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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hello Families,
I hope you all enjoyed the nice weather this weekend!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

We are beginning a new unit in social studies. Over the next few weeks, we will be learning about the importance of Mary McLeod Bethune, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. We are starting with Bethune. Ask your child why she is an important historical figure. In writing, we will be writing some narrative stories. We will be doing some practice for the upcoming Milestones test (not until April). On the Milestones, students may be asked to write a story based on something they read on the test, so we will practice that this week. During our reading, we will also focus on comparing and contrasting characters and other elements of texts. In math, we will continue with some new measurement concepts, as we work on measuring length to the nearest 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch. We will also begin to graph some of our measurement data we collect.

On Thursday and Friday, I will be attending a training on "Leader in Me" with a few other teachers from our school. I will not be at school either day.

On Friday, we will visit the science lab and have a visit from our school counselor, Mrs. Weston. Speaking of Mrs. Weston, it is School Counselor's Week. She would love to know how much you appreciate her this week!

Don't forget to sign up for a teacher experience! more info HERE

As always, please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns: laura.kloos@cobbk12.org.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Reminders

Giggling Gator ~ The Giggling Gator is tomorrow night! Doors open at 6:00 and the show is from 7:00-8:45. For more info, please visit http://addisonelemfdtn.wix.com/addison-foundation#!giggling-gator-comedy-show/wcivc

Teacher Experience Auction ~ Your child brought home an orange flyer today about some awesome teacher experiences. Here is a link with more info http://addisonelemfdtn.wix.com/addison-foundation#!teacher-experience-auction/nlcqa Mrs. Keith and I are auctioning off an ice cream party experience. I’d love to have some of you participate with us! There are also several other fun options to choose from…Check them out!

Six Flags Read to Succeed ~ Your child recently brought home a Six Flags reading log last in his or her Thursday folder. Please keep this log and help your child record his or her reading minutes over the next 3 weeks to earn a free ticket to Six Flags! Also, students who read for the required amount of time (6 hours or 360 minutes) will earn a reading challenge tag from Mrs. Hallmark when we return to school after our February break! Please keep the reading log handy and help your child fill it out over the next 3 weeks. The deadline to return the reading log is Monday, February 22. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Hello!
I hope everyone enjoyed the snow this weekend. My family and I had a great time sledding and throwing snowballs at each other!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In science we are wrapping up our habitats unit with lessons on pollution and conservation. Talk to your child about how different types of pollution can affect Georgia plants and animals. In writing, we are also finishing a big habitat project. They are turning out GREAT. I can't wait to display them! In reading, we will be focusing on some non-fiction. We will also work on the tricky skill of comparing and contrasting two different texts. In math, we are continuing our work with measurement. We have already worked on telling time to the minute and we will continue with understanding elapsed time. This is often a difficult skill, so I encourage you to practice with your child. An example would be: If a movie started at 12:20 and ended at 2:00, how many minutes long was the movie? Another example is: If baseball practice lasts for 45 minutes and starts at 5:30, what time will it end? We will also look at measuring capacity and mass. We will be using the terms liter, milliliter, gram, and kilogram. Hopefully your child will notice objects around the house that use these terms (food packages, soap bottles, etc).

This Friday is the Giggling Gator show! Please come out for the hilarious event! Don't forget to buy your tickets before they sell out. Tickets can be purchased online here. Please follow the instructions and send in the ticket form after you make your online purchase.

As always, please email me with any questions or concerns: laura.kloos@cobbk12.org

Thanks!


Friday, January 15, 2016

Point of View, Fractions, Habitats, Dialogue and More!

Hello Third Grade Families,
We had a great week in third grade (except for all this cold rain today). To go along with our habitat unit, we went to a puppet show in our media center on Wednesday. The third graders loved it! Ask your child to name the 5 habitats of Georgia and a plant and animal that lives in each habitat.




We also visited the science lab this week and explored bird beak adaptations.













We will continue with our habitat unit next week and focus on plant and animal adaptations that allow them to thrive in their habitat.

We've been working hard on understanding fractions, especially comparing 2 fractions and finding equivalent fractions. We will finish the unit next week and then begin our measurement unit. We did several review activities this week, including a fun pizza fraction game!




In reading, we have been focusing on determining the point of view in a story. We have been using the book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio as our mentor text. This is a great story that I'm hoping will help us all to learn more about compassion and how to treat others. It's also helping us understand more about point of view. Ask your child about the story.

In writing, we worked hard on using dialogue in our stories this week. We're getting so much better at understanding where to put all those pesky commas and quotation marks! Next week, in writing, we will incorporate what we are learning about habitats as we write an informational piece.

Today, your child brought home a script for the 3rd grade play/musical which will be performed on Thursday night, March 31st. Please keep the script in a safe place for the next 2 months. Your child can also practice the songs by visiting Mrs. Shook's blog: Click Here

Also, on Tuesday, we are starting Penny Wars! Please send in any coins, paper money or even checks with your child. This is a grade level competition. Pennies count for your own grade, but all other money counts against other grade levels. Our class decided we want to take down the fifth graders once and for all this year! Please help support our foundation with this fun contest.

Don't forget to buy your Giggling Gator tickets before they sell out. The giggling gator is January 29. Tickets can be purchased online here. Please follow the instructions and send in the ticket form after you make your online purchase.

Thank you for supporting our school!

Friday, January 8, 2016

First Week Back

Hello Everyone,
We had a great first week back after our long break! We began learning about the habitats of Georgia. We learned about the plants and animals that thrive in the Mountain region and Piedmont region of Georgia. Next week, we will learn about the Coastal Plains, the Marsh/Swamp, and the Atlantic Ocean. To get a head-start on these, feel free to check out the following website with your child:
Georgia Habitats
On Wednesday morning, we will watch a puppet show in the media center about our habitats. It should be a great learning experience!
In reading and writing, we learned about point of view. We will continue to learn about point of view as we read. We will talk about how you can agree or disagree with the author and also how certain characters in the same story may have different points of view about the events happening in the story. Here's a fun video we watched:
We also learned about how to use commas and quotations in dialogue. Here's a video that everyone loved to help with that:


In math, we started our unit on fractions with the basics of fractions. We reviewed the terms numerator and denominator (or de-bottom-ator, as I like to call it, since it's the bottom number). We practiced identifying fractions of shapes and also fractions of sets of items. Next week, we will learn about putting fractions on a number line.

Please check your child's folder for an orange piece of paper. This paper tells about the Giggling Gator comedy show happening on January 29. It is a great show! I encourage all of you to attend and especially to buy your tickets ahead of time. They're cheaper if you pre-pay and it is very likely that the room will reach capacity if you wait until the day of the show. Also, the class with the highest participation gets a popcorn party!!! This show is not only hilarious, but it is a fundraiser for our Addison Foundation! 

Have a Great Weekend! And on behalf of my football-loving husband, GO VIKINGS!!!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Hello Parents!
I hope everyone had a fun holiday break. I can’t wait to see all the third graders tomorrow!

We are beginning all kinds of new lessons this week. In science, we will be learning about the habitats of Georgia including the Mountains, Piedmont, Swamps/Marshes, Coast, & Atlantic Ocean. We will be learning about the animals and plants in each region. In math, we will begin our unit on fractions. In reading, we will be discussing an author’s point of view. In writing we will be completing some quick writes each day where we finish a short piece all at once, instead of taking several days to complete a longer piece. We will also learn more about the proper use of commas.


Finally, Mrs. Knobbe, in the science lab, is in need of a couple more volunteers when our class has our lab time. If you are interested in helping please let me know. Our science lab time is usually 8:00-9:00 every other Friday. Any time you can give would be greatly appreciated. Plus, it’s fun to participate in some hands-on science activities with your own child’s class. Thank you!