1. Students will be responsible for knowing how geologists, scientists who study rocks, classify different minerals. Another way to word that is "What are the different properties of minerals?"
Properties of minerals:
Color- visible to the eye
Streak- the color a mineral makes when scratched across a white tile
Luster- the amount of light the mineral reflects
Hardness- can be tested by trying to scratch the mineral with a finger nail or another mineral. Measured on Moh's hardness scale. (The hardest mineral is a diamond).
Cleavage- the way a mineral breaks.
2. Students will be responsible for knowing the difference between a rock and a mineral.
What is a rock?.... a solid object made up of one or more minerals
What is a mineral?.... a solid object found in nature that has never been alive
The Foundation is currently going to provide one i-pad to every classroom; thank you Foundation and participating parents! The class with the highest Foundation participation (meaning the class with the most people making donations, not with the highest amount collected) will win an extra i-pad for their class use. We use i-pad for center rotations everyday in math and reading. Thank you for your support!
The Foundation Funding Drive is running through September 9. This is the Foundation's largest fundraiser for the year to help continue to keep our Science Lab going as well as provide other enrichment for the students and resources for Addison. The new digital marquee out front is a gift from Foundation, as well as $15,000 worth of new iPads this year for the classrooms! The top two classes participating in the Drive in each grade level will receive an additional iPad, too!! A percentage of the funds raised also comes directly into our classroom.
When we hit $20,000, Mrs. Hallmark and Mr. Cohen will spend some time up on the roof for all to see!!!
When we hit $25,000, they will KISS A PIG!!
When we hit $30,000, the kids will get to tape Mrs. Hallmark and Mr. Cohen to the WALL.
Please support us in this effort! Visit www.foundation4addison.org for details on Foundation and the Funding Drive.
Math- Subtraction with regrouping. We are learning the standard algorithm that we all used growing up so help your children with confidence. The only difference is that we no longer say borrow. We always talk about regrouping the numbers. Some students are trying to subtract the bottom number from the top to remind them we are using a little rhyme More on the floor~Go next door.
Math Practice- We are working on fluency with addition and subtraction facts. websites: math magician, abcya.com
Writing- We are continuing to work on our opinion pieces. Question for conversation: What strong opinion are you writing about in your paper? What are your reasons for your opinion?
Reading- Character Analysis. Questions for conversations: Who is one of the characters in the book? How could you describe their feelings? How do their feelings affect the story? You could replace the word feelings with actions, sayings, or thoughts as the week progresses.
Science- Rocks and Minerals. Questions for conversations: What is the difference between a rock and a mineral? What are the properties of rocks? What type of rocks did you learn about today?
Properties- color, streak, luster, hardness, cleavage
Types of Rocks- Igneous (Tues), Sedimentary (Wed), Metamorphic (Fri)
Review: Map skills: Latitude, Longitude, Prime Meridian, Equator. Ask your student to teach you our song.
Longitude and Latitude Song Ask them to locate Greece on a map.
I have just added links to "Book Wizard" and "Common Sense Media" Reviews to our links.
"Book Wizard" is a database where you can access the lexile level and age of interest for books your child might be choosing to read.
"Common Sense Media" has book reviews giving books an age appropriate rating and breaking down the rating into different categories such as educational value, positive message, violence, and language. It will also list any mature themes that might be found in a book. This website is helpful if your child is reading above their grade level.
We have had a great first week in Mrs. Warren's class! The students are getting to know each other and learning our classroom and school procedures. Yesterday we worked together to write our class mission statement and today all students agreed to abide by our mission statement and signed our contract. Our mission statement reads as follows:
In Mrs. Warren's class we will grow in
Leadership, Relationships, and Knowledge
by being Responsible, Respectful, Helpful, and Safe.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at Open House on Aug. 11th at 6:30pm where you will have a chance to get to know me a little better and to learn about our classroom. Some things I plan to discuss are: Class Dojo, 3rd grade homework expectations. and reading/math goals and resources.
I am looking forward to a great year!
I have taught for 6 years and joined the Addison family in January of last year. I was so excited to return to the school I attended for 4th and 5th grade.
Wednesday- Math Lab
Practice 4's to the tune of Frere Jacques
Practice 6's to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus