Friday, January 23, 2015

Reading Expository Text and Procedural Writing

This week we began reading some nonfiction articles and learned how to take notes and write our thinking as we read. I think everyone enjoyed the informational text we read from Time for Kids and National Geographic Kids!








We also began learning about procedural writing. This is writing that explains how to do something. We practiced putting the steps in order first, then moved on to writing our own steps. Next week everyone will be writing their own procedural essay!










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Friday, January 16, 2015

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to our spelling bee participants! They worked so hard and did a great job!




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Friday, January 9, 2015

End of 9 Weeks Tests!


Happy New Year!
 
Next week we will have all of our end of the 9 week assessments.  These tests will cover what we have been working on during the 2nd 9 weeks.  Each test will be entered as a major grade for each subject. 

**The reading test will include a fiction story with questions, a nonfiction story with questions, as well as a poem with questions.

Monday: Language Test
Tuesday: Math Test
Wednesday: Reading Test
Thursday: Science Test
Friday: Social Studies Test

I sent home study guides for the language test and the reading test with your child.  If you can't find them, I also attached them below.  Please take the time to go over the strategies and example questions with your child.  Thanks for your support!


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Crazy Christmas

The third graders did a great job at their Christmas program this week! I was so impressed with their performance! I know they worked really hard.
Here are a few "behind the scenes" pictures." ;)



















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Friday, November 21, 2014

Books!

You may have noticed that I have been sending home book orders every month. When you order books, we earn points for our classroom to earn free books. We got our first shipment of free books along with a free book for every student in the class! They received The School from the Black Lagoon. Yay!

Thanks for ordering!

Take a look at all of our free books!






Our next book order was already sent home. Our order will close on Dec. 3rd.
If you are interested in ordering, visit the Scholastic website:

www.scholastic.com

Click on book clubs
Our class code is: LNVPP

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Update

This is a quick update on what we have been doing in class the past few weeks!

We studied cause and effect relationships with some favorite books:
Click, Clack, Moo! Cows that Type
And
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day

Then, the class worked in groups to put together the causes and effects from the story.













Last week we worked on nonfiction text features. The class worked with a partner to identify features. We later used our ActivExpressions to vote on answers about the features. This was so fun!

























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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Halloween!

This week we were working on identifying the main idea and details in the text.  Every day the kids had a chance to work with a partner to find the main idea of a short story and identify the details.  They had to talk it out with their partner and be able to prove that they had the correct answer and explain how they knew that was the correct answer.  They also had to explain to me why they didn't choose the other answers.  They all did great with this!

 

We are working on identifying which questions are main idea questions too.
 
Main idea questions are asked in different ways:

1. What is the passage mainly about?

2. What is the main idea of the passage?

3. What would be a good title for this passage?

4. What is a detail that supports the main idea of this passage?

When completing homework, look for questions like these.  Remember to look at all the details in the text and identify what words, phrases, or topics are repeated throughout the text.  This will help to identify the main idea!


This week we also had a great time with Halloween rotations!  The class was able to rotate to each 3rd grade teachers classroom to do a Halloween activity. In my class we played the roll a monster game.  We rolled the dice to see how to draw our monster.  When we were done creating our monsters, we wrote a story about our monster!  Ask your child what they did in all of their rotation classrooms!  It was a fun day!




Here's the roll a monster game if you want to play it again at home!


 
 I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!