Update: Week of May 21st

Congratulations to Hailey and Jade! They were chosen by their peers to represent our class as PAWSitive Characters for the month of May for demonstrating courage in learning! Way to go Hailey and Jade!!!!

Homework: There is no more homework for the year! Students DO need to continue reading and getting their planners signed this week!

Historical Museum: We are so excited to share our historical person projects with you! Those who RSVP’d by Wednesday received a sticker in their planner for their date and time. If you RSVP’d after Wednesday, we confirmed your time with you via email!

Picnic Lunch Days: Wednesday and Friday are picnic lunch days in the classroom. This means that students will have an alternate lunch schedule and it is best if students do NOT have visitors for lunch on those days. Also, if students order school lunch, their only option will be PBJ. If your child does not want to have PBJ, he or she will need to pack a lunch for Wednesday and Friday!

Summer Work Folders: On Friday, students will receive their summer work folders. These red folders have other important information regarding summer practice opportunities, communication from us, and communication from the front office. Please make sure to look through these folders! Also, if your child will be absent Friday, please let us know so we can send it home earlier in the week. Otherwise, you will have to pick it up from the front office after the 25th!

End of Year Activities: See below for important day to day activities. Please make sure to send in the $3 for the party! We will be having pizza and snacks that day.  🙂

Update: Week of May 14th

Thank you to all of our families for the amazing gifts, notes, cards, supplies and MORE for teacher appreciation last week! We really felt the love and appreciate you thinking of us during the week! It has been an honor to teach your children and we look forward to continuing our fun over the next two weeks. 🙂

We had a great week! In reading, we focused on the Underground Railroad as part of our Civil War unit. We read about Harriet Tubman, Henry “Box” Brown, and Frederick Douglass and wrote in a variety of formats in our journals! We spent a lot of time working on the finishing touches for our historical person museum projects. We can’t wait for you to come and see them!

English/Language Arts/Social Studies: Our focus will continue to be on the Civil War this week! We will be learning about the battles and the Emancipation Proclamation. Also, we will be working on map skills and learning about landforms.

Math: This week, we will keep working on fluency and multi-digit multiplication.

Science: Our science EOC is on Wednesday! We will be reviewing this week.

Homework: On Friday, students received their spelling and math homework. They also need to read nightly and get their planners and calendars signed.

Last Days of School: We will be sending home information about special events for our last three days of school this week!

Battery Collection: Friday, May 18th is the last day to turn in batteries for recycling for this school year. Our battery bucket would love to be filled with your old batteries. 🙂

Update: Week of May 7th

We had a great week and we are officially done with FSA! Hooray! In reading, we began our unit on the Civil War by reading what initially divided the north and south. We also read about Abraham Lincoln. Each student is creating a journal where he or she summarizes the facts they take away from our lessons and reading through the point of view of the character they “become” during the Civil War time! In science, we learned about plant adaptations. Our math focus was on fluency and we spent a lot of time working on our projects this week!

We also got to welcome a new friend to our classroom! Welcome to Odessa, Helena!

Also, here is a great shot of our friends who dressed up for May the 4th. Silly kids! 🙂

English/Language Arts/Social Studies: We will continue learning about the Civil War this week with a focus on the Underground Railroad! We will also be working on some map skills.

Science: We will be learning about how plants and animals get energy this week as well as reviewing some previously learned science concepts.

Math: Our new focus is on preparing for fourth grade but we will continue to work on fluency daily!! Also, we will be learning how to do multi-digit multiplication.

Homework: On Friday, students received their spelling and math logs. They will need to resume reading nightly and getting their planners and calendars signed!

Yearbooks: Yearbooks will be available for purchase starting next week! More information will come home this week and will also be posted on the Odessa website!

Book Fair: The Itz Book fair starts on Wednesday!

Update: Week of April 30th

Congratulations to Tyler and JJ! They were chosen by their peers for PAWSitive Character for the month of April for demonstrating perseverance. Way to go Tyler and JJ!

Congratulations to Ashley and Adam! They were chosen by Mrs. Nienhouse & Ms. Scalici to represent our class as Wildcat Achievers for the school year! These two were chosen because of their willingness to stick with a challenge and maintain a positive attitude- both of which have led to amazing learning opportunities for these two friends! We are very proud of them!

We concluded the second week of our argumentative writing and reading analysis with a focus on the topic of snakes: friend or foe? Students chose their argument and supported it with text evidence. We were a close 50/50 split! On Friday, their weekly assessment had them read about cell phones and then argue if they were more good than bad based on text evidence. Their writing has come so far in two short weeks! In math, we continued to review concepts we haven’t worked on in some time. We played some games and participated in some challenges! Our science focus was on animal adaptations. Students were also given the opportunity to invent a new species of animal and give it adaptations (based on their learning) that would help it survive.

English/Language Arts: This week we will begin our four week module (can you believe that is all we have left?!?) on the Civil War. We continue to spiral all of our reading skills and add layers of challenge to our daily work. This is a fun way to learn history and practice our reading and writing skills in a different way! Each student will be chronicling their learning through the point of view of a “character” they choose who might have lived at this time. They will be using a journal to summarize their work!

Science/Math: Math FSA is Monday and Tuesday! We will spend the rest of the week working on fluency in math and doing quite a few hands on science activities. We will begin our “previewing for fourth grade” math unit next week! Our science focus will have hands on activities that review previously learned units- just for a nice change of pace this week. 🙂

Homework: There is NO homework since it is an FSA testing week. Reading is optional but please make sure planners are still signed!

Update: Week of April 23rd

THANK YOU to everyone who donated stuffed animals for the carnival! Carnival was a great time and it was fun to see so many of you there! 🙂

We had a fabulous week! In reading, we began our new module with a focus on argumentative writing. During our week, we read four texts about the pros and cons of zoos. Students then used the details from the texts to form an argument and write their opinion and support it with evidence. We also talked about how a good argument acknowledges both sides of the issue! On Thursday, we did a debate with a focus on supporting your argument AND your rebuttal with evidence. The kids were very passionate about this topic and their writing was amazing! In math, we continued review with multiplication, division, fractions and elapsed time (we really needed that elapsed time review!). Our science focus was on how animals respond to the changes in seasons.

English/Language Arts: Our new module continues this week! Our focus will still be on reading to gather information and to write an argument. The topic will be Snakes: Friend or Foe? We read three great texts this week to support our work!

Math: Our review before math FSA continues this week! Our focus will be on rounding, addition and subtraction, area, perimeter and a little review of geometric shapes!

Science: While we continue to learn about plants and animals, this week goes a bit deeper with a focus on animal adaptations. We will have a fun extension project where students get to create their own animal and give it some of the adaptations we learn about so it can survive. I know they will love this!

Homework: On Friday, students received their spelling and math logs. They also need to read nightly and get their planners and calendars signed!

FSA Next Week: Just a reminder that our Math FSA testing dates are Monday, April 30th and Tuesday, May 1st! If anyone is willing to donate snacks again, I can promise the kids greatly appreciate it! Thank you in advance 🙂

Update: Week of April 16th

Congratulations to Jake! His garbage art project was chosen to represent our Leopards pod in the school wide art contest. He created a chess set out of recycled objects. Great job, Jake!

THANK YOU to all the families who participated in the garbage art project! It was optional, but it was AWESOME to see the great ideas and creativity at work and we hope everyone had fun with this! We were VERY impressed with the ideas and execution. All projects for third grade were set up in the portable so students could go and see them. They really enjoyed that! 🙂

Finally, THANK YOU to everyone who sent in snacks for after FSA testing was finished! The kids really enjoyed the snacks and they were much appreciated as they had their mental break time. 🙂

Well, our reading FSA is over! Hooray! The kids worked very hard and were feeling good after we were done. For the rest of the week, we began working on cursive and focused on our biography research projects! In math, we finished module 7 on area, perimeter and geometry and then we started reviewing concepts we have learned all year! In social studies, we learned about supply and demand.

The Spring Carnival is Friday! We hope to see many of our families there for a fun time! Also, if you are able to donate gently loved stuffed animals to our booth, please send them in this week!

English/Language Arts: Our new module begins this week! We will be focusing on argumentative writing. The learning goal is for students to read multiple texts on the same topic- this week’s topic is the Pros and Cons of Zoos- and then form an argument based on what they have read. We spend time thinking about author’s message and how it is important to read multiple sources to gain information before forming our own argument. They will acknowledge both sides of the argument and support their arguments with text evidence.

Math: We will be reviewing multiplication and division, fractions and elapsed time this week!

Science: To continue our learning in our plants and animals unit, we will be learning about how plants and animals respond to changes in season and environment. We will add learning about adaptations either this week or next!

Homework: On Friday, students received their spelling and multiplication logs! They must also resume reading nightly and getting their planners and calendars signed!

Update: Week of April 9th

We had a great week and worked very hard! We reviewed and read A LOT of texts to help us do so! In math, we finished our current module and geometry, area, and perimeter. Our science focus was on plants and their environment and how they respond to changes in their environment.

English/Language Arts: In reading, we will be taking FSA on Monday and Tuesday! The rest of the week will be spent working on our research projects 🙂

Math: We will review geometry, area, and perimeter on Monday and Tuesday afternoon and then take our end of module 7 assessment on Wednesday. Then, we will begin reviewing all of our math standards in preparation for the math FSA! Some standards we haven’t worked on much since we initially learned them so we need a quick refresher!

Science: Our science focus will continue to be on how animals change with the seasons.

Homework: There will be NO homework next week due to FSA! Nightly reading will be optional 🙂

Update: Week of April 2nd

Congratulations to Kendall and Adam! They were chosen by their peers to represent our class as PAWSitive characters for the month of March for demonstrating citizenship. Way to go Kendall and Adam!!

We had a great week back from break! In reading, we worked on using multiple texts to practice with many of the standards and skills we have already learned. We focused on author’s message, key ideas and details, poetry, and vocabulary as we read about Clara Lemlich and Amelia Earhart! In math, we focused on problem solving with perimeter and took our mid module assessment. In social studies, we finished our work with global citizenship with a focus on how to help wildlife, the environment, and other people.

We need your help! Third Grade is going to begin collecting gently loved, clean stuffed animals for our spring carnival booth! Please send in any donations with your child or drop them in the office for third grade. THANK YOU!!

English/Language Arts: We will continue to review multiple standards across multiple texts this week! We will be focused on central message, lesson, theme, or moral and comparing and contrasting! Also, our practice will include using text features to find information. We will be reading Knots on a Counting Rope, Thunder Cake, City Homes and Underground Cities.

Math: This week, we will be diving deeper into perimeter and shapes and combining these with our knowledge of area. We will be focused on shapes with same area, different perimeter and same perimeter, different area. There is a lot of problem solving in our learning this week!

Science: Our focus for science is on how animals respond to changes in their environment.

FSA Testing: Monday, April 9th and Tuesday, April 10th are when we will be taking our FSA Reading. Testing will occur from 10-12 (the test is 80 minutes with a short break but this also includes time for directions). Typically, we ask for donations of snacks for after testing just to make sure all kids get a chance to have a snack and decompress after working so hard! If you are willing to donate snacks, we would love to have them! In the past, the best snacks have been fruit snacks, cheez-its, goldfish, and pretzels! We would greatly appreciate any donations!

Homework: On Friday, students received their spelling and math logs. They also need to read nightly and get their planners and calendars signed!

 

Update: Week of March 26th

We hope all the kiddos had a wonderful spring break week and are ready to come back and finish the year strong 🙂

English/Language Arts/Social Studies: We will be working with many of our different learning goals this week as we read text! We will focus on compare/contrast, key ideas and details, sequencing, cause and effect and more! Also, we are going to be working with poetry this week.

Math: We will continue to work with perimeter, area, and geometric attributes of shapes this week! Due to spring break, we will spend some time reviewing some concepts before we move on.

Science: Our science focus will be on animals and plants and how they adapt to their environment.

Homework: Before break, students received their spelling and multiplication logs. Also, they received directions on how to complete the FSA math computer based practice test and they need to get it signed before turning it in. It is not about the math but about practicing the use of the tools! Also, they should continue their nightly reading and getting their planners and calendars signed!