February 14, 2020

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, February, 21st.

Week 11 Vocabulary & Crossword

Don’t forget… I have practice set up in SpellingCity to help students practice their MSTEP words throughout the week. Please utilize this resource at home.


Weekly Reading

Every Friday, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks. Login info is in your child’s planner. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the M-STEP. The electronic submission is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn credit. If your child doesn’t submit or return the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will miss out on valuable skill practice, and it will be noted as a missing assignment in Parent Connect. It is imperative that students complete the assigned articles and questions on time. After a certain date, the article will no longer be available in the student’s ReadWorks account for late submission.

ReadWorks Article: Out West due 2/20/2020

Encourage your child to use the following steps to complete the assignment:

  1. Read the article noting any unknown words.
  2. Explore vocabulary section or use a dictionary to define the words.
  3. Read through the questions.
  4. Listen to the text aloud using the audio option available stopping to note any possible answers to the questions.
  5. Answer the questions using evidence in the text and note it in the text where possible.
  6. Reread until all other questions are answered.
  7. Double check to make sure all answers are completed and reasonable.

Congratulations!!

Hard work pays off. These students studied all week and earned a charm for their necklaces by scoring 80% on their MSTEP Vocabulary Quiz. Way to go! I hope to see more students receive a reward for their efforts next week. I hope all students are creating flash cards at home to use as a study tool. I also have practice activities set up in SpellingCity that students are able to use.


Mystery Science: Where do clouds come from?

This week in science we explored the mystery, “Where do clouds come from?” Your child observed important clues, such as the fact that water changes from a liquid to a gas (even without boiling!). You can continue to support your child’s curiosity by pointing out water vapor whenever you see it rising off hot water in the kitchen or bath, or pointing out tiny droplets of water forming on a mirror, windows, or glasses. Engage their minds by asking, “Wow, why do you think this is happening?”

Science educator Steve Spangler makes clouds by spraying warm water into cold air.


African American Artists, Inventors, and Musicians

February 7, 2020

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Thursday, February, 13th.

Week 10 Vocabulary & Crossword

Don’t forget… I have practice set up in SpellingCity to help students practice their MSTEP words throughout the week. Please utilize this resource at home.


Weekly Reading

Every Friday, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks. Login info is in your child’s planner. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the M-STEP. The electronic submission is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn credit. If your child doesn’t submit or return the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will miss out on valuable skill practice, and it will be noted as a missing assignment in Parent Connect. It is imperative that students complete the assigned articles and questions on time. After a certain date, the article will no longer be available in the student’s ReadWorks account for late submission.

ReadWorks Article: The Animals at the North Pole due 2/13/2020

Encourage your child to use the following steps to complete the assignment:

  1. Read the article noting any unknown words.
  2. Explore vocabulary section or use a dictionary to define the words.
  3. Read through the questions.
  4. Listen to the text aloud using the audio option available stopping to note any possible answers to the questions.
  5. Answer the questions using evidence in the text and note it in the text where possible.
  6. Reread until all other questions are answered.
  7. Double check to make sure all answers are completed and reasonable.

Congratulations!!

Hard work pays off. These students studied all week and earned a charm for their necklaces by scoring 80% on their MSTEP Vocabulary Quiz. Way to go! I hope to see more students receive a reward for their efforts next week. I hope all students are creating flash cards at home to use as a study tool. I also have practice activities set up in SpellingCity that students are able to use.

 


Reading Rotations

Students are working hard to practice reading strategies during rotations.


January Super Cougar

Congratulations to Natalia Benedict! She is Super Cougar for January. She is Responsible, Respectful, and Safe. She goes above and beyond our PBIS expectations. Way to go, Natalia! Keep up the great work!

 


Math in Focus: Chapter 19: Area & Perimeter


Valentine’s Day Celebration

On Friday, February 14th, our class will be having a little celebration. Students may bring in valentine cards for the entire class. We have 27 students. It is best to just have your child write his/her name on each card instead of including who the card is for. This makes for a speedier delivery in class.

If you are able to help provide supplies, please checkout the signup link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-valentines


PTSA Spring Fever Basket Donation

We are asking for support from our  parents again this year!! We had such amazing baskets last year and would love to have some more again this year!

The Allen Park PTA/PTSA Council is holding a Silent Auction on March 7 to benefit the scholarship fund.  Last year the $15,500 in scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors at Allen Park High School and Community School.  Your kids will be seniors before you know it!

Please consider donating to our third grade basket for the auction!  All donations are due to your teacher no later than Tuesday, February 25th.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-spring

Then join us March 7 at Spring Fever (9 am-3 pm at APHS) to bid on some auction gift certificates and baskets, treat yourself to some baked goods, and shop at the craft show and mom 2 mom sale.  More Spring Fever info can be found at https://apptacouncil.weebly.com/

January 31, 2020

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, February, 7th.

Week 9 Vocabulary & Crossword

Don’t forget… I have practice set up in SpellingCity to help students practice their MSTEP words throughout the week. Please utilize this resource at home.


Weekly Reading

Every Friday, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks. Login info is in your child’s planner. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the M-STEP. The electronic submission is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn credit. If your child doesn’t submit or return the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will miss out on valuable skill practice, and it will be noted as a missing assignment in Parent Connect. It is imperative that students complete the assigned articles and questions on time. After a certain date, the article will no longer be available in the student’s ReadWorks account for late submission.

ReadWorks Article: The Star Maiden: A Native American Legend due 2/6/20

Encourage your child to use the following steps to complete the assignment:

  1. Read the article noting any unknown words.
  2. Explore vocabulary section or use a dictionary to define the words.
  3. Read through the questions.
  4. Listen to the text aloud using the audio option available stopping to note any possible answers to the questions.
  5. Answer the questions using evidence in the text and note it in the text where possible.
  6. Reread until all other questions are answered.
  7. Double check to make sure all answers are completed and reasonable.

Congratulations!!

Hard work pays off. These students studied all week and earned a charm for their necklaces by scoring 80% on their MSTEP Vocabulary Quiz. Way to go! I hope to see more students receive a reward for their efforts next week. I hope all students are creating flash cards at home to use as a study tool. I also have practice activities set up in SpellingCity that students are able to use.

Last week

This week

Also, certificates were awarded to third graders that either met or exceeded Math NWEA expectations based on their individual goal or grade level norm goal. Congrats! These students will receive an extra recess with Mr. Zielinski! Keep up the hard work.

In addition, a few of our classmates made it to the Top Ten in Reading for all of third grade! They will be viewing a movie with Mr. Zielinski and enjoying some popcorn.


Kudos!!

Congrats to Jonathan for mastering his addition facts. He will be moving on to subtraction. Megan, Alexis, and Emmanuel mastered their subtraction facts. They are now moving on to conquer multiplication. Keep up the great work!


Arno Olympics Medalists


Social Studies Timber! Presentation


January PBIS Reward

I am proud to announce that the following students were  able to participate in the January PBIS Zumba Reward: Natalia, Megan, Alexis, Lacey, Edwynn, Jayse, Owen, Kathleen, Riley, Madelynn, Emmanuel, Madison, Connor M., Savannah M., Noah, Eddie, Olivia, Liv, Vinny, Jonathan, Connor S., Addison, Pandora, Greyson, and Eli.

These students completed the month with 7 or less clip changes down. Way to go, Room 121!


Math in Focus: Chapter 19: Area & Perimeter


Valentine’s Day Celebration

On Friday, February 14th, our class will be having a little celebration. Students may bring in valentine cards for the entire class. We have 27 students. It is best to just have your child write his/her name on each card instead of including who the card is for. This makes for a speedier delivery in class.

If you are able to help provide supplies, please checkout the signup link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-valentines

January 24, 2020

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.

 


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, January 31st.

Week 8 Vocabulary & Crossword

Don’t forget: I have practice set up in SpellingCity to help students practice their MSTEP words throughout the week. Please utilize this resource at home.

 


Weekly Reading

Every Friday, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks. Login info is in your child’s planner. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the M-STEP. The electronic submission is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn credit. If your child doesn’t submit or return the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will miss out on valuable skill practice, and it will be noted as a missing assignment in Parent Connect. It is imperative that students complete the assigned articles and questions on time. After a certain date, the article will no longer be available in the student’s ReadWorks account for late submission.

ReadWorks Article: Miss Johnson’s Plant Experiment due 1/30/20

Encourage your child to use the following steps to complete the assignment:

  1. Read the article noting any unknown words.
  2. Explore vocabulary section or use a dictionary to define the words.
  3. Read through the questions.
  4. Listen to the text aloud using the audio option available stopping to note any possible answers to the questions.
  5. Answer the questions using evidence in the text and note it in the text where possible.
  6. Reread until all other questions are answered.
  7. Double check to make sure all answers are completed and reasonable.

Congratulations!!

Congrats to Connor M. He has mastered his subtraction facts. He is now moving on to conquer multiplication. Also, congrats to Owen. He mastered his addition facts and is moving on to master subtraction. Keep up the great work.

 


Mystery Science: How long can people (and animals) survive in outer space?

This week, we learned how living in space can affect people’s and animals’ bodies. Students examined how Scott Kelly, a NASA astronaut who spent an entire year aboard the International Space Station, changed after being in space. Then they imagined how their own physical traits (height, strength, balance) might change after living in space.

You can support your child’s curiosity about space by watching a video together of a surprising phenomenon in space. Col. Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency demonstrates an answer to the question, “What happens when you wring out a wet cloth in space?”: https://safeyoutube.net/w/OFPd.

Student Lesson Link: https://mysteryscience.com/animals/mystery-8/traits-environment/267?code=NzY5MTAxMA&t=student

January 17, 2020

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, January 24th.

Week 7 Vocabulary & Crossword

Don’t forget: I have practice set up in SpellingCity to help students practice their MSTEP words throughout the week. Please utilize this resource at home.


Weekly Reading

Every Friday, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks. Login info is in your child’s planner. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the M-STEP. The electronic submission is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn credit. If your child doesn’t submit or return the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will miss out on valuable skill practice, and it will be noted as a missing assignment in Parent Connect. It is imperative that students complete the assigned articles and questions on time. After a certain date, the article will no longer be available in the student’s ReadWorks account for late submission.

ReadWorks Article: Fossils & Dinosaurs: The Extinction of Dinosaurs due 1/23/20

Encourage your child to use the following steps to complete the assignment:

  1. Read the article noting any unknown words.
  2. Explore vocabulary section or use a dictionary to define the words.
  3. Read through the questions.
  4. Listen to the text aloud using the audio option available stopping to note any possible answers to the questions.
  5. Answer the questions using evidence in the text and note it in the text where possible.
  6. Reread until all other questions are answered.
  7. Double check to make sure all answers are completed and reasonable.

Congratulations!!

Hard work pays off. These students studied all week and earned a charm for their necklaces by scoring 80% on their MSTEP Vocabulary Quiz. Way to go! I hope to see more students receive a reward for their efforts next week. I hope all students are creating flash cards at home to use as a study tool. I also have practice activities set up in SpellingCity that students are able to use.

Also, certificates were awarded to third graders that either met or exceeded NWEA expectations based on their individual goal or grade level norm goal. Congrats! Keep up the hard work.

 


Mystery Science: What’s the best way to get rid of mosquitoes?

This week, students discovered the most dangerous animal in the world isn’t sharks or lions, but… mosquitoes! Mosquitoes are responsible for spreading diseases like malaria, West Nile, and Zika. In our activity, students applied knowledge about mosquito habitats and life cycles toward preventing mosquitoes in a fictional town.

You can support your child’s learning! Discuss whether mosquitoes are common where you live, and how you could prevent getting bitten by them. Do you wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants outside? Do you spray mosquito repellent or hang mosquito netting? What are other solutions to keeping mosquitoes away?


PTA Food Drive

January 10, 2020

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


Congratulations!!

Hard work pays off. These students studied all week and earned a charm for their necklaces by scoring 80% on their MSTEP Vocabulary Quiz. Way to go! I hope to see more students receive a reward for their efforts next week. I hope all students are creating flash cards at home to use as a study tool. I also have practice activities set up in SpellingCity that students are able to use.


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, January 17th.

Week 6 Vocabulary & Crossword

 

 


Weekly Reading

Every Friday, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks. Login info is in your child’s planner. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the M-STEP. The electronic submission is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn credit. If your child doesn’t submit or return the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will miss out on valuable skill practice, and it will be noted as a missing assignment in Parent Connect. It is imperative that students complete the assigned articles and questions on time. After a certain date, the article will no longer be available in the student’s ReadWorks account for late submission.

ReadWorks Article: Water Worries due 1/16/20

Encourage your child to use the following steps to complete the assignment:

  1. Read the article noting any unknown words.
  2. Explore vocabulary section or use a dictionary to define the words.
  3. Read through the questions.
  4. Listen to the text aloud using the audio option available stopping to note any possible answers to the questions.
  5. Answer the questions using evidence in the text and note it in the text where possible.
  6. Reread until all other questions are answered.
  7. Double check to make sure all answers are completed and reasonable.

Hot Chocolate Reading Challenge

Congrats to the following students: Emmanuel, Connor S., Pandora, Riley, Madelynn, Greyson, Megan, Madison, Edwynn, Liv, Natalia, Olivia O., Vinny, Lacey, and Savannah M. They completed ten 30 minute reading activities, glued them on their decorated mug, and returned it by Tuesday, January 7th for a hot chocolate reward! Yummmmy!


Mystery Science: Why do dogs wag their tails?

This week, we learned how living in groups helps many animals survive, including wolves, meerkats, ravens, and ants!

You can support your child’s curiosity at home! Look for different kinds of animals near your home, and ask your child your child for each kind of animal, “Do you think it lives in a group? How do you think living in a group helps it survive?”

 


Kudos!

Congrats to Jayce! He mastered all of his division facts on XtraMath. Fantastic job! Keep up the great work.

Please encourage your child to complete a full session each weekday. The expectation for the second trimester is for students to have mastered addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.

 


What did students do on break…

 

December 20, 2019

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. In January, when your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, January 10th.

Week 5 Vocabulary & Crossword

 


Weekly Reading 

Every Friday, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks. Login info is in your child’s planner. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the M-STEP. The electronic submission is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn credit. If your child doesn’t submit or return the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will miss out on valuable skill practice, and it will be noted as a missing assignment in Parent Connect. It is imperative that students complete the assigned articles and questions on time. After a certain date, the article will no longer be available in the student’s ReadWorks account for late submission.

ReadWorks Article: Flip It due 1/9/20

Encourage your child to use the following steps to complete the assignment:

  1. Read the article noting any unknown words.
  2. Explore vocabulary section or use a dictionary to define the words.
  3. Read through the questions.
  4. Listen to the text aloud using the audio option available stopping to note any possible answers to the questions.
  5. Answer the questions using evidence in the text and note it in the text where possible.
  6. Reread until all other questions are answered.
  7. Double check to make sure all answers are completed and reasonable.

 


Hot Chocolate Reading Challenge

In an effort to encourage daily reading over the break, I am challenging the students to read 300 minutes. Below is a mug (page 1) with 10 spaces for marshmallow activities (pages 2-3). Students are to complete 10 reading activities and glue them on their mug. Then, students must decorate their mug and return it by Tuesday, January 7th for a hot chocolate reward! Hard copies were distributed to students on Friday. Enjoy the break with some reading and relaxation!

Hot Chocolate Reading Challenge


Kudos!

Congrats to Natalia and Savannah. They both mastered all of their subtraction facts on XtraMath, and they are now working hard on multiplication facts. Great job, girls! Keep up the great work.

XtraMath will be available over the break. Please encourage your child to complete a full session each weekday. The expectation for the second trimester is for students to have mastered addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.


December Super Cougar

Congratulations to Jonathan Sadler! He is Super Cougar for December. He is Responsible, Respectful, and Safe. He goes above and beyond our PBIS expectations. Way to go, Jon! Keep up the great work!


Our Week in Pictures

 


Best Wishes to ALL

Every school year at this time while students are creating lists of toys,  I enjoy creating a mental list of student accomplishments and lessons learned. There is so much to be proud of, yet so much more to work on. We are all “works in progress” and use each day as a gift to learn and accomplish more.

The holiday sure did approach quickly. We have managed to tie a few loose ends before the break, and hopefully we will return with lots of focus to finish out the second trimester. I’d like to wish everyone a safe and joyful holiday. Don’t let the stress of the season get you down. Enjoy the time with friends and family, and I will see all of you next year…January 6, 2020!

Mrs. Kalis

*Please feel free to send me photos showing how you and your family celebrate the holiday. It could be a special family tradition or even just a tumble down a snow hill followed by sweet hot chocolate. I’d love to share these moments in my next blog post when we return.

December 13, 2019

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. In January, when your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Thursday, December 19th.

Week 4 Vocabulary & Crossword

 


Weekly Reading 

All gold Catch a Sunflake books should be returned to school at this time.

Every Friday, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks. Login info is in your child’s planner. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the M-STEP. The electronic submission is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn credit. If your child doesn’t submit or return the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will miss out on valuable skill practice, and it will be noted as a missing assignment in Parent Connect. It is imperative that students complete the assigned articles and questions on time. After a certain date, the article will no longer be available in the student’s ReadWorks account for late submission.

ReadWorks Article: Should Dogs Work? due 12/19

Encourage your child to use the following steps to complete the assignment:

  1. Read the article noting any unknown words.
  2. Explore vocabulary section or use a dictionary to define the words.
  3. Read through the questions.
  4. Listen to the text aloud using the audio option available stopping to note any possible answers to the questions.
  5. Answer the questions using evidence in the text and note it in the text where possible.
  6. Reread until all other questions are answered.
  7. Double check to make sure all answers are completed and reasonable.

 


Kudos!

Congrats to Alexis C. She mastered all of her addition facts on XtraMath, and is now working hard on subtraction facts. Great job, Alexis. Keep up the great work.

 


Holiday Festivities

On Friday, December 20th, our class will be enjoying a movie. I felt that popcorn and juice pouches would be a special treat as well. If you are able to provide any of the requested items, please sign up below. I am requesting that donated items be sent to school no later than Thursday, December 19th. If you are unable to click on a particular item, the item may no longer be needed. Thanks so much!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-movie

 


Mystery Science: Can selection happen without people?

Last week your child learned about how people used selection to change an animal’s traits, such as creating new breeds of dogs. This week we saw how selection isn’t always caused by human beings: sometimes other, non-human factors can cause selection to happen.

In our lesson, we introduced the true story of two lizard species in Florida. (If you’re curious, you can read an adult-level version of the story here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-evolution-green-brown-lizards-20141101-story.html)

The change in these lizards is an example of “natural selection”— a big idea that your child will revisit over the course of their science education. In our lesson we did not use the term “natural selection,” but this example laid the foundation for later understanding of the concept.

December 6, 2019

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. In January, when your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, December 13th.

Week 3 Vocabulary & Crossword

 


Weekly Reading 

All gold Catch a Sunflake books should be returned to school at this time.

Every Friday, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks. Login info is in your child’s planner. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the M-STEP. The electronic submission is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn credit. If your child doesn’t submit or return the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will miss out on valuable skill practice, and it will be noted as a missing assignment in Parent Connect. It is imperative that students complete the assigned articles and questions on time. After a certain date, the article will no longer be available in the student’s ReadWorks account for late submission.

ReadWorks Article: Native American due 12/12

Encourage your child to use the following steps to complete the assignment:

  1. Read the article noting any unknown words.
  2. Explore vocabulary section or use a dictionary to define the words.
  3. Read through the questions.
  4. Listen to the text aloud using the audio option available stopping to note any possible answers to the questions.
  5. Answer the questions using evidence in the text and note it in the text where possible.
  6. Reread until all other questions are answered.
  7. Double check to make sure all answers are completed and reasonable.

Math in Focus Chapter 7: Multiplication

In this chapter, your child will learn multiplication without and with regrouping.
Some of the skills your child will practice are:
• multiplying ones, tens, and hundreds mentally
• multiplying ones, tens, and hundreds without and
with regrouping

Chapter 7 Parent Letter

Chapter 7 Test will be on Tuesday, December 10th. Because this is a new concept for third graders, here is a great resource to print off for added practice.

Ch. 7 Extra Practice Packet


XtraMath Updates

We are now in the second trimester. Your child should be working to master their multiplication facts in order to earn a “1” on their second trimester report card. They will need to complete addition and subtraction in order to begin multiplication. This can be achieved by completing a session online each day. Login information is in your child’s planner.

Helpful hints for XtraMath success:

  1. Only complete one session per day. (An additional session will not count toward student progress due to an increase in frustration level).
  2. Students are better to let time run out than to answer a problem incorrectly.
  3. Students should be focused on the computer screen once the facts begin to appear.
  4. NO Distractions!!!!!  (Sorry, parents, this is a nag-free time. However, students are encouraged to complete all chores before settling in to complete an XtraMath session.)

Special congrats to Pandora, Riley, Megan, Natalia, and Greyson. All of them mastered addition facts on XtraMath. Congrats to Noah and Olivia. Both of them mastered their subtraction facts and are moving onto multiplication. Calvin mastered all of his multiplication facts! Woohoo! Keep up the great work moving toward your goals!

 


November Super Cougar

Congratulations to Olivia Ostrander! She is Super Cougar for November. She is Responsible, Respectful, and Safe. She goes above and beyond our PBIS expectations. Way to go, Olivia! Keep up the great work!


Holiday Festivities

On Friday, December 20th, our class will be enjoying a movie. I felt that popcorn and juice pouches would be a special treat as well. If you are able to provide any of the requested items, please sign up below. I am requesting that donated items be sent to school no later than Thursday, December 19th. If you are unable to click on a particular item, the item may no longer be needed. Thanks so much!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-movie


Mystery Science: What kinds of animals might there be in the future?

In science this week we learned about how people create new breeds of animals by selecting
certain traits and only having those animals have babies. Your child learned in particular how the earliest dogs were medium-sized and wolf-like, but using selective breeding, we managed to get the many different dog breeds, from small dogs to big dogs, spotted dogs to plain dogs.

What makes selection possible is the fact that no two individuals are ever exactly alike–there are always small differences, and yet parents do pass on most of their traits to their offspring. You can help reinforce this learning at home by helping your child to notice these small differences in physical traits between siblings, cousins, and other family members, as well as to contemplate which traits have been passed on from one generation to the next.

November 22, 2019

MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. In January, when your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, December 6th.

Week 2 Vocabulary & Crossword

 


Weekly Reading 

All gold Catch a Sunflake books may be returned to school at this time.

Every Friday, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks. Login info is in your child’s planner. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the M-STEP. The electronic submission is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn credit. If your child doesn’t submit or return the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will miss out on valuable skill practice, and it will be noted as a missing assignment in Parent Connect. It is imperative that students complete the assigned articles and questions on time. After a certain date, the article will no longer be available in the student’s ReadWorks account for late submission.

ReadWorks Article: Dinosaur Discovery due 12/5

Encourage your child to use the following steps to complete the assignment:

  1. Read the article noting any unknown words.
  2. Explore vocabulary section or use a dictionary to define the words.
  3. Read through the questions.
  4. Listen to the text aloud using the audio option available stopping to note any possible answers to the questions.
  5. Answer the questions using evidence in the text and note it in the text where possible.
  6. Reread until all other questions are answered.
  7. Double check to make sure all answers are completed and reasonable.

 


English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays. Having your student pre-read or listen to the anchor text using Think Central’s Student eBook over the weekend will help set your child up for success during the week.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


November PBIS Reward

I am proud to announce that the following students were  able to participate in the October PBIS Clubs Reward: Natalia, Megan, Alexis, Lacey, Edwynn, Jayse, Owen, Kathleen, Riley, Madelynn, Emmanuel, Madison, Connor M., Savannah M., Noah, Eddie, Olivia, Liv, Vinny, Calvin, Jon, Connor S., Addison, Pandora, and Greyson.

These students completed the month with 5 or less clip changes down. Way to go, Room 121!

 


Congrats, Artists!

Wow! I received word on Thursday that a few of our classmates’ artwork will be on display at Luke & Lulu’s Cafe in Allen Park from November 21st-December 12th. Congrats to Liv, Noah, and Connor S. I can’t wait to go check them out!


Math in Focus Chapter 7: Multiplication

In this chapter, your child will learn multiplication without and with regrouping.
Some of the skills your child will practice are:
• multiplying ones, tens, and hundreds mentally
• multiplying ones, tens, and hundreds without and
with regrouping

Chapter 7 Parent Letter