Blog Reporter Update

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Hi, I am Harrison.  I’m the blog reporter for Mrs. McDonald’s class. This is what we are doing in class,

Language arts: our mentor sentence is a compound sentence which means two sentences put into one joined with and, or, but. According to Alexa, “I think that compound sentences are fun sentences to write because your stories could have more descriptions.” We reviewed homophones in Unit 31 for spelling.

Math: We talked about equivalent fractions. We worked on fractions in a group session on the computers. We also wrote fraction word problems with a flower art project. Brady stated, “We are working on fractions and equivalent fractions are cool because it is a fraction that equals another.”

Social Studies: When asked about social studies, Will, “We are learning about economics. We had 2 tests one on human, capital, and natural resources and another one on scarcity and opportunity costs.” Ask us how we did.

Writing: We are on our final draft. Nora stated, ” I like researching about people and learning new things or facts.”

 

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Field Trip in May

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A letter came home today with your child regarding chaperones.

Date: Tuesday May 30

Time: 9:00 – 12:00 Place: Degraph Nature Center

Cost: $1.00 (Please send to school by May 26)…Thank you PTC for donating $3 per child

Reason: The kids will learn how the pioneers fed, clothed, and sheltered themselves with a visit to Degraaf’s  life-size Pioneer Cabin as part of our social studies curriculum. Students participate in pioneer chores such as carding wool, sawing wood, grinding corn, and cooking over the fire.

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Blog Reporter Weekly Update

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Hello, my name is Harrison.  I am the Blog Reporter in Mrs.McDonald’s 3rd grade class.  We are back from spring break.   We made thank you notes for the staff.  Here is what we worked on this week:

In writing we are working on our rough draft on our person we researched. We should have had all our notes completed to do this.

In social studies we finished up geography and started on economics. We studied natural resources, human resources, and capital resources.

In math we started our fractions unit. We learned about numerator and denominator.  We used number lines and fraction bars for fractions.

In language arts, we reviewed spelling patterns for unit 29 (oi, ou, oy, ow). We started mentor sentences. Our mentor sentence was a declarative sentence which means a statement.

In art we had our after Spring Break favorites day. We used computer coding in STEAM. We played games about computer coding on a website called Hopscotch. We had favorites day in gym. In music we had favorites day too.

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Michigan Regions Test on Thursday

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Your child should have brought a study guide home today. They will need to locate the regions on a Michigan map, as well as, know the following:

Michigan Regions

  • Upper Peninsula: forests, copper range, mountains, waterfalls, wild life
  • Lower Peninsula: factories, farmland, more roads, more cities, more people, traffic, longest rivers
  • Superior Upland: mountains–rocky land
  • Central Low Land: flat land with a few hills
  • Upper Peninsula: short growing season, lots of natural resources
  • Northern Lower Peninsula: sandy soil, lots of tourists
  • Southern Lower Peninsula: flat land for farms

Smaller Regions within Michigan

  • Thumb: looks like the shape of a thumb
  • Fruit Belt: a lot of fruit is grown on the west side of Michigan
  • Straits of Mackinac: Where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron come together
  • Metropolitan Detroit: Largest population in Michigan and the most jobs

Michigan is Part of a Larger Region

  • Midwest: Lots of flat farmland (Heart land, Bread Basket)
  • Great Lakes Region: All the states in this region touch at least one Great Lake.
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Michigan Movement Test

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We have a Michigan Movement test on Tuesday. The students are bringing home a review paper today. Here are the questions if they misplaced the materials:

  • What is one reason a person might move within Michigan?
  • What is one reason a person might move out of Michigan?
  • What are two ways goods move into and out of Michigan?
  • Why do goods move?
  • What are two ways information or ideas, move in and out of Michigan?
  • What is an example of something moving into Michigan that people did not want?
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Informational/Research Writing

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We are wrapping up our biography unit for reading and are moving on to research in writing. Today the students have chosen a person that they read about or that they wanted to know more about after looking at the following sites:

Everyone in the room has a different person (therefore if you decide to change your person, please check with me first). We would like to have them bring in additional facts to supplement the materials that they have here. Please bring in printed articles or books from the local library for Friday. Looking ahead…the students will be writing speeches/presentations at school and completing a poster project in the upcoming months at home for a Living Bio Museum (Presentation May 26th at 1:15) on the person that they have researched.

They will be expected to gather information about the following:

  • birth date and place
  • death/or where and what they are doing now
  • a childhood story
  • hobbies or interests
  • why they are famous
  • challenges/problems the person faced
  • Interesting facts
  • greatest achievement/accomplishment of the person

We will be doing lots of research work in class, but any help you can give your child at home would be wonderful.  Please let me know if you have trouble gathering information, so that I can help them here at school.

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Next Week Activities

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We want to celebrate reading with a week of activities at the end of March.  During the last week of March, have your child wear/bring the following:

Monday, 3/27: wear a hat with writing on it

Tuesday, 3/28: wear a shirt with writing on it

Wednesday, 3/29: bring your favorite book

Thursday, 3/30: read with a friend and trail mix

Thursday will be Read and Feed Day!  We will be reading much of the day and I’d like to provide a snack for the afternoon.  We will make a GORP style snack with a bunch of mixed foods. Please send in an unwrapped snack to add to our mix. I sent a note home today with an attached sandwich bag. Please return it by Thursday, March 30th. We have a nut allergy in our classroom.

Here are a few ideas: 

  • Cheese-It Crackers
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Oyster Crackers
  • Cereal (Cherrios, Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms)
  • Honey Maid Graham Sticks
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Bugels
  • licorice bites
  • raisins
  • chocolate chips (Meijer/Spartan Brand)
  • mini-marshmallows
  • pretzels (Meijer/Spartan Brand)
  • dried fruit
  • unwrapped fruit snacks
  • skittles
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