Sunday, February 11, 2018

Week 23: February 12th-16th

Week 23:  February 12th-16th
Reminders:
12th-16th:  Kindness Week
14th:  Valentine's Day parties will be held in your child's homeroom classroom from 2:25-2:55.  
The students can bring Valentines cards or candy, but we ask that you bring something for everyone in the class. The students will make treat bags during the party, so they do not need to bring a container for their treats and cards. Class headcounts are below.
Saint-Val: 20
Badrak: 18
Ford:  20
Duncan: 20
Morphey: 19
Rozzell: 21
19th:  Monday is a student holiday in honor of President's Day.  We'll see you Tuesday!

Reading:  We will shift gears this week to focus on the genre of narrative nonfiction.  Narrative Nonfiction is fact-based storytelling.  The facts about a person or situation are presented in a narrative, or story, format.  Biographies are probably the most common form of narrative nonfiction your readers are familiar with.  We'll start by comparing and contrasting this genre to both fiction and informational types of text.   We will then practice how to gather information from this narrative format to describe events and/or the subject of the text. 
Writing:  We're off to a great start within our expository writing unit!  This week we will continue to build main ideas off of a general prompt.  Some examples include:  Who is an important person in your life or what is something you cannot live without.  Your writers will support their main idea with details.  These details (facts, anecdotes, descriptions, etc) must relate to and explain their main idea.  
Social Studies:  We're spending some extra time on maps to reinforce the skills and concepts learned within the unit.  We will be finished with the unit project this week.    

Math: We will continue to dive deeper into multiplication word problems while using the strategy that works best for each student. Later in the week, we will begin our Division introduction and introduce what Division means. We will also introduce the students strategies on how to solve division word problems and how knowing their fact families will aid their success.
Homework: The Problem of the Week will be sent home on Monday. Please have your child bring it to school on Friday. Homework #1-3 will be sent home Monday-Wednesday. Please have your child be on DreamBox for at least 20 minutes a day at home. 

Science: We will continue to learn more about the different forces that cause the Earth's surface to change such as Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Landslides, Tsunamis, etc. The students will engage in activities that will help the students retain the information and use it in their daily lives and future conversations with others. The Rapid Changes of Earth Quiz is on Friday, February 16th. Please make sure your scientist is studying at least 20 minutes per day!

The Weekly Planner tab (on the right side) in this website is also a resource to communicate the specific homework(s) for the week. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Week 22: February 5th-9th

Week 22:  February 5th-9th

Reminders:  
Tuesday, 6th:  HCE Book Fair will be held in the library.  There will be a book fair dinner from 5:30-7:30pm on Monday evening.  Bring your special friends and family. 
Wednesday, 7th:  HCE Book Fair continues before school and during the day!  You have the opportunity to come early from 7:15-7:55am for breakfast with buddies in the library while you browse and shop. 
Thursday and Friday, 8th and 9th:  Noon dismissal.  

What should I bring on Valentine's Day?
The students can bring Valentines cards or candy, but we ask that you bring something for everyone in the class. The students make a valentines treat bag as well during the Valentine's party, so they do not need to bring a container for their treats and cards to go into. The class size list is below:

  1. Saint-Val: 20
  2. Ford-20
  3. Badrak: 18
  4. Duncan: 20
  5. Morphey: 19
  6. Rozzell: 21

Reading:  Our nonfiction journey continues this week as we head into determining importance within informational texts.  Good readers learn to recognize important information from interesting information as they read.  Interesting information is fun to read and adds to the overall text, but is not necessarily needed to understand the text topic.  This skill can be tricky for third graders as they have to set aside their personal opinions and think about the information, just the facts! 
Writing:  We truly enjoyed celebrating your writers last week at the end of our poetry unit!   We're headed to a new genre of writing, expository.  Expository writing is meant to give information, explain, and describe.  Your writers will be introduced to the genre this week as we model what it means to be an expository writer.  
Social Studies:  Our map projects are in full swing!  This week we will focus on fine tuning our last details as well as creating questions based on the our maps to ask others.  We're excited for our third graders to interact with and solve one another's questions.  What a great way to apply what they have learned within our map skills unit! 

Math: We are so proud of your mathematicians! They have been working hard to understand and learn each multiplication strategy (skip count, equal groups, area model, array). This week, the students will be more exposed to multiplication word problems. 


Science: We ended last week beginning the rapid changes unit. The students learned how earthquakes and mountains were formed as well as the layers of the Earth. We will continue building that knowledge by engaging in hands on activities. The Weathering, Erosion, and Soil Vocabulary cards and study guide were sent home today, February 6th. We will update you soon on the day of the quiz.
Homework: Please be sure to have your students be on DreamBox every day for 20-30 minutes as well as Homework #1-3 Monday-Wednesday. We will not a Problem of The Week this week. The Weekly Planner tab in this website is also a resource to communicate the specific homework(s) for the week. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Week 21: January 29th-February 2nd

Week 21:  January 29th-February 2nd

Reminders
2/2: Spring Group Pictures are this Friday.  These pictures are taken as homerooms.   Time slots are as follows. 10:25 Rozzell/Morphey, 10:35  Badrak/Saint Val, and 10:45 Duncan/Ford.  
2/6 and 2/7:  HCE Book Fair located in library. 
2/8 and 2/9: Noon Dismissal

Reading:  Determining the main idea of a text can be tricky business!  We're going to continue searching for text clues (text evidence) to infer the main idea of an entire or portion of text.  Your readers will see this week that identifying the main idea from several sections of an article will lead to a strong nonfiction summary.  We will conclude the week by introducing cause and effect relationships.  Cause and effect is something we experience in our daily lives.  We will learn tools to identify this relationship within a nonfiction text. 
Image result for cause and effect anchor chart
Writing:  We will celebrate your poet's hard work this week!  Our publishing celebrations are always a wonderful way to unite as a community of writers and "high five" one another on a job well done.  Your children are excited to share their finished anthologies with their peers.  Later in the week we will practice note taking strategies as we read through a nonfiction text and organize our thoughts/reactions and important ideas.  
Social Studies:  We're rounding out our study of maps this week.  Students will apply what they have learned throughout the month to create their own maps.  We're challenging them to include a title, compass rose, legend, map scale, and grid system.  
Math: We will continue to learn many strategies to multiply such as skip counting, number line, area model, and an array model. We will build from easier digits such as 5 and continue to increase the digit to 6 through 9. As it is important to know multiplication facts, we are helping our mathematicians understand and internalize what it truly means to multiply, where they can see it in the real world, and how to apply it in their daily lives. 





















Homework: In addition to our Monday-Wednesday regular homework pages, we will begin "Problem of the Week." This assignment will be sent home every Monday and will need to be returned on Friday. This assignment is meant to be a team effort as we would like your student to solve the problem alongside you.  On Friday, we will discuss the many ways your student solved the problem with the support from you all! 
Science: The students will learn and understand how soil is formed and the role of decomposition. Later in the week, the students will explore plate tectonics and its relation to earthquakes and volcanoes. Soil is different in different places because of different rocks in the area and different plants and animals that live there and die and decay. Important concepts to remember:
  • Constructive forces build up the Earth
  • Destructive forces tear down the Earth
  • Earthquake:  A sudden release of energy under the Earth’s surface that makes the ground shake or crack.
  • Earthquakes build up the land (constructive) by pushing upward forming mountains and tear down the Earth (destructive) by opening crevices and causing land to fall or slide.
  • Weathering: The process that breaks down rocks into tiny pieces over time.
  • Erosion:  The carrying away of weathered rock 
 
  • Different types of Soil: Sand, Clay, Humus, Loam





Sunday, January 21, 2018

Week 20: January 22nd-26th

Week 20:  January 22nd-26th





Reading:  Last week was cut extra short because of our school holiday and ice days.  We were not able to get to everything we needed to because of this, so we're continuing with last week's plan for a portion of this week.  Your reader will continue to navigate detailed maps, diagrams, tables, photographs, and captions within nonfiction articles.  We will discuss how these features support their understanding of the text topic.  As we move forward in the week, we will introduce main idea.  Main idea is the central idea of a text.  Comprehending the main idea is important in order to understand the purpose for writing.  We will be learning tricks and tools to help aid your reader in identifying what an article is mostly, or mainly, about.  

Writing:  We will officially wrap up our poetry unit this week!  Your writers have been hard at work drafting a variety of poems since returning to school in 2018.  We will choose some of our favorites to revise and edit and then publish an anthology using Google Docs.  Our week will end with a celebration of our published work!  

Social Studies:  We will continue using maps as every day tools.  Utilizing map scales will be our focus for this week.  Students will practice using a map scale to calculate distances between cities.    

Math: We will continue to solve addition and subtraction problems regarding time intervals in minutes using pictorial models and/or tools. It is important to remember the danger zone. This is when the minute hand reaches the 50 and 55 minute mark and the hour hand looks like it has reached the next hour. The students will continue to manipulate clocks to deepen their understanding of time. Later in the week, students will be introduced to multiplication. We will be learning specific multiplication strategies such as the array and number line strategies. An array is a group of objects that shows numbers in equal rows or columns.
                     

Homework: Students will be given homework Monday - Wednesday. Also, please make sure your mathematician is on DreamBox and SumDog at home.
               
Science: We will continue to observe forces such as magnetism, friction, and gravity acting on objects. Also, we will be learning about specific tools that make work easier such as pulleys. We will then have our Force and Motion quiz on Wednesday, January 24th. Later in the week, we will begin investigating how rocks can break down to form soil. Please make sure your scientist is studying the study guide and vocabulary cards every day.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Week 19: January 15th-19th

Week 19:  January 15th- 19th 
Reminders
1/15:  School Holiday We hope you all had a fabulous three day weekend!
Force and Motion Science Quiz is on Wednesday, January 24th!

Reading:  Your readers will continue to dive deeper into nonfiction text features.  We will learn how to navigate detailed maps, diagrams, tables, photographs, and captions and discuss how these features support our understanding of the text topic.  As nonfiction readers, we access information from these various features and tools within the text in a different way than fiction stories and poems we read.  It takes practice!  We will continue to model and think through informational articles about Earth's resources, a tsunami warning system, and sea turtles.
Image result for article with text features
Writing:  We will begin the final stages of our poetry writing unit this week.  Your writers have been hard at work drafting a variety of poems since returning to school in 2018.  We will end our week choosing some of our favorites to revise and edit.  We will prepare some of our best as well as favorite poems to publish using Google Docs.  We will celebrate our hard work within our writing community early next week. 

Social Studies:  We worked our way through academic language associated with maps and map skills last week and will apply what we learned this week.  We will practice interpreting maps of places and regions in order to identify and locate information related to the area.  For example, identifying mountain ranges and rivers in the region or explaining directions from one city to another using a compass rose or other piece of information from the map.  

Math: We will continue to solve addition and subtraction problems regarding time intervals in minutes using pictorial models and/or tools. It is important to remember the danger zone. This is when the minute hand reaches to the 50 and 55 minute mark and the hour hand looks like it has reached the next hour. The students will continue to manipulate clocks to deepen their understanding of time.  
The Danger Zone

Later in the week, students will be introduced to multiplication. Please make sure your mathematicians are on DreamBox and SumDog

Example problem: Melissa has a ballet class at 3:10. Her jazz class starts 45 minutes later. Does Melissa need to add or subtract to find the start time for her jazz class? How do you know?

Science: We will observe forces such as magnetism, friction, and gravity acting on objects. The students will be engaged in activities such as demonstrating how magnets attract and repel as well as using pulleys. We will then have our Force and Motion quiz is on Wednesday, January 24th. Students should be studying the yellow vocabulary cards and information sheet daily for homework until the test. Important concepts to remember:
  • Compass needles point north because of magnetism.
  • Like poles repel and opposite poles attract.
  • Attract is a pull.
  • Repel is a push.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Week 18: January 8th-12th

Week 18:  January 8th-12th 
Reminders
1/9  STAARY STAARY NIGHT  Third grade will host a STAAR information session Tuesday evening, January 9, to familiarize parents with our May state testing and answer any questions. We will meet in the library form 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
1/10  2nd NINE WEEKS RECOGNITION CEREMONY will be held in the cafeteria from 9:00-9:40am. 
1/10  3rd GRADE AUTHOR VISIT   Mac Barnett, author of The Terrible Two series, will visit our school on Wednesday, 1/10.  We look forward to this author visit.  You can purchase a copy of any of his books using the following link through Blue Willow Bookshop.  

Reading:  We launched our nonfiction genre unit last week and will continue to immerse ourselves in the genre this week.  We will discuss how text features help us understand and synthesize information as readers.  Text features are additional sources of information beyond the body of the text.  Examples include:  photographs, captions, bold words, subheadings, sidebars, maps, and diagrams.  As nonfiction readers, it is important to know how to read as well as draw conclusions from these added pieces of information throughout the text.  Additionally, we will round out reading MAP testing this week.

Homework Reminder:  Let's start this new year off strong as readers!  This is a friendly reminder that your child must read at home every night as their language arts homework.  We watched this video in the fall and discussed what the words... EVERY SINGLE DAY, NO MATTER WHAT would mean for us as readers.  Volume matters!  Please support your child's reading life at home every single day...no matter what!   

Writing:  Writer's Workshop will be filled with poetry writing this week!  Your children will learn a variety of tools to write poems that convey sensory details using the conventions of poetry.  We will learn to look at the world through a poet's eyes and use language within our poems that show, instead of tell, what they mean.  We will study and work with several mentor poems this week that illustrate wonderful examples of poetic devices and conventions.     

Word Work:  We look forward to getting back in the swing of things this week with our word work routine within Writer's Workshop and guided groups.     

Social Studies:  We will continue studying map skills this week.  Technology has allowed us to have directions and maps at our fingertips.  But what happens if we were lost with an uncharged phone?  We will learn how to utilize a map to help us navigate a place and find our way to our destination.  Important terms we will learn throughout the week include:  grid, map, globe, longitude, latitude, compass rose, cardinal directions, hemisphere, key, symbols, legend, equator, city, continents, states ocean, geographer, and Columbus.  

Math: We will continue to calculate and determine the perimeter of polygons. Perimeter is the distance around the outer edge and the sum of all the sides. Along with this basic knowledge, students will be given the perimeter of an object and the lengths of all but one side. Students must subtract to find the value of the missing side. We will also continue using the MAP skills website to grow their understanding and skills in specific math areas. Later in the week, students will determine the solution to addition and subtraction problems of time intervals in minutes using pictorial models or tool. Students will receive homework Monday-Wednesday, but should study their math facts daily.  


Science:  We will observe forces such as magnetism, friction and gravity acting on objects. Students will be engaged in activities this week such as a friction lab, a demonstration on gravity, and comparing friction in a Venn Diagram. Gravity is the force that pulls all objects together. Gravity pulls on similarly shaped objects at the same rate regardless of mass or weight. Friction is the force between an object and the surface it moves over. Friction creates heat and slows an object. It is a pull. We are sending home yellow vocabulary cards and a yellow paper that has all the vocabulary words this week. Please have the students study them daily.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Week 17: January 3rd-5th


Week 17:  January 3rd-5th 


Happy 2018! 
We hope you all had a wonderful holiday break.  
We look forward to welcoming back your children tomorrow!  

Reminders

1/9  STAARY STAARY NIGHT  Third grade will host a STAAR information session Tuesday evening, January 9, to familiarize parents with our May state testing and answer any questions. We will meet in the library form 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

1/10  2nd NINE WEEKS RECOGNITION CEREMONY will be held in the cafeteria from 9:00-9:40am. 

1/10  3rd GRADE AUTHOR VISIT   Mac Barnett, author of The Terrible Two series, will visit our school on Wednesday, 1/10 and spend time with our 3rd graders.  You can purchase a copy of any of his books using the following link through Blue Willow Bookshop.  


Reading:  We have a quick, but action-packed week in reading as we begin our nonfiction genre study. For the next few weeks your readers will immerse themselves in a variety of nonfiction texts to learn about the purpose and structure of the genre. We will launch our unit by reading high-interest informational articles about the Guinness Book of World Records and penguin rescues this week. Reading MAP testing begins this week and will continue into next.

Writing:  Students will review how to story tell by sharing some of their favorite memories from our two week break.  As the week progresses we will shift our focus to our poetry unit of study.  Your writer will begin looking at poetry through the eyes of the writer.  Students will read and study anchor poems that showcase rich vocabulary as well as portray vivid mental images that spark our senses.

Word Work: 
We will continue to facilitate independence and confidence as students perfect their spelling skills within their independent writing. 


Social Studies:  Students will locate a variety of maps from nonfiction articles we read.  We will study these maps to note their features and specifically define key, compass rose, and scale. 

Math: This week we are focusing on taking the winter MAP test. We will also explore the MAP website as we will use it for additional practice. Then, it is on to measuring and calculating the perimeter of polygons. Perimeter is the distance around the outer edge and the sum of all the sides. Along with this basic knowledge, students will be given the perimeter of an object and the lengths of all but one side. Students must subtract to find the value of the missing side.


Students will only have homework on Wednesday but should study their math facts daily.




Science: We will observe how position and motion can be changed by pushing and pulling objects to show work being done. Some examples include swings, balls, pulleys, and wagons. We will also observe forces such as gravity and friction acting on objects. Gravity is the force that pulls all objects together. Friction is the force between two moving objects that tries to keep the objects from moving freely. We will discuss examples of each.