3rd grade performance- now April 1

Parents,

We heard back from many parents that April 2 would not be a good date for our 3rd grade performance because it is the day before the first day of Spring Break. We would hate for many students to miss out on performing after working so hard to master their songs and parts. Because of this, we have decided to move our 3rd grade performance to Wednesday night, April 1. We are sorry for another change, but hope you understand and assure you that this is the final, confirmed date.

Thanks so much for your understanding. We look forward to seeing all families and friends on Wednesday night, April 1.

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Third Grade Performance- Now April 2

Parents,

We wanted to inform you of a change in date to your third grader’s PTA performance. This performance was originally scheduled for March 5. However, because of snow days and other circumstances that have caused students to miss practices during music classes, we have decided it best to postpone this performance.

We will be moving their performance to Thursday, April 2 at 6:00pm. More details will be sent home regarding what your student should wear and exact meeting times/locations, but we did want to go ahead and let you know of this change. We hope this does not impact any already made plans and still look forward to seeing all friends and family there on April 2. Thanks so much for your understanding!

-Mrs. Phillips and the Third Grade Team

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Cafeteria Visitors and Treats

Dear Parents,

Lately we have had a few concerns regarding cafeteria visitors and treats. While we love having family members visit us for lunch and bring treats, we would appreciate you keeping in mind the following:

  • If a student has a visitor, they may select one other student to sit with them at the visitor table. We realize this is sometimes difficult to do. If your student struggles to select only 1 friend to sit with them, the best idea may be to not bring any friends at all and simply enjoy a great conversation with their visitor.
  • Please adhere to our new school policy of only bringing treats in on birthdays. 
  • If you or another visitor plans to bring a birthday treat to the cafeteria, please be sure to inform your student’s homeroom teacher at least 1 day in advance. This way we can avoid serving multiple treats to students on the same day.

Thank you so much for consistency in considering these guidelines. Have a wonderful weekend!

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eBlast for February 9th

Dear Parents,

Happy February! We hope you all had a wonderful week and were pleased with the hard work your student’s report card grades reflect. Please read our updated newsletter for important information regarding what is happening in our classroom

Important Dates:

February 11- Dining night out at Hawthorne’s

February 13- Teacher Workday- no school for students

February 16- Teacher Workday- no school for students

Feb 20- Spirit Day, Father Daughter/ Dance

Feb. 26- 3rd Quarter Progress Reports come home

 

Important Notes:

  • Please remember to continue checking your student’s grades in the Parent Portal and data notebook. This way there are no surprises when progress reports and report cards come home. If you have questions about how to login to the parent portal please contact the office
  • Each class will celebrate Valentines Day as a friendship day on Thursday, February 12. If your student wishes to bring Valentine or friendship cards to exchange with friends, please make sure they bring these in that day. We will spend part of the afternoon exchanging compliments with our homerooms and celebrating our friends. We do request that if students bring cards, they bring one for every student in the class. Thank you for your cooperation with this!

Current curriculum:

Reading:

  • Students are wrapping up our non-fiction reading unit this week.
  • Next week, we will move into biographies. This unit will combine fictional reading strategies of growing ideas about a character with non-fiction strategies of gathering new learning, understanding cause and effects, and learning lessons from a person’s life.
  • Throughout this unit students will…
  • Differentiate between narrative nonfiction and expository texts
  • Connect cause and effect in a person’s life to understand his journey and achievements
  • Synthesize and interpret events providing relevant text evidence
  • Choose words to more precisely describe a character or event
  • Identify life lessons that could be learned from a biography
  • Participate in book clubs that analyze the achievements of those we are studying

Writing:

  • This week students are working to wrap up research on their self- selected non-fiction writing topic.
  • Students will begin organizing their research and then forming paragraphs based off of this research.
  • Students will work to include a key idea with supporting details in their paragraphs.
  • Students will then add non-fiction text features that support their information.

Math:

  • We have begun our fractions/fair shares unit:
  • Students will understand fraction vocabulary including: numerator, denominator, equivalent fractions, improper fraction, and mixed number.
  • Students will work to compare and order fractions on a number line.
  • Third graders need to know fractions with denominators of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8.
  • 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.

Social Studies:

  • Our upcoming unit will link our reading study of biographies to a study of how these individuals have shaped the community we live in today.
  • Students will study and analyze the influences that inventors, political figures, and civil rights leaders have had on our community.

Questions to ask your student at home:

  • Math:
  • We will focus on fractions for the majority of third quarter. This is always a challenging unit for students. It would be beneficial to go ahead and start with fraction discussions at home. Some ideas…
    • Have your students hunt for fractions around the house (in recipes- 2/3 cup of oil, in money- 25 cents is ¼ of 1 dollar).
    • Give your child directions that include fractions. For example, “Fill up ½ of the bathtub with water.” “Close the door 2/3 of the way.”

GREAT APPS FOR FRACTION PRACTICE and INFORMATION: Pizza Fractions, Chicken Coop Fraction, Fraction Monkeys, and Fraction Basics

  • Literacy:
  • Character Trait questions: What character trait does the person in your biography show? What gives you these clues?
    • Use the FAST acronym to help students determine character traits- they should use a character’s Feelings, Actions, Sayings, and Thoughts to help them infer character traits.
    • Guide students to think of character traits other than “happy, sad, mean, etc.).
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Digital Learning Day

Parents, this coming Wednesday, February 4, is digital learning day. Students will be participating in a digital learning rotating through the third grade classrooms. In each classroom, we will focus on a different subject using our digital devices. Between our grade level chrome books and iPads, we will have many devices available, but it would be extremely helpful if any students who are able to can bring their own devices. If devices have access to apps, it would be helpful for these devices to have the following apps downloaded on them:

Tellagami
QR Readers (Or any app that allows students to scan QR codes– there are many apps that do this and most are free)
DreamBox Math

Puppetpals

Thanks so much for your help and support!

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Research Project

Parents,

We will be completing a small research project in class as part of our non-fiction writing unit over the next few weeks. Students have selected a topic that they know some about but may need to do a bit of research on to complete their writing assignment. If you have time over the weekend, it would be great to take your students to the library to search for a book that they can use to research their topic. If there is not time for this, it would also be beneficial to help them find an internet resource that they may be able to use.

Thanks for your help!

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Helpful Multiplication Games, Apps and Websites

Some of you have been asking about great places on the internet to have your students practice their multiplication and division facts. Here are some suggestions:

Multiplication and division websites-
•       http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/multiplication/play/
•       http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fruitshoot/fruitshoot_division.htm
•       http://www.multiplication.com/games/play/carls-cookie-capers
•       http://www.math-play.com/math-racing-multiplication-game/math-racing-multiplication-game.html
•       www.abcya.com
•       http://www.fun4thebrain.com/multiplication/deepdivemult.html
•       http://www.multiplication.com/games/play/wades-workout
•       http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/sumsense/summulti.html

Multiplication and division Apps
•       Splash math
•       Math Bingo
•       Math monsters

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Third Grade eBlast- Week of January 19th

Happy January! It has been a while since our last newsletter, so there is a lot of information in this. We hope you all are doing well and have had a wonderful 2015 so far. We so enjoyed seeing you students’ smiling, rested faces return to school a few weeks ago. This year has flown by and it is already time for third quarter! We have some exciting new units beginning in 3rd quarter. Please read below for more details.

Important Dates:

  • January 20- End of 2nd Quarter
  • January 22- Spirit Day
  • January 23- Teacher Workday- no school for students
  • January 28- Science fair judging
  • January 30- Science fair gallery crawl from 1:30-2:30

Important Notes:

  • Please remember to continue checking your student’s grades in the Parent Portal and data notebook. This way there are no surprises when progress reports and report cards come home. If you have questions about how to login to the parent portal please contact the office
  • The science fair is coming up! We would like for ALL students to participate in this. Students will receive two extra credit 100s in science and 1 extra credit 100 in Language Arts for participating.  It is never to early to start working on this!
  • We will no longer be specializing third grade instruction as of January 20. Students who have Mrs. Michaelson, Mrs. Garcia, Mrs. Donohoe, and Mrs. Lewis will stay with them for instruction all day. Mrs. Long’s students will have reading with Mrs. Long then move into their 2nd classroom for instruction throughout the rest of the day.

Current curriculum:

Reading:

  • Our non-fiction reading unit has begun. We will be in this unit for the remainder of this month and move into biographies in February.
  • Our learning goals for non-fiction reading include:
    • Understanding key/main/central ideas and identifying details that support these
    • Responding to the text with reactions and questions
    • reading to draw conclusions about why the author wrote the text
    • using non-fiction text features and text clues to understand new vocabulary and use this to “speak like an expert.”
    • comparing and contrasting non-fiction text sets

Writing:

  • Our non-fiction writing unit parallels our reading unit.
  • Students will read great examples of non-fiction text and model their own writing after these examples.
  • Students have chosen a topic that interests them. They will research and compose their own non-fiction text about this topic later this month!
  • Our learning goals for non-fiction writing include:
  • learning how to organize information about a topic into key ideas and supporting details.
  • incorporating text features that support and enhance their written work.
  • “hooking” our reader using interesting opening and closing sentences and details.

Math:

  • Unit 5
Students are wrapping up Unit 5– a study of multiplication and division.
  • Students have developed an understanding that we use multiplication to combine a number
of equal groups and that we use division to split a quantity into equal groups.
  • We teach multiplication as repeated addition and division as repeated subtraction.
  • It crucial students begin to 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.
  • Our next unit: Linking multiplication to area and pictographs
    • Students will understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and addition, realizing that area is a quadrilaterals length x width.
    • Students will also draw and solve problems using a scaled picture graph that represents data. For example, draw a picture graph in which each symbol in the graph represents 5 pets.

Science:

  • Our upcoming science unit will focus on landforms.
  • Students will learn that the surface of the earth has many different types of physical features and that these features are named according to their structure.
  • Students will also research and create representations for these land features that are consistent with the attributes they possess (models, maps, etc.)

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD…

  • Math:
    • Elapsed time questions. This month, try going backwards as this has been a struggle for some students-
  • It is 5:20. It took you 45 minutes to do homework. What time did you start?
  • Literacy:
    • Continue with vocabulary questions:
      • Ask students about new vocabulary they are noticing in their reading and how they are determining the meaning.
    • Cause and effect questions:
      • Cause and effect using literature: What caused this to happen in your book? What was the effect of that character’s actions?
      • Cause and effect at home: You overslept and arrived at school late because your alarm clock didn’t go off.
  • What is the cause? Your alarm clock didn’t go off.
  • What is the effect? You overslept and got to school late.
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Science Fair Approaching

http://beverlywoodsinternetresources.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/Science+Fair+Projects

https://graydonohoethird.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/projectheadercards.pdf

Please refer to this link for all of the information and forms for the science fair. Each third grade class will complete a class project. We strongly encourage third graders to complete a project. Third graders who complete a project will receive extra credit.

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 We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and found time to relax with family and friends. December is an exciting month in the heart of a child and a very special time to be among these children!!  Please read our newsletter for more information about this busy month!

Important Dates:
December 10- Dining night out at Hawthorne’s
December 17- Holiday gift for custodians due
December 19- Holiday Parties, last day of school before Winter Break

Important Notes:
-Third grade has decided to join a holiday project to show the cafeteria staff and custodians at BWE how much we appreciate them! We are collecting money until Dec.  17th and we will divide it out evenly among the five staff members in the cafeteria and our three custodians. If possible, please send cash. If you feel more comfortable writing a check, please make checks out to Shayle McIntosh (third grade parent volunteer).
-Please remember to continue checking your student’s grades in the Parent Portal and data notebook. This way there are no surprises when progress reports and report cards come home. If you have questions about how to login to the parent portal please contact the office.
-Thank you for donating pre-packaged snacks for our character education lesson on giving to those in need!
-The science fair is coming up in January! We would like for ALL students to participate in this. Students will receive two extra credit 100s in science and 1 extra credit 100 in Language Arts for participating.  It is never to early to start working on this!

Current curriculum:

Reading: Series books
Students are continuing to work on following characters, this time through series. All students have a book series they are working to read at home and at school.
-Students are working to build their reading stamina to keep up with the pace of their reading group.
-Students are working in book clubs to lift their level of inferring about characters.
-Students are reading second, third, and fourth books in a series to revise and grow theories about characters
-Students are comparing and contrasting characters and themes between stories

*We will begin non-fiction reading work after the break.

Ways to support your child at home:
“Tune-in” to interesting words.
-After each chapter your child reads, ask them to tell you at least 1 new word that they came across. Ask them what they think this word could mean.
-Students should use one of our 6 strategies to help them determine the meaning of these words. We have given students bookmarks as a quick reference with these 6 strategies on them that they are expected to keep in the book they are reading. These should be coming home with them at night.
-If time after time students are answering that they did not learn any new words, they are either not “tuning” in to these words or not being challenged enough by the books they are reading.

Vocabulary Strategies we use in class:
In order to determine the meaning of a word, students are applying the following strategies:
1. Reading around the word (ex. The sapphire sparkled like the ocean. The deep blue jewel was wonderful to look at.)
2. Context Clues- visualizing what is happening in the story (ex. The wind was blowing and people were screaming, and in all of the hullabaloo the little girl was lost.)
3. Word parts (ex. Noticeable= able to be noticed)
4. The word gives you a clue (ex. Tumbleweed= a weed that tumbles)
5. Prior knowledge (ex. The dragon unleashed the fire that burnt down the castle.-I know unleashing my dog means to let it go, so the dragon must be letting out the fire)
6. Replacing the word with one that will fit in its place (ex. John put on his robe and slippers and ambled into the bathroom. What would fit where ambled is? Try walked.)

Writing: Persuasive Writing
We have begun our persuasive writing unit. Students are beginning this unit by writing book reviews. Students will shift their persuasive reviews of books into persuading parents to get or do something they would like.
*A great website to read sample book reviews is http://www.spaghettibookclub.org

Math: Unit 5
Students are beginning Unit 5 which dives into a study of equal groups and multiplication and division. Students will develop an understanding that we use multiplication to combine a number
of equal groups and that we use division to split a quantity into equal groups.

We teach multiplication as repeated addition and division as repeated subtraction, but it is still important students begin to master their multiplication facts. We will be 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.

Students will use skip counting and repeated addition to solve multiplication problems and will apply repeated subtraction strategies for division.
Sample strategies:
To solve 3 x 6 = n
3+3+3+3+3+3= 18    OR     6+6+6=18      OR     3,6,9,12,15,18

To solve 18 ÷ 6 = n
18 – 6 = 12
12 – 6 = 6
6 – 6 = 0
→ We subtracted 6 three times until we got to 0 so our answer is n=3

*A great website for fact practice: multiplication.com
*A great app for fact practice: Multiplication Genius

Science: Solar System
-Students will continue to explore that the Earth is part of a solar system that includes the sun (the closest star to our planet), planets (Earth is the 3rd planet from the sun and unique because it is a living planet), and many moons.
-Students will explore the difference between rotation and revolution and will realize that the Earth’s rotation on its axis causes day/night and our revolution around the sun is what causes the changes in seasons throughout the year.
-Discovery Place’s inflatable StarLab will visit us at BWE in January. More details will be coming home soon about this!

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