- STAAR Practice Tests: Scores and Analysis Reports went home yesterday in Thursday folders. Again, I cannot stress enough...the best way to help your child feel confident and succeed on the assessments is to encourage them. You can do this in so many ways: Go over the reports with your child and discuss his/her successes. Second, then talk to your child about the areas/skills in which he/she struggled with. Third, talk together about how your child can improve in these areas/skills (ixl.com, Think Through Math, Mrs. Lilleboe's website links, work book, etc). Lastly, decide on a time that your child will be given time to work on these skills at home (right after school, before or after practice, after dinner). Bottom line, come up with a plan that you and your child can create and agree on together. A suggestion: use a calendar or create a goal sheet with possible rewards. Make it fun!!!
- Economics Fair: This Tuesday, March 8th from 8:00 - 10:00am. Make sure to have your 35 - 40 products completed and brought to school by Tuesday morning. Also, students will need a little spending money for their own shopping. Please, label a ziplock baggie with your child's name. Quarters or one dollar bills are best. Thank you!!
- 2016 - 2017 Blue Bonnet Book List is now posted! Click here for the list! Bluebonnet List. I have added these new books to my Amazon wish list - Mrs. Lilleboe's Bluebonnet List. Kids can start reading them now and be ready for next year!
- Home Access Updated: I will continue to post grades weekly into Home Access. Please, check this regularly to stay on top of your kiddos performance in class. I will forewarn you that second semester can be more challenging as we prepare these kiddos for 4th grade. Expectations on graded work will increase. Home Access Link
- STAAR Assessments (mid-May): They are just around the corner. Want to help prepare your child at home? Suggestions for math: Xtramath, timed quizzes, ixl.com, and khan academy are excellent online resources your child has access to. The links to these sites can be found under the "Math Links" tab. Suggestions for reading: reading comprehension passages with questions. Check out the "Reading Links" tab for tons of great online resources. Check out this link for test questions from 2015, 2014 and 2013. STAAR Test Questions
- Unusual Reading Spot Contest: Does your kiddo love to read in fun and unusual spots? Check into this fun contest! Get contest rules and info by clicking here - The 4th Annual Unusual Reading Spot Contest
- Wish Lists: If you are able and wanting to contribute other resources to our learning, go to my other wish list on Amazon. "Mrs. Lilleboe's Wish List". Thank you for your continued support!
- March 8: Economics Fair (all 35 - 40 products due)
- March 9: Math Unit Test - Data and Graphs and Science Unit Quiz - Weather and Water Cycle
- March 10: STEAM Day - "Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math" Day
- March 12 - 20: Spring Break
- March 25: No School - Good Friday and End-of-Third Nine Weeks!
In Reading, we are wrapping up our Informational (nonfiction) text unit this upcoming week. We read a fun and very student interested article called "Minecraft in Schools" in Scholastic News. We discussed main idea and new vocabulary (using context clues). We also enjoyed having a Read-A-Thon this week. The kids answered a self-reflection type question about their own reading each day. These are posted in the classroom (a picture shows the board below). Last but not least, Mr. Weiler came back as a special guest teacher and continued to help us create a PBL (Save Brushy Creek) Powtoon. Our goal is to have our Powtoons done by the end of next week.
In Writing, we spent time looking at written work to find revising and editing corrections. We analyzed various reading passages searching for editing and revision corrections. We learned about what the "subject" and "predicate" are in a sentence and how the subject (noun) and verb must agree (singular or plural). We continued with our Informational writing piece by starting a graphic organizer on Popplet.com. We used the laptops to research our endangered animal using World Book and Britannica. This will be an ongoing writing piece for the next couple of weeks.
In Math, we started a very short unit, Data and Graphs. The kids have created frequency charts and bar charts (read-a-thon questions). We've done various comparing and analyzing of bar charts and pictographs this week as a class and independently. Our unit test is next week on Wednesday, March 9th.
In Science, we are in the thick of it with our Weather and the Water Cycle unit. We completed a Websurfing Assignment using the laptops on the sun and water cycle. As a class we played an interactive Weather game. We also spent some time watching a discussing a couple of short videos on weather and the water cycle. The unit quiz will be on Wednesday, March 9th.
In Social Studies, we are in deep into our Economics Unit. We started our advertising posters for the Economics Fair. We discussed the key components to an effective advertising poster: slogan or catchy phrase, name of product, color choices, picture/drawing of product, and price. Hopefully the kids have been working on their product at home. The Fair is this Tuesday, March 8th.