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The next book project will be due on Friday, December 13. The genre is historical fiction. I explained to the students that in historical fiction, the character and plot can be fiction, but the setting is a real place and time in history. The entire Magic Tree House series is historical fiction, as are the American Girl books. I found a few lists online which may help you too. Click below to find the links. If you aren't a member of the Cobb County Library, I recommend you join. You can search for books and they will deliver them to the nearest branch within a few days
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This week, please have your child practice their assigned section of the Longfellow poem about Paul Revere. We will work to put it together next Monday 11/11. I'm hoping to make a video of their performance.
On November 30, I will award $50 in classroom money to each of the top five Moby Max students. The program keeps track of the time that students spend on the website. In addition to sending home a letter explaining how to log on, I printed each student a card to tape or glue in their binder on Friday. Good luck!
Scholastic Book Order
Please check your child's book bag for the most recent catalogs. The due date for the order will be November 22. Remember that if you want to purchase any items for your child or other children in your family as gifts, just send me an email! That way, when the books come in, I'll email you instead of sending the books home with your child.
Tickets are on sale in the mornings at the school store. I hope that my class has a great turnout at the dance!
Remember there is a NUT Pass this Friday, November 8 to support the Green Committee. Please send in a $1 to participate!
Sunny D Contest
If our class can collect 20 Sunny D labels, our class will receive 20 books for free. Since we have 19 students, that means we each (myself included) need to purchase one eligible Sunny D product, drink it and return the label by November 22. That's so easy!!!! Who's with me?????
Here are the details: If you have any, please send in the entire label, including the UPC, to your child's teacher by November 22nd. The class who collects the most labels will receive a cookie cake! Please see below for eligible products.
All Flavors of the following quantities: 6.75 oz, 11.3 oz, 16 oz, 20 oz, 40 oz, 48 oz, 56 oz, 64 oz, 67.6 oz, 96 oz, 128 oz. Also, 12 pack cardboard case.
These Products Are Not Eligible:
8 oz, 12 oz, 16 oz individual cans
6, 8, 12, 24 pack shrink-wraps
Any products not listed as an eligible product above
Sparkles Night was a blast!!! I had 12 students come (too bad there wasn't a contest). Here's a photo of some of the students (we didn't get one picture with all 12).
Thank you for taking time out of your busy work schedules to meet
with me this week! I really enjoyed discussing your child’s individual personality as well as his or her strengths and areas for improvement.
If you have any questions that came to you after contemplating our
discussion, please let me know!
The address for the Tellus Museum is 100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120 and the phone number is 770-606-5700 (if you get lost). I’ll be waiting outside at 2:15 to start handing out tickets. We’ll go in at 2:30.
There will be about 40 people in our group. We can stay together and move through the exhibits as a group or your family can move through at your desired pace. It’s up to you and your family! I do ask that we spend a good amount of time experiencing the fossil/dinosaur, mineral and magnet areas, since those areas apply to what we are learning this year. But, the whole museum is really neat!
If you have a children’s dictionary at your home that you are willing to donate to our class, I would really appreciate it. We need to do a lot of dictionary work this 9 weeks and I only two dictionaries for our class (they belonged to my children). If you come across one at a store that is reasonably priced, I’d love to have 6-10 total.
The book project for the nonfiction book is due next Thursday, October 31. You can use an idea from the ABC project list in your child’s binder or you can do something else if you choose. Basically, your child
needs to make a neat, legible, creative visual aid to help them give a summary of their book. Please encourage them to practice their presentation with you before Thursday. (Quest kids can present on
Mrs. Davis signed up for an online program to help students practice math and reading skills. It’s called MobyMax. I’m going to send home a letter, which will show you how to access the site. I’m going to give a $20
bonus (classroom money) to every child who goes on the site and completes the math placement test before next Friday morning (November 1st). The site automatically figures out which skills each child needs to practice and sends them to work on those skills using games & fun activities. I haven’t had enough time to navigate the site fully. So, after I do, I’ll give your more information about which subjects to work on and what type of incentives I’ll offer to those kids who spend out of class time working/playing on the site!
RED RIBBON WEEK (October 28st- Nov. 1st)
Monday- “Sock it to Drugs”-Wear wacky socks
Tuesday-“Hats off to Drugs”-Wear a hat
Wednesday-“Say NO to Drugs”-Wear red
Thursday-“Hair’s to a Drug-free Life”- Wacky hair
Friday-“Team up against Drugs”- Wear a sports team shirt/jersey
The Green Committee is working with the school to enhance the outdoor learning experience, and we need your help. We are assembling 3 outdoor learning kits for teachers to use and need several items, some of which you may have at home. If you are interested to help, please see the list at: http://kcsmagreencommittee.blogspot.com/.
We will also be running a NUT pass on November 8 to raise funds
for outdoor signs. Please consider sending in $1 for a NUT
SQUARE ONE ART PROJECT
Your student recently created their own artwork and has been given free stickers of that artwork by a company called Square 1. Today, your student's artwork sticker sheet is being sent home along with a catalog for you to order items decorated with their artwork. The school earns an average of 35% for each piece sold. Orders can be made online or through the order form. The deadline for all orders is November 4, 2013. Please send all order forms to your student's homeroom teacher.
Fall dance-November 15
FIVE BELOW (October 25--October 31)
I'll be skating Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 Hope to see many of you there!
Today was our first Monday morning, fluency cold read. Ehi’s mom came in and read with the students, recording how many words they read in one minute. The children have their fluency passage in their binder. Please have them read it to you out loud each night. That should be the first minute of their 20 minutes of total reading time. Please encourage your child to read the passage quickly but with expression. Pausing at commas and periods. I told them they should try to read the way Mrs. Gilbert reads aloud (or the way they would hear it on a tape. We’ll read the passages again on Friday to see their improvement!
Math Homework & Lots of Tests
Wednesday we will have our Unit 1 Math Test covering all that we’ve covered this year. To review, I printed out a practice test of 10 questions for tonight’s homework and another practice test with 10 questions for tomorrow night.
There will also be a government test and a fossil test this week. We don’t have the study guides complete yet. We will finalize the government study guide tomorrow and will have the fossil study guide ready for Wednesday.
Peek of the Week
Please check the Peek of the Week on the website each week. It lists the spelling words, the homework and the upcoming dates.
Tomorrow is Chickfila Biscuit Day and Picture Retakes.
Thursday night—Sparkles. I will be there. I will be skating! I sure would like a bunch of students to skate with me!!!!!
Friday Book Fair Preview.
I will be taking the class to check out the books available. They will be allowed to shop next week.
Book Fair Volunteers
Our class mom, Tamara Beeler, is in charge of the Book Fair. If you could possibly donate an hour or two of your time, she would really appreciate it!!!!
Tellus Museum Payment
Please send your payment in by next Monday. I already paid the $200 deposit with my personal credit card! The price is $10 per person.
Alice in Wonderland Jr.
If you’d like to take your child to see a live musical, this may be a great fit for you! A group of 7 to 18 year-olds will be performing Alice in Wonderland Jr. (the one hour version) at the Grand Theatre in Cartersville Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2. I’ll be at both performances with my family. Check out the details at www.thegrandtheatre.org
I hope that everyone had a relaxing Fall Break. My daughter came home from college, so we enjoyed some low-key family time at home this weekend.
Please don’t forget to sign up for a conference time through Sign Up Genius. Visit this link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D48ABA72AAAF85-fall
Tellus Museum Weekend Visit
Please email me if your family is interested in attending a group visit to the Tellus Museum. It is 20 miles north of the school in Cartersville, GA. They have many exhibits which support the standards we are learning in third grade: magnets, rocks, minerals, and fossils. They have a group price of $10 per person with a minimum of 20 people and two weeks’ notice. I’d like to go from 2:30 to 5:00 on Sunday, October 27th. Will you please email me by the end of the day Thursday if you can go? I will have to collect money in advance, pay with a check or credit card for the entire group, and the entire group will have to enter the museum together.
October Book Project
Remember that another book project will be due on October 31. This time, it will be a nonfiction or biography and students can dress up in a costume inspired by their book! Since many of the book project ideas are geared more to fiction, I’ll come up with some other ideas and share them with you and the students.
The students who purchased a ticket to bring in a stuffed animal or doll today enjoyed having a buddy while they were working.
Since the animals/dolls weren't allowed to participate in Stations, they were checked into Daycare (under the easel).
The book projects were a huge success! I am so proud of the books chosen, visual aids created and presentations! I’m also proud that 100% of my class turned in quality work on time!!!!
Today the students brought home their completed rubrics. They were graded on their speaking, summarization and listening skills.
The next book project will be due October 31. This time, students will choose a non-fiction book for their project. This can include a biography. As a fun bonus, since the due date is on Halloween, students can come to school dressed like something from their book choice. For example, if your child chooses a biography, he or she can come dressed as the
subject of the biography. Or, if you student chooses a book about weather, he or she can come dressed as a meteorologist, a person dressed for a rainy day, or as a hurricane. If your student chooses a book about snakes, he or she can come dressed like a snake or a herpetologist. Encourage them to use their imagination! (Please no real or fake weapons.)
Today we simulated (simply, of course) how the Judicial Branch works. Nine students sat on the bench as the Justices. One student was selected to be the lawyer (with a legal team) to come up with reasons to support the opinion that "stuffed animals shouldn't be allowed at school" and another lawyer (and team) worked on reasons to support "stuffed animals should be allowed at school." The Justices made a split decision in favor of constitutionality of stuffed animals at school. One Justice shared the majority opinion and another justice shared the minority opinion. In this single activity, they students learned how the Judicial Branch operates, practiced sharing their opinions (with supporting reasons) and worked on their speaking skills! See if your child can explain the process to you (and their role in it).
The deadline for box tops is October 11. They will be selecting a class winner and an individual winner. You can send them in any time! If you have time, please trim the edges neatly. It would be awesome to win
Reading Log & Spelling Test Reminder
We will be working on the same list this week and next week. The Reading Log will be due and the Spelling test will be next Friday, October 11. Remember to click on the Peek of the Week so you can see the calendar details for our grade level!
After eight days of testing, the students enjoyed the beautiful fall day at recess. To celebrate all their bubbling, they spent some time blowing bubbles into the breeze. Then, we came back to the room to check on our gummy bear fossils. On Monday, we put some “dead” gummy bears on the ocean floor (aka a piece of white bread). Then, layers of sediment covered the gummy bears (aka two pieces of wheat bread). We covered them all with several heavy textbooks to stand in for time and pressure and then left them on the shelf for four days. Today, the students peeled back the layers of sediment to expose their fossils. The gummy bears left an imprint in the “sedimentary rock” that was formed. The students noticed that the bread turned hard and crumbly when it was soft and flexible on Monday. I think it was a great way to introduce them to how fossils form!!!!
If your child would like to play on the KCSMA Volleyball team, please check out the files below.
As you know, we are learning about the branches of the federal government. The students are learning that the executive branch enforces the laws, the legislative branch passes the laws and the judicial branch interprets the laws.
But, as you can imagine, these are very abstract concepts for third graders!!! So, today we put the legislative process into action on a classroom scale. I turned each of our rows into a district, and I appointed (not the way the government works, but we didn’t have time for elections today) a representative for each district. I assigned citizens to call their representative to say that they wanted to come up with a reward to purchase with our classroom economy money as well as a price for that reward. The four representatives talked to the people of their district and then traveled to the corner of the room (aka Washington, DC) to meet in committee. I allowed the representatives in the committee to come out with three options for their bill: a homework pass, a treat, or a stuffed animal day. The representatives returned to their district to talk to their constituents. Then, they came back and voted. The representatives chose a stuffed animal day. Then, they brought it to me (I played the role of President), and I signed the bill into law. It was interesting to see the students who were very disappointed because they wanted one of the other options. I explained that that’s how legislation works. Many times we have to live under laws we don’t agree with 100%.
Then, we revisited the exact same process to decide how much they have to pay for their reward. The representatives went back to their districts, then met in committee and voted. They brought me a $5 price to sign into law, but instead I wrote the word VETO across it. I explained that $5 was too low. I told them to go back to committee. Then finally brought me a price of $20. I vetoed it again, knowing that they had enough votes to override my veto, which they did very enthusiastically! So, tomorrow when the students are receiving their bonuses and paying their fines, they can also choose to purchase a privilege for next week. On Wednesday, October 2, the students who pay me $20 (in classroom economy money) can bring a stuffed animal (or doll) to school.
After we completed the simulation, I turned our computer projector to CSPAN. I told the students that the reason for a representative democracy is so that we can go about our daily lives (school, work, cutting the grass, shopping) while our representatives work to make laws on our behalf. They were so surprised to see that while we were at school, our representatives in Congress were at that very second discussing laws in Washington, DC. I muted it and left it on for a while in the background.
I really think this activity helped this abstract process make more sense. We will make other classroom decisions this way!