SOL Testing and Review: Our science SOL test is this Thursday. Ask your child about the science review stations we have been doing in class. These stations involve hands-on activities related to released science SOL test questions. There is no written science homework this week, however, your child should continue to review the materials in his or her binder. Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before the test.
Math: We are continuing to review previously taught SOL's in math. This week's math homework will be review questions from the math textbook.
Reading: Our small group schedule has been altered by SOL testing, but I am still trying to meet with groups as much as possible. In their small groups, the students have been reading longer novels and completing projects (PowerPoints, trioramas, plays, videos, etc.) based on their books.
Writing: Today, we started our final writing prompt of the year. The students are planning and writing a story about what they would do if Mr. Maher asked them to teach our class on the last day of school. We are working on using dialogue to make our stories more interesting. In order to improve word choice, the students are using synonyms for the word, said (announced, declared, told, stated, etc.).
Extra Credit Opportunities: Extra credit opportunities are still available on Edmodo. http://chesterfield.edmodo.com/
SOL Testing and Review: Our first SOL test is this week. We will take the social studies SOL test in the computer lab at 12:30 this Thursday. The students should not stress about taking the test. We have spent a lot of time reviewing to make sure they are prepared. Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before the test.
SOL Snacks: Thanks to everyone who signed up for snacks on testing days! Please send your items in at least two days before the test date.
Math: We will conclude our review of 2-digit multiplication with a short quiz this Wednesday. The students should be able to solve 2-digit times 1-digit problems (ex. 23 x 4) as well as multistep word problems. The students have learned several different strategies for solving these problems (the traditional method, number lines, repeated addition, and the box method). On the quiz, they may choose the strategy that works best for them, but they are encouraged to use a second strategy to double-check their work.
Extra Credit Opportunities: Extra credit opportunities are still available on Edmodo. When going to Edmodo, be sure your child is using the link http://chesterfield.edmodo.com/ Edmodo.com will not work.
Poetry: The children have been writing some fantastic poems! They will be finishing their poetry booklets this week by writing haiku poems. Look for them coming home in this week's Wednesday folders.
SOL Review: Our SOL review in reading, science, and social studies continues this week. Thank you for taking the time to review the nightly review homework with your child. The questions on the homework and classwork directly relate to our weekly review quizzes. Last Friday, a great real-life opportunity to review animals arrived in our classroom! We now have two aquariums filled with guppies, snails, newts, and more. We're excited to review aquatic ecosystems and food chains with our aquariums.
What can you do at home to make sure your child is ready for the math SOL? Remember there are many, many posts on Edmodo where students can practice things we learned in math this year. Also, EVERY student needs to practice addition and subtraction of 3 and 4 digit numbers. This also involves estimating by rounding the number first and then actually solving the problem. Multiplication and division facts need to be practiced as well. The review work in the binder, as well as the review study guides are good review for the reading, science, and social studies tests.
Math: Our measurement unit will conclude with a test this Friday. The blue study sheet should be in the math section of your child's binder. The graded quiz on length and capacity will go home in your child's Wednesday folder this week. Please review the missed questions in preparation for Friday's test. In addition to length and capacity/volume, the test will also include questions about measuring temperature and weight/mass.
SOL Simulation Tests: The students will take the last SOL simulation test in science this Thursday. You should have already received slips of paper with your child's scores on the reading and social studies tests. The math score is coming home this Wednesday. These scores will not be averaged into a report card grade, but I will be using the data from the tests to plan future instruction. For example, we have been doing word study activities on contractions and synonyms because the students had difficulty with these concepts on the reading simulation test.
Extra Credit Opportunities: Last week, a sheet listing extra credit opportunities was sent home in your child's Wednesday folder. I posted additional extra credit options online in each subject-area Edmodo group. Please encourage your child to complete these activities to help their grades and to practice for the upcoming SOL tests. When going to Edmodo, be sure your child is using the link http://chesterfield.edmodo.com/ Edmodo.com will not work.
Poetry: April is National Poetry Month! This week in writing, the students have been making their own poetry books. Ask your child about their favorite type of poetry.
SOL Snacks: On SOL testing days, we like to provide a snack for the students. Please look for a Sign-Up Genius link being sent out soon to help out with this.
The Evergreen administration has finalized our SOL testing dates for this May and June. We will be testing reading and math in two parts. Students who work with Mrs. Brown may be testing on different dates. Please let me know if you have any questions. I added the dates to our website calendar as well.
Thursday, May 9th: Social Studies SOL Test
Wednesday, May 15th: Reading SOL Test (Part 1)
Thursday, May 16th: Reading SOL Test (Part 2)
Thursday, May 23rd: Science SOL Test
Tuesday, June 4th: Math SOL Test (Part 1)
Wednesday, June 5th: Math SOL Test (Part 2)
Please continue to work with your child to study
the review materials in your child's binder nightly.
SOL Review: This week, we will continue with the SOL review homework in reading, science, and social studies. We started our new measurement unit in math today. A blue study sheet should be in the math section of your child's binder. Our animals unit will conclude with a test this Wednesday. In addition to general review in social studies, we will also be focusing on reviewing the ancient China, ancient Egypt, and Native Americans material your child studied in 2nd grade. A yellow review page was sent home in your child's binder today. We will also be having short 10-question review quizzes in social studies and science (based on the homework and classwork in your child's binder) each Friday. I changed our reading assessment day to Thursday so the students will not have too many quizzes or tests on Fridays.
Field Day: Our field day is tomorrow! Please have your child wear a hat and/or sunscreen. To be safe, they also need proper clothes and tennis shoes. Also, please have your child bring one, plastic water bottle labeled with their name. The students will also need a bag lunch. We will be eating lunch in the classroom after the field day activities have ended.
Evergreen Reading Night at the Flying Squirrel's Game: Everyone is invited to Evergreen's Reading Night at the Diamond this Thursday, April 18th at 6:35pm! If your child returned their Flying Squirrel's bookmarks, ticket vouchers were sent home with them today. It is recommended that you report to the Diamond by 5:45 pm. At this time, you can redeem vouchers and/or purchase tickets at the ticket booth. Also, students who wish to walk in the pre-game parade with Nutzy should line up by the front gates at the bottom of the main steps by 5:45. I hope to see you at the Diamond!
Picture Day: Lifetouch Studios will be here Thursday, March 21st to take our classroom group photos and individual pictures. There are two payment plans. If you want to order a class picture, you must send the money on picture day. Individual pictures will besent home for review prior to sending in payment.
Reading: In our small reading groups, we are reading different plays that are fables. We are also reading informational nonfiction books to research different types of animals. The students are taking notes on their animals and will create PowerPoint presentations to share what they have learned with the class. Our vocabulary words of the week are conceited, honor, region, and sincere. Our word study words this week require the students to differentiate between homophone pairs and words that are not homophones.
Writing: This week, we will be working on the county-wide writing prompt for the 3rd nine weeks. We are also finishing an entertaining story about leprechauns.
Math: Our fractions unit continues this week. Our test is this Friday. In addition to the study guide, the fractions activities on our math Edmodo page can be used for review. www.chesterfield.edmodo.com
Social Studies: We've finished all of our social studies units for 3rd grade! Now, we'll begin our review activities. We will use the "Race to the Governor's House" review materials and quizzes. In class, the students will be given time to study flashcards on the different review topics. The children each have a car that they will move along our class "race track" as they pass different review quizzes. There are 6 quizzes and they will be posted in our Edmodo social studies review group. These quizzes must be taken during school hours, but your child can spend time at home studying. I will be sending home refrigerator review cards as another resource for studying.
Science: Our study of animals continues this week. Our animals quiz is on March 27th. Our test will be after Spring Break on April 17th.
* 3rd Grade Musical: Our 3rd grade performance is tomorrow night (3-19) at 7:00 PM. Students should report to Tomahawk Creek Middle School by 6:30. They should wear a plain, white shirt and jeans.
* Project: The Historical Figures Project was moved to March 27th due to picture day on the 21st.
* Field Day Volunteers: The P.E. teachers informed me that everyone who turned in their names to volunteer for field day has been accepted.
* Spring Break is April 1-8!
Here are a few updates and changes to our calendar:
Historical Figures Project: Due to Picture Day being scheduled for March 21st, we have moved the Historical Figures project due date to Wednesday, March 27th (the 3-hour early release day). The students will need to bring their posters and dress up as their person on this day.
Ice-cream Treat: We have reached our second goal for class compliments! Please sign and return the half sheet sent home in today's Wednesday folders so your child can participate in our class treat and any future celebrations.
3rd Grade Musical: Our 3rd grade musical performance is coming up on Tuesday, March 19th. The students should report to Tomahawk Creek Middle School by 6:30 pm. The performance will begin at 7:00. Unless your child has already been told to wear something different, they should wear jeans and a white t-shirt.
Reading: We are continuing to improve our inferencing skills. Last Friday, two of our small reading groups performed their readers' theaters for Mrs. Barto's kindergarten class. You can check out photos from their performance here: http://mssawyersclass.shutterfly.com/2012-2013classphotos/678 The other two groups will share their readers' theaters next week. We will be starting a unit on fables this week. Our vocabulary words of the week are receive, suggested, tender, and blur. Our word study words are a review list of contractions and compound words.
Math: Our fractions unit continues this week. We have been practicing writing mixed numbers, finding the fraction of a set (ex. Color 1/4 of 8 shapes.), and identifying fractions on a number line. Quiz #2 is this Friday. There are a lot of fractions review activities on our math Edmodo page. www.chesterfield.edmodo.com
Social Studies: We will finish our economics unit this week. The test is this Wednesday. The students have been working hard to make their products for our mini-economy activity. Thanks for sending in supplies to help with this project! On Thursday, the students will have the opportunity to "sell" their products to Ms. Carpenter's class. Then, they will become consumers and shop for goods produced by her class.
* This week is Student Appreciation Week! We had a great silly sock/inside out clothes day today. You can check out the other events of the week on our class calendar: http://mssawyersclass.shutterfly.com/calendar
* Project: The Historical Figures Project is due on March 21st.
Reading: We are continuing to practice our inferencing skills this week. The students are learning how to combine their background knowledge (schema) with clues from their reading to make inferences. Our vocabulary words this week are rather, separate, pupil, and harvest. Our word study words are a list of root words where the students have to determine whether or not to double the final consonant before adding a suffix.
Math: We are learning more about fractions this week. On Thursday's quiz, the students should be able to identify and write fractions with a numerator and denominator and write mixed numbers. They should also be able to identify fractional parts of a set. (Example question: What is 1/4 of 8? answer: 2) There are a lot of fractions review activities on our math Edmodo page. www.chesterfield.edmodo.com
Social Studies: Our economics unit continues this week. So far, we have learned about wants and needs, goods and services, economic choices, and opportunity cost. Look for information coming home soon regarding our mini-economy in-class project.
* This Wednesday during the school day, a guest author will visit Evergreen. Moira Donohue is the author of Alphie the Apostrophe and Penny and the Punctuation Bee. http://www.moirarosedonohue.net/
* This Friday is Mustache Day!
* Project: The Historical Figures Project is due on March 21st.* Calendar: Check our calendar on the class website often for updates on other class activities and assessment dates. http://mssawyersclass.shutterfly.com/calendar
Classes begin Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day, and end June 13.
Nov. 5 will be parent-teacher conference day.
Thanksgiving break is Nov. 27-29.
Winter break is Dec. 23-Jan. 3.
Spring break is April 14-18.
Students will be dismissed three hours early on six days to pro- vide teachers professional development time (Sept. 25, Oct. 30, Feb. 26 and March 26) and work time (June 12-13).
Reading: In our small guided reading groups, the students are continuing to practice their reader's theater scripts. We are reviewing making inferences during our shared reading. Our vocabulary words this week are raised, section, valuable, and pioneer. Our word study words are a list of words with prefixes.
Math: We are currently learning about fractions. The students have learned the terms numerator and denominator. We have practiced writing fractions as well as mixed numbers. We will continue our unit by learning how to compare (<,>,=), add, and subtract fractions. Our first fractions quiz will be on March 7th. There are a lot of fractions review activities on our math Edmodo page. www.chesterfield.edmodo.com
Science: We will finish our Earth, moon, and sun unit with a test this Wednesday. In addition to the study guides, the students can use Edmodo for review. The Young Scientists will be visiting our class this Friday for fun activities to review all kinds of cycles in nature.
Social Studies: We will start a new unit on economics this Thursday.
* This Wednesday is a 3-hour early release day.
* Interim reports go home this Wednesday.
* This Thursday is Dress as Your State Day! Our class is Colorado.
* Project: The Historical Figures Project is due on March 21st.
* Calendar: Check our calendar on the class website often for updates on other class activities and assessment dates. http://mssawyersclass.shutterfly.com/calendar
I hope everyone had a great 3-day weekend! Here's what we're studying this week:
Reading: In our small guided reading groups, the students are continuing to practice their reader's theater scripts in order to build fluency and comprehension. We are reviewing fact and opinion and learning about making inferences during our shared reading. The students are continuing to read different biographies on the PebbleGo website during their independent reading time. Our vocabulary words this week are imagine, moment, pleasure, and provide. Our word study words are a list of words with suffixes.
Math: Our geometry test is tomorrow. The students should be able to draw pictures of lines, line segments, rays, angles, etc. in addition to being able to identify them. The test will also cover plane and solid shapes as well as perimeter and area. Ask your child how we measured the perimeter and area of our classroom today. On Thursday, we will begin a new unit on fractions.
Science: Today we began a new unit on the Earth, moon, and sun. The students learned about the difference between the Earth's rotation and revolution by acting out the different motions. The quiz will be on Feb. 25th and the test is on Feb. 27th. In addition to the study guides, the students can use Edmodo for review. www.chesterfield.edmodo.com
* Project: The Historical Figures Project is due on March 21st.
* Thank you!: A big thanks to everyone who sent in donations for the Supplies for Soldiers Drive! The Red Cross Club was able to pack 24 boxes of supplies to send overseas.
Here's what we're studying this week:
Reading: In our small guided reading groups, the students are starting new reader's theater scripts that relate to our current civics unit in social studies. Depending on your child's group, they may be reading about the Constitution, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Declaration of Independence, or Washington, D.C. These reader's theaters will help to build the students' fluency and comprehension. The children will eventually be performing their reader's theaters for our kindergarten buddy class. We will also be discussing cause and effect during our shared reading. Our vocabulary words this week are general, method, natural, and process. Our word study words are another review list of homophones. In addition, we are reviewing prefixes and suffixes.
Math: Our geometry quiz is this Wednesday. The quiz will cover plane and solid shapes, symmetry, congruency, angles, lines, line segments, rays, and angles. The final test on February 20th will also include area, perimeter, and volume.
Social Studies: Our civics unit will conclude with a test this Friday. In addition to the study guides, the students can use Edmodo for review. www.chesterfield.edmodo.com
* Book Fair: The annual Evergreen book Fair is ending this week! The evening event will be held on Tuesday, February 12th from 5:30-8:00.
* Valentine's Day: A class list was sent home last week. Students may design their own valentine box and bring it to school on Thursday. Don't forget to check out my Pinterest page for non-candy Valentine ideas: http://pinterest.com/mssawyersclass/valentine-s-day-cards/
* Project: The Historical Figures Project (on blue paper) was sent home last week. A "Biography Poster" was provided with the project description for each student. The students need to research a historical person they learned about in kindergaten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade. A list of choices is on the back of the assignment sheet. In addition to completing the poster, each child needs to dress up like their person for the project presentation. The project is due on March 21st.
February 6th – February 14th
Our Soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan need our support!
We will collect items to ship to a unit currently serving in Afghanistan.
How can you help?
1. Sending in some of the following items, there are many to choose from.
2. Sending any empty shoe boxes you have at home to put the goodies in.
Thanks for helping!
* You can download a list of needed items from the link below.
* Please note: I am sending the Wednesday folders home today so the students can use their graded division quiz to review for the test on Wednesday. *
Here's what we're studying this week:
Reading: In our small guided reading groups, the students are continuing to read different biographies of famous Americans. The children will be discussing the traits and contributions of these individuals and sharing important facts with their classmates. Our vocabulary words this week are factual, indicate, language, and material. Our word study words this week are another review list of homophones. We are also reviwing antonyms and possessive nouns.
Math: Our division test is this Wednesday. The students do not need to memorize the division facts for this test. They should be able to use the division strategies (repeated subtraction, group models, number lines, and related multiplication facts) to solve problems. The nightly math homework, study guide, and graded division quiz can be used to review for the test. There will also be review questions on multiplication and properties (identity property: 6 x 1 = 6 and commutative property: 4 x 5 = 5 x 4) on the test.
Social Studies: We started our civics unit last week. Three yellow study guides should be in your child's binder. Most of this material is review. The government information is a review of what we studied in the fall. Many of the famous Americans are review from 1st or 2nd grade. The new people we will be studying this year are Cesar Chavez, Thurgood Marshall, and Thomas Jefferson. There will be a quiz this Thursday on the review study guide and a test on all of the material on February 15th. In addition to the study guides, the students can use Edmodo for review. www.chesterfield.edmodo.com
New Project: A Historical Figures Project (on blue paper) is coming home in the Wednesday folders. We are providing a "Biography Poster" with the project description for each student. The students need to research a historical person they learned about in kindergaten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade. A list of choices is on the back of the assignment sheet. In addition to completing the poster, each child needs to dress up like their person for the project presentation. The project is due on March 21st.
* Book Fair: The annual Evergreen book Fair is coming soon! Our in-school shopping day will be Friday, February 8th from 2:00-2:30. The evening event will be held on Tuesday, February 12th from 5:30-8:00.
* Valentine's Day: A class list is being sent home today. Don't forget to check out my Pinterest page for non-candy Valentine ideas: http://pinterest.com/mssawyersclass/valentine-s-day-cards/
Here's what we're studying this week:
Reading: In our small guided reading groups, the students are reading different biographies of famous Americans. The children will be discussing the traits and contributions of these individuals and sharing important facts with their classmates. No new vocabulary words will be introduced this week. Our word study words this week are a review list of homophones. I really enjoyed the students' presentations of their Make Martin Smile articles and posters today. The grading rubric for this project is coming home in today's Wednesday folder and the posters are on display in the hallway.
Writing: This week, the students are working on completing the Chesterfield County 2nd 9 weeks' writing prompt about designing the ultimate playground.
Math: We are continuing our unit on division this week. On our division quiz tomorrow, the students do not have to have the facts memorized. They only need to be able to understand the different division strategies (equal groups, repeated subtraction, fact families, number lines, etc.). Several short, graded classwork assignments ("Exit Tickets") are coming home in the Wednesday folder today. These assignments, along with the study guide and the nightly homework, should give you an idea of what your child needs to review.
Our multiplication "Math Olympics" is continuing to motivate the students to memorize their multiplication facts. Congratulations to Zack, Kaelynn, John, Kara, Kyle, Erica, Zoie, Braeden, and Ben who earned bronze medals for passing the 0-5 facts today!
Science: We will conclude our short unit on energy (renewable and nonrenewable energy sources) with a quiz tomorrow. In addition to the study guide, the students can use the information in their science notebooks and the assignments on Edmodo for review. www.chesterfield.edmodo.com
* Book Fair: The annual Evergreen book Fair is coming soon! Our in-school shopping day will be Friday, February 8th from 2:00-2:30. The evening event will be held on Tuesday, February 12th from 5:30-8:00.
* Jump Rope for Heart: Information is being sent home in today's Wednesday folders about Jump Rope for Heart. The P.E. teachers will be explaining the event in PE classes as well. Our students will have about two weeks to accept donations from family and friends. Then, during the week of February 11th-15th, they will bring their donation envelopes to school. It is best if they bring them to PE that week.
* Valentine's Day: Don't forget to check out my Pinterest page for non-candy Valentine ideas: http://pinterest.com/mssawyersclass/valentine-s-day-cards/
* Calendar: Please continue to check the calendar on the class website frequently for updates on school events and test/quiz dates.
Book Fair: The annual Evergreen book Fair is coming soon! Our in-school shopping day will be Friday, February 8th from 2:00-2:30. The evening event will be held on Tuesday, February 12th from 5:30-8:00. You can stop by the school any time during those hours to purchase books and help support our school library program. The community dinner is also being held that evening. Preorder forms for the dinner were sent home in your child's Wednesday folder last week.
Here's what we're studying this week:
Reading: We will be reviewing previously taught concepts and taking the 2nd 9 weeks' reading benchmark test this Friday. No new vocabulary words will be introduced this week.
Writing: This week, the students will be interviewing classmates and organzing their information in a venn diagram. Then, they will be using the venn diagram to write a biography of a classmate and an autobiography of themselves.
Math: We are starting a new unit on division this week. The students will be learning many strategies (equal groups, repeated subtraction, fact families, number lines, etc.) to practice the concept of division before they begin memorizing the facts. Our multiplication "Math Olympics" is continuing to motivate the students to memorize their multiplication facts. Congratulations to Jailynn, Nick, Sinclair, Tony, Aurora, Lucy, and Noah who have earned bronze medals for passing the 0-5 facts!
Social Studies: Our test on the four European explorers (Christopher Columbus, Juan Ponce de Leon, Jacques Cartier, and Christopher Newport) is tomorrow. I recently added two review PowerPoints in our social studies Edmodo group that the students can use to review. These PowerPoints are also available to download on the "Handouts" page of the website. They are at the bottom of the "Social Studies Study Guides" list.
Science: We will begin a new unit on energy (renewable and nonrenewable energy sources)this Thursday. I have already added several assignments to our science Edmodo group (www.chesterfield.edmodo.com) to help the students learn about energy concepts.
* The "Make Martin Smile" project is due on January 30th. The students should be prepared to present their posters on this day.
* Don't forget to check out my Pinterest page for non-candy Valentine ideas: http://pinterest.com/mssawyersclass/valentine-s-day-cards/
In addition to the usual graded papers, there are a few things coming home in today's Wednesday folders that I wanted to point out.
Extra Credit Opportunity: There is an extra credit social studies page on the explorers that is due on January 23rd. Students who correctly complete this optional page can recieve 5 extra points on their explorers test.
Required Project: A sheet explaining the "Make Martin Smile" project was sent home today. The project involves the students selecting a newspaper, magazine, or online article that has a positive message. The article should demonstrate some of the ideals held by Martin Luther King, Jr. (nonviolence, equality, honesty, determination, peace, bravery, perseverance, compassion, justice, freedom, etc.) I posted links on our reading Edmodo page to websites with kid-friendly articles. Then, the students should write a paragraph explaining why this article would “make Martin smile” if he was alive to read it today. Finally, the article and the child’s paragraph should be mounted on a poster to be shared in class. Please e-mail or send me a note in your child’s agenda if you have any questions about this project.
Book Fair & Community Dinner Form: The annual Evergreen Book Fair and Community Dinner is coming up on Tuesday, February 12th. A pink form was sent home today with a sign-up sheet for ordering pizza if you would like to participate in the community dinner. The sheet should be returned by Wednesday, January 30th if you are interested in participating in the dinner. Meals are advanced purchase only and will not be sold at the event.
Reading: In our small groups, we have been working on practicing our fluency and reviewing reading test-taking strategies. We will be using different types of graphic organizers (venn diagrams, flow charts, webs, etc.) to demonstrate our reading comprehension. Our vocabulary words this week are deny, fasten, guess, and increase.
Word Study: All students have the same review list this week on past and present tense verbs.
Writing: We are continuing to write, revise, and edit friendly letters. We will also be learning about using commas in our writing.
Math: Our time and calendar unit continues this week and will conclude with a test on January 18th.
Social Studies: We are learning about four European explorers (Christopher Columbus, Juan Ponce de Leon, Jacques Cartier, and Christopher Newport). Our first quiz is tomorrow on Columbus, Ponce de Leon, and the vocabulary from the top of the study guide. There is an explorer map quiz on Friday.
Valentine's Day Volunteers Needed: Since we cannot have a party with food on Valentine's Day, I would like to do a class craft activity. Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering to organize or help with a craft.
Cold/Flu Season: Now that we are entering the cold/flu season, we are running out of tissues in the classroom. I would really appreciate it if you could send in a box of tissues and/or Clorox wipes to help us keep our class germ-free.
Benchmark Testing: In the next couple of weeks, the students will be taking the 2nd nine weeks' benchmark tests in reading and math. These tests will be given instead of our weekly reading tests on Fridays. The reading benchmark test is on January 25th and the math test is on February 1st.
Reading: In reading, I am conducting mid-year DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) testing to determine your child's current reading level. We are continuing to review main idea and supporting details. Our vocabulary words this week are consider, exactly, famous, and annual.
Word Study: All students have the same review list this week on contractions.
Writing: This week in writing, we are continuing to practice using strong, vivid verbs. We will also continue to write, revise, and edit friendly letters.
Math: Our money test is tomorrow. The students should be able to count dollars and coins, calculate change, and explain how they got their answers. We are also still doing our Math Olympics quizzes, so keep practicing those multiplication facts. There are many fun websites on Edmodo for multiplication practice. Our next math unit on time will begin Wednesday.
Science: This week, we will finish our unit on water conservation and the water cycle with a quiz on Wednesday.
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful Winter Break. Here's what we're studying this week:
Reading: In reading, we are continuing to work on our comprehension strategies (predicting, making connections, visualizing, etc.). We will also be reviewing main idea.
Writing: This week in writing, we will be learning about using strong verbs. The students will be improving their word choice by adding to a list of interesting verbs to use in their writing. Some of the strong verbs we will be using include demolish, devour, and frolic. Ask your child to sing our verb song! We will also be working on writing friendly letters.
Math: We will continue to practice counting money and will learn how to calculate change. We will also working on solving multistep problems involving money. Our money test is on Tuesday, January 8th. We are also still doing our Math Olympics quizzes, so keep practicing those multiplication facts.
Science: This week, our unit will focus on water conservation and reviewing the water cycle. Our unit will conclude with the students working in small groups to design their own water filters. The final assessment for this unit will be a water quiz on Wednesday, January 9th.
Edible Education: Next week, on the morning of Tuesday, January 8th, we will have an Edible Education lesson where the students get to become chefs and prepare a healthy meal.
Here's what we're studying this week:
Reading & Writing: Our vocabulary WOW (Words of the Week) for this week are bitter, consonant, expression, and factors. These words will continue to be assessed on the weekly reading tests and previous words may be tested as well. Our grammar skill is past and present tense verbs. There will be a verb quiz this Thursday. The students are working on their final draft of the snow globe writing prompt. They have been working on improving their word choice in their writing by using a thesaurus.
Math: We are continuing to study multiplication this week. Now that the students have an understanding of the concept of multiplication, we are focusing on problem solving. Today we read Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar and solved the problems in the story as a class. Then, the students completed 8 practice story problems. Many students are still having difficulty with multistep problems. (Example: The three little pigs were collecting sticks for their house. They each collected 7 sticks. Two little pigs broke one stick each. How many sticks did they have then?) Please look for this "Multiplication Story Problem" sheet in your child's Wednesday folder this week. We will continue to review this concept in class as well.
Math Olympics: Thank you for continuing to help your child review the multiplication facts (0-12) at home. All students have now passed the 0 and 1 as a factor quiz. Once the students have mastered 0-5, they can earn a "bronze" medal.
Social Studies: We started a new unit on ancient Mali this week. Yesterday, we learned about the physical characteristics of West Africa (deserts, gold mines, salt mines, and the Niger River) by gluing sand, salt, and gold glitter on a map of Africa. This map should be in your child's binder next to the Mali study guide. Today we are studying the human characteristics of ancient Mali (farmers, gold miners, salt miners, and traders). Ask your child to explain why salt was as valuable as gold in ancient Mali.
Interim Reports: Interim reports with your child's current grade averages will be sent home in the Wednesday folders tomorrow.
Room 503 Updates -
Test-Taking Strategies: We are reinforcing test-taking strategies in all subject areas. In order to encourage the students to take their time and double check their work, we have been asking them to write a "start time" and an "end time" on test papers.
Reading & Writing: This week, we are wrapping up our review of nonfiction text features (headings, captions, bold print, etc.) in our small guided reading groups. We are also working on identifying the main idea and supporting details in a paragraph or a story. Our vocabulary WOW (Words of the Week) for this week are ache, coast, enjoy, and figure. These words will continue to be assessed on the weekly reading tests and previous words may be tested as well. Our grammar skill is past and present tense verbs. We will also be working on a snow globe writing prompt. Check out this fun site where you can type in your address and see your house in a snow globe: http://www.draftfcb.com/holiday2011/
Math: We are continuing our unit on multiplication this week. The students have been using four different multiplication strategies (repeated addition, skip counting on a number line, drawing equal groups, and array models) to understand the concept of multiplication. Our multiplication concepts quiz is tomorrow. The students do not need to have facts memorized for this quiz. It will assess the students' understanding of multiplication concepts. They should be familiar with the different strategies for solving multiplication problems. These strategies are explained on the blue study guide in their binders. You can also download this document ("Understanding Multiplication") from the Handouts tab on our class website.
Math Olympics: After the multiplication concepts quiz, we will be working on strategies for learning the facts (0-12). As we learn the different facts, we will have periodic quizzes in class. These quiz grades will not go in the gradebook, but the students can earn Olympic "medals" (bronze, silver, and gold) for mastering the facts. Thank you in advance for helping your child to review at home.
Math Extra Credit Reminder: The math extra credit assignment that was sent home this Monday is due Monday, December 10th.
Science: We are finishing our unit on soil today with our edible soil activity. The students have participated in several hands-on investigations with different types of soil (sand, clay, humus, loam). They have also learned about the layers of soil (topsoil, subsoil, bedrock). The soil test is this Friday, December 7th.
Miss Marable's Last Day: This Friday is our student teacher's last day in our classroom. The students have really enjoyed working with her. I am putting together a gift basket of teaching/office supplies to give her on her last day. Thank you to everyone who has already sent in items to add to the basket! If you would still like to contribute to her gift, you can send in items with your child. I have a box under my desk to collect the supplies.
Next week, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be administered to all third graders attending Chesterfield County Public Schools. This test will be used to help in providing more information to both parents and teachers about our third grade students. This test measures a child’s abilities in verbal skills, mathematics reasoning, and in problem solving skills.
The results of the test will be used three different ways. First, the test will be used to provideindividual results about each child’s strengths and weaknesses and you will be given an individual report on your child’s performance. Second, the test will also be used as a screening test for placement into the gifted program. Finally, the test will be used to help select students who may benefit from accelerated mathematics instruction.
As a reminder, decisions about placement into programs are not made on the basis of one scorealone. A child’s performance in class, the grades received, and current teacher recommendations are factors that influence any recommendations that are made. Please note that any accommodations that are a part of a child’s IEP will also apply to the administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test.
For this year, we will be administering the Cognitive Abilities Test December 4, 5, and 6, with make-ups on Friday, Dec 7, 2012. You can help us in this process by insuring that your children arrive at school promptly on the testing days, that they have had plenty of rest, and that they have a good breakfast that morning.
Thank you for all that you do to support our school.
Here's what we're studying this week:
Reading & Writing: We are continuing to review nonfiction text features (headings, captions, bold print, etc.) in our small guided reading groups. Our vocabulary WOW (Words of the Week) for this week are century, electric, equivalent, and search. These words will continue to be assessed on the weekly reading tests and previous words may be tested as well. Our grammar skill for the next couple of weeks is verbs.
Math: We started a new unit on multiplication today. Before we begin to memorize the facts, we are working on understanding the concept of multiplication. Today the students brainstormed things that come in groups of 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 and then solved multiplication problems with these groups using repeated addition. Our math homework this week and next week focuses on the different multiplication strategies we are learning (repeated addition, skip counting on a number line, drawing equal groups, and array models).
Social Studies: We will conclude our study of ancient Greece and Rome with a test tomorrow. There are several activities on Edmodo that your child can use to review as well as the two-page study guide in their binders. The students are really looking forward to our Olympic Day this Wednesday. Please remember to send your child with a bag lunch on this day. Dressing up in a toga is optional. Thanks to all of our volunteers and parents who sent in supplies!
Science: We will start our new unit on soil this Thursday. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to send in materials for our edible soil layers activity! The soil test will be on December 7th.
Calendar: I recently updated the calendar on the class website to include testing dates through May. These dates are subject to change as needed, but they will give you a general idea about upcoming units. http://mssawyersclass.shutterfly.com/calendar
Reading: We are continuing to review author's purpose (to persuade, inform, or entertain). We are also learning about nonfiction text features (headings, captions, bold print, etc.). Our vocabulary WOW (Words of the Week) for next week are appear, captain, discovered, and supply. These words will continue to be assessed on the weekly reading tests and previous words may be tested as well.
Math: Our subtraction quiz is Wednesday, November 14th. The students should be able to solve subtraction problems with regrouping up to the thousands place. They should also be able to solve multistep word problems similar to the ones on the nightly homework assignments. The addition and subtraction test is on Tuesday, November 20th.
Social Studies: This Wednesday, we started our new unit on ancient Greece and Rome. There are several activities on Edmodo that your child can use to review as well as the two-page study guide in their binders.
50th Day of School: The 50th day of school will be on Friday, November 16th. This is a change from the original date due to the two hurricane days. Thank you to all of the parents who have sent in decorations and supplies for our root beer float activity. The students are also invited to dress up 1950's-style on the 50th day. Dressing up could be as simple as wearing rolled up jeans and a white t-shirt or more fancy with a poodle-type skirt and scarf. Thanks for helping us have a fun and fabulous 50th day!
Calendar: As always, you can check the calendar on our class site for upcoming quiz/test dates and school activities. http://mssawyersclass.shutterfly.com/calendar
To celebrate our knowledge of ancient Greece, the 3rd grade will be having an Olympic Day on Wednesday, November 28th (3-Hour Early Release Day). Each classroom will be hosting an Olympic event and we will need several items to make our event successful. Please consider donating one or more items from the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4DAFAA2C7-third Items should be sent to school by Monday, November 26th.
We will also need volunteers to help run the events and craft projects. You can sign up to volunteer at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4DAFAA2C7-volunteers
Thanks for your continued support!
Reading: Our current comprehension focus skill is author's purpose. The students are determining whether the author's main reason for writing is to persuade, inform, or entertain. Our small guided reading groups are working on finishing their mysteries. We are also continuing to expand our vocabulary with WOW (Words of the Week). These words will be assessed on the weekly reading tests. Next week's words are angle, direct, interesting, and sudden. You can download all of the words from the link below.
Math: Our study of addition and subtraction will continue into next week. Our addition quiz is tomorrow. The students should be able to solve addition problems with numbers up to the thousands place and find missing addends (ex. 7 + ____ = 10). They should also be able to solve multistep word problems similar to the ones on the nightly homework assignments.
Science: We will finish our unit on matter with a test on Oct. 30th. We have done many investigations with properties of Play Dough, density, measuring volume, measuring mass, and more. Ask your child about their favorite experiment.
I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Miss Marable, and I will be student teaching in your child’s 3rd grade class with Ms. Sawyer for the next 8 weeks (October 15th through December 7th). I am very excited to be doing my internship at Evergreen Elementary! I am currently a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University where I will earn my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies for Early and Elementary Education and my Master’s degree in Teaching. I have a wonderful little girl who is 5 months old and currently trying her hardest to crawl! I grew up in Chesterfield County and am very fond of the schools I have attended and worked in throughout my educational career. This experience has been exciting thus far, and I am looking forward to learning from and teaching the children in Ms. Sawyer’s class. Please let me know if there is anything else you would like to know about me!
Thank you for this opportunity,
There are a lot of materials coming home in this week's Wednesday folder so I wanted to point out some of the more important items.
Math and Science Center Field Trip Permission Slip (No cost for this trip on Oct. 19)
Simple Machines Turkey Trap Project (Due Oct. 24th)
Picture Day Envelope (Picture Day is Thursday)
Several graded assignments are also coming home. Please review any missed items with your child. If you are looking for extra resources for review, you can check out the "Handouts" page of this website, links on my Portaportal page http://guest.portaportal.com/planet16, or activities I have shared for your child to complete on Edmodo http://chesterfield.edmodo.com/ . I recently added several more simple machines and place value assignments on Edmodo. We will work on some of these in class, but they are great for practice at home as well.
Several parents have asked me about how to set up a parent account on Edmodo. Here is some helpful information from the Edmodo site on this topic:
Parent accounts are a great way for parents to observe and stay up to date with their child’s Edmodo activities. With more and more parents signing up for Edmodo, we wanted to provide additional information and tips on how to get started, as well as our most frequently asked questions from parents.
5 Tips to Help Parents Get Started:
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I get a parent code and create my account?
Parent codes can be retrieved from one of two places:
Do I need a parent code for each class my student is in?
No. Once you create your parent account, you will be able to see assignments, grades, etc. for all your student’s classes.
Can I have more than one student (i.e. child) on my account?
Yes. Select the “Add a Student” button on the top navigation bar. Enter the student’s parent code, select your relationship to the student and click “add”.
Can parents directly message their student’s teacher(s)?
No. At this time this feature is not available.
Can two parents create separate accounts for one child, using the same parent code?
Yes. You can use the same code to create two parent accounts and add the student to both accounts.
I am both a teacher and a parent. Can I merge my Parent and Teacher accounts?
No, you cannot merge the two accounts. Each account has special and unique functions that serve a specific purpose, and therefore, the accounts are kept separate. You can easily register for two different accounts.
Can Parents join groups?
No, at this time parents are not able to join groups.
What if I forget my password?
If you forget your password you can click on the “Forgot?” button on the Edmodo home page. You will receive an email with instructions on how to recover your password. If you have any issues please contact email@example.com for further help.
As a parent, what can I see from my Edmodo account?
Parents are able to see the following in their account (for their student only):
Parents are not able to see the following in their account:
I am excited to let you know about a fun and educational network we will be using this year. Edmodo is a free and secure learning network for teachers, students, and schools. It provides a safe way for us to connect, share content, access homework, participate in discussions and receive class information.
Edmodo is accessible online and through any mobile device with Internet capabilities including free apps for Apple and Android devices. Students can access their account from any mobile device or computer.
Edmodo will not be used as a social network like Facebook. This tool will be used strictly for educational purposes using the following guidelines:
Students who violate the guidelines above may face disciplinary action and/or face losing the privilege of using Edmodo.
We have spent time setting up our accounts at school and the students really enjoyed it so far! To access the network at home, visit chesterfield.edmodo.com . Your child knows his/her username and password. The username is his/her 7 digit student number. The password starts with “Pass” (capital P) and then the last 4 digits of their student number.
Once logged into Edmodo find the groups on the left side of the screen. Once in a group, you will see posts to different assignments and activities. Eventually students will be able to post on the group boards, but not until we get comfortable using the site.
I look forward to a great year as we incorporate the use of technology into our classroom curriculum. If you have any questions, please contact me.
|We are kicking off the school year with a Back to School Picnic! The picnic will be held Thursday, August 30th from 5:30-7:30. At this time you can bring your child's school supplies, drop them off in our classroom (Room 503), then make your way outside to meet me. There will be a DJ, food vendors, and time for your children to connect with old friends and just have a good time hanging out. We invite you to bring the whole family and stay for dinner.|
Like last year, parking will be at a premium and most of our school spots will be taken by our new Kindergarten parents (KG Orientation is from 4:30-5:30 the same day). there will be a few spots available if you need to get in and out quickly. We will again have shuttle buses running from the Charter Colony Pool, the Walton Lake Pool, and St. Mark's Church. We will start those around 5:15 (we ran into a lot of Charter Colony traffic last year). The buses will run back and forth throughout the evening. Car pooling will also help if you plan on trying to park at school.
I'm looking forward to meeting all of my new 3rd graders!
Reading: We are continuing to review our reading strategies and are finishing up our novel contracts. Ask your child about how we use our test-taking cloud strategies (predicting, making connections, labeling questions, rereading, proving our work, etc.)
Writing: Last week, we finished writing about our favorite vacation spots. This week, the students have been using the writing process to write essays informing the 2nd graders about what 3rd grade will be like. We will deliver copies of our writing to the 2nd graders after we have finished the final draft.
Math: We are continuing to practice solving multi-step word problems and reviewing more difficult math concepts (fractions, etc.).
Science: This week, we will be reviewing for our SOL test on Friday. We will be doing some fun review activities with science riddles and hands-on review stations. Today, we also used Edmodo to complete online science activities. Your child can also use the links on Edmodo to review at home. http://chesterfield.edmodo.com/
Thank you! Thanks to everyone who has sent in snacks for our SOL testing days!
Ms. Starke, Evergreen's reading specialist, has created an Edmodo group page for summer reading. Your child can log into Edmodo as usual and use the group code wgwupq to join her group. Happy reading!
Our SOL testing begins next week. We like to have morning and afternoon class snacks on testing days. Please sign up using the link below if you would like to donate drinks or individually wrapped snacks for our class (enough of each item for 24 students). The date to send in the items is one or two days before the test.
Suggested breakfast snack items: granola bars, breakfast bars, bananas
Suggested afternoon snack items: crackers, popcorn, chips, Rice Krispie treats, apples, fruit snacks
Social Studies SOL Test: May 18th
Science SOL Test: May 25th
Reading SOL Test, Part 1: June 5th
Reading SOL Test, Part 2: June 6th
Math SOL Test: June 13th
Thanks for your support! Click the link below to sign up to send in snack items.
Roses, carnations, lillies, geraniums, and more! Thanks for brightening my Monday with all of the thoughtful flowers for teacher appreciation week! I even received a solar powered sunflower.
This week, we are continuing with our SOL review in all subject areas.
Reading: Today, I began meeting with new small groups to review test-taking and comprehension strategies. Some of the strategies we will be focusing on include questioning, main idea, context clues, and sequencing. The students also continued working on their individual novel study contracts.
Math: Based upon our math review quizzes and classwork from last week, we will continue to review solid figures (edges and vertices), multi-step word problems, line plots, and reading a thermometer. We will also review various practice SOL problems. Your child's review quiz and a mult-step problem classwork assignment will be coming home in the Wed. folder this week. Thanks for reviewing these at home as well.
Social Studies: This week, we are reviewing the four European explorers (Columbus, Ponce de Leon, Cartier, and Newport). Today, we reviewed by singing songs about each explorer, highlighting key words, and illustrating each verse. The students should have their song sheet at home to help them study. You can also download the song page and additional study guides on the "Handouts" page of the website. There will be a review quiz on explorers Wed.
Technology Integration: This week, we are also continuing to use the website, Edmodo to review for the SOL tests. I am able to assign the students online quizzes, videos, and other assignments through this site. Each student has their own log-in and password so they are held accountable for their own work. The students can also work on Edmodo assignments from home. This is a great resource when students are absent. Students can earn "badges" on their Edmodo profile pages for their hard work. Many students have already earned several badges. Ask your child to show you their page and share what we have been doing in class.
*We appreciate our moms!* Don't forget: Our Muffins for Moms event is this Thursday, May 10th at 8:15 a.m. in the Evergreen cafeteria.
Tonight is the Evergreen Reading Night Flying Squirrels baseball game at 6:30 p.m. I'm looking forward to seeing many of you there! I will be in section 110 if your child wants to stop by to say "hi."
This week, we are continuing to review previously taught SOL's. Your child's nightly review homework (4 questions in each subject area) directly relates to our weekly review quizzes. Each week, the students take short review quizzes in each of the follwing subject areas:
Science & Social Studies: Fridays
In reading, the students started a new novel contract today. They will be completing independent response activities to go with a chapter book of their choosing. We will also be reviewing reading comprehension skills (predicting, making connections, etc.) and test-taking strategies in small groups. The biography poster and presentation is due this Friday.
In social studies, we will have a map skills review quiz this Wednesday. A half-sheet study guide on Europe and The United States (mountains and rivers) was sent home last week. The students are also responsible for knowing the continents and oceans as well as general map reading skills.
Last week, the students took an SOL simulation test in math. I will be using the data from this test to determine where the students need future review. This week, we will be going over the most frequently missed questions. We will also continue to work on multi-step word problems.
In writing, the students are working on a surprise writing assignment for Mother's Day. Moms, please save the date of May 10th at 8:15 a.m. for our Muffins for Moms event in Evergreen's cafeteria.
Today, the students were introduced to a new website, Edmodo. Teachers throughout Chesterfield County are using Edmodo to help integrate technology into their lessons. The students are able to create their own safe and secure profile page and complete assignments online. Your child can also log on from home. Ask your child to see their page.
Save the Date: PTA-sponsored Diggity Dudes concert, Friday, May 11th at 6:00pm at Evergreen
We had a fabulous field day today! The weather was perfect and the students really enjoyed all of the different activities. Although this is a short week with no school on Friday, we are very busy with all of the activities this week. The PTA has planned a fun week of treats for Student Appreciation Week. Tomorrow, the students will have an ice-cream treat during lunch. Wednesday, we have a musical performance by Betsy Q and we will wrap up the week with our Spring Treat Day on Thursday.
Here's what we're studying this week:
Reading/Writing: We are still reviewing homophones, summarizing and test-taking strategies.
Math: We will finish our measurement unit with a test this Wednesday. Ask your child about how we reviewed measuring mass, volume (capacity), length, and temperature with measurement bingo today.
Social Studies: Our economics unit will conclude with a test this Thursday. Today, we reviewed 2nd grade economics concepts and continued to work on our mini-economy projects. The students have really enjoyed manufacturing their own products and writing scripts to persuade the kindergarteners to buy their products. We will be using the iPads to make our product commercials later this week.
Reading: We are continuing to review our reading comprehension skills (predicting, making connections, determining importance, summarizing, etc.) and are focusing specifically on test-taking strategies this week. Some students are doing an excellent job going back to the story to highlight answers, but not everyone is doing this consistently. Please keep an eye out for this when reading tests come home in your child's Wednesday folders. We are also reviewing homophones. There will be a homophone quiz next Friday.
Expanding vocabulary: Our words of the week (WOW) are indicate, coast, and fasten.
* The Flying Squirrels reading bookmarks are due by this Friday. *
Math: We are learning all about measuring length, weight, temperature, and capacity. You can download a study guide for extra practice on the "Handouts" page of the website. The students have explored measuring length with standard and nonstandard units. Ask your child about the two stories we read aloud, How Big is a Foot? and How Tall, How Short, How Far Away? We are learning about customary units (inches, feet, yards, and miles) and metric units (centimeters, meters, and kilometers) of length. Later this week, we will explore weight, temperature, and capacity. Have your child explore measuring things at home. There are also several websites on my Portaportal page they can use to practice measurement skills. We will have a measurement quiz this Friday.
Social Studies: Oue economics unit continues this week. We have learned about needs, wants, goods, services, economic choices, scarcity, and opportunity cost. There will be an economics quiz this Friday. Ask your child about the fun "Econ and Me" song from the video we watched last week. This week, the students will apply what they are learning about economics to create their own product to "sell" to the students in our kindergarten buddy class. They will also be creating short, 30-second commercials on the iPads to market their product. Today, they came up with a plan for a product and did research online on the netbooks for ideas.
Next week is Student Appreciation Week at Evergreen! Here are the week's events:
Monday, April 2nd: 2nd & 3rd Grade Field Day
Tuesday, April 3rd: K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Ice Cream Treat at Lunch
Wednesday, April 4th: K-3rd Assembly with Betsy Q
Thursday, April 5th: Spring Treat Day & "Go Green with Evergreen" Day (Wear anything green dress-up day)
Friday, April 6th: NO SCHOOL
Our field day (for grades 2-3) is on Monday, April 2nd. Here are some field day reminders:
1. Children need to wear a hat and/or sunscreen. To be safe, they also need proper clothes and tennis shoes.
2. Each child should bring one, PLASTIC water bottle, labeled with their name on it. Please remind them that they may only bring water in their bottles. Juices and Gatorade attract bees and make messes.
In recognition of Youth Art Month and Music in Our Schools Month, we are having a "Wear Your Arts" day this Wednesday. On Wed., March 21, students and staff are encouraged to wear anything artsy or musical. Suggestions are band/rocker t-shirts, patterns, favorite color, tie dye, etc. Handmade jewelry is great too.
Reading: This week, we will continue to practice summarizing.
Expanding vocabulary: Our words of the week (WOW) are plot, least, and determine.
Writing: Last week, the students finished a writing prompt about what they would like to change about our school to improve learning. The students planned their writing by brainstorming many great ideas. After writing their rough draft, they conferenced with a partner to help revise their writing to improve word choice and voice. We also read many good examples of sentence variety in order to help make our writing more interesting. Our reading specialist, Ms. Starke, will be grading the students' writing for this prompt. This week, our grammar skill continues to be singular possessives (ex. Ms. Sawyer's computer). We will quiz this skill on Friday.
Math: Our probability test is tomorrow. Most students did well on last week's quiz, but we will be reviewing the concept of least likely.
Science: The Young Scientists visited our classroom this morning to review soil concepts. The students had a great time using microscopes to observe small organisms living in soil. We will be concluding the Earth, Moon, and Sun unit with a test this Wednesday.
Social Studies: This Thursday, we will begin a new unit on economics. This unit contains many review concepts from K-2nd grade. The study guide is on green paper and will be sent home this Thursday.
Skate-a-Way is tonight from 6:30-8:30 at 3330 Speeks Dr., Midlothian, VA 23112.
Reading: This week, we will be finishing up our small group chapter books and reviewing the skill of determining importance. We will also be reviewing summarizing. Ask your child how we use the "Somebody wanted, but, so, then" model for summarizing a story.
Expanding vocabulary: Our words of the week (WOW) are mentioned, certain, and unlikely.
Writing: The students did an excellent job on their "How to Catch a Leprechaun" writing prompt last week! They really worked hard to plan their writing, use commas in a series, and expand their word choice by utilizing the thesaurus. The children have also been improving with using voice to add their own personality to their writing. This week, our grammar skill is singular possessives (ex. Ms. Sawyer's computer). We will quiz this skill next Friday.
Math: Today, we started a new unit on probability. Key terms the students should be familiar with are certain, impossible, equally likely, unlikely, and likely. Ask your child about the probabilty line and cube activity we completed in class today. We will have a quiz on probability concepts this Thursday.
Science: An "Earth, Moon, and Sun" study guide (on yellow paper) went home in your child's binder today. The students are excited to build upon what they learned in 2nd grade and learn more about our solar system. Ask your child to act out rotating and revolving like we practiced in class today. We will have a quiz this Friday.
I hope everyone had a restful snow day yesterday! Here's what's going on this week:
Reading: We are continuing to determine importance as we read chapter books in our small groups. Although there is no written homework this week, the students should continue to read at least 20 minutes nightly and record their reading information on the green March reading log.
Writing: We are working on the skill of using commas in a series. For example: My neighbors own a cat, dog, and two fish. Today, we read aloud Punctuation Celebration in order to review all types of punctuation and then practiced using commas in a series. The students also did a great job of finding commas in the chapter books they are reading. In addition, we will be working on a fun writing prompt about leprechauns.
Math: We will finish up our unit on fractions this week. Due to the snow day yesterday, I moved the fractions test to Friday. The fractions quiz will be coming home in your child's Wednesday folder tomorrow. Please review any missed questions. Many of the students are having difficulty with mixed numbers, so we have been spending extra time reviewing that skill in class. Although there is no written homework this week, pages 428-429 in the math book provide good examples of mixed number problems if your child needs extra practice. Today, I introduced the students to a website (http://www.mangahigh.com/en_us/myschool/mssawyer?localeset=en_us) where they can practice fractions and other math skills with fun games. They should have their username and password for this site in their planner.
We will also be practicing addition and subtraction of fractions with common denominators this week. This topic was not covered on last week's quiz. The students should be able to look at pictures of the fractions in order to add or subtract them.
Social Studies: Our civics unit concludes this week with a test this Friday. The students should be reviewing all three study guides for this test.
We are currently having a food drive to help the Evergreen Food Pantry. The Evergreen library is sponsoring this drive by offering students an extra book checkout for bringing in a food donation. The students can bring in several items, but only one extra book checkout will be given. Thanks for helping to support those in need!
Here are some needed items:
Breakfast bars (Nutrigrain and granola bars)
Peanut butter (small and medium jars)
Fruit (in cans and also snack size which are nice for packing healthy lunches and snacks)
Raisins in snack size
Ritz and saltine crackers
Goldfish and pretzels
Spaghetti sauces (we have lots of beefaroni and ravioli, spaghetti in the can)
Non refrigerated parmesan cheese
Deodorant (Mens and womens)
Diapers (size 1)
Baggies (for packing lunches)
Here's what we're doing this week:
Language Arts: In addition to reviewing all previously taught comprehension skills (inferring, predicting, etc.), we are working on determining importance. Ask your child to explain how I introduced this concept with items from my purse. The students began new chapter books in their small groups and are reading to determine the most important parts of each chapter. Our grammar focus this week is on pronouns. Yesterday, I read aloud I and You and Don't Forget Who: What is a Pronoun? by Brian Cleary and the students made a foldable with the different pronouns in the story. We will have a pronoun quiz this Friday.
Math: We are continuing our study of fractions this week. The students have written fractions with a numerator and denominator, compared fractions, identified fractions in a set, and learned about equivalent fractions. We will continue to practice these skills and also learn about adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators. We will have a fractions quiz this Thursday.
Social Studies: Our civics review continues this week. Many of the civics concepts are review from grades K-2. We will have a quiz on the material from the green study guide (famous Americans and government) tomorrow. Yesterday, the students made a foldable of Americans and today we made government flashcards. The students brought these materials home today to help with studying.
* Interim Reports will Go Home This Friday *
Here's what we're studying this week:
Reading: In addition to continuing to practice our inferencing skills, we are reading biographies of famous African Americans with partners and writing summaries of their lives. Two of our readers' theater small groups have performed for Ms. Ackerly's kindergarten class. This Friday, the Star Spangled Banner group will perform for them. The Million Minute Tracker reading log is due this Friday. Extra copies can be downloaded on the "Homework" page of the website.
Word Study: Although there are no word lists this week, we will be reviewing prefixes and suffixes. We will be focusing on the following prefixes:
un (not, opposite of)
and the following suffixes:
ly (like, in a manner)
ness (state of being)
The students will be bringing home a plastic bag containing words with these prefixes and suffixes to practice. They do not need to memorize the spelling of the words, but they should be able to read them and know their meanings. They should be able to separate the base (root) word from the prefix or suffix. They should also be able to identify nonexamples (words that do not contain a prefix or suffix, but use the same letters). Here is an example quiz question:
1. Which word uses y in the same way as tasty?
The correct answer is "D. snowy" because it is the only one of the choices that also uses y as a suffix. There are also some practice questions you can download from the "Handouts" page of the website.
Math: We are continuing our exploration of fractions this week. The students have learned how fractions are part of a whole and how to write them using a numerator and a denominator. They have also written mixed numbers. This week, we will be reviewing those skills and learning about equivalent fractions, comparing fractions with <,>, = symbols, and adding & subtracting fractions with like denominators. Our fractions test will be on March 8th.
Science: Our soil unit will conclude with a test this Thursday. We have learned about the importance of soil, erosion, weathering, and the different layers of soil (topsoil, subsoil, bedrock). This week, we will observe different types of soil (sand, clay, humus, loam, silt) and make a hypothesis about which type is best for plant growth.
Here's what we're doing this week in 3rd grade:
Reading: The students are continuing to work on their inferencing skills. They are doing an excellent job using the inferring thinking stems (I can infer . . ., This could mean . . ., etc.). Today, they used the netbooks to visit the Into the Book website on my Portaportal page to practice inferring while reading letters. The students can use this site to practice this skill at home as well. For the next two weeks, we will also be reviewing prefixes and suffixes. You can download a sheet with some practice prefix questions on the "Handouts" page.
Math: We are continuing with our geometry unit this week. Our test is this Thursday. Ask your child to show you "Geometry Aerobics." I just uploaded an updated version of a geometry study guide on the Handouts page if you would like to print it out for additional practice. There is also a separate perimeter and area study guide. Our geometry test is this Thursday.
Science: Today we began our new unit on soil. The students will be observing the soil samples they brought from home while discussing the components of soil. We will also be investigating the best types of soil for plant growth and learning about the different layers of soil (topsoil, subsoil, bedrock). This unit also involves review of concepts learned in 2nd grade (erosion and weathering). There is no quiz for this unit. The soil test is on Feb. 23rd.
Events this Week: There is a lot going on this week in our classroom. Please check the website calendar for details about this week's events (Valentine's Treat Day, Edible Education, STEPP Lesson, Guidance, etc.).
Looking for something free to do with your child this weekend? Beginning in February 2012, the Virginia Historical Society will resume its Stories at the Museum program, which features educator-led readings of children’s books. Every program will include a group reading of the selected book and a make-and-take craft activity related to the text.
Programs are FREE, open to the public, and require no advance registration. Families with children of all ages are welcome.
Programs are the first and third Saturdays at 11am, followed by Thursdays at 5pm, through May. This Saturday is Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine.
Our Valentine's Day treat day is coming up on Feb. 14th. I sent home a class list of students' names for Valentine's cards on pink paper in last week's Wed. folder. In 3rd grade, the students do not make valentine boxes, but we will be decorating bags in class.
Here's what we'll be studying during the week of Feb. 6-10.
Reading: We are continuing to work on the comprehension skill of inferencing and we are also reviewing reference sources (atlas, thesaurus, dictionary, encyclopedia, almanac, internet). We have been using many of these sources in class throughout the school year so the students should already be familar with most of them.
Math: This week, we are starting a new unit on geometry. We will start by reviewing the solid shapes (cube, sphere, rectangular prism, cone, etc.) that the students learned about in 2nd grade. Then, we will investigate lines, line segments, rays, and angles.
Social Studies: Our unit on European explorers will conclude this week with a test on Friday. We also have a quiz on Thursday that covers the introduction, Columbus, Ponce de Leon, and review sections of the study guide.
Here's what we're studying this week (Jan. 31st - Feb. 3):
We are continuing to work on making inferences when we read. The students have learned that schema (background knowledge) + evidence (from the story) = an inference. Some inferencing thinking stems you could use with your child when reading at home are:
- I can infer . . .
- I predict . . .
- Maybe . . .
- Perhaps . . .
- My guess is . . .
- It could be that . . .
- This could mean . . .
This week we will conclude our study of division with a test on Friday. This week's math homework is a review sheet which is due Friday. The sheet contains some examples of multi-step word problems which the students really need to practice.
Today we began our study of four European explorers (Christopher Columbus, Juan Ponce de Leon, Jacques Cartier, and Christopher Newport). The study guide was sent home on Friday. Our quiz will be on Feb. 7th and the test is on Feb. 10th. Check out the fun video above that can help your child remember the important facts about each explorer.
Since there is no school on Monday due to a teacher work day, I have updated the homework page of the website ahead of time in case your child has the opportunity to get a head start on assignments. Today, the students received the study guide (on brown paper) for our next social studies unit on European explorers. There will be a quiz on Feb. 7th and a test on Feb. 10th. In addition to the study guide, there are other explorers materials, including some fun songs, that you can download on the "Handouts" page.
I also sent home a math review sheet on multiplication and division. The sheet contains many problems, including multi-step word problems, that the students need to practice. This sheet is due on Friday, February 3rd. The division quizzes will be going home in your child's Wed. folder next week. Please review any missed questions with your child. Most children did well, but some students are still confusing multiplication with division and some are having difficulty solving multi-step word problems. We will also be reviewing this in class before the final division test on Feb. 3rd.
It's another busy week in Room 503. Here's what we're studying:
Reading: We are continuing to review previously taught comprehension skills (cause & effect, context clues, summarizing, etc.) and we are also focusing on inferencing skills. Today, I introduced the students to two websites on my Portaportal page that can help them practice infererring. They can use these websites for practice at home as well. We will be reading stories such as The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg and making inferences about the main characters.
We are also working on expanding our vocabulary. Each week, we have 2-3 Words of the Week (WOW Words). We discuss their meanings, look them up in the dictionary, and try to use them as much as possible during the week. We frequently revisit previous WOW words to help the students remember their meanings. Last week's words were developed, sudden, and elaborate. This week's words are equivalent, summarize, and renewable. See if you can work in any of these words in your discussions at home. The students have also been practicing using word parts (prefixes & suffixes) to help determine the meaning of a word.
The students have been practicing reading fluently by reading readers' theaters about famous Americans in small groups. Today, they performed the readers' theaters for the class. Our whole class now knows a lot more about Rosa Parks, Helen Keller, Abraham Lincoln, and Susan B. Anthony.
Writing: The students will complete the county-wide writing prompt this Wednesday. This will be averaged into their 2nd nine week's writing grade. We are also continuing to work on writing friendly letters.
Math: Our study of division continues this week with a quiz on Thursday. We read The Doorbell Rang and discussed strategies for dividing cookies equally among different numbers of children. Then, we divided fake "brownies" in small groups. We have also discussed fact families and how multiplication and division are related facts. Many students are doing an excellent job of using related facts to solve division problems. There is a division study guide with practice questions that you can print from the "Handouts" page of this website. The students will also be writing pages in their planner each night where they can find practice problems in their math textbooks. These pages are also noted on the "Homework" page of the website. The most challenging part of this unit (and others) for the students are multi-step word problems. For example: Jeremy baked 12 cookies and divided them evenly into three boxes. Then, he gave one of the boxes to his mom. How many cookies does he have now?
Science: Study guides for our current unit on energy were sent home last Friday. During our Young Scientists in-school field trip the students were introduced to all types of energy. They even participated in several hands-on activities (solar bracelets, wind turbines, and "mining" for "coal" in a chocolate chip cookie). We are working on differentiating between renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy. This is a short, 1-week unit. We will have a final quiz this Friday.
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful Winter Break. I hope everyone received the postcards I sent from Massachusetts over the break. If not, keep checking your mailbox. They should be on the way. Today, we welcomed a new student to our class. Welcome Ryan!
This week in writing, we are learning about using strong verbs. The students will be adding to a list of interesting verbs to use in their writing. Some of the strong verbs we used today included demolish, devour, and frolic. Ask your child to sing our verb song! We will also be working on writing friendly letters.
In reading, we are continuing to work on our comprehension strategies (predicting, making connections, etc.). Ask your child about how we use our strategy clouds.
In math, we are continuing our multiplication unit. The students have learned strategies for the 0-5 facts and we will have a test this Wednesday. Although it would be great if the students had their 0-5 facts memorized, this test will be untimed, so the students will be able to draw a group model or an array to help them solve the problems.
Our matter unit continues this week in science. Before the break, the students participated in several investigations involving the properties of matter. This week, our unit will focus more on the water cycle and water conservation. Our unit will conclude with the students working in small groups to design a water filter. We have a matter quiz this Thursday and the test is on Jan. 10th.
We have a lot going on the next couple of weeks, here are some dates to remember:
* From December 5th-10th, any time you eat at the Chick Fil A on Hull St., a portion of the sales will be donated to the Evergreen food closet. You can choose breakfast, lunch or dinner and dine-in, carry-out or go through the drive through. Eat there as often as you want during their normal business hours. Every trip counts. People just have to mention every visit that they are supporting Evergreen.
* December 6th- 2nd Grade Holiday Concert @ Evergreen from 7-8 PM.
* From December 7th-13th, Evergreen Holiday Shoppe. December 8th, family shopping night @ Evergreen from 6-8 PM.
* December 5th-February 24th- Million Minute Reading Challenge/ Read Across America. Details in backpacks today.
* December 16th-Hat Day, wear a hat to school, with a suggested donation of $1 to replenish funds for our lunch program.
Also, if you had trouble logging onto DimensionU try www.DimensionU.com.
Thank you as always for your wonderful support of Evergreen.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I had a restful break but I'm happy to be back in the swing of things.
I am so proud of many of the students for reviewing their study guides over the break. As we reviewed for our Greece quiz today, I could really tell that the students had a good grasp of the concepts. Our 3rd grade Olympic Day is this Wednesday. Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer or send in materials!
In math, we will continue to explore money. When possible, take a moment to quiz your child on real-life money problems (i.e. When you pay for groceries tell them how much you are giving the cashier and ask them to tell you what your change should be.) Our money test will be this Friday.
In reading, we are reviewing author's purpose and learning about finding the main idea and supporting details in a reading passage.
In writing, we are continuing to review adjectives. Today, we searched for interesting adjectives in the books we are reading to nominate for our class "Adjective Awards." We will have an adjective quiz this Thursday.
* Don't forget that Wed. is an early release day!
* Our Math and Science Center field trip is next Monday. Don't forget to pack a bag lunch for your child on this day.
Here's what we are studying this week:
Language Arts: Mysteries, Character Traits, Dictionary Skills, Story Beginnings
Math: Addition and Subtraction (Test on Friday)
Science: Simple Machines (Quiz on Nov. 11th)
We have been doing lots of experiments with levers. We constructed marshmallow catapults on Monday and experimented with balancing pennies yesterday. The students even got to bring their lever materials home to continue their investigations. Ask your child how moving the fulcrum can affect a lever. Today, we incorporated levers into a reading activity. After learning that the first pop-up book was based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood, we read two different cultural versions of the story. Then, the students became engineers and designed a pop-up card representing one of the events in the stories. The card also had to include at least one lever. The students did a great job engineering their cards!
Although we do not begin our simple machines unit until this Friday (10/28), I am trying to line up volunteers early since we need a lot of people to help make this event safe and successful. As a culmination of our unit, the students will be participating in a "Fruit and Veggie Derby" on November 18th. They will become engineers and design heir own vehicles out of fruits and vegetables (with the assistance of parent volunteers to cut the fruits and vegetables). Then, the students will "race" their vehicles down ramps and measure the distance traveled. Many adult volunteers are needed for this event due to the cutting that is required. We also need volunteers to monitor the ramps. I will be sending more information home soon regarding what your child will need to do prior to the derby. You can view the sign-up sheet at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/fruit32 Thanks for your support of our Fruit and Veggie Derby!
On nine days in the coming school year, Chesterfield County students will be dismissed three hours early. Also for the 2011-12 year, school days will start a few minutes earlier and end a few minutes later than previous years (Start 9:15 AM, Dismissal 3:45 PM).These strategic changes to the school calendar will give teachers time for planning and professional development without taking instructional hours away from students. The end result is expected to be higher academic achievement for students.
Enjoy FREE Health Screenings &
Prescription Drug Discount Card
FREE DOOR PRIZES including a
FREE One Week Summer Camp at Mad Science
Hands-on ‘cooking’ will be done by the children
Physical, Mental, Natural, Educational, Emotional, Weight
& Oral Health Specialists will be in attendance
Our 3rd grade end of the year party will be held next week, Thursday, June 16th at 11:00. We will be having pizza, chips, and drinks in the cafeteria. Mary Anne Stevens (Nicholas Brown's grandmother) is helping to organize parent volunteers for this event. If you are available to help, please send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your support!
- Ms. Sawyer
Students can visit the Jefferson Lab website for extra science practice and receive extra credit points. Here's what your child needs to do:
1. Go to the Jefferson lab website at http://education.jlab.org/solquiz/index.html. The link for this site is also on my PortaPortal page http://guest.portaportal.com/planet16 (near the bottom under the "SOL Review" heading).
2. Complete a 20 question practice test in science.
3. Print off or write down the info. from the "Results" page and turn it into Ms. Sawyer. To save paper, you could e-mail me a copy of he results instead (email@example.com).
* The Jefferson Lab website also has practice tests in other subject areas that can help your child prepare for the upcoming SOL tests.
The third grade will be taking their field trip to Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, in Virginia Beach, VA next Thursday, April 14th. Below are a few reminders and important notes to prepare for our trip:
· Have your child at school on time. Each child must be at the school by 6:55 AM. We will be departing at 7:00 AM.
· Student pick-up will be no later than 4:30 PM.
· Dress your child appropriately. No spaghetti straps, short shorts or flip flops! The school dress code will be enforced.
· Make sure your child eats breakfast. Fuel them up in the morning with a good breakfast so they will be wide awake and ready to learn.
· Pack your child a bag lunch, a drink, and a snack. We will picnic at the Marsh Pavilions.
· Electronic devices and cell phones are NOT permitted.
· Speak with your child about appropriate behavior. There are 7 third grade classes attending the trip. This is a lot of children. Although we have an adequate amount of very capable chaperones, it would help to have appropriate behavior discussed at home beforehand. This includes the five Hening rules:
1. Follow adult instructions.
2. Show respect.
3. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
4. Walk at all times.
5. Be kind.
Also, please discuss proper speaking and listening skills. It is important that your child understand we will be at a public place with other people not connected with the school. We are representing Hening Elementary and our students should conduct themselves in an appropriate, respectful manner.
We are very excited about this field trip and look forward to a day of fun and learning. Thank you for your help in making our trip to Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center a successful, educational experience! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Third Grade Teachers
Our third grade classes will be going on a fieldtrip to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach, VA. Permission slips were sent home last week. Students will be participating in a Feet, Feathers and Fur program (Discover how animals are adapted to survive in their natural habitats as your students use costumes and props to change their classmates into well-adapted “wild animals.”). Students will also have time to tour the aquarium’s two buildings and nature trail. The cost of the trip is $36.00 for students and $36.00 for chaperones. The money is due to school on or before March 24th.
On the day of your child's trip (Thursday, April 14th) we will depart from Hening at 7:00 a.m. We will return to by 4:30 pm. Transportation to and from school must be provided by parents. We will be eating at the picnic Pavilion outside of the Marsh Pavilion at the aquarium. Students need to bring a bagged lunch.
Each class will need at least 8 chaperones. If you are interested in attending this trip, please indicate so on the bottom of this letter. Please send chaperone money with the permission slip.
In February, the Cognitive Abilities Test will be administered to all third graders attending Chesterfield County Public Schools. This test will be used to help in providing more information to both parents and teachers about our third grade students. This test measures a child’s abilities in verbal skills, mathematics reasoning, and in problem solving skills.
The results of the test will be used three different ways. First, the test will be used to provide individual results about each child’s strengths and weaknesses and you will be given an individual report on your child’s performance. Second, the test will also be used as a screening test for placement into the gifted program. Finally, the test will be used to help select students who may benefit from accelerated mathematics instruction.
As a reminder, decisions about placement into programs are not made on the basis of one score alone. A child’s performance in class, the grades received, and current teacher recommendations are factors that influence any recommendations that are made. Please note that any accommodations that are a part of a child’s IEP will also apply to the administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test.
For this year, we will be administering the Cognitive Abilities Test February 1st-3rd. You can help us in this process by insuring that your children arrive at school promptly on the testing days, that they have had plenty of rest, and that they have a good breakfast that morning.
Thank you for all that you do to support our school.
The Hening PTA will be hosting a school wide African American Wax Museum on Tuesday, 2/15 at 7 PM in honor of Black History Month. I will offer social studies extra credit to any of my students who choose to participate in this activity. THIS IS AN AT HOME PROJECT...so have fun researching with your child.
Students must choose an African American (past or present) who was an important figure in history or who made a POSITIVE difference in our world. Students may sign up for the person of their choice and begin doing research on their chosen person using books and online resources. We would like the students to emphasize why their person is remembered today. Using the information the students collect on their famous African American figures, they should write a speech in the first person that they will eventually read to an audience at the African American Wax Museum. They can also create posters with pictures of the African American they have chosen. In addition, they should dress up as their person and/or bring props that will bring authenticity to their character.
On the day of the African American Wax Museum, students will bring their posters and come dressed as their person. They will have their poster hung on the wall behind where they will stand. As visitors come by, the students will begin their speech/read their cards.
** Please e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or send me a note
if your child is interested in participating for extra credit. **If you have any questions about the museum itself, you may e-mail our PTA President, Linda Carey, at email@example.com.
Our Virginia Museum of Fine Arts field trip has been rescheduled for May 6th. Due to a busy schedule at the museum, this was the earliest date we could get. I will contact the chaperones closer to the date of the trip to make sure you are still available to join us.
Last week, permission slips were sent home for a Theater IV field trip to see a play about Harriet Tubman. The show is playing on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 10:30am at the Carpenter Theatre at Center Stage. We will be leaving J.G. Hening at 9:30am and returning at 12:30pm. The students need to bring a bagged lunch to eat at school upon return. The cost for each child is $9.00. Please send a check or the exact amount of money along with the permission slip with your child to school NO LATER THAN February 9, 2011.
The cost for each chaperone is also $9.00, and we are only able to take a limited amount because of seating at the theater. If you are interested in chaperoning, please complete out the form, but do not send in the chaperone payment. Chaperones will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. Your child’s teacher will let you know if you are a designated chaperone. See you at the play!
We are excited to view art from ancient Greece and Rome!
The students will be participating in the Art in Action program (a 45-minute tour followed by a 45-minute art activity in the studio). They will discover the worlds of the ancient Greeks and Romans and the contributions they have made globally by delving into the beginnings of the Olympic games, daily life, pottery and rich mythology. There will also be additional time for the students to explore other museum exhibits and visit the gift shop in small groups with their chaperones.
The students will need to bring a bag lunch that we will eat upon our return to school.