- Summer Opportunity - Camp Invention: This fun summer camp will be offered right here at Elsa England. I will be one of the camp teachers that week. If you are interested, please check out this link - Camp Invention
- 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, think through math 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 and other reading comprehension skills. 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
- 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! Stay connected!
- 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
- 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 11th - 15th is Volunteer and Librarian Appreciation Week! We love our parent volunteers!
- April 15th - Global Service Day, Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (7:15 - 8:30am) and England’s Got Talent Show (6:30-8:00pm)
- 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 Writing, we spent the week diving back into Expository Writing. We wrote on a prompt (provided by the district). The kids spent a day brainstorming using Box & Bullets or Spider Web. Then, wrote their rough draft. We added a "lead" to the beginning and a good solid "conclusion" at the end. Finally, we revised and edited with a partner and wrote the final draft. All in one week!
In Reading, the kids really showed what they have learned these past 2 weeks on "summary" and "main ideas" by writing a summary for an informational article on Newsela (using the laptops). They had to write the main idea from each section or paragraph in the article on post it notes (in order). Then write the summary using the post it notes (in order). We also took a look at the reading comprehension skill: Comparing and Contrasting. The kids were quick to figure out that comparing and contrasting simply means finding the similarities and differences between 2 or more things. We practiced this as a class and in partners reading short passages and filling in Venn Diagrams. Then, the kids completed a worksheet on their own to show what they'd learn about this skill.
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 was today!
In Science, we are deep into our unit - Animal Adaptations, Traits and Life Cycles. We've ordered our ladybug eggs and tadpoles. We started our lady bug life cycle observations. However, due to crunch time we took our unit test today! We'll continue our life cycle observations for the next couple of weeks.
Read Aloud Time, we started a new Bluebonnet Book called Woof.