A Week of Tricks and Treats!

This week is full of surprises!  Some are fun and I am looking forward to and some not so much.  I get to start off the week with jury duty.  This is a new experience for me.  I’ve never actually had to report for jury duty, so I am trying to take Dr. Cook’s advice and look at this as a learning experience to share with my class.  In our social studies lessons we have been learning about how laws and the court system were developed by the ancient Greeks and Romans to ensure that people were given a fair trial when accused of doing wrong.  Prior to the current system of a jury, anyone could be accused and punished by just the town leader.  So, I will be journaling about my experience (about the process not any details of cases of course)  to share with my class upon my (hopefully short) stint at jury duty.

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We will be ending our week on a much more fun note with a Healthy Halloween Celebration.  If you would like to send in your child’s costume for our annual costume parade that is fine.  They will have an opportunity to change after lunch.  After the parade we will be having some snacks in our room.  If you would like to send in a healthy snack for the class to share that would be great!  I will be sending home a flier with more information but below is a picture from the Daily Journal a few weeks ago with some snack ideas.

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Weekly Learning Goals:

Reading

We will be combining science and reading this week as we learn about the arctic and antarctic habitats and penguins.  Our story is “Penguin Chick.”  Our focus skill will be identifying main ideas and supporting details.  We will be using a new type of reading test this week.  Our reading series offers a version of the weekly test that is closely aligned with the type of questions students will see on the PARCC.  After much consideration, I have decided to start using this version each week to assist students in feeling prepared for the PARCC this spring.  I will be sending home a sample test for you to look at with your child to see how it differs from the tests we had been using.  Below is a short presentation to help with this week’s Main Idea homework.

Math

We will beginning our study of multiplication this week.  As the weeks go on we will be creating multiplication flash cards for students to study at home.  I will be administering timed tests weekly to help students track their progress.  These tests don’t count as tests but are used by the students to graph their progress.  We will be using both our math series and a program called Rhymes and Times to help students develop both a deep understanding of what multiplication is as well as build speed with the basic math facts.  Below are the rhymes I will be teaching them to help them remember some of the tricky facts.

October is Filled with Tricks and Treats in Room 11

This month we are finally becoming “real” 3rd graders!  We’ve finished with our reviews and are really diving into learning on a 3rd grade level.  I tell my students each year that one benefit to having me as a teacher is I’ve taught every grade from 3-7 so I know where they need to be and will work hard each year to get them ready for the next!

In October we are working on adding and subtracting larger numbers involving regrouping.  My students are doing VERY well with this!  In fact some love it so much that they are practicing on the playground at lunch!  Those of you reading this who are teachers will understand who awesome it is to see this type of thing!

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We are also working with reading different types of texts and digging through them to identify key information.  A few strategies we are using are highlighting, underlining, and using the margins for note-taking.  We read a tough piece about clouds during science and employed all three strategies to make sure we were able to locate all of the important information.  We then placed our marked up article in our interactive science notebooks so that we could reference it during the remainder of our weather unit.

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As we grow as students, we need to update our word choice in writing.  We decided since October is a rather spooky month, what better time to put some of our over-used words to bed!  We created a cemetery for over-used words and used a thesaurus to help us come up with some better options.  Students really enjoyed laying our “boring” words to rest and are excited about using our “big kid” choices in the future!

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Finally, in addition to our many awesome learning opportunities, we are also celebrating Red Ribbon Week and our Week of Respect.  During this week we work together as a class to make promises not to bully and make healthy choices.  We will be wearing different colors each day this week to represent promises we are making to ourselves and our friends.

Monday- Wear Black to show you won’t stand back when someone is getting bullied

Tuesday- Wear Red to get the word spread- NO DRUGS FOR ME!

Wednesday- Wear Blue to represent a friend who is true

Thursday- Wear Green to show support for those working to keep the world clean!

Friday- Wear Pink to show that you will think of ways to respect yourself and others

Looking ahead to the end of the month here is a list of events to participate in:

Friday, October 30- Halloween Frolic

Now until October 30- send in word finds, crossword puzzles, and suduku books to be donated to those receiving treatment for cancer

November 3- Color Run- More information to follow!  Let me tell you, I just complete a color run at my daughter’s school and it was a BLAST!!!!! This is an event not to miss!

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Mid Marking Period Explained and Learning Goals for October 5-8

Hopefully this week will bring back the sun!  These rainy days are no fun!  We did try to make the best this week by using our favorite “go to” indoor recess solution, GoNoodle.com.  This website was a true sanity saver this week!  Take a peek at the video below showing one of our favorite GoNoodle activities, “Secret Handshakes.”

We also were gifted with dictionaries by our local ELKS.  Every year they deliver dictionaries to the third graders all over the district.  These dictionaries are the students to keep!  They were so excited!  I actually had to tell them to stop reading them later that day so we could get our math done! (a pretty good problem to have for a teacher)

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We wrapped up the 1st half of the 1st marking period on Friday.  This is the first year that your child will be bringing home a Mid Marking Period Report.  It looks very similar to our report cards.  These reports, while very useful and informative, can cause anxiety for both parents and students.  Here is my philosophy- this is just showing you where your child is at the current moment.  It is not the final report for the marking period.  I take time to add comments when necessary to help students make corrections and raise grades for their actual report cards.  If you have any questions or concerns, please CONTACT ME!!!!!!!  I can be easily reached via email at carrie.sinone@millvillenj.gov.  If you’d rather talk to me via a phone conference or meet with me in person, please call the school and we can set that up (856-327-6101).  Also, so that you are not caught off guard and can better monitor your child’s progress, be sure to sign up for the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  To do this follow these steps:

1.  visit the Millville Public Schools website (www.millvillenj.gov)

2.  Click on the Parents tab

3.  Click on the link for Infinite Campus Information

4.  Complete the 2 online forms, once complete you will be emailed an activation code with directions for how to access your child’s grades.

Once you have done this, you will have 24/7 access to your child’s grades.  I update my grade book at least once a week.  You will see if they have missing assignments, how they are doing on classwork, and their test grades. You will also be able to email me directly from that site with any questions regarding specific grades.

Another great way to stay informed is to subscribe to this blog (input your email to the right), and also to sign up for Remind.  Once you are signed up for Remind, you will receive texts about upcoming tests and other important class information.  Follow the steps below:

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The week is a short week for the students.  They will have off on Friday so that the staff can attend a professional development day.  On Tuesday they will have a substitute.  We have discussed substitute behavior and I am sure that all will go well.  I try very hard not to take off unless it is important.  Unfortunately this month there are multiple times that I will be out.  Once this week, again on the 22-23 as I am attending a leadership conference, and finally I am hoping NOT to get called for jury duty, but it is a possibility during the last week of the month (cross your fingers!).  We will still be working very hard even though the week is short!

Reading:

We will be reading an informational story called, “Supermarket” this week.  We will learn how food gets to the supermarkets.  Our focus skill will be compare and contrast.  See the link below to review that concept at home.  Our vocabulary words for the week are as follows:

1.  Section- noun. part or division of something

2. Store- 1.  noun. a place where things are sold  2. verb. to put things away until they are needed.

3.  Spoiled- verb. 1. to become bad or not good to eat.  2. to injure the character or disposition of

4. Traded- verb. to exchange one thing for another.

5. Laundry- 1. noun. clothes, towels, and other such items that need to be washed or have just been washed.  2. adjective. used for doing laundry

6. Shelves- noun.  a horizontal board on a wall or in a cupboard, used for holding or  storing things

7. Thousands- noun or adjective. ten hundred, 1,000

8.  Variety- noun.  a selection of different things

We will have a test on these vocab words, the compare and contrast concept, and long vowel digraphs that form the long 0, a, and e sounds on Thursday.

Math:

We will be wrapping up Topic 2 this week with a test on Tuesday.  We will then be working with adding 3 digit numbers.  We are going to ease into this by using number models and manipulatives.   Check out the video below to see help explain what this looks like.  I know it seems like a drawn out way to add, but trust me it will help in the long run when we start regrouping!

Science:

We will be moving away from our first unit of discovery, States of Matter and beginning our second, Weather.  Our first topic covered will be types of clouds.  We will finish out the week with a pretty cool experiment that will have it “raining” in the classroom!  And since no week would be complete without a silly song stuck in your head, click the video below at your own risk!

 

Social Studies:

We will be having a unit 1 vocabulary quiz on Thursday.  The following words will be included:

Community, citizen, business, goods, needs, natural resource, service.