Shared Reading-From making our photostory movies about Johnson to learning about Thurgood Marshall, the students are reading to find out how these men helped during the Civil Rights Movement. A booklet is being created to chart Marshall's important life accomplishments too.
Literacy Centers- Rivers and Landforms reading has begun which links social studies with reading also.
Guided Reading-Groups are reading either Two Great Rivers or Follow the River. Both give information about the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and the importance of both. We’re learning about author’s purpose as we read as well as new vocabulary words such as barges, locks, deltas, and tributaries.
Listening Center-Facing the Flood is the text, and we’re practicing understanding the plot of the story. Students create a story star which explains the story grammar.
Skill Center-Partners are reading about the rivers of Georgia and will create a presentation to share what they've learned.
Response Center-Partners read Landforms and chose one they liked in the book. They are writing descriptively about the landform.
Word Study-Compound words were practiced this week. I have a link on our blog with many games and activities which the students enjoyed on Wednesday.
Writing-We're starting out the last nine weeks period with narrative writing. As usual, the students write a narrative which serves as a prewriting for analysis. Then, from that, I can see what skills and aspects need to be addresses in mini lessons. I've also worked on testing skills during this time period. We're learning what to expect when we take the Georgia Milestones Test so everyone will feel confident.
An excellent way to determine the amount of time that has elapsed is by using a number line. Two other methods, using a Judy clock or printed clocks works better with some students. This standard is the first or our measurement unit. Guided Math centers are in full swing with more practice related to measurement.
Further investigations of thermal energy were done as we learned how heat travels from hot to cold. We studied conduction, convection, and radiation as ways heat transfers. We measured the temperature of different materials outside to see what absorbs heat well and we saw how friction creates thermal energy.
Cheryl Afshani spent a lot of time preparing all of our materials for the heat unit as she was clerical mom. Melinda Bailey helped in the Art Room and was our Mystery Reader!
This is a heads up about our final outside of class/inside of class project for third grade. Each child will research an ocean topic and will write an informational article about that topic. Next week, I'll send home all of the information, but we won't start until after Spring Break. It's a time for your child to shine as they put together all of the minilessons and writing skills they have learned. I will model each step of the way, so no need to fret about the project.
Under the Sea Book Fair is next week. Here are the times for shopping:
Book Fair hours are: Friday, March 27 and Monday, March 30, - 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 30 (Family Night) – 7:30am-7:30pm
Wednesday, April 1 – 7:30am – 4:00pm
Thursday, April 2 - 7:30am- 12 noon
We're certainly excited about two big events next week-Our field trip is on Tuesday. Be sure to send a lunch if your student didn't order one from school. If you can't remember what you checked on the form, e-mail me. Also, the students will get a chance to visit the gift shop at the Tellus. Please do not send more than $5.00. Performing Arts Day sounds like a great day for the Wise Guys!
Please return the lunch order form for Performing Arts Day ASAP.
Shared Reading-How can I read an understand poetry? Lesson this week taught the students how poets use language to creatively describe things or to express feelings. We learned how the structure of a poem is different from stories because they are broken up into lines and stanzas. Rhythm, word pictures, the point of view of the poet, and word meanings were also discussed as we read and analyzed "The Storm" by Sara Coleridge and "The Land of Nod" by Robert Louis Stevenson. We also reviewed the Unravel strategy which helps answer questions about the text we are reading.
Guided Reading- To connect reading with social studies, we studied Lyndon B. Johnson. We read a couple of texts, researched with some web sites, and took notes about important parts of his life. Then, the children broke into groups and worked on creating a photo story movie of what they learned. This project was a great way to show that we know how to read and understand social studies texts.
Word Study- Sort 24 had the students learning the correct spellings of different verb tenses. It connected to last week's list because word endings were changed when words end in y. We had a grammar packet about LBJ to review third grade standards too.
Writing-Our compare/contrast essays were completed. Lessons on transitions words that compare or contrast were taught, and paragraphing skills were reviewed. Spring poems were published, and an art project enhanced the writings.
Need new hardwoods or carpet? How about building a patio or garden area? Well, your children are ready to measure any rectilinear figures around your house. They have learned to find the area of composite spaces by breaking apart rectangles and finding each area. Then they add those together to find the total area. On St. Patrick's Day the class really impressed me with their problem solving skills. Partners solved difficult problems and presented their solutions to the class.
Government was on the agenda in Mrs. Huie's class. On Thursday we had a Performing Arts presentation on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. Nicholas and Bianca even had a part in the production. What a terrific review of what your child has learned in Social Studies!
It was so much fun to see the students energetic about learning our thermal energy standard. In our investigations, partners measured heat loss with a styrofoam cup (insulator) and metal cups (conductor). Another investigation was performed to help the students see that a chemical reaction (rubbing alcohol and yeast) can produce heat energy.
Fun at School!
Did the kids tell you that a leprechaun created and left a scavenger hunt on St. Patrick's Day? He/She didn't trick us though. We followed the clues and found a wonderful treat!
Bianca was our Star Student!
Thanks to Our Superb Volunteers!
Julie Lahti was our clerical volunteer!
The STEM/Science Lab has requested these items for an upcoming lesson-empty water bottles with caps, 2L soda bottles with caps, and 2 containers of chocolate sprinkles
Mrs. Huie's Government project is due next week on March 26th.
Tellus Museum Field Trip-March 31st. The students can bring money to spend at the museum store. Don't forget to send in a lunch if you checked that one would be provided from home.
Book Fair- You may shop with your child as we preview the books on March 27th from 1:00-1:30. What a great way to get a head start on meeting those reading goals for the last nine weeks grading period!
The Shallowford Falls Under the Sea Spring Book Fair will be March 26-April 2, and we are looking forward to seeing you there. Your child will be visiting the book fair with his/her class to preview the books. This year we invite you to come to preview the books with your child. ( March 27th from 1:00-1:30)The schedule has been sent home on the back of the parent information letter. At the preview you can take the time to view all the titles and make purchases too if you like.
We will be open each day starting at 7:30am. See the book fair hours below. Tuesday, March 31, is our Food Truck Tuesday Family Night, and we will be open for business that night for your convenience from 5:30-7:30pm. We will be having two food trucks available for you to purchase dinner and make a night of it! Drinks will also be available for purchase.
Once again, we will be participating in the All for Books program. Jars for change will be in each classroom and at the cashier tables. This is a great way for us to increase our profit and to supply needy schools with books. Scholastic Book Fairs will match our money collected by donating one book for each $1.00 to one of three children’s charities. The money we collect will be used to purchase books from the book fair.
April 3rd-School's Performing Arts Day-We can't wait! Lots of work has gone into this fantastic enrichment day!
Shared Reading- We continued reading many Allen Say books. A technology lesson was used as the students created a journal for the main character in Tea with Milk. Links to the two settings, San Francisco and Japan, were used so that the students could compare and contrast how the main character's life changes according to the setting changes. We also compared and contrasted Shallowford Falls and a Japanese school by reading a journal entry of a young boy in Japan.
Literacy Centers- Round two of the centers that were described last week occurred, reading more of Allen Say's books and analyzing the themes and messages of each book.
Writing-Compare and Contrast writings were studied this week. After reading The Lost Lake and A River Dream, the class learned how to share the ideas that were similar and different in the two books. On Wednesday, we read "The Daffodils" by William Wordsworth and learned many new vocabulary words. A close reading lesson showed the students how to approach reading a poem and how to analyze it. We made paper daffodils and wrote our own poem too.
Word Study- Sort 23 words were patterned by the rules for making words plural.
Since it was the last week of the grading period, we reviewed the 3rd nine weeks standards, took our posttest, and then the pretest for the last nine weeks. This pretest helps determine the math groups for Guided Math. What’s the area and perimeter of a rectilinear figure (combined rectangles)? That’s what we’ve been learning this week. We investigated areas and learned to decompose them into two or more shapes, find the area of those, and then add all together.
Magnets, Magnets, and more Magnets! We started our week with fun discoveries in the STEM lab, all pertaining to magnets. Classroom experiments followed each day. The students had a blast with the 3rd nine weeks STEM project, Designing a Maglev System of Transportation. Getting the vehicles to levitate was really difficult, but your children were persistent in their attempts. The great news is that conversations among the students showed me that they have grasped the concepts of repulsion and attraction of magnets as well as other parts of our science standards about magnets. Enjoy the pictures of their learning.
Tyler's birthday was today!
Kailey celebrated her birthday this week and was the Star Student as well.
Ellie Griffis was our clerical mom and Anneke Smith was our Mystery Reader.
Report cards go home on Wednesday.
Tellus Museum Field Trip-March 31st.
Social Studies Government Project-due on March 27th (an e-mail went home with a copy of the project and sites to help)
Shared Reading- We've started a new author study, reading books by Allen Say. Not only are we enjoying his beautiful artwork and stories, we are also working on comparing and contrasting the themes, characters, setting, and plot. Point of view is another skill that we are discussing as we read. The books for this week are The Lost Lake,The Bicycle Man, and Tea with Milk.
Literacy Centers- Allen Say Author Study
Listening Center-Grandfather's Journey-Students are building fluency and story mapping this selection to help with comprehension.
Skill Center- After choosing an Allen Say book, they are practicing the questioning strategy and determining how the answers were found. (background knowledge, inferencing, right in the book, further research)
Response Center- This author uses stories from his family life in his books, so the students are writing about special family members and why they admire them.
Guided Reading-Baseball Saved Us was written by another author, but compares well with Allen Say's Home of the Brave. We are thinking about the changes the characters made when Japanese-Americans were sent to internment camps during World War II. Then, we're forecasting how our lives would be different if we were forced to live in an internment camp.
Word Study- Again, we worked on Sort 22 because of so many bad weather days. New cursive letters were learned and we're reviewing English skills each day as well.
Writing- Alligator opinion writing was completed.
Finding the perimeter and area of rectangles, with some higher level thinking problems added, was our standard of the week. We learned to create figures with the same areas, but different perimeters, or vice versa. We used geoboards to create figures that matched the given perimeters. Groups of children designed spaces on the floor for area and perimeter solving. We reviewed the concept by playing Area and Perimeter Scoot.
Science Fun at School
Cobb County Watershed Program Puppet Show!
The students learned how important it is to have clean streams. They learned new words such as biodiversity and
The students learned about another important person, Eleanor Roosevelt, this week. Her contributions to our country and world were studied.
We're looking for inventors, your child!
Thank You, Volunteers!
Alicia Poage was our clerical helper and Mystery Reader!
Please send your school surveys back by Friday, March 13th. Thanks!
Spring Pictures will be on March 10th.
Volunteer Lunch is March 13th at 11:00! We'd love to honor you for all of your help this year. Send in the RSVP if you can attend.
Last day for Reading Log and AR tests is next Wednesday, the end of the 3rd nine weeks.
Spring Clean-up Day-March 20th from 10:00-1:00-Join Mrs. Mills to help plant around the school. There is a sign up genius link on the Shallowford Falls blog.
Spring Book Fair is March 30-April 2nd. Think of all the books your child could read over Spring Break!