May 20, 2019

Art Expo was AMAZING!  I loved the art work and children’s creativity.  I especially enjoyed the live performances of many talented students from kindergarten through eighth grade.  Kuddos to Zoe, Spencer, Miles, Vincent, and Cecilia for their willingness and courage to share their beautiful music.  Thank you, to all who bid on auction items.  Your support of St. Michael’s is greatly appreciated.

It’s hit me that little time is left in the school year.  We’ve grown close and finished a lot of learning.  It’s bittersweet to begin that annual process of acknowledging that third graders are eager to launch onward to fourth grade.  They are ready for their next academic adventure.

As I begin to arrange class lists for next year, please keep in mind that Mr. Gould and I work together to design around what we, the classroom teachers, know about all the students. Three important criteria for us include and are not limited to the following factors.  First; we strive to list two academically and gender balanced classes.  Second, we mix up our two classes to provide students opportunity to work with other students. Third,  we place students with a friend.  Please, know that I work closely with my grade level partner to design classrooms that foster success and compatibility.

Goodbyes come in all shapes and sizes this week. Third graders will gather with their eighth grade buddies Monday morning for a visit and indoor game.  During Eighth Grade Buddy Breakfast we will play “All Together Now,” which challenges three groups to create and demonstrate a simple cheer with movement and sound. 
Thursday, we share awards and goodbyes during our class party at the Racquet Club.  Parents are welcome to join us or drop in as time allows. At 2:00, Mr. Gould and I will present awards to our students and room parents. He and I will acknowledge each student for one of their many talents. Sometimes we’re serious and sometimes we’re silly. Awards will wrap up around 2:30 and children are dismissed to their parents or carpool. Please, let me know if your child is part of a carpool or will need a ride back to school.
  
Classroom clean up is scheduled Friday morning.  Shaving cream is our cleaner of choice. The result is a room full of fresh smelling, clean desks. Finally, at 11:15, All School Chapel brings everyone to the gym for Eagle Awards and goodbyes to the eighth graders. The Eagle Award is given to students who are role models of good citizenship. Award recipients are hard working students who show compassion for classmates and stewardship towards school.

Growth Mindset

Sadly and happily, class dismisses at noon, and our third grade family also says goodbye to the Primary Courtyard. Your children have grown in many ways academically, socially, physically, and spiritually this year. I’ve enjoyed every minute and I’m pleased to say they are ready for the next step.

Stop in anytime and let me know about your future successes!  I know there will be many!  Have a great summer!

Reminders

Monday:  Lessons as usual

Tuesday:  Lessons as usual

Wednesday: Lessons as usual and all personal items come home!

Thursday; Lessons as usual until 10:30. Then, were off to the Tucson Racquet Club. Awards presentation begins at 2:00pm. Join us at any time for as long as you can.  Parents and students are dismissed as soon as the award presentations conclude.

Friday; Preparing the classroom for summer. NOON DISMISSAL.

Spelling Words with VCV, VCCV Patterns

  1. actual
  2. adventure
  3. apparent
  4. atop
  5. behold
  6. century
  7. colorful
  8. major
  9. pollute
  10. population
  11. rumble
  12. shadow
  13. tender
  14. terror
  15. unusual

Watch-Out  Words

  • meet
  • meat
  • pour
  • pore

May 13, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day!  I recently read a lovely article by Dr. Charles Fay about mothers that I’d like to share with you.  It offered valuable reminders for myself and my family. This link takes you to the Love and Logic Institute’s article: Mother’s

Teacher appreciation week is DEFINITELY one of my favorite times of the school year.  Thank you for your expressions of generosity and support throughout the year for my work with your children. It revs up everyone to reflect on all we are grateful for at school.  For example, I love my students and their families. I respect parents’ commitment to advocating for their kiddos. I couldn’t have a better employer, because St. Michael’s provides me with never ending support in and out of the classroom to ensure I have everything I need to teach well.  I am blessed with a career that speaks to my heart, mind, and soul. THANK YOU for your appreciation!

Ms. Allen would love to have any of our parents help with Art Expo next week.  Basically all you have to do is put all the art that is already matted and labeled onto large sheets of butcher paper with spray adhesive.  She has one parent coming Tuesday at 8:15.  She really could use help Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Anytime is good and she would be grateful!

Reminders

May 17; Art Expo

May 23; Field Trip Tucson Racquet Club

May 24; Noon Dismissal

Spelling Words with oo and silent consonants

  1. brook
  2. columns
  3. comb
  4. footsteps
  5. heirs
  6. hooked
  7. knapsack
  8. kneel
  9. knowledge
  10. raspberry
  11. reign
  12. salmon
  13. scrapbook
  14. ugh
  15. wrinkled

Watch-Out Words

  • knew
  • new
  • gnu

May 6, 2019

Blast! Crash! Splash! Nature’s Power is the focus of Language Arts unit seven.  Students will explore the BIG question “What forces can change Earth?”  Reading comprehension skills in the unit studied through narrative poetry, a photo essay, historical fiction, and an online article.  The selections build understanding of several skills; draw conclusions, cause and effect, and author’s purpose.  The unit’s Grammar works with adverbs and writing covers sensory language, integrating ideas from multiple sources, and including dialogue in writing.

Math changes course from fractions to perimeter and area.  We will explore why it is important to measure perimeter and area.  Monday, we will begin using models to find the perimeter and area of squares and rectangles. Math vocabulary includes:

  • area: the number of square units needed to cover the inside of a region or plane figure Area of a Square: A = side × side Area of a Rectangle: A = length × width
  • square units: a unit for measuring area
  • perimeter: the distance around a shape or region

The water coolers are convenient for refilling water bottles.  Drinking extra water is important and encouraged as our spring climate dries up. Rising temperatures bring on symptoms of not drinking enough water and requests for visits to the nurse’s office.  Please, make sure a refillable water bottle is available every day.  Additionally, I strongly recommend that students apply sunscreen daily, and wear a hat to minimize sun exposure at daily recesses and during outdoor P. E. on Tuesday and Thursday.

Reminders

May 8 ; Noon Dismissal

May 17; Art Expo

May 23; Field trip Tucson Racquet Club

May 24; Noon Dismissal

Spelling Words with Hard and Soft c, g

  1. against
  2. arctic
  3. average
  4. canyon
  5. cyclone
  6. dangerous
  7. distance
  8. exciting
  9. fierce
  10. gigantic
  11. gully
  12. iceberg
  13. regular
  14. secure
  15. surface

Watch-Out Words

  • soar
  • sore
  • weather
  • whether

April 29, 2019

The theme of Language Arts unit six has explored the question “How can we preserve our traditions?”  This week, we are reading folk tales.  After we read “Stories to Tell; The Rainbow Bridge”, “The Firefly’s Light” and “The Two Frogs”, we will discuss how people use storytelling to preserve their traditions.  Our writing project focuses  on organization as students prepare to write an interview with someone who helps preserve a special tradition.  Grammar tackles indefinite pronouns and possessive pronouns.  Language Arts Unit 6 Assessment is scheduled Thursday and Friday.

Reminders

May 8; Noon Dismissal

May 17; Art Expo

May 23; Year-End Party and Awards at Tucson Racquet Club

May 24; Noon Dismissal

Spelling Words with oo, ew; au, aw; al, all

  1. anew
  2. author
  3. awe
  4. choose
  5. crew
  6. faulty
  7. gradual
  8. herald
  9. mood
  10. original
  11. overall
  12. pauses
  13. recalls
  14. whoop
  15. withdrawn

Watch-Out Words

  • role
  • roll
  • vary
  • very

 

April 22, 2019

Have a wonderful, restful, joyful Easter Break with family and friends!

Math continues to solidify understanding of greatest common factor and least common multiple.  Students are expected to know the reason and process for both ideas as they relate to their work with fractions when creating equivalent fractions and expressing fractions in simplest form.  An assessment is scheduled Thursday for lessons three through seven.  Online resources are available when you click here: My Math

A few academic tasks are culminating for us as we spent a good portion Wednesday working diligently toward completing individual and team projects; a book report mobile, Tucson History video, and a famous women’s biography and the Art Expo auction sculpture.  I was very impressed by the children’s industry throughout the day.  While they were working, I distracted them from socializing too much by reading aloud a fantasy story about a quest to save a kingdom from evil forces.

Reminders

May 8; Noon Dismissal

May 17; Art Expo

May 23; Year-End Party and Awards at Tucson Racquet Club

May 24; Noon Dismissal

Spelling Words with oi, oy, ou, ow

Spelling pretest was Monday, April 15 and the test is scheduled after Easter Break.  Additionally, the lessons for reading, grammar, and vocabulary began last week and continue after break. Assessments are scheduled for April 26th.

  1. appoint
  2. coins
  3. countdown
  4. crowd
  5. enjoyable
  6. loudly
  7. noisy
  8. ourselves
  9. proud
  10. rejoice
  11. rowdy
  12. royal
  13. tryout
  14. voice
  15. vowel

Watch-Out Words

  • rap
  • wrap
  • read
  • reed

April 15, 2019

ARF! was an experience I’ll never forget!  Visually the costuming was vivid and kept my attention as I identified the creative canines.  Third graders stole the show!  They sang and acted their best offering a sweet story of kindness and courage. I couldn’t stop smiling and laughing at the many surprises throughout the show.  The HipHop kiddos were amazing with their many moves and difficult steps!  I am proud of all the students for accomplishing a complex production.  Kuddos to Ms. Allen and her students for a Fine Arts Night to remember as the BEST EVER!

In the classroom, only six weeks of school left!  I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown.  As the second half of the third trimester flies by, I expect children to continue their strong work ethic through the very last day of school.

Chapter 8 Math continues to build on the foundation of factors and multiples and prime and composite numbers.  Equivalent fractions and simplest form algorithms are supported with fraction tiles in lessons 4 and 5.  Then students explore comparing fractions using least common multiple and benchmark fractions on a number line.  An assessment is schedule after completing lesson seven.  My Math online materials are supportive of the learning we are accomplishing in the classroom.  Click on the My Math Link for easy access HERE.

We are feeling allergy miseries as we cough and blow our noses until they are chapped. Extra bathroom breaks are necessary, because we are drinking a lot of water to sooth our sore throats.  Chapped lips are another common aliment this time of year that can be comforted with a little Vaseline-type product.

The water coolers are very convenient for refilling our water bottles. Drinking extra water is important as our spring climate loses its moisture and dries up.  Please, make sure a refillable water bottle is available in the classroom every day.  Additionally, I strongly recommend that students apply sunscreen daily, and  wear a hat to minimize sun exposure at daily recess and during outdoor P.E.

Reminders

April 16; Reading Log due with signatures and total pages

April 18-22; Easter Break

May 8; Noon Dismissal

May 17; Art Expo

May 23; Year-End Party and Awards at Tucson Racquet Club

Spelling Words with oi, oy, ou, ow

Spelling pretest is scheduled for Monday, April 15 and the test is scheduled after Easter Break.  Additionally, the lessons for reading, grammar, and vocabulary will begin this week and continue after break. Assessments are scheduled for April 26th.

  1. appoint
  2. coins
  3. countdown
  4. crowd
  5. enjoyable
  6. loudly
  7. noisy
  8. ourselves
  9. proud
  10. rejoice
  11. rowdy
  12. royal
  13. tryout
  14. voice
  15. vowel

Watch-Out Words

  • rap
  • wrap
  • read
  • reed

April 8, 2019

Fine Arts Night is fast approaching and the excitement for Friday night is building as students put the finishing touches on their show.  Follow the link here for important information from Ms. Allen.

Look for your child’s mid-term Progress Report this week, Wednesday. Please, review your child’s progress and chat with him or her, praising strengths and brainstorming strategies for continued improvement.  Students can be proud of their progress this school year as they have grown a great deal since August.  Their cursive writing is developing fluency, they understand division, and can analyze and comprehend their reading with a variety of strategies.  The third term will finish strong with a growth mindset to learn all we can academically, socially, and physically.

Practice daily sun protection!

Warmer weather is an excellent reminder that refillable water bottles, hats, and sunscreen are valuable tools for our daily comfort while in school.  Additionally, children with allergies may want their own small supply of throat lozenges when increased coughing causes throat irritation.

Language Arts continues the theme from past to present. First, students will read a biography of blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson who added to the musical heritage of the United States.  Then, they will compare the song lyrics and the biography texts noting their similar ideas and the differences of literary vs. informational.  Next, grammar studies include pronoun agreement for subject and object pronouns.  Last, students will practice giving and following instructions and writing flow charts.

 Reminders

April 10; Mid-Trimester Progress Reports issued

April 12; Fine Arts Night 7pm

April 18-22; Easter Break

May 8; Noon Dismissal

May 17; Art Expo

Spelling Words with y; eg., happy, yellow, key

  1. community
  2. cycle
  3. diary
  4. everybody
  5. family
  6. glory
  7. identify
  8. library
  9. memory
  10. rhymes
  11. style
  12. supply
  13. worry
  14. yourself
  15. youthful

Watch-Out Words

  • chance
  • chants
  • chord
  • cord

April 1, 2019

From Past to Present is the title of our next unit in Language Arts. Unit 6 explores the big question “How can we preserve our traditions?” Week one shows how dance and music are ways that cultures express their traditions. Week one, students will read song lyrics that express a young girl’s thoughts and feelings about a famous singer named Celia Cruz.  Reading comprehension covers classifying and visualizing details.  Grammar practices pronouns and pronoun-antecedent agreement. Writing free verse and rhyming poetry will be introduced and practiced.  Unit projects are previewed so they can think about which one they will choose.

Math continues to build on the foundation of multiplication and division as Chapter 8; Fractions, begins this week reviewing factors and multiples as well as prime and composite numbers.

Monday, author Jennifer Ward visits.  She is donating 50% of her Authors for Earth Day speaking fee to one of three organizations supporting conservation through literacy. Students will vote on Monday for one of these organizations.  Guide your child to research these organizations before the vote Monday.

Which Will You Vote For?

The Tucson Chapter of the National Audubon Society web: TucsonAudubon.org

The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection web: SonoranDesert.org

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology web: Birds.Cornell.Edu/home/about

Warmer weather is an excellent reminder that refillable water bottles, hats, and sunscreen are valuable tools for our daily comfort while in school.

Reminders

April 10; Mid-Trimester Progress Reports issued

April 12; Fine Arts Nights 7pm

April 18-22; Easter Break

May 8; Noon Dismissal

May 17; Art Expo

Spelling Words with r-Controlled Syllables: ar, er, ir, or, ur

  1. adore
  2. artworks
  3. birthday
  4. border
  5. chorus
  6. circle
  7. current
  8. margin
  9. murmur
  10. nervous
  11. normal
  12. purple
  13. usher
  14. verses
  15. version

Watch-Out Words

  • acts
  • ax
  • hour
  • our

March 25, 2019

Troll’s Treasure

Last Week in third grade was full of exceptional activities.  Our work on the class project for the Gala’s auction started and will continue this week. The kiddos are excited about it and each one hopes it ends up in their home.  Midweek, our eighth grade buddies, Mac and Jordan, visited us Wednesday afternoon for a brisk game of Troll’s Treasure. Last Friday, students enjoyed Project WET’s program at the Sweetwater Wetlands.   Encourage your water experts to share their field trip adventures with you.  Look for photos here.

     This week, third graders will focus on finishing Language Arts Unit 5 lessons and completing the unit’s assessments. The Spelling test is scheduled for Monday and Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Grammar tests will take place Tuesday and Wednesday.  Math Chapter 7 concludes this week and Tucson History’s culminating time line project proceeds throughout the busy week.  Additionally this week, Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s string quintet comes to perform and third graders celebrate two accomplishments.  Thank you for your support with Box Tops collection and Math-a-thon donations.  We couldn’t reach our goals without you!

Reminders

April 6 GALA fundraiser

April 10; Progress Reports come home

April 12; K-3 Fine Arts Night at 7:00 pm

April 18-22 Easter Break

Spelling words with r-controlled vowels: /ar/ air, ear; /ir/ ear,eer

  1. affairs
  2. bearing
  3. beard
  4. clear
  5. deer
  6. disappear
  7. dreary
  8. gear
  9. pairs
  10. peered
  11. rear
  12. smear
  13. upstairs
  14. wears
  15. yearly

Watch-Out Words

  • ate
  • eight
  • faze
  • phase

 

 

March 18, 2019

;Language Arts theme Mysteries of Matter finishes this week and an assessment covering the four week unit is scheduled to begin Friday and continue into the first days of the following week.  Throughout this week, we will read about changes in soil.  The main selection is an interview with Maycira Costa.  Dr. Costa studies the Pantanal region, one of the largest freshwater ecosystems in the world.  The region features marshes, forests, rivers, and lakes. Students will determine Dr. Costa’s viewpoints about the subject wetlands.  The vocabulary strategy this week is that some synonyms have different shades of meaning. Grammar concepts covers possessive nouns and possessive adjectives.

Katie Mammana, Paul’s mom, is coming Monday afternoons, the next two weeks, to work with the kiddos on their auction project!  Her sculpture idea is going to be a big hit!  Ask your children to describe it to you.  THANK YOU, KATIE!

Last week, we discussed our reading logs, sharing successful strategies for keeping our logs accurate and up to date all month long.  The first entry on their reading logs should be a biography.  Every third grader will choose a famous woman to read about in a book (required) and other sources.  Then, they will create a biography poster in early April about what they learned.

Friday, March 22nd, is our field trip to Sweetwater Wetlands.   Please, students should wear sunscreen and a hat, and carry a water bottle. We will be outside all morning and return in time for lunch.

March 22; Field Trip to Sweetwater Wetlands

March 27; Tucson Symphony Orchestra quintet visits

March 29; relaxed dress and Eegee’s; a Math-a-thon award

March 29; popcorn party; a Box Tops award

April 10; Progress Reports come home

April 12; K-3 Fine Arts Night at 7:00 pm

Spelling words with r-controlled vowels: /ar/ air, ear; /ir/ ear,eer

  1. affairs
  2. bearing
  3. beard
  4. clear
  5. deer
  6. disappear
  7. dreary
  8. gear
  9. pairs
  10. peered
  11. rear
  12. smear
  13. upstairs
  14. wears
  15. yearly

Watch-Out Words

  • ate
  • eight
  • faze
  • phase