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Friday, October 13, 2017

October News

Good afternoon, families!  Here's an update of happenings in Room 204 and at BEU

Important Upcoming Dates:

Tues. Oct. 17 - Early Release Day - Classes dismissed at 12:45 pm
Tues. Oct. 24 - 3rd Grade Music Program, 6:30 pm
Friday, Oct. 27 - Fall Parties, 2:30 pm
Monday, Oct. 30 - Teacher Work Day, No school for students

Reading - Most reading groups are in a book club now!  I ran into trouble with one of my groups when I found out they read the book I had chosen last year in a book club!  Oh, the challenges of having great readers!  We are enjoying our read aloud A Dog Called Homeless and have been having some great discussions while we read!  It's a great book and will definitely tug at their heartstrings next week!

Writing - Most of us are almost finished with our personal narrative draft.  We will finish those up next week and begin editing and publishing next week.  We will have a fabulous piece of writing to share at conferences next month!

Math - We are moving right along in our second unit of math.   We have worked on multi-step multiplication story problems this week and started working with arrays yesterday and today.  We will continue this work week as we near the end of our 2nd unit.  We should be done with our second unit some time the following week.

Science - We learned about clouds this week!  Ask your student what kind of clouds are storm clouds and what other piece of important information they need to know when predicting if there will be a storm.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to let me know!  Have a great weekend!

Kathy


Friday, September 29, 2017

Late September Notes

Good afternoon, families!  Here's an update of happenings in Room 204 and at BEU

Important Upcoming Dates:

Tues. Oct 3 - School Pictures
Friday, Oct. 6 - PTA Movie Night, 5:30 pm
Tues. Oct. 17 - Early Release Day - Classes dismissed at 12:45 pm
Tues. Oct. 14 - 3rd Grade Music Program, 6:30 pm
Friday, Oct. 27 - Fall Parties, 2:30 pm
Monday, Oct. 30 - Teacher Work Day, No school for students

Reading 
We have our Daily 5 up and running!  We will start book clubs next week in our small groups.  The kids are doing really well at working through all the stations in the afternoon.  Our focus of study next week will be story elements and making predictions.

Writing
We have chosen our personal narrative topic and filled out graphic organizers to help us organize our writing.  Next week we will begin drafting our narrative.  We have also been working hard on our cursive.  We have only five more lowercase letters to learn before we start uppercase letters.

Science
We started our weather unit this week.  We learned about the components of a weather forecast and how to read thermometers.  We took our thermometers outside to record temperatures of different parts of the playground and outside.  Ask your kiddo how much hot the blacktop was that morning!  The next day, we created a bar graph with that data!  We will learn about wind and precipitation next week! 

Math
We took a pre-assessment at the beginning of the week for our 2nd unit in math, Number Stories and Arrays.  It's always nice to know what the kids know and what the kids need to work on before the unit so I can group my small groups accordingly.   We started this week learning about how to organize our thinking when solving a story problem.  I graded the math tests from Unit One this week and will send those home early next week after I record the scores.  Most kids did really well. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!  Have a great weekend!

Kathy 





Friday, September 15, 2017

Happy Friday!

Good Afternoon!

We've had a great week in Room 204!  At Monday's morning meeting our class won the Lego Tub drawing.  We spent some time this week creating adventurous Lego creations.  Our creations are now in display in one of the display cases by the gym.  They should be there most of next week, so if you have time, pop by and take a look at our creativity!

In Reading this week, we started practicing rotating to four different stations.  Next week we will start our word week station so it will be a true "Daily 5".  It's been running very smoothly!  Next week we will also start working on story elements, focusing on character traits!

In Math, we also started rotating through stations.  We are still working on getting this to run smooth. Part of it is because of our new math materials and ALL of us (including myself) getting use to those materials and lessons that can be varying lengths.   This week, we've been introduced to multiplication and division stories and strategies as well as collecting data and bar graphing.  We will continue this focus next week as we near the end of our first unit.

In writing, we worked on identifying "small moments".  Next week we will take one of those small moments and draft a personal narrative.  We've also been working on our cursive this week  as well and learning and practicing some writing activities we can do during our Daily 5 writing time.

We set up our science notebooks this week in preparation for our first science unit, weather. We will start studying weather next week!

Thank you all who have donated supplies for our Hurricane Harvey supply drive!  We will be collecting supplies through Tuesday of next week.  Tuesday is also the end of our PTA fundraiser and those forms are due back that day as well!

In your child's Friday Folder is a couple of Scholastic Book order forms, if anyone is interested.  You can go online and access any of the books they sell.  You're not just limited to those flyers.  Orders are due by September 26.

Also, a reminder that homework and reading logs are due on Fridays.  There were several kids who forgot their folder today.  I know that most everyone did their reading, but if they didn't have it this morning their Friday Folder will indicate that.

Next week will likely have a classroom celebration (probably on Wednesday).  I'll keep you posted on what the kids vote on.  I will be gone Thursday afternoon and Friday of next week.  Ms. Sunshine, who will be student teaching at BEU this year, will be subbing for me and will also be in our classroom next week.  My husband, daughter and I are headed to St. Louis to see the Piano Man!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!  Have a great weekend!  Go Tigers!  Go Cardinals (we're still in it)!

Kathy

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Happy September

I hope you all had a fabulous three day weekend!  The weather was gorgeous!  I managed to get a few bike rides in this weekend and had a great time!

Tonight your student will be bringing home their first homework folder.  Students are required to read for 20 minutes each night.  There is a space for them to record their reading as well as a short summary of what they have read.  There is also a math packet in their folder.  This part of the homework is optional.  I want to send it home because I am hoping it will give you an idea of what we are doing in math (the sheets are review from lessons taught last week).  Some weeks there will be 4 sheets of math, other weeks there will be less.  Some of our lessons are designed to stretch out for two days so there may be only one homework sheet for those lessons.  I will try to send home a game for you all to play on those weeks.

Have your student bring back to their homework folder to me on Friday and I will check them off.  I told the kids I would pay them $5 in classroom money if they complete the math packet.

Tomorrow is Wednesday, which will be our library day for the year.  If your student has library books at home, have them bring them to school tomorrow so they can check out new ones!

Here's a quite synopsis of what we've been working on in class and what's to come:

Last week in reading, we practiced our Daily 5 routine and reviewed theme.  We hope to have our Daily 5 up and running by the 11th.  I am trying to get reading assessments done this week so we can get started on that!  I can't wait to start pulling small groups and working more closely with these kiddos!

In math, we worked on rounding to the nearest ten and 100.  Most kids can round two-digit numbers to the nearest 10, but many are struggling with rounding three-digit numbers to the nearest 10.  No worries, as our new math curriculum "spirals" and they will get practice with this skill in nearly every unit!  We also worked on tell time to the nearest many!  We have a lot of great time-tellers in this class!

In writing, we've worked on maps to help us come up with ideas in our writing.  We've also practiced friendly letters and writing prompts.  Next week, we will start our first writing unit on personal narratives.

In social studies, we have continued to work on routines as well as focusing and brainstorming ways we can be kind, respectful, responsible, positive problem-solvers in the classroom.  Soon, we will be starting our first weather unit...weather!  3rd graders love weather and are always so excited to learn about it as well as share their knowledge!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me!

Have a great week!
Kathy

Friday, August 18, 2017

Great First Week!

We've had a great first week!  This is really an awesome group of kiddos we have in room 204. Thank you so much for sharing them with me!

We have been busy learning routines and getting to know one another.  Most students have shared their All About Me bags this week, but if they haven't brought them in yet, they can do so next week!

Today, we had a practice eclipse drill.  The students got to try on the eclipse glasses and look at the sun.  We also got an idea of how long the totality will last when it will be safe to look upward at the sky.  You are more than welcome to join us for the eclipse!  If you have more than one child at school, administration is asking that you stay with one child during that time rather than having both of the kids with you.  It's important for them to know where all kids are during the the day.

Also...the kids are welcome to bring a towel or small throw to sit on during the eclipse.  We will be in the field inside the track during that time sitting next to the other 3rd grade classes.

We had a beginning of the year pre-assessment in math this afternoon.  Lots of the material on the test were things they haven't seen before.  The kids were real troopers had tried their best!  Pre-assessments can be super stressful but these kids handled it so well!  We learned some new math games this week.  Formal instruction for math will begin on Tuesday!

We worked on our reading stamina this week!  We can read solidly for several minutes already!  I can tell I have a great group of readers.  We'll continue this next week and I will be assessing the kids soon on their reading.  We should have book clubs and our Daily 5 rotations ready to go by Sept. 11.

As always, if you have an questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to let me know!  Have a great weekend!!!

Kathy



Friday, April 7, 2017

April Already?!

Holy cow, this school year is going by so fast.  I hope you all had a great break with your kiddos last week!  We've been working on getting into routine again in room 204.  The kids definitely have spring fever!  Please check your child's Friday Folder carefully this week!  There's t-shirt order form for our 3rd Grade Service Learning Project.  Thanks to everyone who has donated already and have sponsored ads for the back of the shirts!  It looks to be a great fundraiser!

Mark April 19th on your calendar...Shakespeare's pizza will be donating 15% of their sales to our fun run!  Flyers will go home next week and I'll also send you a pdf you can print off and share with your friends.

Thanks, also, to the families who have donated for our raffle basket for Flash's Big Top Circus. I believe this will be our big fundraiser for their year so hopefully we can put together a nice basket!  I will donate a cooler and we are in need of gift cards!

In math, we are finishing up fractions.  We will work on these some next week and will then begin to work on measurement and geometry to help prepare for the MAP test (which is the last week of the month).

In reading, we've been reading our books in book club and worked on theme this week.  Some of the books we're reading are The One and Only Ivan, Junie B. Jones, Because of Winn Dixie and Ms. Cuddy is Nutty.

The big news is that we will hopefully have some egg hatching going on next week!  It's always such a fun, fun week for the kids and they are super-excited!

The fifth grade serving learning project takes place tomorrow.  The kids can come between 11 and 12 and play safe versions of dodge ball for $1.  If you don't have anything going on tomorrow morning, come out and support our 5th graders!  It takes place at the BEU gym!

Sounds like the weather will be amazing this weekend!  I'm hoping to hit the trail tomorrow!

Kathy

Friday, January 27, 2017

Busy Busy Week!

It was so fun to see the kids dressed up for career day today!  What a fun day we had!  Thanks to Rylan's dad who came in and shared information about his career as an engineer and Jake's mom as her career as a Golden Girl's coach!  We are so fortunate to have such supporting families!

In math we have been working on measuring area and perimeter and have started division.  The kids have a good grasp on multiplication and we will work on that throughout the rest of the year.  We'll be wrapping up our multiplication/division unit right before conference time.

In reading we have been studying non-fiction text features.  We will be using what we learn about text features in our informational/research writing project.  We are making good progress on our research writing!  Most kids are finished researching and are in the process of writing their rough drafts.  We will edit these drafts, add an introduction and text features to our final published piece.

Have a great weekend!