Friday, February 21, 2020

February 21, 2020

Announcements

Parent Teacher Conference Week is already next week! Please let me know if you do not know your scheduled day/time or need to reschedule.

The students had a wonderful time sharing their Valentine cards with each other!










We were also able to complete our Valentine's craft!









On Wednesday, our class went to the Planetarium at Rock Bridge High School. We saw a show about the planets and learned about constellations we can see from our backyard!




On Friday, we had the opportunity to visit the Traveling Trunk Show from the Boone County History and Culture Center! The students loved listening to our guests speak about Boone County, Columbia, and what life was like long ago.







In the Classroom

In math this week, we focused on solving number models that contained parentheses. We also played a math game called Multiplication Top It. Students can access this game and many others from a device at home by going to the CPS homepage and logging into their portal.

In reading this week, students learned about famous African American figures. Students used EPIC books to complete biography reports about people that interested them. We shared our biographies with each other at the end of the week!

Students continued revising and editing their non-fiction pieces this week. While I do not think we will be able to complete them for conferences next week, I will send them home as soon as they are completed!

In our force unit this week, we talked more about pushes and pulls. We also learned about balanced vs. unbalanced forces. Students are working on an interactive bulletin board about forces being all around us.


Upcoming Events

Parent Teacher Conference Week-February 24-27
No School-February 28
No School-March 11
Spring Pictures-March 12
Spring Fling-March 13
Spring Break-March 23-27

Thursday, February 13, 2020

February 13, 2020

Announcements


Conference confirmation times were sent home in the Friday folder last week. Please let me know as soon as possible if you did not receive yours or need to reschedule. It is a Paxton Keeley expectation that I meet with each family face-to-face. Thank you in advance for helping me reach this goal!

On Wednesday, we did another Makerspace challenge with Mrs. Hanson! Students created Valentine cards using a circuit. They did a wonderful job on this challenge, as it was very difficult to accomplish. Students were excellent listeners, did not get frustrated when their circuit didn't work at first, and were excellent helpers for each other. Act surprised if you get this card tomorrow for Valentine's Day! : )














In the Classroom

In math this week, we continued to focus on multiplication. Students learned how to work through a word problem using a multiplication/division diagram. Using this tool, we were able to use multiple strategies for both operations and solve for the unknown letter.



We finally finished our study of non-fiction summary writing! Students focused on finding those main ideas and supporting details for each chapter. 

This week, students took their post-test for informational writing. I will be sharing these at our conferences. We also began revising and editing our non-fiction pieces. Students revised with a partner on Tuesday.






We started our next science unit, Force, this week. Students learned about pushes/pulls and how they could beat an adult at tug of war. Ask your third grader to share some of the ideas we discussed!

Upcoming Events

No School-February 14, Teacher Work Day
No School-February 17, President's Day
Field trip to Planetarium-February 19
Parent Teacher Conference Week-February 24-27
No School-February 28
No School-March 11
Spring Pictures-March 12
Spring Fling-March 13
Spring Break-March 23-27

Friday, January 31, 2020

January 31, 2020

Announcements

Thank you to everyone who returned the conference form already! Please return these as soon as possible so I can begin scheduling conferences. Your date and time will come home in the Friday folder on February 7th. 

We have all spots filled for our Valentine's Day Party on February 13th! Please have students bring their valentine cards and boxes (if they would like to make one) on that day. If you need another copy of the class names, let me know. 

In the Classroom

We have been focusing on  multiplication strategies in math. Students have learned how to decompose facts in order to solve them faster. For example, taking the fact 7 x 9 and breaking it down into 5 x 9 and 2 x 9. These two facts are easier for students to solve and then add the products. We tested over unit 5 this week and also began unit 6.

We continued our discussion about non-fiction summary writing this week. Each student took place in a guided reading group that focused on pulling out the main idea and supporting details from a chapter. We used books about sea animals, whales, and lizards to do this. As a whole class, we also read a book about the Appalachian Trail to model this skill.

We are drafting our non-fiction pieces in writing. Most students have finished their first draft. On Thursday, students used a rubric to grade themselves. Then, they made revisions based on getting a 4 for each section in the rubric. We will continue revising next week. We hope to have them finished for parent teacher conferences!




We are wrapping up our Health unit! This week, students learned about body defenses such as skin, white blood cells, and stomach acid. We also made prevention books to discuss how to keep from getting infectious diseases.

Last week, Ms. Zapata discussed the nutrients water and protein. She also taught about the 4 tastes; sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. Students were given a food from each group to try. Finally, we learned about our digestive system. 












We had another guest speaker on Friday. Ms. Dana works for Nutrition Services of CPS. She came to review My Plate and helped us create a salad that contained something from each group. Make sure to ask your third grader what was in their salad!









Upcoming Events

Valentine Room Party-February 13
No School-February 14, Teacher Work Day
No School-February 17, President's Day
Field trip to Planetarium-February 19
Parent Teacher Conference Week-February 24-27
No School-February 28
No School-March 11
Spring Pictures-March 12
Spring Fling-March 13
Spring Break-March 23-27