Sunday, October 30, 2016

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone,
Happy Pumpkin Day!!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we are wrapping up our unit on multiplying and dividing by 3s and 4s. We will also revisit the concept of multiplying by multiples of 10. For example, 2 x 30 or 5 x 60 or 3 x 10. We will have a math test on Friday on all of these concepts, including 1-step multiplication and division word problems.

In reading, we will be working on understanding literal and non-literal language. For example, what does, "It's raining cats and dogs," really mean?

In science, we will finish up our unit on fossils. We will have a test on fossils this Friday. Your child should know what a fossil is, the different types of fossils, how a fossil forms, and what scientist can learn from fossils.

In writing, we will begin writing a new personal narrative story. We will learn how authors use dialogue and descriptive language to make their stories more interesting. 

We will have a visit from our guidance counselor on Tuesday and we will go to the science lab for a special treat on Thursday.

This Friday is the Fall Festival! Please come out for some Fall Fun!

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

Thank you! 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families,

Thank you so much for attending conferences last week! I enjoyed setting goals together with you and your children. I can't wait to watch them achieve what they've set out to do! Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we continue with multiplication and division. We will be focusing on the 3s and 4s facts this week. Ask your child about the songs we will learn to help us count by 3s and 4s. I might even break out my keyboard to help us learn the songs =)

In reading, we will review what we've learned about text features and will also brush up on some test-taking strategies such as eliminating the wrong answers and using evidence from the text.

In science, we will be learning about fossils! Ask your child what scientists can learn from fossils and ask your child about the different types of fossils (casts, molds, imprints). We will also spend time focusing on the 2 major mountain ranges in the Unites States. Your child should be able to locate the Appalachian Mountains and the Rocky Mountains on a map.

In writing, we will finish our Herman the Worm informational soil writing and work on our editing skills including, correct capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure. We will also focus on verb tenses this week (past, present, and future).

On Monday, we will have a guest author visiting us. You can find out more about her at

Ice Cream Math is HERE!! Please check your child's folder for information on Ice Cream multiplication. Ask your child which times table he or she is working on next and encourage him or her to practice!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to all that donated items for our dirt cups. We had a delicious time reviewing all that we had learned about soil types. Thank you to Kat's mom and grandma for helping us with this fun activity! Check our class dojo page for pictures of the yummy fun!

If your child is participating in reading tutoring, remember the first session is THIS THURSDAY. (This is only for some students, not all of our class.)

As always, please let me or Mrs. Levi know if we can help you with anything.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Weekly Update

Hello Families!

This week is Conference Week! Dismissal is at 12:15. Please make sure your child knows how he or she is getting home. If his or her regular transportation is changing, please, please, please send in a note or write it down in the agendas.

At Addison, our conferences are led by the student, so please remember to bring your child back when it is your conference time.

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we are continuing with multiplication and division with 2s, 5s, and 10s. We are working on our fluency with these facts and will focus more on word problems with these facts in class as well. We will have a math test on Friday. Your child will be expected to multiply and divide by 2s, 5s, and 10s. He or she will also be expected to solve division and multiplication word problems using these facts.

We will be combining reading and our health standards this week as we read about the negative effects of tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. This will tie in perfectly with our RED RIBBON WEEK activities.

In science, we will continue learning about weathering and erosion. We will learn about how wind, water, ice, and plants can all cause weathering and erosion. We will have a short quiz on Friday.

We are also hoping to finish our informational soil writing that we began last week. 

It will be a busy week!

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

Don't forget about our Red Ribbon Activities:

Red Ribbon Week Theme: Happy, Healthy, Making Good Choices!
October 17-21, 2016
Red Ribbon Week is a national event that promotes drug awareness and prevention each year. At Addison, we use this week to encourage our students to make healthy choices. We hope you will support us in celebrating happy, healthy choices at home! J
Monday – “Make a pledge Monday!” to live a healthy life – Eat veggies & fruit  At the start of this nationally recognized Red Ribbon Week – Students will receive Red Ribbon Week ribbons/pencils to show that they pledge to live a healthy life! Fruits and vegetables make you feel better and improve memory so eat veggies and fruit every day! They are great snacks!
Tuesday – “Tell a joke Tuesday!” Laugh today!  Research shows that laughter reduces stress. Share a joke with your class and with your family today.
Wednesday – “Wear Red Wednesday!”  Wear red to support a healthy life!
Thursday – “Thirsty Thursday!”  Water quenches your thirst, keeps you cool, cleans out toxins in your body, and keeps your energy up! Skip sugary drinks, Drink Water!
Friday – “Fantastic Fitness Friday!”  Exercise your body today and every day because we know that exercise does a body good! Make recess a special time today. Organize a game with another class. Choose a family activity that gets you moving as you kick off the weekend!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Weekly Update

Hello Families!

I hope everyone was able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend! Before we know it we'll be complaining about how cold it is. Speaking of cooler weather: please make sure your child's jackets and coats have names in them. It's amazing how many coats end up in lost and found each year.

This Tuesday is our FIELD TRIP! Please have your child wear the new blue leader in me shirt that was sent home on Friday. If you did not order one, we have a few extras. Let me know ASAP and we will sell one to you if they are not all gone. You can also just wear a blue shirt if your child didn't order one.

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we are continuing with multiplication and division. One of our third grade goals is to know all multiplication facts 0-10. We have started with the 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s. I encourage you to practice facts with your child and see how fluently and quickly they can give you the products. Your child might enjoy using flashcards to practice and there are several apps & websites out there that make fact practice fun. Let me know if you need help finding any. There are also links on the blog for math magician (timed fact quizzes) and abcya (games for many skills).

In reading, we will be looking at text features in some non-fiction reading about weathering. We will continue to work on how to answer questions about what we've read. This means answering in a complete sentence and using part of the question in our answer. For example, if the question is, "Why did the girl fall?, the answer could start with, "The girl fell because..." Please make sure your child is using complete sentences on his or her reading log, including correct capitalization and punctuation.

In science, we are continuing with our soil investigations. Our trip to Tellus will be all about rocks, minerals, soils, weathering, and erosion. This will be a great review for us. We will have a short soil quiz on Wednesday. Your child will be expected to know the difference in color, particle size, and texture of different top soils including clay, sand, and loam.
For example:

Your child should also know about the different layers of soil:

In writing, we will begin a new genre of writing as we start an informational piece. We will be writing from the perspective of a worm (Herman the Worm) and we will be teaching about the different soil types in our writing. We will continue to learn about the importance of verbs in our writing.

A few more things:
Next week, Oct. 17-21 is Conference Week which means school will dismiss at 12:15. Please make sure your child knows how he or she is getting home. If there is a change in transportation, it must be in writing. Thank you for your help with this. If I do not receive a note, I will assume your child is going home the same way as they always do.

Have you ordered anything from Mixed Bag yet?? They have some really great stuff! There are samples by the front office if you want to see. This fundraiser supports our foundation, so please consider buying something. Here's the online link: Don't forget to enter your child's name and my name before submitting the order. Let me know if you need help ordering. You can also order on the paper order form that went home last week in the large white envelope.

This Thursday is Papa John's Pizza Night.

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

Don't forget to check out our classdojo page for pictures!

Have a GREAT week!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone,
I hope you had a great Fall Break! I’m excited to see everyone tomorrow morning!

We have a jam-packed week planned in 3rd grade:

On Tuesday, we will have a presenter from Well Star speak to us about healthy food habits. This goes right along with our 3rd grade health standards.
On Thursday, we will go to the science lab and dig-in to some soil!
PICTURE DAY is also on Thursday!
On Friday morning, we will go to the SLT inauguration ceremony as we welcome all the new members.

In math this week, we will continue with multiplication and division. Now that we have the basics figured out, we will begin memorizing some facts! We will talk about several different strategies to help with quickly knowing multiplication facts. We will start out with the 2s and 5s this week. Practice counting by 2s and 5s at home.

In reading, we will review what we learned about character traits and also work on strategies for using text evidence when answering questions about what we’ve read.

In science we will begin a new unit on soil. Your child will learn about topsoil, subsoil, bedrock, humus, sand, silt, clay, and loam.

In writing, we will be finishing our big narrative piece. We will work on editing our final draft. We will also talk about verbs and how we can use certain verbs to make our writing even better.

Don’t forget:
Tues. Oct. 4 - Zaxby's Night
Wed. Oct. 5 - Walk to School Day
Thurs. Oct. 6 - School Picture Day
Fri. Oct. 7 - Xdrenaline Spirit Night 4-8pm
As always, please feel free to email me or Mrs. Levi with any questions or concerns.