A214- August 31st
Dear Third Grade Families,
 
Hello tonight. We had a great first week of school.  Your students wrote you a friendly letter today writing about their week. It is a start, and I am proud of all the students and their effort. Please allow them to finish and to show you their letter if they need more time. Thank you.
 
We put together our Reading Journals, wrote our first entry in our Writing Notebook, established our classroom expectations, reviewed our school rules, reviewed geometric shapes and learned some new geometry math terms/shapes, graphed our class birthdays, reviewed parts of a bar graph, shared our Me Boxes, voted on our class t-shirt design, helped our Kinder Buddies (such kind, patient, and helpful third graders!), started independent reading, as well as accomplishing other classroom activities as I  test students one-on-one to check reading fluency and comprehension.
 
I will finish checking papers that have been handed in and get back to those parents who have volunteered for River Rendezvous. I may have to have a "drawing"  since I may have an abundance of volunteers and I will have to limit the number to six volunteers. What a nice problem to have! I will take note of any parents who offered to volunteer but, due to space, could not join us for this first field trip. There will be plenty of other opportunities to volunteer. Thank you in advance.
 
Have a restful and happy weekend.
 
Thank you for being a partner in your child's education.
 
All my best,
 
Susan Saly
3rd Grade
Lake Harriet Lower Campus School
612.668.3210
 
Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man how to fish, he eats for a lifetime.
Chinese proverb
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Hello on the first day of school!

 

Today was the first day of 3rd grade.  We are working on routines and rituals as we get back to school after a fun summer.

 

Homework Folder comes back and forth to school each day. Please help your child with this routine. Thank you!

 

Lots of paperwork to sign and hand back in to LHLC with your child back to homeroom. Thank you in advance.

 

$12.00  T-shirts  (cash only) due by Friday, August 31st- or earlier-  for our classroom field trip shirts. Your child brought a paper home today. 

 

Optional black/white  freehand drawn  design contest with LHLC   3rd Grade Putting our best feet forward   on the front for our t-shirts with your child's name on the back of the paper.  Due Friday, August 31st. I have plenty of paper for your child.

 

More later.

 

Thank you for being a partner in your child's education.

 

All my best,

 

Susan Saly
3rd Grade
Lake Harriet Lower Campus School
612.668.3210
 
Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man how to fish, he eats for a lifetime.
Chinese proverb
 
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August  23, 2018

 

Dear Third Grade Families,

Hello. I look forward to a terrific year of working, learning, and growing with your child in third grade! I am happy to be teaching here in Room A214 at Lake Harriet Lower Campus.

A little information about me. I live in South Minneapolis and have two children Elizabeth, a Junior at UW Stout, my son, David, a Freshmanat Augsburg University, and our sweet dog, Csilla. During the school year, we are busy with school, soccer,  and other happenings.

During the summer, I try to get up to the family cabin as much as possible.  Some of my other interests are gardening, art, making jewelry, skiing, kayaking, canoing, horses, swimming, snorkeling, and hiking.
 
My classroom practice in Math, Science, Social Studies and English Language Arts holds students accountable for using learning, problem solving, and helping strategies. Students actively read, discuss topics, analyze problems, ask questions, and get information. Students are expected to “do and make things work better” and to “do better than before” in the classroom.

Science Units Taught This Year:

Sun and Moon- August/September

Energy and Properties of Matter - October-December

Structures of Life/Living Systems – January-March

Physics of Sound – April

Living Systems/Model Membranes – May-June

NOTE: Save the Date! Our first field trip!

River Rendezvous is  Friday, September 21st  from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm.  Depart LHLC at 9:30 am.  More information to be sent out

Since my cellphone does not always work in our classroom, it is best to contact me via e-mail or call the school to leave a note. 

More information to come throughout the year.

Check out:

http://lakeharriet.mpls.k12.mn.us/ms saly

My webpage is always under construction. More information will be added and updated as needed.

Please e-mail me and I can add your contact information to my list.

Thank you!  Susan.Saly@mpls.k12.mn.us

**Check out my webpage for some more resources:

 
 
All my best,
 
Susan Saly
3rd Grade
Lake Harriet Lower Campus School
612.668.3210
 
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Dear Wonderful 3rd Grade Families,

 

Happy Summer Break!

 

Friday, June 8th went by too quickly. We cleaned out our lockers and desks and raced out the door on June 8th.  We felt sappy-  sad and happy - a word created by Rowan- all at the same time.  

 

Thank you for an amazing year of learning and growth with your children, parents and families!

               

Some past 2018 events and happenings:

 

                            June 5th –The  Fractured Fairy Tale Plays were delightful!  Well done, students! So much fun! 

                                    

                            June 6th – Kickball Tournament during school hours- We practiced how to be good sports, be a supportive team, win some, as well as lose some. 

 

                            June 7th- 3rd Grade End of the Year Linden Hills Flying Up Ceremony! Thank you, parents and students! We had a sunny and fun afternoon!

 

                           June 8th- Final Kickball Tournament. Tied for 1st place!

 

We finished our Engineering Is Elementary Science Unit by testing various materials and then designed a model membrane, tested it, improved it, tested out our 2nd improved design, and then discussed our 3rd improved design. We ran out of time to test out our 3rd improved design. Bravo, Engineers!

 

                         June 8th- Signed yearbooks and end of the year A204  memory books! Thanks, Sam, (Roxy's dad) for helping binding and organizing the end of the year memory books.

 

                         June 8th- Thank you, Cristina (Gianna's mom) and Sam, for helping the students write and edit their friendly letters that gave advice to next year's 3rd graders for a great school year.

 

                          June 8 – Report Cards were backpacked home- I will miss you!!! Come back and hold Happykins!

 

Thank you for all the kind and generous gifts!  I came home on Friday evening, June 8th,  after cleaning up the room a bit, feeling sappy,  and used your amazing and generous gift card to buy some nice supper  for the family from my neighborhood Kowalski's to celebrate the beginning of Summer Break and my son's high school graduation.  I did not have to cook that evening  which was such a nice gift.   Thank you, Parents and Students!

 

I still feel sappy- sad and happy. I feel sad that our year has come to an end, but happy for Summer Break!

 

Have a wonderful Summer! I will see you around the neighborhood.

 

Take care,

 

Susan Saly
3rd Grade
Lake Harriet Lower Campus School
612.668.3210
 
Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man how to fish, he eats for a lifetime.
Chinese proverb
 
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Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man how to fish, he eats for a lifetime.
Chinese proverb
 
******************************Book Reflection/Book Report  #3 Due 3/29/2018 For those not already done.

                                                                                See below:

                                                         READING INFORMATION for  2017 -  2018                           ___________________________________________________________________________________
  • Book Reflection Expectations  ALL

    After you have finished a book write a reflection of no less than 4 paragraphs.  Each paragraph should have a topic and closing sentence as well as 4 or more detail sentences.

    Paragraph 1 is a reflection paragraph.  Tell what you really liked/disliked about this book.  Why is the setting important (or not)?  Is the book realistic or not and why?  How could the author improved upon the book?

    Paragraph 2 is a connection paragraph.  Talk about how the characters, events or setting remind you of someone, some event or somewhere and why.  How can you relate to the book?  Have you had a similar situation in your own life?  How did the connections make you feel?

    Paragraph 3 is an inquiry paragraph.  What questions do you have after reading this book.  For example, why did the characters________?  How might a person’s life have been different if__________?   Did the time the book was written in, affect the way the book was written?  If so how?

    Lastly in paragraph 4, identify what genre the book is from and explain how you know this.  What clues in the text support your opinion?

    Scoring Guide:

    4 points: included all the items in your reflections with complete paragraphs

    3 points: missed one item in the reflection or do not have complete paragraphs

    2 points: missed 2 items in the reflection or have incomplete paragraphs

    1 point: missed 3 items in the reflection or have no paragraphs

     
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Dear Parent,
 
Now it's easier than ever to find the right books for your child — and help us earn FREE books for our classroom library at the same time! With new online ordering from Scholastic Book Clubs, you can choose from a much wider selection of books than in the printed flyer. And best of all, our class earns a FREE book every time a parent places their order online.
 
It's so simple! Here's how it works:
 
SIGN UP at www.Scholastic.com/bookclubs. On the orange Parent Panel, click the "Connect to your teacher" link. When prompted, enter the Class Activation Code NGWBK (You'll see a "Welcome to Mrs. Saly's Class" message.) This ensures that your order gets sent to me.
 
SELECT the books you'd like to order from over 500 titles available online … and take advantage of online-only specials and discounts!
 
SEND your order to me online by the due date. Books will be delivered directly to our classroom, as always.
Of course, you can still order using the form from the printed flyer. But why not experience for yourself how convenient it is to order online?
 
Ordering online is fast, easy, and secure. Plus our whole class benefits thanks to the FREE books we'll earn with every parent online order.
 
Go to www.Scholastic.com/bookclubs now to get started.
Don't forget the class activation code: NGWBK
 
Thank you,
 
Susan Saly
 

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2018    Ancient Civilizations- Finished 3/16/2018

1.     Choose a civilization from the list: Egypt, China, Greek, Roman 

2.     Research to answer the questions about your civilization.  You will need to record all the information and include a bibliography.

 

3.     Complete a project to share your knowledge.  Choose from one of the suggestions or see me with other ideas.  Your project needs to give all the information.

 

 

Level 1: Easier to do less time intensive

Children’s book- ABC bookor a picture book   Travel Brochure

Trunk Museum:t his has artifacts (bought or child made) that represent & explain the civilization

 

Level 2: Medium amount of time required somewhat intensive

Scrapbook   Interview a citizen   Write a diary

Write postcards ( at least 10 cards)

 

Level 3: Hardest to do and VERY time intensive

Comic book   Mosaic  Town/Village Model

Make a board game

 

0.     Present your project to others who studied the same society.  They will grade the      information for accuracy, creativity and overall neatness. 

 

1.     Present to a group of people (one from each of the other civilizations).  

2.     Complete a worksheet on each of the other societies using the knowledge gained from the presentations.

Due Dates

___________ Choose society 1/19

___________ Get resources 1/23

___________ Find information by 2/09

___________ Complete project (in class) 3/2

___________ Bibliography & Presentation #1 3/5 -3/6

___________ Presentation #2 3/8-3/9

___________ Reflection and self grading for Ancient Civilizations 3/12

 

Celebration of learning March 16th from 3:00-3:45 in the Lunchroom.

 

 

Goal: to compare/contrast the daily lives of different people living ancient times. 

What did they eat? Name at least 15 different items they ate & 3 they drank.

What did they wear (remember to talk about what it was made of)?  Be sure to tell about men, women and children as well as rich versus poor. 

What were homes built of and what items (at least 5) you would find in them (rich & poor)?

What did they do for entertainment? Name at least 5 different things.

What jobs did men and women do?

In detail explain their government.

 

Ancient civilizations and their environment.

 What was the weather like?

Where did their food and water come from?

What was the land (features for example rivers, mountains, plains arid, humid,) like?

What were their methods (names at least 3) of transportation?

Explain their religion and how they included it in their daily life, be specific.

What inventions did are they responsible for?

 

 

When taking notes remember to mark each item with your short hand (Letter plus page number) and include the title and author next to the corresponding letter on the master sheet.  

KEEP THIS SAFE!!

 

Before note on packet   Master note taking sheet

A pg.32      A. Egyptology by Ahmed Felipe 

 

Be sure to incorporate as much of this vocabulary into your notes as possible.

ancient    event     past   present 

future   advances  civilization    moon    sun 

stars  seasons  harvest   hunt    distant

fortnight month   year    decade           arid century era    period    lunar       moisture

season environment  humid    

 

In a class discussion we will talk about: how this society’s inventions have changed people’s lives from then to now (compare and contrast).

 

 

 

 

Ancient Civilizations Webpage Resources

 

http://www.kathimitchell.com/ancivil.html

 

http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/archaeology/ancient-civilizations/

 

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/subjects/ancientcivilizations.htm

**The above site allows advertising on the page which changes so I would recommend making sure the advertisements are closed before allowing students to use this page.

 

http://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Ancient_Civilizations

 

http://www.google.com/search?q=ancient+civilizations+for+kids&safe=active&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=t87zUouFCMmfrAG2o4GYDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAw&biw=1280&bih=595#q=ancient+civilizations+map&safe=active&tbm=isch

 

http://www.google.com/search?q=ancient+civilizations+for+kids&safe=active&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=t87zUouFCMmfrAG2o4GYDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAw&biw=1280&bih=595#q=ancient+civilizations+timeline&safe=active&tbm=isch

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhDY4KJuvc0             Indus Valley

 

http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Video.aspx?VideoID=1565          Mesopotamia

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6wKaIEzxGo   Timbuktu: City of gold

 

Also look on my class webpage for resources and links. It is a start. Thank you!

 

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2018 Rubric:   (For some reason the rubric will not copy the Diagrams & Illustrations section..)
 
Research Report : Ancient Civilizations
      Final Score: ________ out of 12 (Peer Grade)  
         
Student Name: ________________________________________ Final Score: ________ out of 16 (Teacher Grade)  
         
CATEGORY 4 3 2 1
Amount of Information All main topics from the notes are addressed in great detail. Teaching the observer (more than 50 pieces of information) about the Ancient Culture. Most of the topics from the notes are addressed. Teaching the observer a lot (between 25 to 50 pieces of information) about the Ancient Culture. A few of the topics from the notes are addressed about the Ancient Culture. Not really teaching the observer much (fewer than 25 things).  
Neatness & Organization Project is VERY neat & organized. Project is mostly neat and organized Project is either neat or organized but not both. Project is not organized or neat.
Diagrams & Illustrations        
Notes-- Teacher graded Notes are recorded and organized in an extremely neat and orderly fashion. Notes are recorded legibly and are somewhat organized. Notes are recorded. Notes are recorded only with peer/teacher assistance and reminders.
 
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******************************Book Reflection/Book Report  #3 Due 3/29/2018 For those not already done.

                                                                                See below:

                                                         READING INFORMATION for  2017 -  2018                           ___________________________________________________________________________________
  • Book Reflection Expectations  ALL

    After you have finished a book write a reflection of no less than 4 paragraphs.  Each paragraph should have a topic and closing sentence as well as 4 or more detail sentences.

    Paragraph 1 is a reflection paragraph.  Tell what you really liked/disliked about this book.  Why is the setting important (or not)?  Is the book realistic or not and why?  How could the author improved upon the book?

    Paragraph 2 is a connection paragraph.  Talk about how the characters, events or setting remind you of someone, some event or somewhere and why.  How can you relate to the book?  Have you had a similar situation in your own life?  How did the connections make you feel?

    Paragraph 3 is an inquiry paragraph.  What questions do you have after reading this book.  For example, why did the characters________?  How might a person’s life have been different if__________?   Did the time the book was written in, affect the way the book was written?  If so how?

    Lastly in paragraph 4, identify what genre the book is from and explain how you know this.  What clues in the text support your opinion?

    Scoring Guide:

    4 points: included all the items in your reflections with complete paragraphs

    3 points: missed one item in the reflection or do not have complete paragraphs

    2 points: missed 2 items in the reflection or have incomplete paragraphs

    1 point: missed 3 items in the reflection or have no paragraphs

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February 2018: Please sign the MInneapolis Institiute of Arts  (M.I.A.) field trip permission slip if you have not done so already. Our class goes on  Tuesday, February  27th and we depart at 9:45 am. Our M.I.A. guided tour is from 10:15 - 11:15 and we will be back in time for lunch and recess. Any parent volunteers? Three parents could help with our group as we tour the M.I.A. but you would have to meet us there due to limited space on the bus. Just let me know.

 
 
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2017 Wax Museum History Project is now completed! THANK YOU!

 

Below is a copy of what the students will be working on with their History Maker Biographies (Wax Museum Project).   Feel free to bring in more books to class as well as read online, watch video clips, watch appropriate movies, etc... about your person at home! We will take this step by step! Note the changed dates due to needing more time to complete our quality History Maker Project. Most will done in class.

 

I will let you know if your child needs to work on anything at home.  Students can always work at home to catch up! Otherwise they will complete most of the work here at school.  The one item they do need to do at home is find 7 to 10 pictures relating of their person and print them.  Then they should bring them to school.  The sooner the better.  That way they can write their captions and mount them on the paper.  

 
 

 

Name___________________________________ History Maker: _____________________

 

History Makers: How did I (the person you are studying) make the world a better place?   You should be able to answer this question when you are done!!!

 

Check off (Teacher’s initials) as each step is complete.

 

Here are the Wax Museum Steps (Pacing Schedule) during Literacy block:

You can always work ahead!

 

_____Step 1: Choose your History Maker by 10/23. Keep notes in your project folder (To be handed out 10/24)

 

_____Step 2: Completely read your biography by November 1st (Yes! Bring in more books to class as well as read online, watch video clips, watch appropriate movies, etc... about your person at home! Gather as many facts/information as you can).

 

_____Step 3: Complete note taking for Birth & Growing Up Years/Education (2 Worksheets) by November 10th.  Remember 10 Facts Needed For Each- They should not be in complete sentences.  See examples below

*Born 8/13/1792 * 1st home Baton Rouge, LA

 

_____Step 4: Complete note taking forAccomplishments/ Later Years and Death Remember 10 Facts Needed For Each- They should not be in complete sentences.
IB (International Baccalaureate Profiles and Attitudes of Scholars) --Give examples in your History Maker's life when they were knowledgeable, caring, balanced, etc... Your child will need to  review thier notes and reading to give examples by November 20th  (3 Worksheets).

 

_____Step 5: Begin writing the speech Rough Draft using notes in chronological order. A paragraph (at least 7 facts) from each sheet Rough Draft due by November 28th.

 

_____Step 6: Edit and FINAL DRAFT BY December 1st

 

5 Paragraphs  with topic sentences and details for the rough draft:

Hi, my name is___________.

Paragraph 1- Birth and Growing Up Years

Paragraph 2- Education

Paragraph 3-Later Years and Death

Paragraph 4- Accomplishments

Paragragh 5- IB Profiles

Include, as best you can throughout your speech, examples of when your History Maker showed ten IB attitudes and profiles. Example: (Childhood and Growing Up Years)  **** showed caring  and empathy when she took the time to describe what she saw with detailed and descriptive language to her blind sister.   We are helping each other with this piece. It really helps your child make  a  deeper connection to their History Maker as they learn more vocabulary.

Include a concluding sentence: I made the world a better place by...

Self-edit and then peer-edit with at least two peers. (We are using a detailed checklist in class)

 

_____Step 7: Assemble your Presentation Boards due by December 12th. We have the boards! No need to buy a board. We will begin to assemble the boards on 12/8. We are using the 3-panel cardboard/free standing boards but the smaller version (2 feet tall by 18 inches wide with 9 inch flaps on each side) of the regular presentation boards. Assemble your Presentation Boards (in class!) We are cutting out our pictures and adding colorful boarders to our pictures, adding captions, making a title, and adding our beautiful drawing (from art) of our History Maker to our boards.

 

_____Step 8: Wax Museum Celebration! Please bring all your costume pieces to school to get dressed up as your history maker! Invite your parents and family!

 

Location and date:

December 14th 3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. in the LHLC Lunchroom

 
 
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Order Scholastic Books Online! 

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Class Activation Code: NGWBK

Thank you !

Susan Saly

 
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 3rd Grade Schedule 2016- 2017 Room A204
 
Subject to change
9:25 Arrival/ Prepare for the day-Quiet reading/work time
Classroom Meeting/Academic Intervention/Enrichment & Social Emotional Learning- Friday is Friendly Letter Writing
10:00 – 11:25 Math
11:25 – 11:35 Prepare for lunch/recess
11:35-12:05 Lunch
12:05-12:35 Recess with Teachers
12:35- 1:50 Integrated English Language Arts (ELA)/Science/Social Studies
 
1:50 Specialists:
Day 1-PE- Bring or wear your tennis shoes
Day2-Art
Day 3-Music
Day 4-Media
Day 5-Repeat Rotation
 
2:45 – 3:55 Science/Social Studies (Trade off by week)
3:55-4:00 Dismissal
 
 
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    1. Here are some online resources.

       

      •   NCTM’s Factorize Exploration: http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=64

      •   NCTM’s Factor Game: http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=12

      •   NCTM’s Product Game: http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=29

      •   N’Rich Factors and Multiples Games: http://nrich.maths.org/5468

      •   Figure This! Problem Solving with Factors:

        http://www.figurethis.org/challenges/c37/challenge.htm http://www.figurethis.org/challenges/c22/challenge.htm http://www.figurethis.org/challenges/c31/challenge.htm

      • Great fun!:

         Find the factors:http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/factors_multiples/play/ 

         
  • Read chapter books at your approximate level
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Order Scholastic Books Online!

www.Scholastic.com/bookclubs

Class Activation Code: NGWBK

 
Susan Saly
 
 

See Homework for additional information. Thank you!

 
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Dear Mom and/or Dad, (From Your Child Via M. Saly!),   (From 11/10/2017)
 
This week you are seeing my report card. This report card is Ms. Saly's attempt to describe my actions and accomplishments at LHLC during the past few months. As you read the report card, please remember that Ms. Saly is describing your dear child (me) so please do not get "too uptight" if you see a 1 or a 2. I hope you accept me as I am in my 3rd grade year of school.
 
Remember that all children do not learn to walk and talk at the same age, nor do they learn math and reading at the same rate or pace. Please do not compare me to my sister(s), brother(s), or friends. I am special and unique!  Please be realistic in setting my goals. Yes, I do need to be challenged, but not pushed beyond my abilities. I need to feel success, but more importantly as Ms. Saly says,  I need to take time to "just be, stop and smell the roses, and hold Happy"  while I am still young.
 
Please remember that my report card is just a picture of me at school, which may be a much different picture of me than the one at home.  Ms. Saly only knows me at school and does not judge or value me based on my  school report card grades. She values me for me and she loves me just as I am.  I hope we can talk together about my accomplishments and gains instead of any shortcomings that I may still be working on. I want to make you proud of me and of how hard I am working during my first few months of 3rd grade. Also, we are still in the beginning of the school year and we are still working on our 3rd grade standards. I may have not mastered them yet because we have a lot of standards to cover in 3rd grade.
 
Don't worry about signing the report card. It's really just for us at home.
 
Love,
 
Your child
 
P.S. Ms. Saly can not give out  decimal grades such as 1.9s, 2.5s or 2.8s on the report card. The program only goes 1,2,3,4. 
Also, a big thanks to Ms. Bruce, our Kinder Buddy teacher, for helping Ms. Saly write this letter!!!!