Month: November 2014

November 17

We have an exciting week in third grade! I look forward to seeing parents at the Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday (12:00-12:40) and at the Expert Day on Friday at 9:30!

This week, we are:

Reading: comparing and contrasting themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author or about the same or similar characters. By the end of the week, students will compare and contrast story elements from a book or author series of their choice!

Writing: reporting on a topic with facts and details while speaking at an understandable pace. Students will practice their presentations for Expert Day!

Spelling: working on contractions with “will” and “not” with Sort 13. On Monday, students will write all words like an addition sentence (could+ not = couldn’t).  Tuesday, students will write a sentence using a spelling word and then draw a picture to go with the sentence using 6 spelling words. On Wednesday, students will decompose contractions on p. 54 in Words Their Way books. On Thursday, students will write spelling words with white or yellow crayons and cover them with marker or paint.

Language Arts: reviewing types of sentences and using adjectives in sentences.

Math: identifying fractions on a number line. Later in the week, students will partition a number line into equal parts.

Social Studies: discussing how Frederick Douglass expanded freedom and democracy for Americans. On Thursday and Friday, students will present their take-home projects!:)

Important Information:

Social Studies Project: I accidentally forgot to change the date on the folder project directions. ALL PROJECTS ARE DUE THIS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20! Please email me if you have any questions. Electronic presentations can be emailed to me as well.

Expert Day: Friday, November 21 at 9:30 am. Please email me if you plan on coming!

Thanksgiving Feast: Wednesday 12:00-12:40

Multiplication Tables: Students will be tracking their mastery of multiplication facts in their binders throughout the year. By the end of the year, students must know products of multiplication facts within 100. We are moving onto the 5’s and 10’s this week!

Talent Show: We are gearing up for the Teasley Talent Show!  The talent show is a HUGE event every year that showcases the fabulous skills of our very talented students.  The deadline to turn in permission slips for auditions has been extended to Friday November 21st at 2:45.   We would love for our students to show off their unique talents by participating.  Permission forms are available outside Mrs. Mills’ door at both campuses and should be returned to her room or mailbox.  Information regarding audition dates, guidelines for acts, and all other information can be found on the permission form.   If your child needs assistance in getting a form or if you have questions, please e-mail Mrs. Mills at Jessica.mills@cobbk12.org.

Science Fair: Does your child LOVE science? If so, mark your calendars for Teasley’s SCIENCE FAIR in January. All information can be found on Ms. Sumners’ blog: http://www.cobblearning.net/erinsumners/ The permission/proposal form is due on December 8th and can be found on the blog or outside of Room 114 at Teasley Main.

Class Wish List: Indoor recess activities/games, large and small post its, Math Flash cards/wrap ups, medium sized mason jars, and copy paper.

Volunteers: Please let me know in/when you want to volunteer in the classroom! Here are the times for volunteering: Reading Workshop: 8:30-9:15, Writing Workshop: 9:30-10:00, Math Workshop: 12:45-1:30.

I am thankful to work with amazing students and parents!

Miss Nichols

November 11

Class Wish List: Indoor recess activities/games, large and small post its, Math Flash cards/wrap ups, medium sized mason jars, and copy paper.

Volunteers: Please let me know in/when you want to volunteer in the classroom! Here are the times for volunteering:

Reading Workshop: 8:30-9:15

Writing Workshop: 9:30-10:00

Math Workshop: 12:45-1:30

November 10

Happy Monday! I heard the performance was wonderful! Please email me pictures if you have any!

This week, we are:

Reading: gathering information from media and informational articles to generate and present an informational piece. Students are participating in another performance task about charities, similar to the Shark Tank activity last quarter. This will be great practice for our expert day next week!

Writing: editing and publishing biographies.

Spelling: identifying ending spelling patterns in Sort 12.

Language Arts: writing compound and complex sentences.

Math: identifying fractions on a number line. We began the week by reviewing fractions as parts of a whole. By the end of the week, we will identify them on a number line.

Social Studies: discussing how Frederick Douglass expanded freedom and democracy for Americans.

Important Information:

Social Studies Project: I accidentally forgot to change the date on the folder project directions. ALL PROJECTS ARE DUE ON NOVEMBER 20! Please email me if you have any questions. Electronic presentations can be emailed to me as well.

Expert Day: Next Friday, November 21 at 9:30 am. Please email me if you plan on coming!

Multiplication Tables: Students will be tracking their mastery of multiplication facts in their binders throughout the year. By the end of the year, students must know products of multiplication facts within 100. I am impressed with the students’ mastery so far!

Have a great evening!

Miss Nichols

3rd Grade Performance

Tomorrow evening, please have students at the Campbell High School Auditorium no later than 5:45 dressed in their black pants and classroom t-shirt. I look forward to seeing the rehearsal tomorrow during specials!

No additional homework will be given out Thursday evening. The spelling activities, KWL, and Reading Log are still due on Friday morning.

Miss Nichols

November 3

What an exciting week we have! We had an excellent conversation about voting with Susan B. Anthony in Social Studies today, which is very appropriate for Election Day tomorrow!

This week, we are . . .

Reading: describing characters in a story and how their actions and feelings contribute to events in the story. Students practiced describing character traits in a fun version of Headbands! I have included pictures at the bottom of the page.

Writing: revising and editing biographies. Students will finish editing their biographies and write a final copy by the end of this week. If students are still drafting and revising their biographies, they can take their writing home to finish. Next week, students will choose a topic for their next informational piece!

Spelling: identifying ending spelling patterns such as -dge and -ge with Sort 11! On Monday, students will write 10 strong sentences including conjunctions (and, but, or) and spelling words. Sometime on Tuesday (Or Monday), students will write all spelling words in ABC order. On Wednesday night, students will complete p. 46 in Words Their Way books. Finally on Thursday, students will pick 4 verbs and create a t-chart using the past and present tense. Then, students will use those verbs in complete sentences.

Language Arts: studying conjunctions such as and, but, or. This will be practiced in class and applied at home with homework.

Math:  applying the associate and commutative properties to multiply and divide. We will apply these properties to solving two-step multiplication and division problems. Here are a few learnzillion.com videos related to our math lessons this week!

Properties in Word Problems 

Multiplication and Division Relationships

Commutative Property in Word Problems

Social Studies: discussing the life Susan B. Anthony and how they expanded freedom and democracy for Americans. Later this week, students will complete a web hunt all about Susan B. Anthony! Students may create concept maps at home or conduct additional research if they want to learn more about either American hero!

Important Information: 

Third Grade Performance:  I am excited to pass along information to you from Ms. Mungin about the 3rd grade musical performance “Superb Teachers” coming up.  The performance will be held November 6th at 6:30pm in the Campbell High School Auditorium.  The third grade classes of Teasley Elementary School will honor educators who are now serving as teachers and those who have retired in the field of education. We will honor our “Superb Teachers” through song, dance and spoken word.  This will truly be an exciting time for our class! EVERYTHING that you need to know is on the website. Please go to this link for program info: http://www.musicatteasley.com/#!superb-teacher-celebration/c15k8

Please get LOTS of rest for Wednesday and Thursday rehearsals. They will be long rehearsals in preparation for the big show! I am very sad that I am not able to attend! I cannot wait to hear how the students perform!

Social Studies Project: I was not able to send home a copy of the Social Studies Project explanation today. However, I have attached a copy of it here and plan to give it out on Wednesday to students! I look forward to seeing the products!Students can either choose the traditional project with a manila folder Historical Figures Project (provided from the teacher) OR another form of multimedia Historical Figures Project- any kind –

Weekly KWL: Students should refer to the rubric when completing the weekly word problems. Students must provide a visual representation, strategy, correct computation, and explanation (in words) for each word problem!

Class Wish List: Indoor recess activities/games, 4×4 post its, and Math Flash cards/wrap-ups.

Operation Gratitude: Check out this great opportunity for helping others in the community! operation gratitude flyer 2014

Square 1 Art Orders: Last day to order in THURSDAY!

Expert Day: Our next Writing Celebration will take place on Friday, November 21st at 9:30 am! Students will share one of their informational pieces as experts. I will strive to send out the invitations tomorrow. Please RSVP in order for us to prepare the room with chairs and refreshments!

Have a great Election Day! 

Miss Nichols

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