Monday, September 27, 2010

ACADEMICS (Sept. 27 - 30)


This week, our story is a Time for Kids selection entitled "Champions of the World." It details how three players led their Toms River, N.J. Little League team to victory over Japan in the Little League World Series. The players were met with a parade upon their return and were instant hometown heroes.

Skills include: problem/solution, story elements, using an index, and compound words.


Our chapter study of sentence structure continues. We have learned about complete sentences, sentence fragments, the four types of sentences, and subjects and predicates! Quite a bit for the first month of school! Compound sentences will be on our upcoming agenda.


After studying place value, we have moved on to comparing numbers using greater than and less than, and ordering numbers from greatest to least and least to greatest. Our next move will be working with these topics with numbers in the thousands.


Our study of maps continues with working with cardinal and intermediate directions, along with map keys and symbols.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Constitution Day was celebrated at the flag pole on September 17th. Songs were sung and fifth grade recited a poem to honor the signing of the Constitution in 1787.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

ACADEMICS (Sept. 20 - 24)


Our story this week is "OPT, an Illusionary Tale". Students will discover that seeing isn't always believing, as their eyes will play tricks on them! Skills we will be working on include: steps in a process, table of contents, and prefixes.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

ACADEMICS (Sept. 13-17)

Our story this week is "Phoebe and the Spelling Bee". Phoebe would rather do anything than study for Friday's spelling bee. She prefers to fold her spelling list into a paper airplane, and even pretends to have a stomachache. Phoebe finally uses her wonderful imagination to remember tough spelling words. Skills we will focus on are: problem/solution, making predictions, prefixes, and using a glossary. We will be having our own spelling bee, just for fun, at the end of the week. The test for this selection will be Friday, Sept. 17th.

Our first chapter focuses on place value. We are currently studying ways to use numbers, and learning how to write numbers in the hundreds, using standard, word, and expanded form.
We have learned about sentences, sentence fragments, statements, questions, and commands, and are now moving on to exclamations! Following that we'll study subjects and predicates.

Our first unit of study is map/globe skills. We are learning about the 7 continents and 5 oceans using our maps and songs! We'll soon be moving on to compass rose directions and map symbols.

We have begun studying life cycles, which include complete and incomplete metamorphosis examples. Students have brought in lots of caterpillars and we are anxiously awaiting their transformation into beautiful monarch butterflies!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Our First Read Aloud

The students are enjoying listening to the first Judy Moody book. Judy is a third grader who is starting a new school year, and she has LOTS of attitude!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Dear Families,
Our class is collecting SunnyD UPC labels! If we collect 20 UPC labels, our class will receive 20 free books! YEAH! For every label beyond that, SunnyD will donate 10 cents to the Kids In Need Foundation. It is a win-win situation for everyone involved! See below to see what products qualify for this event.

*Sample UPC - When removing label for submission, please be sure your barcode remains intact.

(*Not limited to products shown here)
Bottles: 128 oz, 96 oz, 64 oz, 48 oz, 20 oz and 16 oz
6 PACK OUTER WRAPS: 11.3 oz and 6.75 oz
24 PACK OUTER WRAPS: 11.3 oz and 6.75 oz
CARDBOARD CASES: 12 packs 6.75 oz bottles, 12 or 24 packs 12 oz cans

Individual UPC labels from 11.3 oz and 6.75 oz bottles, 8 oz and 12 oz cans.

You can send in your labels as you collect. All labels need to be in by November 3oth. Thank you for your participation in this fun, worthwhile event!

Sincerely, Mrs. Rhoads

Monday, September 6, 2010

Grandfather's Journey

Our first story this year is Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say. It is about his grandfather's journey from Japan to America, and how he came to love both places; as his life takes him back and forth between the two countries. Skills we are working on include: story elements(character/setting), making predictions, compound words, and table of contents. The vocabulary and comprehension test will be on Friday, Sept. 10th.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Tuesday, September 14th at 6:30 P.M. is our Third Grade Back to School Night. This is the perfect opportunity to meet your child's teacher, learn all the ins and outs of third grade, and ask any questions that you may have. Join me in Room 117 at 6:30 P.M. Hope to see you there!