CogAT testing began today. They did a great job on their first scantron, timed test. Testing continues this week and next.
Guided Reading Centers this week:
Hargrove – Time for Kids “Fossils.” Read and answer questions about the article.
Hess – Science text on Fossils. Read, learn and define the different vocabulary words and learn how fossils are formed.
Independent Center – Look up definitions of the different mineral qualities. Make a fortune teller on rocks and practice with a partner.
Lab Center – Using crayon shavings, create rocks using heat, pressure and extreme pressure. Analyze and relate created rocks to real rocks.
Writing – Continued to analyze the author’s sentence. We watched a video on the author reading the book. We then created our own sentences with the style of the author’s and shared our work with the class.
PICTURES CAME HOME TODAY.
BOX TOPS COLLECTION ENDS THIS FRIDAY.
HW: Read 20 minutes for each day this week.
NOTE: We will have a substitute on Wed afternoon while Ms. Hargrove and Ms. Hess are in collaborative planning. They will continue learning about fossils and working on their math.
CogAT testing starts tomorrow!! Get a good night’s sleep.
Math: We worked on 3 by 3 addition word problems together. We also started multiplication with the understanding that it is repeated addition and set up as “groups of” = 5 groups of 3 = 5x3 = 15 = 3+3+3+3+3
Writing: We broke apart last week’s sentence from the story and found synonyms for several words. We then rewrote the sentence using our own words.
Guided Reading: We worked in groups reading Time For Kids with non-fiction information. We then answered questions about the text.
Extension: We worked in pairs on a puzzle sheet where they were given 3 clues and the answers all had to rhyme. This was a challenge for them and will be part of their extension activities they are allowed to do after completing their classwork.
HW: Due to testing for the next two weeks, we will only have reading homework.
BOX TOPS are due on FRIDAY! We are currently in 4th place!! Please look in those cabinets and clips those Boxtops.
Writing: We have been taking the prewriting test from the county - Write Score. We did this over several days.
Math: Finished adding 3 digits with regrouping. We began word problems using these numbers for addition.
Science: Learned about how rocks are formed and their categories. We did a lab on minerals based on hardness and streak which they learned about last week.
Spelling: Did several activities with their spelling words to help them remember the sorts and patterns.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!
We received our orange class shirts today. A lot of them changed into them today.
We continued learning how to write a good sentence. We also took the beginning of our writing assessment today - Write Score. This will be continued for the next two days.
Reading group rotations were finished. Everyone has learned about minerals. There is more information for them on the green tab at the right "3rd Grade Resources." Have them take the "What is a mineral" quiz from the diamond page. Some students have already done this in class. There are also more advanced resources if they want an extension. We will begin rocks this week.
HW: math pg 119 - basic computations
Today was a very busy day.
We had a guidance lesson on communication. Students had to describe to a partner what to do or draw using only words.
We then listened to a descriptive story while listening for proper nouns. After the story, the students began working in the LA journals. They were given a sentence from the story and they had to look for clues as to what made it a great sentence. (“Every Saturday she had hot biscuits, sweet butter, and Golden Eagle Syrup waiting on the kitchen table.” from Saturday and Teacakes.). We will continue to work on good writing throughout the week.
After lunch our Earth Parent, Ms. Keszthelyi, taught about vermicomposting. With the help of another parent, Ms. Steinlight, the students added the different “ingredients” to our composting bin and then added the worms. We learned that the worms need a healthy mix of green and brown organic material, along with air and water. There were many questions. We discovered worms have 5 hearts, are not male or female- they are both, and that you cannot cut one worm into two. We also learned our worms like to live near the surface, but in the dark. We will begin collecting data on our worms and keeping them healthy and happy.
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR PARENT VOLUNTEERS!
Several information flyers went home today. Box Tops for education competition has started- Yogli Mogli's for the winning class. Send in those labels :)
HW: Read 20 minutes
Spelling sort #6 - on a separate sheet of paper
Math - pg 117 is information and pg 118 word problems to do using regrouping and rounding strategies.
CLick this for an Information flyer from Cobb County regarding Office 365.
At Ford, students will use their First in Math password as their password for Office 365.
We have begun Guided Reading stations this week. Thank you to all our parent volunteers and our RISE student Mr. Matthew for allowing us to teach in smaller groups.
Groups this week:
Science – Reading and learning about mineral and rocks. Graphic organizer and answer questions.
Reading – Fantasy called “Wolf” where they are inferring characters feelings and motives. Brochure was made.
Math – Rounding group game/practice review.
STEM – STEM journals were filled out and completed. These reviewed what STEM is and scientific practices.
HW: Spelling #5 Tuesday – sort, Wed – rainbow words
Math Chapter 2 Tuesday – lesson 5, Wed – lesson 6
Friday was assessment day.
We took two Common Core reading comprehension assessments. We practice this daily during the week, and Friday is our assessment of how well we are finding main idea and information from nonfiction text. We also took our spelling test today.
Math: We worked in two groups with learning and practicing other ways to add using combinations of 10 or 100. Example: 469 + 324 = Add 1 to 469 to make it 470, but subtract 1 from 324 (making it 323) in order to keep it equal. It becomes 470 + 323 = ……. mental math is then done to get 793.
SRI: On line reading assessment to determine their current Lexile score.
Monday September 14 - National Anthem Day
Please wear red, white and blue to school to celebrate the 201st anniversary of our National Anthem
Georgia School Bus Safety Poster. Click this for the link for details.
Social Studies: We watched a short video on Greece and reviewed the things we already learned. We then pair read and then group read about Ancient Greece and answered questions.
Math: We used white boards to write a number increased by 10 or 100. We then paired and did two worksheets on patterns that increased by 10 or 100. We also did a sort True/False on a number in the thousands place.
LA: We read another Greek myth and discussed it’s connections to both our Greece topic and character traits.
Spelling Words: continue writing sentences using our spelling words
Math: textbook pages written on Tuesday.
Warm Up: We did corrections on a passage and found nouns and verbs. We also worked on Daily Common core reading with main idea.
LA: We have continued working on Main Idea of a passage using the interactive board with paragraphs. We then worked independently on identifying the main idea.
Math: We learned how to use a True/False activity for determining the correct ways to represent and understand a number in the thousands.
Science: Natalie shared about going to a hummingbird banding in the community. See the link below for her picture.
Spelling: We watched a video about how “r” changes the vowels to different sounds: er, ir, or, ar, ur. We then did a worksheet using these vowel blends in words.
HW: NO MATH *****We did not get far enough for them to do what is in their agenda.
HW: Spelling – Create 6 sentences using 2 spelling words in each sentence. These are different words from what was on last night’s homework.