Monday, October 16, 2017

Remember Thursday and Friday are half days. We will dismiss at noon. I look forward to meeting to speaking with you all.

We are continuing with story mapping and marking up the text. This week our story is called, "The Yeller...or so I Thought" Students will label the structure in small groups.

Spelling: Students are taking home a spelling journal today. I introduced the spelling words for the week and we sorted the words together in their journal. They will take home their spelling journal so they can use it to help them study their spelling words. We will also use their spelling journal as a reference to help them spell during writer's workshop.

Grammar: We are continuing with nouns (common, proper, singular, and plural) this week. Grammar homework was passed out today. It will be due on Friday. We will go over the homework and place in the grammar section of their writing binder.

We are continuing with characterization and how characters change over time. Students will be assessed this week (hopefully if time permits) on characterization using their graphic organizer.
We will continue with book clubs. I have been so impressed in their active discussion skills. They are saying some great things about shared read aloud.

Social Studies
We are continuing with map skills.

Monday, October 9, 2017

October 9-13

Happy Columbus Day!

Our focus for the next couple of weeks will be to map stories. Students will read the story, " The Yeller...or so I Thought" First students will do a first read and mark it up. Then they will read it again looking to see how the story is structured. (looking at the STS, IE, RA, Climax, FA, and Resolution).
We will map the story on the story arc.

Yay, we are officially starting grammar! For the next two week, students will learn/review common/proper nouns and singular/plural nouns. Students will receive grammar homework next week on Monday. They will have a grammar test over nouns, but that won't be until Friday, the 27th.

Students will have their spelling test this Friday over the triple R blends. 

We have been diving into realistic fiction. This week we will look how characters change over time and how specific events change the character. I will introduce a new graphic organizer to them and we will practice using it.
Reader's workshop: Students will continue to read, track their thinking, and participate in book clubs.

Social Studies
We are having fun with maps this week. We will look over latitude/longitude, map skills, and review land forms. Our final project will be to create their own maps with a key, compass rose, land forms, etc.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October 2-6

I look forward to meeting some of you this week for the start of October conferences. 

This week our focus is on story mapping. We will read a story together as a class. We will
"mark it up" meaning we will read it first discussing what that story was about and take notes. We will then read it for a second time to map the story on the story arc. The focus is for students to see how stories are structured. (Setting, initiating event, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution).

We are starting our second read aloud, "Oggie Cooder" by Sarah Weeks. I love this book! It's a great book to discussion characterization, motivation, and how characters change over time. We will track our thinking together as class and write reading responses.

Social Studies
We are moving on to government. We will read the Social Studies Weekly news article together as a class and take notes in our journal.

Spelling: Spelling words will be passed out tomorrow. The students have two weeks to study their words.

Monday, September 25, 2017

September 25-29

This week students are writing their stories from the life. This is an informal writing piece. It will give me a chance to see where I need to start our writing instruction as a class. It's been nice to see the students conference with each other for help.

I am currently assessing the students reading this week. I will test their fluency, accuracy, and comprehension. I'll share this data with you all during our October conferences. During reader's workshop, students are expected to track their thinking in their reading journal. We have done this as a class with our class read aloud, "Third Grade Angels".
We are starting a new class read aloud, "Oggie Cooder" by Sarah Weeks. I showed the kids last week how I mark up the text in the book. They were a little shocked that I was writing in the book itself. If your child would like their own book to mark up the text, here is the link to order from Barnes and Noble.
Please know purchasing the book is optional. I do read under the document camera so the kids can see the text. I like to pause and notice things authors do in their writing.

Social Studies
We are finishing up our "Where in the World Are You" unit this week. Students took notes in small group and will finish up on their own.

Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18-22

Happy Monday!

This week we are reviewing the parts of the DRA. We will read, "Each Kindess" by Jacqueline Woodson. We will use this picture book to do a practice DRA as a class. I want students to understand what is being asked of them when they go to do the DRA on their own the following week.
We are continuing to review the routines of reader's workshop. As a class, our goal is to build our reading stamina. Reading homework is to read 20-30 minutes each night.

Book fair is this week! If you haven't seen it yet, it's AWESOME!!! In all my years here, I've never seen a book fair this awesome before. Students will go as a class on Wednesday to buy books. They may go during the week during class, but at an appropriate time.

We will spend all week story telling. Students will share stories with a partner. I'm hoping students will have connections to each other's stories so they can add more ideas to their "idea list" By Friday, students need to pick a SFML (story from my life) to write about.

We have started spelling this week. A spelling list was passed out. Students will be tested on September 29th, meaning they will have the words for two weeks. I do not have spelling homework in my class. I expect the students to study their words to prepare them for the test. How you would like to study is up to you. I did pass out a spelling menu to give them ideas in how to study. They can try these activities out or do none of them at all, if they wish. Later on in the year, students will have grammar homework.

Social studies
Theme is week is "Where in the World Are You?" We will discuss Christopher Columbus, latitude and longitude, and map skills.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September 11-15

Welcome back again! I hope you all made it safe and dry or at least with minimal damages. It's nice to be back into the routine!

We will have book fair starting next week. Students will go the library on Wednesdays. They may buy books before (with an adult) during, and after school.
We also have an author visit, Max Brallier, on September 25th. You will have the opportunity to purchase a signed book(s)that will be delivered to the classroom. You can ask Mrs. Dolan for the order form.

We started our shared read aloud. We are reading "Third Grade Angels" by Jerry Spinelli. We are tracking our thinking (in their journal) and writing down main ideas on our class anchor chart. The kiddos are doing well with reader's workshop. I can tell I have a bunch of readers! YAY! It's nice to see them so engrossed in their book. 

Our focus is on ideas. We will brainstorm a list of ideas the students can write about. We will make a class list as well as an individual list the students can keep in their binder. They've been working hard on finishing their heart maps!

Social studies
Do you have a growth mindset? This week we will discuss the difference between a growth mind set and a fixed mind set. I'll post pics of our class anchor chart on our instagram page. :)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

First week

Hi parents!
Happy second day to you all! I hope you all are getting back into the swing of things. My kids were ready the first day but were dragging today. :)

Couple of class reminders:
-students have the option to bring snack
-"getting to know me"sheet is due on Friday (passed out on meet the teacher)
-scholastic orders are due on Friday (passed out on meet the teacher)

Here's what we are up to this week.

It's all about setting up readers' workshop. We will discuss what good readers do, what reader's workshop looks/sounds like, readers diet, classroom library, etc. My goal is to set up reader's workshop expectations for the year. It's been great to see the kids excited about the classroom library and reading.
Students will start map testing on Wednesday. They will be tested on reading this week and language the following week. I know the kids are familiar with Map testing from last year which is great! It won't be a scary thing.

We have set up our writer's notebook today. The kids had some time to free write today. This week we will set up the expectations for writers workshop. They will also work on their heart map at the end of the week. You might want to discuss some memories you cherish or their favorite things.
The students do have homework. They are to decorate their cardstock with pictures, stickers, drawings, etc. This will go on the cover of their writing binder. Their homework is due on Monday, August 28.

Social Studies
Our focus in social studies is building a classroom community. We will discuss what to expect from their teacher/classmates and what it means to be a good citizen in the classroom. Thursday and Friday, the students will be engaged in a "Growth Mindset" lesson. This teaches students they are capable of working hard to reach their potential and intelligence.

Friday, August 18, 2017


Hi third graders! I am so excited to have you in my class this year. It's going to be an awesome year.

Parents: Please refer to my blog for any curriculum news, school news, important dates, etc. I will update it weekly, usually on Sunday nights. It you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email. I'm excited to get to know your sweet child.