3L Weekly News

Week of February 14, 2014

This Week In…..

Writing: we continued working on our informational writing pieces. This week our lessons focused on writing an opening and closing for our book. We examined mentor texts and determined what we liked about the introduction and conclusion. Then, we spent time applying some of the strategies our mentor pieces incorporated.

Reading: we read a legend titled Yonder Mountain A Cherokee Legend written by Robert H. Bushyhead and illustrated by Kristina Rodanas. The story is about Cherokee tribe looking for a new chief and the “tests” three men go through in order to become chief. During this story, we reviewed vocabulary terms and worked on the target skill: compare and contrast and the strategy: analyze/evaluate. Please continue to reinforce the concept of compare and contrast with your child. We created hand motions in order to help each student remember the definitions of compare and contrast. To compare we pushed our hands together and to contrast (differences) we pulled our bands apart. During class, we practiced analyzing and evaluating the choices characters made in books. Additionally, we worked on responding to reading by writing open responses to the reading and determining textual details that support our thoughts and ideas. At home, encourage your child to compare and contrast and analyze/evaluate their personal readings and explain it to you!

Math: this week we we used straws to review turns and angles. Students learned vocabulary such as clockwise and counterclockwise. Additionally, we learned about 90 degree, 180 degree, 270 degree, and 360 degree turns/angles. We also worked with different triangles and used straws to create each triangle. Finally, students were introduced to quadrangles. We will be working more with quadrangles in the coming week.

Science: this week we tested the unknowns with vinegar and iodine. Check out the picture below of the students working with their partners!



  • It is important that students are studying their multiplication facts each night. It not only helps build good study habits, but also builds stamina and quick recall! While it is great students are using strategies such as repeated addition and drawing pictures, these facts must be known by heart. Students can check out my eBoard for additional practice with this skill. This week will be reviewing all multiplication facts!!

  • Please continue to assist your child in packing up all homework in order to ensure it comes back to school. A great strategy is to have your child check off each assignment after it is completed and placed back in his/her Take Home Folder.

  • Please check our eBoard and contact me if your child would like to celebrate his/her birthday in school.

  • Please continue to encourage your child to read all directions and put his/her name on homework before completing!

Important Dates for 3L:

Happy Birthday to:

  • Teddy!

Poet of the Week:

  • George: Friday, February 21, 2014
  • Poems must be submitted for teacher approval before a student presents

Star of the Week:

  • Sophie: Monday, February 24, 2014

Guest Reader:

  • Susie Bond: Friday, February 24th @ 8:45

*Click the link below to my eBoard for additional details!

Central Events

February 27th 5th Grade Talent Show @ 7:00

March 3-7 Read Across America

March 19 CS PTA Meeting @ 7:30

March 21 Family Fun Night

March 24 Report Cards Open

Specials Next Week:

  • No School

Tuesday is a Day 5 (make up day):

  • Library

Wednesday is a Day 5:

  • Library

Thursday is a Day 6:

  • Health

Friday is a Day 1:

  • Gym
  • Spanish

A Word From Third

#14 February 15, 2014

Dear Miss Lipski,

I really enjoyed the Valentine's Day party with you and my classmates on Friday. I have been going through my valentines and I thank my classmates and you

for the lovely valentines. That was a lot of fun. Thank you a lot. You are the best teacher ever!

#Anonymous February 15, 2014

Dear Miss Lipski,

I like the vinegar test in science because the orange turned black.