The Countdown is ON!!

Can you believe it?  We are three weeks from the end?  Time has really flown by, and just when I think I’m getting the kids in shape.  They have worked hard this week, dealing with a less than normal routine, testing for three days, varied resource times, and a bigger focus on science and social studies than normal.  As we gear up for next week’s HATS (Henrico Assessment Tests), we have watched several videos to help review science concepts and have briefly touched on the ancient civilization of Mali along with our upcoming national holiday.  In the middle of the graded papers, you will find a corrected brain pop quiz packet.  Just so you know, the third page was omitted from the grading because of the challenges presented by the vocabulary in the questions.  There is also a comprehension sheet on Mali that presented problems for a few students.  Please know that we read the sheet together and talked about hints for each of the questions.  They did well on many of the other reading activities you will find graded in their folders this week.  As we finish up with our testing in the next week or so, please rest assured that we will still be working, resuming our cursive handwriting, working through challenging math problems, and reading for fun!  Today, they were exposed to a few concepts in algebra and we read about two girls who were brave enough to be themselves even when everyone else wanted to fit them into a box.  My hope is that your children are truly learning beyond the SOLs and enjoying their last few weeks as the class in Room 19!

Quick Thoughts

  • For those of you who ordered a yearbook, they are coming home today.  We will have students bring them back during the last week of school (along with Field Day t-shirts) if they would like to have them signed.
  • Tuesday, we take our Science HAT.  Feel free to do any last minute review on the HCPS Review link and Jefferson Lab (both found under the Helpful Links tab above).
  • Wednesday, we take our Social Studies HAT.

Reading Review Stations

Brainy Blueberry – Click here to read the story.  When you are done, grab a sheet from the green basket.  Cut out the events at the bottom of the page and glue them in the correct sequence (order) on the top of the page.  Be sure to include your name on the paper before turning it into the blue basket.

Word Confusion – Test your knowledge of homophones using context clues to determine which spelling best completes each sentence.

Parts of a Newspaper – Check out your skills by reviewing and showing what you know about the organization on non-fiction, such as the newspaper.

A New Friend Wordle – Read the story in the red basket.  After you read, click here to create your own wordle of the main ideas in your story.  You will print it off and glue it to the back page of the story packet.  Finally, answer the comprehension questions inside the packet.

Happy Friday!!

It’s been a good week in Room 19!  I enjoyed my lovely door decor with everyone’s personal touch and the sweet treats from my students and the PTA.  As a class, we have enjoyed the warm weather, our last visit from Young Scientist, and a presentation from a few Chinese acrobats.  In an effort to determine our focus heading into SOLs, the students took two practice tests on the computers.  I appreciate everyone’s patience with the Fraction homework this week.  The kids seem to have a good grip on shading and identifying models.  We are still working on manipulating the fractions, but they did a nice job working at the fraction stations.  Students were also super excited about presenting their explorer presentations.  They should be able to open their google accounts at home to show you, but in case it doesn’t work, I will try and share projects via email as well.

Looking ahead at next week:

  • You can expect a heavy emphasis on Math and Reading.  Math homework will be computer-based, but also student-centered.  Individualized strands will be suggested for each child for a couple of nights, and then a few practice tests that will hit all areas.  In class, we will talk about adding fractions and probability.  Our first part of the MATH SOL will be given on FRIDAY!
  • We will wrap up our explorer unit with a few reading passages and final notes.  Students will be given an assessment on Wednesday that covers the four guys we’ve hit, their reasons for exploring, the countries they represented, and the discoveries they made.
  • Students are taking their last word study tests on Tuesday.  Please encourage them to complete their homework this week to ensure they end the year on a high note.

Happy Friday!

The kids did a great job with our indoor field day!  We started the day with a little Gilligan’s Island skit put on by our lovely resource team.  Then, third grade enjoyed several stations including relays in the gym, team building in the music room, a fitness trail around the halls, and dancing in the cafeteria.  I would say they got nice sweaty in just an hour and a half!  Earlier in the week, the students wrapped up some geometry, started researching a few European Explorers, and discussed how to find a paragraph’s main idea.  Overall, they have worked hard and kept a positive attitude!

Coming home today:

  • A letter from Mrs. Wingfield to help with planning for next year.
  • Gator Checks including a couple of practice SOL passages.  Please take some time and review the mistakes your student missed with him/her.

Looking ahead:

  • We’ve got our final Young Scientist visit scheduled for Monday morning, where students will get another look at soil.
  • Students will continue researching explorers and then put their knowledge into a presentation of sorts.  We will also head to the library for some rotations centered around explorer information and practice with a few reading skills.
  • The Chinese Acrobats are coming to impress during an assembly on Tuesday morning.
  • As a way to prepare for our SOL testing coming up in a few weeks, we will take a few practice assessments on the computers in both math and reading.  On the other days, students will look at or review several third grade skills.  In math, we will look more closely at what fractions are, how to identify them, and how to compare them.  In reading, we will review the concept of main idea as well as spend some time working on summarizing.

Inching Toward the Finish Line

Every Friday is one more closer to the end of the school year.  The students and I continue to work hard in the classroom, covering new material, reviewing previously taught concepts, and gearing up for our testing schedule.  This week, we enjoyed a BMX safety show where Miss Atkins and several other teachers laid on the ground as part of a high flying trick.  We celebrated Earth Day with a mini-assembly and took round two of MAPS math testing.  Students put their creative writing skills to the test as they choose special lessons and designed their own fables to teach these lessons.  They also impressed with their knowledge of simple machines and have worked nicely with the quick presentation of geometric vocabulary.  I know many of them are excite about the Spring Carnival this evening, and the possibility to get Miss A wet at Pitch Burst (The window is 4:30-5:00).

Coming Home Today:

  • Testing Letter and Schedule.  Third grade will take our first test on Friday, May 15th.  For those of you new to SOLS, both our reading and math are split into separate days.  Our science and social studies tests are county generated.  For anyone who has experience with SOLS, there are a few changes in regards to the new retake policy.  Please see the letter and related websites for more detailed information.

Looking Ahead:

  • Math: We will review geometry concepts on Monday before taking a unit test on Tuesday.  Then, we will move right along into FRACTIONS.  A good review of multiplication and division facts this weekend would be most helpful in preparing your students.
  • Reading: Students will look at a new story in the reading book as we continue to practice look back strategies.
  • Social Studies: We will switch focus back to Social Studies for a couple of weeks as we look at European explorers and their routes which led to new world discoveries.  Specifically, we will study Jacques Cartier, Christopher Columbus, Juan Ponce de Leon, and Christopher Newport.
  • Writing: Students will focus on elaborating in their written assignments and practice editing for capitalization.

Happy Friday!

Can you believe we are already in the middle of April?  Our first week back has flown by, and we got our first taste of the testing season today.  Students had a wonderful time at Monticello on Wednesday and were well behaved as we walked around the grounds and enjoyed a few hands-on activities with our fabulous guide.  I hope to have some pictures posted soon.  In the classroom, we have worked through several stations on shapes, talked a lot about simple machines, and done some work with well-known proverbs and fables.  Students worked hard this morning to take their Spring MAPS test in Reading.

Coming Home Today: There are many flyers in the Red Folders this week.  You should find invitations to attend sports camps at Godwin, Deep Run, and the Richmond Volleyball Club.  There are several half sheets with reminders about Earth Day Celebrations along with the Volunteer Brunch and Spring Carnival.  Bright and green is information about the always fun FIELD DAY!  Please check it out and fill out the bottom portion if you are interested and able to help Mrs. Wright.  Lastly, your students received their Harmonicas today in music class.  Mrs. Roye has told them they will live in their backpacks for the remainder of the year in case there is a time when she pulls them for an extra class to play.

Looking Ahead: Next week continues to be a busy one.  We will move along in our geometry unit from shapes to lines and angles.  Students should expect several graded assignments with a probable test the following Monday.  We will wrap up with simple machines with a test on Thursday before we switch gears and talk about Explorers in Social Studies.  For reading, students will continue to read short passages that reinforce skills being taught across the curriculum and show practice comprehension skills on a variety of texts.  We also have a BMX bike show next week, Earth Day celebrations and our MAPS Math test (Friday)!  Only eight more weeks!