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3rd March 25 2017 Homeroom

week of 3/27-3/31

Info for this week:

  • Please return the field trip permission slip by Wednesday, 3/29
  • Please sign your child's report card and return by Friday, 3/31
  • GRANDPARENT'S DAY is on Friday, 3/31!  Please share this with your child's grandparents or special adults!  The day begins with Mass at 7:45, then goodies in the gym.  Your child and their guests can then visit their classroom and do a short activity.  At 10:00 the 5-8 grade students will perform in the Spring Fling.  Please note:  This is a noon dismissal day.  If your child is leaving with their grandparents or another adult, please send me a note or email to let me know.  Thank you!

NO SPELLING WORDS THIS WEEK!

Religion:

We will pray the Stations of the Cross on Monday.  We will also enjoy a visit from Father Blessing!   We are learning how the Mass is a celebration.

ELA:

We are reading a very funny, very silly story called Gooney Bird Greene.  We are learning the basic elements of a story through the main character's storytelling.  She has quite an imagination but 'tells only absolutely true stories'.  This will lead into our narrative writing activity about our grandparents.  I hope the grandparents enjoy reading them at Grandparents Day!

The fourth quarter book report project will be on a biography.  Your child will need to choose a biography and read it to complete the project.  I have many biographies in the classroom library and our school library has a selection.  You are welcome to get one from the public library as well.  Your child will need to choose a book over the next two weeks.  I will approve the book before they begin reading.  More details to come later!

Math:

The children are enjoying this unit on fractions!  We will focus on fractions represented on a number line and how fractions can be equivalent.  

Social Studies:

 In the fourth quarter, Social Studies will consist of the human characteristics of communities. We will begin by asking why do people form communities?  We will move to how humans change communities, how individuals change communities, and end by focusing on nation and community heroes.

 

3rd March 25 2017 Homeroom

week of 3/27-3/31

Info for this week:

  • Please return the field trip permission slip by Wednesday, 3/29
  • Please sign your child' report card and return by Friday, 3/31
  • GRANDPARENT'S DAY is on Friday, 3/31!  Please share this with your child's grandparents or special adults!  The day begins with Mass at 7:45, then goodies in the gym.  Your child and their guests can then visit their classroom and do a short activity.  At 10:00 the 5-8 grade students will perform in the Spring Fling.  Please note:  This is a noon dismissal day.  If your child is leaving with their grandparents or another adult, please send me a note or email to let me know.  Thank you!

NO SPELLING WORDS THIS WEEK!

Religion:

We will pray the Stations of the Cross on Monday.  We will also enjoy a visit from Father Blessing!   We are learning how the Mass is a celebration.

ELA:

We are reading a very funny, very silly story called Gooney Bird Greene.  We are learning the basic elements of a story through the main character's storytelling.  She has quite an imagination but 'tells only absolutely true stories'.  This will lead into our narrative writing activity about our grandparents.  I hope the grandparents enjoy reading them at Grandparents Day!

The fourth quarter book report project will be on a biography.  Your child will need to choose a biography and read it to complete the project.  I have many biographies in the classroom library and our school library has a selection.  You are welcome to get one from the public library as well.  Your child will need to choose a book over the next two weeks.  I will approve the book before they begin reading.  More details to come later!

Math:

The children are enjoying this unit on fractions!  We will focus on fractions represented on a number line and how fractions can be equivalent.  

Social Studies:

 In the fourth quarter, Social Studies will consist of the human characteristics of communities. We will begin by asking why do people form communities?  We will move to how humans change communities, how individuals change communities, and end by focusing on nation and community heroes.

 

3rd March 20 2017 Homeroom

Week of 3/21-3/24

Important info:

  • Donuts with Dad on Wednesday, 3/22.  Eat a donut with your child in the gym, then head over to church for Mass at 7:45.  All dads or special persons are welcome!
  • Report cards will come home on Friday, 3/24
  • Grandparents Day is on Friday, March 31! The special day begins with 7:45 am Mass followed by breakfast in the gym. Students are then welcome to show their grandparents around the school! Grandparents will have the opportunity to watch grades 5-8 in the Spring Fling at 10:00. There is a NOON DISMISSAL.

 

Spelling:

shark, check, queen, circus, flake, crack, second, squeeze, quart, squeak, quick, coldest, Africa, Mexico

Our spelling and phonics skill is words with /k/ and /kw/ sounds.

Religion:

We continue our Lenten promises.  We will start Chapter 10 that focuses on the parts of the Mass and the celebration that takes place during each Mass.  We will go the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Thursday.  

ELA:

We are reading an informational text selection about how a tree grows.  We are focusing on captions, labels, and diagrams to gain information.  We will investigate word roots and the verb be and helping verbs.

We will take the SRI reading assessment on Thursday to check our reading progress.  This will give the students their Lexile and then we will set Reading Counts goals for the fourth quarter.

Math:

We will continue fractions as a unit fraction, fractions as a whole part, and fractions as part of a set.  Continue to practice math facts daily.  Ask your child how to play Facts on the Brain and Kaboom!

Science:

We will conclude our weather unit with a weather lapbook that reviews all things weather!

3rd March 16 2017

Jan, Feb, Mar,April, May

Jan,Feb, Mar, April, May

Jan, Feb, Mar, April, May

Jan PE Unit-

Basketball Unit- rules, skills, passing,shooting and dribbing drills

Small court games, passing games, shooting drills, and full court games, knock-out and 11's game.

Feb PE Unit-

Hockey Unit- Skills, Passing, Shooting and saftey use of the Hockey sticks

Small cout games, passing games, shooting games and full court Hockey games.

Mar PE Unit-

Badmiton and Tennis Unit- Rules, court sizes, volley and serving

Small court games, passing games, serving games, and full court games.

April PE Unit-

Golf Unit- Skills, rules, basic grip with driver, irons and putter

Driving range off mats, chipping into buckets, and putting into practice holes and basic skills to play golf.

May PE Unit-

All school Field Day Event: Thank you all Parent's and Teacher's for your help and support on this special day!

Wiffleball Unit- Skills, rules, throwing, catching and base running

Throwing practice, catching practice, wiffleball games.

Two birthday games per month. Each student with a birthday during this month will decide on what the class will play for the day!

3rd March 10 2017 Homeroom

week of March 13

  • The third grade had the most parents in attendance at the January SPPO meeting.  That rewards us with a PIZZA PARTY!  We'll have pizza for lunch on Monday.  Your child does not need to bring a lunch on Monday, unless they do not want cheese or pepperoni pizza.  Remember to attend the next SPPO meeting on Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm!
  • The third quarter ends on Wednesday, 3/15.
  • All children that met their Reading Counts goal for third quarter earn a dress down day on Thursday, 3/16.
  • No school for a winter break on 3/17-3/20.  
  • Donuts with Dad on 3/22
  • Report cards will go home on Friday, 3/24 (new date)

Spelling:

shall, pushed, sharp, shock, crash, shadow, observe, record, shamrock, Patrick

Religion:

We continue to make Lenten sacrifices.  Ask your child about the crown of thorns we made and how the crown will be ready for Jesus on Easter.  Our thorns (or our sins) hurt Jesus and others, but when we make sacrifices it gets us ready for Easter.  

We will have a Lent quiz on Thursday.  A study guide will come home early in the week.  

We will pray the Stations of the Cross on Monday at 2:30.

Reading/Writing:

We will focus on writing this week with emphasis on transition words.  We will use the fun of St.Patrick's Day as our topic.  

Math:

We continue with multiplication and the Associative Property, then move on to fractions!  We will continue to practice multiplication facts.  Thank you for doing the same at home!

Science:

We have finished meteorology.  A study guide will come home on Monday and the test is Wednesday.  Here is a link for study https://quizlet.com/75700210/science-3-test-meteorology-flash-cards/

The cloud project is due Wednesday, 3/15.  Remember--this does not need to be an elaborate project.  The purpose of the project is to observe and record.

 

 

3rd March 02 2017 Homeroom

week of March 6

Spelling:

age, space, change, jawbone, jacket, giant, pencil, circle, once, large, dance, jeans, bounce, huge

The spelling and phonics skill is words with /j/ and /s/.

Religion:

Our learning about the season of Lent continues.  Ask your child about the three practices during Lent (prayer, fasting, and almsgiving or charity).  We will go to Adoration on Thursday.  We will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on March 23.

ELA:

We are reading an informational text about discovering fossils.  Our focus will be on drawing conclusions and understanding the point of view.  More adjective practice with adjectives that compare and vocab practice with words that end in -ly.

Math:

We have finished all multiplication facts!!  WOW!  They have worked hard!  We will have a review game and study guide on Monday with a test on Tuesday.  Then our focus shifts to multiplication properties, including the distributive and associative.  We already know the Identity, Commutative, and Zero properties.

Although we have finished learning all the multiplication facts, our practice does not end!  We will continue to have daily practice using Rocket Math, games (ask them how to play Facts on the Brain), and Simple Solutions.  Please continue to practice facts at home daily!  I shared a fun website called http://www.multiplication.com with them this week.  There are so many fun websites and apps to choose from.  A simple app called Times Tables is basic, yet effective.

Science:

This is a fun unit that the children can really relate to due to our ever-changing weather.  This week we will learn about the things a meteorologist reports, tornadoes, and hurricanes.  Our next Science test is on Wednesday, March 15.  Here is a link to some of the terms that are on the test.  https://quizlet.com/75700210/science-3-test-meteorology-flash-cards/

Important info:

(I made you read the whole page before I gave you the details!)

Please check your child's assignment notebook daily.  Their homework is written in there and that is where you sign to let me know they have read 20 minutes.  I do not use a separate reading log, therefore I look for your signature.  Thank you!

 

  • The third garde class had the most parents at the January SPPO meeting so we won a pizza party!  We will have pizza for lunch on Monday, 3/13!  Your child does not need a lunch that day unless they want something other than cheese or pepperoni pizza.
  • Spirit Wear on sale until 3/16
  • Stations of the Cross on 3/6 at 2:30.  You are welcome to join us!
  • Winter Break 3/17-3/20
  • Donuts with Dad 3/22
  • Report cards come home 3/22.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

3rd February 26 2017 Homeroom

week of February 27

Important info:

  • Please return the Six Flags reading log by Tuesday, 2/28 to get your child's free Six Flags ticket!
  • Our class won the Catholic Schools Week virtue bingo!  Our reward is a stuffed animal day.  Your child may bring in a stuffed animal (a reasonable-sized stuffed animal that fits in his or her backpack) on Thursday, 3/2.
  • Spelling Bee on Friday, 3/3 at 2:00.  Good luck to our class spellers, Marianne, Ava M, and Chase!
  • Third quarter ends March 15.

Spelling:

air, wear, chair, stairs, bare, bear, hair, care, pear, pair, share, near, ear, beard

The spelling focus is on vowel +r like in air and fear.

Religion:

Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday.  Ask your child what happens with the Alleluia during the season of Lent.  We will focus on fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.

ELA:

We finished our persuasive writing with a letter to you, parents.  I hope you enjoy reading them when they come home!  (And I hope I am not to blame for a new pet....!)  This week we focus on the story structure and theme of a story by reading a Judy Moody story.  We will also continue practice with adjectives.  Last week we began adjectives by writing an add-an-attribute poem describing animals.  

Math:

Thank you for your feedback about Simple Solutions.  Your comments and thoughts were very helpful!  We continue multiplication and division practice and will introduce 11s and 12s.  

Science:

We will begin a new unit on meteorology.  All we need to do is experience the changing weather here lately and we'll learn a lot!

 

3rd February 17 2017 Homeroom

Week of February 21

IMPORTANT:

Simple Solutions is going quite well!  I am so pleased with their success and excitement!  They have done well on the quizzes.  When we check the daily lessons they have done at home, there are only a few questions.  We review the problems they have incorrect or that they have questions about.  I also review items that will be on the weekly quiz.  They have only a few questions.  Please let me know if that is not the case at home. I would like to know how they are doing completing it at home and if there are struggles I should know about.  Mrs. Lovette and I are interested in feedback so we know how to go forward with the program for next year in the other grades.  We need your input!  Thank you again for your support in the piloting of this program!  

 

other info:

  • The Six Flags reading incentive is due 2/28.  If your child is recording minutes for a free Six Flags ticket, please send in the log sheet on this date!
  • St. Paul Spelling Bee on Friday, 3/3 at 2:00.  We will have a class spelling bee to see who will go on to the school-wide bee at some time late this week.  A practice sheet came home on Friday.
  • We are going on a field trip on Wednesday, 4/5 to the Faust Park Farmsteading site.  More info will come later.  (I am not asking for chaperones at this time.)

Spelling:

inverse, property, commutative, identity, physical, chemical, solid, liquid, gas, evaporation

These words are somewhat challenging, but these are words we have used for 2-3 weeks during math and science so they are very familiar to the children.

Religion:

We begin chapter 9 by exploring one of the four Marks of the Church:  catholic.  This chapter focuses on the Church accepting of all people.

ELA/Writing:

We are finishing our persuasive letter about a pet.  We will also begin research about an animal.  We will use the web to research a specific animal, record details, and present it using a Power Point.  We will also read short informational text passages about animals to practice recording details.  If time allows, we will begin a short poem project about our animal, practicing adjectives!

Math:

We will practice multiplying and dividing by 7, 8, and 9s.  Please continue to practice multiplication facts at home.  We do a daily fact practice, called Rocket math, here at school, along with many games and review strategies.  There are still students that need the extra practice!  Please include fact practice in your daily homework routine.  It only takes minutes, but will help them tremendously in the upper grades.  There is very little time spent in fourth and fifth grade learning facts, they are expected to know them and use them.  We have used games, videos, and chants to practice at school.  There is a unlimited amount of apps and games that can be used to practice!  Thank you!

Science:

We will wrap up our physics unit on Thursday with a test.  A study guide will come home on Tuesday.

3rd February 11 2017 Homeroom

Week of February 13

  • Tuesday, February 14 Valentines Day party at 2:00.  If your child wishes to bring cards or treats, please make sure there are 17 for everyone!  Thank you Mrs Vomund, again, for planning the party!  We will make a container to collect Valentines, no need to send one in!
  • Mid-Quarter is WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15.  Students who have reached 50% of their Reading Counts goal by mid-quarter will have the opportunity to change 50% of their uniform on Friday, February 17. On this day, students can wear school bottoms (jumper/school pants) and change their shirt....sweatshirt, hoodies, t-shirt,etc. OR Students can wear a school top (polo with a school sweatshirt) and change their bottoms...sweatpants, jeans (no shorts or yoga bottoms).  Then at the end of the quarter, if they have reached 100% towards their goal, then they may 100% dress down!  

Spelling:

nurse, work, shirt, hurt, first, word, serve, curly, dirt, third, worry, turn, stir, firm

R-controlled vowels is the spelling focus.

Religion:

Chapter 8 focuses on the Holy Spirit and how God gives us just what we need.  We will also read about the Holy Trinity and St. Patrick.

Reading/Writing:

Our story this week is a classic kid-favorite.... Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary.  I hope it sparks some interest in her other books, which are great humorous fiction books!  We will explore characters and formal vs informal language used by silly Ramona.  We will also practice verb tenses.  We will continue to work on our persuasive writing about a pet.

Math:

We finish chapter 7 on Monday with a review paper, which will come home.  Encourage your child to look over the chapter review for a test on Tuesday.  They have done remarkably well this chapter!  Beginning Wednesday, we begin the more challenging multiplication and division facts of 6, 7, 8, and 9s.  Continue to practice daily using flashcards, Splash Math, or any other app.  We have learned a few math fact chants that have proved helpful.  Stay tuned for a fun video!

Science:

We will explore more physical changes to matter:  melting, freezing, evaporation, and condensation.

3rd February 05 2017 Homeroom

week of 2/6

THANK YOU!

A big thank you for making me feel so special on teacher appreciation day.  I consider it an absolute blessing each day working with your children.  They are a gift!  I did not expect the treats and kind cards--thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Valentines Day party is on Tuesday, 2/14 at 2:00.  If your child wishes to bring cards or treats, please make sure there is one for each student.  We will make a card holder/box at school, no need to make one at home.

Spelling:

preview, undecided, rewind, indifferent, impossible, prepaid, undone, rearrange, informal, invisible, incapable, preorder, reuse, incomplete, unnoticed, immobile

Spelling focus is prefixes; pre-, re-, in-, im-, and un-.

Religion:

We revisit Chapter 7, the Great Commandment.  We will have a test on Friday.  A study guide will come home on Wednesday.

Reading/Writing:

We will continue Mr. Poppers Penguins, focusing on comprehension and vocab.  We will also begin our prewriting/brainstorming phase for a persuasive writing piece on pets.

Math:

Our math lessons focus on dividing by 4s using related multiplication facts, and multiplying and dividing by 0 and 1.

Science:

Continuing our study of the three states of matter and how their molecules move.

 

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