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Week 16

This week is filled with excitement to top our normal learning.  Please see the below information to help keep you in the know this week.  We are continuing through all of our work that was mentioned in last weeks blog post.  Please ask your kids about their mysteries and how we are sharing our books with other groups.  We are also exploring magnets and will begin electricity this week.

Have a great week!

Party Information
Snacks:
Our winter holiday party is coming up soon. It will be Thursday, December 18. Miss Freedman’s class will be responsible for “all things food,” we could really use your help with this one!

Please consider helping out; see this link:
http://bit.ly/FreedmanWinterParty
The kids will come in shifts – 30 minutes per class – and in our classroom, will be able to get a healthy snack, sip hot cocoa, eat a sweet treat, and create a food craft. We hope it will be a nourishing respite from “the crazy” while still being fun for the kids.
Crafts:
Please send in a clean, wide mouth  jar  ( preferably glass,  but not necessary,  jam, peanut butter,  mayo etc ) with your student  no later than Monday Dec. 15th.
We will be using them for a craft for the holiday party.
If you happen to have an extra feel free to send it in case of “accidents” .
Spirit Week:

Monday:  Crazy Sock Day!

Tuesday:  Mis-match Day!

Wednesday:  Wacky Hat Day!

Thursday:  Holiday Clothes Day!

Friday:  Pajama Day!

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Lots of Announcements

Hello 3rd Grade Parents!

 Snacks:

Our winter holiday party is coming up soon. It will be Thursday, December 18. Miss Freedman’s class will be responsible for “all things food,” we could really use your help with this one!

 

Please consider helping out; see this link:

http://bit.ly/FreedmanWinterParty

The kids will come in shifts – 30 minutes per class – and in our classroom, will be able to get a healthy snack, sip hot cocoa, eat a sweet treat, and create a food craft. We hope it will be a nourishing respite from “the crazy” while still being fun for the kids.

Crafts:

Please send in a clean, wide mouth  jar  ( preferably glass,  but not necessary,  jam, peanut butter,  mayo etc ) with your student  no later than Monday Dec. 15th.

We will be using them for a craft for the holiday party.

If you happen to have an extra feel free to send it in case of “accidents” .

  Spirit Week:

Monday:  Crazy Sock Day!

Tuesday:  Mis-match Day!

Wednesday:  Wacky Hat Day!

Thursday:  Holiday Clothes Day!

Friday:  Pajama Day!

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Week 15

We are into a lot of great new concepts, ideas and practices this week.  Last week we began a new reading unit around mysteries.  This week we will delve into opinion writing and our math groups are working through lots of concepts each week.  Read below to find out more specifically about what we are doing in the classroom.

On Wednesday, we have a delayed start.  Please plan on a lazy morning for yourselves or register for kid’s club today!

I will be at ELA training on Monday and an ELA leadership meeting on Tuesday.  I am thankful for the opportunities to learn and work with teachers and administrators around English Language Arts.  I always dislike being away from the classroom and your kids.  Mrs. Markley will be in for me these two days.

Here is what is coming this week:

Language Arts:

  • Read aloud: New one!   Ask your kiddos about the reading we have been doing as a grade level.  This time is a favorite for each of our classes and we have read MANY books together.
  • Our Book Clubs have begun!  The kids are so excited to jump into mysteries and work in groups. The groups are loving the challenge and the chance to sit around a bright carpet, share reading and ideas and they are having very rich discussions.  One of the pieces that has been exciting to watch is how the class is discussing their text.  When we began there was a lot of use of discussion starters and responses.  Now, the kids are discussing ideas and responding to each other.  Being able to respond is a thoughtful step as the kids no longer simply share their ideas.  This type of discussion requires students to hear their group members and respond to them.
  •  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.  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 been reading a realistic fiction book that introduces students to the history of Michigan chronologically. We are all enjoying Professor Tuesday and his time traveling.  We will be exploring forts and trading posts this week.
  • Magnets are “sticking” with us for a while.  So far, we have explored how magnets attract and repel.  This week we will explore what is attracted to magnets as well as how to sort items using a hypothesis.

Spelling (Word Study):

  • New words came home last week.  Spelling tests will come home tomorrow and next Friday, we will retake a spelling test if necessary.  There will be a vocabulary test next Friday.
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Week 14

It is the start of  a new and exciting week in third grade.  I am so excited about the many new learning that begin this week.  We have a few weeks before the December Break and they are going to be very full.

Here is what is coming this week:

Language Arts:

  • Read aloud: New one! This novel: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tullane  is one of my favorite read alouds.  It is similar to a Velveteen Rabbit story where a character evolves over time.  Ask your kiddos as our book begins about Edward.
  •  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.  Check in your child’s assignment book for more information and for upcoming ASSESSMENTS.

Science/Social Studies

  • Annishinabeg
  • New Science is just beginning.

Spelling (Word Study):

  • New words are coming home today.
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Week 13

We have a short but fun week ahead!

Language Arts:

  • Read aloud: Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
  •  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:

  • Practice those facts!!

Science/Social Studies

  • Ask your kiddo about our travels with Professor Tuesday!

Spelling (Word Study):.

  • NO Spelling this week!
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