The Week Ahead: December 10-14

The kids did a great job on Friday with their St. Nicholas Day presentation. They sang with energy and spirit and spoke well as the emcees of the event. I’m sure that they made you all proud as well. What a lovely way to celebrate the holiday spirit!

All through the month of December, our class has been thinking about the idea of gifts. Each day, the students have been writing down a gift that they have received, with one catch: they can only name gifts that are not things – no toys or game consoles allowed! As we think of new gifts, we’re adding them to the bulletin board in the classroom. Come check it out! Starting this week, we will also begin adding lights to our bulletin board tree. For each light, the students will identify ways that they can make someone’s day brighter.

In our language arts work this week, we will be finishing our third unit, investigating what makes plants special. We will be assessing at the end of this week and next. New skills introduced this week include:

  • spelling plural nouns formed with -s and -es
  • reviewing rules for plural nouns, including investigating nouns that don’t change their form
  • incorporating visuals to elaborate on written text (such as including photos or illustrations in a report)
  • determining word meanings by looking at suffixes (-less, -ness, -y, -er, -tion, -ful, and -est)

In math, we’ll begin chapter 5, Multiply with Two-Digit Numbers. Students will practice multiplying by tens, estimating products by rounding, applying the distributive property to multi-digit problems, and beginning to multiply two-digit numbers.

In social studies, we will begin learning about the history of Tucson in the 1700s. Students have started to identify information that they already know on the topic and generated some questions to explore. Our guiding questions for our study will include:

  • Why did people settle in the Tucson area?
  • How did different groups that lived in the area interact?
  • What difficulties did people face and how did they overcome these obstacles?

This Friday, we will be going on our second field trip of the year, visiting the Tucson Museum of Art and Historical Block. We will leave school by 9:15 and will return around 12:30.

Holiday Giving Continues: Our primary grades participate in holiday giving each year. This year, we are collecting for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. This is an optional activity from 12/3-17. We are collecting: canned wet food, towels, chew toys, hay, and small to medium sized blankets. Thanks for any way that you can help out!

 

Dates to keep in mind:

  • Friday, December 14: Field Trip to Tucson Museum of Art
  • Friday, December 21: Las Posadas & Lessons and Carols
  • January 18: Field Trip to Tucson Presidio
  • February 15:Field Trip to Tubac Schoolhouse (start thinking about period costumes, etc. to bring!)
  • March 22:Field Trip to Sweetwater Wetlands

The week ahead: Dec. 3-7

Happy December! Here are a few things to know for the week ahead!

  • In Language Arts, we will continue our work in unit 3, “Life in the Soil,” and will focus on the following skills:
    • spelling words with long and short vowels and the vowel-consonant-silent e pattern
    • irregular plural nouns
    • selecting relevant details in writing, taking and organizing notes
    • science and academic vocabulary: city, desert, rainforest, vine, weed, environment, diversity, organism, protect, unique, main idea, details
  • In Math, we will be finishing chapter 4 and will be taking the chapter test on Wednesday, December 5.
    • strategies for multiplying multi-digit numbers by single digits
    • rounding in order to make a reasonable estimate
    • solving story problems, determining when an exact answer or estimate is needed
    • vocabulary: decompose, Distributive Property, estimate, factor, multiple, partial product, regroup
  • In Social Studies, we have completed our study of map skills and will be assessing this week. We will be starting to explore Tucson history of the coming weeks and months.

Holiday Giving: Our primary grades participate in holiday giving each year. This year, we are collecting for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. This is an optional activity from 12/3-17. We are collecting: canned wet food, towels, chew toys, hay, and small to medium sized blankets. Thanks for any way that you can help out!

 

Dates to keep in mind:

  • Monday, December 3: Realistic Fiction Reading Logs due
  • Wednesday, December 5: Math Chapter 4 Test and vocabulary quiz
  • Friday, December 7: St. Nicholas Day Program, 2 PM
  • Friday, December 14: Field Trip to Tucson Museum of Art
  • Friday, December 21: Las Posadas

 

Field Trips:

  • December 14: Tucson Museum of Art
  • January 18: Tucson Presidio
  • February 15: Tubac Schoolhouse (start thinking about period costumes, etc. to bring!)
  • March 22: Sweetwater Wetlands

Science

There will be a short science quiz on Friday, November 30 over our water unit so far: to include the direction water flows and why, water on natural materials, and 3 states of water.

Students will have a review on Wednesday.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you all for your support in making the first part of this school year go by so well. It’s hard to believe that it’s Thanksgiving already! We wanted to take time to share a bit of what we’re grateful for with you. Enjoy!

Heads up:

  • We go back to a full five day week next week! (Wish us luck!)
  • Keep reading and recording in reading logs each day. Reading logs are due to be checked each Monday and passed in on December 3. You must have a realistic fiction book read and recorded as well as other independent daily reading.
  • On December 7, St. Nicholas Day program, 2 pm.
  • December 21, Las Posadas

Upcoming Field Trips:

  • December 14: Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
  • January 18: Tucson Presidio
  • February 15: Tubac Schoolhouse

Science

Our investigation of water continues when we return from Thanksgiving break.

Students will go outdoors to explore how water interacts with natural materials. They will continue to investigate properties of water and observe the phenomenon of how temperature affects water’s state and density. Students use standard metric units to measure temperature and observe the properties of water as it is heated, cooled, and frozen.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope that you are enjoying your three day weekend! We had a great time on Friday with our school field day – I trust everyone went home exhausted (I did!).

This week, we will be starting unit 3 of our Language Arts curriculum. Through our reading and writing work, we will be exploring “Life in the Soil” and learning about the life cycles of plants. We will also be practicing the following skills:

  • identifying sequences in stories and writing paragraphs that follow a sequence
  • making inferences about what is read
  • recognizing and writing complex sentences, combining dependent and independent clauses
  • science vocabulary words: blossom, cycle, root, seed, soil, sprout
  • academic language: characteristic, conditions, depend, event, growth, inference, order, produce, sequence
  • spelling words with long e, i, and o sounds

In math, we will continue to investigate multiplication and develop our understanding of what it means to multiply numbers. We will learn about using models such as arrays to represent multiplication of one- and two-digit numbers and will introduce the distributive property of multiplication.

This week, we are continuing our canned food drive. The third grade is trying to collect 1,000 cans and/or dollars to support the church food pantry and the community food bank.