Wednesday (Reader's Theater) - Frog Festival!
Thursday (Media) - Writing another pourquoi tale, Wear Red (Red Ribbon Week)
Friday- Early Release at 1:15, Wear a hat (Red Ribbon Week)
Reading: We are still focused on pourquoi tales this week. Students will be reading the pourquoi tales they made to the class during the FROG FESTIVAL! Ask them about it. We are also focused on adjectives, adverbs, comparative adjectives, superlative adjectives, comparative adverbs, and superlative adverbs. While you are driving or eating you can connect this one. Make a quick game of who can spot the adjectives and adverbs around you. With comparative and superlative you will need support the answers with sentences like: "That tree is the biggest one!" This sentence compares the size of one tree to the rest. Or: "My feet are bigger than hers." They need a sentence to support them because otherwise we would just be shouting out "bigger, biggest!"
Math: We are focused on solving for the unknown this week. We have moved from thinking that we can only solve problems like this: 4 x 5 = 20. Now students are able to solve for more than just the answer. For example: 5 x ____ = 35. The answer that goes in the blank is the unknown. Students can solve unknown equations with division as well. ______ / 4 = 24. A great way to have fun with this at home is stickers. Students are now capable of writing and solving their own unknown problems so if you have some stickers that have at least 2 of the same on it (like a bunch of farm animals but at least 2 of each animal) then they can make a SOLVING FOR THE UNKNOWN BOOK. We made one similar in class. They can use the sticker to represent the blank space, the unknown. They should also be solving the problem. So it will look like this:
4 x (sticker) = 12
(Sticker) = 3
Science: We are still focused on physical and chemical changes. Ask your student about the experiments we are doing in class.
Thursday (Character Ed)
NOTE: Until further notice, each night a math sheet will be sent home for homework. If students have extra time at home, they should still be practicing their multiplication facts in various ways.
Reading: We are currently analyzing a pourquoi tale to use it as a model to write our own pourquoi tale. We are currently writing a tale called: “Why does the polliwog wiggle” Ask your student about it. This week, students will create and write out their own pourquoi tale. They may be asked to work on this at home this week as well, if they aren’t finishing the work assigned in school.
Math: We are studying the properties of multiplication (distributive, associative, communicative, identity) We will spend a couple more days on these properties and then we will move to balancing equations. The easiest way to think about balancing equations is that both sides of the equal sign should equal the same product.
Science: We are still studying states of matter. This week we will start learning about physical and chemical changes that can happen to objects. To connect this at home: there are MANY experiments that connect to this topic. The most popular is putting baking soda in a balloon. Filling half a SMALL water bottle with vinegar. Then fitting the balloon over the opening of the water bottle. Once the balloon is secure, then shake the baking soda from the balloon and it will go into the vinegar. If you do this at home, have students write about what they saw to bring it in the next day. (This experiment really shows how gas is created when to substances are combined.)
Monday (P.E.)- Start Quarter 2, New Journal Prompt Questions emailed and attached below.
Tuesday (Character Education) –
Thursday (Art) –
Friday (Science)- Quarter 1 Report Cards Home
Reading: We’ve started a new module this week! We will now be studying frogs! This will include many different types of text. We will start with stories about frogs (mostly pourquoi and other folktales) and then move to non-fiction, informational later in the unit. This is a great time to grab some stories and folktales about frogs for research reading at home. We will be writing our own pourquoi tale in school. Ask your student about it!
Science: We ended human body last week. This week we are starting our unit on changes in matter. We will start the week by reviewing the states of matter and then move into all the different ways that matter can change from one state to another. A great way to connect this at home would be in the kitchen. Water boiling on the stove? Liquid turning into a gas. About to freeze some water to make ice cubes? Liquid changing into a solid. There are many examples that happen on a daily basis!
Math: We are still in our multiplication and division unit. It is still essential that students are practicing their facts at home. We are focusing on the properties of multiplication this week. We will start with the distributive property. There are a couple videos and resources on the parent site that can help as well. We will eventually move on to the commutative and associative properties by the end of the week.
Monday (Art) - New Jobs Posted
Tuesday (Science)- Fluency Recording (Ask your student about it)
Wednesday (Reader's Theater)- School Photo Form Due, School Photos at 12:40, Study Guide for Human Body
Thursday (P.E.) - Quick Multiplication Quiz (No Study Guide)
Friday - Early Release at 1:15, Human Body Test
Reading: We are wrapping up this unit of overcoming challenges this week. Students will be making a bookmark with personal reading challenges and strategies on it. They will be completing their reading contract this week as well. On Tuesday, students will be reading a book they've been practicing for a recording. Ask them about any of these aspects of reading this week. Just a heads up, next week we will start our study of frogs in our reading time! It would be a great time to go to the library this weekend to pick up books about frogs for next week as they will need those for their at home research reading. The first section will focus on porquoi tales. So finding books about tales of frogs, this is a focus for the first part and then they will need to read research informational texts that tell facts about frogs.
Science: We are wrapping up our study of the human body this week too. Currently, we are studying skin and how all the bones, muscles, and skin work together on a daily basis.
Math: This week we are diving more into division! Students are now starting to relate division to multiplication and back again. It is essential that students are memorizing their facts now! All the units for the rest of third grade in math will build on multiplication.
Monday (Science)- Homework sent out.
Tuesday (Reader's Theater) - Job Applications Out
Wednesday (P.E.) - Job Application Due, Fun Run 10:30 - 11:30
Thursday (Media) -
Friday (Music) -
Reading: We are focusing on reading fluently and writing a reading contract that outlines students' personal reading challenges and strategies to overcome them. Ask your student about it! With reading fluently, practice this at home by asking students to read part of the book they are reading for homework aloud to you.
Writing: Working on our reading contracts.
Math: Multiplication! We are focusing on the strategies this week. Repeated Addition, Arrays, and Equal Groups. Students should be practicing these strategies at home with their homework if they need it to help them solve the problems presented. There are LOTS of resources and printables linked to the parent help page that can help struggling students.
Science: We are moving on the to the muscular system this week. We are focusing on contracting muscles and how they work with bones and other parts of the body to help us move.
Monday (Reader's Theater)- Practice CogAT, Boosterthon Pep Rally
Tuesday (P.E.) - Field Trip (Downtown Raleigh), Practice CogAT
Wednesday (Media) - CogAT testing, Begin Multiplication and Division Unit
Thursday (Music) - CogAT testing
Friday (Art)- CogAT testing, ME Collage DUE!, Present: Me Collage
Reading: Before we left for break, we were studying Booker T. Washington. We will continue to study him as well as overcoming other reading challenges as we return. We will start to work on creating individual reading contracts that will focus on students' individual reading challenges and how they can work to overcome them.
Math: As mentioned above, we will start our multiplication and division unit this week. Students are expected to memorize the multiplication facts 0 - 10 by the end of the unit. We will be working on strategies to solve the problems as we start the unit. Students are expected to learn these strategies to understand the math involved in solving the problems but as the unit progresses they should rely less on the strategies for a majority of the problems. As stated the email and track out updates, REFLEX MATH is a wonderful program that should be used at home as well as school to aid with the memorization of the facts. If students do not work to memorize their facts by the end of the unit, the rest of the topics covered math this year will become increasingly difficult for them as all the units build on students knowing their multiplication facts and being able to quickly recite them. For most students, this requires extra practice at home. Some nights (Starting Tuesday and Wednesday the week of September 18th) students will be assigned to practice their facts, they should still practice their facts on the other nights of the week as well. Flash cards and other resources will be sent home through out the unit.
Science: Before break, we were working on the skeletal system. We will continue this work for a couple more days them move into the muscular system. There are some extension activities on the parent resources science page.
In the Wake County Public School System, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is administered to all students in third grade. The CogAT measures general thinking and problem-solving skills and indicates how well the student uses these skills to solve verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal problems. The skills and abilities measured by the CogAT develop gradually throughout a person’s lifetime, but individuals vary in the rates at which they develop the skills. Because these abilities are closely related to an individual’s success in school, test results may be used in planning effective instructional programs. In combination with other relevant information about a student, scores can be used to adapt instruction in ways that enhance the student’s success in learning. The CogAT is one assessment of many that will assist school personnel in instructional planning.
The CogAT for your child will be administered on 9/13 – 9/15. Each day of testing will consist of 3 short tests of 10 minutes each. The most effective way to prepare your child for CogAT testing is make sure they have a good night's sleep and a nutritious breakfast. Please let us know if you have any questions.
2. You should get an email to one of the emails that I have on file for your student about joining Epic! This is a reading program on the computer. If you follow the instructions in the email sent to you by Epic, your student will also be able to use this at home. This will come in handy when we start the next module for reading because we will be reading all about frogs and animal adaptations. We will be using Epic in school as well. I do believe that there is an app that can be downloaded as well. If that email didn’t go through or you’d like another way to access it. Here is the class’s access code: NJB7887
3. Don’t forget that the ME COLLAGE is due on FRIDAY, September 16th. We will be presenting in class on Friday. The assignment sheet is listed in an earlier weekly update on the website.
4. Our downtown Raleigh government building walking tour field trip is THIS TUESDAY! Please make sure that students are to school on time as the busses will be leaving after announcements. Students should wear shoes and clothing they are comfortable walking in. The following students are buying lunch, everyone else will need to pack a lunch on Tuesday.
Students who signed up to buy lunch on Tuesday:
Elijah, Bryan, Cameron, Vivi, Aaryaa, Sahana, Ayleen, Jayden, Vishwac, Carl
5. Alston Ridge does a fundraiser each year put on by the PTA. This is called the Boosterthon. Students will attend a pep rally on Monday when we return and will receive more information. Basically, they will be encouraged to register online and log in pledges that way. There are lots of fun prizes along the way. During school, we will talk about and watch videos with different character traits. At the end of the program (On September 20th) we will complete a ‘fun run’ where students will run laps in the field. It is a great program, students have a lot of fun with it! More information will come home Monday with your student.
6. The next unit of study for math is multiplication and division. There is an online program called REFLEX MATH. This program is specifically designed to help students memorize their facts. Memorization of the multiplication facts will be essential for students as they progress in the math this year. This site will be used in class frequently but should also be used at home to maximize the program. The students will bring home their log – in information next week. I cannot praise this program enough, it truly helps students memorize their facts and the memorization of their facts helps them to stay successful the rest of the year in math.
7. During open house, we mentioned that we would send home the Mclass reading levels once the program was fixed. It is fixed! I will send home student reading level letters early this next week.
Monday (P.E.)- Free Choice Reading Homework
Tuesday (Reader’s Theater)- Overcoming Challenges Reading Article or Book Homework, Quadrilateral Study Guide
Wednesday (Media)- Free Choice Reading Homework
Thursday (Music) – Quadrilateral Test, Overcoming Challenges Reading Article or Book Homework
Friday – Early Release (Lunch time and buses still run, dismissal starts at 1:15 pm)
Happy Track Out! The students will return September 11th.
Reading: We are still working on overcoming challenges. Track out is a great time to head over to the library and see if you and your student can find some books about animal adaptations and frogs to read during the next module for reading. (We will start that unit towards the end of September).
PROJECT ALERT! : Students got an assignment sheet today (Monday) that describes the Me Collage they will be making. This is an at- home project and it due the Friday we return from track out. The assignment is attached below. Please email me with any questions.
Writing: Students are focusing on informative paragraph writing during unit. We are also practicing writing fluency. This week we are focused on staying on the same topic when writing fluently.
Math: We will finish quadrilaterals this week. Take a look at the resources and videos if your student is struggling with the homework. Students can make a MATCH IT game with a picture of the quadrilaterals and then match it to the attributes that shape has.
Science: We are focusing on the skeletal system this week. To practice at home play quick games of “name that bone!!” There is also a fun skeletal activity attached to the parent resources (science help) site.
Monday (P.E.) - Student Council Elections
Tuesday (Music) -
Thursday (Science) - Open House (Sessions at 6 and 6:35 pm) Room 2316
Friday (Media) - Interim (Progress Reports) Home
Reading: This week students are focusing on using the information they gathered to construct a paragraph. We will work this week on making a quality paragraph as well as revising and giving helpful tips to another student. To practice at home, if you have time you could write up a quick paragraph or a couple sentences about any topic and purposefully put spelling, punctuation, and capitalization mistakes and ask your student to fix them. To take it a step further, have them work on what "advice" they can give you about maybe making that paragraph better. This is where you can help guide them with what is "good advice" and what isn't. We will be working on those skills in class as well. Our overall focus is still on Overcoming Challenges.
Math: We started our study of shapes and quadrilaterals at the end of last week. We will continue that study into this week. Students should have taken home a set of flash cards they made with the different attributes of shapes written on them to use at home. There are also many resources on the parent resources math tab.
Science: We are starting our science unit of study this week. Students will learn about the skeletal system, muscular system, and skin during this unit. To practice at home, do a couple exercises (jumping jacks, push ups, or toe touches) and discuss and notice all the parts of the body that are working together to make that movement possible. You could also play "Name that Bone!" anywhere. Pointing at bones and seeing who can name them and who can name them the fastest.
Tuesday (Science)- Study guide for social studies government unit
Wednesday (Media) – Rounding and Place Value Test
Thursday (P.E.)- Government Test, Start Quadrilaterals Unit
Friday (Reader’s Theater) –
HW for Reading Each night this week - Read (free choice or research text) for 15 minutes and answer journal prompt question.
Reading: We are still focused on overcoming learning challenges near and far. Please keep an eye out this week for home resources and more information via email. This is a great unit to investigate schools around the world. There are resources online (articles and videos) that tell students about different schools and how students to get to schools all over the world. We’ve talked about many different students and their learning challenges and how they get to school, ask them about it!
Writing: This week we are focusing on paragraph writing. To help connect this at home, have students choose one journal prompt question (emailed out previously and attached to the weekly update two weeks ago) and each night have them work to write a bit more for a different question each night. Writing stamina takes time :)
Math: We will wrap up the rounding unit this week. Students will not receive a study guide for this test but they should know the following: how to round to the nearest 10 and 100, identify place value up to the thousands place, and add and subtract up to 1,000. On Thursday, we will start our unit on quadrilaterals. The quadrilaterals unit is a difficult one for many students, take a look at the resources on the parent tab to see what you might be able to check in with them at home. The quadrilaterals unit will last until around the time of our track out.
Social Studies: We are finishing up our government unit this week. Students will finish up by completing a voting activity. We used a small book for part of the instruction that will come home this week, this is a great study tool along with the study guide. The study guide will be completed in class together with the teacher but it is the students responsibility to take it home and use it to study.