5/9 - Bike to School Day
5/10 - Gallery Night @ 5:00
5/14 - Math STAAR
5/15 - Reading STAAR
5/21 - Publishers' Picnic
5/24 - Chariot Races @ 8:30
5/25 - Winds of Time Parade
5/28 - Memorial Day (No School)
A big thank you to our wonderful parents who chaperoned our trips to the River Oaks Country Club and Main Street Theater. We couldn't do it without your partnership!
Winds of Time is just around the corner. In third grade we study Ancient Rome and take part in our own version of the chariot races that entertained Romans all over the empire. We need wagons to transform into chariots. Please lend us your wagon and ask your neighbors to help us out, too! The following SignUp Genius will help us keep track of what is coming. Thanks for your help! Chariot Wagon SignUp
Reading: This week our readers will continue interacting with our third grade read aloud, Wishtree by master storyteller Katherine Applegate. It is a book that consistently leaves our children wanting more!
An Amazon Top 20 Children's Books of 2017
The New York Times-bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope.
Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .
Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood.
You might say Red has seen it all. -Amazon
Students will be working on refining test-taking strategies using this week's feature poem, "I Saw My Teacher on a Saturday." Our third graders are becoming proficient in discussing the structure of poetry, including: stanzas, free verse and narrative structures, rhyme scheme, tone, mood, purpose, etc.
Guided groups will be the focus this week, working with students at their individual levels to evaluate non-fiction text features. On Wednesday they will take an assessment on three genres of text and we will continue to elevate their reading skills based on the data we collect.
Writing: Our read aloud, Wishtree will be the inspiration for a poetry assignment in writing this week. The students will create a draft, then revise and final draft a piece the follows the rings of a tree through their own lives. Students will final draft on watercolor paper; what a wonderful piece to share at this year's Publishers' Picnic!
Social Studies: This week our money-saavy Cougars will continue to work through the video series Econ and Me, during their study of economics. This has been a wonderful opportunity for our students to work on effective note taking skills and to apply the concepts learned to their personal financial literacy.
Math: This week in Math we are exploring pared tables and input-output tables. Both concepts require students to discover the mathematical relationship between numbers from one column of a table to another.
In this table, students must see the relationship between the number of pages and the number of pictures. The pattern can be determined vertically by adding 4 to each line (if the numbers are sequential) or horizontally by multiplying the pages by 4 to find the number of pictures. Any operation can be used in the table. Students must ask themselves "What has been done to the first number to get the other?"
Tables can be written horizontally, too. But the process is the same. What is done to the bottom number to get the top number? In this case, you divide by 4.
Here is a resource that can further explain the concept of function machines.
At the end of the week, we begin learning about Personal Financial Literacy. This exposes our students to the basics of economics. We will discuss credit cards and planned and unplanned spending. It is always interesting to hear how children think the financial world works. Hopefully our exploration will clarify many misconceptions they have.
Students will have written homework Monday through Wednesday nights and their usual FFF quiz at the end of the week. Please make a greater effort with your child to further their multiplication facts. We are down to the wire to being fluent and proficient at all math facts!
Science: The first half of the week we are reviewing customary weight measurement and metric and customary volume. Students will jar their memories about how we measure weight and liquids here in the United States. On Wednesday they will participate in a volume lab where they will use graduated cylinders, beakers and measuring cups to better acquaint themselves with liters and milliliters. At the end of the week we practice measuring inches to the nearest half and quarter inch. Now that we have learned fractions, this should be a fairly simple exercise.