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

 

 

 

 

 

March 11, 2019

This week is Love of Reading and there are donation boxes all over school for gently used books for Angel Heart Pajama Project. Book boxes will be placed near our classroom for collecting.  They are going to the Angel Heart Pajama Project again this year.  “Angel Heart Pajama Project a 501c3 non-profit organization provides new pajamas and books to children in need.  These Children are homeless, abused, abandoned, in shelters and foster care.”  It is a very worthy cause and I encourage students to clean their bookshelves and donate gently used books.  Learn more on their website here

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.

While at the Wetlands students will explore the question “Where does water come from, and where does it go?” The earth’s water is constantly being used and reused through the water cycle in an endless movement of water around the planet’s earth systems. Earth’s natural systems constantly move and use water. Powered by the sun and the force of gravity, water as a liquid, gas or solid travels over, under, above and on the surface of the earth in an incredible journey called the water cycle.  Children will imagine themselves as a drop of water in an activity exploring the water cycle journey.  Students also imagine themselves as watershed managers planning how to control watershed on a land form model. After learning wise personal water management strategies, the water conservation relay is always a big hit.   Teams compete to move the most water in the shortest amount of time without spilling a drop. Encourage your water experts to share their field trip adventures with you.

Reminders

March 11-15; Love of Reading activities and Scholastic Book Fair

March 12; Updated and signed Reading Log due

March 22; Field Trip to Sweetwater Wetlands

March 29; relaxed dress and Eegee’s

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

Spelling Words with r-controlled vowels: ar, er, ir, or, ur

  1. alarm
  2. article
  3. beginner
  4. birth
  5. burning
  6. burst
  7. churn
  8. harden
  9. observe
  10. scorch
  11. sorting
  12. squirt
  13. stir
  14. stormy
  15. whirl

Watch-Out Words

  • peak
  • peek
  • sea
  • see

 

 

March 4, 2019

Thank you for all the eggs!.  Casa Maria’s hungry guests ate well on Saturday because of your generosity!

Math lessons in our new chapter, Patterns and Sequences, teaches the different aspects of patterns and sequences, stressing that equations are often used to represent patterns and to solve problems arising in everyday life.  Students are encouraged to analyze the relationships found in patterns and use those relationships to draw conclusions.  First, we will use addition and subtraction to describe and extend a number pattern and write observations about sequences.  Then, we will use equations to describe patterns and use the order of operations to find the value of an expression.  Finally, we will explore how to use a table to show equations with more than one operation.

This week third graders are preparing for Love of Reading Week with a Door Design Competition.  The winning designs will be displayed in our doorways beginning March 11th.  We are also planning to celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday with free pancake lunch, beads, king cake, steel drum band and dancing!

Drivers are needed for our field trip to Sweetwater Wetlands on March 22nd, 8:15 -12:00.  If you are interested, let me know or sign up on the classroom bulletin board.

Reminders

March 7; Noon Dismissal on Thursday

March 12; COMPLETED READING LOG DUE 

March 1-14; Parent Teacher Conferences

March 22; Field Trip Sweetwater Wetlands Project WET

Spelling Words with long u: ui, ue

  1. blue
  2. clues
  3. cue
  4. due
  5. flue
  6. fruits
  7. glue
  8. juice
  9. pursuit
  10. revenue
  11. sue
  12. suits
  13. true
  14. value
  15. virtue

Watch-Out Words

  • guessed
  • guest
  • hole
  • whole

Science

 

Students have been exploring force and motion of objects:  Before Rodeo Break, they made twirly birds (flying spinners) that created motion from the interaction of the forces of gravity and air friction (air resistance). First they created a standard twirly bird; then the class  investigated variables, (shorter wings, two paperclips…). Students took their twirly birds outdoors to find out if they fly the same.

Then, students made tops from plastic disks and shafts, and spin them by applying a torque force to the shaft. After finding the arrangement of parts that produces the best top, they use the tops to look at different designs as they spin. Finally, they look at the path that a drawing top reveals as it spins.

We will be designing, building and testing another flyer this week.  There will be a test on Friday, March 1st.  See their study guide for more details.  Students are encouraged to take their journals and textbooks home to study.

Classroom Auction

March 1st is the Annual Classroom Auction.  The currency for bidding are tickets that students have been earning and saving all year in anticipation of bidding for donated items.  If a student wants to participate in the auction bidding, he or she must donate something gently used from home. The donation is something that a student believes others would want to have and choose to bid for in hopes of being the winning bidder.  Good sportsmanship is an important component of a successful auction, which is an exciting event with a broad range emotions. Many conversations have taken place in preparation for the annual event. Students understand the outcomes, which include the joy of a winning bid or witnessing a bidding war over their donated item.  The flip side is the possibility that they may not be the highest bidder or their donated item may not be a highly valued item. The students and I are confident of their maturity to participate fully and enjoy the event with all its possible outcomes. Several donated items are already on display in the classroom and auction items may be donated any day through the auction date.

Reminders

March 1; Casa Maria-one dozen, peeled, hard-boiled eggs

March 1; Annual Classroom Auction

March 7; Noon Dismissal

March 1-14; Parent Teacher Conferences

March 22; Field Trip Sweetwater Wetlands Project WET

Spelling words with Long i; ie, igh

  1. dried
  2. flashlight
  3. flight
  4. fried
  5. frightful
  6. higher
  7. lied
  8. lightly
  9. nightmare
  10. pried
  11. sigh
  12. slightly
  13. sunlight
  14. tried
  15. untied

Watch-Out Words

  • die
  • dye
  • cell
  • sell