Thursday, April 19, 2018

April 20, 2018 News

Your children did a wonderful job with the ERB standardized tests.  I think they are relieved to have them under their belt now.  I really emphasized that these tests were meant as practice, so hopefully your child did not experience any unnecessary stress. 

Minnesota Amazing Race projects are due on Monday!  Please email me the video or send it in with your child on a flash drive.  Let me know if you need help or an extension.  I currently have two projects. 

Our last Word Masters challenge is on Monday, April 30th.  Next week, we will practice on Quizlet Live, which the children love. 

Curricular highlights

We finished up our long division math chapter this week.  Some groups were also able to discuss area and perimeter.  Next week, we will extend our multiplication and division knowledge with real-world problems and bar modeling. 

The children have either finished their Minnesota owl research project or are almost done.  Most children chose to create an iMovie project about their owl.  They have really enjoyed learning about this program.  Next week, we will spend some time writing paragraphs about our owl research.  Once we are done, we will study the state symbols of Minnesota and move into our Minnesota map unit. 
Thursday, April 12, 2018

April 13, 2018 News

What a busy week!  We have enjoyed playing outside, despite STILL wearing our winter gear.  I’m hopeful that the children can bring it home very soon! 

Thank you for your help and support of the Minnesota Amazing Race destination project.  I have received several video clips.  I will be compiling them into one movie.  We plan to have a “movie release” party in late May (date TBA).  I am working on securing the theater!  Projects are due Monday, April 23rd.

Our last Word Masters challenge is on Monday, April 30th.  We have been studying the words and will practice on Quizlet Live soon.

We continue to swim in PE through next Tuesday.  Our next rotation will be in the Fieldhouse, so please help your children make their tennis shoes are at school.    

Next week, the children will take the practice ERB standardized tests.  We spent some time this week discussing good test-taking strategies, along with practicing how to take a test online.  As Cathy Preissing mentioned in her letter, this is simply practice for the children.  We will have five tests and they are all scheduled for the mornings next week.  The different tests are Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Writing Mechanics, and two sections of Math.  I am sure your child will tell you all about it! 

Curricular highlights

Our reading and writing this week has been focused on reading comprehension and grammar.  We spent some time discussing singular vs. plural possessive nouns.  We also brushed up on our editing skills, looking for mistakes in spelling, capitalization, or punctuation. 

We are almost at the finish line for our math long division chapter.  Your children are becoming quite good at it!  Some have even asked for extra practice because they love it so much!  Our next chapter will focus on bar modeling with multiplication and division.  These new learning groups will begin next week.  Please continue to help your child practice the basic facts!

We wrapped up our Minnesota owl research and now the children are working on their final projects.  The children had a choice in how they wanted to present their information.  We have some iMovie projects in the works, along with an interview, a skit, and a couple poster projects!  The children have been highly motivated and engaged with their projects.  I keep reminding them that the facts they include are the most important.  J

On the horizon we will study maps and the geographical features of Minnesota. 
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Donation Opportunity

Birthday Wishes – April 9 - 23

We are collecting items that make birthdays special, like
cake mix, frosting, candles, paper plates, napkins, etc.
to share with families in our community. 
People around the world celebrate in different ways, so we have included 
rice, noodles, cookie mix and pizza crust mix.

Gluten free, kosher, and halal food is welcome as well.

First grade will deliver your donations to S.T.E.P –
the St. Louis Park Emergency Program.

Donations can be delivered to classrooms or to the
blue “Community Cupboard” near Gym C.  Thanks!

April 6, 2018 News

Happy April!  I hope you all enjoyed some quality time with your child, whether you traveled or not, over spring break.  Our class seemed eager to return and get back into the swing of things.  Hopefully, we will have spring-like weather very soon!  Be sure to ask your child about the difference between active listening and passive listening.  We spent quite a bit of time reviewing the difference on Thursday morning and will continue to practice for the rest of the school year. 

We began biddying!!  Your children did so well for their first day and they already seem like “old pros!”  We will biddy for the rest of the school year on all the even days in the cycle (11-11:45am).  Be sure to ask your child about their experience so far. 

Your child’s Minnesota Amazing Race destination project is due Monday, April 23rd.  You can send in the video clip in on a flash drive, or email it to me (if it’s not too large of a file).  Let me know if you have any questions.  I will be compiling all the videos into one class movie.  We will have a “movie release” party in May (date TBA). 

Your child should have brought home the 3rd (and final) WordMasters list before spring break.  Our last challenge “meet” will take place on Monday, April 30th.  There is a link to the Quizlet site on our class blog (on the right hand side, under the Language Arts section).  Your children have enjoyed practicing the words using that fun site.  As a reminder, words from the first two lists may appear on this last test, so children should still study those words, too. 

Curriculum highlights: We continue to practice our long division skills.  We are still in our same math learning groups (through next week) and then we will shift our focus to bar modeling with multiplication and division.  We are still in the midst of researching our Minnesota owls.  The next phase will be to decide how to present all of our learning.  Each parliament is discussing how they will choose to present their owl research with the rest of the class.  Stay tuned!    

The children should wear their C.A.R.E. shirt and non-uniform pants on Monday, April 9th.
Thursday, March 8, 2018

March 9, 2018 News

Happy March!  Spring is just around the corner, right?  We are still in the midst of our multiplication and division work in math.  This week, we spent time practicing division with remainders (some groups may still be practicing multi-digit multiplication).  We will continue this all next week before spring break. 

What marvelous reading projects that have come in to our classroom!  Thank you for taking time out of your schedules to read and present with your child.  If you (or your child) have not set up a time to present, please let me know.  Our class goal is to have all the presentations done before we leave for spring break. 

We will continue to research our Minnesota owls after we return from spring break.  The children are eager to research on the computers after beginning with books the “old-fashioned way.” 

We are almost all the way through Stone Fox in our book clubs.  The children are very engaged with this book and they have worked well in partnerships and groups.  Our goal is to finish next week and then make time to watch the movie.  We will be able to compare and contrast the movie with the book. 

Next Friday (March 16th) is our last day together before spring break and it is also a non-uniform day. 

P.E. updatewe will begin our second swimming unit next Wednesday and it will continue after spring break.

Update from the Jump Rope for Heart event: we exceeded our Lower School goal of raising $7,000 for the American Heart Association (we raised $10,355)!  As a benefit, the P.E. teachers will be taking all third and fourth graders on a field trip to the Ninja Warrior course here in Golden Valley.  As part of the efforts, we will also be awarded with gift certificates from US Games to purchase new equipment for the Lower School.  The field trip will take place later in the spring (date TBD).  Pictures from Mrs. Rice can be found at  (There is also a link to the Breck Zenfolio on the Photos section of our blog.) 

Don’t forget that the Minnesota Amazing Race project is due Monday, April 23rd.  If you need another copy of the directions, please refer to the link on the “Helpful Info” section on our class blog.  You can send in the video clip in on a flash drive, or email it to me (if it’s not too large of a file).  I will put them all together in one larger movie for our viewing pleasure (date TBD, but some time in late May).  More details to come!

On the horizon for the week of April 16th are the practice ERB tests.  A letter will be coming home soon from Mrs. Preissing regarding these practice tests.  When we return from break, we will practice for these tests.  The children will go through the Tutorial to help them get acquainted to the format (all online).  For those of you with older children, you may remember the ERB tests.  In third grade, it is simply for practice to allow the children to experience taking a test online and to familiarize themselves with the format.