REALITY STRIKES……Break is over!

Hello Everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful break. I had a great time with my family. I think I need to come back to school to rest up. It is hard to believe there are only five weeks of school left! We still have lots of learning to do.

Wed. Tucson History Timeline Progress Report is due

Fri. will be a Relaxed Dress Day.

Sat. Gala………Come join us!

Thank you for sharing your child with me,
Sandy

CURRICULUM
Language Arts
The last story in this unit is One Riddle, One Answer. I think the children will enjoy it. We will focus on Character, Setting, and Plot to enhance comprehension. In Grammar we will work on Combining Sentences.

Math
The study of Equivalent Fractions continues. Those children who have not yet mastered their facts need to really study and move on.

Social Studies
Communities Across America studies continues. Keep working on those Tucson History Projects! I con’t wait to see them.

Handwriting
Cursive capitals wow dingy continue

Spelling: Words with Suffixes-ful,-less-ly
careful
cheerful
helpful
colorful
harmful
peaceful
pitiful
painless
priceless
helpless
sleepless
rainless
helplessly
carefully
peacefully
Review and Challenge Words
doctor
dollar
December
wonderful
cloudless
Vocabulary Words
depart
suitable
increases
observed
advised
discouraged

HAPPY EASTER!

Hello, It is nice to have a shortened week after a very busy last week.

Fine Arts night was amazing as usual. Every year I think it can’t get better but it always seems to. The third graders were the All Stars!

Standardized testing went very well. Third grade is the first year the students do not put their answers in their test booklet wow irate but instead use a separate answer sheet. This can be challenging. Gum chewing was quite popular. Kallista wins the honor of most gum chewed while Finnegan was the most conservative, dividing his rectangular piece into fourths and then pacing himself.

We all enjoyed the Peter and the Wolf ballet. It was truly excellent. Thank you St. Michael’s for providing that experience for us. (We even got to ride on a really fancy bus).

The Women’s Biography Board Projects are amazing. Stop in and take a look. Our readers’ theater of Clara Barton was great. We really enjoyed this unit of study.

This past week winners of the Amazing Math Challenge were: 1st place Caden and Kallista, 2nd place Ruby and Monet, and 3rd place Eleanore and Gracie. The previous week the winners were: 1st place: Eleanore and Gracie, 2nd place Ruby and Weston, and 3rd place Preston and Caden. Be sure to check out the photos on the bulletin board.

Lukas was the prize box winner.

On Wed. the children will work on our Auction Item with our room moms. Look for it at the Gala.

Remember Thurs. is a noon dismissal.

Thank you for sharing your child with me,
Sandy

CURRICULUM
Language Arts
Our story this week is a cute one, Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! We will use comparing and contrasting to enhance comprehension. In Grammar, Prepositions will be introduced.

Math
Fractions continues to be our focus.

Social Studies
The children should refer to their timeline for due dates for various parts of their Tucson History Project. There will be a test over A Whaling Community on Tues.

Spelling: r-Controlled Vowel Syllables
sister
sailor
dollar
toaster
winter
doctor
layer
dancer
mayor
writer
silver
cellar
trailer
December
author
Review and Challenge Words
about
explaining
repeat
circular
editor
Vocabulary Words
magnificent
masterpiece
ingredient
recipes
tasty
tradition

UPDATE

Hello, We have a field trip to the Ballet tomorrow. The children need to dress in field trip attire: khaki bottoms and red shirt with school emblem (if they have one).

Thanks, Sandy

Science

This week students will be  tackling an engineering challenge. 3rd graders will be designing cars with basic materials.  The only criterion given is that whatever is created must be able to roll from one place to another with a small push or a pull. The two constraints are a restricted set of materials and a time limit. This challenge provides the foundation for science learning and engineering activities throughout the rest of the investigation.

This is a REALLY BIG Week!

Hello, I hope everyone had a restful weekend because this week is busy, busy, busy!

We start out the week with Standardized Testing, finishing up by Thurs. at the latest. Please make sure your child has a good nights’ sleep and a good breakfast each day. They are allowed to chew gum during the testing (no bubble gum please).

Tomorrow will also be special because our Women’s History Biography Boards arrive. We will finish up our Women’s History Unit this week, culminating with the children’s presentations.

Fri. we will board buses to attend the Ballet Peter and the Wolf.

In addition to all of this K-3 will be having extra music practices to prepare for Fine Arts Night this Fri. The children should be in the classroom at 6:30 PM. After the performance, please pick up your child in the classroom.

Progress Reports will be sent home Wed., April 12th.

Don’t forget Thurs. , April 13th is a half day with a 12:00 dismissal. Easter break begins and school resumes Tues. April 25th.

Thank you for sharing your child with me,
Sandy

CURRICULUM
Due to Standardized Testing daily routines and schedules will be different than usual.

No formal Spelling or Grammar.

In Math we will continue our chapter on Fractions.

In Social Studies the class has started the study of the History of Various Communities Across the United States.

This week in Handwriting we practiced cursive capital Z.

UPDATE

Hello, Just a reminder, next week is Standardized Testing. During testing the children are allowed to chew gum (no bubble gum please). We try to test in the mornings. We do not give make-up tests, so it is important everyone is here. Thanks, Sandy

LAST WEEK WAS BUSY!

Hello, I don’t think we could have fit one more thing into last week’s schedule.

The children seemed to feel positive about Step-Up Day. Changing to a new courtyard is sometimes a bit scary. We enjoyed the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble on Thurs. and had a great time presenting another Readers’ Theater, Battle for the Ballot, the story of Susan B. Anthony. We also managed to get in a few book report presentations. We also had a play of our story last week, The Strongest One.

This week we will attend the 4th and 5th grades Declamation Day presentations. This provides the students with another opportunity wow hurl to see what happens in 4th grade.

On Wed.we will have a pre-Wetlands presentation to prepare us for our upcoming field trip to the Sweetwater Wetlands.

Thank you for sharing your child with me,
Sandy

CURRICULUM
Language Arts
This week’s main selection is Tales of the Trickster. In Grammar, Adverbs will be introduced.

Math
We have finished up our Chapter on Division and will start Fractions this week. We will move on to Volume II of our Math book!

Social Studies
The study of Tucson History is coming to a conclusion. This week the children will learn about their culminating project and receive a time management document to help them plan their Tucson History Timeline Project.

Handwriting
We are still working on the capital letters.

Spelling: Vowel Team Syllables
about
allowing
appear
wayward
coffee
complain
enjoyed
explaining
poison
remain
repeat
unreal
unclear
reading
detail
Review and Challenge Words
able
puzzle
pickle
fourteen
holiday
Vocabulary Words
insightful
technique
majority
investigate
cunning

Science

There will be a quiz on motion and matter this Wednesday, March 29.

Students will have a study guide and review on Monday, March 27 and will be encouraged to take their journals home.

WELCOME SPRING!

Hello, Another beautiful weekend in Tucson. We were so excited last Mon. to learn we had won an Eegee’s party for our Door Decoration for Love of Reading Week. Be sure you look at the outside of our door for some amazing book covers that the children created.

We had a lot of fun creating Pi in the sky in celebration wow lug of Pi Day. Thank you Mrs. Breault and Mrs. Gould.

We have really enjoyed studying Women’s History. Our Readers’ Theaters about Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman were awesome.

I have never seen so many creative Leprechauns as we had on St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks to Adriana for t. Pat’s pencils and beads and to Tennyson for yummy St. Pat’s cookies.

On Wed. we will attend a Wind Ensemble presentation. Also on Wed. the children will “Step-Up” to 4th Grade. In the afternoon they will meet with the 4TH grade teachers to hear about 4th grade. It is always an exciting time.

Thank you for sharing your child with me,
Sandy

CURRICULUM
Language Arts
The main selection this week is The Strongest One. It is a play which we will act out using costumes made by Audrey Juneman three years ago. Thank you Audrey! We will practice summarizing. In Grammar we will continue with adjectives.

Math
We have a math test over division and then review for our Chapter Test which will be either Tues. or Wed. We will them take a Cumulative Test over Chapters 4-6. Fractions are up next!

Social Studies
Tucson History is winding down with only two more lessons.

Handwriting
Still working!

Spelling: Final Stable Syllables
able
purple
riddle
handle
towel
eagle
puzzle
castle
little
nickel
camel
pickle
travel
tunnel
squirrel
Review and Challenge Words
dislike
return
unwrap
motel
couple
Vocabulary Words
decorated
symbol
darkened
gnaws
securing
weakest