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  1. Week of December 9-13

    December 8, 2019 by nagle

    For Your Information

     

    • December 10: Teacher Holiday Luncheon/TPV – 11:15-1:15
    • December 13: Cobb Parks & Recreation In-School Field Trip (Fossil Exploration)
    • December 18: Nagle Class Holiday Party – 12:30-1:15PM
    • December 19 & 20: Early Release – School Dismissed 2-Hours Early
    • December 23-January 3: Winter Break

     

    Suggested Holiday Gift:

     

    When we return in the new year, students who stay with me on Target days will be reading a book titled The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. This journey shows the reader what life is all about through loss, kindness, compassion, appreciating what you have and making the most of it.  The main theme can be summarized by a quote from the book, “If you have no intention of loving or being loved, then the whole journey is pointless.”

    The mentor text, we will ALL be reading (Target included), for the 3rd nine weeks is Because of Winn-Dixie by the same author.  I have several copies of both, but not enough for everyone.  Both novels are deep, meaningful narratives that are very moving and teach us life lessons.  We focus on narrative themes, characters and traits in the 3rd nine weeks.  It’s also interesting to see common themes from an author across multiple published pieces.  The students are already starting to understand this in children’s literature.

    Author ~ Kate DiCamillo:

    1. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
    2. Because of Winn-Dixie

     

    A Peek at the Week

     

    Grammar/OG – We will work with common roots.  A root is part of a word that has a meaning of its own.  Many roots come from ancient Latin and Greek words.

    You can figure out words you don’t know by looking inside them for the roots you do know. In each lesson below, we will work with five common roots.

    http://www.tv411.org/vocabulary/understanding-how-words-work/roots-and-their-families

    Root                 Meaning 

    ped or pod         foot

    ject                   throw

    hydr                  water

    therm                heat

    dict                    say

    http://www.tv411.org/vocabulary/understanding-how-words-work/more-roots-and-their-families/activity/1/1

    Root        Meaning

    auto         self

    bio           life

    spec         to look

    magni       great, big

    nym          name or word

    We will learn about Affixes: prefixes and suffixes.  We will determine the meaning of a new word formed when an affix is added to a word.

    Math – We will collect and record data through observations and surveys.  We will draw scaled picture and bar graphs.  We will relate bar graphs to scaled picture graphs.  We will also draw, organize, and analyze data in line plots.

    Reading/Writing – We are reading biographies through different lenses.  Readers of narrative nonfiction read with different lenses.  One of those lenses is to understand the story, and another lens is to learn information.  We will seek out unifying ideas behind the texts we read.  We will use what we know about understanding fictional characters when we are reading narrative nonfiction.

    Each partnership is doing a shared reading and informational writing unit on a chosen biography.  Do you have any of these biographies at home we could borrow or are willing to donate (also Who Is Michael Jordan)???

    Social Studies – We are reading about the first people, the Paleo Indians, who traveled to and lived in North America. We’ve identified where Paleo Indians crossed from Asia to North America, what they ate, how they lived and how they survived.

    We are reading to learn about other American Indian cultures that occupied various North American regions:  Arctic, Northwest Coast, Great Plains, Northeast, and Southeast tribal nations.

    We are in the middle of a research project with Mrs. Kindchy in the Learning Commons. Each partnership is writing a poem based on their research of a chosen tribe’s climate, food, clothing, shelter and cultural systems. They are using the app iMovie to tell their stories using pictures and music. They will get to share their digital stories, and then we will compare and contrast what we’ve learned about each tribe.

    Science – What are fossils?  Students will understand how fossils are formed and explain how fossils provide evidence of past organisms and environments.  Here’s a informational fossil video: https://www.sheppardsoftware.com/scienceforkids/dinosaurs/fossils.htm

    Cobb Parks visits on Friday for a fossil exploration…


  2. Market Day Information

    December 5, 2019 by nagle

    Hi everyone! We are getting SO excited for our very first Market Day on 12/6! Please come by to see your little entrepreneurs. Stores open tomorrow morning starting at 7:50 and will close at 8:40.

    If you do come, please remember that this is your child’s project and they are very excited (and capable) of running their store and making change all by themselves. You can help them bring in their product, the morning of Market Day, if they cannot carry it themselves. They will come in and set up their stores first thing, before announcements begin.

    I will give Nagle Buck$ for the parents to buy products, but I may wait until later in the Market.  This way all the students that are coming through (including our Book Buddies) will have the opportunity to buy things. I know that you may want something because there are a lot of GREAT products that will be here.  Thanks for understanding!

    Please let me know if you have any questions!

    Here are some pictures from last Market Day when Nagle students were consumers, so you can see Market Day in action.

     


  3. November Fun

    December 3, 2019 by nagle

    Here are some pictures I’ve been meaning to upload of some fun times in November…

    Veteran’s Day Parade

    Veteran’s Day Parade

    Math Games

    Math Games

    Math Games

    Math Games

    Math Games

    Math Games

    Mystery Reader, Mrs. Martin, sharing an author friend.

    Mystery Reader, Mrs. Martin, sharing an author friend.

    Mystery Reader, Mrs. Martin, sharing an author friend.

    Nonfiction text features sort

    Nonfiction text features sort

    Nonfiction text features sort

    Nonfiction text features sort

    Nonfiction text features sort

    Nonfiction text features sort

    Visiting middle school friend/Mystery Reader

    Visiting middle school friend/Mystery Reader

    Friendship Feast with Book Buddies

    Friendship Feast with Book Buddies

    Friendship Feast with Book Buddies

    Friendship Feast with Book Buddies

    Friendship Feast with Book Buddies

    Friendship Feast with Book Buddies

    Friendship Feast with Book Buddies

    Friendship Feast with Book Buddies

    Friendship Feast with Book Buddies

    Friendship Feast with Book Buddies

    STEM Day Foosball Challenge

    STEM Day Foosball Challenge

    STEM Day Foosball Challenge

    STEM Day Foosball Challenge

    STEM Day Foosball Challenge

    STEM Day Foosball Challenge


  4. Week of December 2-6

    December 2, 2019 by nagle

    Welcome Back!

     

    For Your Information

     

    • December 6: Fall FACT Clubs End | Nagle Market Day 7:50-8:45AM
    • December 13: Cobb Parks & Recreation In-School Field Trip (Fossil Exploration)
    • December 18: Nagle Class Holiday Party – 12:30-1:15PM
    • December 19 & 20: Early Release – School Dismissed 2-Hours Early
    • December 23-January 3: Winter Break

     

    A Peek at the Week

     

    OG – We will build our binders, review, and do some dictation this week.

    Grammar – We will work on subject-predicate, subject-verb agreement, and pronoun-antecedent agreement.

    Math – Just as multiplying by 2 is doubling a number, multiplying by 3 is tripling a number.  This can also be seen as doubling the number and then adding one more set.  Students will quickly see patterns in x3 facts, describing the pattern as skip-counting by 3, increasing each product by 3, or repeatedly adding 3.

    Students are working through various tasks, using multiplication and division, to solve word problems in situations.  They are using taught strategies: equal groups, arrays, drawing pictures, patterns, applying properties of operations to solve real-world problems.

    We are chorally skip counting by 2’s, 3’s, 10’s and 5’s, moving forward and backward stopping and starting at varying numbers.  Great practice that you can do at home or even in the car.  Don’t forget XtraMath!

    Reading – Readers use different ways of reading for different text structures.  They begin by identifying the type of structure a nonfiction text follows, and use this information to help them organize their understanding of the text.

    Readers recognize the important details that contribute to the overarching storyline and learn how to synthesize secondary details and storylines into the larger story.

    Readers will self-monitor, striking a balance between reading fluently and stopping to regain meaning when encountering unfamiliar vocabulary.

    We will prepare to read biographies through different lenses.  One of those lenses is to understand the story, and the other lens is to learn information.

    Writing – We are researching facts and ensuring text accuracy, reusing and recycling in the revision process, and creating introductions through researching mentor authors.  We will include a summary to conclude and expert vocabulary to our glossary.

    We are moving toward publication.  They will review their information writing using a checklist and then make a plan for revisions.

    I will continue to teach the students that the skills they used to write their information books can be transformed to other sorts of informational writing.  Early finishers will reimagine their text they have already written as a speech, a brochure, or an article.

    Book Buddies this week…my writers will teach younger students about their topics, sharing with their Book Buddy all the knowledge and expertise they have gained.

    Social Studies – The Earliest Americans: Part 1 and 2

    Students will increase their knowledge and understanding of culture of American Indian nations. Students will explore the various art forms including paintings, woven baskets, jewelry and pottery. America Indian folktales will also be shared!

    Later in the week, we will begin a research project with Mrs. Kindchy in the Learning Commons.  Each partnership is writing a poem based on their research of a chosen tribe’s climate, food, clothing, shelter and cultural systems.  They are using the app iMovie to tell their stories using pictures and music.  They will get to share their digital stories, and then we will compare and contrast what we’ve learned about each tribe.

     

     


  5. Happy Thanksgiving

    November 23, 2019 by nagle

    I shared with the students my own family tradition inspired by the book, The Thanksgiving Bowl by Virginia Kroll.  I encouraged the students to make this a new Thanksgiving tradition of their own… writing notes about what they are thankful for (not including their name), placing them into a bowl, and later having the eldest or youngest read each note while all try to figure out who is thankful for what.  Ask them about this Thanksgiving tradition.

    Enjoy your time with family and friends over this Thanksgiving break.  I am so very happy and grateful.


  6. Week of November 18-22

    November 17, 2019 by nagle

    For Your Information

     

    • November 22: STEM Day | Kindergarten Book Buddy Friendship Feast
    • November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break
    • December 6: Fall FACT Clubs End | Nagle Market Day 7:50-8:45AM
    • December 13: Cobb Parks & Recreation In-School Field Trip (Fossil Exploration)
    • December 18: Nagle Class Holiday Party – 12:30-1:15PM
    • December 19 & 20: Early Release – School Dismissed 2-Hours Early
    • December 23-January 3: Winter Break

     

    A Peek at the Week

     

    OG – We will review the 7 syllable types and do some dictation this week.

    Grammar – We will form irregular past tense verbs and use them in partner conversations and in writing.

    Math – We will relate area of a rectangles to multiplication; multiplying length times width (or number of rows times number of columns).  We will continue practicing to understand the distributive property of multiplication.  We will be “breaking apart” arrays to “see” why 3 x 6 is equal to (3 x 2) + (3 x 4) or equal to 3 x (2+4).  The distributive property is a difficult concept to understand.  We will start with manipulates, progress to drawing pictures, and end with using only numbers and mathematical symbols.

    Students are working through various tasks, using multiplication and division, to solve word problems in situations.  They are using taught strategies: equal groups, arrays, drawing pictures, patterns, applying properties of operations to solve real-world problems.

    We are chorally skip counting by 2’s, 3’s, 10’s and 5’s, moving forward and backward stopping and starting at varying numbers.  Great practice that you can do at home or even in the car.  Don’t forget XtraMath!

    Reading – Readers use different ways of reading for different text structures.  They begin by identifying the type of structure a nonfiction text follows, and use this information to help them organize their understanding of the text.

    Readers recognize the important details that contribute to the overarching storyline and learn how to synthesize secondary details and storylines into the larger story.

    Readers will self-monitor, striking a balance between reading fluently and stopping to regain meaning when encountering unfamiliar vocabulary.

    We will investigate various text features in nonfiction texts as well.

    Writing – We are researching facts and ensuring text accuracy, reusing and recycling in the revision process, and creating introductions through researching mentor authors.  We will include a summary to conclude and expert vocabulary to our glossary.

    We are moving toward publication.  They will review their information writing using a checklist and then make a plan for revisions.

    Social Studies – Students will learn about the the landscapes of America from the mountains, lakes, rivers and landforms across the country.

    Students will learn about different types of maps and globes and what they are used for. They will learn that explorers didn’t have maps to help them find their way around and had to make their own maps as they went.


  7. Week of November 11-15

    November 11, 2019 by nagle

    For Your Information

     

    • November 15: Disguise a Turkey Project Due | Market Day Proposals Due
    • November 22: STEM Day
    • November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break
    • December 6: Fall Fact Clubs End | Nagle Market Day 7:50-8:45AM
    • December 13: Cobb Parks & Recreation In-School Field Trip (Fossil Exploration)
    • December 19 & 20: Early Release | School Dismissed 2-Hours Early
    • December 23-January 3: Winter Break

     

    A Peek at the Week

     

    Grammar – We will continue forming and using simple verb tenses.  Past verbs show an action that has already happened (look for was or were).  Present tense verbs show an action that happens now (look for amare, or is).  Future tense verbs show an action that has not happened yet (look for will be; look for verbs that end in -ing).

    Math – We will continue looking at patterns in multiplication and challenging our thinking with balanced equations; Commutative and Associative Properties.  We will continue to work with the Distributive Property of Multiplication as a strategy to solve the harder facts.  We will also work on the Identity and Zero Properties this week as we focus on our 1’s and 0’s facts.

    Students will practice area by multiplying side lengths.  They will understand the difference between area and perimeter.

    We will also work on solving 1-step word problems using multiplication and division.

    We are chorally skip counting by 2’s, 3’s, 10’s and 5’s, moving forward and backward stopping and starting at varying numbers.  Great practice that you can do at home.  Don’t forget XtraMath!

    Reading – Readers read nonfiction to learn and work to find something of interest in the text.  When readers know they will be discussing a text, they gather their thoughts and prepare as they read.  Students will learn about various text features and how they are important to pay attention to while reading a nonfiction text.

    To talk and think about a text, it is helpful to separate your perspective on a topic from the perspective of the text.  The author of a text may have a different point of view that is different from the reader’s point of view.

    Writing – Informational writers are actually researchers, and I will suggest resources for finding information to enhance their informational books.

    Text features can enhance their informational writing.  I will guide them to choose the most appropriate features for their books.

    Social Studies – Students will learn from some nonfiction articles about maps and globes and how they are made so that any person any where would know exactly where they are located using the lines of latitude and longitude.

    We learned last week about important landforms in the United States.  The students located major rivers of the United States of America: Mississippi, Ohio, Rio Grande, Colorado, Hudson, and St. Lawrence.  They also located major mountain ranges of the United States of America: Appalachian, Rocky.  You can view their 3D maps in Seesaw.

    Describing how physical systems affect human systems will help to explain why American Indian groups occupied the areas they did, with emphasis on why some developed permanent villages and others did not.


  8. The Time has Come for our Classroom to Have its First MARKET DAY!

    November 11, 2019 by nagle

    Attention Third Grade Citizens and Parents,

    Product Proposals (click above link) are in their Boomerang Binders and are DUE FRIDAY – 11/15.  I will be sitting down with the entrepreneurs to go over their marketing plans to be sure they are on the right track.

    Our Market Day will be on Friday, December 6th from 7:50-8:45AM 

    Employee Compensation – if you become an employee to your student, please talk with them about what your time is worth.  This will be considered during our discussion after Market Day.

    Citizens may advertise their product one week before the sale with signs.  If desired, students may make ads, coupons, raffles… be creative!  The students may even videotape commercials to advertise their product – which we may do in class if time allows.

    Parents are welcome to come and observe the entrepreneurs in action…please don’t help out…interferes with the learning process of how it is to run a business.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks!


  9. Voyagers of the Month (September/October)

    November 6, 2019 by nagle

    These Nagle Voyagers of the Month were voted on by peers with reasons to support their opinion.  I’ve included some of the quotes from their classmates.  You can see photos of these voyagers aboard our 3rd grade ship by the STEM labs.  Congrats and well deserved, Voyagers!

    Voyagers for the Month of September

     

    Character Word: Cooperation

    Chloe

    “She listens to me when I want to tell her something”

    “Being a good friend”

    “Making things fair”

    “She is fair”

    Zachary

    “Because he says we should do rock-paper-scissors-shoot”

    “He always listens to others, and he doesn’t just pick a game and make his friends do it”

    “Works well with others when he plays, and listens”

    “Because he is a good friend”

    Voyagers for the Month of October

     

    Character Word: Perseverance

    Jake

    “When things are hard, Jake tries his best and won’t give up”

    “Because he does his best work and tries his best”

    “He does not copy when stuff gets hard”

    “Because he tries his best and doesn’t give up”

    “Jake never gives up in STEM when we are doing something hard”

    “Does his best work”

    Shiv

    “Shiv changes things to make them better”

    “He tries to think when stuff gets hard”

    “He never gives up even when things are hard:)”

    “He never quits when he doesn’t know it”


  10. Week of November 4-8

    November 6, 2019 by nagle

    For Your Information

     

    • November 15: Disguise a Turkey Project Due
    • November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break
    • December 6: Fall Fact Clubs End
    • December 13: Cobb Parks & Recreation in School Field Trip
    • December 19 & 20: Early Release | School Dismissed 2 Hours Early
    • December 23-January 3: Winter Break

     

    A Peek at the Week

     

    Grammar – We will continue forming and using simple verb tenses.  Past verbs show an action that has already happened (look for was or were).  Present tense verbs show an action that happens now (look for amare, or is).  Future tense verbs show an action that has not happened yet (look for will be; look for verbs that end in -ing).

    Math – We will continue looking at patterns in multiplication and challenging our thinking with balanced equations.  I introduced the distributive property of multiplication on Monday.  Students will first need to understand area by multiplying side lengths.  We will understand the difference between area and perimeter.  Understanding area will help us to better understand the distributive property.

    We are chorally skip counting by 2’s, 3’s, 10’s and 5’s, moving forward and backward stopping and starting at varying numbers.  Great practice!  Our focus this week is on the 5’s facts.  We will play games to practice multiplying and dividing by 5.  The students love the games!

    At Home– Continue skip counting and don’t forget XtraMath!

    Reading –  The major shift between second and third grade is the strand “Main Idea(s) and Supporting Details/Summary”.  The expectation for third-graders is that they will be able to determine a main idea of a text, a major shift from second grade when they were expected to be able to identify the main topic of a text.

    Third-graders not only name a main idea but they also choose important supporting points that show that idea.  So, in third grade, it is no longer enough for students to be able to say, “This is about bats.  This part is about what they eat, and this part is about how they get food.”  Instead, they need to be able to say, “This is about how bats are in danger.  For example, this part of the text says that humans are going into their caves and waking them up.  That is one way they are in danger.  Another part of the text that shows they are in danger when…”  Students must have an idea that can be supported by key details from the text.  This is far from easy work and something we work on consistently this nine weeks.  We make boxes and bullets to help organize our thinking.

    Writing – We’ve been busy organizing information.  We will transition into Bend II – Reaching to Write Well.  In this bend, we will study mentor texts in a search for elaboration strategies, make connections within and across chapters, balance facts and ideas, research facts ensuring text accuracy, and create introductions through researching mentor authors.

    Science – We will independently explain through observation how water AND wind can change rocks and soil over time (weathering and erosion).  We will be recording information about weathering and erosion in our science journals.

    We will locate major geographical features of the United States, identifying U.S. rivers and mountain ranges.  This will connect to our weathering and erosion study and lead into our Native American unit.

    Thank you for the donations for our 3D maps!  We painted our maps on Monday…


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