Mrs. Halimi

Dearborn Public Schools

Peek at Our Week

Good afternoon Haigh families. It seems that fall has officially arrived. I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend.

Reminders for the week:

  • Tuesday— Costume BINGO for books 6:30-7:30
  • Wednesday– Late start
  • Friday– School store during lunch
  • Class party donations will be accepted until the 25th. Thank you to those that have already donated πŸ™‚ We will begin planning our 1st party soon!

Academic Vocabulary:

  1. Fable- A short stories with animals as the characters that teaches a moral.
  2. Moral- a life lesson that the author wants the reader to learn.
  3. Adjective- a word that describes a noun.
  4. Island- a piece of land surrounded by water on all sides.
  5. Division- Taking a large number and splitting it into groups.

Last week in reading we explored and read fables. This week the students will be introduced to the genre of myths. We will read a number of Greek myths and discuss characters and plot. In writing we will work on our final copy of our personal narratives. We will also begin a fun haunted house writing where students will continue to practice “show not tell” descriptions as well as the use of red flag transition words to describe their experience in a haunted house. We did a short example of this with our pumpkin patch stories that we hung in the hallway on Friday.

In math this week we will continue to work on the distributive property and number bonds to solve larger multiplication facts. This property helps students with larger problems and will help them tremendously as they apply it to even larger facts in the upper grades. We will have a quick math quiz tomorrow on multiplication tape diagrams.

In social studies this week we will human and natural characteristics of Michigan. We will be reading a story about the construction of the Mackinaw bridge and explore the different points of view that people had surrounding it’s construction. We will also work on our land forms and bodies of water slides.

In science this week we will explore the design of 3 different style of bridges and learn how these bridges create a balance of force so large cars and trucks can move across them. We will design our own bridges and test them using pennies to see how much they can hold.

Looks to be a chilly fall week so please remember to send along a light jacket with your child.

Looking forward to a great week!

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Peek at Our Week

Good evening Haigh families.

Reminders for the week:

  • Friday 1/2 day; dismissal is at 11:45
  • Please be sure to sign and return mid-module math test

Academic Vocabulary:

  1. Peninsula- a piece of land surrounded by water on 3 sides.
  2. Bay- a body of water that is partly surrounded by land.
  3. Fiction- a book that is made up of imaginary events and people.
  4. Author- the person who writes a story.
  5. Distributive Property- a strategy used to multiply where you break up the factors into 2 smaller problems.

This week in reading we will be learning about fables. We will read several short fables and discuss the qualities of a fable. In writing this week we will continue to work on our personal narratives. We have started our drafts and are working on including “show don’t tell” vocabulary and red flag transition words.

In math last week we worked on solving division word problems by drawing a tape diagram. This week we will continue to work on tape diagrams with multiplication word problems.

In social studies we will work on land forms and bodies of water in Michigan. We will use our desk maps to locate various land forms and of course our 5 great lakes. To demonstrate our learning, students will create google slides to showcase the unique land forms and bodies of water in Michigan.

I am looking forward to a great week πŸ™‚

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Peek at Our Week

Good afternoon Haigh families. I hope you are enjoying cozy times inside on this chilly rainy day. My youngest son had his first hockey game of the season this morning and scored 2 goals!! Now they are snuggled up on the couch rooting for the Lions! Go Lions!!

Reminders for the week:

  • Library is tomorrow; please make sure your child has their library book
  • Tuesday–mid-module unit 1 math assessment
  • Thursday– Ottis Spunkmeyer assembly
  • Friday–Picture day; information will be sent home on Monday
  • The weather is HOT on Monday and Tuesday. Please make sure students are dressed for a hot day and have water to sip on.
  • Tuesday is October 1st and our new habit is “Take Responsibility” Talk to your child at home about this habit and how it relates to homework, studying, being on time to sports practice etc.

Last week was a busy week but I am happy to say we have completed ALL NWEA assessments and are finishing up working on our DRA reading assessments.

This week in reading we will continue to take a look at characters in a story and pay attention to how the illustrations, characters actions, and thoughts help set the mood of the story. We will also continue to track character traits and pay attention to how characters change throughout the story. In writing we will plan out our personal narrative story on our blueprints and learn how to include “Show not tell” descriptions to tell the details of their story.

In math this week we will be learning a problem solving strategy using a tape diagram. The tape diagram is just a picture that allows students to notice what information is known in the problem and what they need to find out. We will also be doing our mid-module assessment on Tuesday. Please make sure your child studies and understands the study guide we did in class. This sheet mirrors our test.

In science this week we will be creating “hopper poppers” to model force on an object.

In social studies we will be practicing map skills and learning the difference between absolute and relative location. We will also begin to explore different land forms in our state.

Academic Vocabulary:

  1. Plot- the beginning, middle, and end of a story.
  2. Compass- a tool used to tell the direction; north, east, south, west.
  3. Lead- the first line in an essay that captures the readers attention.
  4. Absolute location- The exact location of a place. Example–an address
  5. Relative location- where a place is located relative to another place. Example—Livonia is north west of Dearborn. Haigh is across the street from Levagood park.

Looking forward to a successful week:)

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Mid-Module Assessment

Hello! We will be having our Unit 1, Mid-Module Assessment on Tuesday the 1st. Students will be coming home with a completed study guide from class today. I am also going to attach an additional study guide of skills from this half of the unit that you are free to print off and use. Another good studying tool is your child’s homework book. All of the lessons we have done so far will be covered on the assessment on Tuesday.

Please note that the study guide that I am sending home today from class says that the test will be on Monday…however, due to all of the additional activities we have had this week, we will be pushing it until Tuesday.

Extra math study guide for mid module 1

Thank you for your support πŸ™‚

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Peek at Our Week

Good afternoon Haigh families! I hope you are enjoying this last day of summer with family. Unfortunately I have been fighting the back to school germs and surviving the weekend on lots and lots of cold medicine!

I wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the chaperones who helped out on Thursday. Your help and support go a long way in making sure our students are safe, smiling, and learning.

Reminders for the week:

  • Wednesday is LATE START; school begins at 9:35. It is also COUNT DAY, make sure your child is in school πŸ™‚
  • Short field trip to the fire house is also on Wednesday at 12:30
  • Firefighters visit Haigh on Thursday to talk about fire safety to all 3rd graders
  • Thursday is our first PBIS party. Students who met the behavior requirement will be enjoying yard games outside.
  • Please consider purchasing a Haigh 3rd grade t shirt from the link in the previous post to support our trip to Lansing

This week we will work on finishing up our NWEA testing and I will work through testing each students DRA reading level. We will be discussing the plot in a story and discuss how characters change from the beginning to the end of the story. In writing we will begin our personal narratives. Students will learn how to focus their personal narrative writing into “seed stories” and begin their “blueprint” or narrative plan about an event in their life. Students will be learning how to begin with a lead and include “show not tell” descriptions in their plot.

In Math we will be learning about the distributive property of multiplication. We will have our math quiz on Tuesday rather than on Monday this week due to our trip to the circus last week.

In science we began our first science mystery last week and the students were all really excited, I hope to finish our first mystery and make “hopper poppers” to demonstrate force and motion.

Academic Vocabulary:

  1. Setting- where a story takes place.
  2. Force- a push or a pull.
  3. Motion- a change in position.
  4. Trait- what a character is like on the inside; their personality.
  5. Quotient- the answer to a division problem.

***Please make sure your child is STUDYING the spelling and the definition for each word. Test is always on Friday. In class we break the word apart by syllables to help us spell larger words. Some students do well with making flash cards to help prepare for their test on Friday.

Looking forward to a great week!

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Third Grade Lansing Trip Fundraiser!

Our students are going on a wonderful trip to Lansing. In order to help fund the trip, we are selling third grade t-shirts that are available in adult sizes (for parents or grandparents who would like to chaperone, for example) as well as a variety of sizes for youth! You are also able to donate money specifically to the cause and your donation will go toward funding our trip.

Please click on the link below to donate and/or order a third grade shirt!

Third grade Lansing Fundraiser

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Peek at Our Week

Good afternoon Haigh families πŸ™‚ I enjoyed meeting many of you at open house on Thursday. Thank you for your support as we begin this school year.

Reminders for the week:

  • Field trip to the Universoul Circus on Thursday. Please return permission slip tomorrow. If you have a background check on file, I would love your help chaperoning.
  • Haigh school store on Thursday during lunch
  • Half day on Friday; dismissal at 11:45
  • Outdoor movie night Friday evening @ 7:00.
  • Please check your child’s owl folder for graded math quiz, sign and return. If they have less than 80% they may complete the test correction form and return for more credit.
  • Check your child’s planer for their log in information to the website ZEARN. This is a math website that goes along perfectly with our Eureka math program.
  • I will begin to introduce more websites to your children as time allows. Logins will be in their planners so they can access at home.

Academic Vocabulary for this week:

  1. Michigan- our state that consists of the upper and lower peninsula.
  2. Equation- a math statement that has an equal sign.
  3. Product- the answer to a multiplication problem.
  4. Factor- the two numbers that you multiply together in a multiplication problem.
  5. Geography- the study of places.

***Please make sure your child is STUDYING the spelling and the definition for each word. Test is always on Friday. In class we break the word apart by syllables to help us spell larger words. Some students do well with making flash cards to help prepare for their test on Friday.

This week we will continue to work through our NWEA testing. I am hopeful that we will all be complete by Friday. I plan to work on building our reading stamina and getting in some more lessons on character traits.

In writing this week we will begin to set up our writing binders and begin to brainstorm “seed” ideas for our personal narrative writing.

In math this week we will continue to work on multiplication and using strategies to help solve a problem. We will have a “Math quiz Monday” tomorrow to review the division concepts covered last week.

In science we will begin our first topic of force and motion and work through our first Mystery Science lesson.

In social studies we will begin to learn about the geography of Michigan.

I think our week will fly by with the anticipation of a field trip and half day on Friday. Looking forward to a successful week.

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Specials Schedule

Monday– Gym 11:20-12:05

Tuesday– Technology 1:55-2:40

Wednesday– Media 10:35-11:20, Music 11:25-12:10

Thursday– Music 2:45-3:30

Friday– Art 10:30-11:15

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Peek at Our Week

Good afternoon Haigh families! Each week I will blog about our upcoming week and communicate with you about what we are working on in the classroom as well as any reminders or events we may have.

Reminders for the week:

  • Open house is Thursday from 6-7:30
  • Parent meeting is Thursday directly BEFORE open house from 5:30-6:00 ( A note with further information will be sent home tomorrow)
  • NWEA assessments will begin this week. We will start with reading, move to math, and finish with language. Science has been eliminated from testing this year.
  • Please get in the habit of checking your child’s owl folder every night and empty the contents. Also, please sign your child’s planner daily
  • Math quiz Monday– tomorrow we will have a short quiz on concepts taught last week.
  • The weather looks HOT later in the week. Please be sure to send a water bottle and dress your child in short sleeves. We will try not to melt as we brave the heat together πŸ™‚
  • Please make sure you have an updated background check on file through the office. We will be going on a number of field trips this year and you will need one if you would like to help chaperone. Background checks are valid for 3 years

This week we will begin taking our fall NWEA assessments. Please encourage your child to do their best. We will be taking our scores and graphing them in our data folders and have many conversations about setting goals and working hard to show improvement through the year. You can help me out with this by encouraging good work habits at home.

We have just started working on our daily five expectations as well as working hard at building our reading stamina. Our goal is to work on their language arts choice for 20 minutes without interruptions. So far we have achieved around 15 minutes. I am certain that we will be at the 20 minute mark in no time! This week we will work on reading and analyzing characters and their traits within a story.

In writing this we week we will work on writing our goals for the first half of the year.

In math we will be working on the relationship between multiplication and division. Please make sure your child is completing the math homework in the BLUE success book each night. They should be writing the page numbers in their planner daily. We will be having a short QUIZ tomorrow on concepts from last week.

This week your child will be bringing home their spelling words/academic vocabulary words and homework. Please make sure your child is doing at least 3 of the activities on the choice board. Please note that your child also has 5 academic vocabulary words that they are responsible for knowing the definition and the spelling for. We do a variety of activities to reinforce these words in class but often times parents help their child create flashcards and give mock spelling tests in the home. Spelling and academic vocabulary tests are given on Friday.We will also be tracking our progress of these weekly tests in our data folders.

The academic words this week are (We are starting with 3 for this week):

  1. stamina- the ability to something for a long time.
  2. character- a person in the story.
  3. array- a set of objects arranged in rows and columns that help make counting and multiplication easier.

Please make sure your child is reading at home each night. The reading expectation is that your child is reading for at least 20 minutes each night. Some parents have asked about student reading levels, please know that I have not yet assessed students. Once our classroom is up and running smoothly I will begin DRA testing.Small group reading work will begin in October after the completion of all DRA assessments.

We are working hard at creating an engaging and efficient classroom. Please remind your child to bring their best listening ears to school each day so we can keep things moving throughout the day.

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Looking forward to a GREAT week and I hope to see many of you at open house on Thursday.

If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at: halimia@dearbornschools.org

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Happy Labor Day

Good morning Haigh families! I hope you are all enjoying your long weekend! Each week I will post information to the class blog about reminders, important events, and our focus for the week.

Last week was full of introductions, routines and procedures, and time building our classroom community. Your children are all doing really well at learning all of these things. While these things take time, they are very important to ensure that our classroom runs smoothly.

In class this week we will begin to set up our daily five expectations as well as working hard at building our reading stamina. Our goal is to work on their language arts choice for 20 minutes without interruptions. So far we have achieved 5 minutes. I am certain that we will be at the 20 minute mark in no time! This week we will work on building our reading stamina and picking good fit books from our classroom library. We will also look at characters and their traits in a story.

In writing this we week we will work on setting up our writing notebooks and practicing work on writing procedures. We will be writing about the “Best part of me” and sharing our thoughts with our classmates. We will also begin to think about our goals for the first part of the school year and work on getting them set up in our data folders.

In math this week we will began our new math program titled Eureka math. This is our 2nd year into the program and is mandated by the district. Last year students showed great progress using this curriculum. Students have 3 workbooks; one they use in class daily for practice, one that goes home each night for homework, and one that stays in class but is loaded with math β€œsprints” that helps with fact fluency. Our first topic is multiplication and the meaning of factors. Please refer to the student planner to keep up with what pages are assigned each night for homework.

In social studies we will begin by discussing the geography of Michigan. We will be working with desk maps as we explore the unique qualities of Michigan.

In science this week we will be working on setting up our science notebooks. We will begin discussing the science and engineering process and engage in a STEAM activity where students will have to work within a group to design and build something.

This week your child will be bringing home their spelling words and homework. Please make sure your child is doing at least 3 of the activities on the choice board. Please note that your child  TYPICALLY (but not this week) has 5 academic vocabulary words that they are responsible for knowing the definition and the spelling for. We do a variety of activities to reinforce these words in class but often times parents help their child create flashcards and give mock spelling tests in the home. Spelling and academic vocabulary tests are given on Friday. We will also be tracking our progress of these weekly tests in our data folders. Spelling homework is due on Friday.

The reading expectation is that your child is reading for at least 20 minutes each night. The reading log for the month will be sent home tomorrow. Please help and remind your child to log in the books they read for the month. Please keep this reading log in a visible spot so your child gets into the routine of reading each night.

Looking forward to a GREAT week! I am sure it will FLY by! The weather looks HOT tomorrow. Please be sure to send in a water bottle and dress your child in cool clothes πŸ™‚

I apologize for the long post and promise that they won’t be this long each week. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at: halimia@dearbornschools.org

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