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.


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!