Well, this year passed by so quickly and I have truly loved this class!
I am Glad I was your Teacher!
I'm glad I was your teacher I've come to love you so. I can't believe the end is here. I hate to see you go. Remember all the fun we had in all the things we did But most of all remember... You're a Very Special Kid!
Remember our trip to the Wildlife Habitat to select our own tree to adopt? Well, not only has it grown a bit, but so have we. Another visit to observe the tree took place this week. We have researched and studied it, and have created a booklet showing what we learned.
The Big Wave was completed this week too.
Writing-Weren't you proud of the great writing that your child accomplished this year? Thanks for coming to the Portfolio Showcase!
To keep the students involved in an engaging last week of school, the third grade team has planned a unit of study on Mexico. We are learning about the land, the people, the culture, and a bit of the country’s history each day. Students were involved in arts and crafts, transformations, dancing, and multiplying in Spanish as they travel from classroom to classroom.
Well, this ends a wonderful year with the Wise Guys. I’m very proud of the progess that each student made. How special it was to watch them grow in knowledge and maturity! I can honestly say that they are ready for fourth grade.
Here’s my advice for making sure that they retain the skills they have learned this year:
Participate in the summer reading program at Mt. View library and make weekly visits to find books to read.
Practice the math facts in all operations. Knowing all of the facts will be expected in 4th grade.
Use IXL math site and other links on our blog to review the math standards.
Write in cursive twice a week.
Work in workbooks that were sent home such as the GUMS practice book.
When visiting different regions of Georgia, point out the differences in plants, land, and animals.
Play, play, play!!!!
Star Student, Claudia!
Fun at School Last Week!
Mexico Rotation and Fiesta
This culminating event will celebrate all that we learn during our Mexico rotation throughout all of the classrooms. We will perform the Mexican Hat Dance, eat a Mexican snack, and break a piñata.
Time-11:15-12:00 on the blacktop
Don't forget that there is early dismissal next Tuesday and Wednesday. The students will leave at 12:30. That means that lunch will be at 10:58 on those days.
SharedReading-The Big Wave was enjoyed this week, and was used for close reading. So many text to text and text to world ideas were discussed as this book told about the effect of a tsunami in Japan. The students could select five comprehension questions to answer for each section of the book. On Thursday, we read The Wave which was great to use as a compare and contrast lesson.
Literacy Centers-We continued the ecology centers that were started last week.
Writing-How proud I am of the excellent ocean research reports! As we share a few each day, we chart what we’ve learned and tell the classmate a few positive comments about their work. I hope you enjoyed the Mother's Day writing project that we spent time on this week as well. Students have organized their portfolios, and have chosen the favorite writing piece of third grade. We look forward to sharing it with you on Monday.
Word Study-Our last spelling unit has been introduced. We’re studying the patterns of VCV and VCCV in Sort 28 which will be tested next Tuesday. We’re also working on finishing up the upper case cursive letters.
Math: For the first part of the week we worked on understanding and reviewing the properties of multiplication. Then, our focus was to become prepared for our 4th nine weeks posttest. Multiplication and Division word problems and two-step problem solving, finding the area of rectilinear figures, metric measurement for capacity and mass were all studied. Next week we will start having fun with 4th grade math skills.
Science-Conservation of resources was our topic.
Thanks to all of the parents for supporting Field Day! You kids love having you there. A huge thanks to Jason Wickline for his photography talents!
Portfolio Showcase is this Monday, May 12th from 8:15-8:45.
Need some gently used books to read this summer? Have your child particpate in the Media Center Book Swap next week.
Reading goals deadline-May 16th-Many need more AR points by then. Please check your child's progress by clicking on Accelerated Reading under pages on the blog. Your child knows the login.
Beach Day for 3rd grade is Friday, May 16thth from 8:00-9:30. Please make sure that your child wears tennis shoes on that day and brings a water bottle and beach towel. Lunch will be from 11:15-11:45 that day.
We will have Early Release on May 20th and 21st. Dismissal will be at 12:30. Lunch those days will be from 10:40-11:10.
Mexican Fiesta will be on Friday, May 21st from 11:15-12:00. This will culminate a Mexican culture study in which the students rotate through all of the third grade classes.
Of course, the first part of the week was spent thinking, thinking, thinking, as the students took the CRCT. You should be proud of your child because I sure am! The perseverance was spectacular. Everyone worked so hard, trying to do his/her best!
Shared Reading-We read the rest of The One and Only Ivan and then moved on to viewing a few conservation videos. Students are continuing with the reading assessments and also took the last SRI reading test to get their lexile level. Please use this score to help your child find appropriate books to read this summer. It will be included in the final report card.
Theme: Save Our Earth-These centers were started on Friday and will continue into next week.
Literacy Centers-Listening Center-Ecology: Earth's Balancing Act teaches us vocabulary and amazing facts about ecology. The students are practicing cause and effect as they synthesize the book. Skill Center-An article about Earth Day was read. Sorting cards to show which resources are renewable and nonrenewable follows. Then, each child writes me a letter pledging how they will help the earth. Response Center- Garbage and Recycling was the book used to learn about garbage problems and solutions to those problems.
Writing-Writing two poems provided lots of opportunities for creativity. To go along with the name transformations, a name poem was written. Then, everyone put the facts they learned in the ocean research to make up a diamante poem. Watercoloring a backdrop for the poem was fun.
Since two-step problems are still difficult to solve, we concentrated on working more of them. We also practiced finding the area of rectilinear figures.
Georgia’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) requires that all students in grades 1 through 5 complete grade specific career awareness activities. Our yearly curriculum involves the children in learning about career clusters. In third grade we study three: Energy, Hospitality and Tourism, and Human Services. We learned about the many jobs in each area with discussions and activities this week.
Thanks to our Volunteers!
Ocean Research Paper-Due Friday, May 9th. Please use the rubric to double check each part of the research. Parents, please help your child with editing the paper.
Wed., May 8th –Opening Ceremonies for Field Day-WEAR CLASS T-SHIRTS!
Thurs., May 10th-Field Day-11:30-2:00-BRING A CHANGE OF CLOTHES (Underwear and socks and shoes too! Each student needs to bring his/her own water bottle labeled with names.
Portfolio Showcase-We're looking forward to sharing our writings with you on May 12th from 8:15-8:45. Every child needs a parent or guest there.
During CRCT testing, our subject matter time is abbreviated, but we still managed to accomplish so much.
Reading- Shared Reading-The Adventures of Ali Baba Bernstein is the chapter book that we’ve started. This book helps us practice our fluency and helps us focus on characters for better comprehension. Another comprehension strategy used with this book is forming Literature Circles. Each day the students meet in groups to discuss a job that was assigned to them. For instance, you have a Discussion Director leading with thick questions, a Connector linking the book to other books and life, a Word Finder who finds difficult or interesting words on which to focus, and Illustrator who draws the main event from the chapter, and a Correspondent who writes a letter to the team giving opinions about the chapter. As you can see, sharing one another's ideas leads to a deeper understanding of the book.
Writing-Ocean research papers from past students have been shared daily. This lets the children know what's expected and how to write the facts that they have learned in an interesting way. We worked on creating a super lead or introduction for our own paper. Next week, the questions will be turned into topic sentences with details sentences from our notes, and conclusion sentences for each paragraph. The rough drafts are due on May 2nd. We created name poems that were inspired from the chapter book we're reading.
Solving word problems and a short review activity was all that could be fit in to our CRCT test taking days.
Why do things get hot? Your child has been studying thermal energy during the last two sessions. They have learned that everything is made up of molecules that move or vibrate. Temperature increases when there is more movement or energy. Heat is produced in several ways. When electricity runs through a wire, the resistance of the wire to the movement causes heat. Sometimes there is a chemical reaction that causes heat. When you rub your hands together, the friction makes your hands feel warmer. We did an experiment with metal buttons, wool, pennies, and wood to demonstrate friction. The sun produces solar energy, which is our most important source of heat.
Then, we learned that heat can be transferred between objects. Conduction is the movement of heat through solid material. We use pots and pans made out of metal to cook because they are good conductors of heat. This is also why we burn our feet on hot pavement in the summer. Another way heat is transferred is by air or liquids. This transfer is called convection. You’ll see this if you boil some soup. You’ll see the molecules of soup at the bottom heat up and rise to the top causing the cooler liquid to sink and heat. We saw that with blue ice cubes in warm water. You could see the cold water sinking to the bottom. Radiation is another way heat is transferred without requiring any matter. That’s how the sun is able to heat the Earth.
Lastly, we studied that air, plastics, and styrofoam are good insulators that trap heat. We checked thermometers that were placed at different spots outside to see how matter absorbs heat differently, and we investigated to see what colors absorb heat the most. As you can see, we learned so much about these standards! But the hightlight of the week was watching Bill Nye, the Science Guy's segment on heat. The kids liked it so much, they asked to see it again.
Science Lab Fun!
Mrs. Mills planned wonderful investigations for us this week. We observed heat traveling by convection with solar bags. The radiation from the sun was used to capture plant parts on our special heat sensitive paper, and we saw how dark colors absorb heat.
Star Student, Jacqueline!
Jacqueline's dad set up a mini trade show to explain how much fun he has working in his own business.
Happy Birthday to Elyse on April 26th!
Science Lab Volunteer-Susan Annis
Two more days of testing on Monday and Tuesday!
Portfolio Showcase-May 12th-8:15-8:45
GROUNDS WORKDAYS WITH HOME DEPOT
Shallowford Falls has received a grant from
Home Depot to help improve our campus!
On Wednesday, April 30th and Thursday, May 1st, they will be creating additional garden beds, adding railing and timber steps to the nature trail, a table in the outdoor classroom, and terracing on the hill below the playground. They will be providing all the materials and bringing a team to manage the project. We need parent volunteers to work alongside the Home Depot team to make this happen! To sign up to volunteer, pleae visit http://www.wignupgenius,.com/go/70A0E45A72FAB9-grounds. If you are not able to stay the entire time slot, we would still love your help. Even just some time during your lunch break or volunteering for an hour or so before work would be so helpful!