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!