1/16/2018 THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

Dear 3rd Grade Families,

 

Yeah! We made over 400 points for being nice, safe, and responsible!  The class decided to have an all day P.J. Day and a 1/2 day game day (afternoon) tomorrow.  Please no elctronics and wear warm clothes to school. Only appropriate P.J.s allowed, please.

 

Reminders: 

 

Literacy Homework: Daring Rescue ... due 1/19/18

 

Book reflection/Book Report  #2 done  at home  --Due 1/19/2018. 

Work ahead  to #3 if you care to work ahead.

 

We started Unit 5 for our reading, spelling, and literacy annotating. We are answering the question: How has innovation helped us? Unit 4 Comparing Point of View can go home.

 

Our whole class will visit the Scholastic Book Fair from 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm  on January 23rd. Feel free to have your child bring money to school in order to purchase books.

 

Basic  +, - , X , and division math facts: Students need to keep working on accuracy and quick recall. Even just 5 minutes a day will help. 

 

A  fun game  to help reinforce multiplication facts:

Meteor Multiplication 
http://www.arcademicskillbuilders.com/games/meteor/meteor.htm

Friday is Wear Purple Day in order to celebrate our hometown Vikings team. Bring it home! Skol!

 

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
 

 

 

 

******************************Book Reflection/Book Report  #2 Due 1/19/2018

                                                                                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 3rd Grade Families and Friends,

 
Happy Winter Break!
 
Thank you, volunteers, for a fun Winter Break Celebration Of Learning on December 21st! Thank you,  Louisa, Ian's mother, for organizing the events and volunteers. The students had a grand time! Thank you for the amazing, kind, thoughtful, and tasty gifts and for the most generous gift cards!   I shall use my money that I would  have spent at Target to go towards a new classroom snake for the students. Anyone have a lead on a reasonably priced corn snake or a bull snake? I shall let the students name the snake. I am starting snake shopping over break!

 

Thank you for your amazing children who teach me so much and challenge me to be and do my best. How lucky am I to be here at Lake Harriet Lower?!

 

All my best to you and yours now and in 2018!
 
Happy Holidays!
 
Susan Saly
3rd Grade
Lake Harriet Lower Campus School
612.668.3210
 
P.S.  Your child wrote you a friendly letter today. Please ask them to show you their letter if they have not done so already. Thank you.
 
 
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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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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******************************Book Reflection/Book Report Due 11/17/2017:

                                                                                See below:

                                                         READING INFORMATION for  2017 -  2018                           ___________________________________________________________________________________
  • Book Reflection Expectations (M/N-Z)- 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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Basic math fact timings: Students need to keep working on accuracy and quick recall. Even just 5 minutes a day will help.  Fact fluency greatly builds confidence and improved overall problem solving ability. I recommend flashcards or whatever system you are using. 

 

Notice math all around you!

 

Observe the night sky. Can you see and identify any constellations?    

 

Check out:http://www.moongiant.com/calendar/

 
 
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Dear 3rd Grade Parents and Friends,

Thank you so much for supporting this year’s Dragon Dash! The program was a huge success, and I know everyone had so much fun! There’s just one more thing left to do.

We need your help collecting all our pledges. As a class, we raised $3,316.25 - our goal is to collect 100% of all pledges by 10/13/2017 or as soon as possible. Thank you!!!!

Pledges can be paid by credit card online on funrun.com, cash, or check.

All sponsors that included their email address when making a pledge will receive an email reminder and instructions to pay their pledge. Please reach out to those sponsors who did NOT include their email address to let them know they can send cash or check to you, which will then be sent to school in your child’s collection envelope (coming home soon)!

Finally, please encourage your student to thank all their sponsors for helping our school!

Thank you again for your support! Let me know if you have questions.
 
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Next Scholastic order is due 10/24:
 
Order Scholastic Books Online! 

www.Scholastic.com/bookclubs

Class Activation Code: NGWBK

Thank you and have a terrific weekend!

Susan Saly

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August 2017
 
Dear 3rd Grade Parents and Guardians,    
                                                                                                                           
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 at Lake Harriet Lower Campus.
 
A little information about me. I live in South Minneapolis and have two children Elizabeth, a Sophomore at UW Stout, my son, David, a Senior at Washburn, and our sweet dog, Csilla. During the school year, we are busy with school, soccer,  and other happenings.
 
During the summer, we 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
 
I look forward a wonderful year of learning with your child.
 
Sincerely,
 
Susan Saly
 
 
Please e-mail me and I can add your contact information to my list. Thank you!
 
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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!!!!
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OLD NEWS:
 
2017  Ancient Civilizations Project  Completed  1/13/2017 - 3/17/2017  

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 it on a bibliography.

3.     

4.     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 book, picture book    

Travel Brochure 

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

 

Level 2: Medium amount of time required somewhat intensive

Scrapbook

 

Level 3: Hardest to do and VERY time intensive

Comic book   Mosaic  Town/Village Model

 

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

1.     

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

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

Due Dates

___________ Choose society 1/13

___________ Get resources 1/20- I have some books but bring more from home/library

___________ Find information by 2/10-The students are working on this in class for now

___________ Complete project (in class) 2/27

___________ Bibliography & Presentation #1 2/28 -3/3

___________ Presentation #2 3/6-3/9

___________ Summative Assessment for Ancient Civilizations 3/10

 

Celebration of learning March 17st from 3:00-3:50 in the Lunchroom.

 

 

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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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. Thank you!
 
Donations? Wish List???  To Be Determined! Thank you!
 
All my best,
 
Susan Saly
 
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OLD NEWS:
 
 
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Our Ancient Civilization Project from 2016.  Thank you for all your support!

Ancient Civilizations

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

  2. Research to answer the questions about your civilization.  Required resources: 2 books and 1 webpage.  You will need to record all the information and include it on a bibliography (Working on this in class).

  3. Complete an individual 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 from your notes.

Children’s book 3 panel display... Scrapbook Comic book

Travel Brochure Town/Village Model

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

 

  1. Present your project to others who studied the same society.  They will grade the information for accuracy, creativity, and neatness. (See the below rubric)

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

  3. Complete a worksheet (in class) on each of the other societies using the knowledge gained from the presentations.

Due Dates-ADJUSTED AS NECESSARY!

___________ Choose society by *

___________ Get resources * (I also have books in class for the students to borrow)

___________ Find information (notes) by * (in class and at home if needed)

___________ Complete project (at home and in class) * - Latest! Bring in by *

___________ Bibliography and Presentation #1 on **** (student to student)

___________ Presentations #2 on **** (student to student)

___________ All Society Worksheets Due **** (done in class)

___________ Summative Assessment for Ancient Civilizations **** (In class)

 

Rubric:

Student Name: ________________________________________ Final Score: ________ out of 16  
         
CATEGORY 4 3 2 1
Amount of Information All topics are addressed and all questions answered with at least 2 detailed and descriptive sentences about each. All topics are addressed and most questions answered with at least 2 detailed sentences that have some description about each. All topics are addressed, and most questions answered with 1 sentence that includes details about each. One or more topics were not addressed and or the information is inaccurate.
Notes 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.
Diagrams & Illustrations Diagrams and illustrations are neat, accurate and add to the reader's understanding of the topic. Diagrams and illustrations are accurate and add to the reader's understanding of the topic. Diagrams and illustrations sometimes add to the reader's understanding of the topic. Diagrams and illustrations are not accurate OR do not add to the reader's understanding of the topic.
Mechanics Only one to three grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors in the final product. Almost no (4 to 8) grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors in the final product. Many (9 to 15) grammatical spelling, or punctuation errors in the final product. The final product is full of (more than 15) grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.

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. Thank you! http://lakeharriet.mpls.k12.mn.us/links_3.html
 
 
Thank you for the opportunity to work with your child.
 
All my best,
 
Susan Saly
3rd Grade
Lake Harriet Lower Campus School
 
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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Read chapter books at your approximate level
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