Sunday, May 21, 2017

Last Weekly Update!

Hello Third Grade Families!

I can't believe the year is over! We made it! Thank you so much for such a great year! I've enjoyed getting to know each of your children and I will miss them this summer!

A few reminders for this week:

Tuesday and Wednesday are early release days. Dismissal is at 12:15. PLEASE make sure your child knows how he or she is going home on those days. If there is a transportation change from their usual way of getting home, it must be in writing! 

NO BOOKBAGS on Wednesday!

Wednesday is the LAST DAY! YAY!

On Monday, we will participate in Hoops for Heart. We will also enjoy the talent show during the day. Parents are invited to attend the talent show at 6:00, Monday night. We will also visit the Lightbulb lab for some creative fun with Mrs. Bahr on Monday.

Report cards will be mailed home next week in the large envelopes you returned a weeks ago. If you did not provide the optional stamps, you will be able to pick up your report card next week at the front office.

I put together a memory video of all our photos and videos from this year as a gift for the students. You can view the video at this link: http://streamingcobb.cobbk12.org/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=bb37bc98-6cb5-4963-b28c-6e137ae42c45

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Families,
I hope all the moms are having a great Mother's Day Weekend!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we will again work on 2-step word problems. We will also review telling time and adding/subtracting 3-digit numbers for those who are still working on mastering those skills.

In reading, we hope to finish our book club books this week. Most of us just have a few chapters left. Did you ask your child about his/her group and the book the group is reading?

In social studies, we will review what we've learned about how government works. We will focus on the responsibilities of the 3 branches of government and also how checks and balances work within the branches. Check your child's notebook on Monday for a study guide because we will have a short quiz on Thursday.

In writing, we will be wrapping up the year with some end-of-year writing activities.

We have several special events this week:

Monday - Gritters library will talk to us about the summer reading program.
Tuesday - We will attend a special Fine Arts performance. (Last week's percussion performance was amazing!)
Thursday - KidChess will teach us all about chess, and give us a classroom chess set!
Friday - Awards Day at 8:00!

Here is our countdown calendar:





Sunday, May 7, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Families!

Three Weeks Left! I can't believe it! The year has just flown by!

Here's a look at our week:
In math, we will revisit fractions, especially fractions on a number line and equivalent fractions. We will not have math homework, but there are some good games on our blog that students could try at home for practice. We will have a math quiz on Thursday. In reading, we will continue our book clubs. Has your child told you which book he or she is reading? They each picked a book that interested him or her and have been reading and discussing with their book club. We will also be taking the RI (Reading Inventory computer-based reading assessment) this week to determine an updated reading lexile level. In social studies, we will wrap up our unit about Thurgood Marshall, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Cesar Chavez with an assessment on Wednesday. A study guide went home last Thursday. In writing, we will continue working on poetry and a top-secret writing project that has nothing to do with a certain holiday coming up on Sunday =) Your child will be also presenting his or her selected poem this week. I recommend having your child practice standing and presenting the poem at home. Everyone selected a poem at school if they did not already have one. If your child brought or brings their poem home, please make sure it comes back to school.

We will have a visit from the school counselor and a visit to the science lab this week.

This Thursday night is our GATOR GALA. Please join us for this wonderful event! The program begins at 6:00 in the gym and then we will move around the school for various activities. A few of our classmates are participating in open mic night at the Gator Gala. It's not too late for more to participate. Please let me know if your child would like to be added to the list. All they have to do is read their poem (same poem from the class presentation) during the open mic portion of the evening which will take place in the media center.

This Friday is FIELD DAY!!! More information will be coming home regarding what should and should not be brought to school that day. Hopefully the rain stays away!

Please remember that our last scholastic book order is due this Friday. A coupon for a free book went home last week. I have a few more coupon codes if you need another. Order online HERE. Our class code is P2Y3C.

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

Thanks!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone,

We have 2 days left of Milestone testing!  Just two days of math and then we will be back to our regular schedule.
When testing is finished, we will begin a poetry unit where we will compose some of our own original poems. We will also begin learning about Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice. We will review the responsibilities of the Judicial Branch as we talk about Thurgood Marshall. In math, we will review all of the 1-digit by 1-digit multiplication facts.

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

Thanks!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Weekly Update

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This week, we will spend most of our time reviewing for Georgia Milestone Testing.
Milestone Testing will take place from April 19th- 27th.
April 19th Grades 3-5 ELA
April 20th Grades 3-5 ELA
April 21st Grades 3-5 ELA
April 24th Grades 3-5 Math
April 25th Grades 3-5 Math
April 26th 5th Grade Science – NOT 3RD GRADE
April 27th 5th Grade Social Studies – NOT 3RD GRADE


It is a long document, but it is full of good information. We have been going through the study guide at school and I’ve made some similar practice questions based on the study guide.

In addition to ensuring daily attendance, you can also have your student practice with the Georgia online testing platform. The site is http://www.gaexperienceonline.com.  This site will allow your student to manipulate the online testing tools and become familiar with the features he or she will encounter during testing. Only certain students will be taking the test online based on his or her testing accommodations. Your child knows if he or she is one of those people. If you’re not sure, feel free to ask!

During the assessment period, please make sure your child gets plenty of rest, has a good breakfast, and is at school on time.

Yes, this test is important, but it is also just one piece of who your child is academically. My goal is to make the testing days as stress-free as possible!

We will also spend a little time learning about and locating major rivers on a United States map. We will study the Rio Grande, Colorado, Mississippi, Hudson, and Ohio rivers.

There will be NO HOMEWORK this week!!! Your child may want to review some math skills by playing various games on our blog  and of course, 20 minutes of nightly reading is highly encouraged, but not required this week.


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

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Welcome Back!

Hello Everyone! I hope you had a great Spring Break!

Please remember to send in the spring break reading challenge by Wednesday.

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we will learn about measuring capacity and mass. Your child should know the terms liter and milliliter when talking about capacity and gram and kilogram when talking about mass. Your kitchen probably has all kinds of real life examples with these words. Go on a hunt with your child! Check out the games on our blog called "Measuring Capacity and Mass".

In reading, we will learn about different types of texts such as dramas and poems. We will use the words chapter, scene, or stanza when we refer to these different types of texts.

In science we will learn about magnets. We will get out real magnets and do some fun experiments. Important terms to remember are repel and attract.

In writing, we will work on some opinion writing at the beginning of the week and narrative writing at the end of the week.

We will have a visit from our school counselor and visit to the science lab this week!

On Friday, we will have a special review game day as we prepare for the upcoming Georgia Milestone testing beginning a week from Wednesday.

Milestone Testing for Grades 3, 4 and 5

Milestone Testing will take place from April 19th- 27th.
April 19th Grades 3-5 ELA
April 20th Grades 3-5 ELA
April 21st Grades 3-5 ELA
April 24th Grades 3-5 Math
April 25th Grades 3-5 Math
April 26th 5th Grade Science – NOT 3RD GRADE
April 27th 5th Grade Social Studies – NOT 3RD GRADE


It is a long document, but it is full of good information. We have been going through the study guide at school and I’ve made some similar practice questions based on the study guide.

In addition to ensuring daily attendance, you can also have your student practice with the Georgia online testing platform. The site is http://www.gaexperienceonline.com.  This site will allow your student to manipulate the online testing tools and become familiar with the features he or she will encounter during testing. Only certain students will be taking the test online based on his or her testing accommodations. Your child knows if he or she is one of those people. If you’re not sure, feel free to ask!

During the assessment period, please make sure your child gets plenty of rest, has a good breakfast, and is at school on time.

Yes, this test is important, but it is also just one piece of who your child is academically. My goal is to make the testing days as stress-free as possible!

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


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone,

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we will begin a new unit on geometry. Some important terms for your child to know are polygon, quadrilateral, and parallel. Please see the Geometry page on the blog for videos and games. Here's my favorite quadrilateral song.



In reading, we will examine how authors choose to organize their information. Did the author use cause & effect, sequencing, description, problem & solution, or compare & contrast to organize the information?




In science, we will continue learning about heat. We will have a test on Friday. Please check your child's folder for a study guide. We will spend time in class reviewing as well since I know most of you are busy with the 3rd grade play this week =)





In writing, we will work on opinion writing. Our writings will include an opening where we state our opinion, multiple reasons with supportive examples, and a closing where we restate our opinion.



Other important information:

Our 3rd grade play, SWAMPED, is this Thursday night! You can practice the songs on Mrs. Shook's blog here. Bring your costumes to school for a dress rehearsal on Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning when we perform for the school!

The BOOK FAIR is happening this week! Your child can bring money and to shop on their own, or you can shop with them after school on Tuesday or Thursday.

The BOOK DRIVE is also happening this week. Please send in gently used or new books for children of all ages as our Student Lighthouse Team works to support children at the Lacota Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Our students will be proudly participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) BRING THE CHANGE program; a coin drive and spirit week to help blood cancer patients and their families.

Monday, March 27th – Penny Pocket Day: Bring all the pennies you can find and empty your pockets in the cafeteria.
Tuesday, March 28th – Nice Nickel Day: Be nice and bring in nickels!
Wednesday, March 29th – Dazzling Dimes Day: Dazzle by wearing something that makes you feel unique and bring in dimes.
Thursday, March 30th – Crazy Quarters Day: Wear some crazy socks and bring in quarters.
Friday, March 31st – Addison has Teamed Up for Leukemia: Wear your Addison spirit wear and bring in coins and dollars.

***Students will come to the cafeteria and give donations to Ms. Weston during the week before 7:45am.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. We exist to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. We are saving lives not someday, but today.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone,

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we will be learning all about telling time to the minute and elapsed time. I encourage you to try some real-life time problems at home with your child. For example, "If we finish eating dinner at 6:30 and you go to bed at 8:00, how much time do you have before bedtime?" or "If baseball practice lasted from 11:15-12:00, how long was practice?" Your child should also be able to tell time to the minute. Please see the "time" games on the blog for practice. We will have an assessment on Friday.

In reading, we will work on summarizing what we've read. We will read short passages and then summarize the information into a short paragraph or even just one sentence. Here's a video that explains a summarizing strategy we will use this week:


We will have a social studies test on Monday about Mary McLeod Bethune, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Then we will begin a new science unit on HEAT and thermal energy.

In writing, we will continue writing an informational piece based on two related texts we've read. The goal is for your child to have an opening and closing with facts and details from both articles in the middle. 

We will have a visit from the guidance counselor, and a visit to the science lab this week.

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

THANKS!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone,

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we will be reviewing what we previously learned about finding the area of a rectangle. We will also learn how to find the perimeter of various shapes. Please see the link on our blog called, "Perimeter & Area" for some instructional videos and practice games.

In reading, we will work on "reading between the lines". We will be reading detectives as we figure out what the author is trying to tell us without actually telling us the exact words. We will review what we know about using context clues, understanding literal & non-literal language, and how to make inferences.


In social studies, we will learn about Eleanor Roosevelt. She is the last of our 3 historical figures we will study during the 3rd quarter. We will finish up the unit on Friday in the media center as Mrs. McCoy helps us make a digital review sheet. There will be a short quiz next Monday on Mary McLeod Bethune, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Check your child's folder for a study guide this week.

In writing, we will focus on informational writing. We will read two related informational passages and gather facts. Then we will organize those facts into paragraphs.


Here is the Georgia Milestones Informational Writing Rubric which we will refer to throughout the week:

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

Have a great week!




Sunday, March 5, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families,

I may be out tomorrow or Tuesday. My 2 year old has the flu and strep. Fingers crossed the rest of my family stays healthy!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we are continuing our work with word problems. We are problem solving our way through 2-step word problems using all 4 operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. We are also working on explaining how we solved these problems. For example, a written explanation might look like this, "First, I multiplied 5 times 10 to find out the total number of apples on the trees. Then I subtracted 14 because the horse ate 14 apples. Now I know that there are 36 apples left in the orchard." Your child should be explaining what operations they used and why they used those operations. Please see the page "word problems" on the right side of the blog for word problem practice. We will have a word problem test on Friday.

In reading, we will revisit the skill of sequencing. Here are some helpful questions to try with your child at home as they read:

In social studies we will continue our studies of Mary McLeod Bethune, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Our focus this week will be on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Ask your child why we remember him today.

In writing, we will continue our work on narrative writing. We will continue working on adding dialogue and descriptive details to our stories. We will practice a Georgia Milestone writing sample on Thursday.

We have a busy week this week! We will have a visit from our guidance counselor, a visit to the science lab, and a visit to the lightbulb lab for some creativity and fun.

Don't forget, for homework, we no longer have a reading log or reading fluency. Instead, there is a reading packet of 4 passages with corresponding questions. Please encourage your child to complete 1 passage per night. Your child should be writing at least 2 complete sentences for the written responses. We will have regular spelling homework and math word problem practice each night.

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

Have a GREAT week!


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Weekly Update

Welcome Back! I hope everyone had a great February break! This week is Read Across America week. Please see the following schedule for fun ways to participate:

Read Across America Week
February 27 – March 3
Monday, February 27th – Let’s celebrate “Fox in Socks” with Crazy Sock Day. Wear mismatched or silly socks.
Tuesday, February 28th – Be like Dr. Seuss’s “Cat in the Hat” and wear your favorite hat.
Wednesday, March 1st  – Wear PJ’s to school…it’s D.E.A.R. Day “Drop Everything and Read” – Let’s stop and drop everything! Choose a book and read for 15-20 minutes during your day.
Thursday, March 2nd  – It’s “Daisy-Head Mayzie” Crazy Hair Day.
Friday, March 3rd  – Dress up like your favorite Dr. Seuss character.

This Friday is Kids Night Out at Addison. Please join me and the other 3rd grade teachers for pizza and a movie! 
For more information, to register, and bid, please visit www.biddingowl.com/addisonelementary   Don't forget - this is a live online auction
so you CAN be outbid!!
  • Kids Night Out - Friday, March 3rd from 5:30 - 8:00pm drop your K - 5th grade kiddos off at Addison and enjoy a quiet dinner out!  The 3rd grade team has graciously agreed to watch your kids! 35 spots available at starting bid of $20.
    • Showing: The Lorax
    • Serving: Pizza, Popcorn, and Snacks
Robot Olympics - Thursday, March 16th from 2:30 - 4:00 after school, your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader can participate in Robot Olympics with the ALP teachers!  24 spots available at starting bid of $15.

The Gator Gallop 5K & Fun Run is Saturday, March 25th. Click Here for more info & to register. I'll be there running (slowly).

Here's a look at our learning this week:
In math, we will finish our measurement and data unit. There will be a test on Wednesday. Your child should be able to use a ruler to measure to the nearest, whole, half, and quarter inch. Your child should also be able to create a line plot based on measurement data. There will also be a few questions about how to read and interpret pictographs and bar graphs. There are several review games on our blog that cover all of these concepts.

In reading, we will review what we've previously learned about cause & effect. We will practice answering "why" questions. We will learn that you can't start your answer with the word "because". 

For the next few weeks in social studies, we will be learning about the next set of historical figures including Mary McLeod Bethune, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Eleanor Roosevelt. We will start with Mary McLeod Bethune this week. Ask you child why she is an important historical figure in the United States.

In writing, we will focus on writing descriptive narratives. Each day, your child will read and respond to a different story starter. We will review the importance & rules for including dialogue in our stories. Here is the rubric we will use to score our writings. It is a kid-friendly version of the rubric used on the Georgia Milestone Assessment. We are working toward earning a 4!


Homework this week will be a little different. There will be no reading log or reading fluency homework for the next several weeks. Instead, your child will bring home a packet of 4 reading passages and corresponding questions on Monday. The packet will be due on Friday each week. I recommend completing 1 passage & questions each night. It should take about 10 minutes to complete 1 set. That leaves about 10 more minutes for free reading time which should continue each night! We will have our usual spelling homework, due on Friday. There will be math homework most nights as well.



Saturday, February 18, 2017

Winter Break Reminders

Hello Third Grade Families,

Please be sure to complete the February break reading challenge. The pink reading challenge sheet was stapled into your child’s agenda on Thursday.  Please encourage your child to read everyday  for at least 20 minutes. We went to the library yesterday, so your child should have brought home new books to read during the break. If you’re looking for more options, please click on the word “links” on our blog. There are several online options such as razkids, storyline online, our own school’s Cobb Digital Library, and front row, which has reading and math practice problems. Each student who completes the challenge will receive 10 dojo points!!!


Reading is so important, as you know. Here's a visual reminder of its importance:


I also wanted to make sure you knew about a few fun events coming up at Addison which support our Foundation & Science Lab: (I'll be at Kids Night Out!)

Bidding is Now Open for AESF's March Teacher Experiences !!  

For more information, to register, and bid, please visit www.biddingowl.com/addisonelementary   Don't forget - this is a live online auction
so you CAN be outbid!!
  • Kids Night Out - Friday, March 3rd from 5:30 - 8:00pm drop your K - 5th grade kiddos off at Addison and enjoy a quiet dinner out!  The 3rd grade team has graciously agreed to watch your kids! 35 spots available at starting bid of $20.
    • Showing: The Lorax
    • Serving: Pizza, Popcorn, and Snacks
Robot Olympics - Thursday, March 16th from 2:30 - 4:00 after school, your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader can participate in Robot Olympics with the ALP teachers!  24 spots available at starting bid of $15.

The Gator Gallop 5K & Fun Run is Saturday, March 25th. Click Here for more info & to register. I'll be there running (slowly).

Read Across America Week
February 27 – March 3
Monday, February 27th – Let’s celebrate “Fox in Socks” with Crazy Sock Day. Wear mismatched or silly socks.
Tuesday, February 28th – Be like Dr. Seuss’s “Cat in the Hat” and wear your favorite hat.
Wednesday, March 1st  – Wear PJ’s to school…it’s D.E.A.R. Day “Drop Everything and Read” – Let’s stop and drop everything! Choose a book and read for 15-20 minutes during your day.
Thursday, March 2nd  – It’s “Daisy-Head Mayzie” Crazy Hair Day.
Friday, March 3rd  – Dress up like your favorite Dr. Seuss character.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families!



Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we will work on some different types of charts and graphs. We will look at bar and picture graphs as well as line plots. Please see the link on the right side of the blog for some line plot & graphing games.

We will also review our measuring with ruler skills this week as we work on collecting data and transferring it to a line plot. Please see the measurement link on our blog for some additional practice games.


In reading, we will revisit what we've previously learned about describing characters. We will focus on describing character traits rather than just the outward appearance of characters. Here's a helpful video Describing Characters

In science, we will finish up our habitat unit. We've learned all about the 5 habitats of Georgia and different adaptations which help plants and animals thrive in Georgia. This week we will learn about how different types of pollution can affect Georgia plants and animals, and learn how we can prevent these negative effects. There will be a science test on Friday. Please check your child's Gator notebook for a study guide.

In writing, we have been working hard on our informational habitat pieces. Have you asked your child which habitat and Georgia animal they're writing about? We will finish our final drafts this week and add photos and captions. Then each child will have a chance to present their piece to the class.

On Tuesday, we will be exchanging Valentines. A class list was sent home last week to help. If your child chooses to bring cards, please make sure he or she has enough for everyone. Our class has 18 students. We will also be celebrating the memorization of our multiplication facts with an ice cream party on Tuesday. We will take multiplication fact test on Monday and Tuesday for those that have not yet mastered all facts. Remember, the more facts you've mastered, the more toppings you've earned! We just have a few students still working on the 7s and 8s. Ask your child which times table they're working on.

This Thursday night is Publix Math Night! Please come to the Shallowford/Sandy Plains location between 5-7 for a math scavenger hunt, complete with a prize!

Don't forget to turn in your Six Flags reading log by Wednesday, Feb 15th. I have extras if you've lost yours.

We will visit the science lab on Thursday for some habitat fun!

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

Have a GREAT week!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Weekly Update...Go Falcons!

Hello Everyone!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT... If the Falcons win tonight, there will be NO SPELLING HOMEWORK OR TEST this week! GOOOO FALCONS!!!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we will spend a few more days working on multiplication facts. I love that so many of us are inching closer to our goal of learning all the times tables! Speaking of inches, on Thursday, we will begin learning how to measure inches, 1/2 inches, and 1/4 inches. This is usually a tricky skill, so I recommend practicing at home if you have a chance. If you'd like to borrow a ruler, let me know. Here's a video to help as well:


In reading, we will be combining our health lessons with our compare and contrast reading skills as we learn about the circulatory and respiratory systems.


In science, we will continue with our study of Georgia habitats. This week we will learn about the animals and plants of the swamp habitat and the ocean habitat. Don't forget to check out the habitats link on the blog for more information and games. We will also learn about the different adaptations that Georgia plants and animals have which help them thrive in their habitats.

In writing, we will begin a new informational writing piece. Each student will choose a Georgia animal and then teach about that animal's habitat from the perspective of the animal. This will take us several days as we go through all the steps of research, rough draft, revising, and final copy. Ask your child which animal he or she chose.

Other news:

Mrs. Weston, our school counselor will visit us on Tuesday for a lesson. We will be giving her cards we've made to show our appreciation and you are welcome to send in a little something as well if you'd like.

Picture Day is Tuesday. Everyone will be in the class picture, so dress accordingly =) Individual pictures are pre-paid only.

We will visit the media center on Tuesday, so please make sure your child has returned his or her library books.

We have a new student, Gustavo, joining us tomorrow. Let's all make him feel welcome!

We will be exchanging Valentines next Tuesday, Feb. 14th. If your child chooses to participate, please include enough cards for everyone. We have 18 students. 

Have a GREAT week!






Sunday, January 29, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we will focus on our multiplication facts...specifically the 6s,7s,8s, & 9s. Your child will focus on one set at a time. A few students have mastered all facts required for third grade and will move on to 11s, 12s, and division. There are links to practice games and quizzes on my blog. Please check them out! Click on the "math practice" page at the top of the blog.

In reading, we will continue working on comparing and contrasting stories written by Patricia Polacco. Mrs. Levi and I have been so impressed with how well the students did with identifying different themes in Polacco's books. As we work more on comparing and contrasting, we will use the following words to help us describe the similarities and differences:

In science, we are beginning our unit on Georgia Habitats. Please see the links on my blog called, "Habitats" for all kinds of information and games. We will learn about the mountains, piedmont, coastal plains, marsh/swamp, and ocean habitats.

In language arts, we will focus on adverbs and use them to make our writing more interesting and engaging. We will also work on writing an informational piece. We will use our sense to help us be more descriptive as we write.

We will have our spelling test on Friday. And we will be working hard on our math facts throughout the week with quizzes 2 or 3 times. We are working toward our ice cream party...the more facts you learn, the more toppings you earn! Please encourage your child to practice!

As always, let Mrs. Levi or me know if you have any questions or concerns. We're here to help!


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families,

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we will finish up our unit on fractions. Your child should be able to identify fractions as well as locate fractions on a number line, compare fractions, and find equivalent fractions. We will be using visuals to help us with comparing fractions and equivalent fractions. Click below for some practice with these skills:

Fractions on a Number Line

Equivalent Fractions

Comparing Fractions

In reading, we will be learning how to compare and contrast texts. We will introduce the terms similarities and differences as we work on this skill. We will compare the themes in various Patricia Polacco stories. Here's a video about comparing and contrasting:

Compare & Contrast

We are finishing our government unit during social studies. We will have a test on Thursday. Your child should be able to identify the 3 branches (executive, legislative, & judicial) and 3 levels (national, state, & local) as well as the responsibilities of each branch. Check your child's folder for a test study guide.

In language arts, we will be learning all about adjectives. We will learn about comparative & superlative adjectives.

We will have a visit from our school counselor this week.

On Friday, we will have a special puppet show to kick-off our new science unit which we are beginning next week. Ask your child about the Brooke & Branch Puppet Show!

Chick Fil-A night is this Thursday!

Don't forget Penny Wars are going on until this Friday. Please support our Addison Foundation!

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

Thanks!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families,

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we are continuing our work with fractions. We will focus on equivalent fractions this week. We can't wait to see everyone's completed projects on Friday. Don't forget to include 2 word problems for your friends in class to solve. If you're finished with the project before Friday, you may bring it in early. Remember, there are several fraction games on our blog for some fun fraction practice. Class Blog

In reading, we are continuing to look at different points of view in texts. We will be comparing our own point of view with the author's as well. We are using the book, Wonder to help us with this skill. We will have an assessment on Friday on point of view.

In social studies, we are studying the three branches of government. Ask your child about the responsibilities of each branch.

In writing and language arts, we will be learning more about commas. We will continue to use commas in dialogue. We will also learn about the importance of commas in a direct address. For example,


We will have a short quiz on the correct usage of commas in dialogue and direct address on Friday.

We will also work on a narrative writing in which students will be asked to write the conclusion of a story.

We will visit the science lab on Thursday for some fun and learning with Mrs. Knobbe!

Homework
We will be back to normal with homework this week. Third graders should be completing 1 spelling activity each school night and be ready for a spelling quiz on Friday. They should also complete 1 box from the reading log each school night, as well as the reading fluency passage assignment, which includes comprehension questions. The reading fluency passage can count toward the 20 minutes of nightly reading. We will also have a short math assignment each night.

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

Have a great week!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families!

I hope everyone had fun in the snow & ice this weekend! I enjoyed sledding on my street with my family.



Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we will be learning all about fractions. I hope everyone has started planning for their fraction pizza project. Please let me know if you need construction paper to help with the project. Your child can also bring home scissors, glue, crayons and markers, if necessary. Just let me know what you need! The project is due Tuesday, January 17th. Also, I have a page on our blog called "fraction games". We will use some of these in class, but you are also free to explore these at home for some fraction fun! Class Blog

In reading, we will begin a new read-aloud called, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. This is a wonderful novel about a 10-year-old boy named August. The book is written from several different character's perspectives which will help us as we tackle the new reading skill of point of view. We will work on this skill for a few weeks.

In writing, we will practice writing our own point of view based on some of what we've read in the book Wonder and some other topics. We will also work on correctly using quotations and commas in dialogue. This can be tricky, so I encourage you to ask your child about where the commas and quotations go when writing dialogue.






In social studies, we will continue learning about the responsibilities of our three branches of government. We will do a few plays this week about our government to help us learn about the different people and positions involved in each branch of government.



We will have a visit from our school counselor on Tuesday morning.

We will have a special in-house field trip with a real Cobb County judge on Wednesday morning! The judge will talk to us about the responsibilities of the Judicial Branch of our government.

We will attend the school spelling bee on Friday morning. The spelling bee is open to 4th and 5th graders.

There is NO SCHOOL next Monday, January 16th as we remember Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let's have a great week!


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Weekly Update...Welcome Back!

Hello Everyone!
I hope you had a GREAT break! I can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow morning!

Here are some important things to know for this week:

HOMEWORK:
We will not have spelling or reading logs this week. We will have math homework Thursday night. Please make sure your child gets back into a routine of reading nightly for 20 minutes.

INCLEMENT WEATHER FORMS:
Coming home tomorrow, you will receive a green form regarding your child’s transportation in case of inclement weather resulting in a shorter school day. PLEASE, PLEASE return these by Friday as there is a chance of ice/snow on Friday. Your child will receive extra dojo points for returning the form on Friday.

There is an additional green form coming home about a school climate survey that your child will be taking here at school.

As we come back to school after our break, we will review our school & class rules and routines. We will also talk about goals for the new year and compare our goals that we made in October (at conferences) with our progress in December.


We will begin a new math unit on fractions which will continue for about 4 weeks. Your child will be bringing home a pizza box (graciously donated from Papa Johns) and directions for a pizza fraction project which is due on Tuesday, January 17th. Here are some sample projects to give you some ideas.



I can't wait to see how these projects turn out!

In social studies, we will be reviewing the 3 branches of government and learning more about the responsibilities of each branch.

We will also be writing about a special hero in our lives this week. These writings will be entered into a competition sponsored by the East Cobb County Council.