Month: September 2017

Technology Thursdays

Our first Technology Thursday will take place on Thursday, October 5th. If you want your child to be able to bring his or her device to school and participate in Technology Thursdays, please sign and return the BYOD form.

Monday, September 18

 

Tomorrow is the last day of fall testing! Hooray! Let’s make it the best by ensuring students go to bed early, eat a good breakfast, and arrive at school on time to not feel rushed before testing begins.

This week, we are:

Math: fluently adding and subtracting within 1,000. Students must have one strategy for each that helps them solve problems successfully. Students will also solve two step word problems using an equation with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Please use the math workbooks or the extra practice if students need more practice. These two standards will be assessed the week after fall break.

Writing: presenting small moment narratives at the first Writing Celebration of the year on Wednesday, September 20 at 8:45 am.

Reading: reviewing all of our reading standards for the quarter (main idea, asking and answering questions, describing characters, and context clues).  These will be assessed this week as well as the week after fall break.

Language Arts: adding suffixes to base words to change meanings and using context clues to define unknown words.

Health: comparing and contrasting healthy and unhealthy lifestyles. This will be taught and assessed this week as well as the week after fall break.

Social Studies: explaining how the American Indians’ choices of where to live affected how they lived. This Friday, we will have an American Indian day full of activities to learn about what life was like for the American Indians. Students need to bring a paper towel roll AND a toilet paper roll. These standards will be assessed the week after the break. A study guide for the assessment will be sent home on Friday.

Important Information:

T-Shirts: Please send in form and payment by Friday, September 22. I have envelopes at school for payments.

Spirit Night: Tomorrow night at Willy’s!

Class Wish List: Empty paper towel rolls and empty toilet paper rolls.

Information regarding addition/subtraction and word problems

Students will receive a packet soon containing a letter, addition and subtraction strategies, as well as practice word problems. Please note that 3rd graders in Cobb County may NOT use the traditional algorithm until 4th grade. This practice is not mandatory, but a good idea to prepare for the assessment. The assessment has been moved to the week of October 2nd since we lost days from the storms. Math strategies and examples can also be found in the math journals.

Wednesday, September 13

Thank you very much for being flexible with the schedule changes with testing and the storms! Students will take the IOWA tests Thursday, Friday, Monday, and Tuesday.

This week, we are:

Math: fluently adding and subtracting within 1,000. Students must have one strategy for each that helps them solve problems successfully. Students will also solve two step word problems using an equation with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. I do not want to give extra homework during testing, but students would benefit from practicing both of these standards at home. Both of these standards (addition/subtraction and two step word problems) will be assessed next week.

Writing: editing and publishing small moment narratives. The first Writing Celebration of the year will take place Wednesday, September 20 at 8:45 am. We look forward to presenting our narratives to you!

Reading: identifying main idea and key details in informational texts as well as using context clues to define unknown words. All of our reading standards for the quarter (main idea, asking and answering questions, and context clues) will be assessed next week.

Language Arts: forming and using possessives.

Science: investigating the physical attributes (color, capacity to hold water, and particle size) of soils (sand, clay, loam/potting soil). Please contact me if you can donate jello chocolate pudding (20 servings) graham cracker crumbs (one box), and gummy words (20) for a soil activity.

Social Studies: explaining how the American Indians’ choices of where to live affected how they lived. Next Friday, we will have an American Indian day full of activities to learn about what life was like for the American Indians. Please send in paper towel rolls or wrapping paper rolls for one of the activities.

Important Information:

T-Shirts: A 3rd grade t-shirt form was sent home today. Please send in form and payment by Friday, September 22. I have envelopes at school for payments.

Class Wish List: gummy worms (20), jello chocolate pudding (20), graham cracker crumbs (one box), paper towels, skittles, empty paper towel rolls, and empty wrapping paper rolls.

 

 

Tuesday, September 5

This week, we are:

Math: fluently adding and subtracting within 1,000. Students will review and select their favorite strategies.

Writing: editing and publishing small moment narratives.

Reading: identifying main idea and key details in informational texts as well as using context clues to define unknown words.

Language Arts: forming and using possessives.

Science: investigating the physical attributes (color, capacity to hold water, and particle size) of soils (sand, clay, loam/potting soil).

Social Studies: explaining how the Pacific Northwest American Indians’ choices of where to live affected how they lived.

Important Information:

Diaper Drive: The 5th grade is collecting diapers for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Class Wish List: band-aids and paper towels

Writing Celebration: Stay tuned for a formal invitation to our first Writing Celebration on Wednesday, September 2oth! Students will present their small moment narratives.

Back to Football Friday: Students can wear NFL attire or colors with uniform bottoms on Friday for fun activities during specials.

Fall Testing: Fall testing for 3rd grade begins tomorrow! Testing begins promptly at 8:00 am. The only homework during testing is for students to arrive to school on time and eat a good breakfast.

American Indian Project:For an American Indian project on September 22, students will need a paper towel or gift paper roll. Please send in as soon as possible.

Soil Experiment: In Science on September 15, students will explore soil with a dirt pudding activities. For 20 students, we need the following:

  1. Jello chocolate pudding (20 single servings)
  2. Graham Cracker crumbs (1)
  3. Gummy worms (20 at least)
  4. Oreos (at least 20 cookies)

Please contact me if you would like to donate any of the dirt pudding supplies! I will keep you updated on Class Dojo on supplies that have been claimed. Thanks so much for supporting our students with these hands-on experiences.

Class Donations for Science and Social Studies

For an American Indian project on September 22, students will need a paper towel or gift paper roll. Please send in as soon as possible.

In Science on September 15, students will explore soil with a dirt pudding activites. For 20 students, we need the following:

  1. Jello chocolate pudding (20 single servings)
  2. Graham Cracker crumbs (1)
  3. Gummy worms (20 at least)
  4. Oreos (at least 20 cookies)

Please contact me if you would like to donate any of the dirt pudding supplies! I will keep you updated on Class Dojo on supplies that have been claimed. Thanks so much for supporting our students with these hands-on experiences.

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