Coach BLeggett

Coach BLeggett

Monday, August 26, 2013

Curriculum Update August 26-30

Wow! The first week of school flew by. I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.

On Monday, please look for information about the third grade solar cookout to come home. It will be on Thursday, September 5. If you are able to send in any items, please let me know. Thank you in advance.

Don't forget, all homework will always be posted on your child's Schoology account.

Reading: We will be reading about types weather, weather instruments, and narrative weather stories for the next four weeks. Some skills we will be working on are:
-Figuring out what an author really means by the words and phrases that are written
-Explaining how the author uses illustrations to help the meaning in a story
-Asking and answering questions to show understanding of the information being read
-Finding the main idea of the information being read
-Showing how the main idea is supported by details in the text
-Understanding the meaning of words and phrases in science texts

Writing: Throughout this unit, we will be working on informing and explaining ideas, sharing my opinion and writing to tell a story. This week, we will begin writing to share my opinion as students choose the natural disaster they feel most impacts society.

Grammar: We will be working on capitalization (beginning words, titles and proper nouns). We will also use correct ending punctuation and focus on nouns.

Math: The flipped classroom has been going well. We have been focusing on place value. The students have learned up to the hundred thousands place. We will continue working on naming numbers, understanding and counting on number lines, comparing numbers, ordering numbers, and using problem solving to make an organized list.

Spelling/Vocabulary: All of the spelling/vocabulary will tie directly into the content we are learning. The students have two weeks to study. For spelling, the students will write each word after the teacher says it in a sentence. For vocabulary, the students will choose at least 8 of the vocabulary words and write them in a story, demonstrating they know the meaning of the words. The test will be on Friday, September 6.

wind vane: an instrument that determines what direction the wind is blowing
barometer: an instrument that measures how much the air is pressing down, or air pressure
rain gauge: an instrument that collects rain and measures how much rain has fallen
anemometer: an instrument that measures the wind speed
thermometer: an instrument that measures how hot or cold the air is
forecast: a prediction or estimate of future events
prediction: to guess what will happen in the future based on facts or knowledge
meteorology: the study of the atmosphere and all its phenomena, including weather and how to forecast it
cold front: a boundary between two air masses, one cold and the other warm, moving so that the cold air replaces the warm air
warm front: a boundary between two air masses, one cold and the other warm, moving so that the warm air replaces the cold air
debris: pieces of something that have been destroyed or broken
gust: a sudden, powerful rush of wind
radar: a system that uses radio waves to find the location and the speed of objects
Fujita Scale: the scale that measures the strength of tornadoes based upon wind speed
damage: harm

Have a fantastic week!

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