Week of December 17th

Dear Parents,

We are in the final stretch of this quarter! This year is going by so fast! Please check your email for a link being sent out regarding January Conferences. Just a reminder Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are half days this week. Our last day of school before Winter Break is Wednesday 12/19.

Update: The rubric for the Rome Project rough draft is a guideline for students. I told them that if they don’t make any changes that would be their final grade. The students did receive full credit 25/25 if they turned in a rough draft. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Curriculum:

Literature: We will be concluding Little House on the Prairie. This week will be also be focusing on Idioms and Proverbs.

Grammar: We will continue to practice sentence classification.

Spalding: There will be no new words this week.

Math: We will have a quick check over division on Monday and review on Wednesday.

Science: This week we will be finishing our unit of hearing and vision. There will be no test for this unit.

History: We will be having our Roman Celebration on Tuesday 12/18. Typed final draft of the Rome Project will be due on Tuesday 12/18.

Writing: We will be discussing family traditions. The students will be writing about the traditions that are important to them and we will share as a class on Wednesday 12/19.

 

Have a lovely Holiday! snowman

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Week of December 10th

Dear Parents,

This coming week will be the last full week of the quarter (and the year!).  On Tuesday, we will be sending home the black folders with graded work – please sign and send back any tests in the folders.  

The rough drafts for the Roman Project essays were due this past Friday.  They will be returned to your student for edits this Tuesday, and the final draft is due Tuesday, December 18th (PLEASE NOTE – this is different from the original due date for Friday, December 14th).  Please be in touch with your child’s teacher should you have any questions.

Our Roman celebrations will be held on December 18th, from around 10:00  to 12:00. This is a highlight of the year for the students – please be in touch with your class liaisons with any questions, and be on the lookout for sign up opportunities.  We will need materials as well as volunteers, so there are options for all to participate in any way preferred.

 

Curriculum:

 

Literature: This week we will be working on deciphering the main idea of a text, as well as continuing to read our Little House on the Prairie novel.

Grammar: This week in grammar we will be practicing sentence classification daily. We will not introduce any new grammatical concepts until after winter break.

Spalding: In Spalding this week we will continue to enter new words into our blue notebooks in preparation for our spelling test Friday. Please continue to encourage quality work on homework.

Math: In math this week, we will go deeper into multiplication and division.  We will add strategies for the 7s, 8s, and 9s. There will be a quick assessment on Monday, December 17th.

Science: This week we will continue exploring vision and the eye.

History: We will spend this week reviewing for our test covering the Roman Empire on Friday.

Writing: In writing we will be learning about concluding sentences.

 

Have a lovely week!

Week of December 3rd

Dear Parents,

The Roman Project is beginning to near its conclusion.  The rough draft will be due this Friday (12/7). It is a good idea to be thinking about visual aids before winter break.  Remember, visual aids must be created by the student, not purchased. For example, please don’t purchase a 3D puzzle of a monument as that would not be considered student made.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student’s teacher.

Curriculum this week:

Literature: This week we will be learning how to distinguish an opinion from a fact, and determine which genres of literature are more likely to contain facts or opinions.  We will also continue to read our current read-aloud, Little House on the Prairie

Spalding:  We will continue to enter words into our Spalding notebooks and practice phonograms and handwriting. Please continue to ensure quality work on homework. Practicing the spelling words outside of written homework time is also beneficial for students’ preparation for weekly tests.

Grammar: This week we will continue to work with compound sentences, learning to recognize and correct comma splices and run-on sentences.

Math:  In math, we continue to work on multiplication and division.  We will be sending home a Math Facts Log starting Monday. Similar to the reading logs, we ask that students spend 3 – 5 minutes practicing their math facts.  Please just initial their logs once they have completed the practice.

History: In history, we will be focusing on the death of Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar, Roman Lands, and Gladiator/Chariot Races. Students will be expected to complete a comprehension page to go with each section.

Writing: In writing, we will be discussing the 4 types of topic sentences and how to use them in a paragraph.

Science: In science, we will be testing the students on the Nervous System on Monday. The rest of the week we will be discussing vision.

Have a lovely week!

Week of November 26th

We hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving Holiday with your family! Hard to believe how fast the year is moving!

Performance notices were sent home on Monday of last week. Please make sure to sign and return them if you have received the notice. As a reminder performance notices were only sent out if your child is receiving a D or below. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Black folders were sent home on Tuesday. Please make sure to sign and return all tests in the black folder.

This Week:

Grammar: This week we will delve deeper into dependent and independent clauses and work toward composing compound sentences. We will also continue to focus on classifying sentences in order to understand parts of speech and sentence construction.

Spalding: We will continue entering words into our Spalding notebooks this week. Please continue to encourage neatness and accuracy on homework each night.

Literature: We will be asking and answering questions using nonfiction texts

Math: In math this week, we will be continuing to work on long division. We have seen a lot the students are needing support in their math fact fluency; therefore, we are starting something new this week with math facts. On Monday, we will be starting math fact fluency for the 2x tables. The students will be orally assessed on this skill Friday 11/30.

History/Writing: We will be completing our rough draft of the project this week in class. Have your child continue to bring resources this week.

Science: We will continue learning about the brain. Study guide for the Nervous System Test will be coming home tomorrow. The test will be on Monday (12/3).

 

Have a great week!

Week of November 19th

Thanksgiving Week

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, we will begin having conferences with the students to guide them on their Rome project.  If you have had a chance to pick up some resources and they are portable, please send them with your student. There will be more days before the paper is due that we will be giving time in class.

This is a very short week.  We are only in session Monday and Tuesday.  The rest of the week is Thanksgiving vacation and R&R.  There will be no homework on the long weekend.

Curriculum this week

Literature: This week we will finish up our practice in the skill of sequencing with a short quiz on Tuesday.  We will also take some time to consider things we are thankful for.

Grammar: We will continue to look at how conjunctions are used in sentences by joining two phrases together.

Spalding: This week we will review some of the more difficult words from the past month. There will be 10 words given  for Monday and a short review test on Tuesday.

History & Writing: We will be working in the Rome Project. Please make sure your child brings their resources (i.e printed out website articles and books). The T-Chart packet must also be complete in order to begin the next process.

Science: We will continue learning about the parts of the brain.

Math: This week we continue our introduction to division.  We will have a quick check on Tuesday.

Have a lovely week!

Week of November 12th

Dear Parents,

We all hope you had a relaxing, enjoyable weekend with your families. While we look forward to this short week of school, we are aware that concert week often feels busy and hectic. Please see the note below for information that will help you plan for that evening.

Black Folder Information:

In the black folder, you may have noticed that there was a grade for homeroom. This should have read Grammar/Writing. I wanted to see how the students are doing in these subject areas in isolation. Please keep in mind they are apart of the ELA grade when it comes to the report card. Let me know if you have any questions regarding this change.

3-5 Concert Logistics Thursday, November 15th

Students arrive at 6:30 p.m. and check in to designated areas. There will be staff members in the lobby with signs to assist the students in reporting to their appropriate locations. For a copy of the map, please visit Mrs. Cowen’s blog. My computer will not let me add the image 😦 

Pick up Locations:

  • 3rd Graders  Little Theatre
  • 4th Graders  Picnic Table Area Outside
  • 5th Graders  Stage

Note to Families with Multiple Students:

  • Please keep 3-5 students with you in the audience during the K-2 concert and pick up the K-2 students before the 3-5 concert begins.

Things to Remember:

  • Out of respect for all of the students, please plan on staying until the end of the 3-5 concert.
  • The concert will be professionally recorded by Esthetics in Motion. Please refrain from bringing recording devices. DVDs can be preordered for purchase here:  http://store.estheticsinmotion.com

A Note from the Higley Center:

  • Please be patient in the parking lot, and aware of your surroundings at all times because of the high volume of traffic
  • Cell phones should be turned off upon entering the auditorium
  • Please wait until the end of the song to applaud
  • Late comers will be asked to wait to enter the auditorium until the end of the current song
  • Out of respect for the performers and the camera crew, please exit to the lobby if your small child is causing a distraction

Food and drink are not allowed in the auditorium.

A Look at this week:

Grammar: This week in Grammar we will continue learning about conjunctions. We will look at how conjunctions are used to join together adjectives and adverbs as well as subjects and verbs.

Spalding: Due to the short week and busy concert evening, there will be no Spalding this week.

Literature: This week we will be working on sequencing skills, and continuing with our current read-aloud – Little House on the Prairie.

Math:  This week, we begin our unit on division. Please ensure your student is continuing to practice multiplication facts to mastery.

History: Unit assessment on Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, and Pompeii will be on Thursday. Please make sure to help your child locate resources (ie library books and online resources etc.) for their Rome project. We will begin working on them in class on Monday, November 19th. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Writing: In writing, we continue working on the writing tools concepts with a focus on an outline/plan for organizing paragraphs.

Science: In Science, we will continue working on The Nervous System with a focus on parts of the brain.

 

Have a wonderful week 🙂

Week of November 5th

Dear Parents,

As the winter holidays approach we realize that every family has its own traditions and beliefs.  If your child does not still believe in the “Elf on a Shelf” or “Santa Claus,” please gently ask them to help keep the secret for those who do.  As teachers, we always want to protect individual beliefs and that little bit of magic at this time of year.

This is also the time of year when upper respiratory maladies spread around the school like wildfire.  Please feel free to send a travel tissue pack with your student to keep in their desk if they are suffering.  If your child has a sore throat, please email the teacher and we will be happy to let them keep their water bottle at their desk.  

Black folders will be going home on Tuesday this week.

A Look at this week:

Grammar: This week in Grammar we will be learning about conjunctions. We will look at how conjunctions are used in compound subjects and compound predicates this week in preparation for studying compound sentences in coming weeks.

Spalding: We will have a short Spalding list again this week as we are taking extra time to prepare for our upcoming fall music concert. Please continue to ensure quality work on Spalding homework and encourage your students to study their spelling words outside of class.

Literature: This week in Literature we will continue to read from Little House on the Prairie, and we will be working on our reading comprehension skills.

Math:  In Math, we continue to work on multiplication and division.  We have been working hard on one and two step word problems. Encourage your child to persevere through these problems.

Science: In science, we will begin our unit on the Nervous System.

History: In history, we will begin discussing Pompeii. Students will be expected to use the two column note-taking strategy in their composition notebooks. We will be modeling this for the students in order for them to begin the process of notetaking.

Writing: In writing, we will be connecting to history (Pompeii) and will discuss the following strategies as a class (The Writing Tools Program):

  1. Highlighting (figuring out what the questions/prompt is asking us)
  2. TAK (finding the topic, audience, and key words for our writing using the writing prompt)
  3. Stop and Think (students will be given two minutes to write ideas that they know about the topic)
  4. Brainstorming (students will use their ideas from stop and think to come up with ideas about the prompt)
  5. Pick and Choose (students will choose 3 ideas from brainstorming to be our big ideas for the prompt)

 

Have a lovely week!

Week of October 29th

Dear Parents,

The week of October 29th is jam-packed with events.  On Wednesday, October 31st, we have our fourth annual Dress Like a Literary Character Day.  Students should have turned in a costume idea for approval from their teacher. All costumes are to be literary character based and not pop culture.  Harry Potter and Star Wars are considered pop culture by Great Hearts.

On Friday, November 2nd, we have EARLY RELEASE.  Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up at 12:30.  Athenaeum will still provide after school care for those who are enrolled. Before the end of the day we will also have our culminating assembly for the October event of Whooo’s Reading.

SMALL GROUPS

Wednesdays are SMALL GROUP DAYS!  We have small groups from 11:10 – 12:20.  Each class needs 2 – 4 volunteers to make this possible.  Please reach out to your classroom liaison for information on how to sign up.  The students love seeing their parents come in to help and we can’t run the small groups without your help!

RESEARCH WEBSITES

As a reminder, students must turn in their choice for the Rome Project by Friday, November 2nd.  Some students have already been approved for their choices and can begin researching their topics.  We have been stressing with students that they should never search the Internet without adult supervision.  Here are some good sites to begin with:

Kidtopia:  https://www.kidtopia.info

Encyclopedia Britannica:  http://www.britannica.com

National Geographic for Kids:  https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

CURRICULUM

Literature: In Literature this week, we will continue reading from our current read-aloud, Little House on the Prairie – please make sure your student is provided with a copy if at all possible.  We will also continue our exploration of greek myths as we learn about plot devices and literary features.

Spalding: We will continue to enter words in our Spalding notebooks. Please continue to focus on accuracy with your students as they are completing their homework. There will be no Spalding homework Wednesday so that you can spend time celebrating the holiday with family if you choose.

Grammar: This week we will be focusing on understanding that complete sentences make sense when subjects and verbs “agree” with each other.

Math:  In Math this week, we will advance our skills in multiplication.  Students will begin to learn how to multiply a two digit number by a one digit number.  They will also continue to work on how to take apart a word problem.

Science: In science, we will continue working on the Muscular System with a focus on cardiac muscles. The test for this unit will be this Friday.

History & Writing: In history, we will be focusing on Cleopatra and will begin working on how to write an informational paragraph.

 

Have a lovely week!

Week of October 22nd

Archway Lincoln Students and Families,

Throughout Western civilization, bards have been keepers of tradition, reciting the poetry of their people and passing on oral history. At every grade level, our students practice memorization and recitation of poems in the classroom. This year, we will again be joining our fellow Great Hearts schools in holding a Bard Competition for our 3rd through 5th grade students, whom we will challenge to memorize and recite poetry. Over the course of two rounds and two poems, we will winnow the field to find our school’s most skillful bard. That student will be named School Bard for the year and will represent Archway Lincoln at the Great Hearts Archway Bard Competition in the spring.
     If your student is interested in competing, please complete the form that will be given out by your child’s teacher on Monday (October 22nd). We encourage you to look at the poetry out loud website to find a poem to recite, to look at scoring/rules of the competition, and to watch examples of recitations. https://www.poetryoutloud.org/
Whether your student participates or not, we invite all of our Archway families to join us for these public recitations, which promise to be engaging reminders of this oral tradition.

If you have any questions about the Bard Competition, please feel free to email me with any questions. 

This week, we will be resuming small groups on Wednesday.  If you are able to donate time, please sign up.

Curriculum this week:

Literature:  We have begun reading Little House on the Prairie.  Please ensure that your student is bringing their copy of the book to class.

Spalding: We will continue working our way through our word list, entering words in our Spalding notebooks daily and practicing for homework. Continue to encourage neatness on homework.

Grammar: This week we will learn about understood subject pronouns an plural pronouns.

Math:  In math, we continue to practice our skills in multiplication and division.  An excellent way to help your student is to practice math facts with them.

Science:  In science, we continue our study of the human body.  We have looked at the skeletal and muscular systems. We continue our study of the muscular system this week.

History/Writing:  Last week, we learned about the Rome Project.  This project is a joint assignment with both History and Writing.  This week, we will learn about Julius Caesar. We will also be learning how to conduct research online and how to brainstorm ideas to narrow our research.

Have a lovely week!

Third Grade Team

Week of October 15th

Dear 3rd Grade Parents,

Our team is looking forward to the upcoming Parent/Teacher conferences.  We will have a short week to accommodate conferences – there is no school Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday will be a half day with no after-school activities, with the exception of Athenaeum.

Please take a moment to look at the evaluations that were emailed out regarding your child before your conference.  We look forward to discussing your child’s continued success in 3rd grade. (reminder: we prefer that students do not attend the conference)

Here is the curriculum information for this week:

Spalding: We will take advantage of the short week this week to review some of the more difficult words from first quarter. There will be homework, but no test on Friday.

Literature:  This week in literature we will introduce and begin our next read-aloud book,  The Little House on the Prairie.  Please have your child bring their copy in this week.

Grammar: No Grammar this week due to the short week.

Writing:  Writing will be focusing on the fast approaching Rome project.

History: We will be discussing the upcoming Rome project this week – information will be sent home soon.

Science: This week in Science we will begin a new unit on the Muscular System.

Math: In math, we will be continuing unit 3 on multiplication and division strategies.

Please be in touch with any questions or concerns – have a great week!

The 3rd Grade Team