Welcome to Room 12

  • Summer Homework

    Spend a lot of time outside and get at least an hour of exercise everyday.

    Do your daily chores.  Don't have any?  Ask for some.

    You're teacherless for two months, so help educate yourself with the 5 R's (and you thought there were only 3):

    Read - at least 30 minutes everyday.

    Research - curious about something?  Learn where to look and then find the answers.

    Reason - always wonder and use your mind to form conclusions or inferences.

    Relate - make connections to what you already know.  Comparing and contrasting helps you learn by creating an association.

    Record - journal your thoughts and discoveries for future reference.

     

  • Dear Parents,

     
    It was nice seeing many of you volunteer at/attend the Walk-a-thon last Friday.  The students were excited about the annual FUNdraiser.
    In language arts, students are reading The Hero Two Doors Down for their literature unit.  This week we started working on opinion writing (entire 3rd trimester focus).
    Next week, students will have their Unit 4 Math Test (Multidigit Addition and Subtraction).  Students should be able to:
    use place value drawings to represent numbers
    use place value drawings to add and subtract whole numbers
    explore different methods to add and subtract whole numbers
    use strategies based on place value, properties, and the relationship between addition and subtraction
    round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100
    fluently add and subtract within 1,000
    relate addition and subtraction
     
    Students are preparing for their Chapter 8 social studies test as we wrap-up the Government Unit.  During April, we will cover Unit 6 - Understanding Economics.
    Today we began the final Starting Arts wheel: Music with Mr. T!
    Great job to all of the walkers and rollers who helped our class win The Golden Shoe award.
    Congratulations to the February Citizen of the Month winners for the trait of Honesty: Kaisei, Lucas, Amrith, and Samuel.  Congratulations to the March Citizen of the Month winners for the trait of Cooperation: Edin, Ella, Ronan, and Uvais.
    Congratulations to Ella for winning the Young Artists Showcase for the County (the only student from our district who won)!!!
    Next week the Sunnyvale Lions Club will be coming to give all the 3rd graders a presentation of the history of the U.S. flag.
    Thanks to the parents who have returned the YSI (Sanborn Park) permission slip stating they can drive/chaperon.  We have seats for 15 students, so we will need transportation for 6 more students.
    Please make sure your child wears/brings appropriate shoes for P.E. M-Th (we're scheduled for Playworks tomorrow).
     
    Sincerely,
    Mike
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  • Dear Parents,

    Thank you so much for the Amazon gift card, along with all of the individual cards and presents the students gave me before the two-week break.  I really appreciate your kindness, and I hope the holiday vacation was enjoyable for your family.

    Thanks to the parents who have volunteered to drive/chaperon on our upcoming field trip.  The Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum will help support the social studies standards (development of the local community - change over time), as students find out about our city’s past.  They will discover many facts about our local history and the influence that the Martin Murphy family had in this area.  I have received all permission slips back, and we have enough drivers for 15 students.  That means we still need seats for 6 students, so if you're able to drive/chaperon from 8:40-11:45 on Wednesday, 2/6, please let me know.

     

                 Next week we will continue our literature study of the Newberry Award winning novel The One and Only Ivan.  Upcoming grammar lessons will focus on:

     

    .        Main and Helping Verbs; Irregular Verbs

    •      Homographs; synonyms; prefixes re-, un-, dis-, pre-; dictionary skills
    • Compound words; inflectional endings y to i; closed syllables; open syllables
    • Subject/object pronouns; pronoun-verb agreement; possessive pronouns; pronoun contractions

     

    We have been working to improve upon a variety of informative writing skills (the focus during the 2nd trimester).  Students have been researching landforms and working with peers to create strong, well-written paragraphs.

     

    In math, students begin unit 6 next week: Polygons, Perimeter, and Area.  Skills and concepts that they will learn are:

    • analyze, compare, and classify polygons
    • decompose polygons into triangles and compose polygons from triangles
    • recognize perimeter and area as attributes of plane figures and find ways to measure both attributes
    • investigate the relationship between perimeter and area
    • solve real world problems involving area, perimeter, and unknown side lengths

               This week, students took a virtual tour of 13 different tribes spanning the four geographical groups of California.  Next week we will continue with our American Indians unit, beginning             chapter 4 on Tuesday.  In February, we will switch back to life science.  Having covered animal survival and heredity, we'll focus on plant life cycle and heredity.  Students will be                       answering:

    • why do plants grow flowers
    • why do plants give us fruit
    • why are some apples red and some green
    • how could you make the biggest fruit in the world

             Students will have a lot to look forward to next week, including: FAME and dance on Tuesday, Playworks on Wednesday, ABC Reader and library on Thursday.  The following week (Thursday, 1/31) we will have a California Wildlife Assembly.  

     

             Congratulations to our Citizen of the Month winners for December (Caring): Pranav, Brooklyn, Rayna, and Makena.

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  • Dear Parents,

                It was great seeing so many of you at the parade and Fall Festival.  The children had a lot of fun showing off their costume, visiting all of the game booths, and checking out all of the delicious food choices.  Thanks to all of the parents who helped make the day such a success for the whole school.  Other past events include having a docent from the city of Sunnyvale come to class to discuss being environmentally friendly (with an emphasis on water pollution).  Thanks to our FAME docents Mrs. Bastos, Mrs. Cormier, Mrs. Killian, and Mrs. Kim for teaching and leading the art project that now hangs in our classroom.  Students brought home their first project today.  Monday will be the last day to view the students' (not a) turkey project before I take them down from the window.  

                Students have already read aloud several books for our literature units.  Currently, they're reading a biography about the Wright Brothers.  

    Students are learning how to write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.  Students will be practicing cursive throughout the second trimester and they'll be slowly integrating it into their writing assignments.

    In math, we're in Unit 3: Measurement, Time, and Graphs.  Content skills include:

    • draw scaled picture graphs and bar graphs
    • use number lines to represent time intervals
    • use drawings to represent a problem involving liquid volume and mass
    • make a line plot to record data
    • tell and write time to the nearest minute
    • solve word problems involving time intervals
    • measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects
    • represent and interpret data
    • generate measurement data and make a line plot

    Even though lessons haven't focused on fact families, if your child hasn’t mastered the basic facts please have him/her continue to practice.  Many students like a fun way of learning, such as online computer games and websites.  Others prefer flashcards and chunking lessons (a few days of just the 3’s and 4’s; then just the 6’s for a few days; etc.).   Students have been working on conceptual skills in class using ST Math.  They should also be using ST Math at home along with Typing Club.  I've signed our class up for 'Hour of Code' for this coming Monday.

    This week we finished 'Community History' from the social studies curriculum.  The class will be going to the Sunnyvale Heritage Museum in February for a field trip to learn more about local history.

    On Wednesday, we began the life science unit: Animals Through Time -- Habitats, Heredity, & Change Over Time.  Students have been analyzing and interpreting data from fossil records to determine how habitats have changed over time, and in order to determine what type of food animals ate.  On Monday, students will be using mathematics and computational thinking to record their stride length, and then determine the comparable length and speed with a Coelophysis.

    The students have been actively participating in their theater lessons, which continues until the first week of January.  Then we'll have eight weeks of dance lessons.

    Thanks to Mrs. Chamarty for coming in monthly for ABC Reading; she'll be in this Wednesday to read December's book.

    A docent from the San Jose Museum of Art will be coming to class next month to explain various types of art.  

    Congratulations to our Citizens of the Month for the trait of Respect: Ronan, Samuel, Ella, and Zoey.

    Congratulations to our Citizens of the Month for the trait of Friendship: Huancheng, Kari, Savannah, and Amrith.

    In December, we focus on the character trait of Caring.

    The November reading logs are due Monday.  New sheets were passed out today to begin recording December's pages.

     

    Thank you,

    Mike

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  • Thank you for the time you spent with me at the parent-teacher conference.  I hope to see you at the Fall Festival next week, and I know the students are excited about dressing up and having fun.
          The students enjoyed the talented Dr. Blake Brandes at our assembly.  He motivated the students while impressing them with his beatboxing and hip-hop skills.  Hopefully you have a chance to hear him at tonight's special parent presentation (7pm in the multi).
          Today we began a literature unit based on the book 'Frindle'.  Students are working on their fluency skills by reading aloud, and then they use the book to give accurate, specific answers to comprehension questions.  Throughout the book students will be predicting, inferring, and analyzing character and plot development while learning new vocabulary words. 
          This week we'll begin practicing the cursive capital letters.  Students have been working on their writing skills, responding to various narrative prompts to create stories with rich language and meaningful development.
     
    In our Math Unit 2 lessons, students are learning to:
    • use properties of multiplication and division and patterns to multiply and divide within 100
    • reach fluency with finding products of single digit numbers and their related quotients
    • solve two-step word problems involving the four operations using a letter for the unknown quantity
    • represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division
    • apply properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division to multiply within 100
    • fluently multiply and divide within 100
    • solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic 
                In science, students are working on mastering various Forces and Interactions standards.  Last week, students learned about pushes and pulls using examples from tug-of-war contests, using rubber bands to burst a watermelon, and creating a 'hopper' using cardboard and rubber bands.  Today, students studied different bridge designs and then used their knowledge of forces to engineer a strong bridge made of paper.  Upcoming lessons include experiments focused on friction, motion, balance of forces, and magnets.

                Congratulations to the September Citizen of the Month winners for the trait of ‘Responsibility’: Michaela, Kylie, Nicolas, and Lucas.  In October, the character trait we're focusing on is ‘Respect’.
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