Monday (Readers Theater) -
Tuesday (Media) -
Wednesday (P.E.)- No Study Guide Math Estimation Test
Thursday (Music) - Class-Wide Spelling Bee
Friday (Art) -
Reading: We are finishing up our freaky frog books this week. Students worked for weeks to research and write about "freaky frogs" and their adaptations. We will finish the books next week along with a trading card about that frog.
Math: The beginning of the week will focus on estimation within story problems. We will take a test on Wednesday on the subject. After we will spend our time until winter break focusing on graphs. We will start with pictographs and then move to bar graphs. Students will take graphing test before we leave for winter break.
Social Studies: This week we are focused on the three regions of North Carolina (coastal plain, Piedmont, and Mountains) Students have studied these regions last week as well. This week they will take that knowledge and create some fake Instagram photos for each region. These posts will consist of things that students can do in each region and things to see in each region.
Science: We are in the research phase of our project on force and motion in transportation. Students picked which mode of transportation they would like to do last week and they started their research. They are using a mix of print and digital sources to answer our three main questions (How does that go? How does it stop? How does it change direction?) We have a guest expert coming in this week to talk to us about dirt bikes and ATV's!
Monday (Media)- Welcome Back!
Tuesday (P.E.)- Preview Book fair
Wednesday (Music)- Purchase time at book fair, Motorcycle Expert for Science
Reading: We are focusing on the informational aspect of frogs during this unit. We are working to create and read informational text about frogs during this time. Ask your student about the trading card and book that they are making.
Math: We are focusing on word problems and multiple step word problems this week. We had a talk on Monday that not having multiplication facts memorized at this point will extend their work time because they will need to use more time to solve problems. So they should work on memorizing this facts in overtime now!
Science: Project based learning on Force and Motion in Transportation.
Social Studies: We will start into a study of North Carolina and the history of this region.
Monday (Art) - Math Study Guide (Homework to Study), Progress Reports Home
Tuesday (Science)- Math Test
Wednesday (Readers Theater)- In School Science "Field Trip" on Force and Motion
Thursday (Media) - Happy Track Out!
Friday - No School
Don't forget that Fall Conferences will be held on November 14th. See email sent last week for link to sign up.
Reading: We are currently still researching frogs in class to help our informational writing. If students are interested this is an opportunity for them to research other frogs at home and collect the information in a creative way like a play or comic book!
Math: This week we are wrapping up the concepts covered so far this quarter and then we have a special activity planned for Thursday. Ask them about it.
Science: We are continuing to work on force and motion. We are focusing on gravity and friction this week. There will be an email home later this week about some things that are happening next in our force and motion unit. Ask your student about the different experiments we've done. (ex. the catapult that we made last week and some students choose to take home)
Monday (Reader's Theater) - Start unit of force and motion
Tuesday (Media)- Halloween: Per school policy, no costumes.
We have other fun activities planned.
Friday (Music) - Progress Reports (Interims) Home
Reading: We are still focusing on researching and reading informational texts about frogs and other amphibians. This is still a great time to read informational texts at home or the research reading homework.
Math: We are spiraling back to review the properties of multiplication again this week as well as work on word problems. A great way to push students with word problems is work with them or let them work independently to have them write their own word problems and see if you can solve them.
Science: We are starting a new unit in science on force and motion. I will be sending more information home about this unit as we approach track out. We will start off with this week being "general" lessons about gravity and other forces that act on objects. Ask your students what kind of activities they are doing later this week.
Monday (P.E.)- Mismatched clothes (Red Ribbon Week), Start Unit 2 of Module 2 (EL Learning)
Tuesday (P.E.)- Wear your favorite sports team (Red Ribbon Week)
Wednesday (Music)- 5:45 pm Principal-Parent Chat Open Forum, Dress like a minion day (Red Ribbon Week), Quick math quiz: Determining the Unknown Factor, Study Guide for Science
Friday (Science)- Changes in Matter Science Test
Reading: We are moving into an informational study of frogs. At the end of the module, students will be writing a book and trading card about the research they will be conducting. The time has come to possibly rent INFORMATIONAL books about amphibians for homework during this unit. To connect this at home, let them make trading cards for other amphibians they find information on. Have amphibian battles with the trading cards.
Science: We are finishing up the changes in matter unit this week. The other experiments mentioned the last couple weeks were great resources too but you can also show the formation of rust using steel wool and vinegar and steel wool and water. (They should be left for a day or so to see the best results)
Math: Last week and this week we combined all the skills we’ve learned so far to work to determine the unknown in a problem. Great practice for home or in the car would be to repeat multiplication facts with students to continue to work on the mastering of their multiplication facts.
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.