Contact Information:
Mrs. M. Callaghan
mcallaghan@ksd140.org







Thursday, February 28, 2013

Homework

Reading & Language Arts:
1. Study D.O.L. week 24
2. Reread Life on the Ice page 141 and review lesson 20 vocabulary

Spelling:
1. 3 times each in cursive with lesson 20 words
2. Study lesson 20 words

Math:
Home link 7.6

Continue to work hard on your Paper Bag Character Study. This project is due next Tuesday.

Reminders:
1. Tomorrow is a START Day, dismissal will be at 12:30 p.m. 
2. Tomorrow is College Day.

Have a TERRIFIC Thursday!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Homework

Homework:
1. Math Extended Response question is due tomorrow.
2. Work on Paper Bag Character Study. This assignment is due next Tuesday.  

    The Paper Bag Character Study assignment is due on March 5th. Students have expressed to me how much they are already loving this project. I can't wait to see the students work! Below are some examples. Please contact me with ANY questions.











Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Math Extended Response

      Extended response questions are a large part of our math curriculum.  This is a skill that students will use when they are explaining how they solved a particular problem.  The use of math terms and understanding of different concepts is evident in their explanations.  I have listed several different problems for students to practice.  This will begin the first part of November.

How to Write a Four Star Response

1.  Read the question carefully. Make sure you understand what the question is asking you!!!
2. Restate the question in a sentence.
3. Use 3 examples from the book.  Explain each example.
4. After each book example, use your own thoughts and feelings to explain the example.
5. Restate the question with more feeling.


Homework

Homework:
Work on Paper Bag Character Study. This assignment is due next Tuesday.  

    The Paper Bag Character Study assignment is due on March 5th. Students have expressed to me how much they are already loving this project. I can't wait to see the students work! Below are some examples. Please contact me with ANY questions.











Monday, February 25, 2013

ISAT Tips for Students and Parents


ISAT Tips for Students and How Parents Can Help

Tips for Students
Get a good night's sleep the night before the test. Eat a light breakfast (example:
cereal, bagel and juice). This will help you be at your best for the exam.
Read each question carefully before selecting your answer.
If you don't know the answer, mark that question and them come back to it.
Use a pencil and scrap paper to work out math problems. Don't try to do them in
your head.
Don't second guess yourself! You probably know more than you give yourself
credit for.
Relax! If you find yourself getting uptight, take a few deep breaths and exhale
slowly through your mouth.
Most importantly, just do your best!

How Parents Can Help
Regular attendance, being on time, good nutrition, and adequate rest are
essential components for your student's successful academic performance.
Ensure that your student eats a healthy breakfast. Avoid heavy foods that may
make the child groggy and high sugar foods that may make the student hyper.
Add test dates to your home calendar; schedule appointments on non-testing
days.
Talk to your child positively about testing. Explain that tests are how teachers,
schools, and districts measure how well they are teaching and how well students
are learning. The results are used to improve education. Tell your student about
"standardized" tests that use the same standards to measure student learning across
our state or even the entire country.
Provide a quiet, well- lit, comfortable place for studying at home.
Become involved in your student’s education by maintaining regular contact with
teachers, monitoring homework and providing books and magazines for your
student to read at home.
Don't place too much emphasis on test scores. Too much pressure can result in
"test anxiety", a fearful condition where a student worries excessively about a test,
losing confidence in their abilities and becoming very self-critical. Encourage
your student. Students who feel good about themselves will do better on tests than
students who are afraid of failure.

ISAT Prep: Keep Working Hard!!!

As you know ISAT testing is a week away. In school we are working on our reading comprehension, vocabulary, and extended responses. At home you can work on these things too! Here are some websites that are helpful. I will be posting this every week!!!

Reading Sites:

http://metacat2.com/iltestlinks.html

http://rockingtheisat.blogspot.com/

http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/book_buddy/test/coyote/test_coyote.html

Main Idea

http://www.pearsonlongman.com/ae/marketing/sfesl/tests/grade3.html

Math Sites:

http://www.mathslice.com/mathmocktest.php

http://www.quia.com/hm/186122.html

http://www.funbrain.com/algebra/index.html

Fractions
 
http://metacat2.com/iltestlinks.html

THINK, THINK, and THINK!!! 
You will all do GREAT!!!



Homework

Reading & Language Arts:
1. Being Brothers packet is due Friday. (ISAT practice)

Math:
1. Home link 7.3
2. Math Extended Response (Try your best!)

Reminders:
1. This Friday is a START Day, dismissal will be at 12:30.
2. Read/log your minutes for the month of February.

Continue to work on your Paper Bag Character Study!!! Tomorrow that will be your only homework.

Happy Monday!


Friday, February 22, 2013

Happy Friday!

Take a look at Kirby School District 140's website. It's new and improved!

Homework:
1. Work on your Paper Bag Character Study. This project is due on March 5th. I went over the entire project again and showed more examples. If you come across any questions, feel free to contact me.

2. Please make sure you check your child's Friday folder every weekend and make sure that it gets returned signed on Monday. Also, make sure you and your child look over graded papers that were sent home.

Reminders:
1. Next week is Spirit Week - Look at my newsletter for more information.

2. Friday, March 1st is a START Day, dismissal will be at 12:30 p.m.

3. Kindergarten registration begins on March 20th. Hope to see you there!

Have a FABULOUS weekend!

"Always find the best in people." 
 



Thursday, February 21, 2013

Paper Bag - Character Study

    The Paper Bag Character Study assignment is due on March 5th. Students have expressed to me how much they are already loving this project. I can't wait to see the students work! Below are some examples. Please contact me with ANY questions.











Homework

Reading & Language Arts:
1. Study D.O.L. week 23
2. Reread Dogzilla and review lesson 19 vocabulary
3. Bobby's Wish packet is due tomorrow, students received this assignment on Tuesday

Link to Dogzilla on YouTube

Spelling:
Study lesson 19 words

Math:
Please continue to study your multiplication flash cards/facts. 

Work on your Paper Bag Character Study!

Have a wondrous Thursday!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Homework

Reading & Language Arts:
1. Bobby's Wish (ISAT practice packet) will be due on Friday.
2. Irregular Verbs worksheet

Math:
Home link 7.2

Please remember to study your multiplication flash cards/facts!

Have a TERRIFIC Tuesday!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

ISAT PREP: Keep Working Hard!

As you know ISAT testing is less than a month away. In school we are working on our reading comprehension, vocabulary, and extended responses. At home you can work on these things too! Here are some websites that are helpful. I will be posting this every week!!!

Reading Sites:

http://metacat2.com/iltestlinks.html

http://rockingtheisat.blogspot.com/

http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/book_buddy/test/coyote/test_coyote.html

Main Idea

http://www.pearsonlongman.com/ae/marketing/sfesl/tests/grade3.html

Math Sites:

http://www.mathslice.com/mathmocktest.php

http://www.quia.com/hm/186122.html

http://www.funbrain.com/algebra/index.html

Fractions
 
http://metacat2.com/iltestlinks.html

THINK, THINK, and THINK!!! 
You will all do GREAT!!!



Homework

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful Monday. The day started off bumpy with the power being off but we are right on track....
 
Reading & Language Arts:
Bobby's Wish - this packet is due Friday

Spelling:
3 times each in cursive

Math:
Home link 7.1

Reminder:
1. Please make sure you are studying your multiplication flash cards/facts at home.

“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!” 
~Dr. Seuss




Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy Friday!

Take a look at Kirby School District 140's website. It's new and improved!
http://www.ksd140.org/campusuite/modules/faculty.cfm?faculty_id=21598&grp_id=11163#.UR5YZb8ixpk

Homework:
1. You may start your Paper Bag Character Study. This project is due on March 5th. I went over the entire project today and showed examples. If you come across any questions, feel free to contact me. I can't wait to see how these will turn out! :)

2. Please make sure you check your child's Friday folder every weekend and make sure that it gets returned signed on Monday. Also, make sure you and your child look over graded papers that were sent home.

Reminders:
1. Kindergarten registration begins on March 20th. We hope to see you there!
2. NO SCHOOL MONDAY, Happy President's Day!
3. Next week is the BOOK FAIR! Tuesday the 19th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday and Friday from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. We hope to see you there! READ, READ, AND READ SOME MORE!

Students did a marvelous job on their social studies and math test. I am one proud teacher. Keep up the fantastic work! Enjoy your three day weekend! ~Mrs. Callaghan

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” – Albert Einstein


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Homework

Reading & Language Arts:
1. Study D.O.L. week 22
2. Reread lesson 18 story and review vocabulary
3. ISAT practice packet due tomorrow

Spelling:
Study spelling lesson 18 words

Math:
Study multiplication flash cards/facts

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Homework

Reading & Language Arts:
Practice pages 37 and 38

Math:
Study for chapter 6 test. Test will be tomorrow!

Reminder:
Tomorrow you may bring in an extra snack for the movie. Make sure it is a healthy choice, I did tell the students that popcorn was fine. 

Have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Homework

Happy Tuesday!

Reading & Language Arts:
A Whale of A Tale will be due on Friday.

Math:
Finish completing chapter 6 study guide. Test will be on Thursday.

Social Studies:
Study for chapter 5 test.
TEST IS TOMORROW!


"Only surround yourself with people who will lift you higher."
~ Oprah Winfrey

Monday, February 11, 2013

ISAT PREP - Keep working hard!

As you know ISAT testing is about a month away. In school we are working on our reading comprehension, vocabulary, and extended responses. At home you can work on these things too! Here are some websites that are helpful. I will be posting this every week!!!

Reading Sites:

http://metacat2.com/iltestlinks.html

http://rockingtheisat.blogspot.com/

http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/book_buddy/test/coyote/test_coyote.html

Main Idea

http://www.pearsonlongman.com/ae/marketing/sfesl/tests/grade3.html

Math Sites:

http://www.mathslice.com/mathmocktest.php

http://www.quia.com/hm/186122.html

http://www.funbrain.com/algebra/index.html

Fractions
 
http://metacat2.com/iltestlinks.html

THINK, THINK, and THINK!!! 
You will all do GREAT!!!



Homework

Happy Monday!

Reading & Language Arts:
ISAT practice packet - A Whale of A Tale is due Friday

Spelling:
3 times each in cursive (lesson 18 words went home today)

Social Studies:
Finish completing chapter 5 study guide. Test will be on Wednesday.

Reminder:
1. My class will be watching the movie Brave on Valentine's Day. Students may still bring in valentines for their classmates. Also, I am allowing students to bring in an extra snack for the movie. Popcorn is fine with me. Thank you and if you have any questions please contact me. 

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
~ Judy Garland


Friday, February 8, 2013

Happy Friday!

Homework:
1. Please make sure you check your child's Friday folder every weekend and make sure that it gets returned signed on Monday. Also, make sure you and your child look over graded papers that were sent home. :)

Reminders:
1. Kindergarten registration begins March 20th. 
2. Helen Keller is now the COUGARS! GO COUGARS!
3. Third grade will NOT be having a Valentine's Day party. We will be showing a "G" rated film. Student may still bring in valentines!
4. Read to Succeed Logs are due on February 22nd. 
5. NO SCHOOL (President's Day) on February 18th.

No one is perfect - that's why pencils have erasers.
~ Anonymous
Have a WONDERFUL weekend!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Games

Here is a website that is great for practicing your multiplication skills.


Enjoy!

Homework

Reading & Language Arts:
1. Study D.O.L. week 21
2. Reread lesson 17 story and review lesson 17 vocabulary
3. The Fox Show packet is due tomorrow

Spelling:
Study lesson 17 words

Please make sure you are studying multiplication facts/ flash cards.

Have a marvelous Thursday!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Homework

Reading & Language Arts:
Practice pages 23 and 24

Spelling:
ABC order with lesson 17 words

Please make sure you are studying multiplication facts/flash cards every night. 

Bring in your baby picture if you want to be in our classroom timeline. Tomorrow is the last day I will be accepting them. Thanks!

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” 
-Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Homework

It's a TERRIFIC Tuesday...

Reading & Language Arts:
Practice pages 17 and 18

Math:
Home link 6.8

Social Studies:
Timelines are due tomorrow! Also, bring in a baby picture if you want to be in our classroom timeline.

“Be awesome! Be a book nut!” 
~Dr. Seuss

Monday, February 4, 2013

Homework

Reading & Language Arts:
ISAT practice packet - due Friday

Spelling:
3 times each in cursive

Social Studies:
Timelines are due Wednesday!!! Also, if you can bring in a baby picture of yourself.

Happy Monday! 


Friday, February 1, 2013

Golden Book Winner

Better grab the butter because our class is on a roll! We are once again in the Golden Book for January. Keep up the fantastic work!






ISAT Prep: I'm a Smarty and I Know it

Video is to MOTIVATE students to do well!!

ISAT Practice - ISAT ROCKS!

As you know ISAT testing is about a month away. In school we are working on our reading comprehension, vocabulary, and extended responses. At home you can work on these things too! Here are some websites that are helpful.

Reading Sites:

http://metacat2.com/iltestlinks.html

http://rockingtheisat.blogspot.com/

http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/book_buddy/test/coyote/test_coyote.html

Main Idea

http://www.pearsonlongman.com/ae/marketing/sfesl/tests/grade3.html

Math Sites:

http://www.mathslice.com/mathmocktest.php

http://www.quia.com/hm/186122.html

http://www.funbrain.com/algebra/index.html

Fractions
 
http://metacat2.com/iltestlinks.html

THINK, THINK, and THINK!!! 
You will all do GREAT!!!
 



Happy Friday!

Homework: 
1. Please make sure you check your child's Friday folder every weekend and make sure that it gets returned signed on Monday.  
2. Remember that your Timeline Project is due on February 6th.

Reminders:
1. February 12th is PTO Culver's Day.
2. Third Grade does not have a Valentine's Day party. However, students may still bring in valentines for their classmates. 

Have a WONDERFUL weekend!
  
“Think and wonder, wonder and think.”  
~Dr. Seuss