Monday- PE with Mr. Moran
Tuesday- PE with Mr. Kosek
Wednesday- Dance with Mrs. Nickel
Thursday- Music with Mrs. Farrell
Friday- Art with Ms. Rock
Blast off! We our learning all about the moon this week. Our next reading story, Journey to the Moon, concentrates on finding text evidence to support answers, using captions to find information and identifying facts and opinions.
We are in our third week of our novel study units. There are four books currently being read, your child is responsible for one of the four. The books are Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Magic, The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Freckle Juice & How to Eat Fried Worms. Each week your child will be assigned a set of comprehension questions to check for his/her understanding of the text.
Our spelling pattern of the week focuses on the following suffixes; -ity, -sion, -less & -ness.
Please check to make sure your child is completing the required weekly Tic-Tac-Spell.
In social studies we will learn about the landmarks, events and artifacts that have made a significant impact on the development and history of the United States. This week we will continue to look at Yellowstone & other National Parks, as well as, the Veteran's Day.
We will also discuss the properties and qualities of each planet during our science instruction. We will make a diagram of the solar system, create bar graphs and Venn Diagrams comparing the planets' qualities and read expository texts about the solar system. Additionally, our Bess Beetles should arrive this week. Your child will get to observe Bess Beetles' structures and behaviors. He or she will be able to interact with them and see how they interact in different environments and situations.
In other news, I have posted very important information about our upcoming NWEA spring testing. Our reading assessment is May 24th & math will be on May 30. See my previous posts for additional details.
The Wax Museum Project is due on May 25th! Please make sure your child completes all the necessary components that should appear on their display board. All sheets were given out during parent-teacher conferences.
To help boost our monthly attendance rate, we are having a weekly raffle for Chicago White Sox tickets. If your child is at school all five days of the week, he or she is automatically enrolled in the raffle. Winners are announced each Monday. Last week, our school had two of the school's four winners!!!
Field day is quickly approaching, we are looking forward to our walking field trip to Hiawatha Park on June 7th for fun activities and lunch!
In closing, I would just like to thank you all for the cards, treats, and special gifts that I received during Teacher Appreciation Week. I truly appreciate the kind words and generosity that was shared. It has been such a pleasure having your kids in Room 210 this year!
Have a wonderful week! Mr. Rosenstiel
Our Spring NWEA testing will occur on...
May 24th - Reading
May 30th- Math
This is a very important component of our Third Grade Benchmark criteria.
Please have your child review his/her multiplication facts, read nightly, and get a great night's sleep prior to all testing sessions.
Children in 210 have IXL accounts to practice both mathematics and literature questions, Frontrowed Accounts, as well as Read Theory.
210 Math- IXL for mastery of math concepts & Xtramath accounts have been set up to practice computation.
With thanks- Mr.Rosenstiel
Monday- PE with Mr. Kosek
Tuesday- Dance with Ms. Nickel
Wednesday- Music with Ms. Farrell
Thursday- Art with Ms. Rock
Friday- Literature Lab with Ms. Habetler
This week we are reading a Cherokee folktale- Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun. This folktale gives an entertaining explanation on why we have daytime and nighttime. We will examine the character traits of the main character- Grandmother Spider. Throughout the year, your child has analyzed various characters and was then ask to identify his/her character traits. Your child has had to support his or her reasoning by citing text evidence. It also is a wonderful example of the literary technique of personification.
We are also beginning our persuasive/opinion essay writing unit. On Monday and Tuesday we will examine various persuasive essays written by third grade students. As a group, we will then evaluate what components are included or missing in the essays. Additionally, in cooperative groups we will create a class anchor chart for the students to use for their first essay. During our weekly grammar lessons the students will be introduced to prepositions. They will understand what they are and how they are used. Our spelling pattern of the week is suffixes- ful & able.
On Monday, your child took their Structures of Life unit assessment. They took notes last Monday and Tuesday and had a week to study them. Starting this week, we are blasting off to space! Our last science unit of the year is entitled- Sun, Moon & Stars! We will examine the importance of the sun, characteristics of the planets, & properties of stars. This unit is unique because it provides learning opportunities both inside and outside of our classrooms.
In social studies we will examine various artifacts, events and landmarks from our nation's past and present. We will analyze their importance in our nation's history and development. Specifically this week we will discuss the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park and Armistice Day.
Last week we used our writing instruction time to research our Wax Museum person. This week I will send home two sheets that could be included on your child's board- Why I Chose This Person & Three Important Facts sheets. Our due date for this project is May 25th. Our open house will be during the first week of June and your will get a formal invitation.
Even though we only have 30 school days left for this school year, we have SO MANY new things to learn and explore! Please continue to check your child's assignment notebook and make sure your child is completing his or her reading log.
Our spring NWEA assessment is quickly approaching. Once our class has our assigned time I will post those very important dates on this blog. This assessment is a very important component of CPS's third grade promotion policy.
Have a wonderful week! Mr. Rosenstiel
Monday- Dance with Mrs. Nickel
Tuesday- Music with Mrs. Farrell
Wednesday- Art with Mrs. Rock
Thursday- Literature lab with Mrs. Habetler
Friday- PE with Mr. Moran
We are blasting off into space! Our next reading unit is the Sun, Moon & Stars. We will be reading several expository texts (with a few narrative) about the solar system. Our reading story of the week is "Sun" which shares many interesting facts about the sun and its importance and relevance in our solar system- The Milky Way.
We have also begun our novel study units. During the next month your child will be participating in an in-depth novel study. The four books being used include- The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, How to Eat Fried Worms, Freckle Juice, & Mrs. Piggle Miggle's Magic. Your child will be reading only one of the previously mentioned texts. each student will have to read a specific chapter as part of his or her homework each night.
In science, we are completing our Structures of Life unit notes. Throughout the week we will be reviewing our notes and completing our final plant experiments. We are graphing the growth of our plants in our hydroponic containers. Currently we are examining the bush bean currently in Week 7 of our investigation. Our Bess Beetles will arrive during the week of May 15th. With that delay in delivery, we will be completing our current unit assessment and then transfer to the Solar System Science unit. Once the beetles arrive we will then take a week to explore the Bess Beetles' behavior and physical attributes.
This week in social studies we will complete our Citizenship and Civics unit. The students will hear various expository texts about voting, the Presidency, the Senate, theHouse of Representatives & the Supreme Court. They will listen to me read aloud booklet and then write down one interesting fact and something new that they have now learned after my reading.
Our Wax Museum research project is currently being done during our writing block. Your child has selected a notable figure to research, using our classroom technology we are compiling biographical information to use on their display boards. Everything your child completes in school can be transferred into their final projects. All boards should be completed on or before May 25th.
We have so many awesome things to complete this week! As always, please feel free to contact me about any questions or concerns.
With thanks- Mr. Rosenstiel
Just a reminder that this Wednesday- May 3 is our field trip to see the movie Born in China. We do not have any chaperone limits for this trip. Currently we have seven parents coming with us on our trip. Thank you all for returning the permission slips and money so quickly!
Students will leave around 9 and return by 12:30. The students will then eat lunch within the classroom so a home lunch will be needed. All chaperones should arrive to Dever a little before 9. Thank you!
Monday- Music with Mrs. Farrell
Tuesday- Art with Mrs. Rock
Wednesday- Literature Lab with Mrs. Habetler
Thursday- Health with Mr. Moran
Friday- PE with Mr. Kosek
It was great seeing so many of you at our third quarter conferences! Our class had 97% participation! That is fantastic!!! We have also had 100% attendance two days in a row...three more consecutive days and we will earn an extra 20 minutes recess on Friday!
Our last reading story in the Animal Habitats unit is Crinkleroot's Guide to Animal Habitats. This expository text explores various types of animal habitats such as wetlands, prairies, desserts and woodlands. The reading skill of the week is comparing and contrasting various text components and our reading strategy is rereading text for improving fluency and understanding.
In science, we are analyzing the structures of crayfish and bess beetles. Both have exoskeletons and physical attributes that are similar. However one is a crustacean and the other is an insect. We will also be comparing and contrasting these two creatures' attributes. Towards the end of the week we will be constructing the habitat for our class's bess beetles that will arrive during the week of May 1st.
We are completing our civics and citizenship unit in social studies. We will be reading a play and analyzing the various acts. Each act highlights one specific way citizens can demonstrate their good citizenship and showcase how one can participate in the democratic process.
During third quarter conferences I shared information about our BIG end of the year project- Our Living Wax Museum! Several dates to keep in mind- April 27th is the due date for selecting a person to research. May 24th is the due date for returning the display board. We will have our open house during the first week of June where the children will present their speeches and each historical figure will come alive during our Living wax Museum!
Your child will complete his or her final expository essay focusing on the three branches of government this week. Children will be assessed based on our writing rubric that was shared in a previous post. We will also be reviewing various types of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives & adverbs).
Your child has access to more IXL components for the remainder of this year! Please have your child access and explore ALL of the subjects that are now available. In previous years, Dever students only used the math section. Each child now has access to many more content areas. I would highly encourage each child to use this as an extension lesson or to challenge themselves with new content that interests them!
I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the fantastic weather! I was able to get out and run along the beautiful lakefront and then visit the zoo! As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to the amazing learning opportunities that are ahead of us in the 4th quarter!