- Thank You! Wow, I have some truly amazing parents and students this year. Thank you all for helping out with our holiday party (providing supplies or volunteering). I was so sick that day and was unable to attend our party. Thank goodness I have amazing parents and kids like you to "go on with the show" as they say! I also can't thank you all enough for the wonderful, thoughtful holiday gifts. I am so humbled and grateful.
- PBL and Field Trip T-Shirt - Order forms were placed in your child's Thursday folder yesterday. All 3rd graders will wear their Planet Protector t-shirt for our field trip day, Economics Fair and for our 3rd grade assembly in the spring. Please, complete the form and return it with money in an envelope or ziplock bag by Tuesday, January 10th. Checks can be made out to Elsa England Elementary.
- Bluebonnet Book Program - The Bluebonnet Book Program will end January 25th. Check out the list of Bluebonnet books HERE. This year's books and some of next year's books are listed on my Mrs. Lilleboe's Bluebonnet Book List.
- Six Flags Reading Program - Reading program encouraging kids to read at home by rewarding them with a FREE Six Flags pass. Kids read the required number of minutes and log it on the reading log. Turn in the form no later than February 22nd.
- Wobble Stools: The wobble stools are a hit in the classroom. Thank you to those parents that have already purchased their child a wobble stool. I wish I had one for each student. They all want one! Please, talk to your child about possibly getting him or her a wobble stool. I know they are not cheap, but the stool is your child's stool. Therefore, your child can use the stool in 4th grade and 5th grade. I would recommend the 18" or 20" stool "Active Learning Stool" Click HERE. The other great option is the 18" wobble chair by KORE Click HERE.
- Home Access Center: Make sure to start checking Home Access every week! Link to Home Access Center.
- January 10 - 3rd Grade Planet Protector tshirt order form due.
- January 10 - Science DCA: Landforms and Earth's Forces (earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides)
- January 12 - Math Quiz: Geometry (2D and 3D shapes, finding the area). Expository Essay Due.
- January 12 - Ziploc bag of soil
- January 13 - Morning assembly and Reading DCA: Biographies
- January 16 - No School
- January 19 - 2nd and 3rd grade Math Night from 6:00 - 7:00pm
- January 20 - Spelling Test
In writing, we sorted our PBL notefacts into our PBL journals in preparation for our written project before the winter break. There are still a few kids that need to finish this portion of the project. We will begin our written PBL project in about a week. Right now, we are learning about and writing an expository essay. The kids have brainstormed on the topic (DCA prompt that was given this week) and will complete a rough draft, revise and edit their rough draft and write their final draft all next week. If I find your child is having difficulty in class completing each step along the way, he or she will be bringing home their writing notebook to complete the day's task at home for homework. The expository essay will be due Thursday morning (next week). No later.
In reading, we started a new unit - Biographies. The kids have read a variety of short biographies this week and completed a reading response for each book. These will be graded and put into Home Access soon. Our reading DCA for this unit is scheduled for next Friday, Jan. 13th.
In math, we continued to explore 2D and 3D shapes this week. We also dabbled in learning about the area of a shape. We measured the area of various Hershey bars using centimeter cubes to find the largest and smallest candy bar. There will be a geometry quiz next week. The DCA for this unit is combined with the next unit, Equivalent Fractions/Comparing Fractions. The DCA will be in a couple of weeks.
In science, we continued our exploration and inquiry into Earth's Forces (Volcanos, Earthquakes and Landslides) with a few fun experiments this week. Check out the pictures below. The DCA for this unit will be on Tuesday. We will review right before the test with a fun quiz review on Kahoot!
In social studies, the kids have been searching for their One Little Word that they want to strive and work towards. The One Little Word represents goals the kids have created for themselves in hopes of accomplishing more in their lives in 2017. These One Little Words will be on display in our classroom for the rest of the school year.