Shared Reading-We finished the Latin American folktales book, and each day we charted the characteristics of the tales. Our best thinking was in the area of theme or lesson to be learned, and we easily found and described the successful and unsuccessful characters.
Literacy Centers-If you review the centers that were explained last week, you'll see how our reading time was spent. Sometimes, we will need two weeks to rotate through these centers, spending quality time perfoming the tasks that are assigned.
Reading Information-This week we took the SRI reading inventory in the Computer Lab. This test is one tool that is used to identify the reading range for independent reading as well as to measure growth in reading. I have told the students their Lexile Score. They should be reading books for independent reading close to that level. If you ever want to know the lexile measure, use this website https://lexile.com/ , enter the title of the book, and you will see if it's a good match for your child. Thanks for helping to monitor your child's choices.
Word Study-In spelling we sorted words by long vowel sound patterns at the end of the word. We also learned about nouns, especially working on distinguishing between concrete and abstract. A precious song on Youtube, The Noun Song, was fun to watch and sing.
Writing-This week we have learned techniques to improve our narrative writing. We've worked hard on the middle of our writings, learning to describe the details, add alliteration or onomatopoeia, and have an excellent ending.
Subtraction, subtraction, subtraction! Are you wondering why we're learning so many different strategies to solve problems? It's to ensure that our third graders develop number sense. So, using a number line, drawing place value blocks, and solving mentally have been lessons for making sure that the students can subtract fluently and accurately.
Science-The rockhounds of Room 253 are learning how rocks are formed. We made a model of a sedimentary rock, learned how volcanoes erupt to create igneous rocks, and are discovering how the rock cycle helps create metamorphic rocks. In our trip to the science lab this week we classified minerals by properties. Our STEM project was very popular with the students as they get ready to finalize and present their mineral display cases.
Fun At School
Mrs. Kelley showed us how to use the Cobb Digital Library in the Media Center this week. Then, partners went on a "Rocks and Minerals" scavenger hunt using Web Path Express, Pebble Go, and World Book Kids. What a great way to learn about searching for research!
Melinda Bailey helped with clerical this week. Our Myster Reader was Valerie Darling.
Very IMPORTANT!! The students need play dough for a social studies STEM activity on Tuesday. Please send it in on Sept. 1st. Thanks so much!
September 8-(Monday) 6:30-7:30 pm-2nd & 3rd grade-Parent Workshop-"Math" with Jennifer Hoyer of Academic Solutions.
Reading-Shared Reading-Our lessons were centered around folktales this week. We studied the elements of these fun stories, and did a lot of thinking about the theme or lesson learned in the tales. The big book, Folk Tales of Latin America, was used to teach how to compare and contrast within the same genre. A modeled lesson finding similarities and differences in "Rainbow Crow" and "Coyote Brings Fire" helped the students understand how to record their thinking on Venn Diagrams.
Literacy Centers-"Folk Tales and Trickster Tales"
Guided Reading-Rainbow Crow, Deer and Frog Run a Race, or a selection of folk tales from our Media Center were used for this theme. Making predictions, learning new vocabulary, studying characters and their actions, and monitoring comprehension were the skills taught.
Listening Center-Borreguita and the Coyote was used as a fluency practice. Then, the students read the parts of the tale in "Readers Theatre", focusing on using expression.
Skill Center-The students discovered what an adverb is and how to find them in sentences. Some students wrote an adverb acrostic poem. Each line had to include an adverb telling how, when, or where.
Response Center-A selection of tales is being used as the students create a Venn Diagram which explains the similarities and differences in two folktales.
Word Study-Adverb lessons included fun activities such as the How Now? game and “Tell More Toad” which gave the students a chance to act out verb-adverb combinations. In spelling we sorted words by long vowel sound patterns CVVC.
Writing-Now that we've learned about the genre of personal narratives, we are learning how to create an excellent story. Presented in our mini lessons, we are realizing that we need to choose a small topic, write a bold beginning, and use colorful language to interest our readers. A few more cursive letters have been practiced.
Mrs. Kelley, our Media Specialist showed us a power point expalining how we will use the Ipads. Then we explored.
Number sense and computational understanding is built on a firm understanding of place value. So, we learned many different strategies for addition. We used last week's lessons on rounding as we estimated sums. An open number line, the break apart strategy with expanded form, and using drawings of place value blocks were shown as alternate methods of adding. All of these can be compared, and then the students will use the method that is the most efficient for their learning style. The properties of addition were studied. Learning these helps with math fluency. A big part of our growth this year will be in the area of problem solving. The students were introduced to the Cobb County Math Rubric and practiced scoring one group's work from last week. We want to learn to explain the strategies used as well as do well on the computation component. During Guided Math centers the children rotated through different activities such as practicing skills on the Interwrite board and computers, small group lessons with me, playing rounding games, and using their talents to create a place value art project. The Number Talks topic was adding up when subtracting. Our mental math skills are improving.
The properties of mystery minerals are being discovered. Students sorted minerals by properties and observed their colors, shapes, and smells. This activity will be completed next week as they test to find other properties.
In Mrs. Huie's social studies class, students were introduced to ancient Greece. Why? This is where our system of government and democracy originated. Students are learning that democracy means that the people have a say in the government of a country. Students also began an interactive notebook in which they completed a political map of Greece and its surrounding areas. As the study continues, students will learn about the influence of Greek architecture on buildings in the USA (Parthenon and the US Supreme Court) as well as the Olympics and its influence on world sports.
Grace was our first Star Student!
Thanks for the Help!
Katye Whalen was our clerical helper. Her family also donated lots of Expo pens and books for use in the classroom. We appreciate the gift card and will certainly put it to good use.
Julie Lahti helped with our first Math Center rotation. She was impressed with your wonderful students too!
Mr. Gooden was our Mystery Reader today.
And a huge thanks to all of you for making my birthday so special. I loved the cards, beautiful yellow roses, yummy donuts, and gift card to Casabella! You are so thoughtful!
Ice Cream Social-It's tonight! 6:00-7:30
Parent's Night Out-Will be August 28th from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at Keegan's!
AR and Reading Goals-Some students have reached their personal goals set for the first nine weeks, and are reading maniacs. Others need to pick up the pace. Please look in your child's log and check the AR progress. Remember that you can go to the right under pages on this blog to see your child's tests and scores.
Social Studies-Mrs. Huie needs each child to bring in 1 container of play dough for a STEM activity by Sept. 2nd.
Shared Reading-Great readers see themselves as readers who choose appropriate books. This was the topic of our shared reading lessons. We learned that finding favorite authors and realizing the author's purpose are both important in selecting our independently read books. Danny, Champion of the World, which is written by one of Mrs. Kelley's favorite authors, was begun. Lots of new vocabulary words have been discussed as we practiced close reading of each chapter. With a visit to the Media Center, we're ready to read up a storm.
Literacy Centers-I am so proud of how well the students managed their time during the first round of reading centers this week. Here's a glimpse into the centers.
Guided Reading-Archibald Frisby-Using the summarizing strategy; Dinosaur Dream-inferencing as we read; and Freckle Juice- understanding character feelings and comprehension skills. The books are leveled for each group's needs.
Response-Students chose from a selection of great picture books to enjoy. As they read, they used post-its to mark difficult words, and then used an organizer to help guide the understanding of the words in context.
Skill Center-Free choice from the Word Study poster was offered as spelling words were practiced in many ways.
Writing-Our narrative writing unit was begun with a preassessment, The Best Vacation. Next week we'll work on steps for writing a great personal narrative.
We finished up place value, learning to read and write numbers up to five digits. The rounding to the nearest ten and hundred standards began with Island Hop, an activity drawing a number line on the blacktop. Marking the tens islands and standing on different numbers helped us see how to round to the closer island. Rounding Rally was a partner game which helped us practice the standard. The IXL logins were sent home today. Next week a homework assignment will have the students practicing on this website, so keep the login and password in a safe place. Reinforcing math standards with IXL will certainly be a bonus for your child. A weekly report is e-mailed to me, so I'll be looking for your child's progress.
Island Hop Rounding Activity
Rounding Card Game
Place an Egg Value Game
We geologists of third grade performed all sorts of tests on more minerals this week. We checked the streaks that minerals made on tiles, scratched some to test hardness, and had a ball observing the properties. Then, our first classroom STEM lesson was introduced. Working in groups, the students have chosen a mineral on which to focus. A mineral display case will be designed and built, showcasing the properties of that mineral. The research process was started using the Ipads to read bookmarked sites. On Monday, Mrs. Mills led us in a STEM lesson in which Fred, a gummy worm, was saved from his capsized boat.
Researching our Minerals
Reminders and Thank YOUs
I appreciate you coming to Open House this week. Thanks to Julie Lahti for helping with clerical, and the Room Moms for organizing our helpers.
Grace celebrated her birthday this week!
Our Ice Cream Social was rescheduled to Friday, August 22nd at 6:00 p.m.
For those who are interested, Ident-a-Kid photo day is Wed., Aug. 20th.
These items are needed for the Science Lab. Can you help Mrs. Mills out?
What a great start for the 2014-15 Wise Guys! I am impressed with how quickly the students learned the classroom procedures. We started our "Three is the Magic Number" theme because 3rd graders are simply the best!! Skip counting by threes along with the School House Rock song, we are already starting multiplication. We played a game of probability by rolling dice and charting the multiples of three. Number talks started off with making tens when adding. Varied acitivites were used to review addition, from games to journal writing. Guided Math expectations were set, so we're ready to try them out next week. The UPS check process was begun so that each child learns a fine way to problem solve. Several preassessments were given as a baseline to measure this year's progress.
We Played Games with Hundreds Charts
Fun at School!
Getting Acquainted Game Followed by a Venn Diagram to Show Similarities and Differences
Solving our Me Puzzles
In the language arts area, Put Your Best Foot Forward and The Three Javelinas were read and we discussed the authors' purpose. Mike Thaler books, such as The Teacher From the Black Lagoon, were used to learn how to summarize, share our thinking, and tell the author's message. All Wise Guys know how to record books read independently in the DIRT journals. We created our reading goals for both pages read and AR points. For writing, we each wrote about what we get a kick out of. In the computer lab we published that writing. Our first spelling lesson on long vowel sound words with the CVCe pattern started with a pretest and a sorting activity. Shared reading lessons focused on "Close Reading" in which students read the text more than once to find the true meaning.
Reading Black Lagoon Books by Mike Thaler
Technology was integrated into several lessons. The students found out how to log onto Educreations for future projects, used the Ipads to take "selfies" for their self-portraits, and published a writing project.
Publishing "I Get a Kick Out of..."
In science we made a model of the layers of the earth which will help us understand the formation of rocks and minerals. Learning that geologists use tests to find the properties of minerals, we performed the scratch test to find the hardness of minerals. We are excited to visit the science lab each week, starting next Monday.
Hard or Soft?
Check out this letter to see how the unit will go.
Best of all, new friendships have started and teams cooperated with one another.
PTA's Ice Cream Social will be rescheduled.
Tuesday night (August 12th) is Open House and I will be discussing the curriculum. It starts at 6:45 with a welcome from Mrs. Angele in our classroom on closed circuit. Then I'll be explaining our curriculum until 8:00. Please try to attend.
New Walker Procedure: For the safety of all students, walkers will now be picked up from the gym. Parents, please wait outside the gym with your car rider/walker number. A staff member will match your number with your child and will then release your child to you. Thank you for helping us keep all students safe!
Interested in trying out for the Science Olympiad team?
A big thank you to all of the parents who signed up to volunteer in the classroom this year. Our Room Parents will be Julie Lahti, Alicia Poage, and Ellie Griffis. Be on the lookout for sign up opportunities soon!
Greetings to my 2014-2015 “Wise Guys”! Plan on a year filled with lots of fun, outstanding books and reading, becoming excellent writers, and interesting learning experiences. Most importantly, we’ll become the best of friends in Room 253! See you at “Meet and Greet” on Friday, August 1st.