Sunday, February 23, 2014

Week of February 24th

*All families received a redistricting letter in the mail.  These letters need to be filled out and returned by Tuesday, Feb. 25th.

ISTEP Dates and Times (3rd Graders Only)
Need Parent Volunteers to work with our 2nd graders during these testing times!

Monday, March 10th:       Mathematics Testing Session #1 9-9:40
                                      Specials at 12:40-1:15

 Tuesday, March 11th:      English/Language Arts Session #2 9:00-10:00
                                      Specials at 12:40-1:25

Wednesday, March 12th:  English/Language Arts Session #3  9:00-10:00
                                       Specials at 12:40-1:25

IREAD Testing (3rd Graders Only)
(Change in my last email-can use parent volunteers for testing times too!)

Wednesday, March 19th:  Session #1    9:00-9:27
                                       Session #2   10:00-10:30
                                       Specials:       10:00-2:55

Thursday, March 20th:      Session #3   9:00-9:34
                                       Specials        9:35-10:20
                                       Session #4    10:30-11:02

Here’s our week at a glance!

Reading:  We will be reading Good-Bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong.  Our focus will be reviewing sequencing and compound words.  Students will also be reading a small chapter book called Scraps of Time 1937 The Home-Run King.  Watch for it to come home Tuesday-Thursday on nightly basis for reading homework.
Writing:  We will be working on persuasive writing pieces.  Adverbs will be our grammar focus for the week.
Social Studies:  We are enjoying learning about the history of all of our families.  Students will be presenting their quilt squares to the class next week and then we’ll be hanging them in the hallway.  Stop by to see them if you get a chance.  This week our focus will be ethnic foods and learning about the history of language.
Math 2:  Students did a great job on their Unit 7 tests and they will be coming home on Monday 2/24.  Our focus for the week will be fractions.
Math 3:  Our 3rd graders also did a great job on their Unit 7 tests and they will be coming home on Monday 2/24 as well.  We will be reviewing measurement and measurement conversions this week.
*Our snacks are running low again.  Some of the kids' favorites are Rice Krispie treats, Skinny Pop popcorn, and Cheez-Its.  Thanks to those of you that keep us stocked up for our afternoon snacks!!  The kids LOVE you for that!!
*We are also low on regular-size bottles of hand sanitizer. 
*I'll send home the testing schedule above so you can hang it on the refrigerator.  Many parents have volunteered to help us out and I'll be in touch soon.
Thank you for all of your wonderful support!  We've had a lot of stressful kids this week so let's all take a deep breath and get back at it this week!!  Stress is no fun for any of us!
Have a great week,
Mrs. Mitchell

Friday, February 14, 2014

Weather Forecasts

Check out these meteorologists!  We culminated our weather unit today with students creating a 4-day weather forecast.  They created television station names and logos!!  Some even made boom microphones, ear pieces, and pointers.  They had a ball!  Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Week of February 10th

We are excited about our Valentine's Party on Friday!  Thanks to Mrs. Estes for being our "Room Mom" and all of the other parents who have donated time, goodies, and money!!

Third Graders have English/Language Arts Acuity from 1-2 on Tuesday, February 11th. 

Reading:  We return to the basal this week to start a unit about different cultures.  Our first story is Suki's Kimono.  Remember the reading book and vocabulary bookmark will come home on Monday night!  We will be working on comparing/contrasting and synonyms for this week. We will also be reading Olympic books as well!

Spelling:  CV/VC syllable pattern  (create=cre/ate)

English:  Students will learn about articles and adjectives this week.  In writing, we will be focusing on writing good beginnings and endings.  The students will be writing an essay for the Indianapolis Zoo.  The  topic will be,"The name orangutan means "person of the forest" in the Malay language of Indonesia.  Do you think this name is appropriate for the animal?  Why or why note?"  We will be reading some books on orangutans in preparation for this essay.

Math 2:   We are going to work one more day on using parentheses in equations which will wrap up Unit 7.  There will be a review on Tuesday and Test on Wednesday so watch for the Test Alert.  Unit 8 focuses on fractions and starts on Thursday.  I am so proud of the students who have passed their addition and subtraction xtra math quizzes!  We have several second graders already working on multiplication.  Please be sure your child is taking time to do his/her xtramath each night!!

Math 3:  We will be wrapping up Unit 7 on Wednesday.  The Unit 7 review will be Thursday and the test will be Friday. 

Science:  We are enjoying learning about weather although we would like to get outside more to use some of our weather instruments we have created.  This week we will learn about climates, shadows, rotation of the earth, clouds, and do a group project on Friday. Students will work in groups to create a safety presentation on one of the following topics:  tornados, extreme heat, thunderstorms, and winter/extreme cold. 

We will be keeping a close eye on the Olympics too and learning as much as possible about the them! 

Thank you for the snacks!  We are stocked up for now!

Please don't forget about the Boxtop contest and the Reuse-A-Shoe contest!

~Mrs. Mitchell