Monday, February 24th, 2020

Monday, February 24th

  • Music
  • Assembly: Water Safety @ 10:20am

Tuesday, February 25th

  • Gym

Wednesday, February 26th

  • Technology

Thursday, February 27th

  • Art
  • Assembly: March is Reading Month Kick Off
  • Weekly Readworks is DUE- “Out West”
  • Weekly M-STEP Homework #1 Sent Home
  • Family Fun Night at Chuck E. Cheese, PTA Fundraiser

Friday, February 28th

  • Media
  • PBIS Monthly Reward
  • Start New Weekly ReadWorks Online Article-“Whoop It Up!”
  • M-STEP #12 Vocabulary Quiz
  • Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary Quizzes
  • Spelling Test
  • M-STEP #13 Vocabulary Words Sent Home

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


Donations

The art department is collecting empty egg cartons and empty yogurt containers.

The PTA is collecting empty glass jars of various sizes.

If you have any of the above items, please send them in with your child. Thank You!


Weekly Readworks Assignment

Every Friday a new readworks online assignment is assigned. Students can work on this assignment in class or at home. We have time everyday for students to work on this online work so students do not need to do this at home. The weekly readworks assignment is due the following Thursday. Then, on Monday, we review all of the questions and answers. After we review, any student who received less than 80% must revise their readworks. Students who scored 80% or better, may or may not choose to revise their readworks.


MSTEP Prep

MSTEP Vocabulary Quizzes

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, February 28th.

Week 12 Vocabulary & Crossword

 

MSTEP Weekly Homework

On Thursday, third graders will bring home their first MSTEP homework assignment. The homework reading passages and questions will be similar to what students will encounter on the English Language Arts MSTEP. When your child earns 80% or better on the weekly MSTEP homework, the/she will earn a charm for his/her MSTEP charm necklace.


Compliment Chart Reward

Great news! Our class filled up our THIRD compliment chart! Wow-Such amazing kids!! On Friday, we celebrated with a long inside recess where students could bring in games, electronics, or toys.


Mystery Science: How can we predict when it is going to storm?

This week in science we explored the mystery, “How can you predict when it’s going to storm?” We learned about differences between fair weather clouds and storm clouds, and the role of wind direction in determining whether a rain cloud will pass overhead. You can continue to support your child’s curiosity by looking at clouds together and asking, “What kind of clouds do you think those are? I wonder if it will rain…” Ask your child if they’d like to show you their Storm Spotter’s Guide, a small book they made to help them remember how to use the clouds to predict the weather.

Student Lesson Link: https://mysteryscience.com/weather/mystery-2/local-weather-patterns-weather-prediction/47?code=NzY5MTAxMA&t=student


Reading Therapy Dogs

Every Friday afternoon, we take turns reading with our Young Fives book buddies to Gunnar or Honey, the reading therapy dogs.


Environmental Interpretive Center

The third grade classes will be taking a field trip to the University of Michigan-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center. Due to scheduling, each class will be going on this trip separately. Our class is scheduled to go on Wednesday, March 4th. We will leave Arno at 8:45, and return to Arno around 11:20 to be back in time for technology and lunch. It is very important that you arrive to school on time.

We will be learning how to identify different types of trees, how to tap syrup from maple trees, and activities related to this experience. This field trip does require a hike through the woods, so please send your child to school with winter snow boots, winter coat, hats, gloves, and scarves.

Chaperones: If you are riding the bus, please arrive at Arno by 8:30. If you are driving yourself and meeting us at University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Environmental Interpretive Center, please meet us there at 9:00. Below is a map to help direct you to parking and our final destination.

EIC Directions


 

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Monday, February 17th

  • No School-Mid Winter Break

Tuesday, February 18th

  • No School-Mid Winter Break

Wednesday, February 19th

  • Technology

Thursday, February 20th

  • Art
  • Mrs. Warneck is out of the classroom in the morning.
  • Weekly HW is DUE-ReadWorks: “The Animals at the North Pole”

Friday, February 21st

  • Media
  • Start New Weekly HW: ReadWorks Online Article, “Out West”
  • M-STEP #11 Vocabulary Quiz
  • No Reading Comprehension Quiz
  • No Spelling Test
  • M-STEP #12 Vocabulary Words Sent Home

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, February, 21st.

Week 11 Vocabulary & Crossword


Mystery Science: Where do clouds come from?

This week in science we explored the mystery, “Where do clouds come from?” Your child observed important clues, such as the fact that water changes from a liquid to a gas (even without boiling!). You can continue to support your child’s curiosity by pointing out water vapor whenever you see it rising off hot water in the kitchen or bath, or pointing out tiny droplets of water forming on a mirror, windows, or glasses. Engage their minds by asking, “Wow, why do you think this is happening?”

Science educator Steve Spangler makes clouds by spraying warm water into cold air.

Student Lesson Link: https://mysteryscience.com/weather/mystery-1/water-cycle-phases-of-matter/46?code=NzY5MTAxMA&t=student


Social Studies

The students in room 129 recently took their Chapter 4 Social Studies Test. Congratulations to Jackson, Alejandro, Leah, Cece, and Antonio for earning 100% on their test! Awesome Job!


African American Artists, Inventors, and Musicians Assembly

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Monday, February 10th

  • Music

Tuesday, February 11th

  • Gym (Wear Tennis Shoes)
  • Social Studies Test

Wednesday, February 12th

Thursday, February 13th

  • Art
  • Assembly-African American Artists, Inventors, and Musicians @ 10am
  • M-STEP #10 Vocabulary Quiz
  • Reading Comprehension Quiz
  • Spelling Test
  • Weekly HW is DUE-ReadWorks: “Super Survival Skills”
  • Bring in Valentines Today! Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • PTA Meeting at 6:30pm in the cafeteria

Friday, February 14th

  • Half Day! Dismissal at 11:30am
  • Media
  • Start New Weekly HW: ReadWorks Online Article, “The Animals at the North Pole”
  • M-STEP #11 Vocabulary Words Sent Home
  • Bring in Valentines Today! Happy Valentine’s Day!

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


January Super Cougar

Congratulations to Kaylyn! She is our Super Cougar for January. She is Responsible, Respectful, and Safe. She goes above and beyond our PBIS expectations. Way to go, Kaylyn! Keep up the great work!


Science

Congratulations to Isabella, Alejandro, Bentley, Rosalee, Devynn, Allan, Milo, and Cece for earning a 100% on our Animals Through Time science test! Very Impressive!

Our next science unit, Stormy Skies, is about weather and climate.


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Thursday, February 13th. We are testing on Thursday due to Friday’s half day.

Week 10 Vocabulary & Crossword


Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is quickly approaching! Students are welcome to bring in valentine cards and sealed treats to pass out. If your child will be passing our valentine cards or sealed treats, please make sure to have 27 of each so no one is left out. We have 27 students in our classroom.

Your child does not need to write in the “To” spot for every child. Feel free to leave the “To” spot blank and have your child sign their name in the “From” spot on each valentine card. However, if your child would like to fill out the “To” spot on each card, below is a list of names for our classroom. 

Due to Friday, February 14th, being a half day, students may bring in cards and sealed treats on Thursday, February 13th. We will pass out cards and sealed treats on both Thursday and Friday.

  1. Ameria
  2. Cece
  3. Milo
  4. Lilly C.
  5. Isabella
  6. Liam
  7. Greyson
  8. Hayden
  9. Charles
  10. Mia
  11. Allan
  12. Devynn
  13. Katie
  14. Owen
  15. Luc
  16. Kayla
  17. Kaylyn
  18. Lia 
  19. Gavin
  20. Lilly N.
  21. Antonio
  22. Sophia
  23. Jackson
  24. Leah
  25. Bentley
  26. Rosalee
  27. Alejandro

PTSA Spring Fever Basket Donation

We are asking for support from our  parents again this year!! We had such amazing baskets last year and would love to have some more again this year!

The Allen Park PTA/PTSA Council is holding a Silent Auction on March 7 to benefit the scholarship fund.  Last year the $15,500 in scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors at Allen Park High School and Community School.  Your kids will be seniors before you know it!

Please consider donating to our third grade basket for the auction!  All donations are due to your teacher no later than Tuesday, February 25th.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-spring

Then join us March 7 at Spring Fever (9 am-3 pm at APHS) to bid on some auction gift certificates and baskets, treat yourself to some baked goods, and shop at the craft show and mom 2 mom sale.  More Spring Fever info can be found at https://apptacouncil.weebly.com/


Cookie Dough Fundraiser

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Arno will be once again doing the Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough fundraiser starting  Feb. 3 to help supplement the many requests we get from staff during the school year such as Spelling City, research-based activities, special project supplies, literacy materials, tech, etc.  Last year’s fundraiser helped us purchase many extra classroom supply requests, Playworks training for teachers and lunch staff, Zoo Phonics materials for kindergarten, Super Cougar pizza lunch supplies, an ipad for our Broadcast team, and professional development for teachers.

The PTA has been a tremendous resource for our building with all they have given, however, the many teacher requests received throughout the school year to give our students the very best experiences create a need to seek additional support.  Therefore, we have partnered with this company to offer you a choice of items should you choose to purchase any, that would support providing more resources for our teachers. The large envelope coming home on Feb. 3 and will contain all of the information needed (and there is an online order method).

Fundraiser Timeline

February 3 – February  18         Fundraiser Sale

February 18All money and orders due (online payment option available)

Game Truck Prize for qualifying sales: March 11

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**Turnover time is about 2-3 weeks, we will contact everyone when the items will be in (before Easter)

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Monday, February 3rd

  • Music
  • Cookie Dough Fundraiser Kick Off!

Tuesday, February 4th

  • Gym (Wear Tennis Shoes)
  • Math Test on Area and Perimeter

Wednesday, February 5th

  • Technology

Thursday, February 6th

  • Art
  • Weekly HW is DUE-ReadWorks: “When Trees Get Thirsty”
  • Science Test (Study Guide sent home last Thursday)
  • Super Cougar Lunch

Friday, February 7th

  • Media
  • Reading Comprehension Quiz
  • Spelling Test
  • M-STEP #9 Vocabulary Quiz
  • Start New Weekly HW: ReadWorks Online Article, “Super Survival Skills”
  • M-STEP #10 Vocabulary Words Sent Home
  • Mr. Zielinski’s NWEA Reward Recess @ 1:30pm

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


Valentine’s Day Celebration

On Friday, February 14th, our class will be having a little celebration. Students may bring in valentine cards for the entire class. We have 27 students. It is best to just have your child write his/her name on each card instead of including who the card is for. This makes for a speedier delivery in class.

If you are able to help provide supplies, please checkout the signup link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-valentines


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, February, 7th.

Week 9 Vocabulary & Crossword


Social Studies-Timber Presentation

The students learned about Michigan’s logging history.


Arno Olympics Medalists

1st place: Bentley

2nd place: Owen

3rd place: Rosalee

Congratulations to all of our participants!

NWEA Goals

Students were awarded certificates if they reached their personal growth goal OR if they reached the grade level goal on the Math and Reading NWEA. Very Impressive! Keep up the hard work!


January PBIS Reward

I am proud to announce that our entire class earned Zumba for our monthly PBIS Reward!

Our students completed the month with 7 or less flip changes down. Way to go, Room 129!

Monday, January 27th, 2020

Monday, January 27th

  • Music

Tuesday, January 28th

  • Gym (Wear Tennis Shoes)
  • Metropark Assembly-Timber! @ 10:50-11:50am

Wednesday, January 29th

  • Technology

Thursday, January 30th

  • Art
  • Weekly HW is DUE-ReadWorks: “Dinosaur World”
  • NWEA Reward Assembly @ 1:30pm

Friday, January 31st

  • Media
  • Reading Comprehension Quiz
  • Spelling Test
  • M-STEP #8 Vocabulary Quiz
  • Start New Weekly HW: ReadWorks Online Article, “When Trees Get Thirsty”
  • M-STEP #9 Vocabulary Words Sent Home

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, January 31st.

Week 8 Vocabulary & Crossword


Mystery Science: How long can people (and animals) survive in outer space?

This week, we learned how living in space can affect people’s and animals’ bodies. Students examined how Scott Kelly, a NASA astronaut who spent an entire year aboard the International Space Station, changed after being in space. Then they imagined how their own physical traits (height, strength, balance) might change after living in space.

You can support your child’s curiosity about space by watching a video together of a surprising phenomenon in space. Col. Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency demonstrates an answer to the question, “What happens when you wring out a wet cloth in space?”: https://safeyoutube.net/w/OFPd.

Student Lesson Link: https://mysteryscience.com/animals/mystery-8/traits-environment/267?code=NzY5MTAxMA&t=student


Be the “I” in Kind!

Our Arno students worked very hard on this hallway display during Art.


Inside Recess

Due to the snow, ice, and rain this week, we had inside recess. Antonio and Devynn were showing their art skills and creativity during recess.

Monday, January 20th, 2020

Monday, January 20th

  • No School
  • Martin Luther King Jr Day

Tuesday, January 21st

  • Gym (Wear Tennis Shoes)
  • Honor Choir Concert @ 6:30pm
  • Arno Food Drive

Wednesday, January 22nd

  • Technology
  • Arno Food Drive

Thursday, January 23rd

  • Art
  • Weekly HW is DUE-ReadWorks: “The Two Best Cakes”
  • Arno Olympics @ 6pm
  • Arno Food Drive

Friday, January 24th

  • Media
  • Reading Comprehension Quiz
  • Spelling Test
  • M-STEP #7 Vocabulary Quiz
  • Start New Weekly HW: ReadWorks Online Article, “Dinosaur World”
  • M-STEP #8 Vocabulary Words Sent Home
  • ALICE Drill @ 2pm
  • Last day for the Arno Food Drive

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


Congratulations!!

Hard work pays off! These students studied all week and earned a charm for their necklaces by scoring 80% or better on their MSTEP Vocabulary Quiz. Way to go!


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, January 24th.

Week 7 Vocabulary & Crossword


Mystery Science: What’s the best way to get rid of mosquitoes?

This week, students discovered the most dangerous animal in the world isn’t sharks or lions, but… mosquitoes! Mosquitoes are responsible for spreading diseases like malaria, West Nile, and Zika. In our activity, students applied knowledge about mosquito habitats and life cycles toward preventing mosquitoes in a fictional town.

You can support your child’s learning! Discuss whether mosquitoes are common where you live, and how you could prevent getting bitten by them. Do you wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants outside? Do you spray mosquito repellent or hang mosquito netting? What are other solutions to keeping mosquitoes away?

https://mysteryscience.com/animals/mystery-7/habitat-change-engineering/266?code=NDY3NTg5OQ&t=student


Arno Olympics


Reading Dogs

Our third graders and their book buddies enjoy reading to Gunner, the reading dog, on Friday afternoons.


Arno PTA Food Drive

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Monday, January 13th

  • Music

Tuesday, January 14th

  • Gym (Wear Tennis Shoes)

Wednesday, January 15th

  • Technology
  • Math NWEA

Thursday, January 16th

  • Art
  • Weekly HW is DUE-ReadWorks: “Flip It!”

Friday, January 17th

  • Media
  • Reading Comprehension Quiz
  • Spelling Test
  • M-STEP #6 Vocabulary Quiz
  • Start New Weekly HW: ReadWorks Online Article, “The Two Best Cakes”
  • M-STEP #7 Vocabulary Words Sent Home
  • Mother-Son Night

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


Congratulations!!

Hard work pays off. These students studied all week and earned a charm for their necklaces by scoring 80% or better on their MSTEP Vocabulary Quiz. Way to go! I hope to see more students receive a reward for their efforts next week.


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, January 17th.

Week 6 Vocabulary & Crossword


December Super Cougar

Congratulations to Devynn! She is our Super Cougar for December. She is Responsible, Respectful, and Safe. She goes above and beyond our PBIS expectations. Way to go, Devynn! Keep up the great work!


Weekly Reading Homework

Every Friday, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks. Login info is in your child’s planner. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the M-STEP. The electronic submission is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn full credit. If your child doesn’t submit the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will miss out on valuable skill practice, and he/she will complete the missing work during free time.

Encourage your child to use the following steps to complete the assignment:

  1. Read the article noting any unknown words.
  2. Explore vocabulary section or use a dictionary to define the words.
  3. Read through the questions.
  4. If possible, listen to the text aloud using the audio option available stopping to note any possible answers to the questions.
  5. Answer the questions using evidence in the text and note it in the text where possible.
  6. Reread until all other questions are answered.
  7. Double check to make sure all answers are completed and reasonable.

Science: Why do dogs wag their tails?

This week, we learned how living in groups helps many animals survive, including wolves, meerkats, ravens, and ants!

You can support your child’s curiosity at home! Look for different kinds of animals near your home, and ask your child your child for each kind of animal, “Do you think it lives in a group? How do you think living in a group helps it survive?”

https://mysteryscience.com/animals/mystery-6/animal-groups-survival/265?code=NDY3NTg5OQ&t=student


Food Drive

Monday, January 6th, 2020

Happy New Year!

Monday, January 6th

  • Music

Tuesday, January 7th

  • Gym (Wear Tennis Shoes)

Wednesday, January 8th

  • Technology

Thursday, January 9th

  • Art
  • Weekly HW is DUE-Holiday Reading Challenge

Friday, January 10th

  • Media
  • Reading Comprehension Quiz
  • Spelling Test
  • M-STEP #5 Vocabulary Quiz
  • Start New Weekly HW: ReadWorks Online Article, “Flip It”
  • M-STEP #6 Vocabulary Words Sent Home

Holiday Reading Challenge

The weekly homework, that is due on Thursday, January 9th, is the Holiday Reading Challenge. Students are encouraged to read 20 minutes for each ornament. A copy of the homework is below.

Holiday Reading Challenge


English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. In January, when your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, January 10th.

Week 5 Vocabulary & Crossword


Holiday Pictures

We had A LOT of fun during the last school week of 2019! We had a school sing-a-long, a French Fur Trader presentation, lots of dress up days, and matching socks!

Monday, December 16th, 2019

Monday, December 16th

  • It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas: Wear your craziest holiday clothes for the school sing-a-long.
  • Music
  • Holiday Sing-a-long @ 2:30pm

Tuesday, December 17th

  • Tree Topper: Wear your favorite holiday hat, headband, etc.
  • Gym (Wear Tennis Shoes)
  • Metroparks Presentation, French Fur Trader @ 9:50am
  • Dr. Hall’s December reading visit @ 1:40pm

Wednesday, December 18th

  • Christmas Vacation: Wear Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts, sunglasses, etc
  • Technology

Thursday, December 19th

  • Shine Bright Like a Light: Light up your wardrobe with holiday lights, tinsel, light up necklace, etc.
  • Art
  • Weekly HW is DUE-ReadWorks Online Article, “Native Americans-The Star Maiden: A Native American Legend”
  • M-STEP #4 Vocabulary Quiz
  • M-STEP #5 Vocabulary Words Sent Home

Friday, December 20th

  • Twas the Night Before Christmas: Wear your pajamas to school.
  • Library
  • Reading Comprehension Quiz
  • Spelling Test
  • Mr. Zielinski’s holiday story time @ 3pm.
  • Start New Weekly HW: Hoiday Break Reading Challenge

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


Social Studies

Congratulations to Liam, Allan, Greyson, Milo, Devynn, Bentley, Kaylyn, Lia, Cece, Katie, Rosalee, Jackson, Owen, Charles, and Alejandro for scoring 100% on their Chapter 3 Social Studies Test! Very Impressive!


Science

Last week your child learned about how people used selection to change an animal’s traits, such as creating new breeds of dogs. This week we saw how selection isn’t always caused by human beings: sometimes other, non-human factors can cause selection to happen.

In our lesson, we introduced the true story of two lizard species in Florida. (If you’re curious, you can read an adult-level version of the story here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-evolution-green-brown-lizards-20141101-story.html)

The change in these lizards is an example of “natural selection”— a big idea that your child will revisit over the course of their science education. In our lesson we did not use the term “natural selection,” but this example laid the foundation for later understanding of the concept.

Student view of our most recent science lesson.

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Monday, December 9th

  • Music

Tuesday, December 10th

  • Reflections Breakfast
  • Gym (Wear Tennis Shoes)

Wednesday, December 11th

  • Technology

Thursday, December 12th

  • Art
  • Social Studies Test
  • Weekly HW is DUE-ReadWorks Online Article, “The First Greenmarket in New York City”

Friday, December 13th

  • Half Day, Dismissal @ 11:30am
  • No library today
  • Reading Comprehension Quiz
  • Spelling Test
  • M-STEP #3 Vocabulary Quiz
  • Start New Weekly HW: ReadWorks Online Article, “Native Americans-The Star Maiden: A Native American Legend”
  • M-STEP #4 Vocabulary Words Sent Home

English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


November Super Cougar

Congratulations to Cece! She is Super Cougar for November. She is Responsible, Respectful, and Safe. She goes above and beyond our PBIS expectations. Way to go, Cece! Keep up the great work!


MSTEP Prep

On Friday, third graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. In January, when your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, December 13th.

Week 3 Vocabulary & Crossword


XtraMath Updates

We are now in the second trimester. Your child should be working to master their multiplication facts in order to earn a “1” on their second trimester report card. They will need to complete addition and subtraction in order to begin multiplication. This can be achieved by completing a session online each day. Login information is in your child’s planner.

Helpful hints for XtraMath success:

  1. Only complete one session per day. (An additional session will not count toward student progress).
  2. Students are better to let time run out than to answer a problem incorrectly.
  3. Students should be focused on the computer screen once the facts begin to appear.
  4. NO Distractions!!!!!

Math-Multiplication

The students in room 129 recently took their math multiplication test on chapter 6. Congratulations to Greyson, Devynn, Charles, Antonio, Allan, and Cece for earning 100% on their multiplication test.

Our class is currently finishing up multi-digit multiplication, chapter 7. This chapter is a preview for 4th grade. Students will not be tested on multi-digit multiplication. We will soon be starting division.


Mystery Science: What kinds of animals might there be in the future?

In science this week we learned about how people create new breeds of animals by selecting
certain traits and only having those animals have babies. Your child learned in particular how the earliest dogs were medium-sized and wolf-like, but using selective breeding, we managed to get the many different dog breeds, from small dogs to big dogs, spotted dogs to plain dogs.

What makes selection possible is the fact that no two individuals are ever exactly alike–there are always small differences, and yet parents do pass on most of their traits to their offspring. You can help reinforce this learning at home by helping your child to notice these small differences in physical traits between siblings, cousins, and other family members, as well as to contemplate which traits have been passed on from one generation to the next.