz on Friday, please review this week’s topics with your child.

Science:

We will be wrapping up our Weather and Climate Unit. Students will identify the different types of biomes in the world. We will also become storm-chasers as part of a short research project. Students will be needing their devices everyday.

 

Art & Technology:

We will use IXL, Spelling City and Safe Search Kids as part of daily classwork and homework.

 

Homework:

Watch one of these videos and be ready to share about it tomorrow:

HurricanesTornadoesThunderstorms; BlizzardsTsunamis

MONDAY
Spelling: SpellingCity.com
Reading: Read Chapter 6 of Amber Brown is Not a Crayon

 

TUESDAY
Math: Math IXL: D.1
Reading: Read Chapter 7 of Amber Brown is Not a Crayon

 

WEDNESDAY
Spelling: SpellingCity.com
Reading: Read Chapter 8 of Amber Brown is Not a Crayon

 

THURSDAY
Math: Math IXL: D.7
Reading: Read Chapter 9 of Amber Brown is Not a Crayon

*This Friday, October 12 marks the end of our first quarter. Report cards and conferences will be issued next week. More information about it will be available in our Monday Memo.

*Some of the activities/homework will change for the second quarter. The information will be shared on this blog. Please stay in tune!

Have a great week!

Ms. Dariela

September 24-28

Hello students and parents! I can’t believe September is almost gone! Here are our plans for this week:

SPELLING: Students will use spelling patterns to spell new words. We will review the spelling of each word by chanting them, outlining them and playing Mind-reader. Students will take a spelling test of these words on Friday.

This week’s list:

  • heat
  • view
  • write
  • test
  • preheat
  • preview
  • prewrite
  • pretest
  • reviewing
  • rewrite
  • heating
  • testing
  • wrote
  • died
  • were
  • Bonus: hurricane

Reading and Writing: Our students finished reading Charlotte’s Web by E.B White. They had a great time in our Pj party last Friday. Students had the chance to write a comparison between the book and the movie.

 

This week we will begin reading Amber Brown is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger.  Students will be identifying the author’s point of view or perspective from this book and some excerpts from other stories. We will continue reading Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick for our read aloud novel.

Math: Students will choose from a variety of strategies to add numbers up to 4-digit numbers. We will make tens, break apart numbers and estimate the sum. We will also have a Math Test on Friday, please review the topics we have covered so far with your child.

Science: We will continue our Weather and Climate Unit. Students will distinguish the different types of clouds. We will also create models for each type. Students must bring in a bag of cotton balls on Thursday.

Art & Technology: We will use IXL, Spelling City and Google Classroom as part of daily classwork and homework.

Homework:

MONDAY

Spelling: Math IXL.com: C.6
Reading: Read Chapter 2 of Amber Brown is Not a Crayon

 

TUESDAY

Spelling: SpellingCity.com
Reading: Read Chapter 4 of Amber Brown is Not a Crayon

 

WEDNESDAY
Math: Math IXL.com: C.9
Reading: Read Chapter 5 of Amber Brown is Not a Crayon

 

THURSDAY

Spelling: SpellingCity.com
Reading: Read Chapter 6 of Amber Brown is Not a Crayon

**MAP Testing Session continues this week**

The schedule for Third Grade is as follows:

Reading: Tuesday, September 25 at 10:05

Language Usage: Thursday, September 27 at 11:40

**Friday is half-day**

Professional Development for teachers will be issued this Friday. Students will be dismissed at 11:45.

**October Holidays**

Next week is Semana Morazánica. NO SCHOOL!!!

Have a great week and a safe holiday!

Ms. Dariela

Important NEWS!!!

**MAP Testing Session begins this week**

What is a MAP Test?

MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child’s academic growth.

The schedule for Third Grade is as follows:

Math: Thursday, September 20 at 10:05

Reading: Tuesday, September 25 at 10:05

Language Usage: Thursday, September 27 at 11:40

Please talk to your children and remind them to give his/her best effort in these assessments since these help us determine what best serves them.

**The Progress Reports were sent home last Thursday**

Please review it with your child and make sure to sign in and return it to school. If a conference was not scheduled and you would like to meet with the teacher. Do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Ms. Dariela

September 17-21

Hello students and parents! I hope you have had a relaxing long weekend. Here are our plans for this week:

SPELLING: Students will use spelling patterns to spell new words. We will review the spelling of each word by chanting them, outlining them and playing Mind-reader. Students will take a spelling test of these words on Friday.

This week’s list:

  • pack
  • play
  • drill
  • fill
  • check
  • packing
  • replay
  • drilled
  • refill
  • rechecking
  • refilled
  • checked
  • addend
  • overestimate
  • underestimate
  • Bonus: weather

Reading and Writing: Our students will finish reading Charlotte’s Web by E.B White in order to identify all of the characters, and their traits. We will also compare the story from a different perspective by watching the movie on Friday. Students are allowed to wear Pjs, bring in popcorn and their blankets for a Pj Party in the classroom.

Math: Students will use a variety of strategies to add numbers up to 3-digit numbers. We will make tens, break apart numbers and estimate the sum.

Science: We will begin our Weather and Climate Unit. Students will watch videos and read articles related to the characteristics of weather and its patterns.

Art & Technology: We will use IXL and Google Classroom as part of daily classwork and homework.

Homework:

TUESDAY
Spelling: SpellingCity.com
Reading: Read Chapter 17 of Charlotte’s Web

 

WEDNESDAY
Math: IXL.com: C.1
Reading: Read Chapter 19 of Charlotte’s Web

 

THURSDAY
Spelling: SpellingCity.com
Reading: Read Chapter 21 of Charlotte’s Web

Have a great week!

Ms. Dariela

September 10-14

Hello students and parents! Thanks for checking in. Here are our plans for this week:

There will be NO Spelling this week due to a short week.

Reading: Our students will continue reading Charlotte’s Web by E.B White in order to identify the main characters, and their traits. We will also continue our Read-aloud novel Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

Writing: Students will complete and present their character traits boxes of their favorite Charlotte’s Web character.

Math: We will use patterns to find addition and subtraction rules. We will also use a number sentence to solve word problems.

Social Studies: We will conclude our Civics & Citizenship Unit. Our students will present their  diversity posters. We will also have a show and tell activity on Tuesday. Students must bring in an artifact or souvenir from their country of birth or a country they have lived in and give us 3 facts about that country.

Art & Technology: We will use IXL and Google Classroom as part of their daily homework.

Homework:

MONDAY
Math Worksheet
Reading: Read Chapter 11 of Charlotte’s Web

 

TUESDAY
Math: IXL.com: R.1
Reading: Read Chapter 13 of Charlotte’s Web

 

WEDNESDAY
Math: Worksheet
Reading: Read Chapter 15 of Charlotte’s Web

The Honduran Independence Day holiday will be issued on Friday, September 14 and Monday, September 17. Students will return to school on Tuesday, September 18. Enjoy this long weekend!

Ms. Dariela