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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families,

Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed your time off last week.

A few reminders:

  • Six Flags reading logs are due Monday, Feb. 26th!
  • February break reading challenge sheets are due Wednesday, Feb. 28th.
  • The 3rd grade musical will be Thursday, March 29th. Save this date so your child can come back that night and perform with us! Your child can practice the songs on Dr. Champion's blog here. Solo auditions are this week during music class.
  • Firehouse Subs night is this Tuesday...YUM!
  • Scholastic Book orders are due this Wednesday. You can order online at www.scholastic.com Our class code is P2Y3C.
  • Please continue practicing multiplication facts. We will continue with weekly timed tests. If your child isn't sure which set he or she should be practicing, just ask! 


Here's a look at our learning this week:

In social studies, we will continue learning about the Thirteen Colonies. We will focus on the Southern Colonies this week.

In reading, we will begin a unit on understanding literal and non-literal language. We will use context clues to determine the meaning of words and phrases. Throughout this unit, we will learn about idioms, similes, metaphors, and hyperbole, just to name a few.

In math, we will continue with graphing and line plots. We will also work on measuring with a ruler. Your child should be able to measure to the nearest quarter inch. This is a tough skill! If you have a ruler at home, I encourage you to practice measuring items. We also have some measurement games on our blog here. And here's a video that helps with ruler measurement:


In writing, we will be working on narratives. We will focus on adding dialogue and details to make our stories more interesting. We will also work on how to correctly punctuate a sentence with quotations and commas. 





Here is the rubric we will be using to score our narratives. 

We will visit the Science Lab this week on Tuesday.

We will have a lesson from WellStar called Temper Tamers on Tuesday as well.

Please let me or Mrs. Keith know if you have any questions or concerns!

Have a GREAT week!





Sunday, February 11, 2018

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone,

Here's a look at our learning this week:

We are starting a brand new unit in Social Studies all about the American Colonies. For the next few weeks, we will learn about the New England Colonies, the Mid-Atlantic Colonies, and the Southern Colonies. We will learn why the colonies were founded. We will compare the 3 colonies with each other and we will describe colonial life.


In math, we will work on our graphing skills. We will work with bar graphs, pictographs, and line plots. Please continue practicing multiplication facts as well.



In reading, we will revisit some standards from earlier this year such as understanding characters, cause & effect, and identifying the main idea.

In writing, we will be reading about two different Winter Olympic sports and then writing an opinion piece about which sport we would rather participate in. We will also learn about conjunctions this week.

We have a few other special events going on this week:
  • We will exchange Valentines on Wednesday afternoon. We have 22 students in our class. We often have 2 more students from our RISE classrooms. It would be great if your child could include Valentines for them as well! Your child can bring in a pre-decorated Valentine box or bag to collect Valentines if he or she would like.
  • We will visit with our 1st grade buddies on Valentine's Day as well.
  • We will attend the school Talent Show on Thursday afternoon. Parents can come Thursday night to see the performances.
  • We will have a visit from our school counselor, Mrs. Weston on Friday and we will visit the Lightbulb Lab on Friday as well.
  • Next week, there is NO SCHOOL for February break! This would be a great time to complete your 6 Flags Reading Challenge and earn your free ticket to 6 Flags!
As always, please let me or Mrs. Keith know if you have any questions or concerns!





Sunday, February 4, 2018

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families,

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In science, we will continue learning about our Georgia regions and habitats. We will visit the Learning Commons (library) on Monday where we will create a video game based on a Georgia habitat! We will use the program Bloxels to complete this task. We will visit the science lab on Tuesday where we will design our own carnivorous plant (similar to a Venus Fly Trap). We will also continue learning about how pollution affects our Georgia plants and animals.

In math, we will spend some time reviewing fractions and other previously learned skills. Our big focus this week will be to memorize multiplication facts. We have a few students that have learned all of their facts! Please set aside a few minutes every day to practice math facts with your child. We have games on our blog here.

In reading, we will continue working on comparing and contrasting. We will be reading about the circulatory and respiratory systems as part of our health curriculum and then we will compare and contrast the two systems.

In writing, we will continue working on writing opinion pieces. We will read two texts about the Ancient Olympics and the Olympics today and then decide which Olympics we would prefer to be a part of.


  • Our field trip to the Chattahoochee Nature Center is this Friday. Please have your child wear his or her green emoji Leader in Me shirt as well as comfortable clothes, shoes, and a jacket as we will be outside for a portion of the field trip. If your child is bringing a lunch, please bring everything in disposable packaging. Please label your child's bag with his or her name.
  • Don't forget: Friday, Feb. 9th - Harry Potter Party with Mrs. Kloos & Ms. Rose! This event supports our Addison Foundation. For more info, click here
  • Picture Day is this Tuesday, Feb. 6th. ALL STUDENTS will have their picture taken for the class photo. Individual pictures will only be taken if you pre-paid. 
As always, please let me or Mrs. Keith know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families,
I hope everyone is staying healthy! I was home Thursday and Friday with my kindergarten son. His flu test was negative, but he certainly had all the symptoms of the flu. So far, everyone else in my family is healthy. At school, we've been stressing the importance of keeping your hands away from your face and washing your hands with soap throughout the day, but especially before snack and lunch. If your child does get sick, please keep him or her home and let us know of the diagnosis. We'll catch them up with any missed work when they're feeling better.

Important Dates:
Thursday, Feb. 1st - 6:00-7:30 STEAM NIGHT! Please plan to come see our school science fair projects & participate in some family STEAM fun!

Penny Wars have been extended due to the snow days. You can bring in your pennies (and sabotage money) until Thursday night at STEAM NIGHT where the final totals will be calculated.

Friday, Feb. 9th - FIELD TRIP to Chattahoochee Nature Center

Friday, Feb. 9th - Harry Potter Party with Mrs. Kloos & Ms. Rose! This event supports our Addison Foundation. For more info, click here.

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In science, we will finish up our work with the Georgia habitats and learn about how pollution can affect our habitats. We will talk about ways to prevent pollution.

In math, we will continue our work with fractions. This week we will focus on equivalent fractions and comparing fractions. We will use pictures and models to help us with this concept.

In reading, we will continue comparing and contrasting texts. We have been reading books by Patricia Polacco to help with this concept. We will work on using complete sentences to explain the similarities and differences between two texts this week. We will use the words in this chart to help us with our explanations. Your child can practice with these words at home by comparing 2 books he or she has read or even 2 chapters within a book.

In writing and language arts, we will continue our work with opinion writing. Your child will select a topic and work on forming strong reasons and examples which support his or her opinion. We will also begin learning about adverbs. We will learn how to use comparative and superlative adverbs.

Homework: Please remember, your child should be reading for at least 20 minutes every night. Your child should be completing 1 spelling activity each night so that he or she is prepared for our quiz on Friday. Your child should also be completing the reading fluency activity each week. On the front side, your child will read for 1 minute and record how many words were read. Repeat this 2 more times for a total of 3 readings each day. There are comprehension questions which should be completed by Friday. Please be sure your child is answering in complete sentences. Thank you for your help with this!

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




Sunday, January 21, 2018

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families!

I hope you enjoyed the extra days off last week. We might actually have 5 days of school this week! 

Homework Update: We will continue with last week's spelling words from list 10 (no new list this week). Your child will need to complete at least 4 spelling activities by Friday and be prepared for our spelling test. A new reading fluency passage will come home tomorrow. Please be sure your child reads the passage 3 times each night for 1 minute each time. Record the number of words read per minute at the bottom of the page. Your child needs to complete the comprehension questions by Friday. These questions should be in complete sentences! Your child should also be reading for at least 20 minutes each night. Please record the number of minutes read and initial using the monthly log in their agendas. Here's a little reminder about the importance of reading each night:


Did your child tell you about our new student teacher, Mrs. Curran? Jean Curran is a student at Kennesaw State University. She will be working with our class almost every day until May. Check your child’s folder for more information this week. Welcome, Mrs. Curran!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In science, we will continue with our study of Georgia Regions and Habitats. We will learn about the animals and plants that live in each region and also about the adaptations that different animals and plants have.





In math, we will be learning about fractions. In addition to labeling fractions, students will be working on finding equivalent fractions using models. I encourage you to check out the fraction games on our blog here.

In reading, we will finish up our work on understanding point of view and then move on to comparing and contrasting different texts. We will use some of Patricia Polacco's books to help us with this. She has written many beautiful stories. As we read, we will work on comparing the characters, setting, and theme of each book. To practice at home, ask your child to compare & contrast 2 books he or she has read, especially if they were written by the same author.

In writing, we will finish our opinion essays and then move on to adjectives. We will work on using comparative & superlative adjectives.


We will visit the Lightbulb Lab on Monday for some creative fun with Mrs. Schwartz.
We will visit the science lab on Tuesday for some habitat investigations with Mrs. Knobbe.
We will have a special Brooke & Branch puppet show sponsored by Cobb County. We will learn how our behavior can affect our Georgia habitats.

Don't forget about PENNY WARS! 
  • Penny Wars began last week. 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 money 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!





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!


Homework:
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!