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 ***Ms. Jewell’s Third Grade***

April 2018


     ***M-STEP***  

      Third grade will begin our MSTEP testing the week of April 30th.  Our total amount of testing over a three week period should be about four hours.  All testing must be completed by May 31st.  We will take the English Language Arts portions on the mornings of May 1st and 2nd. The math portions will be administered the morning of Tuesday, May 8th.  Please make sure your child has had a good night’s sleep and a filling breakfast.  Mrs. Graves will be providing extra snacks for us, and students will be given a little extra recess time during those weeks! 

 

     We will be taking the MSTEP on our Chromebooks.  To ensure all students have their Chromebooks at school, and that they are fully charged, we are requiring that all students bring both their Chromebooks and chargers to school by Monday, April 23rd.  The Chromebooks will remain at school through the end of the year.

 

    The students have been working hard to prepare for the tests and we know they will do a great job! There are a number of resources available to parents and students, including an online practice test, at www.michigan.gov/mde. The Michigan Department of Education also has an online guide for parents to help with test preparation at home: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/State_Assessment_in_Michigan-presentation_3-20-17_jl_555053_7.pdf Thank you for your cooperation as we meet this state requirement.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ms. Jewell

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What’s Happening in Third Grade?


In reading, we are continuing to work on skills that are reflective of the behaviors of good readers, such as asking questions and summarizing as we read.  We are just finishing up our social studies lessons on Michigan’s role in the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars. I think our third graders are excited to visit some of the forts in Michigan!   During our writing time we are also writing about Michigan Native American groups. We have concluded our science units on force and motion and are beginning our last unit on characteristics of plants and animals.  We will be creating a woodland and water habitat for some plants and crawly critters! We will also be receiving cabbage plants, which are donated every year by the Bonnie Plant Company through their Third Grade Cabbage Program.  In math, we are midway through our unit on multiplication and division. Of course, we are doing all of this while prepping for our first MSTEP! The students always comment that the day goes by quickly. Time definitely flies when we are learning!

Upcoming Events


-First Week in May - Blossom Queens visit Bridgman Elementary

-May 14th - Junior Achievement morning (at BES)

-May 17th - ABC57 Project Tornado (meteorologist visits BES to talk about storm safety)

-May 18th - Judge Mayfield visits BES to talk about the judicial branch of government

-May 25th - Field Trip and picnic at Come and See Farm in Berrien Springs (parents are welcome to attend, and students will need a sack lunch.  Sack lunches can be purchased through the school cafeteria. More information and and a permission slip will follow!



  

 Parent Reading Resource from Kalamazoo RESA

 

https://sites.google.com/schoolcraftcs.org/kalamazoo-county/home?scrlybrkr=2417f1ea#

 

 Tissues

We are quickly using up our supply of tissues this year!  Any donations toward stuffy/runny noses would be appreciated! 

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Snack/WaterBottles/Sweatshirts-Sweaters

The students are welcome to bring a healthy snack to eat mid-morning (granola bars, fruit, yogurt, etc. are all great “brain foods”).  If your child brings something like applesauce or yogurt, please send along a spoon.  We usually take a bathroom/snack/water break around 9:30 each day.  If you send along a water bottle, please make sure it has a cap or lid.  No juice is allowed in our rooms to avoid spills and stains on the carpet, desks, and assignments! Our lunch is at 11:15. 

The temperature in our classroom (and outside) can vary throughout the day, so your child is welcome to bring a sweatshirt/sweater/fleece to leave in his/her locker. 

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Homework/Spelling/Planners

Students will have math homework (usually a Home Link) Monday-Thursday.  Friday – Sunday nights are a great time to review and practice math facts and read for Accelerated Reader (AR).  In October we will start using a reading log.  Students will be expected to read 15 minutes per night/5 days a week for a total monthly goal of 300 minutes.  Of course, we encourage students to read as much as they can! 

After a great deal of research this summer, I am switching from using a class assigned list of spelling words, and the traditional Friday spelling test, to individualized spelling lists.  Students will take a spelling pretest on Mondays.  The entire class will be studying the same spelling pattern.  Based on the pretest, students will have individualized lists of words that they work on throughout the week in their Word Study Notebooks.  This will help individual students see which words they already know, and which words they need to work on during the week.  The goal of this type of individualized spelling list is to have students choose words from the list they feel are important for them as they communicate through writing.  I will be assessing the students throughout the week using their Word Study Notebook and their writing, rather than with the Friday spelling test.  You will be able to see the spelling pattern and the words your student needs to practice throughout the week from the pretest that I send home on Mondays.  This research-based method of teaching spelling is new for me this year, so please be patient as the students and I figure it out together!  If you have any concerns about your student’s spelling as we move through the year, please let me know!  My hope is that this method of teaching spelling will  give them ownership of words they need to learn, and influence not only their spelling, but their reading and writing as well!

Students have received their planners and should begin using these to write down their nightly homework and any reminders (swim bag, popcorn money, etc.).

Specials Schedule/Library

 

We have specials each day from 12:40 – 1:35.  Each week we will rotate through  Art, Gym/Swimming, and Music.  Our library day this year will be on Monday morning at 10:10.  Please have your students bring back their library books so they can check out new books the following week.  

 

                                                                                                     

                                     Math Help on the Chromebook

Lost your Family Letter?  You can access the letters on your child’s Chromebook.  Go to ConnectEd and click on “EM @ home”.  There are a number of resources here for both you and your child.  ConnectEd should be bookmarked on your child’s Chromebook.

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AR Goal

 

Our  AR goal is 85% comprehension. It is also our goal that students read about a 50% mix of both fiction and non-fiction.  Students have set individual goals for AR points and reading level (with my help).  All students have until March 23rd to reach their individual goals. Minimum goal for 3rd marking period is 8 pointsMy goal in using AR is to have the students engage in reading of their choice and to set a goal and work to reach it.  Students can read their AR books for Book-It/Reading Log minutes starting in October (see below).

 

 

Book-It

 

Book-It will begin the beginning of October.  Students are expected to read 15 minutes, 5 days a week to meet their monthly goal of 300 minutes.  It might be a good idea for students to keep their Book-It form in their homework folder unless your family has a safe place at home to post it.  With our Accelerated Reader program, almost every book counts for AR points and can be used toward Book-It reading minutes.  If you want to be sure a book is Accelerated Reader you can log on to ARBookFinder.com. The students should have this site bookmarked on their Chromebooks.

 

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 Snack/Water Bottles

 

The students are welcome to bring a healthy snack to eat mid-morning (granola bars, fruit, yogurt, etc. are all great “brain foods”).  If your child brings something like applesauce or yogurt, please send along a spoon.  We usually take a bathroom/snack/water break around 9:30 each day.  If you send along a water bottle, please make sure it has a cap or lid.  No juice is allowed in our rooms to avoid spills and stains on the carpet, desks, and assignments! Our lunch is at 11:15.

 

Homework/Spelling Words

 

Students will have math homework (usually a Home Link) Monday-Thursday.  Friday – Sunday nights are a great time to review and practice math facts and read for Accelerated Reader (AR).  In October we will start using a reading log.  Students will be expected to read 15 minutes per night/5 days a week for a total monthly goal of 300 minutes.  Of course, we encourage students to read as much as they can! 

After a great deal of research this summer, I am switching from using a class assigned list of spelling words, and the traditional Friday spelling test, to individualized spelling lists.  Students will take a spelling pretest on Mondays.  The entire class will be studying the same spelling pattern.  Based on the pretest, students will have individualized lists of words that they work on throughout the week in their Word Study Notebooks.  This will help individual students see which words they already know, and which words they need to work on during the week.  The goal of this type of individualized spelling list is to have students choose words from the list they feel are important for them as they communicate through writing.  I will be assessing the students throughout the week using their Word Study Notebook and their writing, rather than with the Friday spelling test.  You will be able to see the spelling pattern and the words your student needs to practice throughout the week from the pretest that I send home on Mondays.  This research-based method of teaching spelling is new for me this year, so please be patient as the students and I figure it out together!  If you have any concerns about your student’s spelling as we move through the year, please let me know!  My hope is that this method of teaching spelling will  give them ownership of words they need to learn, and influence not only their spelling, but their reading and writing as well!

     Students can practice their spelling words through games and tests by logging onto spellingcity.com.  They have created their own spelling lists which can be found under the tab "My Lists".  Simply select the week that we are currently on (e.g. Unit 1/Week 1).

                                                                          

                                                                    

 

Specials Schedule/Library

 

We have specials each day from 12:40 – 1:35.  Each week we will rotate through Art, Gym, and Music.  Our library day this year will be on Monday morning at 10:10.  Please have your students bring back their library books so they can check out new books the following week.  

 


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 Student Absences

 

The office has asked us to remind parents that if your child is going to be absent from school, please contact the office rather than the teacher.  In this way the office receives the information and doesn’t make unnecessary phone calls home if the student is absent.  

                                                                  

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                                               Make Up Work
 
Students who miss school work due to illness or other absence will be given their make up work upon return to school.  If your student misses a spelling test, he/she is expected to make up the test the day he/she returns to school unless there has been an extended absence (3 or more days).

 

 

 Scholastic Class Activation Code for Online Orders:  H389X

 

                                                                                                             

Thank you for all you do to support your child’s learning, from helping with homework, to listening to them read, to bedtimes, and good breakfasts. It all makes a difference!

 
Websites for Practice
                                                                                                                                      
                                           http://www.playkidsgames.com/games/mathfact/default.htm   
                                                 http://www.mathplayground.com                                                                    
        http://www.mathwire.com/
              http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents/
 

 http://www.arbookfinder.com

 

 I consider it a great privilege to be entrusted with teaching your children.  Please feel free to call me if you have questions or concerns.  My phone at school is 466-0326 and my email is bjewell@bridgmanschools.com