Happy Holidays

Thank you for your generous donations for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona during this busy holiday season.  You’re donations provide needed resources and holiday spirit to the many HSSA workers who care for needy dogs, bunnies, and cats.  The students and teachers appreciate your support.

 

Our field trip to Tucson Museum of Art was top notch.  Our docents knew their Tucson history and brought it alive for the children and parents.  The TMA art project asked children to imagine Tucson’s future and design their vision with a variety of art materials.  We shared our projects with each other when we returned to school.  The student’s view of Tucson’s future included teleporting transportation, beautiful buildings with abundant landscape plants, and play spaces designed for our furry friends.  For photos click here.

 

Reminders

  • December 17; Unit 3 Language Arts assessments
  • December 21; Las Posadas
  • January 7; Reading Log due
  • January 10; Progress reports issued
  • January 25-27; Little Mermaid musical

Field Trips

  • January 18; Tucson Presidio
  • February 15; Tubac Schoolhouse
  • March 22; Sweetwater Wetlands

Spelling Resumes January 7, 2019

 

St. Nicholas

Third graders and the rest of K-5 performed a fantastic show Friday afternoon under the direction of Ms. Allen and Dr. Antista, and the musical talent of Ms. O’Meara. St. Nick’s visit and story about his generous activities was an excellent reminder about giving from the heart.  The program launched my holiday spirit!

The holiday season continues in the classroom with our own Elf on the Shelf, named Cherry.  She and the children writes notes to each other everyday.  Cherry’s notes encourage student’s best behavior and effort; an easy task for this class!  The children’s notes are upbeat and curious containing messages  and questions for Santa and Cherry’s Elf-on-the-Shelf friends.

This week, Language Arts unit assessment is scheduled.  We continue to develop our understanding of making inferences and using text features to increase our comprehension.  Writing lessons practice elaborating with visuals, and writing about and comparing text features.  Grammar studies of plural nouns is reinforced.  Math chapter five also begins student’s lessons on two-digit multipliers and Social Studies learns about the beginning history of Tucson in 1700.

Next week, students participate in several St. Michael’s traditions.  On Friday morning, we attend the Geography Bee as spectators.  Then, the afternoon procession of Las Posadas is followed by the advent service Lessons and Carols.  Las Posadas is a recreation in the Spanish language of the bible story when Joseph and Mary search for shelter at an inn.  Lessons and Carols celebrates the birth of Christ through Bible Verses and Hymns. Characters in these events are represented by a member(s) from every grade. Our representative, yet to be named, plays the part of “sheep”.  All are welcome to come and join in any of these treasured traditions.

Reminders

  • December 14; Field Trip
  • December 17; Unit 3 Language Arts assessments
  • December 21; Las Posadas
  • January 7; Reading Log due
  • January 10; Progress reports issued
  • January 25-27; Little Mermaid musical

Field Trips

  • December 14; Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
  • January 18; Tucson Presidio
  • February 15; Tubac Schoolhouse
  • March 22; Sweetwater Wetlands

Spelling December 10, 2018

Unit 3, Week 4, Plural Words Formed with -s, -es

  1. acres
  2. bananas
  3. branches
  4. bulbs
  5. bunches
  6. bushes
  7. carrots
  8. floods
  9. labels
  10. meadows
  11. melons
  12. messes
  13. patterns
  14. recesses
  15. speeches

Watch-Out Words

  • sew
  • so
  • sow

 

Holiday Giving

Primary grades participate in Holiday Giving each December at St. Michael’s.  Our ministry work has collected for various needy organizations over the years; Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish,  Casa de los Ninos, Tucson International Alliance of Refugee Communities, the Diaper Bank and others.  This year we are collecting for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.  This optional activity runs from December 3rd – December 17th. If you would like to participate, the Humane Society is in need of the following donations for cats, bunnies, and dogs:

  • canned wet food
  • towels
  • chew toys
  • hay
  • small to medium sized blankets

There will be a box outside the classroom for collecting donations.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Next week, math chapter 4 wraps up and assessments are scheduled for Wednesday, December 5th.  In preparation for the chapter test, I recommend students review lessons by practicing problems and studying vocabulary words.

Language Arts continues to answer the big question “What’s so amazing about plants?” The main reading selection this week is a science article about a rainforest in Africa.  The reading comprehension skills we’ll work on are main idea and details, text features, and inferences.   Grammar studies irregular plurals and writing practices taking and organizing notes.

Tubac Schoolhouse

Three Social Studies field trips are scheduled in support of our Tucson History unit which begins this month.  The trip to the Schoolhouse in February creates an authentic 1885 school experience for the children.  We dress in period style costume, play old fashioned games, and bring lunch wrapped in cloth or carried in a tin pail.  School room lessons reflect the style of the time, including the “dunce cap”.  Several costume pieces have been collected, however not enough for everyone.  Please, begin brainstorming what you may already have that could represent the time period.  Stop by the classroom and browse what we have to find ideas and inspiration.

The Driver sign-up for our December 14th field trip is posted on the classroom bulletin board and there are three openings for volunteer drivers.  Please, consider driving and joining our tour of the Historic Block and Tucson Museum of Art.

Field Trips

  • December 14; Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
  • January 18; Tucson Presidio
  • February 15; Tubac Schoolhouse
  • March 22; Sweetwater Wetlands

Reminders

  • December 3; November Reading Log due
  • December 5; Math Chapter 4 test and vocabulary quiz
  • December 7; St. Nicholas Day Program at 2:00 pm
  • December 14; Field Trip
  • December 21; Las Posadas 

Spelling December 3, 2018

Unit 3, Week 3, Words with VCe and Words with Long and Short Vowels

  1. alive
  2. awaken
  3. decorate
  4. entire
  5. grape
  6. hike
  7. lonely
  8. mole
  9. prune
  10. quite
  11. roses
  12. spruce
  13. stake
  14. twice
  15. volume

Watch-Out Words

  • rose
  • rows
  • die
  • dye

Science

 

There will be a short science quiz on Friday, November 30 over our water unit so far: to include the direction water flows and why, water on natural materials, and 3 states of water.

Students will have a review on Wednesday.

 

November 26, 2018

One year ago, I attended a one-day education workshop with several of my colleagues in Phoenix.  I reflect on its value as I have incorporated the strategies into my classroom. I am impressed with the simple techniques.  My classroom runs smoothly and students are calmer, increasingly engaged in learning.  The results of the Love and Logic program are positive and I will continue to build my best practices with their effective tools.  The Love and Logic program provides the following overview… “Quite simply, the Love and Logic  program is in the business of helping teachers do what they love:  Teach and enjoy their students!”  Teaching and learning are a joy for me and I aspire to provide the same for my students.

Findings drawn from research-based principles:

  • Respect, appreciation and love prevents potential problems
    When students feel respected, appreciated and even loved by their teachers, they are far more motivated and cause far fewer problems.
  • Freedom to problem-solve and make decisions fosters motivation
    Students are far calmer and more motivated when their teachers allow them to make choices and solve their own problems within limits. 
  • Focusing energy on problem prevention is rewarding
    Successful educators focus most of their energy on simple tools for preventing misbehavior or keeping it small…rather than trying to provide consequences for every problem.
  • Showing empathy and compassion is effective
    When consequences are necessary, effective educators provide them with sincere empathy or compassion.

Reminders

  • December 3; November Reading Log due
  • December 7; St. Nicholas Day Program at 2:00 pm
  • December 21; Las Posadas

Field Trips

  • December 14; Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
  • January 18; Tucson Presidio
  • February 15; Tubac Schoolhouse
  • March 22; Sweetwater Wetlands

Spelling November 26, 2018

Unit 3, Week 2, Multi-syllabic Words

  1. autumn
  2. bamboo
  3. couple
  4. entrance
  5. familiar
  6. greenery
  7. hobby
  8. magnify
  9. ordinary
  10. poison
  11. powder
  12. properly
  13. recognize
  14. scatter
  15. separate

Watch-Out Words

  • berry
  • bury
  • beet
  • beat

Science

Our investigation of water continues when we return from Thanksgiving break.

Students will go outdoors to explore how water interacts with natural materials. They will continue to investigate properties of water and observe the phenomenon of how temperature affects water’s state and density. Students use standard metric units to measure temperature and observe the properties of water as it is heated, cooled, and frozen.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

November 19, 2018

 Reminders

  • November 21 – 23; Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 3; November Reading Log due
  • December 7; St. Nicholas Day Program at 2:00 pm
  • December 21; Las Posadas

Field Trips

  • December 14; Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
  • January 18; Tucson Presidio
  • February 15; Tubac Schoolhouse

No Spelling this week

Spelling will return November 26, 2018

 

October 22, 2018

We started using the Seesaw app to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child.

Please Sign Up Now

  1. Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/477-622-912
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me.

Thank you for supporting your child’s learning! Our goal is to share with you every week.  Currently, children have four opportunities for sharing their learning.  Not all students have finished preparing their projects for sharing with you on Seesaw.  We should be caught soon.

  1. Their personal introduction piece from our classroom icosahedron
  2. A biography from our language arts reading
  3. A collaborative story presentation
  4. STEM center activities

P.S. If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the ‘Sign in’ tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

Reminders

  • October 21st; Episcopal School Sunday
  • October 25th; Field trip to Community Food Bank
  • October 30th; Reading Log due
  • October 31st; Relaxed Dress Halloween theme
  • November 2nd; THIRD GRADE BAKE SALE
  • November 5th; Canned Food Drive Begins
  • November 9th; Field Day, First Trimester Ends, NOON Dismissal
  • November 12th; No School

 

Spelling October 22, 2018

Words with Digraphs th, ng

  1. although
  2. belong
  3. during
  4. feathers
  5. fitting
  6. nothing
  7. rather
  8. springing
  9. strength
  10. stung
  11. surroundings
  12. therefore
  13. thorny
  14. throughout
  15. together

Watch-Out Words

  • neither
  • nor
  • either
  • or

Fall Break

Welcome back from fall break.  My week was all about relaxing and spending time with  family and friends.  I am refreshed and ready for school tomorrow.  Seeing the students and hearing about their break will be a highlight for me as we reassemble to the routines and procedures of third grade.

Every October, I recall a description of the autumn weather in Tucson as Onion Weather.  In the early morning when temperatures are cool, or even ‘chilly’, layers of clothing may be necessary.  The classroom may also be quite cool first thing in the school day, requiring an extra layer such as a sweater or vest after outerwear is removed.  As the sun climbs and the temperature rises, a layer or two is peeled away, especially during recess and PE.  Then, as daylight fades and the sun no longer warms us, layers are added on again.

With Onion Weather in mind, the extra layers worn in the classroom must follow uniform guidelines that are found in the Student/Parent Handbook.  lost-and-foundThe peeling off of clothing layers also seems to coincide with an increased abundance of clothing items in the Lost and Found bins that are located in Foundations Courtyard and outside the Student Center gym.  Please, make sure all clothing is clearly labeled.

This week in Language Arts, we are reading Animals, More or Less.  Students will practice the reading strategy of identifying literal and non-literal language.  Grammar lessons include types of sentences; statements, questions, exclamations and commands.  Spelling covers words with digraphs sh and ck, and commonly misspelled words.  Writing lessons focus on using verbs and nouns that engage readers.

Additionally, students will finish Math chapter 2 this week with a review of their chapter test.  Chapter Three develops understanding of multiplication and division.  Students will learn how to use multiplication and division properties. They will also learn to identify factors and multiples.

I am amazed at the number of reminders to share.  The bolded dates are specific to our class an the non-bolded dates are all-school calendar items.

Reminders

  • October 19th; Last day to turn in Box Tops!
  • October 21st; Episcopal School Sunday
  • October 25th; Field trip to Community Food Bank
  • October 30th; Reading Log due
  • October 31st; Relaxed Dress
  • November 2nd; THIRD GRADE BAKE SALE
  • November 5th; Canned Food Drive Begins
  • November 9th; Field Day, First Trimester Ends, NOON Dismissal
  • November 12th; No School

 

Spelling October 15, 2018

Words with Digraphs ck, sh

  1. attack
  2. buck
  3. clash
  4. flesh
  5. livestock
  6. quickness
  7. shallow
  8. sharpen
  9. shed
  10. shout
  11. sickness
  12. speckled
  13. thrash
  14. tricky
  15. vanish

Watch-Out Words

  • blew
  • blue
  • fir
  • fur

 

Science

This week students start by observing the human body jumping rope. They count the number of bones in the skeleton, first without visual aids, then using photographs and posters to help make a more accurate count. On Friday, students will assemble a model of a human skeleton from memory. They will compare and discuss their models and then compare a picture of an accurate model to their own.

 

After Fall Break  – Students dissect rodent bones from owl pellets and compare them to human bones. They explore joints and their role in movement focusing on opposable thumbs. Students build operational models of muscle-bone systems to see how muscles move bones. They investigate their skin by making and analyzing fingerprint patterns.