HALLOWEEN PARTY, BAKE SALE, AND DAY OF THE DEAD!

Join us for the Halloween Party on Tuesday, October 31st at 1:30.  We have games, crafts, and yummy treats, to be followed by the school wide parade at 2:50.  Parents are always welcome, and we would love the help.  A volunteer sign-up sheet will be posted outside the classroom.

It’s time for coffee and baked goods.  During the coffee corner on Friday, November 3rd, both third grade classes will jointly hold a Bake Sale to benefit the Community Food Bank.  Our children will help staff the tables, and we need all the parent help we can get.  Each family is asked to contribute baked items.  Please check your e-mails for a Sign Up Genius email where you can indicate what you are bringing and sign up to help the kids sell the yummy treats. We will also be selling items at lunch and after school.  Donuts, cupcakes, brownies, and cookies are big hits.  The donuts usually sell out first.  Thank you so much in advance.  We couldn’t do it without you!

In addition to school activities  for Day of the Dead, our class will have a piñata at the end of the day on November 3rd.  The kids will start swinging around 2:30,  so mark your calendars if you want to see who has the best arm and who are the fastest dashers for handfuls of goodies.

Many thanks and have a good day,

Alisa & Sarah

Science

This week, students will use pencils and tape to make carbon prints of their skin texture and fingertips. They classify their fingerprints into the three basic patterns: whorl, arch, and loop.  Do twins have the same fingerprints?

We will solve the annual mystery of: Who keeps leaving a Hershey’s chocolate bar on Mrs. Jamison’s desk?  We will examine fingerprints to find out!!

HOPE YOUR BREAK WAS AMAZING !

Hello,  Hold on to your hats, we are going to be very busy !

Mrs. Bly reported she had a great day with the kids!  Thanks class for making her day a good one.  I am proud of you!

I heard the Amazing Math Challenge was a good one.  Here are the results:  1st place Matthew and Thomas,  2nd place Claire and Izaiah, and 3rd place Zoe and Caitlin.   Look for a picture on the bulletin board.

I am anxious to hear who won the Prize Box Drawing!

On Wed. we will be going to the Student Center to watch the 8th grade Egg Drop.  It is part of our STEM celebration.  Our STEM Project results will be displayed for Grandparents’ Day on Fri.  The children will sing for the Grandparents in the Student  Center, and we will do a fun activity with them in the classroom.  Grand Friends are welcome also.

Book-It is due Mon., Oct. 30th.  Please do not  wow blunder send in the projects early.

Our Halloween Party will be at 1:30 on Tues. the 30th.  The children may wear their costumes to school. We will go Pumpkin Caroling and the Halloween Parade will occur at 2:45 (I think).

The Third Grade will be hosting a Bake Sale at the Coffee Corner on Fri., Nov. 3rd.  Our room moms will be needing LOTS of HELP!

Thank you for sharing your child with me,

Sandy

 

CURRICULUM

Language Arts

A nonfiction article, When the Wolves Returned will be the main selection this week.  We will be discussing sequencing the important events by using a Time Line.  In Grammar the focus will be on Simple Sentences.

Math

We will finish up Chapter 2 and Review the concepts.  Right now it looks like we will have our test on Wed.  We will also be completing Fluency Assessments on Addition and Subtraction.

Social Studies

Map Skills continue

Handwriting

Time to get moving!

Spelling:  Digraphs th and ng

although

belong

during

feathers

fitting

nothing

rather

springing

strength

stung

surroundings

therefore

thorny

throughout

together

Watch-Out Words

neither

nor

either

or

 

HELLO OCTOBER!

Hello,  I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend.  Last Fri., instead of our regular STEM afternoon, both classes worked together on the fall school wide STEM project.  We will finish up this Wed. and display our results for Grandparents’ Day.  Grandparents’ Day is Fri., Oct. 20th this year.

Progress Reports will be in the Eagle Express this Wed.  This is  the point students are halfway through the first trimester.  It helps both the children and me set our goals for the rest of the Trimester.  One goal should be for each child to continue to show improvement.

Fall Break begins Oct. 9th through the 13th.  I will be out this Fri., and Bev Bly, a former St. Michael’s teacher, will be the substitute.   We will have the Fri. assessments  wow culprit as usual.

Kiara was the proud winner of our ticket drawing last week.  Way to go Kiara!

Thank you for sharing your child with me,

Sandy

CURRICULUM

Language Arts

We have another humorous story this week,  Animals More or Less.    In Grammar ; statements, questions, commands, and exclamations will be the main topic.

Math

Chapter Two continues.  I am hoping we will be able to have the Chapter Test before the end of the week.  We’ll see how it goes.  Keep working on those facts.

Social Studies

We continue studying Map Skills.  This seems to be a challenging topic for several of the students.

Handwriting

Still working on the basic cursive strokes.

Spelling:  Digraphs ck and sh

attack

buck

clash

flesh

livestock

quickness

shallow

sharpen

shout

sickness

speckled

thrash

tricky

vanish

Watch-Out Words

blew

blue

fir

fur

 

Science

This week students start by observing the human body jumping rope. They count the number of bones in the skeleton, first without visual aids, then using photographs and posters to help make a more accurate count.

Students assemble a model of a human skeleton from memory. They compare and discuss their models. They compare a picture of an accurate model to their own work.

Owl pellets……coming up next!

WELCOME AUTUMN!

Hello,  I hope everyone enjoyed the nice weather this weekend.  The highlight of this week is it is picture time.  Class pictures are Tues. and the required dress is red shirts and khaki bottoms.  Individual pictures are Wed. with a free dress day.

On Wed. we will send home the instructions for our Oct. Book-It Log and Project.  Every book must be approved by me BEFORE the student begins to read.  They need to bring in the book so I can see it.  Please no requests for approval through e-mail.

STEM Fri. is always fun.  In our class the following students placed in the Amazing Math Challenge:  1st place, Matt and Alec,  2nd place, Anthony and Thomas, and 3rd place, Presley and Emma Claire.  Emma Claire was also chosen in the ticket drawing to chose from the prize box.

Happy Birthday to Presley tomorrow!

Don’t forget we have Fall Break Oct. 9th through the 13th.

Thanks for sharing your child with me,

Sandy

CURRICULUM

Language Arts

We begin Unit 2, Nature’s Balance.  Our main selection is a humorous one,  When the Pigs Took Over.

We will work on Comparing and Contrasting and Learning to Ask Questions. Daily Grammar will focus on capitalization of titles, commas  wow wallop in addresses, and punctuation of dialogue.

Math

We will continue Chapter 2 using Addition and Subtraction.  Don’t stress about the lesson on using compensation in Mental Math.  It is just one of many strategies introduced and is a difficult one for students of this age.

Social Studies:  the study of Map Skills continues

Handwriting:  we are making progress learning the basic strokes of cursive

Spelling: Words with short e and Commonly Misspelled Words

central

connect

correction

element

enemy

everywhere

exception

exist

insect

messy

pester

several

stem

upset

whenever

Watch-out Words

ant

aunt

deer

dear

 

 

Science

This week:  September 18 – 24

Students went to the schoolyard to investigate the roots and shoots of various plants. They use tools to dig up plants and compare the structures above ground to those below ground. They also compare root structures of different plants and they drew their roots and labeled the tap root and the fibrous roots of plants.

On Friday we will start our unit on the structure of the human body.  Students start by observing the human body jumping rope. They count the number of bones in the skeleton, first without visual aids, then using photographs and posters to help make a more accurate count. Students assemble a model of a human skeleton from memory. They compare and discuss their models. They compare a picture of an accurate model to their own work.

Graded tests will come home this week.

UPDATE 9/13/17

HELLO, In the Eagle Express this week you will find a book order for Scholastic Books. If you wish to place an order you may do so online or fill out the form and return it to the classroom with an attached check made out to Scholastic Books. The deadline for ordering books is Sept. 12th. With points earned from book orders, I can add to our classroom library. The Sept. order has triple the points earned then in other months.

Thank you,
Sandy

UPDATE

Hello, Some of the students did not get a copy of their 0 and 1 math facts. Please let them know not to worry about it and I will give it to them tomorrow.

Thanks, Sandy