Week of January 21-25

Dear 3rd Grade Families,

 

I hope you were all able to rest and relax over the long weekend. I know I heard about some of your plans to visit the snow up north! Hopefully everyone traveled safely and your students are ready to dive back into school for this short week.

 

Here is what we will be learning this week:

 

Spalding: Due to the short week, we will not be having Spalding spelling words this week. We will start back into our list next week.

 

Grammar: This week in grammar we will be spending time identifying and working with dependent and independent clauses.  This will be important as we begin learning about complex sentences.

 

Literature: We will be learning about inferences. As a reminder, please make sure your child brings The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

 

Writing: We will be reviewing topic sentences. On Wednesday, we will be having a school wide writing day ūüôā

 

Math:  We continue to learn about equivalent fractions this week.  We will have a check for understanding on Thursday.

 

History: In history this week we will continue to discuss Viking life, looking at their daily life, writings, and typical homes.  We will also be preparing for a quiz next Monday Рthe study guide will come home tomorrow.

 

Science: We will be learning about reflection, refraction, mirrors, and lenses in our light unit.

Have a wonderful Week!!

 

Week of January 14th-18th

Dear 3C Grade Parents,

Apologies for the late post:

It was a pleasure meeting with you to discuss your child’s goals for the coming semester.  Project Week has come to an end, and this coming week we begin our first full week of curriculum for the semester.  Project Week grades will go home with the first Black Folders after Civil Rights Day (January 21st).

 

Here is the curriculum information for this week:

 

Literature: This week we will focus on character traits. Please make sure your child brings in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe book by Tuesday (January 14th).

 

Spalding: We will continue to enter words into our Spalding notebooks. Expect homework Monday-Thursday to help prepare for the test on Friday. Please continue to encourage quality work on all homework.

 

Grammar: We will spend this week reviewing all concepts covered throughout the first semester, focusing on parts of speech and sentence classification.

 

Writing: In writing, we will be discussing opinion writing. This week students will explore how to create a strong opinion using bubble maps

 

History: This week we will begin our Vikings Unit.  We will start the week by exploring the science of Archeology and how it helps us unlock the past, and move on to study who the Vikings were, their countries of origin, and critical waterways for Viking movement.

 

Science: In science, we will begin our unit on light and sound. We will be discussing what light is and how shadows are made. Thursday and Friday this week will be science experiments related to these two concepts.
Math:  In mathematics this week we continue to learn about fractions.  This week, we will be learning about equivalent fractions.

Week of January 7th

Dear 3C Parents,

Welcome back! We are looking forward to having our students back with us tomorrow Рwe missed them!!  We have enjoyed meeting with some of you to talk about your child’s progress this year. We will continue conferences this week!

Rome projects are due tomorrow 1/7, and presentations will begin and continue till Friday 1/11. We ask that all students bring in their materials tomorrow, unless there are perishable items involved.  Please reach out to us if we need to make any arrangements.

Curriculum Information for this week:

Literature: We will begin introducing The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe this week.  Please have your student bring their copy in by Friday.

Spalding: We will continue to enter words into our Spalding notebooks and practice phonograms and handwriting. Please continue to ensure quality work on homework. Practicing the spelling words outside of written homework time is also beneficial for students’ preparation for weekly tests.

Maths: We will begin our unit on fractions (we will not be going in the order the book is arranged in for the next few units). Please note that we will be collecting the 3A math workbooks and textbooks to store at school whilst we work on some concepts in the 3B books.  We will be passing out the 3B workbooks and textbooks this week.

History: We will be having our Roman Presentations for Project Week. Please make sure to bring in all materials tomorrow (1/7). We will also be starting our unit on the Vikings.

Science: There will be no science this week due to History Presentations

Writing: We will be introducing opinion writing.

Have a lovely week!

Mrs. Buske & Mr. Bishop.

Week of December 17th, 2018

Dear Parents,

We are in the final stretch of this quarter! This year is going by so fast! Please check your email for a link being sent out regarding January Conferences. Just a reminder Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are half days this week. Our last day of school before Winter Break is Wednesday 12/19.

Curriculum:

Literature: We will be concluding Little House on the Prairie. This week will be also be focusing on Idioms and Proverbs.

Grammar: We will continue to practice sentence classification.

Spalding: There will be no new words this week.

Math: We will have a quick check over division on Monday and review on Wednesday.

Science: This week we will be finishing our unit of hearing and vision. There will be no test for this unit.

History: We will be having our Roman Celebration on Tuesday 12/18. Typed final draft of the Rome Project will be due on Tuesday 12/18.

Writing: We will be discussing family traditions. The students will be writing about the traditions that are important to them and we will share as a class on Wednesday 12/19.

Week of December 10th, 2018

Dear Parents,

 

This coming week will be the last full week of the quarter (and the year!).  On Tuesday, we will be sending home the black folders with graded work Рplease sign and send back any tests in the folders.

The rough drafts or the Roman Project essays were due this past Friday.  They will be returned to your student for edits, and the final draft is due Tuesday, December 18th (PLEASE NOTE Рthis is different from the original due date for Friday, December 14th).  Please be in touch with your child’s teacher should you have any questions.

Our Roman celebrations will be held on December 18th, from around 10:00  to 12:00.  This is a highlight of the year for the students Рplease be in touch with your class liaisons with any questions, and be on the lookout for sign up opportunities.  We will need materials as well as volunteers, so there are options for all to participate in any way preferred.

 

Curriculum:

 

Literature: This week we will be working on deciphering the main idea of a text, as well as continuing to read our Little House on the Prairie novel.

 

Grammar: This week in grammar we will be practicing sentence classification daily. We will not introduce any new grammatical concepts until after winter break.

 

Spalding: In Spalding this week we will continue to enter new words into our blue notebooks in preparation for our spelling test Friday. Please continue to encourage quality work on homework.

 

Math: In math this week, we will go deeper into multiplication and division.  We will add strategies for the 7s, 8s, and 9s.  There will be a quick assessment on Monday, December 17th.

 

Science: This week we will continue exploring vision and the eye.

 

History and Writing: We will spend this week reviewing for our test covering the Roman Empire on Friday. In writing we will be learning about concluding sentences.

 

Thank you for your continued support of our scholars – have a great week!

The 3rd Grade Team

 

Week of December 3, 2018

Week of December 3rd,

 

Dear Parents,

 

The Roman Project is beginning to near its conclusion.  The rough draft will be due this Friday (12/7). It is a good idea to be thinking about visual aids before winter break.  Remember, visual aids must be created by the student, not purchased. For example, please don’t purchase a 3D puzzle of a monument as that would not be considered student made.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student’s teacher.

 

Curriculum this week:

 

Literature: This week we will be learning how to distinguish an opinion from a fact, and determine which genres of literature are more likely to contain facts or opinions.  We will also continue to read our current read-aloud, Little House on the Prairie

 

Spalding:  We will continue to enter words into our Spalding notebooks and practice phonograms and handwriting. Please continue to ensure quality work on homework. Practicing the spelling words outside of written homework time is also beneficial for students’ preparation for weekly tests.

 

Grammar: This week we will continue to work with compound sentences, learning to recognize and correct comma splices and run-on sentences.

 

Math:  In math, we continue to work on multiplication and division.  We will be sending home a Math Facts Log starting Monday. Similar to the reading logs, we ask that students spend 3 Р5 minutes practicing their math facts.  Please just initial their logs once they have completed the practice.

 

History: In history, we will be focusing on the death of Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar, Roman Lands, and Gladiator/Chariot Races. Students will be expected to complete a comprehension page to go with each section.

 

Writing: In writing, we will be discussing the 4 types of topic sentences and how to use them in a paragraph.

 

Science: In science, we will be testing the students on the Nervous System on Monday. The rest of the week we will be discussing vision.

Week of November 26

We hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving Holiday with your family! Hard to believe how fast the year is moving!

 

Performance notices were sent home on Monday of last week. Please make sure to sign and return them if you have received the notice. As a reminder performance notices were only sent out if your child is receiving a D or below. Please let us know if you have any questions.

 

Black folders will be sent home on Tuesday. Please make sure to sign and return all tests in the black folder.

 

This Week:

 

Grammar: This week we will delve deeper into dependent and independent clauses and work toward composing compound sentences. We will also continue to focus on classifying sentences in order to understand parts of speech and sentence construction.

 

Spalding: We will continue entering words into our Spalding notebooks this week. Please continue to encourage neatness and accuracy on homework each night.

 

Literature: We will be asking and answering questions using nonfiction texts

 

Math: In math this week, we will be continuing to work on long division. We have seen a lot the students are needing support in their math fact fluency; therefore, we are starting something new this week with math facts. On Monday, we will be starting math fact fluency for the 2x tables. The students will be orally assessed on this skill Friday 11/30.

 

History/Writing: We will be completing our rough draft of the project this week in class. Have your child continue to bring resources this week.

 

Science: We will continue learning about the brain. Study guide for the Nervous System Test will be coming home tomorrow. The test will be on Monday (12/3).

 

Week of November 12th

Dear Parents,

 

We all hope you had a relaxing, enjoyable weekend with your families. While we look forward to this short week of school, we are aware that concert week often feels busy and hectic. Please see the note below for information that will help you plan for that evening.

 

3-5 Concert Logistics Thursday, November 15th

Students arrive at 6:30 p.m. and check in to designated areas. There will be staff members in the lobby with signs to assist the students in reporting to their appropriate locations.

Pick up Locations:

  • 3rd Graders ¬†Little Theatre
  • 4th Graders ¬†Picnic Table Area Outside
  • 5th Graders ¬†Stage

Note to Families with Multiple Students:

  • Please keep 3-5 students with you in the audience during the K-2 concert and pick up the K-2 students before the 3-5 concert begins.

Things to Remember:

  • Out of respect for all of the students, please plan on staying until the end of the 3-5 concert.
  • The concert will be professionally recorded by Esthetics in Motion. Please refrain from bringing recording devices. DVDs can be preordered for purchase here: ¬†http://store.estheticsinmotion.com

A Note from the Higley Center:

  • Please be patient in the parking lot, and aware of your surroundings at all times because of the high volume of traffic
  • Cell phones should be turned off upon entering the auditorium
  • Please wait until the end of the song to applaud
  • Late comers will be asked to wait to enter the auditorium until the end of the current song
  • Out of respect for the performers and the camera crew, please exit to the lobby if your small child is causing a distraction

Food and drink are not allowed in the auditorium
A Look at this week:

 

Grammar: This week in Grammar we will continue learning about conjunctions. We will look at how conjunctions are used to join together adjectives and adverbs as well as subjects and verbs.

 

Spalding: Due to the short week and busy concert evening, there will be no Spalding this week.

 

Literature: This week we will be working on sequencing skills, and continuing with our current read-aloud – Little House on the Prairie.

 

Math:  This week, we begin our unit on division. Please ensure your student is continuing to practice multiplication facts to mastery.

 

History: Unit assessment on Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, and Pompeii will be on Thursday. Please make sure to help your child locate resources (ie library books and online resources etc.) for their Rome project. We will begin working on them in class on Monday, November 19th. Please let us know if you have any questions.

 

Writing: In writing, we continue working on the writing tools concepts with a focus on an outline/plan for organizing paragraphs.

 

Science: In Science, we will continue working on The Nervous System with a focus on parts of the brain.

 

Week of November 5th

Dear Parents,

 

As the winter holidays approach, we realize that every family has its own traditions and beliefs. ¬†If your child does not still believe in the ‚ÄúElf on a Shelf‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúSanta Claus,‚ÄĚ please gently ask them to help keep the secret for those who do. ¬†As teachers, we always want to protect individual beliefs and that little bit of magic at this time of year.

 

This is also the time of year when upper respiratory maladies spread around the school like wildfire.  Please feel free to send a travel tissue pack with your student to keep in their desk if they are suffering.  If your child has a sore throat, please email the teacher and we will be happy to let them keep their water bottle at their desk.  Please be kind and keep sick children at home Рsend them back to us once they have been fever free or have not vomited for at least 24 hours to ensure they are no longer contagious.

 

Black folders came home this Friday ‚Äď please take a moment to remove the contents before sending the folder back to school tomorrow.¬† This will be a quick turn-around, since we have gotten off-cycle from the rest of the team and need to re-align.¬† Therefore, look for the black folders to come home again this coming Tuesday.

 

A Look at this week:

 

Grammar: This week in Grammar we will be learning about conjunctions. We will look at how conjunctions are used in compound subjects and compound predicates this week in preparation for studying compound sentences in coming weeks.

 

Spalding: We will have a short Spalding list again this week as we are taking extra time to prepare for our upcoming fall music concert. Please continue to ensure quality work on Spalding homework and encourage your students to study their spelling words outside of class.

 

Literature: This week in Literature we will continue to read from Little House on the Prairie, and we will be working on our reading comprehension skills.

 

Math:  In Math, we continue to work on multiplication and division.  We have been working hard on one and two step word problems.  Encourage your child to persevere through these problems.

 

Science: In science, we will begin our unit on the Nervous System.

 

History: In history, we will begin discussing Pompeii. Students will be expected to use the two column note-taking strategy in their composition notebooks. We will be modeling this for the students in order for them to begin the process of notetaking.

 

Writing: In writing, we will be connecting to history (Pompeii) and will discuss the following strategies as a class (The Writing Tools Program):

 

  1. Highlighting (figuring out what the questions/prompt is asking us)
  2. TAK (finding the topic, audience, and key words for our writing using the writing prompt)
  3. Stop and Think (students will be given two minutes to write ideas that they know about the topic)
  4. Brainstorming (students will use their ideas from stop and think to come up with ideas about the prompt)
  5. Pick and Choose (students will choose 3 ideas from brainstorming to be our big ideas for the prompt)

As always, please feel free to contact your classroom teacher should you have any questions, comments, or feedback.  Have a great week!

 

The 3rd Grade Team

 

Week Of October 29, 2018

Dear Parents,

 

The week of October 29th is jam-packed with events.  On Wednesday, October 31st, we have our fourth annual Dress Like a Literary Character Day.  Students should have turned in a costume idea for approval from their teacher.  All costumes should not be solely from pop culture.  Harry Potter and Star Wars are considered pop culture by Great Hearts.

 

On Friday, November 2nd, we have EARLY RELEASE.  Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up at 12:30.  Athenaeum will still provide after school care for those who are enrolled. Before the end of the day we will also have our culminating assembly for the October event of Whooo’s Reading.

 

SMALL GROUPS

 

Wednesdays are SMALL GROUP DAYS!  We have small groups from 11:10 Р12:20.  Each class needs 2 Р4 volunteers to make this possible.  Please reach out to your classroom liaison for information on how to sign up.  The students love seeing their parents come in to help and we can’t run the small groups without your help!

 

RESEARCH WEBSITES

 

As a reminder, students must turn in their choice for the Rome Project by Friday, November 2nd.  Some students have already been approved for their choices and can begin researching their topics.  We have been stressing with students that they should never search the Internet without adult supervision.  Here are some good sites to begin with:

 

Kidtopia:  https://www.kidtopia.info

Encyclopedia Britannica:  http://www.britannica.com

National Geographic for Kids:  https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

 

CURRICULUM

 

Literature: In Literature this week, we will continue reading from our current read-aloud, Little House on the Prairie Рplease make sure your student is provided with a copy if at all possible.  We will also continue our exploration of Greek myths as we learn about plot devices and literary features.

 

Spalding: We will continue to enter words in our Spalding notebooks. Please continue to focus on accuracy with your students as they are completing their homework. There will be no Spalding homework Wednesday so that you can spend time celebrating the holiday with family if you choose.

 

Grammar: This week we will be focusing on understanding that complete sentences make sense when subjects and verbs ‚Äúagree‚ÄĚ with each other.

 

Math:  In Math this week, we will advance our skills in multiplication.  Students will begin to learn how to multiply a two-digit number by a one-digit number.  They will also continue to work on how to take apart a word problem.

 

Science: In science, we will continue working on the Muscular System with a focus on cardiac muscles. The test for this unit will be this Friday.

 

History & Writing: In history, we will be focusing on Cleopatra and will begin working on how to write an informational paragraph.