Friday, September 12, 2014

Math and Science Week of September 15th


We are trucking right along and have completed our study of place value for the time being.  Next week we will move on to Mental Addition and Subtraction Strategies as well as estimation.

On Monday we will introduce the Chapter will some number bond review from second grade as well as a review of rounding to the nearest ten.  For example:  4 and 5 make 9, so 4+5=9 and 5+4=9, as well as 9-4=5 and 9-5=4.

On Tuesday we will go over two Mental Addition strategies without regrouping.  The first one is called, "Add the tens, then the one"
EX: 45+62 is like 45+60.  This equals 105+2=107

The second strategy is called, "Add the tens, then subtract the extra ones."  
EX: 35+58 is like 35+60.  This equal 95-2=93

On Wednesday we will work on Mental Subtraction strategies very similar to Tuesday, only now we will be subtracting.  In one strategy, you are rounding down and adding extra ones.  In the second strategy, you are rounding up, and then subtracting the extra ones you tacked on when you initially rounded.  

Ex #1 68-34 is like 68-30.  This equals 38-4=34.
EX#2 63-48 is like 63-50.  This equals 13+2=15.

On Thursday the kids will be adding larger numbers close to 100 mentally.
Ex#1 86+95 is like 86+100.  This equals 186-5=181.
Ex#2 94+97 is close to 100+100.  This equals 200-6, 194-3=191.

The kids will be playing some fun station games to practice these skills.

On Friday will be FAST FACT FRIDAY!!  This Friday's grade will be entered into the grade book. 

In Science we will be moving on from learning HOW to make observations, to actually making some observations through the Scientific Method and an experiment we will conduct with the kids early in the week!

Next week we will have a counselor lesson with Ms. Clifton on Monday, Picture day on Tuesday, and Curriculum night on Thursday at 5:30.  Please watch this video in internet explorer before you come to curriculum night so you can be ready with great questions!

See you Thursday!
Ms. S

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fiction Elements, Visualizing, Good Citizens and Spelling Menu Practice

Reading- We will continue to discuss fiction text elements Students will be reminded of the importance of characters, setting, and plot (problem and solution) in fiction texts.  Then, we will move into visualizing.  This is an IMPORTANT reading strategy that helps kids and adults monitor comprehension as we read.  If we can't see it in our minds (visualize it) then we aren't understanding what's happening in the story.  We will focus on what words an author uses to help us create these images.

Writing- Your children have written two journal entries in their Writer's Notebooks.  Last week we learned about a sharing style called point.  The students reflected on what they liked about POINT and had this to say-- "You get to know someone better when you hear their story."  "I like that they told me something nice about my writing."  "It felt good to get a compliment."  As we work to write in a variety of ways this week, we will continue to use POINT as a way to reflect on our writing and get to know one another better.  

Word Work- This week, students will learn about our Spelling Menu.  We use a menu each week as part of our 3rd grade spelling homework.  Students will learn this week about each of the options on the menu and the where, when and what of spelling homework.  If you have access to a thesaurus and/or dictionary at home, great.  There are multiple choices about working with definitions, syllables,  synonyms or antonyms on our spelling menu. If you do not have access to a thesaurus, I will teach your child this week how he or she can check resources out from me each evening.

Social Studies- We will continue our work on Good Citizens this week in Social Studies.  Last week we learned about Ruby Bridges and Helen Keller.  This wee we will focus on Jane Addams, who started the Hull House, one of the very first community centers in America.  We will also learn about Clara Barton who was instrumental in starting the American Red Cross.  
Students will be encouraged to think about the power that volunteers have to make a community run well.  If you volunteer, please share what you do and why you do it with your child.
Towards the end of the week, we will learn about first responders in our community and nation.  Officer Miller will speak to our classes on Wednesday and we will have our Lunch With Heroes this week as well.  If there is anyone in your family or community circle who is a first responder, please talk about this person's commitment and dedication with your child.
Homework-Third graders will have 20 minutes of reading homework each night.  We checked out library books last Thursday, and will return to the library each week on Thursdays.  Students should record the book title in their planner each night to show that the required 20 minutes was completed.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Math and Science the Week of Sept 8-12th


In Math next week we will be wrapping up Chapter 1 with four digit place value.  On Monday, the kids will be bringing home a study guide to study for their Math test on Tuesday.  The test will include:

Standard Form: 4,678

Expanded Form: 4,000+600+70+8

Word Form: four thousand, six hundred seventy-eight

Patterns in a list: 4567 ______  4587  4597  _______   _______

Patterns on a number line:

Building Numbers:  

The latter part of the week we will introduce the ten thousands place as well as the hundred thousands place.  The students will build numbers to 999,999.

In Science, we have been working on Science safety and Science tools.  Next week we will discuss how you make observations with their eyes, ears, hands, nose, and mouth.  The kids will practice describing different objects and their properties making observations with their senses.  In the middle of the week, we will be playing The Properties Game and having a FUN time with that!!  

Next week is Lunch With Heroes on 9/11.  Have your child wear red, white, and blue that day.  The kids will be eating with firefighters, policemen, FBI agents, etc...

We now have turned in all of our red first day folders and are trucking right along with the routine of school.  Thank you to those who have signed up for my remind text messages.  

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These will be Math and Science reminders from ME such as, "Math test tomorrow, study guide is in your child's HW folder," or "Science Test tomorrow!"

It's going to be a great week!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Math and Science Week of September 2nd


We made it through our first week!  Last week we spent some time learning third grade routines and expectations.  The kids have really been doing a great job so far and are enjoying 3rd grade! 
Last week in Math we reviewed some second grade skills with place value and introduced the thousand’s place.  We have been working on standard form, word form, and expanded form.

Standard form=6,427
Word Form=six thousand, four hundred twenty-seven
Expanded Form=6,000+400+20+7

This week we will be discussing in greater depth the value of each place.  The students will be taught strategies on how to compare and order numbers using the greater than and less than sign.  We will be introducing some new Math Station games to the kids to practice these skills as well.
We skimmed the surface in Science last week.  The kids made a title page and table of contents for their Science Journal and decorated them with Science Icons.  On Friday we talked about “What is a Scientist?” We discovered all the different types of Scientists that exist and began working on our first project.  In Science next week we will be going through Lab Safety procedures and learning the names of many Science tools.  Towards the end of the week we will take a gallery walk with a partner and work on categorizing tools by tools that are used for observation, safety, measurement, or recording.

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It’s going to be a great week!

Ms. S

Elements of Fiction, Community and Journal Writing

We had a GREAT first week together getting to know one another and learning new routines and schedules.  This week, we will dive into more third grade content.  This blog is to be used as a conversation starter for you and your child.  Check out what's going on in class this week, and then throw out a informational tidbit or ask questions at home to keep the learning going!  Your help and participation is appreciated.

Reading- We will review elements of fiction texts this week.  Students will be reminded of the importance of characters, setting, and plot in fiction texts.  We will begin the week by identifying elements in the stories we read last week.  Then, we will read some new stories together and identify fictional elements.  As the week finishes, students will use a book they have read on their own to identify and explain the importance of fictional elements.

Writing- We brainstormed an expert list last week.  Students will have an opportunity to expand on those topics this week in their writing journals.  This week our goal is to get back into the habit of writing.  Students will be encouraged to write, read, revise, write again and read again.  Students will learn a new way of sharing writing called POINT. It's an exercise that helps writers notice their strengths and builds classroom community.

Word Work- We will use Words Their Way this year in third grade.  This week, students will complete the Elementary Spelling Inventory.  This assessment will be give three times throughout the school year to track students progress and developmental understanding of how words and spelling patterns work.  This assessment is not graded.  It will be used for my information to help develop lessons and small groups that will target your child's learning needs.

Social Studies- We spent last week creating classroom community. This week we will focus on our greater communities and citizens who have served as great role models.  Students will be introduced to Ruby Bridges, Helen Keller and Jane Addams this week.  We will look at what they did to help their community in the past and how that impacts our communities today.  Students will also be encouraged to start thinking about character traits that a "good citizen" would display.  

Homework-Third graders will have 20 minutes of reading homework each night.  We checked out library books last Thursday, and will return to the library each week on Thursdays.  Students should record the book title in their planner each night to show that the required 20minutes was completed.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Student Information Form

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Welcome to Third Grade!

Welcome to 3rd Grade at Hunters Creek Elementary!
We are looking forward to getting to know you, learning together and having some fun in the process.  Feel free to look around the blog and find out a little more about what's to come this year!
Mrs. Ford and Ms. Skrivanek

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