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!
The students seemed to enjoy all of the activities that were planned. Highlights included learning to count to 100 in Spanish and playing Multiplication Bingo and Around the World in Spanish, STEM/Science Lab visit, working in our Mexico booklet, and publishing our poems about summer. We also read The Wave and compared and contrasted the book with The Big Wave, gathered data about summer favorites and published graphs, read Last Day Blues, and thought about what we'd miss about third grade and what we look forward to this summer.
Our first STEM/Engineering Day went so well. The whole day was devoted to roller coasters. Lessons in each subject area were integrated into this theme, but the most fun was building our roller coasters and testing them. We shared with Mrs. Samuelu's class, and they showed us their creations.
The Mexican Fiesta was superb! Thanks for the donations of food items.
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. Then, log the reading minutes on the Scholastic Summer Reading Log for which your child registered.
Practice the math facts in all operations. Knowing all of the facts will be expected in 4th grade.
Use IXL math site, Sumdog, 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.
Reading-The Big Wave was the book for shared reading. We have been learning about ecology as we rotate through centers, finding out about problems and solutions of conservation.
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.
The students have also enjoyed getting ready for a puppet show featuring fox fables and stories.
Writing-Writing-How proud I am of the excellent ocean research reports! As we share a few each day, we chart what facts learned and tell the classmate a few positive comments about their work. We're ending our writing projects with a poem, "What Can I Pack in my Box Called Summer?".
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.
Fun at School
What a great day we'll have on Tuesday!
Early Dismissal on Wed. & Thurs. next week-12:30.
Mexican Fiesta will be on Thursday from 11:15-12:00.
Weren't you proud of the great writing that your child accomplished this year? Thanks for coming to the Portfolio Showcase!
Completing language arts projects was our focus this week.
We worked on the student comprehension section of the DRAs (reading assessment) and reading a few more pourquoi tales. Then, we've been really striving for creativity as we write our own. A special Mother's Day booklet was completed too.
Practicing two-step problems in all operations as well as all of the other 4th nine weeks standards was how we used our math time. The posttest is now finished, and we will really enjoy visiting all of the math centers for the rest of the school days.
STEM Project-Build an Insulated House for a Snowman
This activity started with reading the book Snowmen All Year. We realized that it would be so much fun to keep a snowman throughout the seasons. So, our task was to build a house which would prevent him from melting. From the planning stages, to the building, to the testing, each child was delighted as they worked on this project.
Planning as a Team
Building the House
Testing How Well the House Insulated the Snowman
Sharing with the Class
Fun at School!
Field Day Festivities-Presenting our Banner at the Opening Ceremony
Thanks For All of the Help!
Julie Lahti for clerical and Field Day! Alicia Poage for rolling that heavy cooler all around the field! All of the parents and grandmother who cheered our Wise Guys on throughout the day! Rashid Siddique was our Mystery Reader.
Research project is due on Tues. Please use the grading rubric as a guide when reviewing the final copy.
Please read the Scholastic Summer Reading letter that went home from the Media Center. Make sure that your child has signed up, has a password that can be remembered, and start logging in those minutes. The same books can count when your child signs up for the summer reading program at the Mt. View Library. Wouldn't it be great to be the top school in the nation?
Speaking of reading, there are still so many who haven't reached their goals. Now that the research project is finished, please encourage your child to meet that goal.
Shared Reading-Understanding the plot of a legend was our focus for the week. Each day we read from this genre, and filled in different plot organizers. Some of the stories that we enjoyed were Why the Koala Has a Stumpy Tail, Why the Whale Has a Throat, Why the Ocean is Salty, and Why the Kangaroo Has a Pouch.
Literacy Centers-Students continued with the rotation through the legend centers that were discussed in last week's blog.
Guided Reading-The year end evaluation which shows the reading level of your child was given one on one.
Word Study-How do you recognize the VCV and VCCV syllable juncture patterns in words? That's the skill that we studied in Sort 27 for spelling. The children were so excited to use Educreations and the IPads to create their tutorials on the different ways commas are used. Look at your child's presentation on that website. They can share the login with you.
Writing-The ocean research paper has been the task on which we've worked all week. Understanding the paragraph writing process will be so helpful for the students, and most understand to begin with a topic sentence, add details, and end with a conclusion sentence. The rough draft is due next Tuesday. All notes should be written as paragraphs. It would be helpful for you to help with the editing. I look over the paragraphs daily, but don't have time to edit each paper. Looking over the orange project sheets would be most helpful as we finalize this writing.
We will be creating our own porquoi tale as our end of the nine weeks narrative writing. Hopefully, the students will use the knowledge they've gained from the research to develop an imaginary tale of why an ocean animal has a certain feature.
What an improvement I've observed in the ability of the children to solve problems! This week all operations were mixed in the two-step problems they were given. We all agreed that UPS check has been beneficial to approaching given word problems. Look for the measurement assessment in this week's stapled papers.
Social Studies and Science
From visiting the Star Lab, to reviewing our thermal energy standards, to watching a video on civil rights, we have great activities to culminate all that we've learned.
We are so proud of Kaylie! She will now have her name placed on the Newberry Award Readers' plaque in the Media Center. She read ten Newberry Award books and took the AR tests on them!
Kristen had a birthday this week!
Thomas was our Star Student!
Alicia Poage was the Clerical Helper and theTrevathans for reading to the class.
Please use the Sign Up Genius for sending in items for the Mexican Fiesta. Thanks to Julie for setting it up.
Reading- Shared Reading-We started reading legends. How the Stars Fell Into the Sky was used to illustrate this type of tale. Studying the story grammar helps us not only practice comprehension skills, but also serves as a model for our own writing.
Literacy Centers-Story Grammar/Plot While Reading Legends-We’ve started a new rotation with exciting centers for this week and next.
Guided Reading-The Legend of the Bluebonnets or Aladdin and the Magic Lamp are the books I'm using to teach story grammar.
Listening Center-The Drought Maker is an Australian legend and the students determined the problem and the solutions presented by different animals in the story.
Response Center-From a collection of legend picture books, each student is reading and using a story grammar organizer to explain the important elements.
Skill Center-Partner reading helps build fluency. King Arthur and the Magic Sword provided the practice. Then, a thesaurus activity accompanies the lesson.
Word Study-Compound word practice and comma lessons were taught. Each student has a comma rule, and they are creating a tutorial on the educreations app. You know the old saying, "If you can teach someone, then, you totally understand it yourself.
Writing-The students have been reading reference sources and working on taking notes for the ocean research paper. As they watch and listen to my note taking on ocean pollution, they learn how to select important information to share in the next stage of the process, turning the notes into well written paragraphs. Your child will need the research folder at school daily. The second deadline is next Friday, April 28th, and all of the notes should be completed. Looking over the notes this weekend would be so helpful. There should be enough information to write excellent paragraphs, all written in your child's words. I am looking over the notes each morning, and I'm pleased with what I see.
Word problems involving measurement started out our week. We then moved to a review of elapsed time. An important standard, problem solving, was a focus on Thursday. We continue using the Cobb County Problem Solving Rubric to learn how to improve. With partners we evaluated a kid's sample problem and concentrated on the areas of representation (drawings, tables, etc.) and communication. Knowing what is expected to achieve a successful rating will help the students improve on their own work. On Friday we used Sumdog to practice multiplication and division fluency. A timed test was given to see how well they know the facts.
Did you know that we teach lessons about career choices? During the past two weeks the students have learned about jobs in the energy, human services, and hospitality and tourism clusters. Mrs. Nall and Ms. Norris shared their own experiences in these fields, along with power points and videos that I created.
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. 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 loved it! Next week we'll start a STEM lesson about insulation.
Thanks So Much!
Alicia Poage sent in popsicles to celebrate the end of testing, and she was our Story Reader. Thanks to all helpers to make STEM night run so well. If you can volunteer during Field Day, please sign up on Sign Up Genius.
Research paper notes are due on Tues., April 28th! Meeting each deadline means 5 points on the grading sheet.
Wear purple on Thursday, April 30th!
Speaking of purple, here's another opportunity. Stomp Out Cancer by Buying a Relay for Life Purple Foot!
Starting next week, April 27, we will be having our annual Purple Foot campaign to raise money for our Relay for Life team. Relay for Life is an event that is held at Jim R. Miller Park each May and raises money for the American Cancer Society.
Who do you know that is battling cancer? Would you give a dollar to help fight cancer right here in Cobb County? Every dollar donated will go to local patients fighting cancer. We will be selling purple feet in the media center for two weeks. For each dollar you donate, we will put your child's name on a foot and post it in the hallways of the school. Let's see if we can cover the walls outside your child's class in feet.
Thanks for your support of the American Cancer Society and our Relay for Life team.
Three days of testing left little time for classroom activities, but we managed to still accomplish quite a bit. I have to say that the Wise Guys are putting forth so much effort on the Georgia Milestones. It's rewarding to see how well they are applying what we've learned to the tasks on the test! Give them an extra hug, and tell them how proud you are as well!
Language Arts-Shared Reading: The students learned all about reference materials, including which source to use when searching for information. Each day we focused on one type of reference book, from encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries, almanacs, to a thesaurus. Matching games and power points were used as well as scavenger hunts through the books. This should be helpful as we delve into our research papers.
Writing: I have modeled the first steps of the research process. We all have an ocean topic and questions that will guide our research. For the next two weeks, the students will apply all that they have learned this year about note taking, and answer those questions. So, it will be important for your child to have at least three sources at school each day. I will teach how to take notes all next week, and the students will work on one question daily. That night they will finish the one question's note taking, and keep all of the work in the research folder that I provided. This culminating project will teach your child one way to organize and complete a research paper. Please make sure that the folders are at school daily.
The Wise Guys were actively measuring this week, and this time the unit was the Metric System’s unit of mass- grams and kilograms. After learning that a large paper clip is about the same mass as a gram, a classroom dictionary is about a kilogram, we had a benchmark to use as a way to predict the mass. Here are some pictures of our estimation and measuring activity.
Conservation of resources is our last unit of study in science. Mrs. Mills planned a wonderful STEM activity to enhance our learning. The students designed a water filter system and tested to see how well it worked.
STEM Night is April 23rd from 6:30-8:30. Check the Shallowford Falls blog for more details. It should be a great experience for you and your child.