Sunday, April 20, 2014

Curriculum Update April 21-25

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! 

For the science fair, the educated guess is due on Wednesday, April 23.

There is no school for students on Friday.

The remaining assessments for the year are MAPS. They are April 28-30 from 9:00-10:30.

ELA/Science The students are studying different types of ecosystems. They are learning about animal's habitats, what they need to survive in their environment and how changes in the environment can cause them to migrate to other places.

 Students are continuing to work on their Animoto novel videos and their 30-second radio commercials.

Math
We are learning about liquid volume and mass this week, The students are learning the difference between different types of capacity and units of mass and weight.

Spelling/Vocabulary
There is no spelling/vocabulary this week.

Have a fantastic week!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Curriculum Update April 14-18

Wow! That was definitely a quick change in temperature. I hope everyone enjoyed the wonderful day Saturday. It will be nice when warmer weather is here to stay for awhile.

Reading assessments went well last week. This week, we will be taking the math state assessments on Wednesday and Thursday.

Remaining assessment dates are:
Math Assessment April 16th & 17th 9:00-11:00
MAP Assessment April 28-30 9:00-10:30

Please try not to schedule any appointments during this time.

Science fair information is coming home this week. The process, topic and parent signature are due Friday.

There is no school for students on Friday, April 25.

ELA/Science
We are continuing our life cycles unit and introducing our ecosystems unit. Our ladybugs have turned into their adult stage. The students are pretty excited. Students will be learning about habitats and survival techniques for animals. They will also learn about factors in the environment that make them migrate elsewhere.

 The students will continue working on their informative paper through a press release about the life cycle of a species they create and will also be writing from the perspective of a species in different traits.

Students are working on their Animoto novel videos and their 30-second radio commercials.

Math
Students will take their practice perimeter/area test on Monday and the actual test will be on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday will be the math state assessments.

Spelling/Vocabulary
Both tests will be on Friday.

biodiversity: the variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem
system: a set of parts that interact with one another
behavior: the way in which one acts or conducts oneself, especially toward others
ecosystem: all the living and non-living things in a place
environment: all things that make up an area like land, water and air
fossil: the remains or impression of a prehistoric organism preserved in petrified form or as a mold or cast in a rock
organism: a single type of living thing
survive: continue to live or exist in spite of danger or hardship
habitat: a living things home
shelter: one of the basic things provided by a habitat that helps protect an organism and offers it a safe place to rest
migrate: to move to another place to find better climate, food or a mate
competition: struggle that happens when two or more living things needs the same resource
instinct: a behavioral adaptation in which an animal is born with natural behaviors they need to survive
mimicry: the action or art of imitating someone or something (animals do this to protect themselves)
group: a number of people or things that are located close together or are considered classes together

 Have a fantastic week!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mayor Meyers and City Councilman Neighbor Visit

Shawnee Mayor, Jeff Meyers and City Councilman Jim Neighbor took the time to come speak with the third grade about local government. They explained and answered questions about their roles and responsibilities. This was great for the students since they recently completed their government unit.







Curriculum Update April 7-11

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Assessments begin today.

Assessment dates are:
 Reading Assessment April 7th & 8th 9:00-11:00
Math Assessment April 16th & 17th 9:00-11:00
MAP Assessment April 28-30 9:00-10:30

Please try not to schedule any appointments during this time.

There is no school for students on Friday, April 25.

ELA/Science
We are continuing our life cycles unit. The students have been observing their lady bugs, preying mantis and beetles and discussing the stages they are in. Students will continue to work on their web quest where they are creating their own species and life cycle for it.

 The students will be writing an informative paper through a press release about the life cycle of a species they create and will also be writing from the perspective of a species in different traits.

Students will also continue to work in their novel books where they are discussing character motives and predicting what they think will happen in the future. They are also answering comprehension questions. When finished, students will work on their Animoto videos and 30 second commercials evaluating the book.

Math
Students will continue to work on area this week. They are comparing the area to the perimeter. The students have been working in differentiated groups, playing games and working on projects at their level.

Spelling/Vocabulary
Both tests will be on April 18th.

biodiversity: the variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem
system: a set of parts that interact with one another
behavior: the way in which one acts or conducts oneself, especially toward others
ecosystem: all the living and non-living things in a place
environment: all things that make up an area like land, water and air
fossil: the remains or impression of a prehistoric organism preserved in petrified form or as a mold or cast in a rock
organism: a single type of living thing
survive: continue to live or exist in spite of danger or hardship
habitat: a living things home
shelter: one of the basic things provided by a habitat that helps protect an organism and offers it a safe place to rest
migrate: to move to another place to find better climate, food or a mate
competition: struggle that happens when two or more living things needs the same resource
instinct: a behavioral adaptation in which an animal is born with natural behaviors they need to survive
mimicry: the action or art of imitating someone or something (animals do this to protect themselves)
group: a number of people or things that are located close together or are considered classes together

Vocabulary Game
Spelling Link

Have a fantastic week!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Butterfly Exercise Videos

We have been studying about life cycles in class. The students watched some short videos on butterflies and studied their life cycle. Afterwards, they worked in groups to create choreograph a 1 minute exercise video using butterfly movements. Finally, they chose a background song and recorded their video. Enjoy!
 
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 Sofia, Lucas, Nick & Jane's Butterfly Exercise Video
 
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Natalie, Madeline, Max and Jack W.'s Butterfly Exercise Video 
 
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Alex, Bryce, Libby & Cassie's Butterfly Exercise Video
 
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Chloe, Katelyn, Ethan, Jack G. & Ollie's Butterfly Exercise Video
 
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Jayda, Sam, Rodolfo, Dylan & Ryan's Butterfly Exercise Video
 
 

City Councilman Jeff Vaught Visit

While studying government, Shawnee City Councilman, Jeff Vaught, visited with the class about his role and responsibilities in local government.

City Councilman Jeff Vaught with my third grade class.

Life Cycles & Habitats with Mrs. Arbaugh's Kindergarten Class

We have been learning about life cycles. The third graders invited Mrs. Arbaugh's Kindergarten class in to see our class animals and describe their habitats, what they eat and how to take care of them. They also explained the life cycles of our lady bugs, preying mantis and beetles.