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January 17, 2018
This update by Josh & Frankie
Julian Tells: Julian Tells is the book we are reading as a class. In the book there are mini-stories. Each chapter is it's own story but they are connected. We read a chapter and then we record questions and connections. We share our ideas together as a class or in a small group. This book is well approved by the class. Nice pick Mr. O! 

Magnets & Forces: In science we started a new unit on forces, magnets, and motion. For the past few days we have been working hard on figuring out an experiment that involves the "floating" paperclip. We learned that it is not floating it is really in a magnetic field that keeps it in the air. The  magnetic force is competing with gravity to keep it up. 

 
 
 
 
 
 





December 22, 2017
This Update by Mason & Varun
New Book: A new popular book in the class is....Hank The Cowdog! These books are funny, they have a lot of action, and they are good for kids. There are plenty in the series to keep you focused and interested. 

Essays: We've been writing passion opinion essays in class. You needed to pick something you are passionate about and convince someone through reasons why you are passionate about it. Some topics are: More homework, less school, more breaks, you should learn magic, cats are better than dogs, and more reading time, just to name a few. Pretty soon a class book will go home for parents to see. 

Water bottle Holders: Our water bottles kept being kicked and knocked over by other students. So, we came up with a solution - design & create our own water bottle holders! We designed in our journals, then we created with cardboard, tape, oaktag, and velcro. Once we built it we covered it in duct tape. There were many different designs. We had an exciting moment on 12/22 doing this STEM challenge. Mr. O should do this next year!!!

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 






December 7, 2017
This Week's update by Melina & Sebastian
Last week we connected with our K-buddies from Ms. Wyner's class. We brought in games to play with our K-buds. We played games such as; CandyLand, Sorry, Trouble, Shoots & Ladders, and Enchanted Village. We had fun playing with them and they learned how to cooperate with each other, take turns, & be patient. 

We have snack every morning at 8:30-8:50. One day last week, Melina and Zach pulled out a double Cheez-it & a double Goldfish at the same time! Oh, you don't believe us? Then, take a look below. 

 
 
 
 



November 20, 2017
This week's update by Mackenzie & Rhea
Last week we had book buddies with Ms. Wyner's class. We see our buddies about once a month. When we saw them we did a science experiment. We dropped cranberries into water & Sprite to see if they would sink or float. They floated in both!!

We have been reading Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of NIMH. This Wednesday we will have PJ day and watch the movie version called The Secret of NIMH. It is a good book. Mackenzie thinks the book will be better than the movie and Rhea doesn't know!

 
 
 
 



November 13, 2017
This week's update by Anya & Addie
This week we started a new writing unit: The opinion unit. Mr. O read the book that last year's third graders created about opinions. After that, Mr. O gave us a writing prompt that said, Should we have assigned seats in school? We had to write the reasons why we agreed or disagreed. Lots more to come with this unit. We are excited to make our own book! 

Also, Cordia, Mackenzie, Anya, Rhea, & Mason are creating a job chart. Each week we will switch the jobs and one to two people will get vacation which means they won't have a job for that week. Mr. O gets the best job of all...Teacher!
 
 


November 2, 2017
This week's update by Cordia & Carlos
This past Monday was very windy and Happy Hollow lost power. The Boston students that go to HH could not go home so they came to Loker. Room 10 got two of these kids from third grade. They stayed for the day & some of the afternoon. 
 
 

Last week we had our Invention Convention. Parents came in and saw our inventions. It was a lot of fun. One thing we enjoyed was we got to create what our hearts desired and our brainy minds wanted to do. It was sad to take them apart. 




October 9, 2017
Highlights for the week:
Reading: Continue with our schema unit
Writing: Weekend News - "Zooming in" to add detail. We will also start our opinion writing unit.
Math: Subtraction Strategies
S/SS:  Electricity - switches and motors 
Social/Emotional: Academic discourse
We finally connected with our "Book Buddies". Ask your child about it.



October 2, 2017
Highlights for the week:
Reading: Continue with our schema unit
Writing: Weekend News - Showing it, not telling it
Math: Subtraction Strategies & posters.
S/SS:  Electricity
Social/Emotional: Academic discourse
We recently became a circuit. Ask you child about it.
   
 


September 25, 2017
Highlights for the week:
Reading: Start our unit on Schema/connection making while reading
Writing: Weekend News - Showing it, not telling it
Math: More Rounding work & Addition Strategies.




Book Bins - 2017
 
 
 
 



September 11, 2017
Highlights for the week:
Reading: learn the routines of reader's workshop. Increase our independent reading to 30 minutes. 
Writing: Learn the routine of writer's workshop. Write about our weekend by doing our first "Weekend News".
Math: Continue to introduce our independent math activities & set-up our math journals. 
S/SS: Learn to think like a scientist & set-up our science journals.  

September 5, 2017
Welcome to third grade! Plan for the week:
Reading: learn the routines of reader's workshop. Open up the class library. 
Writing: Learn the routine of writer's workshop. Write about summer!
Math: Learn some of my favorite games that we will come back to throughout the year. 
S/SS: Learn to think like a scientist. 














2017-18 Specials!

Monday

Music

Tuesday

Strings or Music Workshop

Wednesday

Technology

Thursday

Library & Art

Friday

Physical Education

                   

               


                     Why Read?
 

Learning the Facts and Strategies for each




Foundation

2s

double the number

Foundation

5s

ends in 5 or 0...always!

-skip count by 5!

Foundation

1s

B x 1 = B  and B can be ANY number!


0s

B x 0 = 0 and B can be ANY number!


10s

The 1s plus a place value

Ex. 10 x 6 - 1x6 = 6 + a place value (which is times 10) = 60


9s

1. 10s - 1s Ex. 9 x 9 is 9x10 = 90 - 9 =81

2. Pattern in answers.

3. Fingers.

4. Use foundation facts.

Ex. 9x7 = 9x2 + 9x5


3s

2s plus 1s  Ex. 3x6 is 2x6 + 1x6


4s

double the 2s. Ex. 4x8 is 2x4 + 2x4

The final 6 facts!


Decompose and Use the Foundation

Facts to help!


6x6

6x5 + 6x1


6x7

6x5 + 6x2


6x8

5x8 + 1x8


7x7

7x5 + 7x2


7x8

5x8 + 2x8


8x8

8x5 + 8x2 + 8x1



Multiplication Chart

There are 81 total facts..BUT, once you know a fact you can turn it around (5x2 = 2x5) using the commutative property so there are really only 45 to learn!


45 total to learn!

The  “Foundation Facts” are yellow

24

Once these are learned there are only 21 to go!

The 9s are pink.

4

Only 17 more!

The 3s and 4s are orange.

11

Only 6 to go!

The “Final 6” are green.

6

You got them all!