Thursday, April 27, 2017

MAY MAYHEM

Reader’s Workshop- This month we will be reading nonfiction text. Students will use comprehension strategies as they work in research clubs to dig deeply into a topic. The strategies we will be focusing on through our research are: text structure, questioning to grow ideas, compare/contrast, cause/effect, developing evidence based theories, and learning to apply knowledge developed through research.

Writer’s Workshop- In Writer’s Workshop we will be exploring fairy tales and writing our own adapted versions. We will also be having a mini unit on narrative writing as a review since it was so long ago, (1st quarter:-))

Math-
We will be finishing our unit on fractions around mid-May.
We then will be working on a unit with writing equations to solve word problems. This will involve different types of word problems and solving two step story problems.

Content-
Our animal unit will come to a close and we will start to focus on our summer safety.

May dates to remember
May 1-12 STAR Testing
May 17 Slide into Safety Field Trip
May 19 all School Picnic
May 26 Olympic Day

June 2 Last day of School Dismissal at 1:40

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Awesome April


Reader’s Workshop- This month we will finish up our study of characters and turn once again to nonfiction text. Students will use comprehension strategies as they work in research clubs to dig deeply into a topic. The strategies we will be focusing on through our research are: text structure, questioning to grow ideas, compare/contrast, cause/effect, developing evidence based theories, and learning to apply knowledge developed through research.

Writer’s Workshop- In Writer’s Workshop we will be exploring fairy tales and writing our own adapted versions.

Math- Unit 7- Exploring  Fractions-
* Understand the meaning of fractions and understand that fractions must be equal parts of the same whole.
* Represent fractions in various ways including fraction bars, number lines, and fraction strips.
* Compare unit fractions and compare fractions with either the same numerator or the same denominator.
* Find equivalent fractions.
Continue to focus on learning our multiplication and division math facts!

Content- Animals
* Understand how scientists classify animals- invertebrates/vertebrates
* Animal habitats
* Animal adaptations

April dates to remember
Third grade Wisconsin Forward Testing Dates
Tuesday- April 4th- Sanchez and Sime
Wednesday- April 5th- Huisheere
Thursday- April 6th-All third grade
Monday- April 10th - All third grade
Tuesday- April 18th - All third grade
Wednesday-April 19th- All third grade

Earth Day celebration- Friday April 28th

Friday, March 3, 2017

March  Madness

Reader’s Workshop- In March we will focus on fictional text and understanding character development. Students will use their reading strategies to get to know a character like a friend. They will follow a character’s journey using a story mountain to understand important events. They will also compare and contrast characters across different texts.

Writer’s Workshop- We will continue working on opinion writing and prepare to give our speeches. Towards the end of the month we will move on to writing fairy tales.

Math- Unit 6 Geometry - Polygons, Perimeter, and Area

* Recognize the attributes of triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons.
* Investigate the relationship between perimeter and area.
*Solve real world problems involving area, perimeter, and unknown sides.

Continue to focus on learning our multiplication and division math facts!

Content-
Simple Machines- Understand the parts and functions of the six simple machines
*Lever
*Wheel and axle
*Inclined Plane
*Screw
*Pulley
*Wedge

March dates to remember
March 9th  - Rodeo on the Prairie
March 16th - Symphony
March 16th and March 21st- Parent- Teacher conferences
March 30th  - Barnes and Noble Night

Also Wisconsin Forward Testing is fast approaching. Third grade has set the following dates as testing days.
Tuesday- April 4th- Sanchez and Sime
Wednesday- April 5th- Huisheere
Thursday- April 6th-All third grade
Monday- April 10th - All third grade
Tuesday- April 18th - All third grade
Wednesday-April 19th- All third grade
Please keep these dates in mind if scheduling appointments!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Follies

Reader’s Workshop- In February we will shift from non fiction text, more specifically biographies, back to fiction text. Our focus on fictional text will be on understanding character development. Students will use their reading strategies to get to know a character like a friend. They will follow a character’s journey as well as compare and contrast characters across different texts.

Writer’s Workshop- Our focus for third quarter is opinion writing. Students will end this unit with a powerful persuasive speech that will be  presented to our class.

Math- Unit 4- Place Value - Students will be reviewing the concept of place value with multi-digit addition and subtraction.

Continue to focus on learning our multiplication and division math facts

Content-
Body Systems- We will focus on 6 body systems. By the end of the unit students will create a representation of their body and the important systems within it.
Nervous
Circulatory
Respiratory
Muscular
Digestive
Skeletal

February dates to remember

February 9th - 100th day of school! Dress like you’re 100 years old.
- Opera for the Young- 2:00
February 14th- Valentine’s Day class parties

Don’t forget
Student Council "Share the Love" FOOD DRIVE:  
            January 30th-February 3rd - Canned fruits & Veggies Week
            February 6th-February 10th - Paper, Pasta, & Cereal Week
            February 13th-February 16th - Sweets Week

            February 20th-Febraury 24th - Protein Week

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January Jollies

Reader’s Workshop- This month our reading comprehension will again be taught through informational
text. Our focus, however, will turn to narrative nonfiction with an emphasis on biographies.  Students will be reading a variety of biographies looking at informational text through a new lens.

Writer’s Workshop-We will continue to work on  informative writing. Students will be working hard to polish their books through revision and editing. At the end of the month we will begin our persuasive writing unit.


Math- We will continue our  measurement unit and move on to multi-digit addition and subtraction

Continue to focus on learning our multiplication and division math facts for fluency

Content-
We will finish our Solar System Unit and move on to our Body Systems’ Unit

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December Days
Reader’s Workshop- This month our reading comprehension will be taught through informational
text. Students will use comprehension skills to understand nonfiction text with a  focus on asking and answer questions referring explicitly to text,
determining  main ideas and supporting details,
as well as using context clues to understand unknown words.

Writer’s Workshop-We will continue to work on  informative writing- Students will consider areas that they themselves are experts.  They will use their expertise and knowledge to inform others through their writing. Students will work through the writing process as they learn the different structures of informative writing and research. The goal is to have a published piece of writing completed in January.


Math- Unit 3 – Measurement
-Customary
-Metric
Time
-Telling Time
-Elapsed Time
Graphs
-Pictographs
-Bar Graphs
-Represent and organize data
Continue to focus on learning our multiplication and division math facts

Content-
Solar System Unit
-Understand the position of the earth, moon, and sun in relation to the rest of the solar system
-Describe movements of the earth, moon and sun
-Understand the terms rotation, revolution, and orbit
-Understand what causes day and night, seasonal and yearly changes
-differentiate between objects in the sky including stars, planets, moons, and the sun

December dates to remember

Thursday, December 8th- 3rd Grade Music Program - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 21st-3rd Grade Holiday parties

Thursday, December 22nd-Snuggle Up with a Book Day

Friday, October 28, 2016

November News



Reader’s Workshop- This month our reading comprehension will be taught through the mystery genre. We will continue to focus on essential comprehension skills, using the skills of predicting, retelling, and synthesizing in order to lift the level of thinking required of good readers.  

Writer’s Workshop- Informative Writing- Students will consider areas that they themselves are experts.  They will use their expertise and knowledge to inform others through their writing. Students will work through the writing process as they learn the different structures of informative writing and research.


Math- Continue to use properties of multiplication and division and patterns to multiply and divide within 100.

  • Multiplying and with dividing with 6, 7, and 8.
  • Work towards fluency with finding products of single digit numbers and their related quotients.
  • Write and solve two-step word problems involving the four operations using a letter for the unknown quantity.

Content-
After the elections we will move into our history unit. Students will learn about life long ago and compare it to how we live today. We will end the month taking the kids back to our first settlers and the very first Thanksgiving. Students will work on a group project and prepare for a class presentation to demonstrate their learning.


November 3 PTO meeting 6:30
November 7 No School for students
November 8 Family Literacy Night (5:00 - 8:00)
November 9 Early Release
November 11 Report cards come home
November 23, 24, 25     Thanksgiving Break


Don’t forget that our 3rd grade music program is Thursday, December 8th.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Image result for pumpkinA Look Ahead to October

Reader’s Workshop- We will continue our efforts to help students make reading part of their lives. The focus will be on essential comprehension skills through fiction text. These skills include envisioning, predicting, retelling, using context clues to figure out unfamiliar words, and questioning.

Writer’s Workshop-Narrative Writing-- Students will continue working on true stories with the goal of a published piece by the end of the quarter.

Math- Continue to use properties of multiplication and division and patterns to multiply and divide within 100.

  • Reach fluency with finding products of single digit numbers and their related quotients.
  • Solve two-step word problems involving the four operations using a letter for the unknown quantity

Content-
Junior Achievement-Sanchez and Zurfluh classrooms will be having it taught.
Geography- The first part of the month students will focus on learning the continents and oceans of the world. They are expected to know their place in the world showing their understanding through a Me on the Map activity.
Government- The second part of the month students will learn about the three levels of government and the responsibilities of each level.  We will also spend some time learning about the election process leading up to the November elections.

October 13th - Field trip to Viterbo for the play -The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
October 31st - Halloween Celebrations - following the 2:00 parade