- Class Dojo - The kids and I are loving Class Dojo. We hope you are enjoying the daily communication too! Download the FREE app for your phone for easy access. Check daily to see how your kiddo is doing in class!
- Spring Scholastic Book Orders - Order forms/new catalogs went home yesterday in Thursday folders. Over half of the new Bluebonnet Books are available on Scholastic! This is amazing! Therefore, the books that are in our Classroom Wish List on Scholastic are all Bluebonnet Books! If you are looking for ways to help contribute to our reading in class, please consider purchasing one of these books. The kids are super excited and we've already begun reading the book, Woof as our class read-aloud book. Help keep the momentum going and purchase a Bluebonnet book for our class today! Scholastic Link Here! Our class code is: NP79X
- 2016 - 2017 Bluebonnet Book List is now posted! Click here for the new list! Bluebonnet List. I have added these new books to my Amazon wish list too at Mrs. Lilleboe's Bluebonnet List. Kids can start reading them now and be ready for next year!
- Home Access Updated: End of the third nine weeks grading period was today. Report cards will be out in the next week or so. 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 May 9th and May 10th: 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. Test questions from 2015, 2014 and 2013 STAAR Tests...click here 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!
- April 1st - Movie Night "The Good Dinosaur"
- April 2nd - DI State Competitions - Go England!
- April 8th - Math Test (Place Value/Financial Literacy) and Science Test (Animal Adaptations/Traits/Life cycles of frogs and ladybugs)
- April 15th - Global Service Day!
- April 22nd - 3rd Grade Assembly - Go Wildlife Warriors! - Earth Day
- May 2nd - May 5th - Teacher Appreciation Week
- May 4th - Early Release @ 12:45pm
- May 9th and 10th - Closed campus for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade STAAR Tests
- May 30th - No School - Memorial Day
- June 2nd - Last Day of School
In Reading, we've almost wrapped up our Informational (nonfiction) text unit. We are so close to finishing our endangered animal popplets (graphic organizers). I really hope we can finish these up next week. The reading strategy we worked on this week was: Summary (fiction stories and non-fiction informational text). We practiced these skills in a variety of ways this week. We read picture books (short stories) and then summarized the story by using the Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then strategy. This is a great strategy to use on fiction stories. We also worked as a class on a Scholastic News magazine. First, we identified the main idea of each section of the article "Bugs Bite," a non-fiction informational article. Then, we used these 3 main ideas from the article to write a summary and completed 10 comprehension questions. Next week, we'll focus specifically on
In Writing, we took time to learn the difference between writing a summary for a fiction story and writing a summary from an informational text. We read an informational article called, C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N. We read the article as a class, jotting down the main idea of each paragraph. Then, we practiced writing a summary using our post it notes (in order). Finally, the kids really showed what they had learned this week and wrote a summary for an informational article on Newsela (using the laptops).
In Math, we started our next unit - Financial Literacy! We worked on our laptops using ixl.com for money practice. We didn't get much time on this, so I would recommend that your child work on these money skills on ixl.com at home. We've discussed a ton of vocabulary: supply (availability), demand, cost, profit, opportunity cost, savings, expenses, product, good, service, increase, decrease. The kids and I love this unit, but its a short one. Our unit test will be next Friday, April 8th.
In Science, we started in on our next unit - Animal Adaptations, Traits and Life Cycles. We've ordered our ladybug eggs and tadpoles. We'll begin our life cycle observations soon. However, due to crunch time we will take our unit test next Friday, April 8th. We'll continue our life cycle observations for the next couple of weeks.
Read Aloud Time, we started a new Bluebonnet Book called Woof.