Learning Through Leadership

Million Dollar Words

Good Morning!

We have been working hard learning some new million dollar words here in the 3rd grade. We are up to a total of 24 words so far this year, and the list will keep growing. Here are the words we are focusing on for the next week.

Charred: turned black from fire

Haughtily: acting too proud

Suitable: just right

Feverishly: to do something in a hurry

Awesome: amazing or fantastic

Prevail: to do something difficult before anyone else

Try and use these words at home this week with your child and encourage them to use them too! Have a great weekend!

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Weekly update

Wow! We have had a busy few weeks here at school and are planning  even more fun for the upcoming weeks! 

Reading and Language Arts: 

We have been reading lots of stories about grandparents and special people in our lives. We have used these stories to practice recognizing character traits and to answer questions that require deep thinking. We have also been learning and practicing using our million dollar words. See my previous posts for information about million dollar words. 

During our writer’s workshop time we have been working on developing our seed stories. These are small moments that we will turn into our first published piece of writing this year! 

Math: 

We will wrap up our first module on Multiication next week and will move on to  Module 2. This module covers place value and problem solving with units of measure.  We will begin with studying the number line and will move from there. 
Science and Social Studies:

We finished up our plants unit today, and next week we will start our first unit in Social Studies. We will be studying the history of Pickerington as we start learning about the community we live in. 
7 habits: 

We continue to learn about and work on the 7 Habits here at school. Next week we will study habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind, and will talk about goals and action plans. 
Don’t forget about our Yankee Candle Fundraiser, this is a great way to support all that the PTO does for our school! 
Check out some of what we have done this week:
Math:

   
    
    
    
    
    
 
Writer’s Workshop

   
    
    
    
    
 
Science: 

   
    
    
   
Constitution Day Activity:

  

Million Dollar Words 9/18/2015

Dear Families,

We are working with a program in class that is designed to help children develop their comprehension and vocabulary skills through stories read aloud. The program takes advantage of some sophisticated vocabulary found in books for young children- because children love to learn big words. Research has shown that the earlier children learn these words, the better able they are to use them in their speech and writing for the rest of their lives.

Every two weeks I will be sending home six new words. These are the words we are learning and using in our daily activities. Please try to use these words as frequently as possible. See how many times you, your child and those around you can use the words. Make a game out of it!

And remember, as you share reading experiences with your child, point out and talk about the big words you encounter.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Bristle

This Week’s Million Dollar Words:

  1. Valuable: Very useful or important.
  2. Compliments: Nice things that you would say to someone.
  3. Abundance: More than Enough
  4. Hero: A person who does something great
  5. Sputter: A popping Noise
  6. Eavesdrop: To listen to someone secretly.

Million Dollar Words

Dear Families,

We are working with a program in class that is designed to help children develop their comprehension and vocabulary skills through stories read aloud. The program takes advantage of some sophisticated vocabulary found in books for young children- because children love to learn big words. Research has shown that the earlier children learn these words, the better able they are to use them in their speech and writing for the rest of their lives.

Every two weeks I will be sending home six new words. These are the words we are learning and using in our daily activities. Please try to use these words as frequently as possible. See how many times you, your child and those around you can use the words. Make a game out of it!

And remember, as you share reading experiences with your child, point out and talk about the big words you encounter.

This Week’s Million Dollar Words:

  1. masterpiece: an outstanding piece of work
  2. anxious: excited or worried
  3. nurturing: taking special care of someone or something
  4. dreaded: worrying about what may happen
  5. ruin: wreck or destroy
  6. compassion: understanding another’s problem and wanting to help.

What a week! 

We have had a wonderful first full week in 3rd grade! We have been busy being Leaders, starting our first literature and math units of the year, learning about plants and working on classroom routines! It has been busy, but so much fun! 
As we get ready to start next week I wanted to give you all an update about upcoming events and lessons in the classroom. 

Reading: continue with our book “The Stories Julian Tells” and working on using text evidence to answer questions. We will also read some poetry and begin talking about how stories are handed down from one generation to the next. 

Writing: we will continue our adventures with Writer’s Workshop. We are focusing on using small moments in our life to write personal narratives. The students have been filling their Writers Notebooks with stories, and I can’t wait to see what else they write! 

Math: we will continue to work on Multiplication and Division. We are focusing on making equal groups, using arrays to represent multiplication, and using the RDW process to answer questions. 

Science: We are studying plants and their life cycles. We will be planting seeds and learning about how plants grow. 

Check out the pictures below of the fun we had this week! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter! @hes_bristle
We practiced shaking hands, greeting each other and using eye contact!    
     

The students applied for leadership roles in our classroom

 
We made a human array in math class! 

  
And then practiced drawing arrays ourselves! 

    
 
The beginning of Writer’s Workshop, look how focused they all are! 

   
    
Practicing Read to self for Daily 5. 

 
Sharing our solutions in math class. 

  
    
Making equal groups as we investigate division. 

    
    
Writing our Small Moment Stories. 

    
 

PTO happenings

Dear Parents, 
Out PTO has partnered with several PTOs throughout PLSD to organize the carnival games for Pickerington’s Bicentennial Celebration from Sept. 5th-7th. This activity will be a great fundraiser for our schools, as well as a perfect opportunity to get involved with our community!
We are in need of volunteers for the carnival to be a success, and we would so appreciate your assistance. We are especially in need of adult volunteers. Student volunteers must be junior high age or above to volunteer alone; however, younger students are welcome to volunteer along with a parent or guardian. Please visit the following link to sign up:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4facaf2da46-bicenntenial
Thanks so much for helping to make this worthwhile event a success!
Also, our first Heritage PTO meeting is tomorrow night, Wednesday, August 19 at 7PM in the Heritage Staff Lounge. Please join us!

Sunny D Labels

I was scrolling through Facebook and came across this event sponsored by Sunny D. If you drink Sunny D please send in your labels so we can get free books for our classroom! Thanks in advance for helping us expand our library! 

http://www.sunnyd.com/bookspree/en/