Thursday, April 17, 2014

Update From Ms. Luria

Update from Ms. Luria

Dear Families,


April Dates
Thursday 24th - All Run for the Arts money is due
Friday 25th - Rough draft of cook book page is due
April 30th - Jefferson Dancers field trip - $2 - Volunteer


May Dates
Friday 2nd - Field trip of Whole Foods for our 5th IB unit
Friday 2nd - Final draft of cook book page due
Friday 9th - Jet boat field trip
Thursday 22nd - Global Experience Night

June Dates
Friday 13th - New last day of school year

We have had a busy week. Students enjoyed a visit from Mr. Lizard and learned all about different animals. This inspired many wonderful poems. Here are a few. (No python actually come to school!) 


There once was a very big python
that ate kids up for lunch
Mr. Lizard brought him in
and . . . 
the kids were gone!
"munch, munch, munch"


Crawling tarantula
so hairy and scary
twitching her spiky hairs
crawling tarantula
so hairy and scary
big for a spider
but much small than bears

For our IB unit students got to sample both Greek food and French food. If you could give a short presentation and some samples of food (restaurant cooked or store bought) we would love to learn about more types of food! Please email me to set that up.

In non-fiction reading we read all about video games and how they are made to encourage people to want to play them more! We also talked about how stores and other places use those same techniques. We had some fascinating conversations as a class.  

In fiction reading students are either reading and discussing poetry or finishing up their novels. Students wrote all sorts of fascinating poems. I'll be posting some of them soon.

We also are reading out loud the book Frozen. To continue with our theme of comparing different sources of information or comparing texts, we are studying the similarities and differences between the book at the movie. We have read the first 3 chapters of the book and viewed about 5 minutes of scenes to compare them. Students were very engaged and noticed that you had to listen very closely to find the differences! 


In math, we are exploring the distributive property. This continues to be a big challenge for most people in the class! Most students, though, were able to do some long division by the end of this week. The method is probably a bit different than the one you learned in school. We are learning the Partial Quotient Method, which is different from the standard long division method. Please watch this 2 minute video if you get a chance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NtxVF5bfqs 


Here is a picture showing the distributive property of multiplication: 


Here is a picture of the partial quotient method:


In spelling, we continue to work on our spelling rules, dictations and high frequency words. This week we learned that when a word ends in a CY and you want to make it plural, you add an ES, which turns into IES.

Play             Not a CY              Plays
Try               Yes a CY             Tries
Finally, please check out some of the student writing on the blog.  Your kids would love to share with you some of their writing and read some feedback too! 

Have a wonderful week,
Sacha

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Update from Ms. Luria

Update from Ms. Luria

Dear Families,


April Dates
Friday 11th - Teacher planning day 
April 16th - Late open
April 24th - All Run for the Arts money is due
April 30th - Jefferson Dancers field trip - $2 - Volunteer
Thursday math volunteering between 8:45 and 9:45 on a few dates Sign up form

May Dates
9th - Jet boat field trip

The students finished Run for the Arts. Every single child in the class ran 9 or more laps this year! I taught the students who needed some help about the Run Walk Run method from the Olympian Jeff Galloway. Here is some information on that method of running. 

Oaks testing: Students finished their math testing this week! Overall they did a fabulous jobs on the test. Everyone worked hard and did their personal best. 

In non-fiction reading we are working on using multiple sources of information to study one topic. We have read articles about Tornadoes, watch a video about a tornado and heard a story about tornadoes. Students also got to talk with the librarian about her personal experience with tornadoes. Ask your child what different things they learned from different sources of information. This is one of the new Common Core standards!  

In fiction reading students are either reading and discussing poetry or finishing up their novels. We are learning about point of view and sensory details. We read a story written from the point of view of some crayons, The Day the Crayons Quit, and from the point of view of a tree! They are also writing both poetry and letters from different points of view. I sent home a copy of their letters in their folder today. Have your child read it out loud to you! 


In math, we are exploring the commutative property and distributive property. Maybe it has been a while since you have learned this! The commutative property just states that the order doesn't matter in a multiplication sentence. 

Here is a picture of the commutative property: 



Here is a picture showing the distributive property of multiplication: 


In spelling, we continue to work on our spelling rules, dictations and high frequency words. Students are starting to apply the CY + anything but I rule in dictations. Ask your child to explain this to you. Why do you change the Y in happily, but not in playing?

Finally, please check out some of the student writing on the blog.  Your kids would love to share with you some of their writing and read some feedback too! 

Have a wonderful week,
Sacha

Friday, April 4, 2014

Update from Ms. Luria

Dear Families,


NOTE: Students need to bring 2 spirals to the classroom on Monday if possible.

April Dates
Thursday 10th - Run for the Arts/ Grading period ends
Friday 11th - Teacher planning day (I could use volunteers)
April 16th - Late open
April 30th - Jefferson Dancers field trip - I will need adult volunteers

May Dates
9th - Jet boat field trip
Oaks testing: Students have finished all of their reading OAKS tests. Students who need to retake those tests will do so in the beginning of May. Overall, the 3rd grade did very well on the tests and showed their great reading skills!

Students are starting or have finished their math test as of Friday. Please feel free to check out the videos on OAKS math prep if you have not already done so and if your child has not already taken the test!

In non-fiction reading we continue to work on find sentences to prove our statements. Students are reading about tornadoes. We will be reading a few different articles and comparing the information we learn from each source. 


In math, we are starting to explore long division. Please look at this picture with your child. Ask him/her to explain what it means to you. This is probably different from how you learned long division! The focus
in the beginning is understanding the concept! 

In spelling, we continue to work on our spelling rules, dictations and high frequency words. They are working on applying the rules they've learned in their writing. 

Finally, please check out some of the student writing on the blog.  Your kids would love to share with you some of their writing and read some feedback too! 

Have a wonderful week,
Sacha

Jordan


"Navy Seal Training"
            I am an expert on Navy Seals. I recommend if you want to know a lot about Navy Seals, other Watch Men of Honor or Captain Phillips I've seen both now, I'm going to talk about the training.
            They usually will do pushups, diving, gunning and rafting.  In the diving they have a big swimming pool and they are timed to go and put their gear and get them checked. They have to tread water with no hands, holding 75 pounds for 5 minutes. They have to take off their gear in the swimming pool and take a breath.
            They also go in rafts and paddle over the waves if they are good they get a break.  They train for 6 months. After a few weeks they have Hell Week which is nonstop 24/7 training. They get exhausted every time, the other weeks are regular.
            They pay by doing pushups. The navy drops the Navy Seals by shore when they do battles. They usually use M16A3 to kill enemies. The Navy Seals shoot at small targets during the day. In the night there are big targets.



Everett


"The Albina Library"
            On Tuesdays my class went to the Albina library. We got a behind-the-scenes look at things. Things like the back room of the library. We also got to see the system of checking in and out books. Their system looks remarkably like ours.
            We got to see the inside of the book drop area. It has a bin with a cotton mesh covering. People dropped books while we were inside the area. Some people got to carry books to the back, sadly I was not one of them.

            When we got to the back, the host librarian showed us how the system worked. They receive shipments from other libraries. Albina also ships books to its fellow libraries. It takes and receives many books. I learned that Albina is the smallest library in their branch.

Olivia

Over Spring break I am going to the beach. I'm going with my cousins Marian and Logan. Because my dad works a half way through, my uncle is going to come and drive my dad home. Then we get to all ride in the van home. It will be lots of fun.
            My cousin Marian is about my age. My cousin Logan is around three years old. They are very nice and fun. They have a dog but I can't remember its name. Their backyard has a tree house.

            The beach we go to is Otter Crest. It is about three hours away from here. My grandma and grandpa have a room that they let us use. There is a hot but and a pool there. There is also a tennis court.

Julian

"Spring Break"
            This Spring break I'm going to Mt. Hood. My dad will rent a hotel on Mt. Hood. I'm going with my dad and my brother. We will go skiing, tubing or sledging. We will have so much fun on Mt. Hood.
            Next  we might go to Seattle. We will visit my friends sister. I wish we could see a Seahawks game or  marines. We will stay in a hotel or my friends sister's house. We will have a good time in Seattle.
            Then when we get home, me and my brother will play Mine Craft. Then my dad will try to play Just Dance 4. For some reason my dad always wins! I get 2nd sometimes and My brother gets 3rd. I will have a fun spring break!