Monday, January 27, 2014

Week of January 24th

Wow--what a crazy week of weather and it doesn't look like next week will be any better!!  Our 2/3 class has done a great job of adjusting to the "2-hour Delay Schedule!" 

Reading:  For the next two weeks, we will be doing Weather Literature Circles.  The class will be divided up into four groups reading one of the following books by Seymour Simon:  Tornadoes, Global Warming, Hurricanes, and Lightning.  Students will have some extra reading homework during this time.  They will be responsible for reading the required pages and using that information to determine possible headings, vocabulary words, and facts from that reading.  From there, students will be creating their own nonfiction books based on their notes and discussion with others.  Please help your child remember to complete this homework and return both the book and the packet to school the next day.  Thank you!!

Spelling:  Consonant Diagraph /sh/ list will be our focus this week.

Writing:  Students will be working on improving word choice as well as learning to evaluate their own writing.  Last week, students created a Sillyasaurus and wrote about it-ask your child what he/she created!

Math 2:  Students will be excited because they will be getting their new Volume 2 Math Journal!!  Unit 7 will be about multiplication and division!  Getting some multiplication/division flashcards and practicing those each night will help your child a great deal with this unit.

Math 3:  The third graders were excited to get their new Volume 2 Math Journals last week as well.  They will be focusing on probabilities, fractions, fraction addtion, and fraction and decimals this week.  Busy week as we work to catch up!!

Science:  We will start our weather unit this week!  Perfect time to learn about weather, don't you think??!!  We wil have a "meteorologist" research and report the weather each morning!!

General Info:
*We are almost out of snacks again. Thank you to those that can send some in to restock our snack shelf!!
*3rd Grade Math Acuity:  Monday, February 3rd from 10-11

Have a great week and stay warm!
~Mrs. Mitchell

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Week of January 21st

Welcome Back after what seemed like a very long vacation!  It’s good to be back and the kids seemed very ready to settle back into their routine. (well, almost all of them!)

The last Acuity test before ISTEP is coming up.  We will take Math Acuity on February 3 from 10-11 and English/Language Arts Acuity on Tuesday, February 11th from 1-2.  Please encourage your child to work through his/her acuity lessons-watch for the Acuity Letter coming home with your third grader this week!
The 3rd graders also have the IREAD test coming up.  It is scheduled for the week of March 17th. We will be reviewing lots of reading and language arts skill for this test in the next month.  Our 2nd graders will review with us to help prepare them for the same test the following year.

Please remember that our entire class will perform with the third graders on Thursday, March 20thBe sure to mark your calendars for this special event. See the picture for this program below!!
Here’s what we are doing this week:
ReadingWe will read two stories from our Storyworks Magazine focusing on fact/opinion and  context clues.
SpellingRock List
EnglishWe learned the RUPR song last week!Be sure you have your child sing it to you and tell you what it’s for!  We will be working on adding details and using purple WOW! Words in our writing this week. Students will also be analyzing their past writing pieces to determine their strengths and weaknesses.

Math 2: Our next two lessons will be about Polyhedrons-reviewing 3-dimensional shapes and identifying bases of pyramids and prisms .
Students will review for a Unit 6 Test on Thursday and the test will be given on Friday.
Math 33rd Graders will review for their Unit 6 test on Tuesday and the test will be given on
Wednesday.  We will then begin Unit 7 which is about fractions and probability.

Science:   We will continue our second week of rocks. Students have learned about sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks. Identifying minerals, and Indiana rocks. Next week, we will be studying the rock cycles, how erosion changes rocks, and wrapping up the unit on Friday.
Have a great day off Monday!