What's Happening in Room A201
January 13
Monday, January 13, 2020 7:55 PM

Last week the students wrote some very thoughtful questions that they would like to ask their historymaker...if they could time travel.  This week the students are taking notes on their subject's early years through high school age (at least 10 separate notes), on the subject's education / how they learned (again 10 separate notes), and on the subject's adult years and accomplishments (20 notes).  Notes should NOT be written as complete sentences and should be in a student's own words.  Any books you have acquired through the library can be used for taking notes.  We will also continue to take notes next week, although our main focus will be on finding evidence that our historymaker displayed a number of positive character traits. Examples of notes might include:

lived in his grandparent's house with parents, siblings and a great aunt

mother a musician, father a minister

had an older sister and a younger brother

liked to read, play with board games, Tinkertoys

liked to play pranks

took piano lessons

played with both white and black children until told by the white children they were not allowed to play with him anymore

Students are welcome to bring home their biographies as long as they bring them back to school the next day.  Thank you for encouraging your child and assisting them in locating additional resources.  We will create a bibliography, so please record the author and title of any books used.  (We'll keep it simple.)

In other news. we have a field trip on Thursday to the University of MN for a show called "Energy and U."  Due to the show's start time we MUST leave on the buses by 9:45. We will go out to the buses at 9:35 sharp.  Any students who are late will need to stay with our buddy room as a helper.  Please do whatever you can to be sure your child is on time this Thursday!

Winter conferences are being offered to everyone this year.  However, we only have 2 evenings to offer the conferences.  If you do NOT have any concerns, please consider allowing other families to use your time.  Email me if you are not interested in a conference.  Then I will be able to set up the time slots for sign up.  Conferences will be the evenings of Thursday, Feb. 6 and Tuesday, Feb. 11.  I look forward to meeting with those of you who have questions!  Watch for an announcement regarding sign ups.

Finally, we are back on track with some tricky Greek and Latin words (mal) and spelling, so please remember to study these words.  I suggest saving the "ben" quiz that went home today and using it to study for the review next week.  All math timings and word study quizzes will be on Thursday as Friday is a record-keeping day.

All students may move to studying multiplication facts this week, unless they have already zipped ahead to division or beyond.  We celebrated the progess of a lot of third graders this morning - good for you!

January 7, 2020
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 3:20 PM

Welcome back!

January is an exciting time as we begin our biography unit.  On Monday the students each selected 6 individuals they would find interesting.  I used this information to assign each of them a different historymaker and today noses were deep in books as students started to explore their historymaker's life.  Tomorrow I plan to show the class how to use the Hennepin County Library site to locate other books on their topic.  The dates of the various steps of this project are now available on the "Newsletters" section of this webpage.  Please check it out!  I ask you to assist your child in finding other resources beyond their biography, which they are reading in class.   Thanks! 

I greatly appreciate the generous class gifts, family photos, homemade treats and thoughtful notes that I was given before break.  Thank you so much!  You are all so kind.  It was great to come back after break and see the excitement for learning you have cultivated in your children.  What a gift it is to have a classroom of eager learners and helpers!

Homework besides finding other books on the biography topic:  practice Greek/Latin vocabulary (ben, bene, bon) or spelling patterns (or, ore, oar, w+or), practice math facts and multiplication strategies / facts,  read for 20 minutes a night.  Stay warm!


Dec. 17
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 1:15 PM

We are currently finishing up our literacy unit on fables and our somewhat top secret writing project.  Our multiplication and division unit, "Equal Groups", will continue into the first part of January, as will our science unit on Energy.  This week we are reviewing the graph and scrib / script vocabulary lists.  Spellers are studying the ir, ire, and ier words.  This morning we enjoyed a Reader's Theater performance and 2 other groups will share their Reader's Theater stories later in the week.

Our concert will be Thursday, Dec. 19 at 10:40-11:00.  We hope many of you are able to attend!

Ms. Bohlman will be with us until Friday, Dec.20.  We wish her well as she begins a new chapter in her teaching career!

Ms.Bohlman and I wish you a wonderful winter break, filled with family fun, time with friends, and time to relax together.


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