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!
Our next field trip will be on May 3rd to see the Disney movie- Born in China. This movie is an extension of our current reading and science units. The movie highlights three animal families that live within China. It showcases their habitats and life cycles. Any interested parent is encouraged to chaperone and all are welcome (no chaperone limit for this field trip). If you could please complete the field trip form with the $12.00 fee by Friday, April 28th that would be greatly appreciated.
Monday- Art with Mrs. Rock
Tuesday- Literature lab with Mrs. Habetler
Wednesday- Health with Mr. Moran
Thursday- PE with Mr. Kosek
Friday- Dance with Mrs. Nickel
************************Gym Shoes are REQUIRED for all PE and Dance Classes**************************
I stapled a second confirmation sheet of our conference time in your child's assignment notebook. Please let me know if you are not available at that time. I have very few time slots left because of the number of conferences scheduled. I would gladly work with each family in order to find a time to meet and discuss your child's progress.
Our class is in need of a some very important items! We are quickly running out of pencils. Your child might need to relish his or her supply. We have gone through all of the pencils brought in during our class's fall drop off. I have also brought in several boxes but I think we will still run out by the end of the month. If you would like to donate a box of pencils to our class, they would be greatly appreciated!
We are also in need of glue sticks and scissors. I (and our class parent volunteer) have been using Chlorox Bleach wipes weekly to clean students' desks. If you would like to donate any of these items they would also be put to good use in Room 210!
I look forward to speaking with each of you at our conference on Wednesday.
With thanks- Mr. Rosenstiel
Monday- Literature Lab
Tuesday- Health with Mr. Moran
Wednesday- Conferences- No Student Attendance
Thursday- Dance with Mrs. Nickel
Friday- Music with Mrs. Farrell
Monday- PE with Mr. Moran
Tuesday- PE with Mr. Kosek
Wednesday- Dance with Mrs. Nickel
Thursday- Music with Mrs. Farrell
*******************************Gym Shoes are REQUIRED for all PE & Dance classes***********************
I can't believe we are now in April and that there are only four days to go before before Spring Break. That being said, there is a lot still to do and share about the activities and events that are going on in Room 210 during this shortened week!
During reading instruction, we will be focusing on several different types of Figurate Language that authors use in their writings. By using figurative language, writers can make their work more interesting, appealing or impactful. Some of the various types of Figurative Language that we will concentrate on include- metaphors, similes, alliterative, personification and onomatopoeia.
Your child will have the opportunity to select their own spelling words for his or her individual list this week. The children will select words from an established list or 3rd & 4th grade Dolch words. These words are common sight words that children should be able to identify and spell at this point in the year. Each child will be asked to select ten words that they might still need additional practice spelling. All lists will be approved by me because I want them to work on words that can elevate their spelling and expand their vocabulary.
Has your child shared with you that we are using Hydroponics to grow four different types of seeds? Hydroponics is the use of water and nutrients to germinate seeds without the use of soil or sand. Currently we are growing pea, bush bean, popcorn & sunflower seeds in our container garden. This week will will continue to evaluate and observe the seeds themselves, as well as the new plant that is quickly sprouting. Additionally we will create a timeline for the life cycle of a bean seed.
In social studies we are continuing to learn about civics and our U.S. government. The foundation of this unit is examining what citizenship is and how third grade students can participate in our community and make an impact within their own neighborhoods.
In math each classroom is continuing to work on expanded multiplication using more than just fact family recall. Specifically in 210 math, the students are working on double-digit multiplication. We are also reading & composing graphs and charts to record data. After break we will work on recognizing equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting them & simplifying fractions. By there end of the year we will work on long division.
Other news to share-
-Our 4th quarter Wax Museum project will be shared with families at report card
pick-up! Information and examples will be provided at that time.
-All conference times have been assigned and distributed. I stapled each child's
time in their assignment notebook. If that time does not work or if there is a
conflict please let me know immediately. There are limited spots available because
of the number of students in our homeroom. I can be reached at
-Picture retakes have been rescheduled for later in April 17th (see previous post).
-Attendance in school is extremely important for your child's success. Our
attendance rate in 210 is below the school's average. Unless they are sick, please
make sure that your child is present and on time.
As always it is a pleasure having your child in our classroom! I hope you all have a great spring break. I look forward to seeing you at our conference on Wednesday, April 19th.
With appreciation- Mr. Rosenstiel
Spring Pictures have been rescheduled for April 17th. Dress to impress!
I can tell we are getting closer to Spring Break and the children are excited, however there is still so much more to learn and explore before that can begin!
This week our reading story is Wolf Island. This narrative nonfiction story examines the implications of any change within our animal kingdom's food web. The reading skill of the week is inferring facts from context, as well as identifying various causes and effects found in this story. The children will continue to be given differentiated reading assignments based on their NWEA RIT scores. They will also be assigned a cause and effect graphic organizer to complete as practice so their Friday assessment.
Please continue filling in the nightly reading log. The third quarter Just Read sheet will be due next Tuesday- April 4th.
Our spelling pattern of the week is homophones (same spelling & sound but different meanings- well, rose, tire), the long u sound spelled ue & ew.
Our final expository (informational essay) will tie into our current social studies Civics Unit. They will use our class anchor chart to share information about the Three Branches of Government and to explain the important responsibilities of each. I use a writing rubric to assess each student's work. The following items will be assessed- using a lead and topic sentence, use of transitions, elaborating on each branch, organization of support, and providing a conclusion.
In social studies we are examining a very old Patriotic Song dedicated to our flag- The Grand Old Flag. Students will infer the meaning of the song and answer questions about the song's importance.
You might have noticed that your child did not write in their Family Journal this week. Instead, your child was given the opportunity to write to former Vice-President Joe Biden. They are writing and editing their letters which will be sent to his D.C. office (I have a friend who works in it). Hopefully we get a response to some of their questions!!!
In our science unit, Structures of Life, we have done several experiments using different types of seeds. We are using a Mini-spouter to soak dormant seeds in order to begin the germination process. Currently, we are germinating sunflower, pea, popcorn & bush bean seeds. After that we will use hydroponics to grow these seedlings using only vitamins and water to make them grow into larger and stronger plants.
As you can see...there is so much to explore in the next two weeks!
Your assigned scheduled conference time will be stapled into your child's current assignment notebook page on Wednesday.
I hope you have a wonderful week! Hopefully we will see the spring flowers sprouting soon!
With appreciation- Mr. Rosenstiel