Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone!

Remember, this week is conference week! Dismissal will begin at 12:20 all week. If you need a reminder of your conference time, please let me know. Don't forget, your child should come with you to the conference. Your child will be sharing some of his or her work and we will also make some goals together at the beginning of the conference. We will also have a chance to chat without your child if you have specific things to discuss without him or her in the room.

A field trip permission form & money envelope went home last Thursday for our 2 upcoming in-house field trips. Please be sure to return the signed permission slip, the signed Diamond/Gem mining brochure, and the payment envelope. Thank you to those who have already returned these! (We have some off-campus field trips planned for later in the year too.)

This week is RED RIBBON WEEK.

Red Ribbon Week Theme: Leaders are Drug Free!
October 16-20, 2017
Red Ribbon Week is a national event that promotes drug awareness and prevention each year. At Addison, we use this week to encourage our students to make good choices. We hope you will support us in celebrating happy, healthy choices at home! J
Monday – “Make a pledge Monday!” to live a healthy life –   At the start of this nationally recognized Red Ribbon Week – Students will receive Red Ribbon Week ribbons and sign class pledge to show that they pledge to live a healthy life!
Tuesday – “Hats off to being drug free!”- Students will wear their favorite hat.
Wednesday – “Wear Red Wednesday!”  Wear red to support a healthy life!
Thursday – “Shade out drugs!” – Wear your favorite sunglasses.
Friday – “Team up against drugs!”- Wear your favorite team gear or Addison spiritwear.  

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In health, we will be reading about ways to say no to drugs, alcohol, & tobacco as part of our 3rd grade health standards. We will use our new reading strategy SLAMS this week as we answer questions about the harmful effects of drugs, alcohol, & tobacco. 

In math, we will continue working on multiplying and dividing by 2s, 5s, and 10s. We are working on memorizing these facts. Please check out the games & quizzes on our blog for some fun practice. Fact Practice

Last week in writing, we all pretended to be worms and wrote about the different types of soil we encounter. This week, we will publish those stories as e-books on the computer! I'll be sure to share these with you when they're completed this week.

As always, please let me or Mrs. Keith know if you have any questions or concerns!

We're looking forward to seeing you at your conference time this week!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families,

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In social studies, we will continue learning about productive resources. We will review what we learned last week about natural, human, & capital resources. We will also review what an entrepreneur is. Our new vocabulary term this week is currency. Currency is the official money of a country. It consists of paper money and coins. For more info on currency click here. To help us understand that each country has its own currency, please feel free to send in any coins or bills from other countries. Use your judgement if it is something of value =) You can also email a picture of your coin or bill from another county and I can show the picture to the class. 

In math, we will begin to recognize the patterns of multiplication & division. We will explore a multiplication chart like this one.

We will begin memorizing the 2s & 5s times tables this week. A great way to help with this is to be sure your child can count by 2s & 5s. There are practice games & quizzes on our class blog here and here where your child can choose a specific times table to practice. There are even more fact fluency activities available on our blog under the "math fact practice" page. Car rides are also a fun place to practice math facts. You can keep flashcards in the car or just call our facts for your child to answer. We will begin our ice cream multiplication fact challenge this week. Check your child's binder for more info.

In reading, we will learn all about how to answer extended response questions (as opposed to multiple choice questions). Third graders are expected to be able to write responses in complete sentences when answering questions about what they've read. We will use the acronym SLAMS to help us as we practice this skill.

In writing, we will begin a brand new piece that is a little bit narrative and a little bit informative! Each student will pretend to be a worm telling his or story of squirming through the gardens at Addison Elementary School. Along the way, the worm will teach about the different types of soil he or she encounters (sand, clay, loam). This activity will require an integration of our science knowledge and writing skills. I can't wait to see how these turn out!

We will also visit the science lab this Tuesday for another great experiment with Mrs. Knobbe!

Don't forget, this Thursday is an Early Release day. Dismissal will begin at 12:20. Please be sure your child knows how he or she is going home that day. If there is a change in transportation, it must be in writing.

As always, please feel free to contact me or Mrs. Keith with any questions or concerns.

Have a GREAT week!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Weekly Update

Welcome Back Everyone!

I hope you all had a fun & relaxing Fall Break! Please read everything...lots of important info at the end of this update.

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In social studies, we will begin a new unit on productive resources. We will learn about natural, human, and capital resources as well as what an entrepreneur is. 

In math we will learn all about division! We will start with the basics of division as equal sharing. For example, if 3 rabbits want to share 15 carrots equally, how many carrots will each rabbit get? We might just have to share some cookies tomorrow as we practice division =) We will also learn about the relationship between multiplication and division.

In reading, we will read some poetry and learn about the term "stanza". We will practice using the word stanza when answering questions about our poems.

In writing, we will finish our final copy of our most recent narrative. We will work on using correct capitalization, punctuation, spelling & grammar.

Our spelling focus this week will be on when to double the final consonant.

A few other things:

Please return the yellow Fall Break reading challenge sheet by Wednesday.

Spelling homework will resume this week. Your child should complete at least 4 activities in his or her spelling notebook by Friday. We will have a spelling quiz on Friday. Nightly math homework and nightly reading of at least 20 minutes will continue. Please be sure to record your child's number of minutes read each night on the monthly calendar in your child's agenda. 

Tuesday is Zaxby's night! Come get some chicken and support Addison!

Thursday is PICTURE DAY! Everyone's picture will be taken for the yearbook. If you want to purchase pictures, you must send in the order form by Thursday as these are pre-paid packages.

Thursday afternoon, we will watch the 5th graders perform their musical. Thursday night will be the performance for everyone as well as a PTA/Foundation meeting. The fun all starts at 6:00.

Friday is our SLT inauguration ceremony. We are asking ALL students to wear his or her new Leader in Me t-shirts on Friday. (These are the green shirts with emojis on them.)

We will have a visit from our school counselor on Friday as well.

Conference week is October 16-20. These are all early release days. Conference letters are coming home tomorrow (Monday). Please confirm your time and return the letter ASAP! Remember your child should be present at the meeting.

Next Tuesday, Oct. 10th is the last day for Cherrydale catalog sales. Have you sold anything yet?? Try sharing this link with family and friends for easier sales!

Next Thursday, Oct 12th is an early release day. Please plan accordingly.

As always, please let me or Mrs. Keith know if you have any questions or concerns. We can't wait to see everyone tomorrow. We missed you!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

We will have 2 more days of testing to finish the IOWA on Monday & Tuesday. What is the IOWA? We will be back to our regular schedule starting Wednesday!

In science, we will continue our unit on Rocks & Soils. We will visit the science lab on Tuesday to help us with these concepts. We will review what we learned about the properties of rocks & minerals and we will also learn about soil. Your child should be able to describe properties (color, texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support growth of plants) of soils and soil types (sand, clay, loam).

In math, we will continue with understanding the basics of multiplication and then learn how division is related to multiplication. We will practice simple division by sharing items equally.

We will begin memorizing multiplication facts in a few weeks. A great way to begin is to make sure your child can count by multiples. If your child is comfortable counting by 2s and 5s, move on to 3s & 4s. I also recommend keeping some flashcards in the car for extra practice. (I have printable sets. Let me know if you want them. The Dollar Tree usually has sets as well.)A mixture of cards they already know with a few facts they don't is a good way to start. I also have multiplication games on the class blog here.

In reading, we will be learning about the word "scene". We will participate in a class readers theater (informal play) of Charlotte's Web. The students will each have a part in a scene from the novel. We will learn how each scene builds on the next!

In writing, we will be working on our next narrative. Ask your child what his or her story idea is. We will be working on developing engaging plots with a problem and solution.

Friday is going to be a GREAT day in 3rd grade! Your child will be completing a Charlotte's Web STEM challenge! And we will end the day by watching the movie. We will compare & contrast the book with what we see in the movie.

This Thursday, Sept 21 is Xdrenaline Night! Come out and support Addison while your kids get their wiggles out.

Next week, Sept 25-29 is FALL BREAK! Please be on the lookout for reading challenge information.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Weekly Update - Irma Edition

Hello Third Grade Families!

I hope everyone stayed safe during Irma! I was worried about my family and friends in Miami, but everyone did fine other than power outages and lots of tree debris. My friends with homes & businesses in the Keys did not fare so well though. It will be a long recovery!

Due to the weather days missed, our IOWA testing schedule has changed.

Wed. 9-13 ~ No testing
Thurs. 9-14 ~ IOWA
Fri. 9-15 ~ IOWA
Mon. 9-18 ~ IOWA
Tues. 9-19 ~ IOWA

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In science, we will continue our investigation of rocks, minerals, and soils. We will focus on the Moh's Hardness Scale which tells us how hard or soft a rock or mineral is. We will review the different attributes geologists analyze to classify rocks & minerals including color, texture, luster, & hardness.

In math, we will begin multiplication!! We will start with the basics to be sure we understand that multiplication just means repeated addition of equal groups. We will also learn all about arrays.

In reading, we will continue our focus on using context clues to help us determine the meaning of unknown words.

In writing, we will finish our final copy of our personal narrative and then begin planning a brand new imaginative narrative.

Let's have a great 3 days together before the weekend!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone!

I hope you enjoyed the 3-day weekend!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In science we are learning all about rocks & minerals. We will learn how to describe rocks as well as how scientists use the Moh's Hardness Scale. Here are some terms we will learn this week:

In math, we will work on solving word problems. This quarter, our goal is to be able to solve 2-step word problems that use addition or subtraction. The key is to read the problem slowly, one sentence at a time. We will have an assessment on Friday which covers place value, rounding, addition & subtraction of 3-digit numbers, and word problems.

In reading, we will continue using Charlotte's Web to help us learn more about context clues.

In Writing & Language Arts, we will finish our final draft of personal narratives. We will also continue our study of pronouns.

Special Happenings this week:

Tuesday - Science Lab
Tuesday - Well Star lesson on healthy food choices
Wed-Fri - COGAT testing What is the COGAT?
Wed - Bruster's Night!

As always, let me or Mrs. Keith know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families,

This Wednesday is an Early Release Day. Dismissal will begin at 12:15. Please make sure your child knows how he or she is getting home that day. If there is a change in transportation, it must be in writing. 

Don't forget, there is NO SCHOOL next Monday, Sept. 4th. 

Here's a look at our learning this week:

We will finish up our American Indians unit with a test on Tuesday. Your child should have brought home a study guide last week to help prepare. We will review on Monday. Later this week, we will begin our new unit on Rocks & Soils! 

In math we will work on subtracting 3-digit numbers. We will review some strategies learned in 2nd grade and we will also learn about regrouping. Your child will be able to use the strategy which works best for him or her!

In reading, we will continue sharing the story of Charlotte's Web. This week we will focus on the comprehension strategy of asking & answering questions before, during, and after reading. When your child is reading at home, encourage him or her to ask questions about what he or she is reading.

In writing, we will continue drafting our personal narratives. We will work on adding details and dialogue to our stories. We will also begin learning about pronouns this week.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me or Mrs. Keith.

Have a great week!