Science

Happy Science Fair Week!   Hope to see you all on Thursday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at our annual STEM Festival.  Lots of information in last week’s Eagle Express.

This week the 3rd graders are exploring Water in Earth Materials.  They will pour equal amounts of water through equal masses of two earth materials, soil and gravel. They measure the amount of water that drains through the earth materials and compare the resulting masses of soil and gravel, using a balance.

We will venture outside to test the soil in a number of locations in the schoolyard to find out how long it takes each soil to absorb equal amounts of water. Students dig small holes in the ground and fit them with perforated filter cups. They time how long it takes for 100 mL of water to drain into the soil. Students consider which soils are best for plant growth.

Friday is STEM CHALLENGE DAY!  Students earned a fun-filled class period building a Rube Goldberg contraption.

GET READY FOR A BUSY WEEK!

Hello,  Catch your breath, here we go!

We start the week with Book-It due tomorrow followed by the Edible Car Race in Chapel.  This kicks off Science Week at St. Michael’s.  Don’t forget STEM Night on Thurs. from 5:30-7:30.  The 4th, 6th, and 8th grade Science Fair Projects will be on display and the students will be available to answer any questions you might have and to tell you about their projects.  1st grade Inventions will also be on display.  There will be many STEM activities all over the campus.  Come and check it out!

Tues. the school celebrates Mardi Gras with a free Pancake and Sausage Lunch (be sure to send a lunch wow murmur from home if your child does not like pancakes and sausage).  The Tucson High Steel Drum Band will be providing music for dancing!  Remember uniforms are required.

Wed. is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  It is also the day of our Class Auction.  Your child may bring their Auction Item tomorrow or Tues.  We will be exchanging Valentines with both third grades after lunch, and then celebrate with our class Valentine Party.  We will end the day with our regular schedule.  Uniforms are required.

Friday is Rodeo Week Free Dress!  We will also have a presentation from UofA students to prepare us for our visit to the Sweetwater Wetlands in March.

Hope to see you at STEM Night!

Thank you for sharing your child with me,

Sandy

CURRICULUM

Language Arts

We begin a new Unit,  Mysteries of Matter, and our first selection is “Melt the Snow.”  In Grammar we begin studying Adjectives.

Math

We continue on  division.  Keep working on those facts!

Social Studies

Tucson History goes on…..there may be a test this week.

Handwriting

Doing lots of cursive.  We learned capital A last week.

Spelling:  Words with long i: ie, igh

dried

flashlight

flight

fried

frightful

higher

lied

lightly

nightmare

pried

sigh

slightly

sunlight

tried

untied

Watch-Out Words

die

dye

cell

sell

 

HELLO FEBRUARY

Hello,  Another early Blog…..Super Bowl Sunday!

I had the Best Ever Birthday Celebration Fri.  Amazing decorations, lovely gifts, and delicious cookies.  Thank you class and room moms!

On Fri. Emma Claire had the winning ticket for the Prize Box.  Congrats!

Our trip to Ft. Lowell was a good one.  The children recreated their own version of the Indian Wars on the playground.  The weather was great, and  we all had fun and learned some things too!  Thank you drivers.

On Feb.12th  Mrs. Stockfleet will be welcoming a new student.  His name is Ben and please add him to our Valentine list.

February may be a short month but it is jam-packed with activities and learning for us.

Here are some things to remember:

Feb. 12th:  Edible Car Race  (sign-up online or get a form from the office)

Feb. 12th:  Reading Log and Project due

Feb. 13th:  Mardi Gras Pancake Lunch (no charge) and Steel Drum Band Performance (If your child doesn’t like pancakes and sausage, please pack a lunch)

Feb. 14th:  Ash Wed., Class Auction, Valentine’s Exchange and Party

Feb. 16th:  Rodeo Themed Relaxed Dress

Feb. 16th:  Second Trimester ends

Feb. 19-23;  Rodeo Break wow taunt  NO SCHOOL

Thank you for sharing your child with me,

Sandy

CURRICULUM

Language Arts

This week we will read the Ant and the Grasshopper.  We will focus on  Persuasive Writing and Opinions.  In Grammar we learn about present tense forms of be and have.

Math

We will finish up double digit multiplication. Division is up next.

Social Studies

Tucson History continues.  We will also read the latest issue of Scholastic’s Geography Spin.

Handwriting

We have learned all of the lower case cursive letters and will move on to learning the capital letters.  Look for lots of cursive writing.

Spelling:  Words ending in ing

announcing

attending

beautifying

collecting

considering

doubling

educating

erasing

forgiving

gathering

hiring

mistreating

notifying

realizing

spreading

Watch-Out Words

bring

take

where

were

 

 

 

 

REMINDER: FIELD TRIP see below

Hi,  At 10:30 tomorrow we will go on our field trip to Ft. Lowell.  The children will need to be in uniform with red shirts.  They will also need a lunch and a water bottle.  It is another good field trip to learn more about Tucson History.

Thanks, Sandy

UPDATE

Hello,  Just wanted to let you know that free dress for Mardi Gras has been canceled and instead the children will have a Rodeo Free Dress on Fri., Feb. 16th.

Also we will have an Open Book Social Studies test tomorrow over War Between the States and Indian Wars.

Have a good day.

Sandy

GOOD MORNING!

Hello,  I am going to the play this afternoon so I am blogging early!  Can’t wait to see Anthony, Presley, and Grace (and everyone else) perform.  I hear it is fantastic!

Congrats to Caitlin who won the Prize Box Drawing on Fri.

Tomorrow the students will take their Math-a-thon Challenge.  Thanks to all who are participating.

Science Fair is the Week of Feb. 11th.  The Annual Edible Car Race will be held Mon., Feb. 12th.  If your child wishes to participate registration is online beginning this Wed., Jan. 31st.

Our Annual Class Auction will be held Wed., Feb. 14th  The children will listen to Leah’s Pony, a story set in the Dustbowl about a family whose farm goes up for auction.  To participate in our Class Auction, each child brings in an item they no longer use or want that another classmate might be interested in.  The children bid on these items with  wow baffle reward tickets they have been accumulating.  It is a lot of fun, and many lessons are learned!

UPCOMING EVENTS (Hang on to your hats)!

Fri., Feb. 2nd :  Fort Lowell Field Trip

Week of Feb. 11th:  Science Fair Week

Feb. 12th:  Edible Car Race

Feb. 13th:  Mardi Gras Celebration/Free Dress

Feb. 14th:

Ash Wed., Valentine’s Party (both 3rd grades exchange,  that is a total of 37 students), Class Auction

Book-It due

Thurs. Feb. 15th: STEM Night

Fri., Feb. 16th:  2nd Trimester ends

Week of Feb.18th:  Rodeo Break

CURRICULUM

Language Arts

This week we will read a persuasive article,  “A Better Way”.  In Grammar the topic is Helping Verbs.

Math

In Chapter 5 double digit multiplication is introduced

Social Studies

We really enjoyed seeing the movie “Broken Arrow” about trying to make peace with the Apaches and the settlers and Army.  There will be a Tucson History test over the last two lessons this week.

Handwriting

final two  lower case letters this week:  v/z

Spelling:  words ending in ed

arranged

blessed

calmed

comforted

commanded

completed

eased

emptied

included

joined

opposed

planted

pitied

provided

worried

Watch-Out Words

some

sum

we’d

weed

 

 

 

 

THE PRESIDIO WAS AMAZING!

Hello and a BIG THANK YOU to all of the drivers and other parents who helped make our trip to the Presidio a success.  Hands on learning is the best, and the children loved it!  There is a sign-up sheet for drivers for our next field trip on Feb. 2nd to the Ft. Lowell Museum.

Thanks to everyone for coming to the Mid-Trimester Conferences.  I am always available to chat whenever you would like. It is hard to believe the year is one half over, it has gone so fast!

Tomorrow will be the kick-off for the Annual wow sliver Math-a-thon.

Mystery Box presentations continue.  We are so busy it is hard to fit everything in!

Thank you for sharing your child with me,

Sandy

CURRICULUM

Language Arts

This week we will read Ba’s Business and focus on story elements.  In Grammar we will continue to study subject-verb agreement and present tense action verbs.

Math

Tomorrow review pages for Chapter Four will be the homework.  We will review again on Tues. and then complete the Chapter Four test.

Social Studies

We will finish up our unit on Martin Luther King and continue in our Tucson History notebook.

Handwriting

Two more lower case letters and we’re ready to write most everything in cursive.

Spelling: words with Long e (ee, ea) and Long o (oa, ow)

appeal

asleep

beast

borrow

cheap

follower

healing

lowered

meek

overthrow

repeat

roam

teenager

tomorrow

unload

Watch-Out words

raise

rays

son

sun