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Games to Practice Linking Verbs and Helping Verbs

Here are some games to help practice and understand linking verbs and helping verbs.  Remember, helping verbs are paired with an action verb!  Here’s a great website with information and practice.

Turtle Diary  Practice Linking Verbs – Watch a video and practice in sentences

Linking Verb Jeopardy

 

 

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Thanksgiving Lunches

We will have Thanksgiving lunch on November 16.  Ticket order forms went home yesterday, and tickets will be sold October 16-November 8.  We will NOT be selling tickets on the day of the lunch.  Please turn in the bottom portion of the form with your payment.  The window to purchase tickets closes on November 8.  We will send tickets home shortly thereafter.

Please note that our lunch will be at 11:10 on that day.

 

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GA Parent Survey

Please see Dr. Garriss’s letter regarding the Georgia Parent Survey, which directly impacts our school.  Thank you!

 

GA Parent Survey Letter-rhnh2p

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Our Latest Adventures

Here are some pictures from our visit with Diamond Del, STEM Day, and Mad Dash.  Last week was both busy and thrilling!

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Mid-October Update

Dear Parents and Students,

I’m very proud of the fundraising the students are doing!  Last week, our class was in fourth place in the ENTIRE school!  I’m anxiously awaiting this week’s count!  Mad Dash was a lot of fun, and the students really enjoyed all of the obstacles.

Here’s what is going on in our classroom:

I can tell that many students are diligently practicing their multiplication facts, which is fabulous!  There are many apps and websites that have practice flashcards and games.  Target usually has flashcards in their dollar section, as well.  Here’s a website that breaks a logical order to memorize facts, and makes them a little less daunting.  We will be connecting multiplication and division, learning division strategies, and continuing to work on two-step word problems.

In reading, students are looking at characters and character traits.  They should be understanding how characters change throughout a story.  With this, students must provide evidence from the text, which we are working on diligently.  Please continue to read at home nightly!

In writing, we are continuing to revise our writing, including slowing down the heart of the story and elaborating the details.  Naturally, students have had a difficult time looking critically at their own writing, and understanding the necessity of revising.  We will also be learning how to change verb tenses, as well as irregular verbs.

The students truly became scientists when we began investigating rocks and minerals.  They used their knowledge of the properties in order to determine the difference between rocks and minerals, as well as how to identify minerals.  Diamond Del came, and the students found many beautiful minerals!  Next week, science will be shortened due to Conference Week, but we will start looking at fossils.  We plan on exploring fossils, and then moving on to soils.

Here are some upcoming dates to note:

Monday, October 16 – Friday, October 20 – Conference Week, Early Dismissal

Thank you for all you do to help with your child’s success!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank You,

Sarah Brown ([email protected])

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Plural Noun Games

Here are some great games to practice changing singular nouns to plural nouns:

Gulp the Plural

The Plural Girls (*choose multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank, and choose the Easy level)

Irregular Plural Nouns Ski Race

Noun Match the Memory

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The Start of October!

Dear Parents and Students,

Wow!  A full week of school without interruptions, testing, or different schedules!  I hope you all enjoyed your Fall Break!  The students have been telling some exciting stories about your adventures!

Please note, conference week is October 16 – 20.  Thank you to those who have already signed up for your conference!  If you haven’t been able to sign up yet, please do so ASAP.  I will need to turn in our conference schedule to administration as soon as everyone has signed up.

Here’s what is going on in our classroom:

I’m sure you’ve noticed that we’re moving on to multiplication!  Now is the time to start memorizing those multiplication facts!  Please practice them frequently.  Some students are well on their way to mastery already – fantastic!  We are looking at different strategies for multiplying, such as using number lines, making equal groups, repeated addition, and creating arrays.

In reading, students are looking at characters and character traits.  They should be understanding how characters change throughout a story.  With this, students must provide evidence from the text, which we are working on diligently.  Please continue to read at home nightly!

The students have chosen a small moment story to bring to publishing.  They have rehearsed their story multiple times, and will be working on writing an exciting lead that will hook their reader.  It’s still a struggle for them to see that their first time writing is not their best and most detailed, and that we must revise, revise, revise!

The Native American brochures turned out beautifully!  They will be in the hallway for you to see when you come for conferences.  We have moved on to science, and are exploring rocks and minerals.  We observed our own rocks, as well as pieces of granite, to determine that rocks are made up of minerals.  A study guide on rocks and minerals will be sent home this week, and students will have a test on Friday, October 13th.

Here are some upcoming dates to note:

Friday, October 6 – End of 1st 9 weeks, Third Grade Market Day

Monday, October 9 – Friday, October 13 – Mad Dash Coin Challenge Week

Wednesday, October 11 – Diamond Del in-house field trip, Mad Dash Count Day

Thursday, October 12 – Early Release Day, STEM Day

Friday, October 13 – Mad Dash (9:35 – 10:05), Fall Festival (6:00 – 8:00)

Friday, October 13 – Bidding ends for the PTA Silent Auction

Monday, October 16 – Friday, October 20 – Conference Week, Early Dismissal, Bookfair

 

Thank you for all you do to help with your child’s success!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank You,

Sarah Brown ([email protected])

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Changes in Breakfast

Mountain View Foundation has decided to only sell pancakes on Friday mornings.  They will no longer alternate between selling pancakes and breakfast burritos.  Happy “Pancake Friday!”

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Third Grade Market Day

Third Grade Market will be held Friday, October 6th. All of the third graders are so excited to spend their well-earned Funny Money. WE NEED YOUR HELP! To make this reward a great success, we need lots of items sent in for the students to buy. The team has created all kinds of passes for the students to buy….sit in the teacher’s chair for a day, wear a hat for a day, and many more. Please see the list below for suggested store items.

*Dollar Tree items

*gently used books

*snack cakes, such as Little Debbie or Moonpies

*individually wrapped candy

*Capri Suns

*card games

*decks of cards

*fancy pencils, pens and stickers

*shaped Post-it notes

*bouncy balls

*note pads

*slime

*puzzles

*puzzle books

Send in anything that your OWN child would work for here at school. Please start sending items. All items will be due Wednesday, October 4th! Thank you so much because without you this endeavor would NOT be possible. You guys are the best!

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Mid-September Update

Dear Parents and Students,

We’re ALMOST finished with testing!  Hurricane Irma decided we needed a little break, and I couldn’t agree with her more (although she could have done without all of the damage!).  We will be on our testing schedule for Monday and Tuesday, and then back to our regular schedule the remainder of the week.  I’m very proud of all the hard work the students are doing on testing!  I know it’s a lot to ask of them, and we will all be very glad to be finished!

Please note, conference week is October 16 – 20.  I will send out a Sign Up Genius on Monday, October 2nd for you to sign up for your conference.  Please make sure to sign up quickly, as spots will fill up fast.

Here’s what is going on in our classroom:

The students are becoming experts at using the CUBES strategy for solving word problems!  The main errors I see are with regrouping in addition problems and borrowing with subtraction problems.  We will continue to work on this, along with beginning multiplication.

In reading, students will be working with their reading teacher on answering questions using the FAT strategy (Flip the question, Answer the question, Tell more/add evidence), as well as locating evidence in a text.

Due to testing, we have taken a short break in writing.  We will pick back up on Wednesday.  Students will continue to work on their Small Moments stories, including adding details to their already created stories, as well as writing new Small Moments stories.  We will be working on leads and endings, as well as knowing how to edit and revise our own writing.

We have finished studying all six Native American regions – southeast, northeast, plains, southwest, northwest, and arctic.  Instead of a second test, students are busy creating a brochure on the southwest, northwest, and arctic regions as their second assessment.  This week, we will also shift to science and begin our unit on rocks and minerals.

Here are some upcoming dates to note:

Monday, September 18 – Tuesday, September 19:  IOWA Testing

Thursday, September 21 – Mad Dash Pep Rally

Monday, September 25 – Friday, September 29:  Fall Break

Monday, October 2 – Conference Week Sign Up Genius goes live

Friday, October 6 – End of 1st 9 weeks, Third Grade Market Day

Thank you for all you do to help with your child’s success!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank You,

Sarah Brown ([email protected])

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