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.

SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK:

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.

HOMEWORK:

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..

Thanks!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families,

The Election is finally here! On Monday your child will have the chance to vote in our Addison Mock Election. I am, of course, not getting into any specifics as far as political parties and candidate choices go, but please feel free to talk with your children about the candidates and the election process. I hope all of you get a chance to go out and vote too. Tell your children that you voted if you can!

***Reminder - NO SCHOOL for students on Tuesday***

Going right along with the election is our unit on The Three Branches and Levels of the United States Government. Your child should be able to identify the 3 branches at each level. Here's a helpful video and chart:

School House Rock - Government


This is such a tricky thing for our little 3rd graders to understand, but we'll work hard on it this week! In the 3rd quarter, we will come back to this topic and focus more on what each branch does. For now, we just need to know the names of each branch and level. We will take a quiz on this on Friday.

In math, we will be learning more about the properties of multiplication for the next two weeks. We will focus mostly on the commutative property, the distributive property, and the associative property. Here are some videos that I made with my own kids last year:




We are continuing to work on math facts. Each Friday, we take a quiz on a certain set of facts (all the 2s for example). If your child knows them all, they get to color in another part of their ice cream sundae picture. Ask your child which fact they are currently working on and practice =) 

Last week in writing, we began planning a personal narrative story. We will begin to write our stories this week and will focus on using more descriptive language and maybe even some dialogue. Ask your child what their topic is for their story.

In reading, we will be focusing on using text evidence when answering questions about our reading. We will read about Paul Revere as we practice this skill. You can practice this with your child by asking them questions after they have read and encouraging them to say something like this at the end of their answer, "I know this because the text says..." (and then have them prove where they found their answers in the book)

This Thursday night is Chick-Fil-A Night! I'll be there with my family, including my 2 year old who waves happily at the cow and says, "Hi Moo!" over and over...until the cow starts walking over and then she screams and cries. Should be lots of fun!

**HOMEWORK**
Your child only needs to complete 3 of the 5 boxes on the reading log this week, and 30 points instead of 40 points on the spelling homework, and 3 out of 4 nights on the reading fluency passage. Don't forget the comprehension questions that go with the fluency passage. There will be math homework each night (except Tuesday).