Reading- Shared Reading- #1Water Moccasins was read to teach the students how to research when backing up opinion writing. Each day, my modeling led the students through the process of thinking of three reasons why you should or should not fear this creature. Then, references sources were used to show how details support the reasons.
#2-Each day we have focused on learning how to compare and contrast different texts. With spring around the corner and a bouquet of daffodils to inspire us, we read poems about this type of flower. A lesson comparing the poems "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" and "Daffodowndilly" started the theme. We "close read" both poems and explained the similarities and differences in both. Next, we compared characters in the same text, Our Walk in the Woods. An author study on Allen Say was begun so that we could learn to compare and contrast the author's message, events, and other higher level thinking about the texts.
Literacy Centers-The Wetlands centers are in full swing. Here’s a review of what we’re accomplishing.
Guided Reading-All Eyes on the Pond was used to increase fluency and to enjoy the pond dwellers’ view of this ecosystem. Mosquitoes and Wrigglers explained all about the life cycle and habits of these annoying insects. Pond Life (online book) was used to compare and contrast with Deep in the Swamp.
Listening Center- Many poems about wetland life were read. This served as a model for our own rhyming poem that we’re creating.
Response and Skill Center- All about Alligators was read after using a KWL organizer. Students are using reference guides to help them take a stand, “You should, or should not fear alligators.”
Writing-Pond Poets are at work. We used an article about a particular pond inhabitant to get some background knowledge. Then, the class created a rhyming poem about largemouth bass. Next, the students are using rhyming dictionaries, and are hard at work creating a unique poem of their own.
Here's the poem that we created:
Math: Our third graders are beginning to solve two step problems using all four operations. They are learning to represent problems using equations with a letter to represent and unknown quantity. Here’s an example: Mike runs 2 miles a day. His goal is to run 25 miles. After 5 days, how many miles does Mike have left to run in order to meet his goal? The equation would be (2 x 5 + m =25) We finished an assessment on using the distributive property to multiply as well.
Science: Our travels throughout the regions of Georgia has come to a close. Your child has learned that different climates, soils, environments, and ecosystems exist in our state. The adaptations that plants and animals make to survive in these regions are fascinating. We reviewed these standards by sorting plants and animals by regions, played "Scoot" to practice test questions, learned about the Atlantic Ocean habitat, and used a reciprocal learning activity. Next on the agenda is a study of magnets.
Hooray for Alexa!
Her informational writing about the right whale was chosen by the faculty as our Wise Guy class winner. The scoring took place at the schoolwide Writing Fair Contest this past week.
Happy Birthday to Alexa on Monday!
Thank You, Volunteers!
I really appreciate the help with the taping of the biography speeches, Jason and Nate! Thanks to Lily for cutting out all of the alligator shape books too! We all loved our Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, and the food was outstanding! Thanks if you had a part in its success.
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Mrs. Kelley’s Science Homework
We have spent many weeks studying the plants and animals that live in the regions of Georgia. This Friday we will have an assessment to see what you’ve learned. If you follow these suggestions, you will do very well on the quiz.
Monday- This is the link for an internet site with tonight’s review. http://www.slideshare.net/Heatherrenee/the-five-regions-of-georgia
Tuesday-Review the regions study guide. Get your parents to ask you questions about each region. You will not be asked to memorize everything on this guide. It serves as an overview of everything that we’ve studied in class.
Wednesday- Use this link to read about the regions on the power point lesson. http://naturalhistory.uga.edu/~GMNH/habitats/habitats.htm
Thursday-Use the reciprocal learning activity to help you review. Good luck tomorrow!
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Shared Reading-The students were introduced to the reading strategy, Unravel. This is similar to the "Close Reading" practices that we've used during the year. Our goal is to become the best at comprehending any text, no matter how challenging the topic.
Guided Reading-Reading inventories were started so that I can monitor the fluency and comprehension of your child.
Literacy Centers-A bit more time was needed for the completion of the biography scripts and stick puppets that each person created. But, we were able to start videotaping some presentations on Thursday and Friday. As the children were reading, I felt that this was an awesome way to summarize and to practice fluency.
Word Study-Unusual plural words were sorted. Combining a review of subordinating and coordinating conjunctions, we wrote compound and complex sentences with these words. A review and evaluation of adjectives, adverbs, and the proper use of quotation marks made me aware that these all need further study.
Playing spelling games such as this "Swamp Adventure" one is a great way to practice the word sorts.
Writing-Our time with the Writing Coach is winding down with one more week to go. A four square organizer method of planning was introduced, and the students organized thoughts about a person who has helped them in some way. We also continued writing our personal narratives from last week.
Finding the perimeter and area of rectangles seemed easy until we moved on to the higher level thinking problems mixing the two. We learned to create figures with the same areas, but different perimeters, or vice versa. Some students would surely benefit from some extra practice at home. Please look over the math examples in the weekly papers, to create more samples. That would be so helpful. Or, go around your house and ask your child to measure and find the areas and perimeters. The week was ended with lessons about the distributive property of multiplication. This property helps us spread out harder multiplication problems such as 13 x 7.
This week we studied the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR is remembered as our longest serving president. He lifted our spirits during the Great Depression with “Fireside Chats”, telling Americans that they have “nothing to fear but fear itself”. He battled the effects of contracting polio by tirelessly working to strengthen his legs, and successfully hid his disability from the American people during his many terms as president. FDR also implemented a series of policies called the “New Deal” to help bolster the U.S. economy. Finally, he collaborated with other world leaders during World War II. He died shortly after his fourth term election.
Science Lab Fun
We've started our magnet study!
Fun at School-Pajama Day & Dr. Seuss' Birthday Celebration!
We loved reading with our buddies in kindergarten!
They loved looking at our Georgia Regions and Habitats Projects!
I surely hope that you'll join me during our lunch time (11:58) on Friday, March 7th, for the Volunteer Lunch. You have done so much to help our school and classroom, and we'd love to serve you for a change. R.S.V.P. on the blue form that went home on Wednesday, or e-mail me and I'll turn in the count. We need these by March 5th.
Volunteers for the Week-A big thanks to Jennifer Lubs for clerical help and Linda Pitzer for being our Reading Mom!
Mrs. Swan needs the response slip returned Monday stating if your child will be at the NIGHT performance of the Orff/Percussion Concert. Please help her plan as this date is coming up quickly. The concert will be on Wednesday, March 19th, at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria.
Reading Goals (AR and Independent Page Count) need to be met by March 12th. Yikes, please get busy as only
Happy Birthday to Josef! We hope you have a fun celebration on Sunday!
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Mrs. Littke-Smith would like everyone to read D is for Democracy on Pearson Success by Friday. Here's a reminder of how to log in. Go to the Pages section on the right of our blog, find Reading Online, and click. Then click on Pearson Success Net. Your login is sf in front of your regular login number at school. Your password is kelley1.
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Shared Reading-We finished reading the George Washington Carver biography, and worked on a summary of the book.
Guided Reading-A continuation of the biography literacy centers was on the agenda for this shortened week. If you'd like to know the details, check the last posting to read all about the informational reading that's going on.
Writing- With all of the snow experiences of the last few weeks, our students have a myriad of ideas for writing a personal narrative. We are working very hard to be descriptive and show "voice" in our work as we describe the fun events.
Word Study- Valentine centers were rotated during our language arts block. From recognizing parts of speech and determining the tenses of verbs to creating compound and complex sentences, these were a fun way to review our English standards.
We are learning how to find the perimeter of polygons. The unit began with creating shapes on geoboards, and adding the side units, showing the total perimeter. We moved on, using graph paper to determine the perimeter. All of our guided math centers will give additional hands on tasks comparing area and perimeter of spaces.
Science: Our study of the Coastal Plains was filled with different activities. We read Marsh and Swamp, and then compared and contrasted the two wetland habitats. Watching Jeff Corwin’s video in a swamp was not only a great way to see animal adaptations, but was funny too. What fun the students had working in groups to create a salt marsh habitat! The importance of saving wetlands such as a salt marsh was learned by performing an investigation in which the students added pollutants to their habitats. They observed how marshes filter out and actually clean the environment.
Here you see the salt marsh habitat creations by teams.
Next, we added pollutants (chocolate sprinkles for dog poop, Kool-aid for fertilizer, soy sauce for dirty oil, litter, and coffee grounds for topsoil). The students measured 150 ml of water which was sprinkled as rain. Observations and data was collected to see how much of the polluted rainwater ended up in the ocean. Finally, we repeated the experiment, but added sponges as the salt marsh. This we hoped would collect the pollutants and dirty water. Unfortunately, the sponges didn't do much of a job filtering. Nevertheless, my hope is that everyone sees that these wetlands should be protected so that all living species in the Coastal Plains can survive.
Madison was our Star Student this week!
We were so proud to view Austin and Claudia's science projects for the Science Fair!
Thanks to our Parent Volunteers! Kari Long prepared Valentine Language Arts Centers for us! I really appreciated the beautiful flowers and yummy treats for Teacher Appreciation Day on the Monday before our snow days! Many of the flowers are still blooming!
Movie Night for third grade is this coming Monday!
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Shared Reading-What better way to learn about character traits than to read biographies. The books we’re reading are helping the students to see how others have shown perseverance. George Washington Carver was the focus book for all of our lessons on this topic. Problem and solutions were studied, and using our background knowledge about soil and plants helped us better understand the book.
Guided Reading-Reading groups read either Wilma Unlimited, finding out how she also persevered to become an Olympic Medalists. Other groups read They Changed the World, learning about Nelson Mandela, Faith Bandler, Cesar Chavez, Medha Patkar or Craig Kielburger.
Lteracy Centers-Listening- Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride was used as a fluency builder. Technology was integrated as we studied the vocabulary from the book, and summarized with a postcard. Skill- Each child has chosen a biography from the Media Center. After reading and taking the AR tests, they are writing a script for a puppeIt to explain the contributions the person made. Response-Students chose mini biographies in which they could find out ways different famous people have persevered to accomplish great things. From Steve Irwin to different explorers, they are learning that most everyone has difficulties in life, but with perseverance you can still succeed.
Word Study-The sort for the week was a study of irregular past tense verbs. A review of pronouns and adverbs was also on the agenda.
Writing- In the writing lab, the students worked on adding voice to their work. The narratives that were started before the snow days were completed.
First of all, a big thank you goes to those who were able to make Math Night on Thursday. I feel that you were able to get a glimpse of how math is taught, and how much fun we have in our daily discoveries. This week's standards were varied. We started off by learning about line plots and how they are a great way to track frequency. The lesson started with a "Minute to Win It" activity in which the students tried to create towers with pattern blocks. We plotted the height of the towers.
Then, the next day we created another line plot, telling the decades of twenty pennies.
We're continuing to practice problem solving each week. From two-step problems to Exemplars about bobsledding, the students are using UPS check to work through to the solutions. Next week we will learn about perimeter.
Mirna Lee helped out in the Science Lab as we participated in "Oh Deer". The students learned how deer populations can vary if habitats are lost, or if food and water aren't found. Jennifer Lubs helped out with clerical and Michele O'Shaughnessy was our Reading Mom.
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