Week of March 30: Online Learning

Hi Parents,

You should have received an email over the weekend from Mrs Reagan. This email was to explain how your child will use Google Classroom for their learning over the next few weeks. Last week, teachers participated in training and lots of collaboration through Zoom meetings to create assignments for our students. Our goal is to make these assignments reasonable and appropriate for our students to complete during this transition to learning at home. Assignments will be consistent with each third grader in the district.
****If your child has not done so, please have them log in to their school gmail account and accept the invite to our Google Classroom. This will be the primary way that I will communicate assignments. 
If you refer back to Mrs. Reagan’s email, it will give you a little more instruction on how to access this.
With the increased use of technology for learning, please remind your third grader about being a good ‘cyber citizen’. They have learned appropriate uses of technology in Steam class and it is important for them to be reminded that even though they are working at home, their school accounts continue to be monitored for appropriate use.
If your child would like more tasks and assignments throughout their day, you may refer them to the Learning at Home Resources page at the top of the blog. I continue to add more resources there.
Again, we are all doing the best we can and I appreciate the support you give your child at home. Yes, it will look different, but it is important that you are doing what works best for your family during this time.
Thanks again!
Take care!
Ms Van Arkel   🙂

Read Aloud

Hello Third Graders!
I miss reading to you so I created this video of me reading Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch. I like this author because he writes a lot of funny books and I remember reading so many of his stories when I was a kid. I hope you enjoy it!
Stella makes a cute appearance, too!

Miss you all!!
Love,
Ms Van Arkel

 

Learning at Home: Week of March 23

Hello Third Graders and Families, 
I want to let you know that you are doing a great job! This is not easy for all of us, but it is important to take care of our families and help each other stay healthy, calm, and hopeful. Thank you for your support and our goal is to do the best we can!
I have listed the learning options for your third grader this week. Since schedules at home are different and access to technology is not always available, use these as options for your third grader’s learning and do what works best for your family.
1. Math Workbook page. 321 and 322.
2. Practice math facts— use MobyMax, flashcards, or Flash to Pass app.
3. Daily reading of 20 minutes or more. Choose a chapter book you have been working on or get on Epic.   www.getepic.com/students or open the Epic! app. Enter our class code: kkr6480
Complete one of the half page reading responses.
The turning point in my story was_______ and A challenge my character overcame was________.
These half pages were included in your envelope that was sent home. 
4. Take the History Quiz by clicking on the link below. The review page was sent home right before our break from school. Do your best! It’s just 5 questions.
5. Login to Clever and complete the Study Island assignment. Click on the HOMEWORK page and find the assignment titled: Week of March 23 Context Clues in Literature.
6. Keep checking the links on the At Home Learning Resources page of our classroom blog. I have added a few more Mystery Science lessons!
7. Add to our CLASSROOM FLIPGRID!! I am so excited to use this!!
Here’s how:
Go to this link:   https://flipgrid.com/24e60e44
****sign in with student username (the one you use to sign on the computer) followed by @hpsstudents.net    NOT a parent email.
Be sure to read the question at the top and then find my video and watch it.
When you click on the green circle, you have 90 seconds to record your response. You will be able to keep checking our flipgrid to view your classmates videos!  SO FUN! I can’t wait to see your videos!!
Some of you already had a chance to add to the school flipgrid that Mrs Reagan sent. If you did not, be sure to do that by reading this. Find my video to see Stella being so cute!!
8. You may always do a few pages in the Spring packet.
9. Play a game, do a word search, do a puzzle, go for a walk, do some baking, be creative, watch a movie, and rest a little, too!
I miss you all like crazy and I hope you are doing well.
Love,
Ms Van Arkel   🙂

Staying Connected…

Hi Third Graders!!
I miss you so much! I’ve heard from some of you and I love the way you are working hard on  your learning, reading, being creative, and getting outside to move! Some of you have shared some photos withe me. Check them out:

 

Here are a few things I have been doing:

going for a walk!

planning!!

playing games with Stella. 🙂 We love Skip Bo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resting. Stella loves cuddles!!

Learning at Home: March 16

Hello Families,

I left school on Friday evening with a lot of different emotions as we enter into the next few weeks. I shared with the students that I will miss them and that together we are going to do our best learning from home. This is very different for me as I plan for how I will teach from home so I know it is also very different for your family as well.
 I will plan to send an email or two each week. My goal is to send one at the beginning of each week and then a follow-up email(s) as necessary throughout the week. Each week, your child will need to open up the envelope that was sent home on Friday to find the assignments I will refer to.
I know schedules at home will look different, but I trust that you will talk with your third grader about creating a daily schedule and a specific time where they can complete their work with limited distractions. In class, we talked about how learning is still a priority when we are away.
Learning at Home- week of MARCH 16:
1. Study Island assignment to be completed by Tuesday evening. This was assigned last Wednesday.
2. Finish reading your book club book. When the book is completed, answer this question in your reading journal that was sent home:
How is the main character in your second book different from the main character in your first book? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
   example: Stuart is different from Harry because______. In the story_____.
   —think about the problems each character faced. Think about their reactions to the problems. Think about their behaviors throughout the story.
Make it your goal to fill up the half page in your journal.
3. Daily math fact practice-  use Moby Max, flashcards, or try the Flash to Pass app.
4. Daily Reading for at least 20 minutes.
5. Spring Activity Packet- choose 3 pages to complete this week.

6. Plan some time to play card games, board games, do puzzles, write, draw, color, do some baking,  build with Legos, etc. Use your imagination and be creative!

I know you are working on creating a new schedule for your family for the next few weeks while still supporting your child’s/children’s learning. I thank you for supporting your third grader’s learning to the best of your ability.
Please keep checking this page on the blog for updated resources.
Ms Van Arkel

Week of March 2

Hi Parents,

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held Monday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 11. Your conference time was sent home a few weeks ago. Please contact me if you need a reminder of your conference time. I look forward to sharing your child’s progress in third grade!

Homework: Study Island homework assignment should be completed by Tuesday evening. An email was sent last Wednesday giving directions about logging into Study Island. These assignments can be tricky and require focus and stamina. This is an assignment for you to support your child in. Help them read carefully and think through strategies for solving the problem. They should use scrap paper to show their thinking. It is important that this assignment is completed by Tuesday night. Thank you!

Reading: March is Reading Month!! It is very important that your third grader continue to build their reading skills by reading daily for at least 20 minutes. During this second half of the year, reading expectations are set a little higher and reading outside of school can help improve reading skills and boost confidence too!

Math Fact Practice: Help your child to continue building math fact skills by practicing math facts for 5 minutes each day. We will only be doing our Friday practice pages for a few more weeks. I have seen many students making great progress because they have been doing lots of practicing. Way to go!!

FRIDAY, MARCH 6 is an early release day. Dismissal is at 12:15pm. 

Here is an update of our learning:
Writing: We finished up our literary essays and completed our post assessment of opinion writing. We will be spending some time on learning to write a constructed response and practice our test taking skills in preparation for MSTEP.

Math: We are beginning our next unit this week and we will be studying Geometry. We will study rays, angles, quadrilaterals, etc.

Reading: We are in the middle of book clubs and each club has been reading a book and studying the characters. They have been discussing what their character is learning and how they are moving across the story mountain of their book.

Social Studies: We have started to learn about Michigan History. We are studying the Three Fires, the Native American groups, that lived long ago in Michigan.

 

 

Update: February 24

Hi Parents,

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held Monday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 11. Your conference time was sent home last week. Please look for that in your child’s homework folder.

Homework: Study Island homework assignment should be completed by Tuesday evening. An email was sent last Wednesday giving directions about logging into Study Island. These assignments can be tricky and require focus and stamina. This is an assignment for you to support your child in. Help them read carefully and think through strategies for solving the problem. They should use scrap paper to show their thinking. It is important that this assignment is completed by Tuesday night. Thank you!

Reading: It is very important that your third grader continue to build their reading skills by reading daily for at least 20 minutes. During this second half of the year, reading expectations are set a little higher and reading outside of school can help improve reading skills and boost confidence too!

Math Fact Practice: Help your child to continue building math fact skills by practicing math facts for 5 minutes each day. I have seen many students making great progress because they have been doing lots of practicing. Way to go!!

KIDS HEART CHALLENGE:
The Kids Heart Challenge is in full swing!  We hope you’re having a ball and feel as rewarded as we do helping fight heart disease and stroke. Keep up the great work, you’re making a HUGE difference!

Remember, more than 50% of kids are not getting the physical activity they need to be healthy. You’re helping to change that. We have a special incentive at our school.  If we can get 50% of our students registered and taking the healthy challenges, we will receive an additional $500 to purchase new PE equipment.  Help us reach our goal!  Get your student registered for Kids Heart Challenge today!

http://www2.heart.org/goto/georgetownhudsonville

 

 

Week of February 17

Hi Parents,

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held Monday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 11. Your conference time will be sent home with your child today. Please look for that in your child’s homework folder.

Homework: Study Island homework assignment should be completed by Tuesday evening. An email was sent last Wednesday giving directions about logging into Study Island.

Economics Test: We will have our test tomorrow, Tuesday 2/18. A review page went home last Thursday.

This Friday, February 21 is an early release day. Dismissal is at 12:15pm.

 

On Friday, we enjoyed a few Valentine activities. We read about Milton Hershey and his creation of milk chocolate and we used candy hearts to play games and build towers.