Friday, March 24, 2017

It's hard to believe this year is winding down! A couple of things I'd like to mention: First, our farm field trip is on Monday. I am missing a few permission slips. If your child has lost theirs, you can just send me a written note authorizing them to go with the class. Almost every year we've gone, it's been really cold. Please keep this in mind as your child picks out clothes for that day. Second,we will need to start securing some parent volunteers for the 3rd grade Battle of the Books which will be held on Wednesday, May 10th in the morning. If you could let me know over the next few weeks, that would be great! Last, we will be holding a class raffle during the last week of school. The students have earned "sticks" throughout the year and will have some left over from our store and the Mini-mall. They will be able to buy tickets with what they have left over. My goal is to have a nice prize for each student. I am asking for donations to make this happen. Some examples for the raffle include: games, water toys(no guns), $5 gift cards, craft kits, lego sets, etc.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I will be getting the Easter Party list out in the next week or two.
Thank you for all of your help!

Monday, February 6, 2017

It's definitely time for an update! This month is full of many fun activities and learning!

Here is the plan for each subject area:

Math: We just finished up our chapters on division and are now working on Chapter 8 which focuses on fractions. Mrs. Warren has taken over our math instruction and is doing a marvelous job!

Language Arts/Reading: Our CKLA units have been fascinating and fun. The units integrate science as well as social studies topics. Recently we finished our unit on the Vikings and  Space Exploration. Mrs. Davis has also incorporated art activities that go along with these units. Now Mrs. Warren is starting our unit on Native Americans.
Writing- Along with our new unit our students will be concentrating on informative writing. Editing skills are also practiced daily during bell work time.
Tier 1- I will continue working on our Tier 1 fluency and comprehension program using the CKLA readers.

Keyboarding: Keyboarding skills are practiced daily on our Chromebooks. Type-To-Learn is the program the students are using.

Upcoming Valentines Party: February 14th @ 2:30 p.m. Students are allowed to pass out Valentines if they have one for each student in the class. I will send home a list of students today.

Party Sign-ups:

Party Committee Chair: Marcia Evans / Co-Chair: Jane Clayton
(The party is mostly spent passing out Valentines and cookie decorating. Chair & Co-Chair basically need to help manage these activities.)

1 Dozen heart shaped sugar cookies (Lin's Bakery- need to order ahead)
-Becky Burrows
-Lindsay Dodds
-Jane Clayton

1 container white frosting: Tori Jenkins
1 container pink frosting: Carolyn Corry

1 gallon milk:
-Jandee Sullivan
-Danielle DeMille

Cups/Plates: Becky Burrows

Thank you for your help! Let me know if you have any questions!



Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Before the Christmas break I wanted to give you a heads-up on our plan for January. On January 4th, we will have a student teacher join our class named Mrs. Warren. She will be with us for a couple of months. She will make a great addition to our class!
What we will be working on:

Language Arts/Reading: We have just finished up our CKLA unit on heat and light. We will be starting unit 6 which focuses on the Vikings. Tier 1 reading is in full force and is allowing the students to go through the steps of Read-To/Basic queries, Echo Read/Deep Queries and a Partner Read. This method will be used throughout the remainder of the year and will greatly increase comprehension, fluency and accuracy.
Writing- The students have been on fire with their writing. They have written 2 opinion essays and 1 narrative in the last month. You will be amazed to see their work in their portfolios at the end of the year.

Math- We have reviewed all of our times tables and will now focus on review and recall of all of the facts. Go-Math Chapter 5 is finished and we're now in the middle of Chapter 6 which is working with division. 

Keyboarding- We are almost finished with our keyboarding lessons in class. Practicing and perfecting this skill will be worked on for the duration of the school year.

Science/Social Studies- We continue to cover these areas in our CKLA units. We are also supplementing with art projects with Mrs. Davis and the SUU art students that come each week. Mrs. Warren will also be doing some additional activities during our Space Exploration unit.

A big thank you for all of the gifts and cards during this season. All of our school supplies have been replenished. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated! Merry Christmas! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Our schedule is going on as usual at school in all of the subject areas. I just wanted to let you know of events that aren't in our usual schedule.

Keyboarding has started and the students are now learning correct finger placement on the keyboard. All required keyboarding will be done in class. I have homework available if any parents want it sent home for their child, although it's not required.

Times Tables- Breelle's dad has been helping with our times table pass-offs. Please have your child continue to practice their times tables. In class, we're now focusing on 7's & 8's. Thank you for your help with this!

Our Thanksgiving Party will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd at 2:30.
Here is the sign-up list:

Party Committee
Chair: Marcia Evans
Co-Chair: Haley Garrett
Apple slices: Carolyn Corry
Chips: Lacey McGarvey
Chips: Jandee Sullivan
Cheetos: Becky Burrows
3 cans of olives: Lindsay Esplin
Cheese cubes: Kelli Price
One jar of pickles: Danielle DeMille
Apple juice (3 boxes): Becky Burrows
Napkins & Plates: Lindsay Dodds


Thank you for your contributions!!


Thursday, October 13, 2016

It's time for an update! Thank you for coming in and meeting with me last week. I thoroughly enjoyed watching your children show you their progress and being the "teacher" for a few minutes. They are all wonderful students with unique strengths and talents.

The following is a list of things that are going on at school throughout the next month:

Reading/LA- We have been working through our first two CKLA units. We are just finishing up Unit 2 on Animal Classification. The CKLA also covers our social studies and science topics. This was the perfect unit to introduce Living/Non-living concepts. In addition to the activities in Unit 2, SUU Art Education students have also been visiting our class every week to include Art/Science lessons on Living/Non-living. The lessons have been well put together and the students have really enjoyed the time spent with them. We will start Unit 3 next week which is another informational unit on Body Systems.
Spelling- If your child misses a spelling test, please give your child the test at home and send it in for me to score. Also, if you feel your child needs to be challenged, please have them work on the additional words on the list that can be found in the family letter sent home at the first of the week.
Keyboarding- I'm sorry that we haven't been able to start keyboarding yet. We will start keyboarding in the next few weeks after SAGE tests finish up. Our class has almost completed all of the beginning of the year assessments. They have been troopers!

Math- We are starting Chapter 3 this week. Since Chapter 3 & 4 focus on multiplication and we've already worked a lot on that subject, we should be able to move along quickly. Times Table pass-offs have started and I'm now ready to have volunteers come in and help on Wednesday mornings at 8:50-9:30 if that's something you're interested in. Just email me and let me know.

Art/Music- Our art, music & P.E. classes continue as usual.

Upcoming schedule:
Oct. 14th- Third Grade Thriller Workers Holiday (End of Term)
Oct. 20th- 3rd Grade Fieldtrip to SUU (Animal Ambassadors)
Oct. 21st- Picture Retakes
Oct. 24th- Harvest Holiday (No School)
Oct. 31st- Halloween Party

Halloween Party Sign-ups:
Party Committee: 
Chair- Lisa Blodgett
Co-Chair- Jandee Sullivan

Contribution for Pizza: (I had so many volunteers to send money, so the amount has been reduced from the sign-up page.)
$15- Becky Burrows
$15- Rachel Bishop
$15- Marcia Evans
$15- Haley Garrett

Boxed Juice: (10 Pack)
Cannon Sullivan
Nicole Huntsman
Carolyn Corry

Napkins & Plates- Danielle DeMille

Thank you for your help!!
                           




Wednesday, September 14, 2016

This is our first official blog post of the year! I will continue to send updates on the weekly homework and update the blog every few weeks.

Language Arts/Reading: CKLA Unit One focusing on Classic Tales is now finished and we are moving onto Classification of Animals. We had a wonderful time writing opinion pieces and will continue on with that in Unit Two. We will also be including our science topic of Living & Non-Living with this unit.

Next week we will start spelling. I have listed the words in the right column on this blog and will also include them on next week's homework. Please review the words with your child during the week as they will be tested on Friday.


Math- We will be finishing up Chapter one next week and will have the test next Tuesday. Chapter Two is "Interpreting Data" and will have the students working on different kinds of graphs.  We have also worked on the following times tables: 0's, 1's, 2's, 5's, 9's, 10's, 11's and 12's. I have had a few parents mention that they would like to help with the pass-offs. Starting in two weeks on Wednesday, September 28th, I would like to have parent volunteers come in from 8:50-9:30. If you would like to do this, please email me and let me know.  Also, acquiring a some flashcards for your child to practice would be very helpful. If you need me to print a set at school, let me know.

Art and Music: Students attend one 45 min. art session a week and two half-hour sessions a week.

Cursive/Keyboarding: Students continue to practice their lowercase cursive letters. Next week we will plan to start our Keyboarding unit.

This is our basic plan. Please email me with any questions or concerns that you have.
Thank you!




Monday, May 2, 2016

Here we are, the last post of the year. I'm so sad to think of sending these students on, but they're ready. I will miss them!
This will be the plan from now until the end of the year:

Reading/LA- We have just finished up CKLA Unit 8 and are moving onto Unit 9 which teaches about the age of exploration. Columbus and many other explorers will be studied. We have really enjoyed our unit about Native American Explorers.
I'm sure you've noticed the new spelling lists that are being sent home. These lists are the former third grade spelling words and I've decided to give our students a chance to practice them. This week's list will include 2 of the challenge words from the CKLA spelling list. The test will be on Friday. We'll plan to have a spelling list this week and then 2 weeks after that.

Math- We have just finished up Chapter 11 and have started our last chapter of the book. This unit will discuss plane shapes, lines and angles. We will finish this up soon and start reviewing for the Sage Math Assessment.

Library- This week will be our last week to check out books. Please help your child gather their books to return in the next week or so.

Art/Music/PE- These classes will continue as usual.

Social Studies/Science are included in our CKLA Units. We had a blast exploring our space unit together!

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, May 3rd- Sage ELA Testing @ 1:00
Thursday, May 5th- Reading Celebration- 3rds @ 9:45
Monday, May 9th- Sage Math Testing @ 9:00
Tuesday, May 10th- 3rd Grade Battle of the Books @ 12:45
Friday, May 13th- Grand Battle of the Books @ 9:00
Thursday, May 26th- Thrill of the Finish (Field Day)- 9:00

Thank you again for the donations for our Raffle. We will plan to have our raffle on Wednesday, May 25th.  Also, we are still in need of volunteers for the Battle of the Books and Field Day. If you are able to help on either of those days, please let me know.

Thank you for everything!