Month: December 2014

More Holiday Fun!

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

We had an awesome holiday party today! The kids made some unique and creative cookies! Thank you so much for those families who donated goodies for the party.

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Tomorrow, we are comparing and contrasting holiday movies with similar characters. If your student has a favorite holiday movie at home, they are welcome to bring it in tomorrow.

Also, tomorrow is DRESS DOWN FOR $1! Dress warm and festive!

Happy Holidays! I hope your family has a lovely winter break! See you in 2015!

Miss Nichols

December 15

I apologize for the late-night post. I had a full afternoon judging the Talent Show Auditions! Eden, Carolyn, and Ally represented our class well!

This week, we are:

Reading: comparing and contrasting informational texts as well as themes, plots, and settings of stories by the same author or with similar characters. We will compare and contrast holidays around the world with a webquest. Later in the week, we will compare and contrast similar characters from holiday stories/movies.

Writing: writing informative texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.  Students will write a how-to informational piece.

Spelling: spelling fun holiday words! Holiday Spelling Words We will return to Sort 16 in January.

Math:  classifying quadrilaterals based on similar attributes. This week, students will apply their knowledge of quadrilaterals in a performance task, “Quadrilateral City”! Students have begun creating unique and awesome maps for their cities. Later in the week, we will check on word problem skills and math facts.

Science: explaining how wind and water affects rocks and soil over time with weathering and erosion.

Social Studies: identifying the main mountain ranges in America, Rocky Mountain Range and Appalachian Mountain Range.

Health: comparing and contrasting the negative affects of tobacco products, alcohol, and other drugs.

Important Information:

Wish List: 4×4 post-its for Guided Reading, 3×3 post- its for Writing Conferences, copy paper, notebook paper, and pre-sharpened pencils (Ticonderoga pencils are great!). Thanks to families who have already donated supplies!

Winter Holiday Celebration: Thursday, December 18 at 1 pm. Students will decorate cookies and watch a holiday movie. Throughout the week, we are working on a special surprise present for parents!

Winter Break Work: Over winter break, students can practice math facts with First in Math or Flash Cards, read, or practice reading skills on Lexia. Also check out learnzillion.com or the Cobb Digital Library for educational resources.

Happy Holidays! Cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store for our rocking third grade students!

Miss Nichols

Six Flags Read to Succeed!

Six Flags Reading Logs give students the opportunity to earn a free ticket to Six Flags for reading 6 hours (360 minutes)! This can easily be completed with the weekly reading logs. Please record student reading minutes on the sheet.

The Reading Log is due February 6, 2015.

Resources for Abstract Nouns and Quadrilaterals

Check out these videos supporting our study of classifying quadrilaterals on learnzillion.com:

https://learnzillion.com/lessonsets/392

 

December 8

Good evening! The students enjoyed the Georgia Habitats speaker AND his snake friend this morning! Pictures will be posted soon!

This week, we are:

Reading: clarifying the meaning of unknown words. Later in the week, we will apply these vocabulary skills to science content.

Writing: writing informative texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.  Students will write a holiday family newsletter all about main events in their lives during 2014! If your student would like to include their own pictures in their newsletters, please email them to me by Thursday morning. 

Spelling: adding -ing to root words with Sort 15! Sort 15

Math:  partitioning shapes into equal parts and recognizing shared attributes among quadrilaterals. The KWL for the week is mostly focused on quadrilaterals. We will begin studying quadrilaterals specifically on Wednesday this week.

Science: comparing and contrasting color, texture, and particle size of top soils. Later this week, students will study the affects of weathering and erosion on rocks and soil.

Important Information:

Santa Shop: Our class will visit the Santa Shop for a preview tomorrow morning at 8:00 am. Students may shop at the Santa Shop during Morning Work time as well (7:20-7:45) IF they have cash in hand. See Mrs. Long’s email for more information as well.

Wish List: 4×4 post-its for Guided Reading, 3×3 post- its for Writing Conferences, copy paper, notebook paper, and pre-sharpened pencils (Ticonderoga pencils are great!).

Winter Celebration: Stay tuned for more information! It will occur either Thursday or Friday next week.

Have a fantastic evening!

Miss Nichols

Santa Shop is coming to Teasley town!

Our class will visit the Santa Shop on Tuesday, December 9th at 8:00 am. Please send money to school with your student if you would like for them to purchase gifts from the Santa Shop!

See this flyer for more information: santa shop flyer 2014

 

Testing Score Reports and Nut Allergies

Testing Score Reports will be sent home today. Here is a link for more information:

Fall 2014 Iowa Parent Brochure

On another note, please do not send any food with nuts to school. We have several nut allergies in the class.

Thanks!

Miss Nichols

Pictures from Presentations, Expert Day, and Thanksgiving Activity

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Thanks to the parents who joined us for the Expert Day and the Long family for planning a fun Thanksgiving activity!

 

December 1

Good evening! We had a great start to our week! The students showed amazing teamwork and initiative today!

This week, we are:

Reading: describing the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.  Students will apply this skill with Time for Kids informational articles.

Writing: writing informative texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.  Students will reflect on how they can improve their new informational writing pieces.  They will choose an article to research for a two-day “Write-On Demand”.  Later this week, we will begin a unit on letter writing! This week, we are also integrating cursive into the writing workshop!

Grammar: using abstract nouns in a sentence. This will be reviewed in class and practiced in homework assignments.

Spelling: identifying contractions with Sort 14!

Math: using multiplication to find the area of a rectangle. Students did an amazing job recalling and applying their previous knowledge of area, especially the formula! Later this week, we will partition shapes into equal parts and identify the unit fraction.

Science: comparing and contrasting color, texture, and particle size of top soils. Students will participate in hands-on learning activities in the STEM Lab this week!

Social Studies: presenting Social Studies projects!

Important Information:

Chorus Performances: Support our students in Teasley’s Chorus tomorrow night at the Smyrna Tree Lighting and Thursday at the Vinings Tree Lighting!

Wish List: 4×4 post-its for Guided Reading, 3×3 post- its for Writing Conferences, copy paper, notebook paper, and pre-sharpened pencils (Ticonderoga pencils are great!).

Have a good evening!

Miss Nichols

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