Math – I have loved how excited the kids have been to learn all about multiplication and division! Last week we learned several strategies for solving a division problem. We will complete Chapter 5 this coming week, however we will continue learning all about multiplication and division for several more weeks.
ELA – We have continued to explore main idea and inferences. We applied our understanding of main idea by competing in main idea relay races. In writing, we have been writing an opinion paragraph about spiders. Eeek! In grammar, we are are continuing to learn about nouns.
Content – What happens when you combine a solid (ice cream) with a liquid (root beer)? You get a gas! We had so much fun exploring the states of matter with our kindergarten buddies.
Spelling – Our new list was sent home on Friday and will be tested this coming Friday.
**Conference forms were sent home in Friday Folders. Please make sure to sign and return the bottom half of the form to school this week.**
Math – We started Chapter 4: Understanding Multiplication. The kids were so excited! The kids learned several strategies, including using equal groups, repeated addition, and arrays, to solve multiplication problems. The chapter 3 test may have come home with your child on Friday. This test is probably one of the hardest math tests the kids will take all year. A few students are still working on either finishing the test or making corrections.
ELA – We read a really cool story all about spiders and their webs. We also continued to learn about how to identify the main idea of a passage. On Friday, we practiced making inferences. We will continue to practice both of these new skills this coming week. In grammar, we worked with proper and plural nouns.
Content – What is the matter? EVERYTHING! This past week we learned about matter and started to explore the three states of matter. We will continue this unit for the remainder of the marking period.
Spelling – The Lesson 7 list was sent home on Friday. We will have our test this coming Friday, October 19th.
This afternoon there was a mystery in 3-B! While the students were at special, a sneaky someone (ME!) made a mess in our classroom. There were Tootsie Rolls and Binkley Bucks on tables and the floor. There were fingerprints on the counter and stools knocked onto the ground. This mystery person even left behind a pair of nylons!
I conveniently had a note sheet available for each student to record their observations and make inferences about who was in our room. The students had no idea that they were learning an important skill.
I never revealed myself as the culprit, but feel free to share the secret with your child if you would like.
Look for pictures and video of my little detectives to be posted on the blog soon. ~ Mrs. Binkley
Math – We completed Chapter 3: Subtraction. We started our chapter test on Friday and will finish it this coming week. Look for it to come home in your child’s Friday Folder. Next week we will begin Chapter 4: Understand Multiplication.
ELA – We read a story called, “Bat Loves the Night” and learned about echolocation. We also spent time learning how to identify the main idea of a passage. This can be a tricky skill, but the kids did a great job! In grammar, we learned the difference between common nouns and proper nouns & singular nous and plural nouns.
Content – We spent the week working on creating our very own maps!
Spelling – The Lesson 6 list was sent home on Friday. If your child earned an A (90-100%) on all of the previous tests, he/she was sent home with a “Super Speller List”. Your child will continue to receive the challenge list unless the lists become too challenging. If your child did not receive a challenge list, but earns all A’s on the next 5 tests, he/she will start to receive the “Super Speller List”. Please let me know if you have any questions.
On Friday we had our very first Binkley Bucks Store! The kids earn Binkley Bucks for various reasons throughout the month. At the store they are able to spend their BB on coupons, raffle tickets, candy, school supplies, etc. This month our cashier was Leah.
We were so excited to receive our September book order books! I LOVED watching how excited they were to read their new books. We will get our October books at the end of the month.