Mrs. McDaniel's Memo

January 6th

Specialties Update

I am still in need of a few students' power points to be "shared" with me through Google.

If your child finishes their power point at home please "share" it with me. You will see a share button at the top right of the screen. Below is the email address to type in.

kylashaemcdaniel13@gmail.com


A table of contents was passed out on Tuesday for student to organize their binders. Completed binders are due next Wednesday, the 13th.



Specialty Fair-

Specialty boards and other fair related items need to be dropped off to school the morning of Friday the 15th. We will have other classrooms visit the fair throughout the morning. Parents may assist with bringing materials in starting at 8:45 if needed. We will set up in our classroom.


Parents and other family members are welcome to visit the specialty fair Friday the 15th starting at 2:00. This is an open house type setting so you are free to visit all of the third grade classes at your leisure. Students' slide shows will be playing in the background throughout the fair. Students must stay until at least 3:15. After this time they are to take their board and binders home. You are not however to pick up siblings early if you choose to leave at 3:15.

NWEA Testing

We will take our Winter NWEA test next week. Our class will pilot taking the testing in our classroom on Chrome Books. This makes scheduling a bit more flexible. I will let you know the exact time for the reading and math test before next week. Language is not part of the winter assessment.

Wish List

Our classroom is in need of glue sticks, pencils and hand sanitizer. If you could donate some I would much appreciate it.

Classroom Help

Please consider signing up to help out in the classroom after the new year. I am looking for gym teachers and volunteers to make my weekly copies . Please click the link and sign up today before all the good slots are taken.

Dates to Remember

January

Monday the 4th- School resumes

Tuesday the 12th- Google virtual field trip to BME at 10:15

Wednesday the 13th - Specialty Binders due

Wednesday the 13th - Dine for dollars at Yats

Friday the 15th- Specialty Fair

Monday the 18th- No School - MLK Day

Winter Weather

Each child is expected to be suitably dressed for outdoor and alternate school activities. As the weather turns colder, each child needs a winter coat, hat, and gloves. Snow pants and boots are required when there is snow on the ground. All children play outside except on rainy, icy, or very cold days (wind chill below the 10-20 degree range). Inside recess will be held on those exceptional days.

Math

We have started chapter 6- Geometry. There are many vocabulary words that we will cover through this unit by using a vocabulary packet. This week we have covered; line segments, rays, parallel lines, intersecting lines, angles, triangles, and quadrangles.

Next week we go into more depth with naming angles and measuring angles. We will also discuss symmetry.

Literacy

Now that we have started a new semester I am tweaking a few things with our literacy block. I will modify the daily 5 rotations. Students will now be all reading at the same time in their same reading groups. I will float around and monitor progress and activities. Students will also have the opportunity to continue their genius hour research once a week during this time. This will last from 10:30-11. The next 30 minutes will either be spent on word sorts, grammar or poetry as whole group so I can be more available for questions. The second half of our literacy block will remain the same with read to self from 11:30-12 and writers workshop from 12-12:30. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Reading-

Students are reading small trade books on focusing on the Rain Forest. Our skill this week is on cause and effect.


Grammar- We have started learning about prepositions and locating them in sentences.


Writing- We are currently working on our specialty speech for the fair.