Month: March 2015

Field Trip to Warm Springs

Today, the students received a letter and permission form about the upcoming field trip to Warm Springs, Georgia! A payment enveloped was also attached. This field trip will enhance our study of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It will take place on Monday, April 27.

Please return the signed form and $25 in the payment envelope for your student by Friday, April 17.

If you would like to go as a parent volunteer, I will take the first three forms with the parent volunteer box checked. At this point, each third grade class can only take three parent volunteers. Please send in an additional $25 if you as a parent volunteer also want to also on the bus.

Here is another copy of the information letter about the field trip: Little White House

Email me if you have any questions! I am very excited about this off-campus field trip and authentic learning experience! 🙂

Miss Nichols

March 30

I cannot believe we are one week away from Spring Break!

This week, we are:

Reading: comparing and contrasting main ideas from two texts about the same topic. These skills will be applied with our last American hero, Cesar Chavez.

Writing: writing imaginative narratives using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. Students are adding dialogue before revising their fairy tales.

Spelling: focusing on recognizing vowel/consonant patterns within words. Spelling homework MUST be completed neatly. Bonus points will be awarded to students who can neatly write in cursive on spelling homework as well. Students will receive their spelling homework sheet tomorrow morning.

Language Arts: reviewing all third grade language arts skills.

Math: estimating and measuring liquid volume and mass. Students should bring home their math journals to use their notes from class.

Volume/Mass - Sydney Tyson - MES - 3rd Grade

*We also discussed how 1 gram is equivalent to a peanut and 1 kilogram is equivalent to a pineapple.

Science: explaining four ways to produce heat as well as describing examples of insulators and conductors.

Social Studies: describing how Cesar Chavez expanded freedom and rights for Americans.

Important Information:

Wish List: Copy paper, glue sticks, clorox wipes, tissue boxes, and pre-sharpened pencils.

Volunteers: Email me if you would like to volunteer to work with the students in class or make copies!

Reading Responses: For the fourth quarter, students will write a 1 paragraph (5-8 sentences) reading responses to reflect on what they read at home that week. Students will still read 5 nights each week to continue building their stamina. This WILL replace the weekly Reading Logs. Reading Responses can be completed in Reading Journals OR Friday Journals.

Field Trip: Tomorrow, students will receive a letter about an upcoming field trip on Monday, April 27. Email me if you have any questions after receiving the letter!

Milestones: Students will take the Milestones test April 17-April 21. Students may bring home ALL of their journals to review over Spring Break. If students want to bring home math, science, or social studies textbooks as well, they can check them out through me.

Testing Snacks: Contact Kelly Long if you want to send in a healthy/fun snack for students to enjoy after testing each afternoon.

Have a great night!

Miss Nichols

March 23

We had an amazing start to our week today! I am thrilled by the students’ background knowledge of telling time to the nearest minute!

This week, we are:

Reading: reading and comprehending complex literary and informational texts as well as sequencing historical events or steps in a scientific process. These skills will be applied with science and social studies content.

Writing: writing imaginative narratives using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. Students are writing their adapted fairy tales this week and working on making their characters unique with clear descriptions.

Spelling: focusing on compound words with similar root words with Sort 26.

Language Arts: studying verb and pronoun antecedent agreement.

Math: telling time to the nearest minute and finding elapsed time with a number line. Students mastered telling time to the nearest minute today and are ready to move onto elapsed time for the remainder of the week!

Science: explaining four ways to produce heat and identify objects that are attracted to magnets. Students are exploring magnets and heat in the STEM lab this week!

Important Information:

Wish List: Copy paper, glue sticks, clorox wipes, tissue boxes, and pre-sharpened pencils.

Volunteers: Email me if you would like to volunteer to work with the students in class or make copies!

Reading Responses: For the fourth quarter, students will write a 1 paragraph (5-8 sentences) reading responses to reflect on what they read at home that week. Students will still read 5 nights each week to continue building their stamina. This WILL replace the weekly Reading Logs. Reading Responses can be completed in Reading Journals OR Friday Journals.

Have a lovely night!

Miss Nichols

March 20

Happy Friday! Here are some weekends updates as we approach the last two weeks before Spring Break!

Homework: This week, students have the following weekly assignments due on Friday:

1. Math OAS packet (white minibook)

2. Math OAS word problem

3. Reading OAS packet (white minibook)

4. Paragraph of the Week

*If students want to complete any of the OAS assignments online, please send in a note signifying that they complete it online.

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What great teamwork learning about Fairy Tale Adaptations!

Have an awesome weekend!

Miss Nichols

March 16

Good afternoon!

This week, we are:

Reading: reading and comprehending complex literary and informational texts. Students will practice the RACE strategy by responding to literary and informational passages. Later this week, we will use numerous third grade reading skills such as point of view to learn about new American Heroes such as Lyndon B. Johnson and Thurgood Marshall. Throughout the next three weeks before Spring Break and Testing, students will practice building stamina in reading as well.

Writing: writing imaginative narratives using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. This quarter, students will adapt a fairy tale into their own imaginative narrative! We are studying how mentor authors adapted classic fairy tales such as Cinderella, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and Little Red Riding Hood.

Spelling: focusing on compound words with similar root words with Sort 25. Compound words are two smaller words that are put together to make a larger word. Tonight, students will complete p. 102 in WTW books. Tomorrow night, students will write compound words into addition sentences to show the smaller words within the compound word. On Wednesday night, students will write 10 compound sentences (containing one conjunction) including one spelling word in each. Then, students will underline the independent clauses that could stand by themselves and circle the conjunctions. Thursday night, students will create 6 compound word teasers.

Language Arts: studying verb and pronoun antecedent agreement.

Math:decomposing rectilinear figures to find area. Students have notes and examples in their math journals. Students may extend their learning by using the distributive property to find the area of the entire rectilinear figure.

https://learnzillion.com/lessons/3907 – Finding area by using multiplication

Social Studies: explaining how Lyndon B. Johnson and Thurgood Marshall expanded freedoms and rights for Americans. We will integrate this content with reading workshop this week.

Important Information:

Wish List: Copy paper, glue sticks, and pre-sharpened pencils.

Volunteers: Email me if you would like to volunteer to work with the students in class or make copies!

Reading Responses: For the fourth quarter, students will write a 1 paragraph (5-8 sentences) reading responses to reflect on what they read at home that week. Students will still read 5 nights each week to continue building their stamina. This WILL replace the weekly Reading Logs. Reading Responses can be completed in Reading Journals OR Friday Journals.

Georgia OAS: Continue taking practice tests in ALL subject areas!

Multiplication Facts: We will have our Multiplication Masters Celebration this Friday! I will announce the Multiplication Masters before Friday!

Talent Show: THIS Friday night! An orange information sheet will be sent home tomorrow with ticket and snack information for the night of the show. Come out and support some super talented Teasley Tigers such as Eden, Carolyn, and Ally! Plus, your favorite 3rd grade teacher may make an appearance on stage as well . . .

Have a great evening!

Miss Nichols

March 9

Good evening!

This week, we are:

Reading: identifying main idea of a text and comparing and contrasting both informational and fiction texts through a performance task! Students will identify common main ideas from an article and video about the Soda Ban. Then, students will write an opinion essay and give a speech about their opinion of the Soda Ban.

Writing: writing opinion pieces on familiar topics with supporting reasons. Students are analyzing sample persuasive speeches to learn how to give a powerful speech. We are working hard for the writing celebration on Friday!

Spelling: adding -es, -ed, and -ing to words ending in -y with Sort 24. Tonight, students will complete p. 98 in WTW books. Tomorrow night, students will write a paragraph about what they did over the “snow days”. The paragraph must include a topic sentence, dialogue, and at least five sentences. Wednesday night, students will sort words into categories based on their endings (-ing, -es, or -ed). On Thursday night, students will write a paragraph about what they want to do when they grow up. This paragraph must include a topic sentences, five future tense (-ing) words from Sort 24, and be at least five sentences.

Language Arts: reviewing all language arts skills from the third quarter!

Math: solving two-step word problems using the four operations and represent with equations. Today, students learned a problem solving checklist as an additional strategy for solving word problems. Students can use a KWL if it helps them be more successful in problem solving. The checklist is in their math journals. Problem Solving Checklist

Social Studies: identifying the major US rivers on a map (Colorado, Hudson, Mississippi, Missouri, and Rio Grande).

Health: comparing and contrasting prevention of circulatory system and respiratory system diseases.

Important Information:

Wish List: Copy paper, glue sticks, and pre-sharpened pencils.

Volunteers: Email me if you would like to volunteer to work with the students in class or make copies!

Reading Logs: Students must still complete their weekly reading logs.

Georgia OAS: Continue taking practice tests in ALL subject areas!

Multiplication Facts: Over half the class has mastered all of their times tables! Students still working on their times tables will practice their missing facts during math workshop as well.

Writing Celebration: With all of the madness catching up from the snow days, I was not able to send home a formal invitation for the Writing Celebration. We will have a Writing Celebration THIS Friday, March 13 at 9:30 am. Students will present their persuasive speeches!

Talent Show: Next Friday night! An orange information sheet will be sent home tomorrow with ticket and snack information for the night of the show. Come out and support some super talented Teasley Tigers such as Eden, Carolyn, and Ally! Plus, your favorite 3rd grade teacher may make an appearance on stage as well . . .

Have a fantastic evening!

Miss Nichols

March Madness in Third Grade!

Welcome back to a normal week! The students enjoyed two special guest readers today to celebrate Read Across America day!

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This week, we are:

Reading: identifying main idea of a text and comparing and contrasting both informational and fiction texts.Students will apply this skill to science and social studies passages. Today, we compared and contrasted two informational texts about Dr. Seuss!

Writing: writing opinion pieces on familiar topics with supporting reasons. Students are publishing pieces this week and beginning to write their persuasive speeches.

Spelling: making words ending with -y plural with Sort 23. We are continuing with Sort 23 this week. For spelling homework, students will complete 10 points per night from the GREEN March Spelling Contract! They can complete two 5-point activities or one 10-point activity each night.

Language Arts: writing simple, compound, and complex sentences as well as reviewing prefixes and suffixes.

Math: finding perimeter and area of quadrilaterals. Students have a copy of the area and perimeter anchor chart with the formulas as well as examples. Please see the anchor chart on the previous blog entries. Many students are getting confused because they are not showing all of their work. Even though finding perimeter may include adding one-digit numbers, students must show their work in order to avoid making careless mistakes.

Social Studies: explaining how Franklin Roosevelt expanded freedoms for Americans.

Science: identifying items that are attracted to magnets.

Important Information:

Wish List: Copy paper, glue sticks, and pre-sharpened pencils (Ticonderoga pencils are great!).

Volunteers: Email me if you would like to volunteer to work with the students in class or make copies!

Math OAS Problem: There is a constructed response math problem on OAS for students to solve this week. If their account is still not working, students may complete the word problem on the packet or on a separate piece of paper. Let me know if your student needs a paper copy of the weekly word problem.

Reading OAS: There is a BONUS reading homework problem on OAS as well. Students must still complete their weekly reading logs.

Georgia OAS: Continue taking practice tests in ALL subject areas!

Multiplication Facts: Continue to practice all multiplication facts within 100!

Summer Reading: Kick off Summer Reading with Magazines! Time to start planning your child’s summer reading.  What better way to plan ahead than to order a magazine just for them!  Ordering kits are coming home this week.  Please pay close attention to the “Time for Reading” catalog just for kids; it pairs the perfect magazine for your child’s age.  There is also a larger catalog listing favorites for the whole family. Orders may be placed online or through the paper forms. Return paper forms to the school in the provided envelope.  Please note that checks must be made out to Great American Opportunities. Students who submit an order will receive a prize while supplies last. Magazine sales end February 27th. Thank you for encouraging your child to read!

Writing Celebration: We will have a Writing Celebration on Friday, March 13 at 9:30 am. Students will present their persuasive speeches!

Spring Pictures: Spring Pictures will take place THIS FRIDAY, March 6th at 8:10 am for our class. Students may dress down (wear something nice that is not standard attire) for the class pictures and individual pictures if desired.

Art Show: Teasley Gym at 5 to 6:30 on March 5th. You and your family are invited to celebrate your students artwork.  Each student has their own masterpiece framed and on display.  You may purchase your child’s framed original art to proudly display in your home or office for 25$ cash or credit only.  In addition, a percentage of the sales go directly to your child’s school.  You may also buy reproductions at the art show.  There will be a few activity tables and a photo booth to capture the night!  If you have any questions, feel free to email Mrs. Brooks, the art teacher, at:  kaylene.hybart@cobbk12.org

Have a great evening!

Miss Nichols 

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