04.20.14
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Reading
Please help your child read daily for at least 15 minutes.  Your child can read to you, with you or you can read to them.  Have a discussion about what has been read - favorite parts, make predictions, talk about the characters by name, retell important details and main events, etc.  All of this will help your child with comprehension and fluency.  Help them to increase their love of reading!  :)



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Writing
Your child will be creating a very special "writer's notebook". Throughout the year we will be learning about a variety of writing genres (types), purposes for writing, and good writing strategies and techniques.

Writer's Notebook... the composition notebook (black/white notebook) from the school supply list will be sent home with directions and a piece of laminate. Please help your child decorate the notebook with pictures, stickers, etc. that are unique and special. Then cover the notebook with the plastic laminate. The outside of the notebook is one way to help inspire ideas that your child can write about in their notebook.

Types of Writing This year students will be working on the following types of writing...

  • Personal Narratives
  • Essays
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Compare and Contrast

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Spelling
Required Word List
The words listed are to be memorized, spelled correctly and used in correct context in daily writing.
1st Grade Required Words:
a and at for he in is it my of on that the to you
2nd Grade Required Words:
are could have here how our said saw they too two want was went were what when who why with


Spelling Word Wall Words

August/September - again, because, could, favorite, have, into, off, people, said, they, until, very, want, who

October - city, community, countries, exciting, getting, pretty, prettier, prettiest, laughed, schools, to, too, two, was

November -beautiful, before, discover, enough, first, hopeless, journal, let's, recycle, their, there, they're, went, when

December - anyone, are, can't, don't, everybody, everything, hidden, our, right, terrible, trouble, won't, wouldn't, write

January - about, especially, except, friendly, knew, new, know, no, myself, really, probably, then, usually, what

February - by, buy, didn't, doesn't, general, governor, something, sometimes, one, unhappiness, winner, won, your, you're

March - another, confusion, I'm, its, it's, question, that's, threw, through, vacation, we're, wear, where, with

April - almost, also, always, impossible, independent, lovable, thought, were, weather, whether, whole, hole

May/June - Review of the third grade words and extending of word wall words.

 

 


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Math
Our math series is Math Trailblazers: A Mathematical Journey Using Science and Language Arts . It is based on the philosophy: the scientific investigation of everyday situations is an ideal setting for learning mathematics and all students deserve a rich and challenging curriculum. Throughout the year students will work together on challenging tasks and discuss ideas with their peers, teacher, and family. At times, I will ask you to participate by sending in small items to school, playing a math game, or helping with homework assignments. Each student has a math textbook (student guide) and a math workbook (daily assignment book).

Daily: Students will be practicing math facts through our math facts program starting after the MEAP is finished. This year third graders begin studying and testing subtraction facts and next multiplication facts. Each day your child will practice subtraction facts and take a 1 minute timed test. As your child brings home his/her math fact sheet, please help your child learn and review facts found on the sheet. Your child will either retake the same test the next day or if your child passes his/her individual goal, he/she will move to the next level/set of subtraction facts. To help your child practice... the top half of the math sheet is to be said aloud. Your child is to say the whole problem with the answer. The bottom half is a 1 minute written timed test. Ask your child about his/her goal to find out how many facts need to be completed in order to pass.

Unit 1 Sampling and Classifying. Key concepts are identifying and using variables, making and interpreting graphs, collecting/organizing/graphing and analyzing data, using data tables and graphs, developing mental math skills, practicing addition facts, and sorting and classifying objects.

Unit 2 Strategies. We encourage students to use strategies to solve math fact problems in addition to memorization. Students will learn subtraction strategies, work with flash cards and a game. Please practice subtraction strategies.

Unit 3 Exploring Multiplication. First unit in a series of multiplication and division units. This unit emphasizes the development of multiplication concepts through solving problems. Students will be making the connection between repeated addition and multiplication.


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Science 
There are three physical science units.  The first trimester is an energy unit (light and sound). The second trimester unit is an earth science unit.  The final trimester is a force and motion unit (gravity, force and speed).


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Social Studies 

Students will learn about...

  • Core Democratic Values (CDV). The 8 Core Democratic Values they will be learning about are... Common Good, Truth, Patriotism, Individual Rights, Diversity, Equality, Popular Sovereignty, and Justice.
  • 5 Themes of Geography as it relates to Michigan - movement, regions, location, human-environment interaction, and place.
  • Michigan Government - students will be visiting the State Capitol.
  • History of Michigan

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