First Week of Google Classroom

Happy Sunday, Folks!

I have loved the warmer temperatures these last couple days! As I’ve been spending QUITE a lot of time preparing for the transition to Google Classroom learning over the weekend, I loved taking breaks outside! Hopefully the cold weather coming this week is short-lived!

Please read on for all 6 of our updates!

  1. Parents, thank you so much for all that you are doing. Please do not feel overwhelmed by this new platform of Google Classroom – remember, my colleagues and I may have built the ship, but YOU are the one steering it! If something is overwhelming to you and/or your child, the power is in your hands to let it go.
  2. PLEASE have your child join the Google Classroom if you haven’t already! Currently, I have 6 students who have joined. Refer to this email message with instructions on how to join our class. The lessons are not live, and are self-guided.
      • I will be honest – I am highly concerned about a few kids who have not logged onto a single thing I have assigned. I am trying to let this go because I realize I have no control over it, but please know that none of the suggested learning is to burden you – but to help your child be as successful as possible whenever they return to school! Summer slide is a real thing…COVID-19 slide is also going to be a very real thing 🙁
      • As an entire district, we have been assigned a few days’ of online trainings, then received very specific guidelines to create content for the kids.
      • We were divided into teams amongst our grade levels and assigned specific days/topics to create in small groups. We then ALL assigned the EXACT SAME content so that the entire district is on the same page – your child’s work will be the same as their 3rd grade classmates at Jamestown, Bauer, Park, etc.
      • I have spent hours reformatting the assignments so that they are as clear and aesthetically pleasing as possible in the small timeframe I had to do so, but know that the content is not something I’m able to alter.
      • I did not create videos of myself reading any of the assignments because I had so few views on similar videos for assignments the past two weeks. IF YOUR CHILD WOULD LIKE TO HEAR THEM READ, please email me and I will happily create a recording!
  3. Google Classroom is pretty straightforward. When your child goes to our class (Mrs. Deters’ 3rd Grade Class), they will see a picture of our class on our Order of Operations Day at the top!
      • The words “Stream”, “Classwork”, “People”, and “Grades” are across the top above the picture.
      • If your child clicks on “Classwork”, they will be able to see their assignments for the whole week organized by day.
              • Monday/Wednesday = Math lessons
              • Tuesday/Thursday = Language Arts lessons
              • Friday = Social Studies
      • Please do not feel overwhelmed looking through them all. I know some of you like to see everything ahead of time, so they are all available to view or work through. If that is overwhelming to you, take it a day at a time…and as always, if an assignment is not working for you and your family, you make the call on whether to complete it or not!
  4. I know that some of you will want more than the suggested 30 minutes of work these Google Classroom assignments offer. Because of this, I will continue to post grammar work and answer keys, as well as suggested reading work. See the bottom of this post for such information.
  5. Sophia’s birthday is this Tuesday, March 31st! Please help her celebrate by heading to this Flipgrid and recording a video message to her!
  6. I’m planning to host another Google Meet both Monday, March 30th at 10 am, and Thursday, April 2nd at 10 am. Remember to have your child log into his/her email a few minutes before and wait for the invitation. Last week we played a scavenger hunt, and it was so fun to see the creativity the kids showed, and more importantly…those big, huge smiles! 🙂

I will continue to send video messages and notes via email every now and then! I miss your child dearly, I LIVE for our Google Meet times, and I hope I can see all of my students again very soon! Stay well!

-Mrs. Deters

Optional additional work:

Grammar

Reading

  •  Week 3 (3/30 – 4/3)
      • Monday
          1. Read 20 minutes straight in a row!
            • Set a goal for yourself…if you have a “good fit” book, you should be reading about 20 pages!
          2. Record your reading in your Reading Log sent home
      • Tuesday
          1. Read 22 minutes straight in a row!
            • Set a goal for yourself…if you have a “good fit” book, you should be reading about 20 pages!
          2. Record your reading in your Reading Log sent home
      • Wednesday
          1. Read 24 minutes straight in a row!
            • Set a goal for yourself…if you have a “good fit” book, you should be reading about 20 pages!
          2. Record your reading in your Reading Log sent home
      • Thursday
          1. Read 26 minutes straight in a row!
            • Set a goal for yourself…if you have a “good fit” book, you should be reading about 20 pages!
          2. Record your reading in your Reading Log sent home
      • Friday
          1. Read 28 minutes straight in a row!
            • Set a goal for yourself…if you have a “good fit” book, you should be reading about 20 pages!
          2. Record your reading in your Reading Log sent home

Read Aloud

      • Monday
        • Chapter 5 of “A Bear Called Paddington” with the most embarrassing and unflattering cover photo (see below) can be found at this link 
        • I believe the tech issues I was having with YouTube are related to recording very long videos from my phone and trying to upload them. Because of that, I have tried this chapter recording straight from my laptop. This means I need to have the video on “selfie” instead of facing the pages.

Google Classroom Join

Below is the email I sent last week asking you to have your child join our Google Classroom
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Hello Parents,

Thank you for all you are doing in this weird time! I am loving seeing so many of your kids’ faces on Google Meet and Flipgrid 🙂

You will receive more information on this in the coming days, but the district has decided that we will move forward using Google Classroom for our at home learning platform. PLEASE make sure you are having your child join our class!

Right now all that you need to do is have your child join my class! Please do not panic over this request 🙂 You have two options for this:
1) You can use your child’s Clever account to join the class. I have attached a slideshow with step by step instructions if you would like to use this method.
The class code to join (you will be asked for it) is:
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2) You can also have your child log into their school email and just follow the message they will receive from me momentarily to join the class.
 
You will receive instructions on what this platform will look like and how it will be used in the coming days. Honestly, I have very few answers for you right now — I haven’t received much more than this 🙂
Thanks so much for your compliance in following these directions,
Katrina
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Parents, you are AMAZING!

You are super heroes in the flesh. You rock, you rock, you ROCK! *AND* — it’s okay to feel overwhelmed! There is zero judgement from me! 🙂

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. I’ve tried to outline this week’s updates clearly below. My main goal is this: DO NOT do anything that feels overwhelming! These are unprecedented times, and we will all make it out okay even though it feels like we’re just muddling through. Muddlers make it to the finish line, eventually 🙂

A few updates as we move into Week 2 from home:

  1. The overwhelming majority of you asked for the same amount or more schoolwork for this coming week. That being said, I had a few parents who were feeling overwhelmed by last week’s agenda. This is not make or break! If your child is overwhelmed and you are overwhelmed, I trust your executive judgement call on what to require your child to do and what you are going to let go. This is your call! Moving forward, I am going to use basically the same format as last week for this coming week’s assignments.
  2. The majority of you asked that I would cover new content via videos your child can follow along with at home. Unfortunately, there a few things working against this. Because of all these points, I have decided not to move forward in any curriculum again this week.
      • Not all students were at school or able to get their materials from school last Friday. That means that some kids would be incapable of effectively following along and progressing in content, even with videos.
      • A significant number of students have not been completing online assignments. About one third of the class has not completed assignments from this past week, which leads me to believe that were I to progress in instruction, the other two thirds of the class would complete this new content and the academic gap between kids in class would grow significantly, making it almost impossible to create a curricular course of action when we return to school.
      • The district has asked that because of inequalities in students’ access to technology, as well as to adequate help from adults, we do not progress in new content.
      • Communications from the Michigan Department of Education are unclear and unsure about what this time away from the traditional classroom will count as curriculum-wise. This makes us very unsure about how to progress as a district, building, and as individual teachers, so we are going to mostly have more of the same until we receive clarification. Thank you for your patience!
  3. Study Island – the vast majority of you asked for the same amount or more work on Study Island this week. I am going to oblige that request, and will again have a Math and a Reading assignment due Wednesday, then a shorter Math and a Reading due Friday.
  4. Flipgrid! Here is the link to our class’s Flipgrid! This is a fun, private, video recording site where I post a topic and then your child can create a short video response to that topic! This week is Nolan’s birthday, so I would LOVE if your child would head to that link and record a short video of what they love about Nolan to help him feel celebrated, just like we do in class! Your child will need to log into Flipgrid with his/her school email address. REMEMBER, they end in @hpsstudents.net ! Then, click the big green “plus” symbol to add a response!
  5. Google Meet tomorrow morning. Tomorrow morning at 10 am I am going to invite all students in our class to take part in a virtual hangout via Google Meet! I will send an invitation to your child’s school email address which they can use to meet! I will tell you now that this is not meant to be used for 22 different screens simultaneously, so it’s a bit bumpy but we will give it our best go 🙂 If your child plans to participate, please have them logged into their email a few minutes before 10 am, and have a book they have been reading and their favorite activity they’ve been doing ready to share! If your child is not able to participate, don’t sweat it! This is just an informal way to say “hi” to each other.
  6. Daily Challenges – it was about two thirds of parents asking for another set, and one third asking to be done. I’m going to have another set, but again – they are 100% optional! You don’t even have to tell your child they exist if you don’t want to! Like I’ve said a million times…zero judgement from Mrs. Deters! 😉 If you choose to do them, consider having your child share it at this Flipgrid!

Below are links to assignments and answer keys that will be helpful in the coming days and weeks. Please reach out with questions or clarification to kdeters@hpseagles.net .

Grammar

Writing

  •  Week 2 (3/23 – 3/27)
      • Monday
        1. Write your second body paragraph that supports your thesis.
          • Example: “Another example of Paddington being trusting is when Mrs. Brown leaves Paddington alone at the store and he moves around to explore even though he was told to stay put. This shows he is trusting because he has no fear, he trusts that the world around him is safe and he can explore freely without getting hurt.”
        2. Don’t forget to indent the first line of this paragraph!
      • Tuesday
        1. Write your second body paragraph that supports your thesis.
          • Example: “A final example of Paddington being trusting is when he follows the Inspector’s invitation to go up and down the escalators at the train station. Paddington could have told him that he should just stay put and wait for Mrs. Brown, but instead he says, “thank you!” and just takes the escalator without any hesitation.”
        2. Don’t forget to indent the first line of this paragraph!
      • Wednesday
        1. Write a strong conclusion for a literary essay. Remember, we always restate our thesis!
          • Example: “Both of these examples show that Paddington is trusting.”
        2. Write this a line below your last body paragraph from yesterday. Don’t forget to indent this sentence!
      • Thursday
        1. Take today off!
      • Friday
        1. What have been the TWO best parts about being home these last two weeks?
          1. Write a paragraph for EACH of these two reasons…that means 2 – 3 sentences explaining each reason, minimum! Remember to have a strong topic sentence.
          2. Example: “One of the best parts about being home these last two weeks was that Mr. Deters and I were able to get lots of painting done. We have had painting a few different rooms on our to-do list for a long time. It was nice to get our bedroom painted, our kitchen painted, and next up is painting the basement! When we go back to normal life soon, it will feel so nice to have lots of projects crossed off our list.”

Math

Social Studies

Reading

  •  Week 2 (3/23 – 3/27)
      • Monday
          1. Read 20 minutes straight in a row!
            • Set a goal for yourself…if you have a “good fit” book, you should be reading about 20 pages!
          2. Record your reading in your Reading Log sent home
      • Tuesday
          1. Read 22 minutes straight in a row!
            • Set a goal for yourself…if you have a “good fit” book, you should be reading about 20 pages!
          2. Record your reading in your Reading Log sent home
      • Wednesday
          1. Read 24 minutes straight in a row!
            • Set a goal for yourself…if you have a “good fit” book, you should be reading about 20 pages!
          2. Record your reading in your Reading Log sent home
          3. Your Study Island “Setting ELA” is due tonight!
            • Remember, I am looking for a 70% or higher! PLEASE take your time, use smart test-taking strategies, and reread before answering!
            • You’ve got this! I love you!
      • Thursday
          1. Read 26 minutes straight in a row!
            • Set a goal for yourself…if you have a “good fit” book, you should be reading about 20 pages!
          2. Record your reading in your Reading Log sent home
      • Friday
          1. Read 28 minutes straight in a row!
            • Set a goal for yourself…if you have a “good fit” book, you should be reading about 20 pages!
          2. Record your reading in your Reading Log sent home
          3. Your Study Island “Context Clues in Literature ELA” is due tonight!
            • Remember, I am looking for a 70% or higher! PLEASE take your time, use smart test-taking strategies, and reread before answering!
            • You’ve got this! I love you!

Read Aloud

  •  Week 2 (3/23 – 3/27) “A Bear Called Paddington” by Michael Bond
      • Monday/Tuesday – Chapter 5
          • Many kids were gone for Read Aloud on Friday, so I’m rereading this chapter today.
      • Wednesday/Thursday – Chapter 6
      • Thursday/Friday – Chapter 7

**Optional** – Mrs. Deters’ Daily Challenge!

  •  Week 2 (3/23 – 3/27) Mrs. Deters will post a video or photo as evidence of her completing (or at least attempting!) each challenge on this Flipgrid. Add yours, too!
      • Monday – Pick Up Sticks!
          • Remember when we helped Mr. Rob out by picking up sticks around the playground and bike path? Time to help your own family out by doing this at home in your yard! How many can you get in your arms at once? How many can you find altogether?
      • Tuesday – Sock Round Up!
          • How many pairs of socks do you own? Dressy socks, fuzzy socks, soccer socks, softball socks…they all count! Round them up, pile them up, and count them up!
      • Wednesday – Trip to the Georgia Aquarium!
          • Take a look at this live video feed of the African Penguins at the Georgia Aquarium! What other live feeds did you check out? I looked at the Beluga Whales, Jellyfish, and Southern Sea Otters!
      • Thursday – Pack a Picnic!
          • Whether it’s on your kitchen floor, on your living room floor (on a sheet or towel if you have carpet! Don’t get your mom and dad mad at Mrs. Deters!), or if you’re brave enough to try a picnic outside, eat your breakfast, lunch, or dinner somewhere BESIDES your regular spot!
      • Friday – Puzzle Time!
          • You know how our class loves puzzles! It’s your turn to try one (or two!) at home! What’s it of? How many pieces? How long did it take you?

Week 1 – Learning and Working From Home

Hi Parents,

What a beautiful day it is outside! I was so grateful to wake up to sunshine and blue skies after a crazy, stressful last few days. While we all need to do our part to contain this crazy situation, this weather reminds me we will come through it together and will get to enjoy time together outside…hopefully very soon!

I also cannot thank you enough for the support and patience so many of you have shown me, Mrs. Reagan, and the school in general over the last week. That was truly unprecedented, completely uncharted water we somehow survived, and the coming days and weeks are more of the same. The grace and encouragement so many of you extended to me was exceptional; I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it a million more — I do not know what I did to deserve students and parents like you all, but I am BEYOND grateful for each of your families! THANK YOU for all the crazy ways you will support both your student’s learning and my work to remotely facilitate it in the coming days and weeks!

PLEASE commit to working as hard as possible to keeping your child on track academically. This is totally bizarre, and we’ll all just do the best we can, but structure, routine, and continued practice will make a world of difference when we return to whatever we return to in the coming weeks and months.

PLEASE also commit to extending yourself GRACE. Each of you chose not to home school your child for a reason (or, more likely, a whole variety of reasons  ). We are all going to do the best we can do with a tricky situation. I don’t expect perfection, and neither does your kid. You rock, parents!

Please read on for information on daily assignments, updated Study Island assignment plans, food opportunities for students, daily “challenges” from Mrs. Deters, and tentative thoughts on Week 2’s assignments.

1. Week 1’s Daily Assignments

I have posted a schedule with pacing guide for your child’s first week learning from home at this post.

Please note that I have set it up to follow our daily schedule at school, with the entire week’s assignments for each content area listed by day. Our daily schedule is as follows:

  1. Grammar
  2. Writing
  3. Math
  4. Social Studies
  5. Reading
  6. Read Aloud

I have included answer keys when necessary, broken down by what you need for each day’s assignment to try to cut down on overwhelming you or your student. I have also either recorded myself, or included supplementary links to videos or explanations when necessary. PLEASE reach out with questions or clarifications needed at kdeters@hpseagles.net

2. Study Island Changes

We will no longer be flipping back and forth between ELA and Math, but instead will have two assignments in each every week. Reminders about this are on the weekly schedule/pacing guide blog post described above.

Please remember I am looking for a 70% accuracy rate or above — if I see your child has scored lower, I will contact you via email asking that you have your child take the lesson and redo the practice session.

The first assignments will be set to be completed by Wednesday night.

    • Math: 10 questions
    • ELA: 5 questions

The second assignments will be set to be completed by Friday night.

    • Math: 10 questions
    • ELA: 5 questions

3. Food Opportunities for Students

Beginning Tuesday, March 17 lunch will be free to ALL KIDS ages 0-18 years from 11 am – 12:30 pm at the following locations:

  • Hudsonville High School – 5037 32nd Ave, Hudsonville
  • Riley Middle School – 2745 Riley Street, Hudsonville
  • Baldwin Middle School – 3835 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville
  • Alward Elementary School – 3811 Port Sheldon St, Hudsonville

See HPS’s Update Center at this link for any and all other updates related to our district’s handling of this virus.

4. Mrs. Deters’ Daily Challenges!

In an effort to keep everyone involved a little SANER , I’ve created a set of daily challenges for the week! These are totally optional, but will be listed at the bottom of the weekly schedule/pacing guide post.

I’ll take a photo or video of myself completing the challenge and email it to you to show your kiddo! Let the fun begin!

5. Week 2’s Tentative Schedule

To be honest, I have no idea what it will look like.

The district administrators will be meeting this week to try to create a more cohesive, uniform plan of attack for the district moving forward. I have no idea what this will look like, and will keep you posted as I know.

As a third grade team at Georgetown, we are meeting off-site Monday morning to discuss possible video and/or audio recordings of lessons, as well as other online and video conferencing options to try with our students. Your patience as we navigate this very unfamiliar territory is SO appreciated.

Assignments & Answer Keys – Working From Home

 Here is a link where I explain how this page is set up. Please check it out before scrolling through!

Below are links to assignments and answer keys that will be helpful in the coming days and weeks. Please reach out with questions or clarification to kdeters@hpseagles.net .

Kids, thank you for having GRIT to work through hard stuff without your teacher next to you! You rock!

Grammar

Writing

  •  Week 1 (3/16 – 3/20)
      • Monday
        1. Make a claim and come up with a thesis about our book, “A Bear Called Paddington”
          • Example: Judy is kind.
          • Example: Paddington is trusting.
          • Example: Mr. Brown acts like a “tough guy”, but is actually compassionate.
        2. Write it on the next blank page of your Writer’s Notebook, with the date 3/16 at the top of the page.
      • Tuesday
        1. Write a strong introduction for a literary essay about our book, “A Bear Called Paddington”. Make your thesis from yesterday the last sentence of your introduction!
          • Example: “A Bear Called Paddington” is a funny book written by Michael Bond. Paddington is a bear who moves from darkest Peru to London. Paddington is trusting.
        2. Write this a line below your thesis from yesterday. Don’t forget to indent the first sentence!
      • Wednesday
        1. Take today off!
      • Thursday
        1. On a piece of scratch paper, make a boxes and bullets list of all the examples you can think of from the book to support your thesis.
        2. Don’t lose this – put it in your Writer’s Notebook – you’ll use it tomorrow!
      • Friday
        1. Write your first body paragraph that supports your thesis.
          • Example: “One example of Paddington being trusting is when the Browns find him at Paddington Station and he willingly goes home with them right away. This shows he is trusting because he has just met the two of them, and he decides to let them take him out to a restaurant, into a taxi, and then to their house.”
        2. Don’t forget to indent the first line of this paragraph!

Math

Social Studies

  •  Week 1 (3/16 – 3/20)
      1. Remember the first people of Michigan…the Native American tribes that made up the Three Fires!
      2. Throughout the week, use the following article to read and remember what we’ve learned about these people

Reading

  •  Week 1 (3/16 – 3/20)
      • Monday
          1. Read 20 minutes straight in a row!
            • Set a goal for yourself…if you have a “good fit” book, you should be reading about 20 pages!
          2. Record your reading in your Reading Log sent home
      • Tuesday
          1. Read 22 minutes straight in a row!
            • Set a goal for yourself…if you have a “good fit” book, you should be reading about 20 pages!
          2. Record your reading in your Reading Log sent home
      • Wednesday
          1. Read 24 minutes straight in a row!
            • Set a goal for yourself…if you have a “good fit” book, you should be reading about 20 pages!
          2. Record your reading in your Reading Log sent home
          3. Your Study Island “Characters ELA” is due tonight!
            • Remember, I am looking for a 70% or higher! PLEASE take your time, use smart test-taking strategies, and reread before answering!
            • You’ve got this! I love you!
      • Thursday
          1. Read 26 minutes straight in a row!
            • Set a goal for yourself…if you have a “good fit” book, you should be reading about 20 pages!
          2. Record your reading in your Reading Log sent home
      • Friday
          1. Read 28 minutes straight in a row!
            • Set a goal for yourself…if you have a “good fit” book, you should be reading about 20 pages!
          2. Record your reading in your Reading Log sent home

Read Aloud

  •  Week 1 (3/16 – 3/20) “A Bear Called Paddington” by Michael Bond
      • MondayChapter 2
          • Many kids were gone for Read Aloud on Friday, so I’m rereading this chapter today.
      • Tuesday/WednesdayChapter 3 ….and the last page of Chapter 3 🙂
      • Thursday/FridayChapter 4

**Optional** – Mrs. Deters’ Daily Challenge!

  •  Week 1 (3/16 – 3/20) Mrs. Deters will send a video or photo as evidence of her completing (or at least attempting!) each challenge!
      • Monday – Spring Weeding!
          • How many weeds can you find that have already poked up in your mom and dad’s flower beds or garden? I challenge you to pull 10 or more…but no cheating, you can’t just pull a tuft of grass out of the yard and call it a weed!
          • Mrs. Deters and her pile of (mostly moss) weeds! I found well over 10 in my flower beds!
      • Tuesday – Map It Out!
          • Draw a map of your neighborhood, city, or any other area you know well. Maybe you could even try Michigan, if you think you remember your geography well enough!
          • Don’t forget to include:
              • A compass rose (N/S/E/W)
              • Color or shading
              • Mrs. Deters’ neighborhood! I realized I have no colored pencils or markers at home…I LOVED seeing the amazing maps you guys created!
      • Wednesday – Get building! 
          • Using Legos, blocks, Tupperware, a deck of cards, whatever you can think of! Try to build a structure that is about 2 ft tall and can stand on its own! I can’t wait to see what you think of!
          • Mrs. Deters’ tower! I have no kids toys, Legos, or blocks so I had to improvise 🙂
      • Thursday – Bake it til Ya Make It!
          • With a parent or adult’s help, find a recipe you haven’t tried before and bake it! Cookies, cupcakes, pancakes, or whatever else sounds good…give it a try, then give it a taste!
          • I tried a new recipe! Cinnamon Chai Bread with a vanilla drizzle. Not my favorite bread I’ve ever tasted, but it sure did smell amazing in the oven! 🙂
      • Friday – Design an Obstacle Course!
          • Inside, outside, you decide…but create a (safe) fun path to get your heart rate up! Challenge your siblings or parents to complete the challenge faster than you!

Parent/Teacher Conferences Week!

What a beautiful day it is today! I’m looking forward to enjoying it before a rainy week.

We had SO much fun at our Early Release on Friday having a “Because of Winn Dixie” party! Of course my phone has been struggling all weekend, so I’m not able to share any pictures from it to this post, but I promise I will in the future.

The kids re-read the part of the book that describes the party planning/set up, create a list of all we needed done, then divide into table groups to take care of everything. We had a group smashing hard boiled eggs to make egg salad sandwiches, a group making peanut butter sandwiches (cutting off the crusts and slicing them into fancy triangles), a group organizing where all the other groups’ food would be placed, and more! Thank you so much to those of you who donated – there’s nothing I love more than seeing my kids fired up about their learning!

Please be sure to read on for updates and reminders on upcoming assignments and dates.

  • Please also share your child’s spring sports/performance schedules with me as early as you know them – I don’t guarantee I’ll be able to make any, but because I Dutch dance in Tulip Time and will also be starting a graduate class in May, I’ll need to get dates on my calendar ASAP so that I can hopefully make it! Thank you!
  • Remember that the weekly assignment on Study Island is due by Wednesday night at midnight – This week we are back to a math assignment. Remember we are looking for a 70% or higher score! Please encourage your child to do his or her best! I will use the results from their homework and practice in class on Study Island to know how to work with small groups on these properties in the next couple of weeks.

M-STEP Information from Mrs. Reagan:

“Dear Parents,

The MSTEP State testing for grades 3-5 will take place this spring.  I wanted you to have information on the dates in advance so that you can schedule appointments around these testing dates.

The dates for our MSTEP tests are as follows:

Grade 3: May 5, 6, 7  (9am-12 pm)

Grade 4: May 12, 13, 14 (9am-12pm)

Grade 5: April 21, 22, 23, 28, 29  (9am – 12pm)”

    • Study Island Homework
      • Your child has a Math Assignment due by Wednesday (3/4) at midnight.
          • Please continue encouraging your child to do his or her best on their assignments!
          • PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT! If we’re practicing correctly, it makes perfect(er); if we’re practicing incorrectly, we are solidifying poor test-taking habits 🙁
      • If you do not have access to a tablet or computer for your child to complete this homework on, I can print a worksheet for students to complete and turn in by the Wednesday it is due.
      • Kids do not need to have a QR code to log onto Clever – they all have their login information memorized by this point. If you still have your green, laminated QR code from the beginning of the school year, kids will be able to use that for a quicker login at home.
      • As we are reviewing data from our monthly standardized tests in reading and math, we have decided as a grade level to create weekly homework assignments to be completed on Study Island.
          • Each week there will be 10 homework questions assigned on Thursdays and due the following Wednesday.
          • On Thursdays during our computer time, kids will take a 10 question quiz on the concepts assigned in their weekly homework.
          • Concepts and assignments created by the third grade team are specifically aligned with problem areas we have identified from our data.
      • This is replacing mandatory flash cards and Moby Max practice at home.
      • Thanks so much for your help in helping to hold your student accountable with their studies!

Upcoming Dates:

Reading Log due – Monday, March 15th

    • I totally goofed up and never sent home a new Reading Log this week. I apologize! I will send one home tomorrow with kids.
    • No Reading Log due tomorrow. Thanks!

No Harbor Humane Society Reading – Monday, March 8th

    • NO HARBOR HUMANE tomorrow night, as it is conferences night!
    • Head to this blog post for more details!
    • Every Monday evening from 5 – 7 pm

Parent Teacher Conferences – Monday, March 9th and Wednesday, March 11th

    • Check the schedule at this Google Doc, and confirm here.

Spring Break – Friday, April 3rd – Sunday, April 10th

  • Please fill out a Vacation Form if you plan to miss any days of school outside of these dates!

————————————————————————————————————–Homework: 

  • MATH: Weekly 10-Question Homework Assignment (Study Island)
    • As we review concepts covered last fall in preparation of upcoming state assessments, a 10-question homework assignment will be assigned each week to students.
    • The assignment opens every Thursday and is due by the following Wednesday.
    • In computer time on Thursday afternoons, we will take a brief 10 question quiz on the concepts reviewed in homework.
    • A green, laminated log in card was sent home with the username/password, as well as a QR code for your child to log into this at home.
      • PLEASE help your child find success in math class by working on these at home!
  • READING: 3rd graders are expected to read 100 minutes EACH week.
    • The kids have the option of reading 20 minutes for five days or reading for longer amounts of time for fewer days. READING MORE is always encouraged, but not required. 🙂

This coming week we will…

Word Work: We have taken a break from word work as we focus on remedial/review work to for the M-STEP.

Math/Reading Differentiation Groups: We will continue working in small groups on reviewing concepts at the levels individuals and small groups need.

Writing: We finished our Writing Unit focused on Literary Essays and Opinions. This is a huge portion of the M-STEP, typically, so this writing unit also goes hand in hand with our new reading unit for lots of reinforcement of concepts and skills!

Reading: We will be continuing our reading unit this week, focused on Character Development! This week we will really focus on our group and communication work in book clubs. We will be watching the movie “Because of Winn Dixie” on Thursday this week! This is not a secret from the kids 🙂  Please remember to grow your child’s grit and skills as a reader through reading a minimum of 100 minutes per week at home! 

Math: We will continue the work we started on Unit 6 –  Angles and Polygons. The kids will get to see their Unit 4 math test, but I will not be sending it home until I look over it with you at conferences next week.

Book It:THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL and is done through library, not through me. The 100 minutes/week can be “double dipped” with the 100 minutes/week expected for me. Each time your child reads they may mark it on their calendar.  At the end of the month please have them return their calendar to school and they will bring home a coupon attached to it for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  This program runs from October through March.

Thanks so much!

-Mrs. Deters

A Sunny Welcome to March!

What a beautiful day it is today! I hope you’re able to get out there and enjoy what’s left of it…I graded essays and multiplication tests in the sunshine!

Please be sure to read on for updates and reminders on upcoming assignments and dates.

  • Please also share your child’s spring sports/performance schedules with me as early as you know them – I don’t guarantee I’ll be able to make any, but because I Dutch dance in Tulip Time and will also be starting a graduate class in May, I’ll need to get dates on my calendar ASAP so that I can hopefully make it! Thank you!
  • Recently in our room we have been struggling to follow directions all the way right away, and to demonstrate appropriate listening behaviors. As a class, we have decided on a few changes we will make to help fix this (assigned seating spots at our rug times, for example), but I appreciate your talking with your child about not giving into the “pre-spring break crazy” that can take control of kids this time of the year 😉 We have lots of friendships in our room, which makes it both fun and challenging for kids to always do their academic best. Thank you for your encouragement of respectful, responsible behavior! It takes a village!
  • Remember that the weekly assignment on Study Island is due by Wednesday night at midnight – This week we are back to a tricky ELA assignment where kids read a short passage and try to decide on the main idea, lesson, or theme from the text. Remember we are looking for a 70% or higher score! Please encourage your child to do his or her best! I will use the results from their homework and practice in class on Study Island to know how to work with small groups on these properties in the next couple of weeks.

M-STEP Information from Mrs. Reagan:

“Dear Parents,

The MSTEP State testing for grades 3-5 will take place this spring.  I wanted you to have information on the dates in advance so that you can schedule appointments around these testing dates.

The dates for our MSTEP tests are as follows:

Grade 3: May 5, 6, 7  (9am-12 pm)

Grade 4: May 12, 13, 14 (9am-12pm)

Grade 5: April 21, 22, 23, 28, 29  (9am – 12pm)”

    • Study Island Homework
      • Your child has an ELA Assignment due by Wednesday (3/4) at midnight.
          • Please continue encouraging your child to do his or her best on their assignments!
          • PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT! If we’re practicing correctly, it makes perfect(er); if we’re practicing incorrectly, we are solidifying poor test-taking habits 🙁
      • If you do not have access to a tablet or computer for your child to complete this homework on, I can print a worksheet for students to complete and turn in by the Wednesday it is due.
      • Kids do not need to have a QR code to log onto Clever – they all have their login information memorized by this point. If you still have your green, laminated QR code from the beginning of the school year, kids will be able to use that for a quicker login at home.
      • As we are reviewing data from our monthly standardized tests in reading and math, we have decided as a grade level to create weekly homework assignments to be completed on Study Island.
          • Each week there will be 10 homework questions assigned on Thursdays and due the following Wednesday.
          • On Thursdays during our computer time, kids will take a 10 question quiz on the concepts assigned in their weekly homework.
          • Concepts and assignments created by the third grade team are specifically aligned with problem areas we have identified from our data.
      • This is replacing mandatory flash cards and Moby Max practice at home.
      • Thanks so much for your help in helping to hold your student accountable with their studies!

Upcoming Dates:

Reading Log due – Monday, March 2nd

    • Reading Log due tomorrow. Thanks!

Harbor Humane Society Reading – Monday, February 24th

    • Head to this blog post for more details!
    • Every Monday evening from 5 – 7 pm

Early Release – Friday, March 6th

    • Don’t forget that this will be our “Because of Winn Dixie” party! Please keep this party a secret until the day before.
    • The kids will be taking all of the supplies donated and setting up the whole event by themselves — from decorations to the food! 🙂
    • Check out this link for any remaining needs.
        • I did add a couple of needs as I thought of them:
            • Plastic knives
            • Plastic gloves (for handling foods)
            • Napkins

Parent Teacher Conferences – Monday, March 9th and Wednesday, March 11th

    • Check the schedule at this Google Doc, and confirm here.

Spring Break – Friday, April 3rd – Sunday, April 10th

  • Please fill out a Vacation Form if you plan to miss any days of school outside of these dates!

————————————————————————————————————–Homework: 

  • MATH: Weekly 10-Question Homework Assignment (Study Island)
    • As we review concepts covered last fall in preparation of upcoming state assessments, a 10-question homework assignment will be assigned each week to students.
    • The assignment opens every Thursday and is due by the following Wednesday.
    • In computer time on Thursday afternoons, we will take a brief 10 question quiz on the concepts reviewed in homework.
    • A green, laminated log in card was sent home with the username/password, as well as a QR code for your child to log into this at home.
      • PLEASE help your child find success in math class by working on these at home!
  • READING: 3rd graders are expected to read 100 minutes EACH week.
    • The kids have the option of reading 20 minutes for five days or reading for longer amounts of time for fewer days. READING MORE is always encouraged, but not required. 🙂

This coming week we will…

Word Work: We have taken a break from word work as we focus on remedial/review work to for the M-STEP.

Math/Reading Differentiation Groups: We will continue working in small groups on reviewing concepts at the levels individuals and small groups need.

Writing: We finished our Writing Unit focused on Literary Essays and Opinions. This is a huge portion of the M-STEP, typically, so this writing unit also goes hand in hand with our new reading unit for lots of reinforcement of concepts and skills!

Reading: We will be continuing our reading unit this week, focused on Character Development! This week we will really focus on our group and communication work in book clubs. We will be watching the movie “Because of Winn Dixie” on Thursday this week! This is not a secret from the kids 🙂  Please remember to grow your child’s grit and skills as a reader through reading a minimum of 100 minutes per week at home! 

Math: We will continue the work we started on Unit 6 –  Angles and Polygons. The kids will get to see their Unit 4 math test, but I will not be sending it home until I look over it with you at conferences next week.

Book It:THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL and is done through library, not through me. The 100 minutes/week can be “double dipped” with the 100 minutes/week expected for me. Each time your child reads they may mark it on their calendar.  At the end of the month please have them return their calendar to school and they will bring home a coupon attached to it for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  This program runs from October through March.

Thanks so much!

-Mrs. Deters

Last Week of February Already!

I’m not sure how, but the last week of our SEVENTH month as 3rd graders begins tomorrow!

Please be sure to read on for updates and reminders on upcoming assignments and dates.

Remember that the weekly assignment on Study Island is due by Wednesday night at midnight – This week we are back to a Math assignment (the kids like these way better – they’re MUCH quicker and easier 🙂 ). I will say that this one will be a bit trickier than the last few math assignments, as it is review of the three properties of multiplication and division that we learned.  Remember we are looking for a 70% or higher score! Please encourage your child to do his or her best! I will use the results from their homework and practice in class on Study Island to know how to work with small groups on these properties in the next couple of weeks.

  • M-STEP Information from Mrs. Reagan:

“Dear Parents,

The MSTEP State testing for grades 3-5 will take place this spring.  I wanted you to have information on the dates in advance so that you can schedule appointments around these testing dates.

The dates for our MSTEP tests are as follows:

Grade 3: May 5, 6, 7  (9am-12 pm)

Grade 4: May 12, 13, 14 (9am-12pm)

Grade 5: April 21, 22, 23, 28, 29  (9am – 12pm)”

    • Study Island Homework
      • Your child has a Math Assignment due by Wednesday (2/26) at midnight.
          • Please continue encouraging your child to do his or her best on their assignments!
          • PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT! If we’re practicing correctly, it makes perfect(er); if we’re practicing incorrectly, we are solidifying poor test-taking habits 🙁
      • If you do not have access to a tablet or computer for your child to complete this homework on, I can print a worksheet for students to complete and turn in by the Wednesday it is due.
      • Kids do not need to have a QR code to log onto Clever – they all have their login information memorized by this point. If you still have your green, laminated QR code from the beginning of the school year, kids will be able to use that for a quicker login at home.
      • As we are reviewing data from our monthly standardized tests in reading and math, we have decided as a grade level to create weekly homework assignments to be completed on Study Island.
          • Each week there will be 10 homework questions assigned on Thursdays and due the following Wednesday.
          • On Thursdays during our computer time, kids will take a 10 question quiz on the concepts assigned in their weekly homework.
          • Concepts and assignments created by the third grade team are specifically aligned with problem areas we have identified from our data.
      • This is replacing mandatory flash cards and Moby Max practice at home.
      • Thanks so much for your help in helping to hold your student accountable with their studies!
    • Upcoming Dates:

Reading Log due – Monday, February 17th

    • No Reading Log due this week. Next one is due Monday, March 2nd. Thanks!

Harbor Humane Society Reading – Monday, February 24th

    • Head to this blog post for more details!
    • Every Monday evening from 5 – 7 pm

Unit 4 Math Test – Tuesday or Wednesday, February 25th or 26th

    • We will be taking this test on rounding, addition, and subtraction either Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on how long our review takes us (we started it Friday, and will try to finish it tomorrow).
    • I sent home some rounding practice last week, and will send home some story problems tomorrow – these are totally optional, and this test is our least difficult one because the unit is mostly review from 2nd grade concepts but with larger numbers.

Early Release – Friday, March 6th

Parent Teacher Conferences – Monday, March 9th and Wednesday, March 11th

    • Check the schedule at this Google Doc, and confirm here.

————————————————————————————————————–Homework: 

  • MATH: Weekly 10-Question Homework Assignment (Study Island)
    • As we review concepts covered last fall in preparation of upcoming state assessments, a 10-question homework assignment will be assigned each week to students.
    • The assignment opens every Thursday and is due by the following Wednesday.
    • In computer time on Thursday afternoons, we will take a brief 10 question quiz on the concepts reviewed in homework.
    • A green, laminated log in card was sent home with the username/password, as well as a QR code for your child to log into this at home.
      • PLEASE help your child find success in math class by working on these at home!
  • READING: 3rd graders are expected to read 100 minutes EACH week.
    • The kids have the option of reading 20 minutes for five days or reading for longer amounts of time for fewer days. READING MORE is always encouraged, but not required. 🙂

This coming week we will…

Word Work: We will be continuing our new spelling patterns.

Math/Reading Differentiation Groups: We will continue working in small groups on reviewing concepts at the levels individuals and small groups need.

Writing: We will finish our Writing Unit focused on Literary Essays. This is a huge portion of the M-STEP, typically, so this writing unit also goes hand in hand with our new reading unit for lots of reinforcement of concepts and skills!

Reading: We will be continuing our reading unit this week, focused on Character Development! This week we will really focus on our group and communication work in book clubs. Please remember to grow your child’s grit and skills as a reader through reading a minimum of 100 minutes per week at home! 

Math: We will take our Unit 4 Test –  Addition and Subtraction with three and four digits. Thank you for encouraging your child’s growth mindset and GRIT as they work through these concepts!

Book It:THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL and is done through library, not through me. The 100 minutes/week can be “double dipped” with the 100 minutes/week expected for me. Each time your child reads they may mark it on their calendar.  At the end of the month please have them return their calendar to school and they will bring home a coupon attached to it for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  This program runs from October through March.

Thanks so much!

-Mrs. Deters

Half Day Friday!

Happy Belated Valentine’s! I loved getting to celebrate with your kiddo last week 🙂

Please be sure to read on for updates and reminders on upcoming assignments, dates, and needs.

Remember that the weekly assignment on Study Island is due by Wednesday night at midnight – This week is another tricky ELA assignment. Please sit with your child while he or she works on this — these assignments are hard, and are not natural to the kids! Remember we are looking for a 70% or higher score! Please encourage your child to do his or her best!

  • M-STEP Information from Mrs. Reagan:

“Dear Parents,

The MSTEP State testing for grades 3-5 will take place this spring.  I wanted you to have information on the dates in advance so that you can schedule appointments around these testing dates.

The dates for our MSTEP tests are as follows:

Grade 3: May 5, 6, 7  (9am-12 pm)

Grade 4: May 12, 13, 14 (9am-12pm)

Grade 5: April 21, 22, 23, 28, 29  (9am – 12pm)”

    • Study Island Homework
      • Your child has an ELA Assignment due by Wednesday (2/19) at midnight.
          • We had amazing scores on this past week’s math quiz! Almost 100% of our class scored an 80% or above. Please continue encouraging your child to do his or her best on their assignments!
          • PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT! If we’re practicing correctly, it makes perfect(er); if we’re practicing incorrectly, we are solidifying poor test-taking habits 🙁
      • If you do not have access to a tablet or computer for your child to complete this homework on, I can print a worksheet for students to complete and turn in by the Wednesday it is due.
      • Kids do not need to have a QR code to log onto Clever – they all have their login information memorized by this point. If you still have your green, laminated QR code from the beginning of the school year, kids will be able to use that for a quicker login at home.
      • As we are reviewing data from our monthly standardized tests in reading and math, we have decided as a grade level to create weekly homework assignments to be completed on Study Island.
          • Each week there will be 10 homework questions assigned on Thursdays and due the following Wednesday.
          • On Thursdays during our computer time, kids will take a 10 question quiz on the concepts assigned in their weekly homework.
          • Concepts and assignments created by the third grade team are specifically aligned with problem areas we have identified from our data.
      • This is replacing mandatory flash cards and Moby Max practice at home.
      • Thanks so much for your help in helping to hold your student accountable with their studies!
    • Upcoming Dates:

      Kids Heart Challenge – February 6-February 28th

    • Head to this link on the P.E. blog for more information on this great fundraiser!

      Reading Log due tomorrow – Monday, February 17th

      • Reading Log is due tomorrow, Monday, February 17th. Thanks!

      Harbor Humane Society Reading – Monday, February 17th

      • Head to this blog post for more details!
      • Every Monday evening from 5 – 7 pm

      Early Release – Friday, February 21st

      • I’m looking for the following supplies for our classroom transformation on Friday — Units of Measurement Bootcamp!
          • dog chains
            -empty milk gallons (looking for 5)
            -empty liters (single liters)
            -snacks (pre-packaged, like bags of oreos or pretzels, etc…kids will graph the choices each other make at the “Mess Hall” task 😉)

Parent Teacher Conferences – Monday, March 9th and Wednesday, March 11th

  • Check the schedule at this Google Doc, and confirm here.

————————————————————————————————————–Homework: 

  • MATH: Weekly 10-Question Homework Assignment (Study Island)
    • As we review concepts covered last fall in preparation of upcoming state assessments, a 10-question homework assignment will be assigned each week to students.
    • The assignment opens every Thursday and is due by the following Wednesday.
    • In computer time on Thursday afternoons, we will take a brief 10 question quiz on the concepts reviewed in homework.
    • A green, laminated log in card was sent home with the username/password, as well as a QR code for your child to log into this at home.
      • PLEASE help your child find success in math class by working on these at home!
  • READING: 3rd graders are expected to read 100 minutes EACH week.
    • The kids have the option of reading 20 minutes for five days or reading for longer amounts of time for fewer days. READING MORE is always encouraged, but not required. 🙂

This coming week we will…

Word Work: We will be continuing our new spelling patterns.

Math/Reading Differentiation Groups: We will continue working in small groups on reviewing concepts at the levels individuals and small groups need.

Writing: We will continue our new Writing Unit focused on Literary Essays. This is a huge portion of the M-STEP, typically, so this writing unit also goes hand in hand with our new reading unit for lots of reinforcement of concepts and skills!

Reading: We will be continuing our reading unit this week, focused on Character Development! Please remember to grow your child’s grit and skills as a reader through reading a minimum of 100 minutes per week at home! 

Math: We will continue Unit 4 –  Addition and Subtraction with three and four digits. Our Unit 4 Test will be next week! Thank you for encouraging your child’s growth mindset and GRIT as they work through these concepts!

Book It:THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL and is done through library, not through me. The 100 minutes/week can be “double dipped” with the 100 minutes/week expected for me. Each time your child reads they may mark it on their calendar.  At the end of the month please have them return their calendar to school and they will bring home a coupon attached to it for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  This program runs from October through March.

Thanks so much!

-Mrs. Deters