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09.14.17
WELCOME TO SIXTH GRADE

What a fun first day of school! The sixth grade enjoyed the solar eclipse with the whole campus, then cooled off with some popsicle treats. The new sixth graders have stepped right in and are doing a great job with their new responsibilities. They are very serious about caring for our flags and putting them up and taking them down daily. They have worked very hard to learn how to properly set up and lead Big Chapel on Tuesdays. We are the leaders of the school and make major efforts to set a good example and be kind to the younger kids. A lot is expected of sixth graders at St. James!

Viewing the eclipse was a great way to begin our first unit in science, which is solar energy. We traced our own shadows at different times of the day, as well as graphed data from a shadow tracking device we built. This is an active and visual way to study how the earth moves around the sun. The next element in our unit is solar heat.

We're off to a great start, it's going to be an awesome year!

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05.26.17
Bottle Rockets Are Out Of This World!

The 6th grade launched water bottle rockets this Wednesday. We've been studying Isaac Newton and his 3 laws of motion. This is a fun activity to wrap it up, and a year-end tradition for 6th grade here at St. James. Our class is really looking forward to Field Day and Graduation. It's been a fantastic year for my 6th graders. Congratulations and my very best wishes to you for next year!!

Have an AWESOME summer!

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04.28.17
MEDIEVAL FAIR

The 6th grade held our annual Medieval Fair last Friday afternoon. We had weapons and family coats of arms on display, including Excalibur. We wrote narrative journals on the different segments of medieval society that were on display. The kids each researched a plant or herb and did a compare/contrast on its use in the middle ages versus today. In the culinary booth, we offered several treats made with some of these plants and herbs, such as lavender cake, lavender lemonade, and mint tea. Visitors were treated to jousting, catapulting potatoes, and placed in the stocks for a picture. The weather was beautiful and everyone had a wonderful time!

Our class had the 100th lesson in our math book the day before the fair. To celebrate, a mom brought Chic-fil-A and special cookies for lunch before the fair. It was truly a fun Friday in 6th grade at St. James!

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04.07.17
Medieval Math

In preparation for the upcoming 6th grade Medieval Fair, we have been investigating catapults. Used as weapons in the middle ages, we're using some to study math. The kids carefully thought of different ways to use force and velocity, and had fun estimating distance and experimenting with weight. Math is much more fun on the playground!

Be sure to check my blog in 2 weeks for more details and pictures of the Medieval Fair, which will be held on Friday, April 21st.

Hear ye, hear ye...it's going to be fun!!

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03.24.17
McDonald’s Fundraiser

McDonald's is very generous in allowing St. James 6th graders to hold a fundraiser each year to help raise money for their class trip. The students sell tickets for $5 meals to be purchased on a specific day. During a given time on this specific day, the 6th graders come to work at McDonald's! They work the drive through window, take orders, bus tables, deliver orders, and greet customers with a smile. This year's fundraiser was last night and it was a huge success! The 6th grade did a wonderful job working and the support of the public and our St. James families was amazing.

Thank you to McDonald's and to all who supported St. James 6th grade!

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02.24.17
Hatchet Field Trip

The sixth grade just finished reading the novel "Hatchet," by Gary Paulson. It's about a 13-year-old boy who becomes stranded in the Canadian wilderness. He has to develop both physical and mental survival skills to save himself.

To celebrate the conclusion of our book, we took a field trip yesterday to the "wilderness" of Mud Creek in New Boston, Texas. We took a hay ride, picked pecans, and enjoyed a grilled burger lunch. Our hosts provided some survival skills activities that were awesome! We all learned how to start a fire with steel and flint kits. We also got into teams and built shelters. After successfully constructing our shelters, we even had time to do a little fishing. We ended this fun-filled and beautifully sunny day with a nice, cold popsicle...ahhh!

Thanks so much to our hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Mayo, and Mr. Joyce. Sixth grade had an AMAZING day at Mud Creek!!

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02.13.17
STUDY OF ANCIENT GREECE

The sixth grade has been studying ancient Greece and various elements of its culture. Our unit culminated in a group project and presentation. Students were paired up and each given one of 5 elements to research: philosophy, architecture, government, mythology, or sports. After independently researching topics, students then paired together to create collages on each topic. The collages were used as tools for the presentations given on each element. Working together is a skill, and my class did a very good job of preparing their collages and presenting to the class in pairs. Excellent work!!

Valentine's Day is tomorrow, and sixth grade worked very hard to prepare all the Candy Grams ordered by all students on campus. Candy Grams is a sixth-grade fundraiser, so thanks to all the students and parents who supported our cause.

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

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01.30.17
Bridge City Project

Our class participated in the Bridge City Project last week. This is a fundraiser benefitting the Texarkana Homeless Coalition, which includes Randy Sams homeless shelter, our partner organization this year. Area schools participated by constructing structures for members of the community to sleep in, as they spent the night outside one night to help raise money for the coalition. There was a chili cook-off and live music as well.

I'm proud to announce St. James 6th grade won the Most Creative Structure! Our theme of a semi truck was our way of saying, "Let's put homelessness on the move!" We're honored to have participated in such a worthy and relevant event in this community. Thank you to the 6th grade for such an awesome effort, and extra thanks to Ms. Denise for coordinating this project!

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01.13.17
HAPPY NEW YEAR

St. James ended the year with our traditional Candlelight service. This is always a special service for sixth graders because it is their last one to participate in as students. This year's class was conscious of every moment and enjoyed celebrating this Candlelight with friends, family, and each other.

We began the new year in the classroom studying the math concept of Pi with circle manipulatives and estimation charts. Understanding radius, diameter, circumference, and the ratio of Pi is much easier if you can actually demonstrate it with objects!

With the new year came very cold weather the first week of school. My class got creative with a little indoor hide and seek...yes, sixth graders still like to play hide and seek!

This week three sixth graders received awards from the local chapter of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). Haley, Samuel, and William received first, second, and third place awards for their essays on American national parks. Haley received first place community-wide, and her essay will be entered into the state competition. Congratulations to these students!

Upcoming events: Science Fair and Grandparents' Day

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12.09.16
DECEMBER AT A GLANCE

December is flying by quickly, and we've been learning and doing lots of fun things:

Kenya - The Middle School had a special visitor last week. She's a fifteen-year-old girl from Kenya who is visiting friends here in Texarkana. We've been studying about Kenya, and this intelligent and articulate girl shared many things about her homeland with us, including clothing, art, instruments, and even a sample of Kenyan fried bread. The kids were fascinated to hear her talk about the similarities and the differences of their lives with hers.

Awards - Three of our 6th graders received very special awards in chapel this week. Macy and Thomas received Spartan awards, and Jacob received a Perseverance award. I'm very proud of the attitudes, efforts, and leadership these kids are showing!

Randy Sams - Our class has been collecting coffee, hot chocolate, hats, and gloves to deliver to the homeless shelter next week. Thanks to everyone who contributed so generously!

Christmas crafts - With the help of Ms. Denise, we located the perfect pine cones for our Christmas craft project. Everyone is getting in the holiday spirit and we're excited to have a little fun next week!


Have a wonderful holiday break and a blessed Christmas!


Mrs. Joyce & St. James 6th grade

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11.11.16
EGYPTIAN FAIR

The sixth grade welcomed the whole school, as well as friends and family, to visit their ancient Egyptian Fair. Visitors were treated to a tour through the business section, the restaurant, and the art gallery. Students created businesses based on ancient Egyptian occupations and marketed their businesses at the fair. We featured herbalists, artists and pottery makers, weapons makers, farmers, bakers, priestesses, boat makers, and ancient healers. The kids crafted hieroglyphic jewelry out of clay and painted replicas of King Tut's death mask. We studied Egypt in many subject areas and even experimented with the mummification process in science. This event was the culmination of an amazing unit of study in our ancient civilizations curriculum.

Congratulations to my sixth graders for a hugely successful Egyptian Fair!!

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10.21.16
CELEBRITY GUEST THEN A ROAD TRIP

Last week the entire Middle School had a very special guest. Actress Molly Quinn, who starred on the hit television series "Castle", among other things, stopped by to visit and sign autographs. Molly is a former St. James student who graduated from 6th grade here in 2006. She is very kind to come back and visit occasionally, and we all love having her and hearing about her current and future plans. Thank you, Molly!

The 6th graders hit the road bright and early this Tuesday, and traveled to south Texas to a special place called Mo Ranch. A 6th grade tradition, the kids participated in leadership and teamwork activities and were challenged as a group and as individuals. They're on the way home now, and they're very tired after an awesome adventure!

Our next adventure...the Egyptian Fair, Friday, November 4th!!

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10.07.16
FIELD TRIP TO RANDY SAMS

St. James sixth grade partners with the Randy Sams Homeless Shelter to offer community service and provide help for some of the needs of the shelter. We have been collecting cleaning supplies and hygiene items since the beginning of school. This week we took a field trip to the shelter. We delivered 59 cleaning supply items and 343 hygiene items. We toured the shelter, which is currently under renovation to expand. The kitchen coordinator let us bake some cookies for the residents, who were mostly off the property either at work or looking for work. We saw lots of other ways we could help out, and the kids came of with some creative and thoughtful ways we can contribute in the future.

Texarkana is very lucky to have organizations like Randy Sams, and we're very proud to support them. Helping people learn to help themselves is an awesome thing!

As a special treat, we stopped at Wendy's for lunch on the way home. It was a great first field trip in sixth grade, and we'll be back to bring some Christmas cheer!

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09.23.16
Sixth Grade News

SETTLING INTO 6TH GRADE

Our class is settling into the new routine and new responsibilities very well. We're working very diligently to perform our job duties for the 6th grade store. Keeping up with inventory and trying to purchase and market things kids will buy isn't as easy as we thought, but we're figuring it out. Today we'll begin selling several ice cream products...we're certain this will boost our sales!

We're enjoying some of the new 6th grade responsibilities, such as caring for the school flags and setting a good example for the younger kids. We had fun yesterday cheering on the preschool babies at their Luvvie Parade...they were so cute!

We're very busy in the classroom right now, but not too busy to enjoy the new Gaga Ball pit at recess. We also learn outside the classroom, and had an interesting science lab outside yesterday, studying solar heat and different earth materials.

Soon to come...Ancient Egypt!

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09.09.16
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WELCOME TO MY NEW 6TH GRADERS!

Sixth grade has hit the ground running this school year. We've been very busy, both inside and outside of the classroom. We began our study of the scientific method with a Gummi Bear Osmosis experiment, which was really cool. We've moved on to solar energy, and have been tracking shadows and studying about the rotation of the Earth and orientation of shadows.

Sixth grade has the honor of being the leaders of our school. This class is without a doubt worthy of that honor! They did a great job leading the first chapel. I've already received several compliments from parents and students about how kind my class is, and what good examples they are for the younger students at St. James. I'm very proud of my new 6th graders!!

We have chosen Randy Sams Homeless shelter as our community service organization to serve this year. We're collecting cleaning items (Comet, bleach, liquid dish soap, HE laundry detergent, dryer sheets), as well as hygiene products. We're going on a field trip there October 4th, where we will serve them lunch and deliver our collected items. Collection boxes are in each building if you'd like to donate.

Our year is off to a GREAT start!!

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06.03.16
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END-OF-YEAR AWESOMENESS!!

One of the coolest things about being in 6th grade at St. James is that you are the graduating class, the leaders of the school...and as such, many special and fun activities are planned for you to celebrate your time left with the school. It's awesome!!

Here are just a few of the fun things we've done in the last few weeks...

We had special speakers come talk to our class about "life after St. James". These speakers were experts on this topic, as they were St. James graduates themselves in 2010, and are graduating from high school this year. My class really enjoyed the information, asking questions about what to expect next year at their new schools, and simply enjoyed hearing how St. James is still so very loved and special to these 18 year old ladies.

We took a special field trip to Fuzzy's Taco Shop for lunch and then to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe for dessert...thanks Ms. Cheryl! Field Day was a blast...thanks Ms. Nicole! Finally, the 6th grade class party at Holiday Bowl was a great time, too!

Congratulations to the SJDS Class of 2016! I will miss you very much and I know next year will be fantastic for you.


All My Love...

Mrs. Joyce

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05.18.16
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BOTTLE ROCKETS AND ROMAN FEAST

May has been an exciting month for 6th graders at St. James. We studied Newton's laws of motion, and put them into practice by constructing and launching 2 liter bottle rockets. Using water pressure and compressed air, we wowed the whole school, and had a blast in the process!

Last week was the Roman Feast, which 4th, 5th, and 6th graders all participate in as part of Latin class. This year the 5th and 6th graders dressed up like Roman deities and put on a carnival for the rest of the school with booths representing things about their god or goddess. They had games, great snacks, hair braiding, face painting, and a very special canine guest...who was representing Cerberus, the 3 headed "hound of Hades". However, this happens to be my sweet fur baby, Sampson, and the kids had a ball loving on him!

Upcoming fun things for us...6th grade lunch at Fuzzy's Taco Shop this Friday, and Field Day next Friday!!

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04.28.16
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MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL FUN FOR ALL

Hear ye, hear ye...the entire school had a blast at the sixth grade Medieval Festival!

We introduced the feudal system by portraying characters from each social class. Our weapons experts told about different types of medieval weapons, and even demonstrated how to use these weapons in a mock battle. Our culinary experts treated the crowd to yummy snacks and medieval 'potions' to drink. We made and displayed our family coat of arms, as well as Medieval Journals we wrote and bound ourselves.

Very proud of my sixth graders for their hard work, organizational skills, and the time and care they took to make sure all the smaller children had a fun time at the festival...it was a great day!

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03.24.16
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GETTING A GLIMPSE OF THE WORKFORCE

Sixth graders worked their shifts at McDonald's. They took orders, made change, packaged food, and bussed tables. The Sadowski family graciously donated the proceeds of this event to our class graduation fund. The kids had fun learning different responsibilities and dealing with the public. A few even worked the drive through.

A representative of the Texas Poison Center Network spoke to the Middle School recently. It was great information, especially for this age group, because many babysit or are responsible for younger siblings at times. They learned exactly what to do and how to call, and all came home with phone stickers and magnets with the Poison Control number.

Enjoy the break and Happy Easter!

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02.26.16
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SCIENCE FAIR A SOLID SUCCESS

The 5th and 6th graders presented their work last week for everyone to see in our annual Science Fair. The topics were of a very wide variety, which made it quite interesting to attend the fair. The level of knowledge each student displayed on their topic and the scientific method was obvious and impressive!

It was a pleasure to be able to display this work for Grandparents' Day. I'm very proud of all their hard work, and every single child did a fantastic job!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Joyce

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02.16.16
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CANDY GRAMS SHARE LOVE WITH WHOLE CAMPUS

The 6th grade sells Valentine Candy Grams as a class fundraiser each year. This year, with the help of 4th grade, 5th grade, and a host of other staff members, we packaged close to 1,000 bags of sweetness! Delivering them was fun too, especially to the little ones.

Thanks to everyone who purchased Candy Grams, and to those who helped put them together. There is definitely a lot of "love" here on the campus of St. James!

Sincerely,

SJDS Class of 2016

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01.22.16
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BRAIN BREAKS AND A NEW PROJECT

After several days of cold and rainy weather, the 6th grade enjoyed spending time outside today. Our brains needed the fresh air, sunshine, and lots of running around!

We started a new project in Computer yesterday. We are cataloging and researching old computer equipment to be sold on ebay. The money will go toward the 6th grade class gift to the school. The class is split into 3 groups: Research, Price and Listing, and Packaging. The kids are so excited about their responsibilities, learning new skills, and the real life application is awesome...thanks Ms. Orr!

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01.08.16
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**WELCOME TO 2016**

Our first week of school in the new year was very busy. We're getting started on Science Fair projects, which will be displayed on February 17th. We're learning how to keep a journal, record observations, chart data, and put the whole scientific method in writing. Some have even started collecting data and performing experiments. More to come on Science Fair in the near future...

Our class received special t-shirts to wear on Friday that have "Class of 2016" and all their names listed on the back. They are the ONLY class in school allowed to wear these on Fridays, as they are the graduating class this year. Yes, there are definitely some perks to reaching 6th grade at St. James!

Happy New Year blessings from 6th grade!!

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12.15.15
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DECEMBER AT A GLANCE

This month has flown by, but we've had some fun activities mixed in with classwork:

- Dr. Buttram, a professor from Texarkana College's Science Department, came out and gave a presentation/demonstration about light and chemical reactions. It was fun being scientists for the afternoon!

- We went to RunninWJ Ranch to see the Clydesdale horses. They were such majestic animals!

- Primary II preschool class made Christmas place mats for the Randy Sams shelter. We'll be delivering these to the shelter tomorrow, along with some items we've collected: coffee, hot chocolate, hats, and gloves.


HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS, AND SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

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11.13.15
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EGYPTIAN FAIR A HUGE SUCCESS!

The 6th grade had an amazing day sharing and showing what they learned in their unit on Ancient Egypt. They researched and wrote about ancient professions and occupations, and then used this information to create their own businesses, complete with business cards! They painted death masks, made cartouche jewelry out of clay, mummified apples in Science, and learned how math played a large role in architecture in ancient Egypt.

The whole school came to visit the fair, and was even treated to some ancient Egyptian goodies, courtesy of Ms. Kandice.
At its conclusion, the kids each presented their research and work boards to parents.

Amazing job, 6th grade...Egypt was AWESOME!!!

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10.29.15
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SCIENCE LAB - MUMMIFYING APPLES

To go along with our study of Ancient Egypt, we conducted a science experiment to see which combination of salts best preserved a quartered apple. We learned that the salts draw out the moisture in the apple. The winner was the iodized salt and epsom salt combination.

More to come soon on our Egyptian Fair...

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10.13.15
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RANDY SAMS HOMELESS SHELTER FIELD TRIP

The community service organization the 6th grade chose to partner with this year is Randy Sams. The Middle School collected travel sized hygiene items during the month of September. Our class delivered 568 of these items on a field trip to the shelter. We were taken on a tour of the shelter, served lunch to their clients, and even got to visit their garden.

Our kids learned so much from this experience. They have a much better understanding of how these types of organizations help the public, and are developing more purposeful and concrete ways we can contribute.

The 6th grade wants to serve a meal again in the future, and is even discussing how we can help provide more fresh produce to the shelter...we might have to squeeze in a little gardening between classes if the kids get serious!!

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09.25.15
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IT'S JOHNNY APPLESEED DAY IN 6TH GRADE!

The 6th grade, along with the entire Middle School, enjoyed some wonderful apple treats today. Learning how John Chapman became Johnny Appleseed was informative and tasty! This pioneer nurseryman enjoyed a simple life, and is known for his peaceful demeanor and his love of animals, as well as apples. He was generous and humble, and shared everything he had with others.What a wonderful example for all of us!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Joyce

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09.11.15
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LEADERSHIP THROUGH SERVICE

Our new 6th grade class got the opportunity to show some of their developing leadership skills today. Texarkana Soccer Association graciously provided much needed soccer goal nets to the school, as well as 3 soccer balls. The 6th graders worked very hard in helping to install the nets. They even practiced some problem solving skills...this wasn't as easy as they thought it would be!

Thanks TSA, and thanks to my 6th graders for their willingness to help make things nicer for all the students here at St. James.

IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR IN 6TH GRADE!!!

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05.04.15
May 4-15, 2015

We have truly been celebrating Spring lately. The Spring Musical last Friday was awesome, the kids did a great job! We also had a fun Science lesson on the playground with the second graders - we found a frog that had not lost its tail yet...cool!!!

This week in third grade, we will be reviewing for the Stanford Achievement tests we'll be taking next week. We'll also be finishing up our Biography essays, and making a special gift for 'someone' to receive this Sunday.

Please make sure your child is rested, eats a good breakfast, and is at school promptly next week. All these things will help testing go more smoothly for your child.

REMINDERS:
1. Field trip to Little Rock on Thursday, May 21st
2. Field Day on Friday, May 22nd
3. Biography Project Presentations on Thursday and Friday, May 28th-29th

Thanks for all your support, and let me know if you have any questions,

Mrs. Joyce

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04.28.15
Third Grade News

We are working hard this week to complete work for our Biography Presentations, which will be May 28-29, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. We've constructed timelines, written acrostic poems, sketched portraits, and are in the final stages of completing our 5 paragraph essays on our historical individuals. It's been a lot of work, but we've learned so much we cannot wait to share with you!!

With extra Music practice for the Spring Musical, and a 4 day week, we're focusing on Math, Language, Social Studies, and Reading this week, as follows:

Math: Division with remainders/Multiplication Tables

Language: Paragraph writing for essays

Social Studies: National Symbols & Holidays (quiz Wednesday)

Reading: Mr. Popper's Penguins - Ch. 15-16

REMINDER: Spring Musical Friday, May 1st

We cherish our days of sunshine lately...and may come home with a caterpillar in our backpack!

Have a great week,

Mrs. Joyce

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03.18.15
March 16-29, 2015

I hope you all had a very nice break. It's so nice to finally have some spring weather! Below is what we'll be learning in class the next few weeks. We're finding some fun ways to practice multiplication facts, area, and perimeter with dice, as you can see in the pictures. Learning isn't only reading and writing...it's DOING, and can be lots of fun!


Spelling: Schwa-r: er, or/Suffixes er, est

Science: Weather (atmosphere, temperature, air pressure)/How Earth moves (sphere, rotate, axis, revolve, orbit)

Math: Area/Multiplication tables work/Symmetry

Reading: Mr. Popper's Penguins

Language/Writing: Essay work/Double negatives/Subject,verb agreement

Social Studies: Making Economic Choices (earning, spending, saving)/Making Goods

Wordly Wise: Lesson 9


Happy Spring from Third Grade!

Mrs. Joyce

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03.03.15
March 1-15, 2015

We have hit the ground running in third grade this week! We have begun reading Mr. Popper's Penguins, which all the kids are very excited about. In Science we're learning about fast and slow changes on land, such as erosion, weathering, volcanos, and earthquakes. We're working hard learning our multiplication tables, and making progress on our biography projects. This week we're constructing timelines of the famous historical individual we selected for our biographies. There will be much more fun information to come on this project, keep an eye out!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Spring Break next week!

See you March 16th...

Mrs. Joyce

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02.04.15
Third Grade News

It's difficult to believe January is gone, and February is upon us! Third grade has just completed a unit on rocks and minerals. We concluded this with a Rock Lab. We compared the 3 types of rocks (metamorphic, igneous, sedimentary), contrasted them, and observed properties of each. See our pictures below...Science ROCKS!!

In the next few weeks, we'll be studying the water cycle. We'll be painting and writing while we're learning Science. We're also beginning our research for our Biography projects, which will involve many subjects. Grandparents' Day is next Friday, and we're very excited to show our grandparents all we're learning in third grade. Be on the lookout for a very artistic Math project, some high quality writing, and Science work to be on display. See you then!!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Joyce


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11.10.14
Third Grade News

Third grade began our Community Service project last Friday. We've partnered with the Primary I class, and will be visiting and serving clients of Opportunities, Inc. We sang, presented some things we're learning about Native Americans, and left cards and paintings for the senior adults. The children had lots of fun, and the clients at Opportunities enjoyed it very much!



Important Reminders: LOTS OF INFO...PLEASE READ

1. Thursday, Nov. 13th, 12:30 p.m. - Native American presentations

2. Thursday, Nov. 20th, lunch - the cafeteria will be serving Thanksgiving dinner on this day. No other tray, sandwich, or hot a la carte items will be offered. However - ANY parent or child is invited to purchase this meal, for the regular $5 price. (Those with trays have already 'purchased'). I need to give the cafeteria a total count of meals to be prepared for my class by this Friday, Nov. 14th.

3. Friday, Nov. 21st, 1:00 p.m. - LS Thanksgiving Program
Thanksgiving 'feast' after the program - your child came home today with items they volunteered you to bring. Please discuss this with your child and let me know if this is okay, or not okay. Several of the boys selected wild game items - any can be changed if it's not convenient, I assure you smile

This week and next week will be incredibly busy preparing for our presentations this Thursday, as well as the Thanksgiving program the following Friday. Each child came home with a part today - please take a few minutes each night to help your child learn his or her part.

Below is what we'll be learning in class this week. I do hope to accomplish most of this, in addition to finalizing and preparing for presentations, but we may not get to it all.

Have a great week, and see you Thursday!

Mrs. Joyce


THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Unit 10 – Vowel sounds /or/, /o/ (aw)
Words: forgot, bought, nor, haul, ought, forest, sport, thought, daughter, port, sort, record, taught, brought, forth, because, fought, report, forty, caught

Math:
Fraction number sentences
Fractions as part of a set
Reading/writing numbers to 1,000
Writing money amounts using $ and cent signs

Reading: Pippi Longstocking

Science:
Ch. 3 – Relationships among living things
Food chains and food webs

Language Arts/Writing:
Using NA paragraphs to identify parts of speech – nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, articles

Social Studies:
Native American unit – presentations Thursday

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11.03.14
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Halloween was a success in the Lower School! The children looked so precious, and did such a wonderful job explaining their books and characters. The afternoon literacy activities were a great way to blend different grade levels, help each other out, and let the older ones be examples to the younger children. I'm so glad everyone had a safe and fun weekend!

Community Service: Third grade and Primary I will be visiting Opportunities, Inc. this Friday. We'll be performing for and visiting with the elderly residents.

Native American Project: Presentations will be next Thursday, November 13th, at 12:30 p.m.

Lower School Thanksgiving Program - Friday, November 21st, 1:00 p.m.

Below is what we'll be learning in class this week. We are so busy right now, thank you so much for your patience and support!


Sincerely,

Mrs. Joyce


THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Unit 9 – Vowel dipthongs /oi/, /ou/
Words: flour, however, coil, enjoy, amount, powder, moist, vowel, spoil, flower, joint, joy, power, royal, foil, plow, choice, mouth, crowd, mount

Math:
Continuing:
Fact families – 9’s
Fractions

Reading: Pippi Longstocking

Science:
Ch. 3 – Relationships among living things
Ecosystems (community, populations, habitat)

Language Arts/Writing:
Articles (a, an, the)
Parts of speech review

Social Studies:
Native American unit

Wordly Wise:
Lesson 4
Words: average, border, cocoon, flutter, moisture, moist, nectar, process, span, suitable, timber

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10.20.14
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Fall has arrived! What beautiful weather we've had the past week. However, with cooler weather approaching, it's time to participate in a Lower School annual tradition. A recent topic of Lower School chapel was compassion. We discussed St. Francis, and the wonderful stories of his compassion towards all animals and creatures. We learned that compassion has 2 parts: 1. feeling, and 2. doing. After discussing our feelings and how the Bible tells us God feels about this, we DO something by filling all the bird feeders around the Lower School with seed and nectar. It's nice to do something kind, and even nicer to see how the birds enjoy and use this gift every day!

Below is what we'll be learning in class this week. Don't forget to sign up for Parent/Teacher conferences on October 29th. Have a wonderful week smile)


Sincerely,

Mrs. Joyce


THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Unit 8 – Vowel sounds /oo/, /yoo/
Words: flute, view, student, whose, clue, human, juice, few, true, tube, truth, glue, dew, lose, tulip, used, due, fruit, music, rule

Math:
Fact families
Naming & drawing polygons
Counting/trading dimes, nickels, pennies

Reading: Pippi Longstocking

Science:
Ch. 2 – Animals; Kinds of animals (fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, mammal)

Language Arts/Writing:
Comparing and identifying adjectives and adverbs
(continued study-reteach)

Social Studies:
Native American unit studies

Wordly Wise:
Lesson 3
Words: ambition, auction, coast, current, frail, intelligent, novel, resident, starve, volunteer

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10.06.14
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Last week I began experimenting with something I call Challenge Work. This is extra work students may choose to do, that relates to our topics of study for the week. I was very pleased and surprised at some of the wonderful projects I received! The students presented their work to the class, with much applause. Third grade has some very motivated students who enjoy challenging themselves!


Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:

1. NO school next Monday, October 13th (Columbus Day).

2. Parent Teacher Conferences/Early Dismissal - Wednesday, October 29th.

3. Lower School Book Character Day - Friday, October 31st. A note was sent home last week explaining this in detail. None of you are new parents, so it will be the same as last year. Let me know if you have any questions.

4. Thursday, November 13th, 12:30 p.m. - Native American Unit presentations. More information on this will follow, I just wanted to give those a date who needed to take off work or make other arrangements. I expect the presentations to last about an hour.

Below is what we'll be learning in class this week. Have a very nice week smile

Thanks,

Mrs. Joyce


THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Assessment and Review – Units 1-5
Words: skull, stroke, betray, series, magic, fired, icy, beast, slope, rainy, crime, raft, claim, gift, male, screen, basin, type, seep, sty

Math:
Adding/subtracting 10 w/2 digit numbers using mental computations
Addition fact practice
Working with pattern blocks

Reading: The Legend of Damon and Pythias
Comprehension test on Thursday

Science:
Ch. 2 – Animals; How animals grow (life cycles/metamorphosis)

Language Arts/Writing:
Adjectives: descriptive/comparative
Writing with adjectives

Social Studies:
Map skills – quiz Friday

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09.22.14
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The third grade was so busy working last Friday, we ran out of time for some of our show and tells. So, we completed those left out this Monday morning. Much to my surprise, one show and tell was a self-assigned book report...just for FUN!!! This student, pictured giving his book report below, made his teacher very proud smile)

Following is what we'll be learning in class this week. Please let me know if you have any questions, and I hope everyone has a great week!

Sincerely,


Mrs. Joyce


THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Long e spelled ea, ee, ie
Words: field, lead, speed, believe, deal, piece, reach, breeze, speak, agree, least, season, between, chief, steam, degree, reason, brief, repeat, peach
Pretest Thursday, test Friday

Math:
Identifying properties of a rectangle
Ordering digits (smallest/least/fewest; greatest/largest/most)
Identifying odd & even numbers

Reading: Rugby & Rosie
Comprehension test on Thursday

Science:
Review of Ch. 1 – test Friday

Language Arts/Writing:
Verbs: action and linking verbs

Social Studies:
Communities: urban, suburban, rural
Private/public service, volunteers

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09.15.14
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We began this week in third grade by completing our experiment on observing the path water travels through plants, using food coloring and stalks of celery. Actually observing the difference in how the stalk takes in and distributes water, versus how the leaves do this, is very interesting and actually makes sense!! See picture below grin


Following are details of what we'll be learning in class this week. I am happy to answer any questions. Hope you all have a great week!

Mrs. Joyce


THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Long a spelled a, ai, ay
Words: aim, holiday, paper, station, able, crayon, flavor, lazy, brain, anyway, remain, favor, rail, taste, trailer, lady, nation, relay, fail, radio
Pretest Thursday, test Friday

Math:
Signal words – addition/subtraction
Estimating/measuring/drawing line segments to the nearest inch

Reading: The Tree House
Comprehension test on Thursday

Science: The life cycle of a plant

Language Arts/Writing:
Pronouns
Sentences and fragments

Social Studies: Communities

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09.07.14
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What an exciting second week we had in third grade last week! We finished the week by constructing "edible" plant cells. Learning third grade Science vocabulary is not easy. However, when we get to associate things like chloroplasts with yummy pieces of candy, it actually sticks in our brains better! Our blood sugar was a bit elevated, but we definitely discovered that learning can be fun. We invite you to stop by the Lower School commons to see what a good job the kids did on following directions and learning cell parts. Please see the cute pictures below grin

This week we will hit the ground running, as it's our first full week! Below is a more detailed idea of what we'll be learning in class this week. Please let me know if you have any questions, and have a great week!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Joyce

THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Vowel-consonant-e
Words: wise, huge, case, alone, rise, cube, fame, beside, blame, chose, tire, became, awhile, spoke, wife, drove, surprise, scale, alive, invite
Pretest Thursday, test Friday

Math: Time to the half hour
Identifying addends, sums, and the commutative property of addition
Estimating/measuring/drawing line segments to the nearest inch

Reading: Angel Child, Dragon Child
Comprehension test on Thursday

Science: The needs of plants

Language Arts: Continue noun study: Proper nouns (capitals/titles/places), Plural nouns
Quiz on Wednesday

Social Studies: Patriot’s Day study

Wordly Wise: Lesson 1
Words: cylinder, examine, fatal, feature, grasp, jet, marine, scar, tentacle, vessel
Test on Friday

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04.09.14
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Today we made our Biography presentations, and the children did a wonderful job! This was the culmination of about 7 weeks of work on a cross-curricular project covering multiple subjects, concepts, and skills. The Social Studies element involved studying a historical individual and creating a timeline of their life. The Language Arts element included writing a 5 paragraph essay and an acrostic poem. Both these elements involved using sequencing skills and organizing and recognizing details. The Art element included sketching a portrait and designing presentation boards. The Technology element involved researching the internet, and practicing various computer skills such as typing and editing. The final element covered was Public Speaking, a valuable skill students at St. James are able to begin practicing frequently at this young age. The presentations were fantastic, and I was a proud teacher!

Below is what we are studying this week in class. Have a great week grin
THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Unit 25: Contractions

Words: he’d, you’re, wasn’t, she’d, they’ll, aren’t, let’s, I’d, she’ll, we’ve, you’d, he’ll, I’ve, hasn’t, they’d, you’ll, haven’t, we’ll, you’ve, hadn’t

Math: Multiplying single and multi-digit numbers

Reading: Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Science: Simple machines: levers and pulleys

Language Arts: Biography essay practice/presentation; sentence structure practice with Wordly Wise words

Wordly Wise: Lesson 10
Words: cable, cathedral, convey, device, freight, landmark, method, rod, shaft, structure

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01.06.14
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I hope you all had a wonderful break! I'm glad to see all my littles ones appear to have returned healthy. We missed those who were ill for Candlelight, but once again, it was a lovely service. It's so nice to be a part of this special St. James tradition.

Due to the temperature, we did not go outside today. However, I'm hoping it will be a little warmer tomorrow, they NEED to go outside! Please send a coat with your child, because if we do go outside, it is still very cold:)

Below is what we'll be learning in class this week. Please let me know if you have any questions, and have a lovely week.

Sincerely,

Mrs.Joyce

THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Unit 13: R controlled vowel sounds /ar/ (sounds like air) and /ar/ (sounds like R)
Words: share, cart, beware, march, rare, army, charge, stare, market, compare, mark, alarm, parent, chart, spare, smart, charm, scare, apart, spark

Math: Continue Multiplication – 4’s; begin introducing division

Reading: Open Court Story of the Week: The Cat Who Became a Poet

Science: Ch. 5 – Earth’s Resources; Lesson 1 – Minerals and Rocks

Social Studies: Making Choices – Earning, Spending, and Saving

Language Arts: Simple/Complete Subjects and Predicates

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12.04.13
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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break, mine was lovely! I was so very proud of our Native American dwelling presentations. The children worked very hard constructing, researching, writing, and practicing public speaking. It was a very successful project. I hope you all enjoyed the Lower School Thanksgiving Program. I am biased, but I thought the 'Indians' were particularly well-spoken and artfully dressed grin

We will be making a poster of a food chain in Science on Friday. Please have your child bring pictures cut out of magazines or printed off the computer to class by Friday. The children have more specific information on what to select, and each child needs to bring around 5 pictures of members of a food chain.

This week in third grade:

Spelling - R controlled vowels: near, steer, certain, return, tear, thirst, perfect, fear, term, cheer, turkey, firm ear, burst, rear, serve, year, person, clear, herd

Language: Prepositions and Conjunctions

Reading: complete Pippi Longstocking

Math: Multiplication Tables

Science: Food Chains - producers, consumers, decomposers

Wordly Wise: Lesson 6: chasm, continent, credit, enable, foul, gust, ordeal, plateau, rig, schedule


Have a great week,

Mrs. Joyce

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10.15.13
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I hope everyone had a nice Columbus Day yesterday. This week we will begin reading our first novel of the year in third grade, Pippi Longstocking. I'm very excited to introduce the children to such a whimsical, comical, yet older-than-her-years character. We previewed the author and selection today. Many of the children were surprised to find that the book was actually written 72 years ago, first written in Swedish, and now translated into languages all over the world. Reading it will be an adventure, and I hope they come home talking about their daily dose of Pippi!

Reminders:

1. Innisbrook fundraising packets are due FRIDAY, OCT. 18th.

2. Field Trip to the Perot is next Thursday, Oct. 24th. Please dress children in their dress uniforms. Drivers - please be at the school at 8:45 a.m.

3. Fall Festival is Saturday, Oct. 26th.

4. Book Character Day is Thursday, Oct. 31st.
Please have your child select a character from a favorite book to dress up as, and bring the book to school. Please send school clothes for your child to change into after our activities, if he or she wishes.

Below is what we'll be learning in class this week. Please let me know if you have any questions, and have a great week.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Joyce


THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: None this short week

Math: Extending addition and subtraction facts
Fact practice and x10, x100

Reading: Begin reading Pippi Longstocking

Science: Ch. 2 – Animals, Lesson 5 – How animals grow

Social Studies: Communities: Suburban Communities

Language Arts: Articles: A/An/The (how to choose the correct article)

Writing: Unscrambling sentences

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10.07.13
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Happy Monday everyone, and welcome fall! What a pleasure it was to visit with so many St. James students and parents this past weekend at the Gayble Moss Memorial Golf and Tennis Tournament. The lovely weather was indeed a bonus!

The third grade would like to thank Ben Mayo and Mayo Manufacturing for donating some wonderfully comfy floor pillows to enhance our learning in our Reading Center. We need to get out of our desks sometimes and find a cozy spot to think better...thank you! Also pictured below is a student showing our class the ribbons she won at the Four States Fair in the Sewing category - great job, Macy! Bella brought another interesting Science find (okay...critter smile ) to share with us - a baby alligator snapping turtle, pictured below. We always have something "novel" going on in third grade.
(Novel is a Wordly Wise word this week with 2 definitions...ask your child which definition fits this sentence!)

Below is what we will be doing in class this week. Let me know if you have any questions, and have a wonderful week grin

Sincerely,

Mrs. Joyce

THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Review of Units 1-5
Words: skull, stroke, betray, series, magic, fired, icy, beast, slope, rainy, crime, raft, claim, gift, male, screen, basin, type,seep, sty

Math: Fact Families

Reading: Damon & Pythias – test Thursday

Science: Ch. 2 – Animals, Lesson 4 – The needs of animals

Social Studies: Communities: Rural Communities

Language Arts: Adverbs

Wordly Wise: Lesson 3
Words: ambition, auction, coast, current, frail, intelligent, novel, resident, starve, volunteer

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09.24.13
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We celebrated a special birthday last Friday (pictured below). Yesterday, we started off our week by visiting the fourth grade's exhibit of the 1940's. The children played some popular games from that time period (jacks, hopscotch), saw some interesting items that have changed since then (telephones, cameras, etc.), and learned about some historical people and events from that time period. Thank you fourth grade, it was very interesting!

Below is what we're doing in the classroom this week. Please let me know if you have any questions, and have a great week!

Mrs. Joyce

THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Long e spelled ea, ee, ie
Words: field, lead, speed, believe, deal, piece, reach, breeze, speak, agree, least, season, between, chief, steam, degree, reason, brief, repeat, peach

Math: Estimating with money, Double digit addition/subtraction with regrouping

Reading: Rugby & Rosie – test Thursday

Science: Ch. 1 – Review – test Thursday

Social Studies: Communities: What are communities?

Language Arts: Verb tenses: Past/Present/Future

Wordly Wise: Lesson 2
Words: attract/attractive/attraction, crew, dangle, drift, event, launch, opposite, reverse, signal, steer

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09.17.13
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We ended our first full week of school last week with an interesting science project about how water flows through plants. We put celery in 3 different containers of food coloring. We made predictions, recorded observations 3 times throughout the day, then made our conclusions and used our inference skills. Our results are pictured below. Science is fun!

Below is what we'll be doing in class this week. Instead of Wordly Wise this week, we will be focusing on Writing skills. I alternate these two elements of Language Arts, although we utilize and practice our writing skills in every subject. We are also working very hard to achieve a good conduct goal - ice cream treats on Friday for each student who achieves his or her goal!

Have a great week:-)

Mrs. Joyce


THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Long A spelled a, ai, ay

Words: aim, holiday, paper, station, able, crayon, flavor, lazy, brain, anyway, remain, favor, taste, trailer, lady, nation, relay, rail, radio

Math: Money, Solving problems with dollars and cents

Reading: The Tree House – test Thursday

Science: Ch. 1 – Plants, Lesson 3 – The life cycle of a plant

Social Studies: Communities: What are communities?

Language Arts: Continuing with Verbs: Linking/Helping/Main

Writing: Identifying sentence fragments/writing complete sentences

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09.09.13
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Welcome to the third week of school, time is already flying! We had a busy week last week. The photos below are of our birthday girl, a presentation of a hobby project, and several of our "edible plant cell" project. Learning those big words that name the parts of a plant cell can be frustrating and boring! Picturing those parts as pieces of yummy candy can really help our memories!

Since this is actually our first full week of school, we will surely be busy! We are beginning our Wordly Wise vocabulary program, which parents will be receiving more information on by email. Below is what we'll be doing in class this week. Be sure to check the blog next week...I hope to post some pics of a science experiment on how water travels through a plant...check us out to see if it worked!

Have a great week grin

Mrs. Joyce


THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Vowel/Consonant/Silent e
Words: wise, huge, case, alone, rise, cube, fame, beside, blame, chose, tire, became, awhile, spoke, wife, drove, surprise, scale, alive, invite

Math: Comparing Numbers (>, <, =), Name Collection Boxes, Order of Operations

Reading: Angel Child, Dragon Child – test Thursday

Science: Ch. 1 – Plants, Lesson 2 – The needs of plants

Social Studies: Map skills – test Wednesday

Language Arts: Verbs: Action/Linking/Helping

Wordly Wise: Lesson 1
Words: cylinder, examine, fatal, feature, grasp, jet, marine, scar, tentacle, vessel

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09.03.13
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What an amazing and exciting first week we had in third grade! We had several visitors to our class, who are pictured below with their owners. We spent our week doing Reading, Math, and Writing assessments, learning new rules and procedures for third grade,and getting to know each other. It is such a joy for me, as the teacher, to begin to learn their personalities, and fun for them to get a glimpse of mine, too! We ended the week by celebrating with frozen grapes, pictured below also. Sweet success!!

Below is what we'll be doing in class this week. Once we've completed our work for the week, we'll celebrate with some fun activities. In Reading, we'll be making "wishing kites" like the ones in our story. Ask your children exactly how to make your wishes come true - they will know!

In Science, we will study living things and animal and plant cells. We will make "edible" plant cells and label them properly. I wonder which parts of the cell will be the most popular at snack time?

Let me know if you have any questions, and have a great week!

Mrs. Joyce

THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Short Vowel Sounds

crust, past, else, skill, brag, zipper, began, collar, drag, smell, brick, felt, spill, button, held, trust, kept, trick, shell, begin

Math: Number Uses, Number Grids, Number Lines

Reading: Gloria Who Might Be My Best Friend

Science: Ch. 1 – Plants, Lesson 1 – How living things are alike

Social Studies: Map skills – cardinal directions, the globe, continents/oceans

Language Arts: Nouns: common, proper, pronouns

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04.23.13
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The children are working very hard practicing for the Spring Musical this Friday. Please help your child practice his or her part if they have an extra part. Graded work went home today, so check folders please. Also, please make sure you send pictures or money for spring pictures if you have not already.

Thanks to all of you who have offered to drive on our field trip to Little Rock on May 20th. Everyone who wants to go is welcome. We don't need as many cars as have been offered, but everyone is welcome to come with us. Tracey Smith, Marian Watson, and Jennifer Chesshir are driving. Several others have offered to drive. If those parents still want to go, you may either take your cars also or ride with someone else. I need a head count for the tour, so let me know if you'll be going with us or not. The kids are so excited!

REMEMBER:
Friday - drop off 8:15-8:30 at the Sullivan Center; pickup at 11:30

Following is what we're doing in class this week. Have a nice week smile

THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE



Spelling: Calendar Words

Words: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, calendar, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday



Math: Division with Remainders, Functions, Solving Equations with Variables



Reading: Open Court Story of the Week: The Emperor’s New Clothes



Science: Ch. 8 – Earth in Space; Lesson 4 – How Earth Moves



Language: Punctuating Dialogue/Using Quotation Marks



Writing: Expanding Sentences



Social Studies: The Constitution – Parts and Purpose

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04.16.13
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We are very busy in third grade this week! We've been reading the story "Picasso" in our reader this week, and today the children constructed their own 'Picasso heads' on an interesting website called http://www.mrpicassohead.com. We also practiced our math facts (9's this week) on http://www.honorpoint.com. I encourage you to allow your child to use this site for practice - the visual stimulation is very helpful. We've also been discussing the free enterprise system in Social Studies. Ask your child how and why businesses compete against each other! Below is what we're doing in class this week.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Joyce

THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Suffixes –ful, -less

Words: joyful, helpless, restful, careless, useful, thankless, peaceful, hopeless, thankful, cloudless, powerful, helpful, powerless, careful, restless, wasteful, cheerful, useless, playful, thoughtful

Math: Missing Factors, Using Division, Division with Remainders

Reading: Open Court Story of the Week: Picasso

Science: Ch. 7, Review and Test (Friday)

Language: Combining Sentences, Reference Book Usage

Writing: Writing Sentence Types

Social Studies: Complete - Free Enterprise System, Begin – The Constitution

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04.08.13
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The third graders made presentations of their biography unit last Friday. They did an AMAZING job highlighting their 5 paragraph essays, biographical timelines, acrostic poems, original portraits, photographs, and quotes they comprised on a historical individual of their choice. Below are some pictures of some of the presenters. Many dressed up or had props to accent their presentations. I am very proud of how hard they worked and how much they learned in the process smile

REMINDER: Tomorrow is early release at 11:30 a.m., and Parent/Teacher conferences

THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Suffix -er

Words: farmer, skater, painter, camper, listener, banker, owner, learner, hiker, catcher, speaker, climber, player, reader, baker, dreamer, reporter, builder, singer, leader

Math: Relating Multiplication and Division Facts, Understanding Division

Reading: Open Court Story of the Week: A Cloak for the Dreamer

Science: Ch. 7, Lesson 3 – Describing Weather

Language: Place and Locations Words, Reviewing Verb Tenses

Writing: Topic and Detail Sentence Practice

Wordly Wise: Lesson 13

Words: calendar, carnival, experience, govern, gulf, haste, nation, scatter, surrender, thrill

Social Studies: Free Enterprise System


Have a great week!

Mrs. Joyce

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04.01.13
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This is an exciting week for us in third grade! We have been working very hard on our biography unit. We've developed many elements that you'll see in our presentations this Friday at 1:30 p.m. in our classroom. The children have written 5 paragraph essays, sketched a portrait, written acrostic poems, constructed biographical timelines, and researched pictures and quotes on the internet of their historical individuals. We hope to see you there!

This week in third grade:

Spelling: prefixes un-, re-, pre-
Words: unlucky, review, preschool, unfair, reheat, prepay, untie, recoer, preview, unhappy, rewrite, pretest, rebuild, uncover, recheck, unlock, preheat, unsafe, reread, unpack

Reading: Open Court story of the week: "The Cat Who Became a Poet"

Math: Multiplying by 7's, Practicing and Using Multiplication

Science: The Water Cycle

Language: Sounding Words - rhyming words, onomatopoeia, alliteration, repetition

Completing biography unit and preparing for presentations


Have a great week!

Mrs. Joyce

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03.19.13
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I think everyone had a great Spring Break, as did I. We're working diligently editing and revising our essays for our biography presentations. Next we'll be sketching portraits of our chosen historical figures. Below is what we're doing in third grade this week. We're working hard, but as you can see from the photos below - spring has sprung on our campus and we're also having fun! Have a great week smile



THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Review of spelling patterns in units 19-23

Words: paddle, driven, heir, janitor, driest, trimmer, clever, handle, forever, aisle, saddle, dozen, juggle, sunniest, candle, throne, isle, anger, humble, smaller

Math: Multiplication Functions, Multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000

Reading: Mr. Popper’s Penguins – complete book; test Thursday

Science: Ch. 6 – review of chapter (lessons 6, 7, 8); test Thursday

Language: Prefixes – dis, us, re, pre, in

Writing: Writing detail/body paragraphs for biography

Wordly Wise: Lesson 12; test Friday

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03.04.13
Third Grade Class News

We are continuing with writing and editing our biographies this week. Our presentations will be Friday, April 5th at 1:30 p.m., so mark your calendars. We are also working on our multiplication tables. This week we are studying 4's. If you allow your child to work on the computer, here is a great web site to help study, drill, and practice - http://www.honorpoint.com. Graded work will come home tomorrow.

Dates to Remember:

1. Next week - Spring Break
2. March 27th - Spring Picture Day
3. March 29th - Good Friday (no school)

Below are some fun pictures of the children from last week. We used Cheez-its to figure out the area of objects, had a blast pantomiming our Wordly Wise words, and enjoyed the Middle School Talent Show, which we have to look forward to next year - check us out!

Here is what we're doing in class this week:

THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Homophones

Words: lone, break, waist, passed, sore, cellar, roll, died, past, steak, role, steel, loan, dyed, seller, brake, soar, steal, stake, waste

Math: Multiplication: Money, Tables, Order Property of Multiplication

Reading: Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Chapters 15, 16, 17, 18

Science: Ch. 6 – Lesson 8: Fast Changes on Land

Language: Subject/Verb Agreement

Writing: Writing detail/body paragraphs for biography


Have a great week!

Mrs. Joyce

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02.25.13
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This week we will begin the writing section for our biography unit. Most of them are finished reading their books. The writing will be done at school, but I'd like you to help encourage them to begin organizing their thoughts. Our five paragraph essay will consist of an introductory paragraph, a paragraph about the historical person's childhood and family, a paragraph about why this person is famous and how they became famous, a paragraph about the impact this person has had on society, and a concluding paragraph. Just talking to you about this project can be a helpful prewriting exercise.


Below is what we'll be doing in class this week. Have a great week smile



THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Suffixes: er, est
Words: cuter, nearer, thinnest, kinder, easiest, funnier, nearest, happier, kindest, thinner, quietest, funniest, safer, quieter, safest, quicker, cutest, easier, quickest, happiest

Math: Multiplication: Arrays, Area, Estimating Products, Multiplication and Money

Reading: Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Chapters 10, 11, 12, 13

Science: Ch. 6 – Lesson 7: Slow Changes on Land

Language: Metaphors

Writing: Writing introductory paragraphs for biography

Social Studies: Black History Month Mimio Lessons continued: Rosa Parks, MLK, Jr, Sojourner Truth, Thurgood Marshall, Frederick Douglass, Barack Obama

Wordly Wise: Lesson 11

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02.19.13
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We're getting started on our biography unit this week. We'll be doing 5 projects relating to the person each child has chosen: a 5 paragraph essay, an art project, an original timeline, a technology project, and writing a poem. The children are very excited! We'll be presenting our work publicly to you probably the last week in March, and I will confirm this very soon.

Below is what we're doing in class this week. Please remember the Book Fair ends this Friday, and sales hours are posted on the door of the Lower School. I've attached some cute pictures below of our Valentine Party last Thursday.

THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Schwa-r spelled er, or
Words: gather, winter, master, tractor, shower, major, danger, enter, whether, water, thunder, eager, bitter, silver, minor, neither, wonder, either, rather, together

Math: Area, Number Patterns – Skip Counting, Understanding Multiplication

Reading: Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Chapters 7, 8, 9

Science: Ch. 6 – Lesson 6: Landforms

Language: Similes

Writing: Writing Topic and Concluding Sentences

Social Studies: Black History Month Mimio Lessons: Rosa Parks, MLK, Jr, Sojourner Truth, Thurgood Marshall, Frederick Douglass, Barack Obama



Have a great week!

Mrs. Joyce

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02.11.13
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We have a lot going on this week, and it will also be a short week due to Grandparents' Day on Friday. We will have a special presentation tomorrow by Alix Matteson on the history and meaning of Mardi Gras, and enjoy a homemade King Cake for our snack. Thursday at 1:30, we'll have a Valentine celebration, exchange cards, and have a snack provided by Anita Kurichety. We'll be making Valentine bookmarks to use as we all read our biographies over the next 3 to 4 weeks! I'll be sending home information by the end of the week on our biography unit, requirements of the project, due dates, and the presentation date.

The children will sit with their classes during chapel Friday and during the program. Then, grandparents, parents, and special friends may accompany them back to our classroom and any other specials classrooms. Don't forget the Book Fair begins Friday and goes through next week. We will preview the fair as a class Thursday, so Friday might be a great time to go ahead and stop by.

Below is what we're doing in class this week. Have a great week!




THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Final le and en
Words: stumble, trouble, eagle, harden, brighten, thicken, wrinkle, soften, lighten, table, dampen, moisten, double, weaken, tighten, example, darken, tremble, fasten, blacken

Math: Review of Length: Inches, Feet and Yards, and Measuring to the Nearest Quarter of an Inch

Reading: Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Chapters 6 and 7

Science: Review of Chapter 5 Lessons 1-5; Chapter test Wednesday

Language: Comparing/Contrasting Prepositions and Conjunctions

Writing: Using Sentence Starters

Social Studies: Mardi Gras presentation, Presidents’ Day Lessons

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02.05.13
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THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE

Spelling: Final le
Words: bottle, pebble, single, jumble, tickle, rattle, middle, bubble, sample, cattle, snuggle, kettle, jungle, ankle, giggle, simple, settle, temple, battle, mumble

Math: Reading and writing numbers through 999,999 and Length: Inches, Feet and Yards

Reading: Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5

Science: Saving Our Resources

Language: Conjunctions

Writing: Complete paragraph on the water cycle and Sentence writing using conjunctions

Social Studies: Transportation


DATES TO REMEMBER:
February 11th - Deadline for ordering Candy Grams
February 14th - Valentine Party at 1:30 (please bring a Valentine for each student in the class)
February 15th - Grandparent's Day (early dismissal)
February 15 - 21st - Book Fair
February 18th - President's Day (no school)


Have a Great Week!

Mrs. Joyce

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01.22.13
Third Grade Class News

TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY:
I'm pleased to announce that our class has received three iPads, which we have already begun using in Reading and Math. Below are some pictures of our class using them in learning centers. We have also received a document camera. I am thrilled to have these tools to enrich teaching, and the children are having more fun learning!


THIS WEEK IN THIRD GRADE:

Spelling: Consonant sound /j/ spelled dge, and g followed by vowel
Words: badge, gym, rigid, gem, baggage, range, dodge, package, engine, cottage, gigantic, edge, gentle, strange, ridge, cabbage, bridge, hedge, village, judge

Math: Subtracting across zeros, Fractions of a dollar

Reading: Open Court story of the week, Make Way for Ducklings

Science: Fossils and fuel

Social Studies: Using bar graphs to understand and study information

Language Arts/Writing: Proper comma usage/sentence writing activities
No Wordly Wise this week.

SNACK SCHEDULE FOR THE NEXT 9 WEEKS:

1/28-2/1: Beth
2/4-2/8: Shreya
2/11-2/15: Thompson
2/18-2/22: Worth
2/25-3/1: Austin
3/4-3/8: Sebastian
3/11-3/15: Luke
3/18-3/22: Chris
3/25-3/29: Landi

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01.07.13
Third Grade Class News

January 7, 2013

I hope you've all had a wonderful holiday! Last Thursday and Friday we spent our time reviewing, previewing for this week, and sharing our holiday memories out loud and in writing. The children completed some precious activities on what they did over their break, and their thoughts from 2012 and for 2013. They are on our board now, but I'll let you know when I send them home - they're perfect for a scrapbook!

It's time to get back in gear smile This week we'll be doing a unit in Science on rocks and minerals. I've told the children anything relevant they have to share they can bring to school. We'll be examining properties of rocks and minerals with hand lenses, so let them bring their treasures if it's okay with you.
Our Social Studies unit this week is on communities that produce goods. Specifically, we'll be studying manufacturing facilities and assembly lines. We'll be taking a field trip Thursday at 1:30 to Mayo Manufacturing Corporation, a local upholstered furniture manufacturer. I'm excited to show the kids a real assembly line! I need a few drivers for this, so let me know if you can help.

NEW INFO:
I'm in the process of reorganizing the kids' white homework binders. There will be dividers for several subjects, which we will use to keep notes,vocabulary words, and certain assignments. We're going to focus on organizing information and learning to take notes - this will help.

Daily homework assignment sheets will also have a new format. I will be including daily conduct information on these. Please make sure you sign these daily. (Beginning tomorrow).

I love your children, and I hope that's evident. However, I just have to say how blessed I feel to have the parents in this class - you ALL have been so fantastic and supportive, it truly means the world to me!

Thank you, it's a privilege to work with your children smile
Mrs. Joyce

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11.26.12
Third Grade Class News

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday, I know I enjoyed mine! Here are some details about our week:

Spelling: (review of spelling patterns from units 7-11)
Words: clothing, thrown, mown, moan, value, whom, ruin, tune, pointed, oyster, blouse, growl, vault, haunt, inform, scorn, conserve, beard, gear, fern

Math - Saxon lesson 18 - story problems; Saxon lesson 19 - adding 3 digit numbers and regrouping

Reading - Pippi Longstocking - read chapters 7 and 8; answer comprehension questions

Science - Ch. 4 lesson 5 - Adaptations for Survival; studying how animals and plants camouflage themselves and mimic others to survive

Language Arts/Writing - review adjectives/adverbs, verb tenses - past, present, future, synonyms/antonyms; reinforce learning by incorporating all these concepts into writing exercises geared toward writing correct sentences and identifying and utilizing different parts of speech in sentence writing

Social Studies - completing our unit on Native Americans; this week we'll be discussing Native American languages and symbols; we'll be doing a writing exercise that involves using the symbols to write sentences, then writing sentences in our own words using words the symbols represent; Friday we'll be playing Native American games to end the week

Thanks to all of you who helped make our Thanksgiving program and Native American feast a huge success! The children did a wonderful job, the food was fantastic, and I appreciate everything all of you do for our class!

Check out the pictures below of Native American dwelling presentations and the program - CUTE!

Have a great week!

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10.22.12
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We had a great week last week! I posted some cute pictures below of the children making their Food Chain presentations, they did a great job!
Following are some details about this week:

Spelling Unit 9 - Dipthongs ou and oi

Words: flour, however, coil, enjoy, amount, powder, moist, vowel, spoil, flower, joint, joy, power, royal, foil, plow, choice, mouth, crowd, mount

Math - We're studying the concepts of expanded form, place value, and writing numbers in word format using hyphens appropriately. Tomorrow we will work on these concepts in centers - we'll use money, base 10 block manipulatives, and practice writing our numbers in word format. Funny how they start to listen when we use money to show place value or expanded form - they see there actually IS a reason we're learning these concepts! The children will have some practice homework on these concepts tomorrow night, and we'll have a quiz Wednesday. Thursday we'll begin adding 2 digit numbers with and without regrouping.

Reading - We're continuing our reading of Pippi Longstocking, which all of us are enjoying.

Science - Last week the children made models of food chains, and wrote excellent descriptions of how their food chain members relate to each other - check out the classroom wall if you stop by the room. The children made presentations to the class of their work, and did a very good job. This week we'll complete Ch. 3 (Relationships Among Living Things), review next Monday, and have a chapter test next Tuesday.

Social Studies - We began a unit on National Governments today. We'll be learning about the roles of the President, Congress, the Supreme Court, and the United Nations. I have some fun lessons planned using our Mimio that concern the upcoming election, and the election process itself. They are very interested in the political climate and process these days, and love to report everything they hear on this smile

Language Arts - The children did an amazing job writing poetry and creating wonderful illustrations last week. Their work is on our board in the Lower School commons - take a look! This week we're studying Adjectives, Comparative Adjectives, Articles, and Adverbs. We will have a test over these on Friday.

REMINDERS:

1. Fall Festival this Saturday, 4:30-7:30.
2. Field trip to see Steve Trash at the Perot - Tuesday, Oct. 30th. Alix Matteson has offered to drive, but I still need a few more drivers. Let me know if you can help.
3. Wed. Oct. 31st - Literary Book Character Day. Dress up as your favorite book character and bring the book to share at school.
4. Thursday, Nov. 1st - Parent/Teacher Conferences - early dismissal. Please contact Wendy in the office to schedule a conference if you have not already, and inform her of your after-school child care needs, if any.

Have a great week!

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10.15.12
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Can you believe it's already week 8 of school? Time is flying, and your children are busy studying new concepts, learning to work collaboratively, and I'm trying to make it fun in the process! Here are some important details about this week:

Spelling: /yoo/ and /oo/ vowel sounds and spellings

whose, human, few, true, tube, lose, used, fruit, music, rule, flute, view, student, clue, juice, truth, glue, dew, tulip, due


Science: This week we will be studying food chains, food webs, and food pyramids. We're going to do a project Friday that I'd like a little help from you on. Please have your child cut pictures out of magazines or print them off the computer of members of a food chain of their choice. I'll be sending home several examples of food chains tonight for you to review. Have them bring their pictures to school in a zip-loc bag by Friday. Five to seven pictures is plenty. We'll be making posters and writing about the relationships of our food chain members on Friday..

Math: We'll be doing a cumulative review of the last 10 lessons covered in Saxon math, and testing on Wednesday. I'll send home a study test on Tuesday for you to see the concepts as they'll be covered on the test. A brief review will suffice - math is difficult to study for aside from actually practicing the concepts...which we do every day in class. We'll start lesson 11 on Thursday, studying place values.

Social Studies: This week we'll be studying intermediate directions, and covering Ch. 2 lesson 2 in the text - Natural Resources. We'll have a group quiz on Wednesday. They'll have a homework assignment on Tuesday to help them study. Collaborative (group) learning is very effective - they learn more from discussing amongst themselves than listening to me lecture, on certain occasions. This quiz is designed to let them learn from each other - not just memorize terms (they need both - I try to switch it up). The homework assignment is a sufficient study tool for the quiz.

Language Arts: We're finishing up our study of reading poetry. The children have written some delightful poems using alliterations and rhyming. We'll be typing our poems on the computer and illustrating them. Then we'll begin a unit on Adjectives and Adverbs that will carry into next week - no test this week.

Reading: We're finishing the play Damon and Pythias, and this will conclude our reading unit on Friendship. Our comprehension test will be on Wednesday. Thursday, we will begin reading Pippi Longstocking. We're taking a break from our Open Court reader to explore this timeless classic I think the children will enjoy.

Wordly Wise: As I've stated, we only do Wordly Wise lessons every other week. This week we'll be doing Lesson 6. This is a challenging vocabulary program, but incredibly enriching to their reading fluency and comprehension. You wouldn't believe how quick they are to recognize a 'Wordly Wise' word in another subject - and immediately pantomime the definition..a favorite method of remembering definitions for them! The lesson will begin Wednesday, and will include practice homework. Thursday's homework is just to study definitions (especially multiple definitions), and the test is Friday.

Many thanks to those who've brought yummy snacks thus far - your babies need this brain food! Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for everything you do to help them be prepared and well-rested for class!

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10.09.12
Third Grade Class News

Last week was busy in third grade! Our story of the week was about Jackie Robinson, and his role in history as the nation's first African American player to enter Major League Baseball. This story (Teammates), leant itself to discussions about history, economics, society, and equity. It was fascinating to see a group of young people who had no background knowledge of segregation. Along with our weekly phonics and comprehension strategies, the children also learned a lot about how and why things have changed for many minorities in our society - many rich discussions!

In Language Arts, we concluded out unit on nouns, and began a unit on reading and writing poetry. The children wrote fantastic stories using a word bank of spelling words. I plan to use some of this original writing for a Language lesson this week - check next week's blog to see how!

We began Ch. 2 in Social Studies - Communities and geography, specifically land, water, and climates. In Science we began Ch. 3 - Relationships among living things, and the study of ecosystems. We found many ecosystems on the playground, as well as on the computer!

To end the week, our Lower School chapel topic was teamwork. The children participated in helping create a work of art functioning as a team - they did a great job! I've posted some pictures below of some of them doing their part of the painting. We learned that good teamwork skills can affect every area of our lives, and we studied what God says about teamwork as well. Our painting will have the following Bible verse on it: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!" The third grade is a great team grin

Have a nice week,

Susannah Joyce

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09.07.12
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September 7, 2012

What a fantastic second week of school we had in third grade! It's always a good week when we're combining learning with fun. In Social Studies we studied the globe, the 7 continents, 4 oceans, and some basic map skills. We got into groups and completed an assignment by finding our answers on globes - we understand there is a purpose for learning and a reason we need to know these things! Our unit in Science has been on living things. We found several ways to enjoy learning about living things this week. We constructed edible plant cell models and labeled their parts - yummy! We also had a visit from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. They brought several newly hatched alligators out for us to view, and told us some very interesting facts about an alligator's habitat and environment. Hope everyone has a nice weekend, and I look forward to another exciting week next week!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Joyce

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