Monday, January 15, 2018

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families!

Important Announcements:

  • Penny Wars begin tomorrow. There will be collection jugs at the front of the school each morning for each grade level. You can put pennies in our 3rd grade jug or silver coins and paper in all the other grade level's jugs to subtract from their amount of pennies. It's all about the sabotage! This is always a fun fundraiser for our school!

  • This Thursday, January 18th is our first STEM NIGHT at Addison. Please drop in between 6:00-8:00. We can't wait to see you there!

  • This Friday, January 19th is our field trip to the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Please have your child wear his or her green leader in me shirt. (The shirt with the emojis on it.) If your child doesn't have one, he or she can wear a green shirt instead. We will be outside on the nature trails for a small part of our field trip, so please send in a coat with your child for the field trip as well as comfortable shoes for walking. If your child is bringing a lunch, all parts of the lunch should be disposable including the bag it is in.

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In science, we will continue learning about the regions and habitats of Georgia. We will learn about specific animals and plants that live in each region as well as the adaptations which help animals and plants survive. Our field trip will be a great hands on experience to help us learn more about these science concepts.

In math, we will begin a new unit on fractions. We will start by partitioning whole shapes into equal parts and labeling each part as a fraction. For example, if a rectangle is cut into 4 equal parts, we would label each part as 1/4. Then we will work on representing fractions on a number line. 

In reading, we will continue exploring point of view as we read the book, Wonder, together. We will work on understanding that different characters may have different points of view. We will also discuss how our personal point of view may be different than the author's point of view.

In writing, we will complete our opinion writing that we began last week. The students have been doing a great job of writing reasons to support their opinions! 

We will also learn more about adjectives this week. Specifically, we will learn about comparative and superlative adjectives.

As always, please let me or Mrs. Keith know if you have any questions or concerns. We're looking forward to a great week!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone,

We have a busy, fun week ahead of us! I can't wait to see everyone Monday morning!

  • Please sign and return the white report card envelope that was sent home on Friday.

  • Please sign and return the red reading challenge sheet by Monday.

  • Please return the field trip permission form & payment ASAP! Our field trip is January 19th.

Important Dates:
·      Tuesday, January 9, 2018 – Papa John’s Pizza Night
·       Friday, January 12, 2018 – All Science Fair projects are due (This is optional.)
·       Monday, January 15, 2018 – MLK Holiday – No School
·       Thursday, January 18, 2018 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm -  STEM/STEAM Night at Addison
·       Thursday, January 25, 2018 – Chick-Fil-A Night

·       Friday, January 26, 2017 – Father/Daughter Dance

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In science, we will be starting a brand new unit on the Regions & Habitats of Georgia. We will learn about the different plants and animals of the Coastal Plains, Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountains, Valley & Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau. We will also learn how different plants and animals have certain adaptations which help that species survive in their habitat.

In math, we will learn how to find the perimeter of a polygon. We will learn that you can add the sides to find the perimeter. We will also review how to find the area of a rectangle (multiply length times width.

In reading, we will begin a new comprehension unit on point of view. We will learn a little about 1st and 3rd person point of view. We will focus on the concept that your point of view may be different than the author's or two characters in a book may have a different point of view (opinion) about the same topic. We will begin reading the book, Wonder, together to help us with the concept of Point of View.

In writing, we will begin learning about opinion writing. We will learn that once you form your opinion, you need to support your opinion with reasons and examples. We have also started learning how to write in cursive!

Regular homework will resume this week. Spelling notebooks will go home on Mondays and will be due on Fridays. Daily math practice will be sent home. Your child should be reading at least 20 minutes each night. I can't stress the importance of nightly reading! I encourage you to choose a chapter book with your child to read together each night. If they read on their own, please ask them to tell you about what they read to check for accountability.
NEW HOMEWORK: I will be sending home a short reading passage with comprehension questions each Monday as well. Instructions will come home as well, but the gist is this: Your child should read as much of the passage as he or she can for a minute and mark how many words were read. He or she will repeat this 3 times each night. The purpose is to increase your child's reading fluency. In addition to reading the passage, he or she will need to complete the corresponding comprehension questions. Your child should be looking back in the passage to find the answers and then respond using complete sentences. The comprehension questions can be completed on whichever day you choose. They are due by Friday. Your child should also continue practicing multiplication facts. We will continue with timed tests on Fridays. 

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

Thank you!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Hello Third Grade Families!

Here are a few reminders for this week:

Monday – Class Spelling Bee (words were emailed)
Tuesday – Class Holiday Party!!! Thank you to those who have sent in donations and/or are volunteering your time to make our party a success!
Wednesday – Pajama Day! If your child wears slippers, please send tennis shoes for recess & P.E.

Tuesday & Wednesday are Early Release days with dismissal beginning at 12:20. Please be sure your child knows how he or she is getting home and send a note if there is a change from their regular transportation. When in doubt, send a note!

There will be NO HOMEWORK this week! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Please return the field trip permission form that went home last Thursday as soon as possible.

Finally, if your child will be absent on Tuesday or Wednesday due to the holidays, please let us know ahead of time so we can be sure to send home important papers before the break.

If we don’t see you before the break, Merry Christmas from our families to yours!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone,

Here's a look at our learning this week:

We will continue learning about early explorers in social studies. This week, we will learn about Vasco Nunez de Balboa and Jacques Cartier. As we continue learning about explorers, we will compare their reasons for exploration, their obstacles, and their accomplishments. Ask your child about these things.

In reading, we will learn how authors use cause and effect to help tell stories. We will learn about specific clue words that signal cause and effect as well. 

In math, we will finish our unit on finding the area of rectangles. Then we will review what we've previously learned about solving word problems. We will focus first on 1-step word problems which use multiplication or division.

In writing, we will continue our explorer informational writing. We are writing a paragraph about each explorer and then creating a powerpoint as a final draft to show what we've learned about explorers. 

As always, please let me or Mrs. Keith know if you have any questions or concerns. Let's have a GREAT week!

Thank you!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Weekly Update

Welcome Back Everyone!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In social studies, we will continue with our unit on Early Explorers. We will learn about the voyages of Christopher Columbus and John Cabot this week.

In math, we will wrap up our work with the properties of multiplication and begin a new unit on finding the area of rectangles. We will relate area to the arrays we made when we first studied multiplication. 

In reading, we will learn about the sequence of events. We will learn that authors use specific words to indicate the order in which events happen in stories.

In writing, we will begin an informational piece about the explorers we are studying. We will use the information we learn during our social studies time to help us write a paragraph about each explorer we study.

We're looking forward to a GREAT week!

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello Third Grade Families!

Please remember to complete the reading challenge that was sent home yesterday. It is a green paper with turkeys on it. Your child should be reading 20 minutes most days of the break. I told the class that there will be a special surprise if we have 100% participation! If you are looking for more reading options, your child can always log on to raz-kids here. The teacher username is LKLOOS. Their password is their 7-digit student number. There is also a raz-kids free app for devices.

I also encourage you to continue practicing multiplication facts with your child. We have games on our blog here or you can always make your own flashcards or get some at the dollar store. Even 5 minutes a day will make a huge difference!

Most importantly I want everyone to relax and enjoy the break!

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