Week of December 10th

Hello Families,

Hope everyone is enjoying their rainy weekend!

Georgia Parent Survey:

All parents all encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey. The data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents

Homework this Week:

Spelling Sort 11 – test on Friday

Math pages: 783-784 & 795-796

Math practice: DreamBox

Reading: 20 minutes each night

Typing: visit typing websites

Important Dates:

Dec. 10: Mid-year RI Assessment

Dec. 11: No Specials

Dec. 13: Super Specials

Dec. 19: Third Grade Holiday Party

Dec. 20: Early Release

Dec. 21: School Sing Along and Early Release

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead…

Informational Writing: We will continue drafting this week, as well as do some research on our expert topics. Students will present the week before the December break.

Reading: We will work on the cause and effect this week using a non-fiction reading passage.

  • Using the RACE Strategy to answer questions in writing
  • Restate the question
  • Answer the question
  • Cite Evidence
  • Explain your evidence

Grammar: We will continue learning about main verbs and helping verbs. We will also review irregular verbs. There will be no vocabulary words until after winter break.

Math: This week we will continue learning about area and perimeter with a focus on finding the area of composite figures.

Multiplication timed tests will be given on Monday and Wednesday this week.

Multiplication Practice Websites: Hit The Button- Multiplication Multiplication Magician

Social Studies: We will continue our study on productive resources.

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday: PE

Tuesday: No Specials

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: Super Specials (PE & Music)

Friday: PE & STEM

Have a great week!

-Ms. Gow

 

Week of December 3rd

Hello Families,

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. December is always super busy month!

Homework this week:

Spelling Sort 10 – Test on Friday

Math pages: 505-506 & 511-512

Math practice: DreamBox

Reading: 20 minutes each night

Typing: visit typing websites for practice

Wish List Items: Here you will find a link to our Amazon wish list. Thank you for your support and willingness to give to our class!

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/dl/invite/3Ovkk3W

Important Dates:

Dec. 3: Hour of Code – Spheros

Dec. 6: Hour of Code – Code.org

Dec. 10: Mid-year RI Assessment

Dec. 11: No Specials

Dec. 13: Super Specials

Dec. 19: Third Grade Holiday Party

Dec. 20: Early Release

Dec. 21: School Sing Along and Early Release

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead…

Informational Writing: We will start drafting this week, as well as do some research on our expert topics. Students will present the week before the December break.

Reading: We will review context clues and word meanings this week using a variety of reading resources.

  • Using the RACE Strategy to answer questions in writing
  • Restate the question
  • Answer the question
  • Cite Evidence
  • Explain your evidence

Grammar: We will begin unit 11 vocabulary. We will continue learning about main verbs and helping verbs.

Math: This week we will be learning about area and perimeter.

We finished up with Distributive Property last week. Below is a link with practice problems and helpful videos on Khan Academy.

Here is a link: https://www.khanacademy.org/math/pre-algebra/pre-algebra-arith-prop/pre-algebra-ditributive-property/e/distributive-property-of-multiplication-

Multiplication Practice Websites: Hit The Button- Multiplication Multiplication Magician

Social Studies: We will continue our study on productive resources.

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday: PE

Tuesday: PE

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: Art

Friday: PE & STEM

Have a great week!

-Ms. Gow

Week of November 26th

Hello Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Over the break, we received our brand new Simplicity Touch board that has replaced our SmartBoard! Very excited for this awesome new learning tool!

NO homework this Week!

Please encourage your child to do the following:

Math practice: DreamBox and study multiplication facts

Reading: 20 minutes each night

Typing: visit typing websites

Wish List Items: Here you will find a link to our Amazon wish list. Thank you for your support and willingness to give to our class!

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/dl/invite/3Ovkk3W

Multiplication: I have attached some fluency tests your child can complete at home. They can set a timer for 3 minutes and practice. I have also attached some helpful hints for memorizing multiplication facts.

Important Dates:

November 29: Family Fitness Night 6:15-7:15 pm; bring water, towel, and mat

Dec. 3: Hour of Code

Dec. 10: Mid-year RI Assessment

Dec. 19: Third Grade Holiday Party

Dec. 20: Early Release

Dec. 21: Early Release

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead…

Informational Writing: We will select topics and begin research on our expert topics. The prewriting and drafting process will occur this week.

Reading: Ask and answer questions using text evidence.

  • Using the RACE Strategy to answer questions in writing
  • Restate the question
  • Answer the question
  • Cite Evidence
  • Explain your evidence

We are continuing with our nonfiction reading and focusing on how to make reading nonfiction exciting.  There are certain places worth stopping when reading nonfiction: when you learn new information, see a strong image, places you are bursting with curiosity, meeting new words, or when you come to the end of a section. Noticing these places in our reading will help us hold conversations about what we read with our reading partners (or even our parents!).

Grammar: We will begin unit 10 vocabulary. We will continue learning about main verbs and helping verbs.

Math: We will continue working on multiplication strategies: doubling a known fact, distributive property, and associative property.

Doubling a known fact: 4×6 can be decomposed into 2×6=12 and 2×6=12, 12+12=24, so 4×6=24.

Distributive property: You can decompose a hard fact into 2 smaller easier facts and then add the products of the 2 smaller facts. For example, 7×6: you can decompose the 7 into 5+2 and then get 2 smaller facts: 5×6=30 and 2×6=12, then add the products 30+12=42, so 7×6=42.

Associative Property: you can multiply 3 factors in any order and get the same product.

Multiplication Practice Websites:

Hit The Button- Multiplication

Multiplication Magician

Social Studies: We will begin our study on productive resources.

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday: Art

Tuesday: PE

Wednesday: PE

Thursday: Music

Friday: Art

Have a great week!

-Ms. Gow

Week of November 5th

Hello Families,

Thank you Mr. Adams for being our chaperone to the Wright Environmental Center. Check out the latest pictures on Seesaw!

Many thanks to our supportive community of parents who put together SPECTACULAR HALLOWEEN math stations! Check out the latest pics on Seesaw!

Important Dates:

November 6 – Election Day- no school for students

November 8 – Speed competition with Coach Sherwood during PE

November 12 – Book Buddies with Mrs. Schenk’s class

November 13-15 – Celebrate Families- Our lunch is Nov. 14 10:45-11:25

November 15 – Progress Reports sent home

November 16 – Adventures in Reading with Mrs. Dickerson

November 16 – No after school activities

November 19-23 – Thanksgiving Break!

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead

Writing: Writing Recipes for Thanksgiving

Reading: We will focus on comparing and contrasting the same concept using a variety of reading resources.

We will also begin focusing on using text features, such as headings, subheadings, captions, diagrams, bold print, glossary, index, etc.

We continue to work on Readworks articles each week. These assignments help students practice using the RACE strategy, practice typing skills, and help prepare them for the Georgia Milestones that will be taken on the computer. I will be sending home your child’s graded article this week in Thursday folders.

Grammar: We will review vocabulary units 6-9. I will also introduce and discuss subject verb agreement this week in our reading and writing.

Math: We are learning how to relate multiplication and division. Study multiplication facts daily! Timed tests will be given on Monday and Wednesday each week.

Multiplication Practice Websites:

Hit The Button- Multiplication

Multiplication Magician

Social Studies: We will describe early American Indian cultures and their development in North America. We will be completing a very fun STEM activity. Stay tuned for an email requesting items to help with the STEM project. We will be asking for items like sticks/twigs, small rocks, cotton balls, pipe cleaners, and more.

Specials for the week ahead

Monday: Music

Tuesday: No School

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: PE

Friday: PE & STEM

Have a great week!

-Ms. Gow

Hello Families,

We have another new student! We are thrilled to welcome Inika to our class!

Thank you Mrs. Balog for coming to read to our class on Friday. The class loved the monster teeth made of apples, marshmallows, caramel and sprinkles! Yum!

We are taking our field trip to the Wright Center on Tuesday! Please have your child wear their 3rd grade shirt to school with long pants and shoes that can get a bit dirty. We will be inside for part of the time, but we will also be hiking outside for part of the time. If it is going to be cold, please also send a jacket.

Are you on Twitter? Please follow our class Twitter page at @gow_marie for classroom pictures and to see what other fun activities we are doing daily!

Homework:

Spelling: Week 7 – quiz Friday

Typing: Visit learning links page for practice websites

Math: Math workbook pages and practice multiplication facts

Reading: 20 minutes each night

Important Dates:

October 30th – Field Trip to the Wright Environmental Center (wear class shirt and sneakers)

October 31st – Guidance with Ms. Maxwell, Monster Math Stations

November 2nd – Ms. Gow absent, Adventures in Reading with Mrs. Grimberg

November 6th – Election Day- no school for students (teacher work day)

November 8th – Speed stack competition with Coach Sherwood during specials

November 13-15: Celebrate Families- Our lunch is Nov. 14 10:45-11:25

November 15: Progress Reports sent home

November 16: No after school activities

November 19-23: Thanksgiving Break!

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead

Writing: We will be creative and write Halloween stories.

Reading: We are continuing with the BIG 3: 1) paired passages, 2) Readworks article, and 3) skills focused on sequencing. We will continue to model high expectations for answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy (Restate the question, Answer the question(s), Cite the source, and Explain with Evidence from the text).

We will focus on comparing and contrasting the same concept using a variety of reading resources.

Grammar: I will introduce unit 9 vocabulary this week.  We will have a quiz Friday.  I will also introduce and discuss subject verb agreement this week in our reading and writing.

Math: We are learning how to relate multiplication and division. Study multiplication facts daily! Timed tests will be given on Monday and Wednesday each week.

Multiplication Practice Websites:

Hit The Button- Multiplication

Multiplication Magician

Social Studies: We will describe early American Indian cultures and their development in North America. We will be completing a very fun STEM activity in a few weeks. Stay tuned for an email requesting items to help with the STEM project. This project will not take the place of our regular STEM lab time, it will be in addition to it. We will be asking for things like sticks/twigs, small rocks, cotton balls, pipe cleaner, and more.

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday: PE

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: PE

Friday: PE & STEM

Have a great week, and please send me pictures of your child dressed up for Halloween!

-Ms. Gow

 

 

Hello Families,

A huge THANK YOU to all parents and families for an awesome conference week. It is one of my favorite weeks of the year so thank you for taking time out of your schedule to make it here! I appreciate you!

Homework:

Math: Math workbook pages and practice multiplication facts

Spelling: Week 6 words

Reading: 20 minutes each night

Typing: links on my blog

Extension Opportunities:

Please visit the “Extension Opportunities” page on my blog for optional activities your child can complete at home. I will continue to update this page throughout the quarter.

Office 365:

We successfully got the class logged into Office 365 at school. This is a VERY useful program. As long as a child is enrolled in a Cobb school, they will have this account until they graduate from high school. When they work on something using their Office 365 account, it automatically saves, and can be accessed anywhere in the world! As long as there is internet, they can pick up right where they left off any project. To get on at home, follow these steps:

Go to http://www.cobbk12.org

Click the Parent tab

Select ‘Office 365 login’

Username: (using my name as an example, just sub your child’s legal name, not nickname) marie.gow@students.cobbk12.org

Password: The password for each student is my name, gow, and then their number order in class. If they are first alphabetically, they would use gow01, for example. All numbers 1-9 will place a 0 (zero) in front of their number. Numbers 10 and up, simply type their number. The students are getting familiar with this, as that is their password to log into school computers as well.

Important Dates:

Oct 22-26- Red Ribbon Week – Monday wear red; Tuesday wear team logos; Wednesday wear a hat; Thursday wear active wear; Friday wear bandanas (See flyer that was sent home in Thursday folder for more details.)

October 25th – Monster Mash

October 26th – Adventures in Reading with Mrs. Balog

October 30th – Field Trip to the Wright Environmental Center

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead

Writing: We have been working hard on typing and saving our work in Office 365. We will also work on writing strong paragraphs.

Reading: We are continuing with the BIG 3: 1) paired passages, 2) Readworks article, and 3) skills focused on sequencing. We will continue to model high expectations for answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy (Restate the question, Answer the question(s), Cite the source, and Explain with Evidence from the text).

We will focus on comparing and contrasting the same concept using a variety of reading resources.

Grammar: We will continue learning about adverbs and begin unit 8 vocabulary.

Math: We are learning how to relate multiplication and division. Study multiplication facts daily! Timed tests will be given on Monday and Wednesday each week.

Multiplication Practice Websites:

Hit The Button- Multiplication
Multiplication Magician

Social Studies: We will locate major topographical features on a physical map of the United States. We will also describe early American Indian cultures and their development in North America.

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday: PE

Tuesday: PE

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: Art

Friday: PE & STEM

 

Week of October 15th-19th

Hello Families,

Hello and happy Sunday! We had a great end of the first quarter! I am looking forward to conferences and having an opportunity to meet with all of you

Homework:

Math: workbook pages

Spelling: Week 5 words *Quiz Friday*

Typing: Typetastic

Reading: 20 minutes each night

Office 365:

My goal this week is to get the class logged into Office 365 at school. This is a VERY useful program. As long as a child is enrolled in a Cobb school, they will have this account until they graduate from high school. When they work on something using their Office 365 account, it automatically saves, and can be accessed anywhere in the world! As long as there is internet, they can pick up right where they left off any project. To get on at home, follow these steps:

Go to http://www.cobbk12.org

Click the Parent tab

Select ‘Office 365 login’

Username: (using my name as an example, just sub your child’s legal name, not nickname) marie.gow@students.cobbk12.org

Password: The password for each student is my name, gow, and then their number order in class. If they are first alphabetically, they would use gow01, for example. All numbers 1-9 will place a 0 (zero) in front of their number. Numbers 10 and up, simply type their number. The students are getting familiar with this, as that is their password to log into school computers as well.

Important Dates:

October 15-19- Conference Week, Book Fair, Early Release each day (12:30)

October 19th – Menchie’s 1:30 pm – First Quarter Celebration

Oct 22-26- Red Ribbon Week – Monday wear red; Tuesday wear team logos; Wednesday wear a hat; Thursday wear active wear; Friday wear bandanas (See flyer that was sent home in Thursday folder for more details.)

October 25th – Monster Mash

October 30th – Field Trip to the Wright Environmental Center

Upcoming Units of Study for the week aheadWriting: We will publish our One Word papers on Office 365.

Reading: We are continuing with the BIG 3: 1) paired passages, 2) Readworks article, and 3) skills focused on sequencing. We will continue to model high expectations for answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy (Restate the question, Answer the question(s), Cite the source, and Explain with Evidence from the text).

We will continue to determine the meaning of a word as it is used in context.

Grammar: We will begin our unit on adverbs. No vocabulary unit this week due to early release.

Math: We will learn that multiplication is equal groups (2 groups of 3), and repeated addition (2×3 is the same as 3+3). We will look at arrays (equal rows and columns), the commutative property of multiplication (2×3=6 is the same at 3×2=6). We will learn how multiplication relates to division. We will begin Ninja Math to help students master their multiplication and division facts. More info coming soon!

Social Studies: We will locate major topographical features on a physical map of the United States. We will have a lot of new vocabulary, such as: hemispheres, halves, equator, latitude, longitude, horizontal lines, prime meridian, vertical lines

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday: Art

Tuesday: PE

Wednesday: PE

Thursday: PE

Friday: Music

Hello Families,

We had a great first week back from break and have been working hard!

Remember we will be on an early release schedule this Thursday as well as all next week to accommodate conferences. Our lunch time will be 11:13 to 11:43 and students will be dismissed at 12:30 on those days.

Field Trip Volunteer:

We had so many parents reach out to be a chaperone for our upcoming field trip, but our lucky winner is MR. ADAMS!

Blog:

I spent time this weekend updating the blog with helpful videos and links. My goal is to make it a user friendly space where students and parents can come and find resources that are helpful. I am still in the process of editing it and adding a few more items. I am hoping to have it 100% complete by conference week.

Homework:

Math: Math workbook pages

Spelling: Week 4 words (located in their binder and on Spelling City)- students may use Spelling City or the spelling choice board in their binders to practice words *Quiz Friday*

Reading: 20 minutes each  night

Typing: visit links for practice websites

Important Dates:

October 8th – Super Specials (Music & PE)

October 10th – End of first quarter

October 10th – No Specials

October 11th – Early Release

October 12th – Fall Carnival

October 15-19- Conference Week, Book Fair, Early Release each day (12:30)

October 19th – Menchie’s 1:30 pm – First Quarter Celebration (changed the time to 1:30 instead of 2:30)

October 25th – Monster Mash

October 30th – Field Trip to the Wright Environmental Center

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead:

Writing: We will publish our narratives this week. We will also begin another quick narrative and type it into WORD in Office 365- Please keep having your kids practice typing skills.

Reading: We are continuing with the BIG 3: 1) paired passages, 2) Readworks article, and 3) skills focused on sequencing. We will continue to model high expectations for answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy (Restate the question, Answer the question(s), Cite the source, and Explain with Evidence from the text).

This week we will learn about strategies to use when we come across words we don’t know in our reading. We will learn about clues authors leave us to determine the meaning of unknown words.

Grammar: We will complete a vocabulary 1-6 review and begin unit 7. Adjectives and adverbs we will be our focus this week.

Math: We will learn that multiplication is equal groups (2 groups of 3), and repeated addition (2 x 3 is the same as 3+3). Also, we will look at arrays (equal rows and columns), the commutative property of multiplication (2×3=6 is the same as 3×2=6).

Social Studies: We will continue to study Economics, learning about goods and services, scarcity and opportunity cost.

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday: STEM, Super Specials – Music & PE

Tuesday: Art

Wednesday: Guidance with Ms. Maxwell, No Specials

Thursday: PE

Friday: Music

I am looking forward to a great week in 3rd grade!

-Ms. Gow

 

Quarter 1 Celebration

 

I thought it would be fun to celebrate our first nine weeks of school! If you are able, please meet us at Menchie’s (East Cobb Avenue) on October 19th at 2:30 pm. I thought this would be especially fun since it’s an early release day and a fun way to start the weekend!

I hope you join us!

 

 

 

Week of October 1st – 5th

Hello Families,

We made it through the week and Fall Break is finally here! I hope you all enjoy the time whether you are staying home or leaving for vacation. I will be spending the week at the lake and look forward to some R&R.

Important:

Conference week is rapidly approaching! We are using Sign-Up Genius again this year. Please sign up for a time slot ASAP if you haven’t done so already.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545a9a828a57-conference1

Here you will find a link to our class Amazon Wish List. We are working towards some flexible seating options to better suit the needs of today’s learners!

Homework:

I will give your child their homework when we return from break.

Math: Math workbooks pages

Spelling: Week 3 words (located in their binder and on Spelling City) – students may use Spelling City or the spelling choice board in their binders to practice words *Quiz Friday*

Reading: 20 minutes each night

Typing: visit the Learning Links tab for practice websites

Important Dates:

October 8th – Super Specials (Music & PE)

October 10th – End of first quarter

October 10th – No Specials

October 11th – Early Release – no after school activities

October 12th – Fall Carnival

October 15-19- Conference Week, Book Fair, Early Release each day (12:30)

October 25th – Monster Mash

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead…

Writing: This upcoming week we will work hard to edit and revise our stories more independently and work towards typing and publishing our final pieces. You will see your child’s narrative at conferences.

Reading: We will continue our focus on fiction and nonfiction reading passages. We are continuing with the BIG 3: 1) paired passages, 2) Readworks article, and 3) skills focused on main idea and supporting details. We will continue to model high expectations for answering comprehension questions using the RACE strategy (Restate the question, Answer the question(s), Cite the source, and Explain with Evidence from the text). 

Our mentor text for this unit is Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner. During our mini-lessons, we are focusing on identifying the main idea and how to determine the meaning of a word as it is used in context.

Grammar: We will begin Unit 6 in vocabulary and learn about adjectives.

Math: We will work on solving two-step word problems using addition and subtraction. Some students are ready to begin multiplication timed tests after the break because they have mastered addition/subtraction timed tests. We will start our multiplication unit learning about what multiplication is, what it means, and will use arrays to represent multiplication.

Social Studies: We will begin our study on Economics learning about goods and services and opportunity cost. 

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday: PE

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: PE

Friday: PE & STEM

I am looking forward to seeing the class in a week!

-Ms. Gow

 

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