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Friday, October 23, 2015

Hello Everyone,
Thank you so much for meeting with me at your child's conferences this week. I'm looking forward to accomplishing the goals that we talked about throughout the year! We had a great week of learning despite our shorter days. The students began learning how to write in cursive! We will continue this throughout the year. We also completed several health lessons to go along with Red Ribbon Week. We learned how tobacco, alcohol, and drugs can negatively affect our bodies. And in math we learned all about multiplying and dividing by 5s, and 10s. We also visited the science lab this week and did some great observations and experiments with different types of soils. Your child also brought home an example of the 3 layers of soil (bedrock, subsoil, and topsoil).

Next week, we will continue learning about soils in science. In writing, we will revisit narrative story writing. And in math, we will continue with multiplication and division. Please continue to practice memorizing facts with your child. Some of this week's lessons will focus on the 3s.

We will be presenting our pumpkin character projects throughout the week and then I will send them home on Friday. They turned out so cute! I'm so proud of all the effort that went into putting them together. Thank you!

Here are some photos and videos from the week. Enjoy!

Science Lab:






Red Ribbon Week:


Pumpkin Character Projects:


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Friday, October 16, 2015

This week we had a great time starting our unit on soil. Here we are reading about different types of soil:



We also began learning about informational writing:



We had our first multiplication timed test...the 2s. Ask your child how he or she did. Each week we will continue with the next table or retry the previous table. Remember we are working toward our ice cream goal! Keep practicing! 

In reading, we worked hard on analyzing characters using the acronym FAST (Feeling, Actions, Sayings, Traits). Ask your child about the characters in the book, Mr. Lincoln's Way. Don't forget to work on the pumpkin character project. These are due Friday, October 23, but feel free to send them in early if you'd like. I can't wait to see them!

Next week is conference week and early release days. Dismissal will begin at 12:15. Please make sure your child comes with you to your scheduled conference time. If you forgot your time, let me know. Our days will be shorter, but we will continue our learning! In math, we will work on multiplying and dividing by 10. We will also begin learning about cursive writing...how exciting! Next week is also Red Ribbon Week. To go along with the week, in health we will be learning about the negative effects of using alcohol, tobacco products, and other drugs. Our school counselor came and met with us today and did a lesson on alcohol. Ask your child what he or she learned. Here is the Red Ribbon Week schedule to help reinforce what we learn next week:

Monday ~ Students will receive RRW stickers
Tuesday ~ Stomp out drugs! Wear mismatched shoes
Wednesday ~ Take the pledge! Students will sign a drug-free class pledge
Thursday ~ Wear RED
Friday ~ Show your school spirit. Addison is drug free! Wear school spirit shirts.

And remember, tonight is the FALL FESTIVAL. I'll be working at the duck game at 6:00. Stop by and say hi! I can't wait to see you!

As always, send me an email with any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you! Have a great weekend!


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Testing is over! Yay! Despite our busy testing schedule, we still had time to visit the science lab on Friday. Here are a few pictures from our fossil work in the lab:






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And here we are in our new leadership t-shirts. Please keep these shirts safe as we will wear them throughout the year.



We are back to our regular schedule this week. In science, we will begin a new unit on soil. In math, we will continue with multiplication and division. Be on the look-out for a letter in your child's gator notebook about learning multiplication facts. In writing, we will begin learning about informational writing. And in reading, we will be learning more about describing characters and their traits.

As always, please email me with any questions. Thanks!


Friday, October 2, 2015

Hello!

It was a busy week in 3rd grade with COGAT testing. Next week we will be taking the IOWA test on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning. Please be sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast and arrives to the classroom before 7:45. Our schedule will be a little different next week due to testing. Our lunch time will remain the same, but we will be having specials in the afternoon. Also, there will be no spelling homework! We will continue with our weekly reading logs. Remember that 4 out of the 5 boxes on the reading log should be completed by Friday and your child should be reading at least 20 minutes each night. We will have some math homework next week too so we don’t forget what we’ve been learning about multiplication and division. We will be finishing up our government unit and using some technology skills to show what we’ve learned about the 3 branches and levels of government.
If you have not returned the conference form, please do so as soon as possible.

Crazy hair day was GREAT! We won the spirit award trophy! But, I forgot to take pictures. Sorry!!! The hair styles were wonderful though! Ask your child about the craziness!


Thank you! As always, please email me with any questions or concerns you may have.