Mrs. Kirchner's 3rd Grade Leaders

January 11, 2016

Leaders in Our Classroom!

I just want to take a moment to praise our class! I drove the bus last Monday and Tuesday morning, so I didn't get into the classroom until after the first bell. Mrs. Williamson brought them down to the class for me. When I came in they were all busy unpacking, sighning up for lunch and getting busy on their morning work! It truly helped me to get my day started and I am thankful for their maturity. I also want to give a special thank you to Cooper because he made sure to get the lunch choices on the board each morning! I truly have the most amazing students at Hazelwood Elementary! Way to be leaders!

Reading Focus

We will be continuing to discuss main idea and summarizing, but we will also be learning about CAUSE and EFFECT.

What Is It?

A cause and effect analysis is an attempt to understand why things happen as they do. People in many professions—accident investigators, scientists, historians, doctors, newspaper reporters, automobile mechanics, educators, police detectives—spend considerable effort trying to understand the causes and effects of human behavior and natural phenomena to gain better control over events and over ourselves. If we understand the causes of accidents, wars, and natural disasters, perhaps we can avoid them in the future. If we understand the consequences of our own behavior, perhaps we can modify our behavior in a way that will allow us to lead happier, safer lives.


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(Teacher Vision, 2016).

Why Is It Important?

One of the primary goals of education is to create empowered, analytic thinkers, capable of thinking through complex processes to make important decisions.

Whether students recognize cause-and-effect relationships or not, they are affected by them every day. Students experience them in their own lives, see them occur in the lives of others, read about them in both narrative and expository texts, and are asked to write about them. To be successful, students need to be able to clearly recognize these relationships so that they are able to think analytically in their personal and academic lives. Without the ability to identify these relationships, students are at risk socially and academically. They will not understand actions and consequences or be able to understand or describe phenomena at a deep level. (Teacher Vision, 2016).

Math Focus

We are continuing to discuss multiplication strategies in class. (See Photo Below)

Also, we will be beginning division at the end of the week. Please note that it helps (a lot) to know multiplication facts when discussing division.

We are doing a "quick" multilication assessment daily. I am hoping that this will help strengthen their fluency!

Overall, they did a fantastic job on their spiral review this past Friday. There were a lot of simple mistakes, so we discussed double checking our work.

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Writing Focus

I am very anxious to read their final product at the end of this week. They will be coming home to you next week! They have all worked very diligently on their books. We even had the opportunity to become researchers and inquire more about our topics!

A few things that we foused on this last week:

1. Writers have to think about their audience. Who are they trying to teach? Are they teaching to a person with little background knowledge on a subject. Or are they trying to teach to an audience that is an expert. These questions are important because it helps us focus on the information we provide in the text.

2. Writers need to conduct research for areas of their books that need more information. Sometimes it is during these times, we discover our misconceptions about a topic, or we learn an idea we had never thought about previously.

Writing and reading are connected, so this has been an exciting journey writing these books! It helps us to be better readers when we have had to look at it from the perspective of the writer.

Next Week's Homework (Week of January 18th)

The homework discussed below will go home this Friday (January 15th), but I thought I should address it now.

Since we don't have school on Monday(Holiday) or Tuesday (Workday), I gave a little extra math homework. I hope they are all very proactive and use this time to help them sharpen their skills! Please ask if you have any questions.

Classroom Jobs

Manager: Kyleigh

Assistant Manager: Johnnie

Line Leader: Alicia

Messenger: Reese

Lunch Count: Kenzie

These students worked exceptionally hard this past week!

Who Is Bringing in Snack?

Monday: Isiah (Happy Birthday!!)

Tuesday: Kyleigh

Wednesday: Peyton

Thursday: Baylie

Friday: Alicia

Just in case it has been mentioned at home... (Sorry!)....I brought in a Keurig coffee machine, so I told them IF they brought in a cup with a lid and hot chocolate I would allow them to make a beverage during the day. I figured it was only fair that if I got to enjoy a warm drink during a cold day, they should be able to as well!

What is for Lunch?

Monday: Breakfast: Chicken or Sausage

Tuesday: Chicken Fingers or Salisbury Steak

Wednesday: Macaroni and Cheese with Grilled Franks or Diced Ham

Thursday: BBQ Quesadilla or Hamburger

Friday: Cheese Pizza or Chicken Nuggets


Tuesday, Jan. 12th, 9:30am

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Monday, Jan. 18th, 8am

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Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 8am

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