• Weekly Update for November 9, 2020

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 11/6/2020 4:00:00 PM

    WEEKLY UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 9, 2020

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    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading:

    We will read different nonfiction books about animals.  We will find and record important facts about different animals as we read.  We will also read our different book club books with a partner and discuss them with in our small group.  We will also read our book of choice each day.  Student are working on different power goals with their reading. I hope your child is reading at home and filling out their Reading Log.  

    Writing:

    The final push is on to finish our Narrative stories.  Students will work hard so that we can start our next big writing assignment.

    MATH:

    We finished Unit 1 and now begin the next unit Multiplication and Division!!!! We will begin with "The Meaning of Multiplication" and "Understanding Models of Multiplication" this week.  It is not too early to begin working on the multiplication facts by using flashcards.  Let me know if you would like to check out a box of flashcards as I have some for you to use.

    OTHER:

    Thank you for helping your child with doing their best on their Remote Work.  I definitely noticed a difference with the Deep Down assignment.  I appreciate your support with all their work.

    I sent out the link for Parent Teacher Remote Conference that are happening the week of November 16th.  Be sure to sign up for a time.  I look forward to meeting with you remotely.

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  • Weekly Update for October 26, 2020

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 10/23/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Weekly Update for October 26, 2020

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    IMPORTANT DATE:

    We will celebrate Halloween at school on Wednesday, October 28 (A-K students) and Friday, October 30 (L-Z students). Our celebration will be a little different this year given our need to work within certain safety and health constraints.  Students may wear costumes or pajamas to school on their assigned day.  Please refer to the sheet I sent home about Halloween.

    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading:

    We will continue to read nonfiction texts and find important information.  This week we will focus on reading nonfiction books about BATS.  Students will be reading texts as well as online to find important information about BATS.  This will culminate in our BAT STEM activity we do as part of our Halloween celebration.  Along with that, we will begin book club reading as well.  Students will be reading in a small group and/or with a partner.  There are different book clubs in the classroom.  

    Writing:

    We continue to work on our Narrative Stories.  We will revise and edit this week, hopefully.

    MATH:

    This past week we started our unit on Subtraction with Regrouping. We focused on using Place Value strategies to subtract. The two strategies we used most in class were Base 10 models and Expanded Notation.   If you want to learn more, watch the videos below. 

    This coming week, we will use the strategy of "Counting On" and Number Lines to solve subtraction. Then we will connect all these place value strategies to the standard algorithm. These place value strategies are more time consuming but they build value number sense and show how the algorithm works. 

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sUR2Nxec-Dls3ompZvEo88LrPQldmSex/viewWeekly 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMcOdKk5Sd0

    OTHER:

    Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.

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  • Weekly Update for October 19, 2020

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 10/19/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Weekly Update for October 19, 2020

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    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading

    This week we begin a study of Nonfiction Texts.  We will first discuss the differences between fiction and nonfiction texts.  We will then study "nonfiction text features"  and learn how they help us when we read nonfiction texts.  We will begin to read About Earth by Pauline Cartwright and then we will read books about Bats.  This study and reading of nonfiction books will carry over to our Remote Learning.

    Writing

    We will finish writing the middle and end of our Narrative stories this week. Next week we will begin revising and editing these narrative stories before we publish them.  We hope to be done with the final copy of our Narrative stories during the first week in November.

    MATH

    This week we begin Subtraction of Three-Digit numbers.  Students will draw on their knowledge of place value and subtraction facts.  We will continue to break apart numbers and will use number lines, adding on to subtract, and estimating to solve the equations.  Then we will learn the algorithm.

    REWARDS:

    We will begin a program known as the Rewards Program during our intervention time. This program will focus on many aspects of spelling such as blending word parts into words, vowel combinations, vowel conversions, reading parts of real words, identifying suffixes & prefixes, as well as vocabulary and spelling dictation.  This program will all be done in the classroom.  We will wait to do actual spelling lists until Phase 2, when all the students are in class.  However, we still emphasize the importance of spelling words correctly.

     

    HALLOWEEN INFORMATION!!! Please read....

    We will celebrate Halloween at school on Wednesday, October 28 (A-K students) and Friday, October 30 (L-Z students). Our celebration will be a little different this year given our need to work within certain safety and health constraints.

    Here is what students will do on those Halloween days:

    • In class that day, we'll do a STEM project to wrap-up our non-fiction study of bats. 
    • The Rattlesnake PTA has generously donated a healthy treat for each student, which kids will bring home at the end of the day. 
      • Please do not send any additional snacks or candy. 
    • Students may wear a costume, PJs or their regular clothes to school.

    If your student chooses to wear a costume, please help them follow these guidelines: 

    • Come to school in costume and wear it all day (this will minimize clusters of students changing in the restroom)
    • Make sure your costume is comfortable enough to wear all day.
    • Since you'll be in costume all day, please no blow up/air filled costumes and no face paint.
    • Please wear your cloth or paper mask all day, just like normal.
     Please read the guidelines from the Rattlesnake student handbook:
    • Costumes must conform to the Rattlesnake School Dress Code.
    • Costumes may not be demeaning to any ethnic group, race, religion, nationality, disabilities, gender, or individual (staff or student) at the school.
    • Costumes may not cause a disruption or distraction to the school program.
    • No weapons, toy weapons, or props replicating weapons (sorry no light sabers either!) are to be brought to school.
    • No costumes are allowed that would completely hide the identity of the student, i.e. Hazmat suit, gorilla suit, "Scream" character. No face paint. 
    •  No full face costume masks are permitted (they may not be worn OR carried.)

     

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  • Weekly Update for October 12, 2020

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 10/9/2020 3:00:00 PM
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  • Weekly Update for October 5, 2020

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 10/2/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Weekly Update for October 5, 2020

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    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading:

    Students will finish reading, The Case of the Gasping Garbage by Michelle Torrey. We will focus on Chapters 7 & 8.  The chapters are entitled A Teeny–Tiny Case & Desperate Measures. We will continue to dive deeper into the text by having students develop questions about the text. This week we will also focus on character traits and citing evidence from the text to support a particular trait.  Students are also reading books at their independent reading level in class.

    Writing:  Now that we have our narrative stories planned out, we will begin to write the rough draft.  We will have some mini lessons on character description and writing a strong beginning, middle and end.   

    MATH:   We will connect place-value strategies to an algorithm and practice adding three-digit numbers. We will compare the strategies and talk about the word "SUM"....Students will also take a quiz on addition.

    SCIENCE: 

    We will be doing the MYSTERY SCIENCE project on creating a bridge.  We didn't get to it yet.  Students will work with a partner and design a bridge.

    OTHER:   

    There will be assignments in the Google Classroom that your child needs to do for their Remote Learning Day.   Please look under the October 5th date. 

    We will work in the garden this week as we will be getting it ready for the winter.

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  • Weekly Update for September 28, 2020

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 9/25/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Weekly Update for September 28, 2020

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    *** THIS IS THE WEEK WE BEGIN TO ASSIGN "COMPUTER WORK/REMOTE WORK" FOR STUDENTS TO DO ON MONDAY.  Please look at the Third Grade Remote Work sheet for details.  Along with that, your child brought home a sheet with information about how to sign into Clever and Google Classroom.   If your child needs a computer, you need to let the office or Mrs. Wright  ASAP.  You can come check one out at the office on Monday.  Please don't hesitate to send any questions as I know there always seems to be some glitch with technology.

    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading:

    We continue reading The Case of the Gasping Garbage as we read chapters 5 and 6.  Students will again be reading, asking questions as they read, and filling out a Story Map about this story.  We will look at the story elements of character, setting, problem, events, and solution.  When your child does his/her homework, please check to see that they are writing complete sentences with correct spelling and punctuation.  We are working on that in the classroom as well.  Along with that reading, students will be reading independently.  They will begin filling out their own reading log at school.

    Writing: 

    We will begin to plan our Narrative Story writing.  We will use the same Story Map we used in reading.  This is a piece of writing that we will take through the writing process.

    MATH:

    We begin Lesson 2 which is Adding Three Digit Numbers.  Students will use a variety of strategies to add three-digit numbers.  We will compare different approaches.  We will also continue to use our knowledge of place value to add.  It really helps if your child knows their addition facts by heart.  Now is a time to work on those flashcards. 

    SCIENCE:

    We will discuss What is an Engineer?  We will relate it to the story Frog Hollow as we are think of how a bridge might help solve that problem.  Students will do a Mystery Science activity entitled Balanced Forces and Engineering.  

    OTHER:

    Again, Monday, September 28th is the first day whereby students need to get on the computer and do their assignments.  Please see the note about how to log in.  Below you will find two links/videos that will help you and your child if you need help.

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFDrZxhkK2E

     

    https://youtu.be/cF4Goipw9tI

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  • Weekly Update for September 21, 2020

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 9/18/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Weekly Update for September 21, 2020

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    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading:

    We will review and discuss chapter 1 and 2 of The Case of the Gasping Garbage. We will fill out a story map together as a class as we discuss the story elements of characters, setting, problem, events, and solution. Then we will move on to reading chapter 3 and 4 which is entitled Frog Hollow.   Students will be expected to reread the chapters at home and fill out a new story map for chapters 3 and 4.  Our focus is  the story elements listed above.  They will also be asked to write three questions they have about their reading.  Students will also read a "just right" book independently in class.  It is expected that students are reading 20-30 minutes at least five days a week.  They should be filling out their Reading Logs as well.

    Writing:

    We will create our own character and begin writing about it.  This is in preparation for writing our own narrative story.

    MATH:

    We will take a diagnostic test in Math/IReady.  Along with that, we will finish up the section on Rounding Numbers. The diagnostic test will allow us to assign specific activities and assignments within the IReady math program (online activities).

    OTHER:

     I hope you all were able to see the Virtual Open House that I sent out last Wednesday.   Please let me know if you didn't see it or if it didn't work for you.  

    No school on Monday, September 21st.

    We will begin sending some "remote/computer" work home during the week of September 28th.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.

    Thank you,

    Maureen Loewenwarter

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  • Weekly Update for September 15, 2020

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 9/11/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Weekly Update for September 15, 2020  ( I just realized I forgot to send this).

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    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading:

    We will begin a class study of a chapter book entitled The Case of the Gasping Garbage by Michele Torrey.  It is about two young kids who consider themselves scientists as they solve four different mysteries.  Over the next couple of weeks we will read it in class and your child will be expected to read it at home as well (You will see the assigned readings on their remote learning page).   It may be hard for your child to read so I ask that you either help them read it or you read it to them as they follow along.  As your child reads, he/she will need to pay attention to any questions they may have about the book.  "Good readers ask questions and wonder about their reading  as they read..."  Along with the reading, we will focus on what scientists do.  We will act like scientists and observe an area of the garden, draw it , and write questions.  

    Writing:

    We will finish publishing our Top Ten Things about Me poster.  Then we will have Choice Writing.  

    MATH:

    We will continue with our PLACE VALUE unit.  The week's focus will be on rounding numbers to the nearest ten and hundred again.    

    OTHER:  

    Please watch for a VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE email on Wednesday, September 15th.

    We will be doing STAR 360 testing for math and reading this week.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

    Spelling work will begin soon.  

     

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  • Weekly Update for September 8, 2020

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 9/4/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Weekly Update for September 8, 2020

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    LANGUAGE ARTS:

    Reading: 

    We will work on our Independent Readingroutine and will read for 20-30 minutes each day.  We will also work on choosing "Just Right" books.  While students are reading,  I will be doing individual assessments to determine their Independent Reading Level.  The book your child brings home should be at the right level or pretty close to their level.  Please let me now if the book is too hard or too easy.  Along with that, we will begin reading The Gasping Garbage by Michele Torrey.   We will discuss what a scientist is and what a scientist does to get them excited for the reading.  

     Writing:

    We will work on publishing our Top Ten Things About Me.  Students will bring their revised copy of this back to school on Tuesday or Thursday.  Then we will edit the writing and publish it.   If time allows, we will have Choice Writing.  Thank you for helping your child with this writing (revising it)  during their remote learning time.

    MATH:

    We begin Unit 1 in our new math program.  You will see in the remote work they brought home how we had a review week.   Unit 1 is Three-Digit Numbers, Place Value, Addition, and Subtraction.  The focus will be on rounding three digit numbers to the nearest 10.  I anticipate that this will be a hard concept to understand so we will see how far we get. I will keep you posted if necessary.  Please be sure to take the time to work with your child on their math remote work so you can learn about the program and what we are learning.  Thank you.

    OTHER:

    No school on Monday, September 7th and Monday, September 14th.

    There will be a "virtual" Open House during the week of September 14th.  More information is forthcoming.

    Please send a water bottle to school with your child.  

    Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

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  • Weekly Blog for parents and students

    Posted by Maureen Loewenwarter on 8/23/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Updates will be posted weekly in this section.  They will be posted on Friday for the following week.

    Be sure to check it weekly as this will tell you what we are working on in the classroom each week.

    I will also send weekly updates via Blackboard Connect.

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