Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cloudy with a Chance of Compound Words

What a great week! Here's what we've been working on:

In math, we finished up Unit 6 and started Unit 7 on Friday, which covers multiplication facts. You should start working on your multiplication facts, but they won't be reflected in the time tests until next trimester.

In reading, we're in theme 2, which is about traditions. We finished our first selection called The Keeping Quilt and had a test on it on Friday. We also worked on compound words with a fun word surgery activity.

This week we wrote the final drafts of our "It Drives me Batty" and Kindergarten Buddy expository paragraphs. We also worked on paragraph organization and a fun Halloween inference project.

We wrapped up the bean unit in Science. We also continued to work on our field guides in preparation for our Jasper Ridge field trip next week.

In social studies, we finished working on our directions unit by experiencing the compass rose.

We ended the week with a fun Halloween art project and an exciting spooktacular!

Here's what's coming up next week:

  • Book reports are due on Monday. Students brought home guidelines for their oral presentations along with an oral presentation rubric. We'll use the same rubric for all of our oral presentations this year. I've also posted it on the resources tab under the Language Arts section.
  • We'll continue our work on Unit 7 in Math. The test will either be at the end of next week or at the beginning of the following, depending on how we progress.
  • In reading, we'll read the selection Anthony Reynoso: Born to Rope and will have a selection test on Friday.
  • Next week we'll be doing a Halloween expository paragraph in writing.
  • In science, we'll start our crayfish unit and continue working on our field guides.
  • Social Studies will be focused on our elections unit. 
  • Wednesday is Halloween! Remember that students need to change into their costumes at or right after lunch. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Would You Sail With Columbus?

Here's what we did last week:

Math: We finished up our subtraction unit and took the test on subtraction with regrouping. We also started unit 6. It covers multiplication concepts. So far we have adressed repeated addition, arrays, and the communicative multiplication property (3x4 equals 4x3). 

Reading: We finished The Chalk Box Kid and did some related art. 

Writing: We are finishing typing our Flat Me projects. We completed rough drafts for our buddy expository paragraphs and are in various stages of writing "It drives me batty when..." papers.

Social studies: Everyone has now cast their votes on sailing with Columbus! We have 10 adventurers who would sail to the unknown and 12 who would stay home. We drew maps of our classroom this week and linked our map skills to math by plotting coordinates that built a Jack-o'-Lantern picture.

Science: We continued our Field Guides and had a hands-on presentation about Jasper Ridge that included dissecting owl pellets. We also continued to monitor our bean growth. 

Here's what's coming up this week:

Reading: We will start Theme 2 in reading, which focuses on traditions and various cultures. 

Math: We will continue on into unit 6 and the wonders of multiplication.

Writing: We will work on publishing our Kinder Buddy Papers. Students will dive into the world of revision with their Batty Papers. We will focus on compound words and common nouns this week as well. 

Social Studies: We will focus on the Compass Rose in finding directions. 

Science: We will continue our field guides and bean observation. 

Upcoming events:
  • Book reports and painted pumpkins are due on Monday the 29th. Please do NOT send pumpkins early
  • Book orders are due before October 31st. All orders must be done online and information regarding that process can be found in my resource tab
  • Students need to memorize the poem they selected by October 31st

Saturday, October 13, 2012

How to Chew Bubble Gum

It was nice to see so many of you at the walk-a-thon today. We had a fantastic week in the classroom. Here's what we were up to:

Reading: We continued reading The Chalk Box Kid and focused on the skill of visualization. To practice this skill, the students drew what they saw while I read a few chapters from the book. Then, they worked on chalk gardens using support from the text to guide their illustrations. Be sure to have you students practice visualization while they D.E.A.R each night. This can be done by asking them what pictures are being painted in their minds.

Writing: We are working on paragraph organization and made some nice progress. We also finished our instructional writing project on how to chew bubble gum. They had a lot of fun exploring their creativity with that one.

Math: We are about to wrap up our subtraction unit. This week a few students struggled with regrouping in subtraction. Particularly, when it had to be done multiple times to solve the problem. For some students, it seemed to be a conceptual gap where they didn't understand why you can regroup. If you find your students struggling, try practicing with a place value chart and show your students that the number is the same when you regroup, you just adjusted the value in each place.

Science: We are continuing to chart our bean growth, and the gentleman's beans seems to be growing much faster than the lady's, but the girls are hoping for a comeback. We also started our field guides on various plants and animals in the diverse ecosystems of California.

Social Studies: This week we focused on Columbus. Students used a timeline of Columbus' life as well as the atlas to answer questions about his life and track his route. They also did some searching in the dictionary for less familiar terms. We are ending our Columbus unit by answering the question "Would you sail with Columbus?" Students were assured that a vote in favor of the voyage did NOT mean they wanted to be mean to the native people they encountered in the new land, just that they had an adventurous spirit. So far 20 votes have been cast and we are tied at 10 to 10. With 4 votes to go, we will see what happens Monday.

Here's what's coming up next week:

Reading: We will finish The Chalk Box Kid and have a comprehension quiz for it on Thursday.

Writing: We are continuing to work on Paragraph organization and will work on extending some paragraphs that are lacking development.

Math: Our Unit 4 test will be on Tuesday. Wednesday will mark the beginning of Unit 6 on Multiplication concepts. This is the first of the three multiplication units.

Science: We are continuing to map our bean growth. We will also continue to work on our field guides.

Social Studies: We are going to transfer some of our map skills to other subject matter and focus a bit more on using the Compass Rose for direction. We are also going to look at California through the lens of our field guides.

Permission Slips: I have received the impact wavier from nearly everyone in our class, but I only have half of our District required permission slips for Jasper ridge. I attached the form to the email I sent out to everyone about project cornerstone. Please let me know if you need me to send it to you again. I don't post any of the field trip forms on the website for the protection of the students. As a district, we don't think it's safe to publicize the location and day we are traveling off campus with students.

Thanks for a great week!

Mrs. Andersen

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Building Cities and Reading Novels

What a great week last week! In reading, we worked on our first novel in the third grade called The Chalk Box Kid. Our writing skills revolved around expository skills, understanding root words, and a continued study of compound words. We also tied our writing abilities to our social studies by doing a direction writing assignment on "how to chew bubble gum."

In social studies, we continued our exploration of maps and indexing. We did an exciting sidewalk chalk city development exercise out on the blacktop that the students really got in to. Our math studies were from Unit 4 on subtraction and in science, we continued to chart our bean growth.

The field trip to see Sleeping Beauty was a lot of fun for everyone. It was also great to see so many of our students participating in the Cardboard Challenge. What a creative bunch of children!

Here's what's coming up this week:
  • Look out for an email with the permission slip for our next field trip
  • Reading: We'll be trying to finish reading The Chalk Box Kid this week
  • Math: We'll continue on with Unit 4 and some tricky subtraction problems. Be sure to look out for some problems your students may be struggling with
  • Science: We'll continue our bean growth study and start our field reports in preparation for our Jasper Ridge field trip
  • Social Studies: We are going to start researching Columbus as well as wrapping up our map unit
- Mrs. Andersen