Sunday, December 18, 2016

Weekly Update

Hello 3rd Grade Families!

Three days until December break! Woo Hoo! These 3 days will be full of holiday fun. We will not be learning any new content this week or have any assessments! We will play a lot of review games and have fun with some holiday stories.

There will be NO HOMEWORK this week!

I will be stapling the December break reading challenge sheet in your child's agenda. I would love to have 100% class participation in the challenge during the break!

Mrs. Levi and I gave the class their presents from us on Friday. Each student received a candy cane and a gift certificate for a brand new book of their choosing! We have the certificates here so that they don't get lost. We will help them choose their book and they will receive them in January once the order comes in.

Our holiday party is Tuesday afternoon at 1:00. If you did not receive an email from Kat's mom about helping with supplies or volunteering, let me know and I can get the information to you.

For the last three days, our school is having the following dress-up days:

Monday: sparkly holiday outfits
Tuesday: holiday footwear (socks)
Wednesday: PAJAMA DAY (please, no nightgowns)

This week should be so fun! As always, let Mrs. Levi and I know if you have any questions or concerns. If I don't see you this week, I hope everyone has a GREAT break and Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we will focus on solving word problems this week. We will solve 1-step problems using all 4 operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication, & division this week. We will assess on Friday. The key to success with word problems is SLOWLY reading each sentence and picturing (or drawing) what's happening. We will also look for clue words in the story that help us determine which operation to use. Here is a sample of some of those words:

We will have math homework each night, but it will not be from our math book.

In reading, we will focus on the cause and effect relationship between sentences and paragraphs. We will look for cause and effect key words as we practice this skill. Here is a sample of cause and effect words:

We will assess our cause and effect skills on Friday along with our weekly spelling list.

In social studies, we will finish our unit on Paul Revere, Frederick Douglass, & Susan B. Anthony. We will complete some review games & activities and then assess our knowledge and understanding of these historical figures. If your child can answer these questions, he or she should do well on the test:
What is Paul Revere best known for?

What did the Patriots believe?

What is a silversmith?

What are colonies?

Which war gave the colonies independence from Great Britain?

What is an abolitionist?

What is the Underground Railroad?

Which president did Frederick Douglass work with?

What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

What is Susan B. Anthony best known for?

Were women allowed to vote and own property in the early 1800s?

Why was Susan B. Anthony arrested?

What is suffrage?

What is liberty?

What is justice?

In writing and language arts, we will work on prefixes and suffixes. We did not get a chance to start these last week as we were busy presenting our biographies. There is a tab on our class blog with some prefix and suffix games. Feel free to try these out at home. 

We will also be reading and writing different gingerbread stories each day this week.

On Friday, we will meet with our first grade buddies.

Don't forget our dress-up days:

As always, please let Mrs. Levi or me know if you need anything.

Thank you!
Have a GREAT week!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

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Christmas at Piedmont Church is this weekend. Our school chorus will be performing at 6:00 tomorrow, Friday. There are all kinds of activities going on (Santa pictures, snow tubing, etc). A brochure went home today with all the details.

This Saturday is our Holiday Shoppe from 8:00-12:00. Come in your pajamas for some fun activities and let your children buy some inexpensive presents for you!

We will have some special dress-up days as we get closer to our break. Here is the schedule:

December 2016


Fa La La La La
Fun with
Holiday Wear!

Grinch        Day! Wear Green!

Wear Red Day!!

Holiday Headgear!

Sparkly Holiday Wear!

Holiday Foot wear!
Holiday socks and/ or shoes!

Comfy Flannel Day!
PJ’s or Flannel shirts!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!
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Hanukkah and Christmas about to begin
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Holiday Fun at Addison begins on Dec. 13th.  Your child is welcome to participate by wearing the above winter fun wear!

Thank you for helping us keep our attendance rate up! There are incentives going on for classes with the highest attendance percentages. Our class hasn’t won…yet! With your help maybe we’ll win next month! Of course, if your child is sick, please keep them home; but every other day we want them here =)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families,
Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we are continuing to work on finding the area of rectangles. We will focus on using multiplication to help us find area this week. Remember that the answer to an area problem should have the word "square". For example, 3in.x 4in. = 12 square inches. We will have a math test on Friday focusing on area. Your child will also be answering area word problems such as, "Mrs. Levi planted a garden in her backyard. The length of her garden is 5 ft. The width is 10 feet. What is the total area of her garden?"

In reading, we will focus on the relationship between sentences and paragraphs. We will work on sequencing this week and hunt for sequence transition words that give us clues about the order of events in a story. Here are some sequence clue words and questions you can ask your child to help practice this skill:


Definition: The order of events or steps in a text.

Sequence Clue Words

·      Which of these events happened first/last in the story?
·      What are the steps for making/doing ________? List them in order.
·      Put the following events in the order of how they happened in the story.
·      What do you do before/after _______ step?

·      What did the character do before/after _______ event?

In social studies, we will be learning about a new historical figure...Susan B. Anthony. We will learn about how she worked for women to be given the right to vote.
In writing, we will continue our biographies and hopefully finish this week. Did you ask your child who they picked to write about? When our biographies are complete, each child will do a short presentation to the class about their person. We will prepare for these presentations in class and your child will be expected to speak clearly and at an understandable pace. We will also begin learning more about prefixes this week. We will focus on the prefixes un, dis, mis, pre, & re.

We will have a lesson with our guidance counselor this week, as well as a visit to the science lab!

Our school Holiday Shoppe is this Saturday morning. Come in your pajamas for some holiday fun! Your child will have a chance to do some secret shopping with the budget of your choice. There will be all kinds of fun activities going on. Hope to see you there!

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

Thank you!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we will be learning all about area for the next 2 weeks. We will start by counting squares inside a shape and then move on to the formula for area (multiply length by width). Here's a fun video to help with this concept:

Area of a Rectangle

In reading, we will continue working on finding the main idea of a text. We are learning the the main idea is not just 1 word, but rather a complete sentence telling all about what was read. Here's a video that tells more about what a main idea is:

Main Idea

In social studies, we will continue our study of historical figures. This week we will focus on Frederick Douglass and his work toward justice in the United States.

In writing, we are beginning a new piece. For the next several days, each student will complete a biography on one of the nine historical figures we will study throughout the year. (Paul Revere, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Mary McLeod Bethune, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, Lyndon B. Johnson, or Cesar Chavez) We will begin with gathering research & using resources in our media center to help us. Ask your child which person they chose for their biography.

This Tuesday night is Texas Roadhouse night! Go have some steak and some of the money comes back to Addison.

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

Have a GREAT week!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone!

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving Break is right around the corner! We have an action-packed week planned! Here's a peek:

In math, we will continue with our properties of multiplication, including the distributive property, the associative property, the commutative property, the identity property, and the zero property. We will also introduce the concept of variables in equations, such as If m = 2, what is 3 x m = ? We will have a math test this Friday where students will be expected to apply what they know about the multiplication properties and variables as they solve math equations. Check for a chapter review coming home on Thursday.

In reading, we will be practicing the skill of identifying the main idea and details of a passage or book. This can be tricky. When a student is struggling with determining the main idea, I will ask something like, "What is every sentence about?"

Over the next 3 weeks in social studies, we will be learning about 3 historical figures: Paul Revere Frederick Douglass, and Susan B. Anthony. We will begin with Paul Revere and his importance in the American Revolution. We will discuss words like, colonies, silversmith, patriot, liberty, and diligence, Boston and England.

In writing, we will finish our personal narratives. Hopefully, your child will get a chance to type a final copy.


On Tuesday, our guidance counselor will join us for a lesson.

On Wednesday, 3rd grade will have their Thanksgiving lunch. Our class will go at 11:40. You are welcome to meet your child in the cafeteria!

Progress Reports will go home on Thursday only for students at risk of getting a “1” on their report card. Please sign and return.

On Friday, we will have a visit from Well-Star with a lesson on safely surfing the internet.


Please remind your child to use complete sentences when completing their reading logs. Also, don’t forget there are comprehension questions that go along with the fluency logs. We will have our regular spelling homework and nightly math homework.
Please let me or Mrs. Levi know if you have any questions or concerns..