Mrs. Knoper's Class Blog

19 pretty creative kiddos…making third grade an awesome adventure!

Week 26

Can you believe it is already Spring Break next week? We have been working, learning and having so much fun!  Please read below for a few changes to our week.   Please also notice that our MSTEP dates are below.  There is more information coming on this.

Language Arts:

  • Read aloud: Mystery on Mackinaw Island
  • The Battle was fantastic.  A huge thanks to the many families that were able to help out on Battle Day!
  • We are exploring non- fiction features and their many uses.
  •  Your child should be reading 20 minutes a night. Keep checking in on those reading logs.  We record books when we finish them rather then every night. Battle journaling and reading do count towards this.  Please feel welcome to read with your kids or read to your kids.
  • Our Biography projects are in full swing.  By the end of this week, your child should not only have their three resources, but should have read them.  We will be working daily to read these resources and find important details.  We are working together on note taking skills.  This includes creating a timeline and using sticky notes to jot important bits of information.   Your children are welcome to bring their resources home, however, please do not “help” your child by removing anything from their binder.  Each student has a packet in their binder that has the project outline.

Math:

  • We have had some variation in our math times.  Because we have been taking the NWEA, some of our math times have been adjusted or cancelled.  Please check in with your child since each math group varies in daily assignments.

Science/Social Studies

  • We continue to move through Michigan history one era at a time.  We have moved into Statehood and will continue through our states timeline.
  • After break we will begin our next unit in Science.  We will be studying a variety of cycles.

Word Study:

There will not be a new list of words this week.

MSTEP:

  • We will be testing The week of 5/ 18 and the week of 5/26.  This surrounding Memorial Day and we are hopeful that you can have your children at school.  Please check with me on specific times if you need that information.  This information will be added along with practice sites if you wish to use them.
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Week 25

It is another great week in third grade. I am looking forward to seeing everyone during conferences. Thanks for being understanding in  my need to be home with my girl last week.  Lib is doing better and I am hoping that she will return to school this week.   Lib has always had trouble managing infection and we have been very fortunate to not face these challenges recently.  Thanks for understanding my need to be with my girl, your support is very helpful!

Conference  will happen this Wednesday and  Thursday.  I will contact you directly if I need to see you privately about your child’s progress.

Here is what is coming this week:

Language Arts:

  • Read aloud: More Biographies as well as non- fiction text
  • Our battle is in FULL swing.  Keep reading.  I am hopeful that each kiddo is finishing their fourth (or more) book.  We will begin meeting in Battle Teams the end of this week.  
  • We are exploring non- fiction features and their many uses.
  •  Your child should be reading 20 minutes a night. Keep checking in on those reading logs.  We record books when we finish them rather then every night. Battle journaling and reading do count towards this.  Pelase feel welcome to read with your kids or read to your kids.

Math:

  • All of our math groups are working on multiplication and division.  Check in your child’s assignment book for more information and for upcoming ASSESSMENTS.

Science/Social Studies

  • We continue to move through Michigan history one era at a time.  We have moved through the French and Indian War.  We will soon be up to statehood.

Spelling (Word Study):

  • We will be working on a few short lessons.  This will be spelling but not vocabulary.  The words and work will come home on Monday.  The work will be due back to school on Friday.  This will be a bit different then Wordly Wise.  We are going to work through a few word rules to help in our daily word usage.
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Week 24

Raise your hand if you feel like it has been a rough week… This week is going to be so much better!

Conference sign ups will be out later today and will happen next Thursday.  I will contact you directly if I need to see you privately about your child’s progress.

I have received a lot of emails this weekend and few frantic stop in’s that confirm that our very responsible kiddos and super organized parents have fallen out of the routine.  Please check below for some important updates and information to help us all get back on track.

Here is what is coming this week:

Language Arts:

  • Read aloud: More Biographies as well as non- fiction text
  • Our battle is in FULL swing.  Keep reading.  I am hopeful that each kiddo is finishing their fourth (or more) book.  We will begin meeting in Battle Teams the end of this week.  
  • We are exploring non- fiction features and their many uses.
  •  Your child should be reading 20 minutes a night. Keep checking in on those reading logs.  We record books when we finish them rather then every night. Battle journaling and reading do count towards this.  Pelase feel welcome to read with your kids or read to your kids.

Math:

  • All of our math groups are working on multiplication and division.  Check in your child’s assignment book for more information and for upcoming ASSESSMENTS.

Science/Social Studies

  • We continue to move through Michigan history one era at a time.  We have moved through the French and Indian War.  We will soon be up to statehood.

Spelling (Word Study):

  • NO SPELLING OR VOCABULARY THIS WEEK!!  This has been challenging with very few sweet kids turning in a complete packet or being prepared for tests.  We talked on Friday as a class about this.  I am reassessing our class in both spelling and vocabulary to make sure each student is in their best group.
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Week 23

Here is what is coming this week:

Language Arts:

  • Read aloud: We are finishing Just Jake a funny, kid written book.  We are making “kid cards” and getting a few laughs in.
  • Our battle is in FULL swing.  Keep reading.
  • We are exploring non- fiction.
  •  Your child should be reading 20 minutes a night. Keep checking in on those reading logs.  We record books when we finish them rather then every night.

Math:

  • All of our math groups are working on multiplication and division.  Check in your child’s assignment book for more information and for upcoming ASSESSMENTS.

Science/Social Studies

  • Time Lines are taking us through the history of Michigan.  Last week we began discussing the explorers who came to Michigan.  We have traveled through the French and Indian War and have a few more events before we reach statehood.

Spelling (Word Study):

  •   Spelling/Vocabulary work came home last week!
  • We ran out of time for our spelling test on Friday.  We will have a vocabulary and spelling test on Friday.
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Time to BATTLE!

It is time for one of our favorite events in third grade…. Battle of the Books.  Our third grade battle is an ongoing, well loved, super fun, reading centered tradition!  We are all so excited to embark on this journey together.  Your kiddos will be coming home tonight with a book that is part of the Battle of the Books.  They will need to read this book over this next week (or sooner), take notes, write questions and bring it back to school.  Ask them all about this exciting project.  Check out the books for this year’s Battle…

Battle Flyer

All of the information about the Battle has been organized into the Language Arts Section of your child’s binder.  If ever you would like to know more… You can also read about it here!

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