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Week of May 7-May 11

 
 

Field Day
The year is coming to an end which means Field Day is just around the cornor. This year’s Field Day is on May 23 and is different than any other Field Day Motsenbocker has had before. It is an all day event. It includes a relay station, water games station, track and field station, playground station, art and crafts station and an imagination station. Aside from the stations students will also receive popsicles from PTO. Highlights of Field Day include a water balloon toss, washable tattoos, face painting and temporary hair spray paint. If you have speicifc qeustions regarding these events please contact Ms. Matthews kmatthews@aak8.org 
Running a successful field day requires a lot of planning and help from VOLUNTEERS. If you would like to help by donating supplies for this years Field Day click here.  If you would like to help by volunteering and running an activity for part of the day click here. We appreciate all of YOUR help to make this event a successful event for all students at American Academy. 

 

Science

You all are rock stars!!  I know I am asking a lot of you all on this last project, but I truly think it is one of the most valuable projects we can do - solve BIG problems.  I so appreciate your willingness to go above and beyond for this one.  I wanted to make sure you all were aware that there are three parts to this project: educating little kids (completed at school), educating big kids (completed at school) and being a part of the solution to a BIG problem (possibly done at home, depending on what the kiddos picked to do, since we can't collect money here at school).  I hope this clears up some of your questions. If you have other questions, please feel free to reach out to me - EHarris@aak8.org.  Otherwise, we will hopefully see you all on the 21st from 2-3:30 pm for our presentations! 
 
 

History

The colonial diorama is due Wednesday, May 9th. Please make sure your student is checking the rubric and research paper for all of the important details that need to be included on their diorama. They will present their finished diorama on Wednesday and Thursday. 

 

Literacy

We may be winding down the year, but we still have some big events going on in literacy!  On Tuesday, we are taking a field trip to the Lone Tree Arts Center to see Click, Clack, Moo!  Friday is the culminating event of our Poetry Unit, the Coffee House. All third grade parents are invited to attend this event during their child's literacy block. Teachers will be serving coffee to parents while the students present their poetry coffee house style. We will be wrapping up DLI as we learn about pronouns. Students will not have spelling words this week.

 
 
 
 
Week of April 30- May 4
 

Important Dates
April 27: No School
May 1: Artist Choice Exhibit (Opening Night) and Book Swap
May 3: Red Ribbon Program – Air National Guard Helicopter
May 8: Field Trip: Lone Tree Performance Arts Center: Click, Clack, Moo
May 9-10: Parent/Teacher Conferences
May 11: Poetry Coffee House during Literacy classes (invitations and more information to follow)
May 23: Field Day
May 24: Last day of school

Volunteer Opportunities:
With our Coffee House event happening two short weeks from today, we are in need of some wonderful, creative, and awesome parent volunteers to help coordinate items for the event. Please click here to volunteer to donate food items and/or décor.

Field Day
The year is coming to an end which means Field Day is just around the cornor. This year’s Field Day is on May 23 and is different than any other Field Day Motsenbocker has had before. It is an all day event. It includes a relay station, water games station, track and field station, playground station, art and crafts station and an imagination station. Aside from the stations students will also receive popsicles from PTO. Highlights of Field Day include a water balloon toss, washable tattoos, face painting and temporary hair spray paint. If you have speicifc qeustions regarding these events please contact Ms. Matthews kmatthews@aak8.org
Running a successful field day requires a lot of planning and help from VOLUNTEERS. If you would like to help by donating supplies for this years Field Day click here.  If you would like to help by volunteering and running an activity for part of the day click here. We appreciate all of YOUR help to make this event a successful event for all students at American Academy.

Science
Our last project (and secretly my favorite) is Social Action!  For this project students must accomplish three things: teach little kids about their BIG problem (science based - endangered species, oil spills, global warming, lack of fresh water, etc.), teach big kids about their BIG problem and then do something to be a part of the solution (plant trees, raise funds to donate, etc.)  This is a really fun project because students get a ton of independence - they can pick their topics, groups, how they are going to teach others, what their final projects are, etc.  We will also have all projects on display May 21st, so be on the lookout for more information.  We are starting these projects officially on Tuesday, so students should have a better idea what their topics are, who they are working with, how they are going to accomplish these tasks by the end of the day.


History
For our last project of the year, students will create a diorama that represents one of the 13 American Colonies. After picking one colony to research, your student will research the following categories: shelter, food, clothing/weapons/tools, economic opportunity, and colony focus (cash crops, religious freedom, etc.). Following the rubric below, your student will complete a diorama and show the following categories: display (12 points), Items in display (12 points), at least 5 labels (12 points), student understanding (12 points), and title and student name (4 points). This project will be graded as a test and is worth 52 points.
List of the 13 Colonies: New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia
 
The diorama project will be due on Wednesday, May 9th.  This will be graded as a test.

Literacy
We will be continuing our study of poetry this week in preparation for our Coffee House event. Students will also have their weekly DLI, spelling, and phonogram practice. Students were allowed to check out one final book at our final visit to the library this past week. Students are expected to turn in all library books by next week.
 

Week of April 23-26
 
 
Important Dates
April 20- April 21: Singin’ in the Rain performances
April 27: No School
May 1: Artist Choice Exhibit (Opening Night) and Book Swap
May 8: Field Trip: Lone Tree Performance Arts Center: Click, Clack, Moo
May 9-10 Parent Conference
May 11: Poetry Coffee House during Literacy classes (invitations and more information to follow)
May 23: Field Day
May 24: Last day of school
 
3rd Grade Coffee House
Students will be presenting their original works to peers, staff members and parents. Official invitation to come soon; however, you may want to reserve the date. Students will present during their literacy blocks (either AM or PM) on May 11th. We would love to see everyone here for old-school poetry session.

Field Day
The year is coming to an end which means Field Day is just around the corner. This year’s Field Day is on May 23, it is different than any other Field Day Motsenbocker has had before. It is an all-day event. It includes a relay station, water games station, track and field station, playground station, art and crafts station and an imagination station. Aside from the stations students will also receive popsicles from PTO. Highlights of Field Day include a water balloon toss, washable tattoos, face painting and temporary hair spray paint. If you have specific questions regarding these events please contact Ms. Matthews kmatthews@aak8.org .
Running a successful field day requires a lot of planning and help from VOLUNTEERS. If you would like to help by donating supplies for this year’s Field Day click here. If you would like to help by volunteering and running an activity for part of the day click here. We appreciate all of YOUR help to make this event a successful event for all students at American Academy.

Science
We have our last two days of our Matter unit this week. Our test will be on April 30th and students should be studying from all activities in their folders/binders.
History
We are continuing our 13 Colonies Unit. By the end of the unit, students will be making a colony themed diorama. More details to come.

Literacy
Students are MAP testing this week, and we will also be continuing our study of poetry.