Week of September 18-22

Hello students and parents!

We had a fun, but short week last week! We celebrated Honduran Independence Day, finished our “scripts” for the short video clips, and learned even more about character traits! Here are our plans for this week!

Language Arts

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In Guided Reading this week we will be creating short tableauxes from the first chapter of Charlotte’s Web and considering the explicit actions and speech of the characters to make inferences about their character and how they interact with other characters.

In Writing class we will be writing short acrostic poems about one of the character we have read so far in our character traits unit. Students will choose from either the BFG, Fern, or Anna and make a poem. During the week we will review each other’s work and use a thesaurus to improve our word choice.

Our Word Wall Words for this week will be pack, play, drill, fill, and check. We will learn about the prefixes re-, pre-, and mis- as well, and add -ed and -ing endings to these words.

Math

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This week in Math class we will be learning about the Concrete, Pictorial, and Abstract forms of representation to show our work when solving problems. We will also begin to study multiplication and related strategies such as skip counting and adding on.

Science

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This week in Science class we will continue to learn about clouds and the weather. We will be creating models of cloud types and learning how to identify these types of clouds and when a storm is coming. We will also be creating Paper Slide Videos to show our understanding of this topic. Please allow your child to bring in their electronic device this week.

Homework

This week’s homework will include individual reading and math assignments in ReadWorks and IXL. The entire class will also have Language Arts IXL. In order to assure that each student is completing their work and that they are communicating these assignments with their parents we ask that you please sign your child’s Learning Log once they have completed their homework for the week.

Monday: ReadWorks Article

Tuesday: ReadWorks Article

Wednesday: 3rd Grade LA IXL N.4 and N.5

Thursday: Individual Math IXL Practices

Friday: Relax!

Thank you for your support parents!

Mr. Andrew

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Week of September 11-13

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Hello parents and students!

Wow! How quickly the month of August flew by! We have already had over a month of classes! It has been a pleasure getting to know your children; their strengths and weaknesses and everything that we hope they will achieve this year! I have spoken with many of you in person and via email, but this week we will also send home an official progress report about how your child is doing. I will request to meet with many of you to discuss how your child is doing and answer any questions you may have. These progress reports will be sent home Wednesday.

Last week we had fun building our own rain gauges, playing Kahoot! and making organizers with recycled art materials. We also got some learning in as well! 😉 Here is what we have planned for this week!

Language Arts

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Although this is a short week, we will study more about character traits. We will look explicitly for thoughts and emotions this week, and review the other details we can find in a story.

In writing class we will continue to type up our dialogue piece from the short movie clips. The kids have had lots of fun with this! We will also have a reflection on the story we will read from, Sarah, Plain and Tall.

There will not be any Word Wall Words this week, due to the holiday break.

Math and Science

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We will continue to study weather this week in science class. We will learn more about storms and continue to gather measurements about our local weather.

Homework

This week’s homework will give the kids more practice with past tense verbs and also a short article from ReadWorks.

Monday: 3rd Grade LA IXL D.15 and D.16

Tuesday: ReadWorks Article

Wednesday: Relax and celebrate Honduran Independence Day!

Thank you for all of your support parents! Have a wonderful holiday!

Mr. Andrew

Week of September 4-8

Hello parents and students!

We hope you had a great weekend! We had lots of fun last week learning about character traits, practicing with number bonds, and thinking about our waste and where it comes from. Here is what we have planned for this week:

Language Arts

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This week in Guided Reading we will continue to study Character Traits. We have looked at the appearance and actions of several characters from The BFG and Little House in the Big Woods, and now we will look at the speech, thoughts, and emotions of characters. This week we will read excerpts from Charlotte’s Web and Sarah, Plain and Tall.

Our Word Wall Words for the week are make, joke, skate, ride, mine, through and threw. We will practice several activities to help the kids apply these word families and write these words with the -ing ending.

This week we will practice improving our writing by creating dialogue using quotation marks.

Math

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We will continue to practice using number lines this week. We will also begin reviewing graphs for our new science unit on weather.

Social Studies/Science

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This week we will discuss our waste more and hold class elections for the Student Environmental Council. We will also begin a new unit in Science class on the topic of weather.

Homework

Our homework for this week will continue to give the students practice with past tense verbs. We will also begin using a new site called ReadWorks which has a variety of informational texts the students will read. Students will also be viewing short clips from movies and then “writing” these scenes in class. The students will only need to watch these videos at home and in class we will be writing the dialogue. So if they are watching a video for homework, they aren’t lying! 😉

Monday: Watch video clip, LA IXL D.13

Tuesday: Watch video clip, LA IXL D.14

Wednesday: ReadWorks Article: The Whys of Weather: Clouds

Thursday: Readworks Article: The Whys of Weather: Rain

Friday: Relax!

That’s it for now parents! Have a great week!

Mr. Andrew

Week of August 28th to September 1st

Hello parents and students!

We hope you had a great weekend! Last week we had lots of fun, including watching the solar eclipse, performing short plays, and playing Codenames! This week we have even more in store for you! Here is what we have planned:

Language Arts

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This week in Working With Words we will focus on using familiar word families to spell new words and also adding -ing endings to these words. The words of the week are: run, bat, spin, skip, crop, where, and won’t.

In Guided Reading class we will begin a new unit on character traits. This is one of the larger units we do and one of the most important. We will be looking for explicit details in several texts to explain the words and actions of characters and make inferences about them. We will be reading excerpts from  The BFG and Little House in the Big Woods.

In Writing class we will practice writing dialogue to aid us in improving our writing.

Math

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In Math class this week we will continue to use number lines to solve problems.

Social Studies

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This week in Social Studies class we will post our class guidelines and continue our talk about rules and consequences, and consider how governments establish laws.

Homework

This week’s homework will help the students practice using the past tense of many common irregular verbs. The homework will also help the students improve their fluency with simple addition and subtraction problems.

Monday: 3rd Grade LA IXL D.11 and D.12

Tuesday: 2nd Grade Math IXL K.1 and K.2

Wednesday: Individual IXLs

Thursday: Individual IXLs

Friday: Relax

That’s all for now! Have a great week parents!

Mr. Andrew

Week of August 21-25

Hello students and parents!

We had a great second week of classes! We are starting to get into the nuts and bolts of third grade. Each day we are doing more and more work. This week we have lots of fun activities planned!

Solar Eclipse

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On Monday we will be viewing the solar eclipse and learning more about this special phenomenon. The students will get to indirectly view the eclipse which will be at its peak around 1pm. If you check our last blog post you can follow the links to videos about what a solar eclipse is, how to make a viewing box, and a live stream video from the United States. This will be a very exciting event!

Language Arts

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This week in Language Arts class we will be reviewing the parts of a story. Students will act out a short story on Friday as a fun and challenging way to demonstrate their knowledge of this topic.

In writing class we will review the steps of the writing process. We will have several short writing topics to get us back into gear for the new year.

Our Word Wall Words for this week are: try, cry, why, sky, shy, know and friend. We will have several activities to help student be able to spell these words, but more importantly, be able to spell and read similar words using this word family. We will also practice changing several of them to the past tense. Our Language Arts homework will help to reinforce these concepts.

Math

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This week in math class we will continue to work with Number Bonds. This important concept helps students make stronger links between addition and subtraction which will be fundamental as we tackle more difficult topics in math this year. This week we will begin to use number bonds to help us add and subtract with Number Lines.

Social Studies

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This week in Social Studies we will be talking about our classroom, our community, and the importance of rules and responsibility. Together as a class we will create a list of guidelines to follow to help us respect one another and maintain a safe learning environment.

Homework

This week’s homework will again be individualized. Everyone in class will be responsible for completing 3rd grade Language skills D.9 and D.10 as well as 2nd grade Math skills R.11 and R.12. Your child will also have two additional skills based on where they need some reinforcement. I have also included some videos below to help them review and if you are curious how number lines can be used for addition and subtraction. Here is a simple guide to help them stay on track and complete all of their work by Friday. I will continue to explain the homework expectations to the kids in class and help them fill out their Learning Logs.

Supplemental Videos

Monday: 3rd grade LA IXL D.9 and D.10

Tuesday: 2nd grade MATH IXL R.11 and R.12

Wednesday: Individual IXL practice

Thursday: Individual IXL practice

Friday: Relax!

Thank you again parents for your patience as we settle into the new school year and all of the routines that go with it. If you have any questions, please call or email me at your convenience.

Thank you again! Have a great week!

Andrew

Solar Eclipse Party!

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Hello parents!

We will be learning about the upcoming solar eclipse tomorrow and Monday. We will have a viewing party at lunch time on Monday during midday. Today a permission slip is being sent home about the event. We want to assure you that there will only be INDIRECT viewing of the eclipse. Also, if you could please send an empty cereal box with your child tomorrow as well. We will be making our own viewing boxes in class! 🙂

We will use the following link to view the solar eclipse:

https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse

And we will use this link to make the viewing boxes:

AND we will use his link to learn about the solar eclipse:

Thank you for your support parents!

Mr. Andrew