Coach BLeggett

Coach BLeggett

Monday, September 9, 2013

Curriculum Update September 9-13

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! MAP testing begins this week in third grade. It will be 9:00-10:30 Tuesday (reading), Wednesday (math), Thursday (grammar).

Friday is lap-a-thon! Please consider sending in a donation. The PTO does so much for both the students and teachers. We would not be successful without them. This is a HUGE fundraiser for them.

Reading: We will continue focusing on weather. While doing this, we are really analyzing the text, using evidence to support our thinking. We have been using highlighters to identify key words in text or concepts from focus questions.'

Writing: We finished our pen pal letters to the third grade class in California. This week, the students will be typing their natural disaster survival guides in technology class. In class, we are working on a narrative about experiencing our natural disaster.

Grammar: We still continue working on capitalization (beginning words, titles and proper nouns). We will also use correct ending punctuation and focus on nouns. The students learned symbols and chants to go with these. Also, the students are identifying these within their writing using photos of weather.

Math: The students did an excellent job on their topic 1 performance assessment. This week, we will continue working on mental math strategies, rounding and estimating.

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling and vocabulary tests will be on Friday, September 20. We will continue practicing in class. Please remember for vocabulary, the students will need to choose at least 8 of their words to use in their writing.

Here is the link to all the games to practice.

tornado: Begins as a funnel cloud with spinning columns of air that drops down from a severe thunderstorm, forming a tornado when touching the ground.
earthquake : The shaking or movement of a portion of the Earth’s surface.
blizzard: An intense winter storm with winds of 35 m.p.h. or higher with falling and/or blowing snow
tsunami: An unusually large ocean wave caused by undersea earthquake, landslide or volcanic eruption.
flood: A great flowing or overflowing of water, especially over land not usually submerged.
volcano: A vent in the earth’s crust through which lava, steam, ashes are expelled
avalanche: A large body of snow, ice or rock and debris sliding down a mountain
drought: A period when a region has a lack of rainfall
 erosion: The wearing away of the Earth’s surface by the action of the sea, running water, moving ice, precipitation or wind.
thunder: The explosive sound of air expanding as it is heated by lightning
snow: Precipitation that is composed of white ice crystals that fall from clouds.
squall line: A line of thunderstorms sometimes several hundred miles long that can produce strong thunderstorms and sometimes severe weather.
humidity: The amount of water vapor in the air
lightning: An enormous and very hot spark of electricity produced by thunderstorms
climate: It describes the average weather conditions in a certain place or during a certain season.

Have a wonderful week!

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