Welcome to third grade! My name is Mrs. Lorenzi and this is my thirteenth year teaching third grade here at Longfellow. Third grade is an exciting year and we will have lots of fun learning together!
Gardening at the Buzz
Geared Up Legos
Our Future's So Bright, We've Got to Wear Shades!
Click below to see our Buzz Garden Poems and illustrations!
Wondering why your child is talking about filling buckets? Check out Carol McCloud's book "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?"
"Why can't I skip my 20 minutes of reading tonight?" Click here to find out!
Scholastic Online Book Order Classroom Code: LXPN4
Parent Road Map for the Common Core State Standards (as I mentioned at Curriculum Night, it's an excellent resource to explain some of the changes you will see with our transition to the CCSS)
**Students! Find a mistake on my webpage? Let me know and I'll give you a Bear Necessity!! Teachers make mistakes too! :)
Lorenzi Leads: May 27th, 2014
Important Upcoming Dates:
*Friday, May 30th - Pool Trip to Rehm - 12:30 - 2:30 PM **Thank you to all of the chaperones!
*Friday, May 30th - Student Council Fantastic Fridays: Minion/Lunch with Friends Day
*Friday, May 30th - PTO end-of-the-year Picnic - 5:30 PM on the playground
*Monday, June 2nd - Larks Concert for classmates - noon / Larks concert for families - 7 PM at Longfellow
*Tuesday, June 3rd- Final Buzz Cafe Community Garden Visit- 8:30-9:30 AM
*Friday, June 6th - Student Council Fantastic Fridays: Hat Day
*Monday, June 9th - Third Grade Park Outing at Barrie Park 12:30 - 2:30 PM
*Tuesday, June 10th - Last day of school! - third trimester report cards go home
*Tuesday, June 10th - Third Trimester PBIS Celebration - 9 AM
*Tuesday, June 10th - Student Council Terrific Tuesday: Flip-Flop Day
*Sunday, June 15th - Happy Father's Day!
In math this week, we will be working on telling time to the minute, time intervals, and on problem solving strategies for measuring time.
The essential question for this unit is: Why do we measure?
Even though we are no longer working on a multiplication unit, students should continue to work on their multiplication fact fluency. Time should be taken at home to practice these facts every night. Students can use flash cards or visit the multiplication game sites linked to my website. In addition to this, students are working on "Rocket Math," which consists of taking one-minute timed multiplication quizzes at the beginning of each math class. Students are expected to study their Rocket Math facts for 5-10 minutes each night at home for homework. Students can also visit the Flocabulary site to watch music videos that will help to reinforce their multiplication and division skills.
Students are encouraged to continue to practice TenMarks (www.tenmarks.com) at home to strengthen their skills as well.
In reading this week, we will continue to focus on our Reading Informational (RI) standards by reading non-fiction articles in our Time for Kids booklets and completing related assignments and activities.
We are also enjoying "Skylark," the sequel to "Sarah, Plain and Tall."
Our spelling skill for this week is suffixes. Students were pre-tested today and received a differentiated spelling list to study throughout the week. Students are expected to spend 5 - 10 minutes each night studying the spelling words. Our FINAL spelling post-test will be this Friday!
There is also a menu of spelling activities for students to choose from. Students can work on one or two of these choice activities at home or practice their words on our Spelling City website.
Students have a Daily Language Review book that we will use daily. This will give students daily practice with editing and revising sentences, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, fact vs. opinion, parts of speech, analogies, context clues, etc.
Students are wrapping up letters to President Obama. The kids were inspired by Pierson's letter that he received back from the President. Thank you to the Case family for helping with this project. We are also continuing work on our Coyote Expository Essays, in addition to our "Third Grade A-Z Memory Books."
Science and Social Studies:
We are studying plant growth and development in science. Students will be making observations and scientific sketches of the plant life around our school. We are also learning and using plant vocabulary. This week, we will read some non-fiction articles about plants to help further our knowledge of this unit.
Our last visit to the community garden is scheduled for next Tuesday 6/3, at 8:15 AM (weather permitting.) If you are interested in joining us, feel free to meet us at the garden behind the Buzz Cafe at 8:30 AM. We will leave the garden to head back to school by about 9:20 AM.
Odds and Ends:
*Be sure your child comes to school each day with a water bottle filled with cold water. Water only please.
*Red take-home folder and assignment notebook - You should be seeing these go home every day. Please check the assignment notebook daily and sign off each night indicating that you have seen it. I check them at the end of each day (and stamp them) to show that I have seen them and that every student has written down his/her assignments accurately.
*Healthy Snacks can be eaten at any point during the school day. Acceptable snacks include fresh fruits, vegetables, dried fruits such as raisins, apple sauce, fruit cups, and string cheese.
*Remind your child of the importance of completing all homework assignments at home. Students who have their assignments completed and at school on the day they're due will have the opportunity to earn their daily sticker on their sticker chart.