Our Wise Owls continued learning about The Scientific Method in Science Lab today, which will help them greatly if they choose to participate in the Shallowford Falls Science Fair in February. Using packets of Skittles, the students stated a question, collected information, formed a hypothesis, then tested the hypothesis by observing, recording and studying data, and drawing their conclusions. Here are pictures of the Wise Owls in action!
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Reading-All of our reading lessons were centered around a theme related to science, "Nature's Neighborhoods in Georgia". We pretended to travel up to the mountain habitats of Georgia to learn about the plants and animals there.
Shared Reading-"Adaptation", an informational article, was used to practice close reading.
This really seemed to help the class understand what animal adaptations are, and how animals right now are having to adapt to changes in the world. I was thrilled that your children were so interested in this topic!
Instead of guided reading groups and centers, all of our reading lessons centered on how to research and read informational articles on a particular Georgia animal. Skimming for facts and note taking filled each and every day.
Word Study-Contractions Word Sort, Dictionary Skills, Cursive Writing
Writing-As mentioned above, we are diligently researching and writing about an animal that lives in Georgia. Looking at the scores of the pretest writing about owls, the students are striving to score in the exceeds standards range on this posttest writing. Lessons on stretching sentences and starting them differently as well as adding voice and great word choice were taught. We are looking at our paragraphs and revising them so they will be top notch.
Finding the area of a space, using length times width, we reviewed this practical standard. I was extremely proud of the fantastic summative assessments on Tuesday. Two step word problems were practiced, and on Friday we played a review game to see how well we know our second nine week skills.
Science: Life Science-Plants & Animals of the Regions of Georgia
For the rest of this nine weeks and part of the next, we will learn about plant and animal adaptations and traits that help them survive in the regions of Georgia. Jonathan London’s Voices of the Wild helped get us in the mood to research an animal that lives in the north Georgia mountains. We will studied the animal’s adaptations and created a mural, mimicing the author’s style of writing to describe the animal.
This newsletter will provide you with a glimpse of our habitats study.
Fun at School
We were inspired to become sensational spellers as we watched the fourth and fifth graders in the Spelling Bee this week.
Paul Revere Visits the Third Grade!
An assembly, just for our grade, was such a fantastic review of our social studies standards. An actor portrayed Paul Revere, explaining his importance in the revolution. It was fun to see the students involved in the presentation.
Reading Mom-Jane Russell
Luncheon Volunteers-Myrna Lee and Kari Long-They even used the Ipads with the class, showing how to make a wonderful presentation.
December 06, 2013 | Permalink
Hooray for the Wise Guys' Parents! We won the contest for the foundation membership! On Monday, December 2nd, our class will go to the cafeteria for an inschool field trip, "Air Up There!"
Reading-Shared Reading-Guided Reading-The essential question for the week was “How can I understand the plot in a work of fiction?” We were absorbed in Molly’s Pilgrim, which describes the conflicts of an immigrant’s adjustment to school. A response book recorded our comprehension and thinking. Then, after watching the video of the book, we discussed the differences between the two.
During the days that we had lunch in the classroom, we watched two of the Dear America videos, one about the Pilgrims, and one set in the Revolutionary War. These connected so well to the other immigrant books that were shared this week.
Voices of the Wild was read to enjoy excellent word choice and descriptions. This serves as a springboard for our study of the plants and animals of the Georgia Mountains which will be our theme when we return in December.
Writing-We learned how to write an essay. First, we brainstormed the things for which we’re thankful, chose three to explain, and are writing a three paragraph essay telling our feelings and thoughts.
Word Study-We delved more into verbs to practice verb tenses and to recognize helping verbs. Conjunctions and compound sentences were evaluated. Our study of contractions in Word Sort 13 taught which letters to replace with an apostrophe.
A quadrilateral assessment was given on Monday. On Tuesday, the class learned that working backwards is a wonderful strategy to try when problem solving. Working with partners, the students worked a problem from the Exemplars collection. Then, each group shared their solutions. We ended the week with a more in depth study of area. Cheez-Its was a flavorful lesson as we created arrays of length times width. Sections of the hallway were partitioned with painter's tape so that the students could apply what they learned, and find the area.
We finished our unit on Frederick Douglass this week. Students used the timeline we created in class to write a short biography. They did a great job! We’ve just begun discussing Susan B. Anthony. Ask your child the meaning of the word “suffrage”…
May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Paxton was our Star Student! We loved the yummy cornucopias!
Clerical-Myrna (Came in even though she had a sick child!!!)
Reading Moms-Grace McDade and Kari Long for Pajama/Read All Day
Cheez-Its-James, Gibbs, Kinney, Mellos, and Russell families
Have a blessed Thanksgiving and break. I am so thankful to have such a precious group of students this year!
November 22, 2013 | Permalink
Reading-Shared Reading-We continued reading for information as we read Lighthouses, Beacons of the Past. The students seem to enjoy the note taking and paragraph summaries as well as adding text features in their mini-books. On Wednesday we used our online book site to read The Long Trip Home or A Trip. Comprehension practice included finding details to generalize or retelling the plot.
Guided Reading-Understanding how character feelings and traits affect the events of a book helps in the overall comprehension. Groups read either The Memory String or So Far From the Sea to practice this skill. Students will make a recipe card as they "Cook Up Character Analysis", thinking and telling about the character's traits.
Literacy Centers-Listening-Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie goes so well with our shared reading text. Then, a flip book showing evidence of Abbie's character traits throughout the story was made.
Skill Center-An autumn suffix tree was created showing the new words you can make from “root” words. We're using advanced dictionaries to locate root words and finding many new words to add to our vocabulary.
Response Center-Autumn in Georgia is all around us. The students are learning how descriptive phrases about the seasonal changes can make a spectacular poem.
Word Study-We practiced the spellings of -tch and-ch in the Sort 12 list. A big hit was the spelling game "Which Ending" that was played on Wednesday. It's similar to Jeopardy.
Writing-The goal for the week was to understand how using conjunctions help us build our sentence fluency as we create compound sentences. First of all, we used music to understand what conjunctions are. I'm sure you remember the Schoolhouse Rock songs. Well, your kids liked "Conjunction Junction, What's the Function?" as well as the Conjunction Rap. Using the acronym FANBOYS helped us remember the coordinating conjunctions, and the daily practice writing compound sentences was helpful too.
A quadrilateral quest to learn about the attributes of squares, rectangles, rhombi, trapezoids, and quadrilaterals was on the agenda this week. We used geoboards, studied a power point lesson, learned the Quadrilateral Dance, and solved quadrilateral riddles. A new rotation has started in Guided Math centers. Students are creating fraction riddles, learning how to find the price of sale items with fractional parts off the price, playing fraction games, and creating fraction art. We are still working on the meaning of multiplication as some students have a difficult time creating a word problem.
Here we are doing the Quadrilateral Dance!
The Wise Guys are so creative with fractional art! Check out these adorable samples.
Our Winter Wish!
We studied how rocks break down into soil by weathering and erosion. A sugar cube investigation proved that water causes the most weathering and erosion. Connecting writing to science, we created a soil horizon with living things placed in the correct layer of soil. Then, we wrote as that creature to explain what type of soil is best and which layer we inhabit. In the science lab we explored weathering and erosion as well.
We Appreciate Our Classroom Helpers!!!!
Jennifer Lubs-Clerical (And there was a lot of it!!!)
Science Lab Volunteer-Mirna Lee
Reading Dad-Bill Annis (Thanks for helping us learn new vocabulary as you read!)
We are in need of pencils and cap erasers!!!!!!!
November 15, 2013 | Permalink
Reading- Shared Reading- We focused on an important reading strategy, questioning. As we read titles, figure out unfamiliar words, decide on the author’s purpose, make connections, and ask “I Wonder” questions, we stay focused on comprehension. The text we are using this week and next is Lighthouses, Beacons of the Past.
Guided Reading and Centers-"Things We Fear" centers and reading continued this week. Some reading groups researched venemous snakes in Georgia and created a poster about them in the computer lab.
Technology Connection-To further learn how worms help soil, we went on a Information Scavenger Hunt, using the "Herman the Worm" site. This teaches us how to read to answer specific questions in the text. Thanks to Mrs. Annis, we then enjoyed scrumptious soil ourselves!
Word Study-Word Sort 11-Spelling words with the –dge, -ge, or r, n, l + ge endings were practiced. The different kinds of verbs were taught using multimedia from videos to rap.
Writing-Narratives were completed. Two extra lessons on writing were taught this week. Mrs. Janice Kelley read a nonfiction picture book about Frederick Douglass, and as she read everyone practiced the skill of notetaking with bullets and simple phrases. Mrs. Timoney, our Writing Coach, shared the importance of having excellent word choice as we write. The students tried to be specific and descriptive as they described their rooms.
We continued our study of fractions. We developed an understanding of fractions, beginning with unit fractions. Hands on lessons have shown the students ways that a whole can be split into halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and eighths. Then, we used pattern blocks to model halves, thirds, and sixths. Please talk about fractions in your everyday world and let your child help you measure using fractional parts as you cook this Thanksgiving.
In Social Studies we learned about Frederick Douglass. He was an amazing abolitionist who taught himself how to read and write. He became such an accomplished writer and speaker that he traveled around the U.S. and Europe speaking out against slavery. He was truly an inspirational figure in our country's history.
Please note that the children will have an evaluation on Frederick Douglass on Tuesday, November 18th, so you may want to have them check out a biography of him, or visit web sites online to further their knowledge.
Josef was our Star Student this week!
Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!
Story Reader-Ellen Michelson, David's Grandmother
Jason Wickline printed our Adopt a Tree photos!
Susan Annis made the Dirt Dessert for our reading activity.
Today I discussed the upcoming Incredible People project for the second nine weeks grading period. Please read the information and help your child find reference material on their reading level. Then, sign the top of the project sheets so that I know you are aware of the project's due date.
We're leading the third grade in the Shallowford Falls Foundation membership drive. Please join by Nov. 15th. Not only will it show your support of the wonderful additions to our curriculum, we will get to go to the "Big Thinkers" inschool field trip!
Our Fall Book Fair “Reading Oasis – A Cool Place to Discover Hot Books” will be held November 18th through November 22nd!
Don't forget the IXL is a wonderful site on which to practice our math standards.
Very Important-On the independent reading chart, each child should be at 15 boxes=325 pages. They should also be halfway to the second nine weeks AR goal.
November 08, 2013 | Permalink
What a fun week of learning for the Wise Guys!
Reading- Shared Reading-“Things We Fear” is the theme for informational reading. Scary topics haven’t seemed so frightening after reading all of the nonfiction selections this week. We are practicing the strategy of close reading, and we read several articles about scary topics such as "Cities of the Dead" and "Pumpkin Guts". Close reading helps us understand the purpose of the text, what the author is saying, the text structure, and what the author is doing with the words. In other words, it helps us learn to expand our thinking while reading.
Listening-Venomous Snakes-Students read along to build fluency and created a poster warning people of the venomous snakes of Georgia.
Skill-The children could choose from an assortment of different language arts activities from guide words and plural nouns, to homonyms.
Response-Partners are reading Halloween plays or Pumpkin Prize and Too Many Pumpkins. After reading these two books, a compare and contrast activity followed.
Guided Reading- Things We Fear was used to teach main idea and details. Other groups are reading Shark Attack and learning how to code questions we have as we read.
Word Study-Word Sort 10 showed us the patterns of words ending in -ce, -se, or -ve. Verbs were introduced and each day we learned about a type of verb. We made Verb Collages and looked to find verb in Halloween sentences.
Writing-Narratives are being written, explaining a time we were afraid.
Fractions, Part of a WholeUsing manipulatives really helps us understand our fraction standards. We used Twizzlers to learn about fractions on a number line. Pattern blocks showed us different fractional parts. During center time and math group time we learned how to solve fractional parts word problems using number lines, pictures, and number bonds. Some groups used Skittles to graph on a line plot while others practiced algebra skills while working on "The Magic Money Machine" activity. On Halloween, a variety of math centers helped us review previously studied standards such as graphing, factors, arrays, and regrouping in addition and subtraction.
What kid doesn't enjoy playing in the dirt? This week, lessons in the Science Lab and the classroom were filled with exploration and observation. We found out the differences in samples of soil, looking for color, the size of the particles, how it holds water, and what the texture was like. New vocabulary was learned, and we did an art project showing what is in the layers of soil.
Read all about the science soil standards here. Download Soilsnewsletter
A very popular activity was adopting a tree on our own Wildlife Habitat. Each child found the perfect tree and will watch it throughout the seasons. We'll also do a bit of research on the tree, making a booklet that will highlight its importance.
James was our Star Student this week!
Thank You, Parents!
Adopt-a-Tree-Kari Long, Jason and Tammy Wickline, and Mirna Lee
Science Lab and the Cool Slide Show-Jason Wickline
All of the parents who made the delicious soups for the teachers on Monday, my tummy thanks you!!!!!!
Our Fall Book Fair “Reading Oasis – A Cool Place to Discover Hot Books”
will be held November 18th through November 22nd!
If you are interested in volunteering for this Book Fair
please visit our sign-up genius link:
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November 03, 2013 | Permalink
Our Wise Owls had a great time and learned a lot this Tuesday while roaming around our Wildlife Habitat. Each student selected his or her own tree, then tried to identify the type of tree by studying its leaves, bark and any seeds present. We will revisit our trees as the seasons change and study the differences that each season brings. Here are some pictures of this very fun activity!