So much has gone on this week it might be hard to fit it all into one blog post.
Please remind you child to read their baggie books at home EVERY NIGHT. Many have gotten out of this habit since spring break.
On Wednesday we got a visit from the John Ball Zoo. They brought along some of their animals and talked to us about what sorts of thoughts go into creating their habitats in the zoo.
All of the third grade got to spend the entire day Thursday learning about Michigan lumberjacks in the 1800s. Lots of pics are included on the photos page. Check them out!
Students learned a very short unit in math focusing on classifying and describing shapes using precise mathematical terms. This was a tough unit, so we will spend some time reviewing before taking a test.
So far, we are all experts on ONE of the following animals:
Some talking points from this week:
This week was all about the birds & the bees. That's right, we learned all about the characteristics of plants, how they make food, adapt, & even reproduce. Ask your child to share the pollination song.
We also enjoyed an assembly with the poet and songwriter Kevin Kammeraad. He and his puppet Jacob told us all about how he gets his ideas for his poems and songs and encouraged us to "play with words."
Next week we will become researchers, becoming experts on specific animals.
Now that spring has sprung, I am noticing goofier behaviors springing up in room A210. Please continue to help your child stay organized and make good choices each day. This will make the final weeks of school as pleasant as possible.
Here are some talking points from our week:
Some important upcoming dates:
It was truly a delight to meet with so many of you at conferences recently & share the growth your child has made this year. Thank you for being such an active supporter of your child's education.
Many of you wanted to know how you could further assist your child with their reading. I have included a list of questions that you can ask your child about their books. In particular, I would encourage you to ask them beyond & about the text questions. These will truly deepen their comprehension.
These kiddos were fraction rock stars on our latest math test. We are now focusing on measurement of time, capacity, & mass with both standard AND metric systems.
Michigan, like our nation, has 3 branches of government. We spent some time learning about those branches, who is in them, & what their jobs are.
Lots of ick going around our school lately, Keep your kiddos healthy!!!
Here are some talking points from our past week:
Just in case you didn't know it, March is Reading Month & we absolutely celebrate it here at Jeffers! You should have received three handouts this week with information on all the fun we will have during this month. If you didn't, let me know!
Our character studies unit is drawing to an end. Kids will have an opportunity to show me their growth next week Wednesday. I'm excited!!! I just KNOW they're going to do great.
Students are still working on the final draft of their fairy tales. Sometimes it's hard for a third grader to understand that revision & editing might mean making changes to a story. We are working hard to understand that doing those things only makes our writing stronger!
"I love fractions!" That's a phrase I've been hearing this week & it just warms my little teacher heart. Hopefully they still feel this way at the END of the unit.
I am looking forward to meeting with all of you at parent-teacher conferences. Please make all efforts to be punctual to your conference time & I promise to do the same. Fifteen minutes is simply not enough time to talk about how amazing your child is, but I'm going to try!
Here are some talking points from our week:
We have wrapped up the last full week of February, though it has felt more like April. For better or worse, the winter weather should be returning this weekend.
This coming week will bring some more new learning opportunities. Our next focus in reading will be in comparing & contrasting characters in different stories. Similarly we will be comparing fractions in math. I am also hopeful that we will complete the final drafts of our original fairy tales by Friday.
Also next week, Jeffers will kick off our March is Reading Month activities. Emails and hand outs will be coming soon with details. The kick-off assembly will be March 1st at 9AM.
This coming Monday will be the Honors Choir concert. Please send your child to school with what they will need on Monday. Contact Mrs. Kaufman with questions.
Have you scheduled your child's spring parent-teacher conference yet? If not, you will need to do so soon. Spots are filling up quickly.
Our class is going to be in the Tribune!!! NEXT week Friday (March 3rd) we will be the featured classroom of the week. Can't wait for the community to see these amazing kiddos!
Some talking points from our week are:
Your child was fortunate enough to see a powerful presentation today, given by Amy Dalman from the Children's Advocacy Center. She does a fabulous job of talking to kids about keeping their bodies safe.
This week we began book clubs in our classroom. Groups of 3-5 students are reading the same book & then discussing their thoughts on it together. It is a powerful way to deepen their comprehension of literature.
Now that we are experts of writing fairy tale adaptations, we are ready to create our very own original fairy tales. We look forward to sharing these with our kindergarten buddies when they're published.
Fractions have been the focus of math lately, including the practice of measuring the length of objects to the nearest quarter inch. Tough concepts, but we can feel our brains grow with every new struggle we overcome!
Some talking points from our past week:
A short week calls for a short blog post!
Hopefully your child shared with you the fact that we are going to be partnering with some extra special youngsters during our afternoon recess times. I am including a note from their teacher:
My name is Elizabeth Carson and I am the new preschool teacher in the autism room. I will be teaming up with the third grade classes to help bring awareness to autism and to bring some inclusion into my classroom. The third grade classes will send 3 students down each day for 15 minutes of our playtime. Kids with autism struggle with imaginative play, so it will be their job to be a "play model" for our students. I encourage you to ask your child what they learned about the presentation they saw and ask them what they did with my students when they get to visit us. If you have any questions please feel free to let me know! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and stay tuned for autism awareness month in April!!
These third graders are giddy about getting to go to Miss Liz's room!!!!
Here are some talking points from room A210:
We have seen an increase in absences this week. Winter tends to do that. I understand the parental struggle when it comes to determining whether or not to keep your child home. One the one hand, your child simply cannot learn when your child is absent. On the other hand, you should not send your child to school when they're truly sick. The SLIS principal shared a good article to maybe help with this struggle. I encourage you to give it a read.
With Valentine's Day around the corner, I am including a class list with this update for those of you who plan on having your child fill out Valentines for their classmates. Please make sure your child has one to hand out to every student in room A210.
Some talking points from room A210 this week:
Fortunately it has been a "normal" week. No snow days, half days, unplanned interruptions. And whole class assessments are done. So grateful to get back to the business of TEACHING!!!
Current research shows that kids need to read an average of 90 minutes a day in order to stay on grade level. I am trying my best to provide 45 minutes to an hour of that time here at school. Is your child making up the remainder of that time at home? If not, here are some ways you can help them:
Some talking points for the week:
Well, between two half days, one ice day, and several mid-year assessments, not a tremendous amount of NEW material was taught this week. I suppose that's the bad news.
The GOOD NEWS is that these assessments are such a tremendous opportunity to see the growth your child has made in this first half of third grade. I am extremely proud of the efforts your third grader has made in their learning this year!
But, we still have work to do. Plans have been put into place to help your child with the specific skill(s) where he/she might struggle. It is called iTime & will begin next week. I am looking forward to seeing iTime's impact on YOUR child's learning.
Some talking points from this week: