eblast March 13, 2015

Notes and Important Information

  • Thank you!!! We were so impressed which the students’ preparation and dedication to their wax museum project.  We were amazed at how much they learned! Thank you for all your support with this project. We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did.
  • Fun Day Form: Please click the following link and complete the fun day permission form so that your child is able to participate in this fun event. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oJk-s2VNwSvjWFCjw8e9bsH7AIX-JGjKBmoiJQSkqyw/viewform?usp=send_form
  • Our 3rd grade performance has been rescheduled for April 1 at 6:00 pm. More details to come soon about costumes, meeting locations, etc.
  • Third grade is participating in the Soup Kitchen. Letters came home yesterday detailing what your student is to bring in. Please have these to school on (only before if items are not perishable) Wednesday, April 1. We will make sandwiches and pack snacks and cookies on Thursday, April 2.

Important Dates

Our Character trait for March is Courage

March 13– Lunch project visitors come to speak with 3rd grade about their service project.

March 16-20-Book Fair Week

March 20– OM performance at 1:45

March 24– Spring Picture Day

March 31– End of 3rd Quarter

April 1– soup kitchen items due at school, 3rd Grade Performance at 6:00pm

April 2– 3rd grade packing sandwiches for lunch project

 

Curriculum Updates:

Reading:

We will begin poetry next week!

    • Students will begin to understand that poets use many different devices to convey their meaning.
    • Students will notice the voice author’s use to write poetry: understanding that determining the narrator of a poem is important to understanding its meaning.
    • We will notice elements of poetry such as rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhythm, metaphor, and simile while reading poetry and explain how the use of these helped us understand the poet’s point of view.

Writing:

  • Students are working this week and next to create persuasive commercials.
  • After we complete this next week, we will move into writing poetry.
  • In Poetry…
    • Students will analyze the elements of poems and create some of their own.
    • write their own poetry and include elements such as stanzas, alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, metaphors, and similes in their work.

Math:

We are continuing work in our fraction unit:

  • Students now understand fraction vocabulary including: numerator, denominator, equivalent fractions, improper fraction, and mixed number.
  • Students are working to compare and order fractions on a number line.
  • Students are using manipulatives like rulers and number lines to understand that a fraction is simply a number and can be identified on these measurement tools just the way whole numbers can.
  • Third graders need to know fractions with denominators of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8.
  • Our final test for this unit is scheduled for March 19.
  • Please continue to practice multiplication and division facts at home: It crucial students master their multiplication facts to prepare for success in 4th grade. We will continue assessing their mastery of these facts each week, so please practice these with your student at home. By the end of 3rd grade, it is expected that students will have quick and accurate recall and use multiplication combinations from 0x0 to 12 x 12.

Science:

  • Next week, we will begin our science unit exploring how plants survive in their environment by investigating their unique structures and the environmental conditions that support them.
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