Thursday 30 October 2014

Spelling Test - Tomorrow

  1. well 
  2. puff
  3. smell
  4. spill
  5. unless
  6. mass
  7. cliff
  8. miss
  9. fill
  10. guess
  11. stuff
  12. grill
  13. chill
  14. fall

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Math home practice

AA dear parents,

The third graders have already finished 3 lessons in the second Chapter "Numeration". We have started working on these links in our lab period, but 40 min is not enough to finish them all. Please let your child practice at home.

Here are some practice links for each lesson:

Lesson 1: Representing Numbers:

Lesson 2: Renaming Numbers:

Lesson 3: Modelling Numbers/Place Value Numbers:

Here is also another link to practice regrouping numbers:

Your help is highly appreciated.
Tr. Hajer

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Arabic Update. Tr. Amal

ولياء الأمور الكرام / السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

يوم الخميس  سيكون اختبار قواعد في تصريف الفعل الماضي إلى الضمائر ( المتكلم - الغائبة - والمخاطبة ) 

- الجملة المثبة والمنفية .

- الجملة التامة والناقصة.

- أقسام الكلام ( اسم - فعل - حرف ) 

ملاحظة :- عند المراجعة للاختبار الرجوع إلى الكتاب  المدرسي ص 11 و ص 17و إلى دفتر الواجب الخاص بالتلميذ ,و الورق المصور الذي بحوزته.

شكرا جزيلا لتعاونكم 

 المدرسة أمل

Monday 27 October 2014

Language (Spelling) Update - Tr. Fatima

AA Parents,

Spelling Spectrum Workbook pages: 28, 29, 30, 31 are due on Friday.

You will find the Spelling List words on page 31 in the blue box. Spelling Test Friday

Students brought home their language folders. I have marked Spelling tests and Journal Entries. Please take a look at your child's work and sign it. There is a rubric attached.

The students are responsible for bringing in their language folders tomorrow (Tuesday).

Thank you for all your efforts.


Saturday 25 October 2014

Language Update - Tr. Fatima

AA Parents,

 I hope that you are having a restful weekend inshalla. I wanted to update you about a few things that are happening in our Language Arts class.

With regards to Writing we looked at the importance of choosing a strong idea for writing. A strong idea should be specific and clear. Following a strong idea should be a topic sentence. In class, we explored ways to start writing our paragraphs by reviewing what a main idea is. A main a idea tells the reader what a piece of writing is mostly about. The main idea is expressed in what is called a topic sentence. Students used a web to plan their topic sentences and supporting sentences. Students did this very well in class. 

Next steps for our writing is using the "5 Ws" to add details. Details are ideas that make our writing more interesting.

In reading I will introduce RazKidz to students next week inshalla. Razkidz is a dynamic website where kids go for engaging reading practice. With Raz-Kids, students can listen to, read, and even record themselves reading literary and informational eBooks anywhere they have Internet access. Make reading fun for your kids. I hope to give out usernames and passwords next week as well.

It is also always helpful to encourage your child to read everyday for about 20-30 minutes.


Friday 24 October 2014

Math work

AA dear parents,

Your kids went home with their workbooks and extra practice worksheets. They have to do p 10 in their workbook (lesson 2: renaming numbers). The worksheets are extra practice for the first Chapter. We will in sha'Allah redo the math test on Monday. Students need to practice more to improve their "end of chapter tests' marks.

Tr. Hajer

Thursday 23 October 2014

New Math chapter (Numeration)

Assalamu Alaykom dear parents,

Over the next three weeks, your child will be working with numbers from 0 to 1000. The students will represents and describe numbers such as 894 in a variety of ways and situations. Relationships among numbers and among digits in numbers will be emphasized as students rename, round, compare, and order numbers, explore number patterns, and develop number sense. Your child will also work with money to estimate, count, and write money amounts up to $10 and work with bills up to $100.
Throughout this time, you and your child can practise some at-home activities such as the following:

  • You and your child can play a game using two sets of number cards labelled 0 to 9. Shuffle the cards and, without looking, choose two cards to form a 2-digit number. Ask your child to say the number, and to write the number in expanded form with words. For example, 75 can be made from two cards numbered 7 and 5. In expanded form, it is written as 70+5 and in expanded form with words, it is 7 tens 5 ones. After your child had lots of practice with 2-digit numbers, you can play the same game with 3-digit numbers, using three sets of numbered cards.
  • Say aloud various 2- and 3-digit numbers and ask your child to find the cards to make the numbers.
  • Choose a book with a large number of pages. Open the book to a random page and ask your child to tell you the numbers 1 greater than, 1 less than, 10 greater than, and 10 less than the page number.
  • Your child can count out the amount of money required when making a purchase in a store with you.
We really need your help at home so our students strive for success.
 Jazakum Allah khairan,

Tr. Hajer

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Language Homework - 3B Tr. Fatima

AA Parents,

Language Homework for the week

The Spelling Spectrum Workbook pages 22, 23, 24, 25 all due on Friday
Students are to work on them gradually throughout the week.

**Words on page 25 in the blue box are the ones the students will be tested on.


Quran Update; Tr. Ibtissam

Assalamu Alaykom,

This is a partial translation of surah Al-Infitar :

   The righteous
   The Wicked
        A Soul


The sky
The stars
The seas
A soul



Created you




Monday 20 October 2014

News from the French class

News from the French class

Monday, October 20, 2014
Assalamu Alaikum Dear Parents
Time is just flying by and we are already in October.
So far we are working on our daily vocabulary, using it in sentences, questions and answers. Al Hamdulillah, students are starting to gain some confidence in speaking French in class.
We are working on our first story “Les Trois Petits Cochons”. Students were given the photocopy of the story today.  This week, Insha’a Allah, we will start the reading comprehension activity related to the story “Choisis le bon mot”.
·         Tuesday, October 28, we are having the 1st French test: spelling and vocabulary.
·         The spelling list for Tuesday is:
1.       froid
2.       chaud
3.       un peu
4.       beaucoup
5.       lundi
6.       mardi
7.       mercredi
8.       jeudi
9.       vendredi
10.   samedi
11.   dimanche
12.   une semaine
·         The vocabulary comprehension section is related to the daily vocabulary we drill in class and students   familiar with this activity.
Important note: Please note that only one photocopy of the story and of any written activity will be given to the student. It is his/her responsibility to keep it safe in the folder and to have it in class. If for any reason, the document is misplaced or lost, student will have to rewrite it. If you wish to have a copy for home, you may make one copy for this purpose.
Jazakum Allah Kheiran for your cooperation and your support.

Dr Amina Ould-brahim,
French teacher
Science coordinator

Tips: How to Improve Writing?

As Salam Alaikum Parents,

        I received a lot of requests regarding writing strategies to help your child improve. The best way to improve your child’s writing is to have them write more.  I was reading an article online called “Put it to Paper: Tips for Parents to Improve a Child’s Writing Skills" by Audrey W. Prince, and she has a lot of great writing ideas that can be implemented in the family home from day to day. Here are a few ideas I took from the article and would like to share with you. The activities are quick and easy that students deem as fun and not as a chore.  
Send a Message - Frequently leave notes on pillows, desks, mirrors, wherever. Have yourchild write you a note in return. A family chalkboard or message board is a great tool forencouraging your child to write messages.

Letters - Make letter writing a habit for your child. Have your child write letters to family and

 “Year in Review” Notebook - Keep an ongoing record of your family’s life. Every family member can add to your family’s story. Include important events that happen during the year. On New Year’s Eve, sit down and read through your “Year in Review” and start a notebook for the next year. To add to your story, include family photos whenever possible.

 Postcards - Have your child write and mail postcards on family vacations or special outings.

 Say “Thank You” - Let your child get in the habit of writing “Thank You” notes for gifts or whenever it is appropriate to do so.

 Journals – As a gift, give your child a special journal. Encourage your child to
write in his/her journal as often as possible.

 Make a Menu - Let your child design and write the menu for a family dinner. This is a great activity that will keep a child busy while mom or dad is cooking. If some of the words are difficult, write them down on a separate sheet of paper for the child to copy.
 Be Creative - Encourage your child to write and perform skits or puppet shows. Set aside time for other family members to see the performance.

 Travel log - When you go on vacations, trips, or special outings, have your child record new sights and experiences from his/her journey.

Copy - If your child likes a particular song (nasheed), have him/her copy
the lyrics. Children can also copy their favorite poem, quotation, or short book. encourageneatness for legibility.

InshAllah these activities will help your child’s writing and keep you updated on their progress. Make sure to encourage your child and focus on the content and understanding at first rather than the grammar and punctuation.  It also creates a bonding experience among the family which is truly valuable at most JazakAllah-Khairan for your support and I truly hope you try a few of these activities.

Prince, A. (2008). Put It to Paper: Tips for Parents to Improve a Child’s Writing Skills, 148, 1-3. Retrieved October 16, 2014, from Writing Skills.pdf

Friday 17 October 2014


Assalamu Alaykom dear parents,

Students took their math workbooks home. The following pages are their homework:
P 6, p 7, and p 8 (pages 7 and 8 are test review)
You can also check the math's last blog for extra practice.

Math test on Monday (10/20/2014) 
Science test on Wednesday (10/22/2014) in sha'Allah

Students have also taken their science journals home to review for the test. Can you please make sure they bring them back to school on Monday. 
Jazakum Allah khairan.

Thursday 16 October 2014

Arabic Update (Tr. Amal)

أولياء الأمور الكرام/السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

أود أن أضع بين أيديكم  ما تم تدريسه في  اللغة العربية لهذه الفترة الدراسية , وما سيتم تدريسه لاحقا
القراءة  : تم تدريس موضوعين : 1- مكتبة المدرسة   2- أيام الحج

التعبير: تعبير شفهي وصف المشاهد المعروضة أمام الصف , وتعبير كتابي بكتابة جمل معبرة عن الصور
الأملاء :-   منظور, وآخر اختباري   مناقشة القاعدة الإملائية الخاصة  بأل الشمسية والقمرية والتنوين .

وفي الفترة القادمة  - إن شاء الله - سوف نغطي في المنهج الدراسي ما يلي:

 القراءة : 1 -علبك أن تنظم وقتك   2- مرحبا بك يا جدي
القواعد:- 1-  أقسام الكلام   2- الماضي المثبت والمنفي
النصوص: حفظ نص عن الخريف.

ملاحظة : سيكون في كل شهر اختبار  شامل لكل ما درس في القراءة, والقواعد , والإملاء  وسوف يتم إعلامكم بذلك مسبقا .هذا إلى جانب الاختبارات اليومية القصيرة  , والأعمال المنزلية.

جزاكم الله خيرا وكلنا أمل أن نتعاون معا  للنهوض بمستوى أولادنا الأعزاء في لغتنا الجميلة.

المدرسة : أمل

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Math practice

Assalamu Alaykom dear parents,

Below are some links for Patterns unit (the six lessons). These are meant to help the students to review for the coming math test in sha'Allah.

The links below Have some activities using manipulatives:

Tr. Hajer

Tuesday 14 October 2014

Coming tests

Assalamu Alaykom dear parents,

Grade 3B will have a science test next Wednesday (10/22/2014) in sha'Allah. I will be giving them their notebooks and their folders to review.
We will also have a math end of unit test next Monday (10/20/2014) in sha'Allah.
-Students took their math mid chapter test home. Please sign it and send it back to the class no later than tomorrow.
-The CTBS test will start tomorrow in sha'Allah:

Abraar Elementary School CTBS Test 2014-2015 Schedule

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Subject  Working time (min) Scheduled time
Language Arts  15 min+ 91 min Introduction 8:40-8:55 
Vocabulary     8:55-9:10
Reading Comprehension 40 min 9:15-9:55
Break 10:00-10:15
Spelling Capitalization & Punctuation
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Subject  Working time (min) Scheduled time
Language Arts  15 min+ 49 min  Introduction: 8:40-8:55
Usage of Expression
Mathematics & Science 60 min  
Math Concepts & Estimation
Math Problems & Data interpretation  10:25-10:55
Friday, October 17, 2014
Subject  Working time (min) Scheduled time
Mathematics & Science 80 min Introduction: 8:40-8:55
Math Computation
Science 9:15-9: 45
Break 9:50-10:15
Maps & Diagrams 10:20-10:50
Language Total Time: 140 mins
Math Total Time: 140 mins

Jazakum Allah khairan,
Tr. Hajer

Arabic (speakers) update; Tr. Amal and Tr. Sahar

أولياء الأمور الكرام / السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

كل عام وأنتم بخير أود أن أخبركم بأنه سيكون هناك اختبار كتابي في القراءة  يوم الجمعة 

الموافق17 كتوبر .   في درسي
1- مكتبة المدرسة                        2- أيام الحج

ماذا في الاختبار ؟

اسئلة فهم    -  معاني مفردات       -      ملء الفراغ  

المدرسة   أمل الجلاد         وسحر أحمد

Spelling update, Tr. Fatima

AA Parents

The Spelling this week will focus on The long sound which can be spelled e, ee, ea, y, or ay. We will also be looking at long which can be spelled i-consonant-e, y, or igh

Spelling Words 
  1. high
  2. wheel
  3. smile 
  4. lucky
  5. might
  6. mile
  7. area
  8. easy
  9. busy
  10. street
  11. wipe 
  12. between
  13. twice 
  14. equal
* Spelling test this Friday Inshalla 

** thinking at home - try to come up with your own long i or e sound words

Thursday 9 October 2014

DRA reports

AA Parents,

Students will be bringing home their DRA reports identifying their independent reading levels and those asked to schedule a meeting will be given a meeting slip after the long weekend Insha'Allah.