Mrs. Kelley's 3rd Grade Class Newsletter
We have a very short week! Kids will have regular school days on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday we have our field trip to Elm Fork at UNT. Please check your child's Take Home folder on Monday for information on how to dress for the field trip. Please send a disposable sack lunch. No school on Thursday and Friday. There is no new spelling lesson this week. Also, homework is very light this week. Kids have worked so hard preparing for state tests that I wanted to give them a bit of a break. However, I encourage you to help your child practice skills taught by going onto our class website to play online games. Think Through Math, Envision, and facts practice can't hurt!!
We will celebrate learning our multiplication facts with an Ice Cream Sundae party on April 25th. What a great way to end a busy week of testing! Please see Tuesday folder for a flier about this fun class event.
Finally, all 3rd-5th grade LISD students will participate in an online technology survey to collect data on how technology is used within the district. If you have time this weekend, please have your child take this online survey. (It should take no more than 10 minutes.) We only found out about this required survey on Friday and the results are due by April 17th. Click below for the link to the survey. Students can also access the link to this survey on our class website. I am offering a bonus tally mark to all students that have completed the survey by Monday morning! (I'm hoping not to spend much instruction time to have kids do this survey...shhhh)
We have many important dates in April. Please make a note of the following:
April 14: Math vocabulary due
April 15: Plants and Soil Test (open notes) Topic 20 Test (graphs)
April 16: Elm Fork Field Trip (bring sack lunch)
April 17-18: No School
April 22: Math STAAR
April 23: Reading STAAR
April 25: Ice Cream Sundae party for Multiplication Facts
I have created a new website for our class. The links are the same as on our schoolweb page but this Google site is a little easier to navigate. Please bookmark this page for your child to work on activities at home, such as Think Through Math, Envision, and other links that support our curriculum.
Click below for Kelley's Kids Website.
Here is a rundown of our lessons for the week of April 14th:
Math: Topic 20 Graphs, Topic 20 Test
Spelling: No Spelling Lesson
Science: Plants and Soil Test; Elm Fork Field Trip
Writer's Workshop: Poetry
Reader's Workshop: Frindle, Poetry
Social Studies: Local Government, Goods/Services, Maps
SPECIALS THIS WEEK:
Mon: Library (Return books on Monday)
Wed: Field Trip no specials
Thur: NO SCHOOL
Fri: NO SCHOOL
Homework April 14th-April 18th:
My Third Grade Homework Kelley’s Kids
Week of April 14, 2014
__Read to accomplish 9 for 9 challenge
__ Read to accomplish 9 for 9 challenge
Elm Fork Field Trip (bring a sack lunch)
Kiddos cut up cherry tomatos to examine what is inside.
Hands On Science
Inspecting tomato guts to find the seeds!
Taking turns to cut up cherry tomatos with a plastic knife!
I took the science class outside to get up close and observe plants, trees, and grass to try and discover different features that help plants survive and thrive in their environments.
Outdoor learning for Science!
Partners developed logos for different community departments. We made a large puzzle of all of the logos to show how communities fit together and work together to provide services for the community.
Some students don't seem to mind my lurking, photography habit to document our learning! Big Smiles!
On The Other Hand...
Other students are quite frankly TIRED of all the pictures and sneaky photos!! However, I will NOT stop! And I ADORE all these students, reluctant picture takers or not.
Reader's Workshop is still my favorite time of the day. It brings a smile to my face to see a child so engrossed in a book that they have chosen.
When kids can choose what books they want to read they are willing to spend more time actually reading!
Kids are loving the different kinds of poetry we have been reading.
There are so many important terms to learn in science. Kids work together to learn this key vocabulary.
We learned about how plants have adapted to their environments. Students design brochures to illustrate these concepts.
Students can describe how rain forest plants and desert plants survive!
Students work together to plan and create a model of our community.
Students spent time collaborating and constructing different community buildings for our large map! We will work more on this next week so look for pics of the finished product.
Kiddos love to CREATE! Put those creative skills to good use to learn how our community provides goods and services. I'm excited to see how this turns out.