Announcements

Week 34
May 15-19, 2017


Updates and Announcements

* End of the year MAP testing will begin this week. Below is the schedule for our classroom.
Reading- Tuesday May 16
Math- Tuesday, May 23
* The Chicago Field Trip is on Wednesday, May 31. I will be sending an email this week to provide you with information on where and when to meet us at Millennium Park for a picnic lunch if you are interested. 
* The Jr. Spelling Bee will be held in the auditorium on Wednesday, May 24. Please join us to cheer for our classmates Ava and Demi as they take the stage. 
* The Chicago projects are due on Monday, May 22. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

* The Chapter 9 math test will be on Wednesday, May 17. The practice test will come home on Monday as homework but is not due back until Wednesday.


* The new vocabulary list over chapters 14-18 from "Charlotte's Web" was passed out today.  The test will be on Friday, May 19. 




Week 32
May 1-5, 2017

 

Updates and Announcements

* The spring MAP schedule was released.  Below are the dates our classroom will be completing the tests in the computer lab.
Reading- Tuesday, May 16
Math- Tuesday, May 23

* The Chicago Project information will come home today in backpack mail.  The projects are due in class on Monday, May 22.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

* We completed our classroom Science Fair project in class last Friday.   If you are around on Wednesday, May 3 between 12:15-2:45, our board will be displayed in the gym for your viewing pleasure. 

* Thank you to those of you that have donated to our fundraiser, Steppin'.  As of right now, we have already raised over $1,000! Great job, team 218!

* Our classroom Spelling Bee will take place next Wednesday, May 10.  The results will determine the two students from our classroom that will represent 218 in the Jr. Spelling Bee on Wednesday, May 24.

* Please remember to submit the Chicago Field Trip permission slips and payment by Monday, May 8. 

Reading/Writing:
This week, we will read chapters 4-7 from Charlotte's Web, and use context clues to determine the meaning of the vocabulary words within the text.

The students will compose a writing project from the point-of-view of one of the main characters. 


There will be a vocabulary and open book comprehension quiz on Friday, May 5.  The vocabulary list is located under the tab to the left. 


Math: 
We will begin Chapter 9- Comparing Fractions today and will continue throughout next week. 
The test will most likely be at the end of next week, or early the following week, depending on how well the students grasp the material and concepts.  Please check your child's assignment notebook next week for more information.

Social Studies:
We will continue our Chicago Unit throughout the next several weeks.

Week 30
April 17-21, 2017

 

Welcome back from Spring Break! It was so fun to hear about all of the fun activities and trips the kids participated in over the last week.  Thanks to those of you that emailed pictures to share.  Feel free to send some tomorrow or throughout the week for your child to share with the class. 

Don't forget third quarter conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, April 19.  If you haven't registered for a time slot yet, please make sure you do before tomorrow. 

*Our big Chicago field trip has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 31. We are so excited about this fabulous opportunity to explore our beautiful city. 

* The Jr. Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 3. We will conduct our experiment and create our board in the classroom.

* The classroom Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, May 10. The two classroom winners will participate in the Bell School Jr. Spelling bee on Wednesday, May 24.

Reading: We will begin our new novel unit over "Charlotte's Web" this week.  

Math: We will continue our area and perimeter unit this week, and complete a learning project that the kids will love!  The test will be early next week.

Social Studies: Our Chicago unit will begin this week. We are so excited to explore and learn about our beautiful city.

WtW: The new sorts will be given out Tuesday, April 18 and the test will be on Tuesday, April 25. 

Enjoy the weather this week!




Week 28
March 27-31, 2017

 

* PARCC testing is over! 

*Spring Break begins Friday, April 7 and resumes on Monday, April 17. 

*Our big Chicago field trip has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 31.  We are so excited about this fabulous opportunity to explore our beautiful city. I will send an email about the opportunity to chaperone or join us for lunch. 

* The Jr. Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 3.  We will conduct our experiment and create our board in the classroom. 

* The classroom Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, May 10.  The two classroom winners will participate in the Bell School Jr. Spelling bee on Wednesday, May 24.

Writing:
We will finish our theme writing projects this week and will begin our new WtW sorts Wednesday, March 29. The spelling tests will be on Tuesday, April 4. 

Math: 
We will continue our Area and Perimeter Unit for the next two weeks. 

Reading: 
Our story this week is "Chestnut Cove".  Our focus skill is to review and practice Cause and Effect.  Our comprehension and vocabulary tests are on Friday, March 31.

Science:
Our Water Unit will continue over the next two weeks. We have been having a lot of fun conducting our investigations. 








Week 26

March 13-17, 2017

 

News/Updates:
We will finish the PARCC tests next week. Please see the schedule below.
Tuesday, March 21- Math Session 1
Wednesday, March 22- Math Session 2
Thursday, March 23- Math Session 3
Friday, March 24- Math Session 4

Reading:
We have been working on identifying the theme within books, stories and passages, and distinguishing between theme and lesson.

Math:
We have learned about and practiced angles, triangles, polygons, lines, points, area and perimeter.  We will continue to practice these skills this week, then move onto the next chapter next week. 

Science:
We started our Water and Climate unit this week.  We will continue our investigations until the end of this quarter. 

Writing:
WtW sorts were given out today, Wednesday, March 15.  Our next test is Tuesday, March 21.
Our writing activity over the next two weeks will be to compose a short story based on a lesson and theme that correspond with one another. 


Week 23
February 21-24, 2017

 

News/Updates
Read to Succeed Six Flags reading logs are due no later than Tuesday, February 28.

Please see below for the third grade PARCC testing schedule.
Tuesday, March 7-English/Language Arts Session 1
Wednesday, March 8- English/Language Arts Session 2
Thursday, March 9- English/Language Arts Session 3

Tuesday, March 21- Math Session 1
Wednesday, March 22- Math Session 2
Thursday, March 23- Math Session 3
Friday, March 24- Math Session 4

Reading:
We will finish up "Rosa Parks" on Wednesday, February 22 with a short open book quiz written by the students. The rest of the week, we will become acquainted with the structure of the PARCC tests so that students are prepared and understand the layout of the tests.  Students will also utilize this time to practice locating information within fiction and nonfiction texts which is an important skill that we need to work on throughout third grade. 

Writing/Spelling:
The new WtW sorts will be introduced on Wednesday, February 22. The tests will be the following Tuesday.
We will also continue to use our graphic organizers to create our autobiographies.  In addition, we will focus on apostrophes in contractions and possessions, and practice distinguishing between plural and possessive nouns. 

Math:
Chapter 8 continues to focus on fractions. The test will most likely be Thursday, March 2.  
Math facts this week will be on Wednesday, February 22 and Friday, February 24.  Please help your child practice his/her flashcards at home.

Social Studies:
The students will continue to learn about government, taxes, and American symbols this week.  They will be creating flip books of information to be used as resources throughout the unit.  

 

Week 22
February 13-17, 2017

Room 218 Info:
We will have a small Valentine's Day party on Tuesday hosted by some lovely parent volunteers. Feel free to send cards and/or small non-food items to pass out to the class if you choose. We currently have 26 students in our class. 

Below is the link to purchase tickets to the Bell School https://friendsofbell.z2systems.com/np/clients/friendsofbell/event.jsp?event=21&
Reading/Language Arts:
We started reading our second biography last week, "Take a Stand, Rosa Parks". There will not be any specific vocabulary to correlate with this story; instead we will focus on comprehension throughout the story.
We will continue working on prefixes, base words, homophones, contractions, possessives, and plurals in grammar. 
Writing:
The students will be composing an autobiography during this unit.
WtW- The tests will be Tuesday, February 14. A new sort will be given out on Wednesday, February 22.
Social Studies:
We will be focusing on national, state and local government throughout the first 5 weeks of third quarter. 
Math:
We are going to skip through most of chapter 7, which focuses on specific division facts because the students have proven to master this skill throughout our work in chapter 6. Instead, we will transition to chapter 8 which introduces fractions. 
The students were also given login information for the GoMath! Website so they are able to view curriculum and practice math games at home. 
This week, students will take the math facts timed quizzes on Monday and Thursday.

 



Week 20
January 30-February 2

 

Reading/Language Arts:
Most of the students finished reading "Helen Keller" today in class.  We will review the book and complete any makeup work on Tuesday and Wednesday. The students will take a short, open book quiz on Thursday.

Math: 
We will finish up Chapter 6 (Division) this week.  We will review on Monday and take the Chapter 6 test on Tuesday, February 7. 

Math Facts are back! Students will be taking the timed, three minute multiplication fact tests on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please practice at home each night.

Words Their Way:
The tests will be administered on Tuesday, January 31.  The new sorts will be given out on Wednesday, February 8.

Science:
Students will continue to learn about the needs of animals. They will use text features within their books to locate information and answer comprehension questions.





Week 19
January 23-27, 2017

 

Reading/Language Arts:
We will finish reading the biography about Helen Keller's life this week. The focus skills are sequencing and figurative language. Students will not have specific vocabulary words to study throughout this book. Instead, we will work on using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words within the text.

Math:
Chapter 6 will cover division.  The students will focus on identifying the dividend, divisor and quotient and use several ways to solve division word problems. The chapter test will most likely be next Thursday.  

Writing:
Using their resources and what they have learned about figurative language, the kids will compose a creative persuasive writing piece over the next week. 
New WtW sorts will be given out on Wednesday, January 25 and tests will be administered on Tuesday, January 31.

Science:
Students will continue to learn about the needs of animals.  They will use text features within their books to locate information and answer comprehension questions. 


Week 17

January 9-13, 2017

Welcome back to school. It was so nice to see all of the beautiful, smiling faces enter the building this morning!

 

News and Updates:

Progress Reports will be sent home Monday, January 9.

We will begin our Lookingglass Theater residency this week.  Each week, the groups will meet from 2:00-3:00 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. 

MAP testing will begin this week as well.  Our classroom is scheduled to take the Reading test this Friday, January 13 and the math section on Thursday, January 19.

Reading/Language Arts: 
We will be reading a biography about Helen Keller over the next 2 weeks. Our focus skills will be sequencing and figurative language.  Students will not have specific vocabulary words to study throughout this book.  Instead, we will work on using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words within the text. 

Math:
We will finish up Chapter 5 this week so the students will take the test on Thursday, January 12. 

Writing:
Our focus over the next few weeks will be on composing an autobiography or biography.
New WtW sorts will be given out on Wednesday, January 11 and tests will be administered on Tuesday, January 17.

Science:
Students will be classifying different types of animals this week.




Week 15
December 12-16, 2016

 

NEWS AND UPDATES

* The students will be going to the Holiday Market on Friday, December 16 from 9:45-10:15 so if you wish to send money for him/her, please do so.  Also, if you have any extra wrapping paper, tape or holiday gifts bag, we would love to use them in the classroom to wrap the gifts that are bought.

* Our first field trip will be on Tuesday, January 24.  The information and permission slip will come home today in your child's folder.  Please sign and return with the $14.25 by Friday, December 16.

* We will be celebrating the winter break by watching a movie and playing some games on Friday, December 23rd.  It will also be Pajama Day, so if your child has festive PJs he/she may wear them to school. 

Reading: 
The students will be reading "Loved Best" this week which is a Realistic Fiction story from our Storytown Series.  The students will be reviewing plot, and comparing/contrasting texts.  The comprehension and vocabulary tests will be on Friday, December 16.

Spelling/WtW:
A new sort will come home on Wednesday, December 14.  The test will be the following Tuesday, December 20.

Writing:
We will begin our next writing piece, a persuasive essay later this week.  I am so excited to begin using our new writing folders that we received from our Donor's Choose grant!

Math:
We are finishing up Chapter 4 today and tomorrow, so the test will be on Wednesday, December 14.  We will begin chapter 5 on Thursday.  


Week 13

November 28- December 2, 2016

 

Reading: 
This week we transitioned back to the Storytown reading series to work on "Stone Soup".  You can find the vocabulary list on the Reading tab to the left.  The main skill we will focus on is finding main idea and details within text.

Math:
We will continue with chapter 4, multiplication this week.  The students will take the Mid-chapter Checkpoint quiz on Wednesday.   
Math facts will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this week.

WtW/Spelling:
The new sorts will be handed out on Wednesday and the test will be on Tuesday, December 6. 

Social Studies:
We will continue working on early American history throughout this week. 






Week 11
November 14-18, 2016

This week is Upstander Week, so we will be working on how to be kind and encouraging to our classmates and peers.  On Friday, we will participate in an activity with our 7th grade buddies.  Our Lockdown Drill has been rescheduled for Thursday morning.

 

Reading:  
We are wrapping up "Bunnicula" this week, so the chapter 7-9 vocabulary and comprehension quizzes will be on Friday.  For the final projects, students will identify character traits to match two chosen characters and provide evidence to explain his/her thinking. 

Math:
We started chapter 4 on Monday.  Below are the skills we will focus on throughout this chapter.
* Multiply with 2 and 4
* Multiply with 5 and 10
* Multiply with 3 and 6
* Distributive Property
* Multiply with 7
* Associative Property of Multiplication
*Patterns on the Multiplication Table
* Multiply with 8
* Multiply with 9
On Thursday and Friday we will be going into the computer lab to construct our first digital projects- Multiplication City!  This is a super fun and creative learning outlet, so look for the final projects in the classroom soon. 

Social Studies:
The students are learning about the first Americans this week, and will create a Rebus Story using pictures to summarize Lesson 1. 


Week 10

November 7-11, 2016
Announcements

 

There is no school on Wednesday, November 9 due to first quarter conferences.  If you haven't signed up for a time yet, please do so by the end of the day on Monday.  You may click the link to view the available slots. 
http://cps-bell.ptcwizard.com/​

In addition, there is no school on Friday in honor of Veterans Day.

Reading:  
The chapter 5-6 "Bunnicula" vocabulary and comprehension tests will be administered on Tuesday, November 8. 

Spelling: 
The next WtW sort will begin on Tuesday, November 8 and the test will be the following Tuesday.

Math:
We will finish up chapter 3 on Monday and complete a practice test on Tuesday.  The test will be on Thursday.






Week 8
October 24-28, 2016
Let's go Cubs!

 

We have a very irregular week this week!

We will take place in a bus drill, shelter in place drill and a lock-down drill throughout the week.  The children have asked several questions about the lock-down drill and I could see many of them became a little anxious of the thought of a "bad" person in or around the school.  I did my best to calm imaginations and fears, so please do the same at home if your child comes home with questions.  My intention is certainly not to worry the kids, but we have to participate in these drills to prepare. 

Open House is Wednesday, October 26 from 6:00-7:00. 

Bell Walk is Thursday at 9:15.  The students will all receive their t-shirts sometime this week.  

Please join us on Monday, October 31 at 1:00 to observe the Halloween Assembly. 

Reading: 
We will continue working on Bunnicula this week.  The students will take a short quiz on the vocabulary tomorrow from Chapters 1-2, which we have been working on for over a week.  Then, we will move onto Chapters 3-4, but will not have vocabulary this week.  

WtW:
We will begin our next word sort on Wednesday.  The test will be on Tuesday, November 1.

Writing:
We will be finishing our Narratives this week. 

Science:
Food chains and food webs will be our topics over  the next two weeks! 

Math:
We started working on multiplication and equal groups last Thursday when we began chapter 3.  The kids will work on the Mid-Chapter checkpoint on Tuesday.



Week 7
October 17-21, 2016

 

News and Updates:
Our first Buddy Day will be this Friday, October 21.  The third graders will be paired with seventh graders to complete an interview to get to know one another.  We are really excited about this opportunity!

Open House is next Wednesday, October 26.  

Bell Walk is scheduled for next Thursday, October 27 with a rain date on Friday.


Reading:
We will begin reading "Bunnicula" this week, which is our first novel of third grade.  The students will work through 1-3 chapters per week, with vocabulary words for each section.  Comprehension and vocabulary tests will be on Fridays unless otherwise specified. 
Focus Skills:
* Identifying Character Traits
* Using Context Clues
* Figurative Language
* Using recall to answer comprehension questions

Math:
Students will practice and review Chapter 1 skills on Monday and Tuesday and will take the Ch. 1 test on Wednesday.  We will begin the next Chapter on Thursday. 
Math Facts timed tests will be on Monday and Thursday.

WtW: 
The test is on Tuesday, October 18.  The next sort will begin on Wednesday, November 2. 

Writing:
We will continue to work on writing our narrative paragraphs.  I can't wait to read these amazing stories!





Week 5
October 3-7, 2016

 

Reading:
The "The Babe and I" reading comprehension and vocabulary tests will be on Tuesday.  For the remainder of the week, we will focus on elements of fictional text and review text features.  


Math:
The students have practiced the adding strategies over the last two weeks, so after reviewing, they will take the Mid-chapter Checkpoint on Wednesday, which will be counted as a quiz grade. 

The following are the focus skills throughout chapter 1. We have completed the highlighted skills. 
* Number Patterns
* Round to the Nearest Ten or Hundred
* Estimate Sums
* Mental Math Strategies for Addition
* Use Properties to Add
*Use the Break Apart Strategy to Add
* Use Place Value to Add
* Estimate Differences
* Mental Math Strategies for Subtraction
* Use Place Value to Subtract
* Combine Place Values to Subtract
* Model Addition and Subtraction


Social Studies:
For the next four weeks, we will talk about differences among communities and how land forms can affect life. The students will complete a Land Form project in class using Model Magic.

Writing:
The students will brainstorm ideas for their first writing piece. Each student will write about an experience by composing a Personal Narrative. Students will use the writing process to prewrite, draft, revise, edit and publish his/her paper.

Grammar: 
We will continue working on subjects/predicates, synonyms/ antonyms and introduce parts of speech. 

WTW= Spelling Sorts: 
Each student is responsible for turning in his/her folder with all completed activities on Tuesday morning.  The quizzes will also be Tuesday morning. 


Week 4
September 26-30, 2016

 


 

Reading:

Story of the Week:"The Babe and I"
Focus Skills (s): fact and opinion/monitoring comprehension by rereading
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grammar Connection: We will review synonyms & antonyms and continue working on subjects & predicates.

Math: 
We will continue working through Chapter One which will focus on the following skills.
* Number Patterns
* Roundto the Nearest Ten or Hundred
* Estimate Sums
* Mental Math Strategies for Addition
* Use Properties to Add
*Use the Break Apart Strategy to Add
* Use Place Value to Add
* Estimate Differences
* Mental Math Strategies for Subtraction
* Use Place Value to Subtract
* Combine Place Values to Subtract
* Model Addition and Subtraction

Social Studies:
For the next four weeks, we will talk about differences among communities and how land forms can affect life. The students will complete a Land Form project in class using Model Magic.

Writing:The students will brainstorm ideas for their first writing piece. Each student will write about an experience by composing a Personal Narrative. Students will use the writing process to prewrite, draft, revise, edit and publish his/her paper.

WTW= Spelling Sorts:  Our first sorts will begin on Wednesday.  Please look for the sorts in the Home folders.  If you have any questions, please email me.  








Week 3
September 19-23, 2016

Announcements:

Please join me for Curriculum Night on Tuesday, September 20 from 6:30-6:55 in room 218.  I look forward to explaining our year and answering any questions you may have. 

Reading:
Story of the week: "Schools Around the World"
Focus Skills: Text Features/Locating Information in Nonfiction
Genre: Expository Nonfiction
Grammar practice: Subjects and Predicates

Math: 
We will continue to review and practice the following skills until Tuesday of this week.  The students will take a short quiz on Tuesday.
* Place Value
* The value of digits
* Expanded Form, Standard Form and Word Form
* Rounding by tens and hundreds
* Reading numbers
The class will begin math facts on Tuesday and Friday. Each student will have three minutes to complete 50 questions of basic addition facts. Once one number is mastered, the student will move onto the next number. 
Social Studies:
For the next four weeks, we will talk about differences among communities and how land forms can affect life. The students will complete a Land Form project in class using Model Magic. 
Writing:
The students will brainstorm ideas for their first writing piece. Each student will write about an experience by composing a Personal Narrative. Students will use the writing process to prewrite, draft, revise, edit and publish his/her paper.









Week 2
September 12-16, 2016


 

Reading:
Story of the week: "Ruby the Copycat"
Focus Skills: Review characters and setting
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Grammar practice: Synonyms and Antonyms

Math: 
We will continue to review and practice the following skills.
* Place Value
* The value of digits
* Expanded Form, Standard Form and Word Form
* Rounding by tens and hundreds
* Reading numbers

The class will begin math facts on Tuesday and Friday.  Each student will have three minutes to complete 50 questions of basic addition facts.  Once one number is mastered, the student will move onto the next number. 

Social Studies:
For the next four weeks, we will talk about differences among communities and how land forms can affect life.  The students will complete a Land Form project in class using Model Magic.  

Writing:
The students will brainstorm ideas for their first writing piece.  Each student will write about an experience by composing a Personal Narrative.  Students will use the writing process to  prewrite, draft, revise, edit and publish his/her paper.