Shared Reading-Who doesn’t enjoy reading about animals? Using Wild Animal Babies, we worked on the reading skills of predicting, using text format to help in our comprehension, finding the main idea and details, and recognizing the author’s purpose for writing.
Guided Reading-Using Tigers or Koalas, or Otters, we focused on the reading skill of determining important information. Students looked for the main idea and details to share with the other members of their reading group. We used the jigsaw strategy in which each person becomes an expert on one part of a book, and then shares their knowledge with the rest of the group.
Listening Center- Reading animal articles in World magazines, the Wise Guys then created a concept map to share what was learned.
Response Center- Chose an animal in the Nature’s Children book series, used the table of contents to find four topics of interest, researched the answers to four questions about their chosen animal, and made a flip flap book.
Skill Center-We worked at a prefix/suffix workshop using wheels with base words, and then adding correct prefixes and suffixes to them. A practice exercise followed this activity.
Word Study-In Word Sort 9, the students study three letter blends at the beginning of words. We just started this pattern, and will assess it on next Friday.
Writing-With such short days this week, we didn't get to finish our owl informational writing, but we're progressing.
During large group lessons we used the doubling strategy to learn to multiply by 6s and 8s, and learned how to solve for missing factors. Strategies for division were reviewed and the students studied patterns on a multiplication chart. The math tubs for Guided Math have been changed to give everyone practice in multiplication and division problem solving. We're working on the harder facts by playing games, answering questions about different kinds of graphs, solving algebra puzzles, and using the computer and Interwrite board to practice too.
What's the best soil for growing plants? That's what we're exploring by looking at the attributes of clay, loam, and sand. We're noting the colors, capacity to hold water, and the size of the particles as we compare the three types.
Ellie Griffis was the clerical mom again, and Alicia Poage was our Mystery Reader. Thank you for attending your child's conference. It was great to share your child's progress.
Walk to School Day
It’s really cool to walk to school!
Please join your friends and neighbors in our Walk to School Day
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Please follow safety rules and be careful. Plan to arrive at school on time – normal 7:50 start time applies! There will be fresh fruit for all walkers/bikers upon their arrival at school Wednesday morning.
Yes, even with shortened days due to testing, the Wise Guys had tons of learning going on.
Reading- Shared Reading-Fossil Hunters started off this week's reading activities.
Literacy Centers-"Let's Learn About Fossils"-A fabulous assortment of resources were used during the reading segment. Each day we used either the laptops or the computers in the lab as we read. A scavenger hunt through Paleontology, a book on TrueFlix, had the students using the text features and reading to find important information. Then, Dinosaur Bones and Dinosaur Dig were listened to on BookFlix. Both sites have videos and other articles that enhance the books.
Word Study-Homophones can be very tricky for third graders, so this week's word sort was a great way to learn the correct spellings. We will test this Sort 8 list on Tues. of next week.
Writing-We have our sources printed on different types of owls and have started the note taking process for our informational writing.
Your child became a surgeon, Dr. Distributive, this week. They learned to perform surgery on difficult multiplication problems by "breaking apart" arrays. This was all a part of our lesson to understand the distributive property of multiplication. We started with manipulatives to model the breaking apart arrays, and then each child created an art project showing the surgery of another multiplication fact. We then moved on to learn about the associative property and how to multiply three factors.
Yes, we're playing in the dirt! We started our soil study.
We loved discovering what was in soil! Some groups had surprises like old cocoons and ants, along with roots, rocks, sand, clay, moisture, and minerals. We then observed different types of soils to chart their properties.
Ellie Griffis was kind to take care of our clerical work and Amanda Secrest was our Mystery Reader! Thanks to all of you for the support you gave your child during testing. They all worked so diligently and stuck with it daily!
See you at your scheduled conference next week. Students will be dismissed at 12:20 each day.
Shared Reading-Fossil Hunters was a splendid book to read and to use, teaching us how we can build our vocabulary to improve our nonfiction reading. A bonus point was that it enriches our science study of fossils too. We learned about famous paleontologists and their important discoveries as we focused on recognizing important concept words. This book will be continued next week as well.
Word Study-Word Sort 7 is called "Ambiguous Vowel Sounds", otherwise known as al, aw, al, and ou sounds.The students enjoyed playing "Beat the Clock" to see how fast they could categorize the groups and Ambiguous Vowel Spin to concentrate on which spelling matched the sound. Subject/verb agreement practice was continued too.
Writing- Now that we've read and are so familiar with many fables, the students are choosing a moral, characters, and deciding on a plot to create their own story. We only had time for the organizers this week, but I'm looking forward to some creative writing next week.
With this being the last week of the grading period, it was time to review all of the many standards on which we focused. A posttest was given on Thursday, and boy, I surely saw growth in math this nine weeks. Our favorite Halloween candy was graphed, more practice with regrouping in addition and subtraction was given, a review power point game helped us, and we assessed two-step word problems.
Latitude and Longitude and other map skills were studied.
The Wise Guys Paleontologists had fun with the fossil dig activity. After learning how a site is graphed, they all used tools to find and record fossils and bones.
These new fossil samples were very interesting too.
Thanks again for the fantastic support with the Fox Trot Fundraiser. I can't wait to use the Ipad with the students.
ITBS testing is Monday-Thursday of next week. Students need to be rested, have a nutritious breakfast, and be on time, please. We will wear these colors to get in the spirit of testing.
Theme days for IOWA testing dates – EVERYONE can participate:
Monday: RED-Y for reading! (wear red)
Tuesday: Wear white and show us how to write! (wear white)
Wednesday: Let’s go mathletes! Wear the shirt of your favorite athlete! (sports shirt)
Look at our spectacular excavators for mining minerals.
Shared Reading-We analyzed Aesop fables and realized that these short selections have a lot of depth to them. The students described the characters, mostly animals, and learned to explain how their actions contributed to the sequence of events. We continued referring back to the fables to notice what the characters do, say, and think, as well as note their actions. This helped us determine their character traits.
Listening-Instead of listening to a tape of a book, we are reading fables to one another to improve our fluency. Skill Center-Students read one of several fables. An important third grade skill is answering questions about a selection, and this center gives more practice with that. Or, the children could read two similar fables and compare and contrast them.
Response Center-Puppets are being created for a fable puppet show.
Guided Reading-Each reading group is preparing for a puppet show. The students are reading and practicing their part.
Word Study- Word Sort 6 words, dipthongs oi, oy, ou, and ow, were studied. We looked at the multiple meanings of some of the words which will help us in reading. Quotation marks rules were evaluated, and we had lessons on the correct agreement of subjects and verbs. A game, Agreement Gears, was played to reinforce this skill.
Writing-All week we continued to work on creating an opinion writing about our favorite food.
An assessment on finding the area using arrays was taken. Then, we had more practice of two-step problem solving. We played a board game to practice and learned another way to show representation with a problem bar or number bond. Guided Math groups practiced multiplication facts in many ways, from using the interwrite board to games galore. During small group, we had lessons on graphing and more two-step problem solving. On Friday, another constructed reponse was worked. These have been evaluated in the area of representation. (drawing a picture)
The students learned how fossils form by making a model fossil. We found out that paleontologists study fossils to see what life was like in Earth's past.
Please read this newletter on fossils so that you will know exactly what we've been studying.
The Wise Guys are back in the swing of learning after Fall Break!
Shared Reading-Another week of myth reading entertained us! We close read "Prometheus and Pandora" this week. For a culmination activity to the unit, each team designed Pandora's box. They made the outside look tempting, and inside they thought of symbols or words that represent evil. Finally, one symbol was left to stand for hope.
Literacy Centers- More mythical texts were read as the students traveled to the centers which were set up before the break. We know how to pick out the mythical creatures, identify the gods and goddesses, recognize their character traits, and discuss what the myth is trying to teach us since delving into this genre.
Word Study-Word Sort 5 was another list of r controlled vowel sounds. We also studied the prefixes un and re which went along with our big words study. Each morning we practiced the rules for using quotation marks.
Writing-What does the fox say? An art and language arts project started with this clever song. We each wondered what the fox would say about the weather changing and fall's arrival. Quotes telling what the fox says were created. It's Fall ,written by Linda Glaser, was read as a model for excellent word choice. We definitely want to try to add vivid verbs and colorful adjectives and phrases to our own selections like she did. OREOs helped us learn what elements are important in opinion writing. O-state your opinion, R-give reasons, E-think of examples to support your reasons, and O-restate your opinion in a different way as your conclusion. Of course, we had to treat ourselves to a cookie while we brainstormed. The topic for the opinion writing is our favorite food.
Strategies for multiplication and division have been introduced and assessed. Please review the test which is stapled in this week's papers with your child. Next, we studied how to recognize the area of plane figures. First, we noticed how area is related to multiplication, and learned how this is used in the real world. Post-it notes were placed on graph paper to practice area. On Friday we played a game called Island Conquer to apply this skill in a fun way.
We completed our study of Ancient Greece and how the United States used their model of democracy to form ours. Next unit of study will be latitude and longitude. Get ready to know the equator and the Prime Meridian.
The STEM activity for this week had our students designing a tool to excavate minerals. The planning portion was completed with drawings showing the invention, and next week the tool will be made. Then, they will try it out on chocolate chip cookies, digging out the minerals (chocolate chips).
Thanks for volunteering!
Melissa Adams did the clerical work this week and Alicia Poage was our Mystery Reader.
I loved seeing you interact with your children at Math Night!
Thanks for supporting the PTA fundraiser. Our class goal is $1,650. The next pick up date is Monday, Sept. 29th. Send this picture to your relatives. How could they not support these darling kiddos?
will be on Friday, Oct. 3rd during specials!
Reading goal deadline is October 10th! Some students will need to read a lot these next two weeks to make the 750 page goal. I'm so proud of the many who have really surpassed their AR and reading goals. It warms my heart to see kids enjoying books so much!
Patchwork Pinup Project is due on October 9th!
Every Wise Guy is talented and should take part in this event!
Ask your child these questions -
Are you the next Taylor Swift?
Are you the next J.K. Rowling?
Are you the next Jay-Z?
Are you the next Ami Vitale?
Are you the next Amy Yakima?
If you are interested in Fostering Creativity in the Arts to Create the leaders of tomorrow, then participate in Reflections this year at Shallowford Falls.
"Hi Parents! Our Fox Trot Fundraiser is off to a GREAT start! The kids are excited about their classroom incentives and even more excited about helping raise money for our school!! Remember this is the ONLY fundraiser for the PTA for the year and will set the PTA budget. The funds raised through the Fox Trot Fundraiser will provide many of the supplemental classroom materials that are critical for our children to get the incredible education they receive at Shallowford Falls!!
PLEASE SEND YOUR DONATION ENVELOPES INTO SCHOOL, TOMORROW, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th for our very first count day!! Your envelopes will be returned at the end of the day for your child to continue fundraising over the weekend! We only have 3 count days before the Fox Trot on October 3rd!