Week of Sept. 17th – 21st

Hello and happy Friday! We would like to welcome William Docker to our class!!! Monday will be his first day with us. I know the class will be very excited to meet him!

 We will be taking the Iowa on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Monday, September 17th

Math & Computation (80 Minutes)

Tuesday, September 18th

Science/Social Studies (70 minutes)

Student Council: A form came home today in your child’s binder with information regarding Student Council. If your child is interested, please sign the form and return it to school. Most Student Council meetings are held Tuesday afternoons from 2:30 – 3:20. Specific dates will be announced after elections.

Recorders: Third grade students will begin using recorders in MUSIC class after Fall Break. Please see the attached form from Mr. Savage.

Conference Week: Please sign-up below for a conference time during the week of October 15th-19th. The deadline for signing up is Tuesday, September 18th. I am excited to meet with all of you!

Conference Sign-Up

Homework:

No homework will be assigned for the month of September and no spelling tests will be given due to testing and Fall Break. Please encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each day. In addition, Dream Box is available so that students can practice their math skills. Lexia is also available so that students can practice their reading skills. If your child does Lexia, please make sure they are meeting their required weekly minutes

Weekly Reminders:

September 17th – Iowa testing

September 18th – Iowa testing

September 20th – International Festival 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

September 21st – Adventures in Reading with Mrs. Bass

September 21st – No after school activities

September 24th – 28th – Fall Break – NO SCHOOL

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead…

Writing: Students will continue writing personal narratives – My Summer Vacation. I will also begin conferencing with student to make writing goals.

Reading: We are continuing with the BIG 3: 1) paired passages, 2) Readworks article, and 3) creative writing with vocabulary words. 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.

Grammar: We are finishing up with noun assessments. We will begin Unit 5 in vocabulary. We will start with adjectives after the break.

Math: We will begin working on subtraction strategies through whole group practice, centers, and independent work. We will then move into using addition and subtraction to solve one or two-step word problems.

Social Studies: We will continue our Government unit, where we will be learning about the three branches of the government and describing each of their main responsibilities.

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday: PE & STEM

Tuesday: PE

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: Art

Friday: PE

I want to thank everyone for your continued treasure box donations and items from our Amazon wish list. THANK YOU! I am looking forward to another great week in 3rd grade! One more week until Fall Break!

-Ms. Gow

Week of September 10th-14th

Wheewww! We are finished with round one of testing! Round two will begin on Thursday.

Thursday, September 13th

Reading & Vocabulary (75 Minutes)

 Friday, September, September 14th

Written Expression, Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation (70 Minutes)

Monday, September 17th

Math & Computation (80 Minutes)

Tuesday, September 18th

Science/Social Studies (70 minutes)

Thank you to all of you that have sent in testing snacks! They have LOVED them so far, and we are very appreciative!

Homework:

No homework will be assigned for the month of September and no spelling tests will be given due to testing and Fall Break. Please encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each day. In addition, DreamBox is available so that students can practice their math skills. Lexia is also available so that students can practice their reading skills. If your child does Lexia, please make sure they are meeting their required weekly minutes.

Weekly Reminders:

September 12th – Ms. Gow out for training

September 13th – IOWA testing

September 14th – IOWA testing

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead…

Writing: Students will continue writing personal narratives – My Summer Vacation

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).

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.

Grammar: We will be wrapping up pronouns and begin learning about abstract nouns. We will begin unit 4 vocabulary.

Math: We are working on adding 3-digit numbers. We will also add numbers with regrouping.

Social Studies: We will begin our Government unit, where we will be learning about the three branches of the government and describing each of their main responsibilities.

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday: Art & STEM

Tuesday: PE

Wednesday: PE

Thursday: Music

Friday: Art

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

-Ms. Gow

 

 

Week of September 4th-7th

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend!

Vocabulary Workshop:

Every week students are introduced to ten new vocabulary words during our ELA block. These words are separate from our weekly spelling words and we practice using them in class. We review the words together and then students complete activities involving these words each day. Students are exposed to a wide variety of question types: definitions, match the meaning, synonyms, antonyms, and sentence completions. If you want to see what it is all about, I have added the “Vocabulary Workshop” link to the blog. I will be sending home their first three quizzes in this week’s Thursday folder.

Math Fluency Quizzes:

Every week, normally Monday & Tuesday, I will give students an addition/subtraction timed quiz. There are 30 addition problems on one side and 30 subtraction problems on the other side.  The goal is for students to solve all 30 problems within the allotted time (a minute and a half). We will move into multiplication-timed quizzes once we begin that unit. I will be sending home your child’s first timed quiz in this week’s Thursday folder.

Student Agendas:

You do not have to sign your child’s agenda each night, but please check it throughout the week.  Your child’s homework will be will be written there and I will write behavior notes to you there when needed. If I write a behavior note, please initial letting me know you have seen it

Homework:

No homework will be assigned for the month of September and no spelling tests will be given due to testing and Fall Break. Please encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each day. In addition, DreamBox is available so that students can practice their math skills. Lexia is also available so that students can practice their reading skills. If your child does Lexia, please make sure they are meeting their required weekly minutes.

Weekly Reminders:

September 5th – CogAT begins

September 6th – CogAT testing

September 6th – Falcons Thursday – Thursday night, our Atlanta Falcons will take on the 2018 Super Bowl Champs, the Philadelphia Eagles. Wear your Falcons wear, including hats! 

September 6th – Jersey Mike’s Spirit Event (All Day)

September 6th – Progress Reports go home in Thursday folders.

September 7th – CogAT testing

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead…

Writing: Students will continue writing personal narratives – My Summer Vacation

Reading: We are continuing with the BIG 3: 1) paired passages, 2) Readworks article, and 3) skills focused on main idea. 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.

Grammar: We will be wrapping up our unit on nouns and reviewing Unit 1-3 vocabulary.

Math: We are working on estimating sums and adding 3-digit numbers. Please encourage your child to study their basic addition and subtraction facts – timed tests are on Monday and Wednesday.

Social Studies: We will begin our Government unit, where we will be learning about the three branches of the government and describing each of their main responsibilities.

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday: NO SCHOOL

Tuesday: Art

Wednesday: PE

Thursday: PE & STEM LAB

Friday: Music

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

-Ms. Gow

Testing Information

It’s hard to believe that we are already getting ready to start testing Wednesday! We will go over testing procedures, practice bubbling, and answer all their questions to try and ease any stress/worries on Tuesday.  Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest the night before and eats a healthy breakfast to start their day!  I have attached the schedule below:

CoGat and IOWA Testing Schedule:

CoGAT-

·       Wednesday, September 5th

·       Verbal Battery (30 Minutes- Three 10 minute Sessions)

·       Thursday, September 6th

·       Quantitative Battery (30 Minutes- Three 10 minute Sessions)

·       Friday, September 7th

·       Nonverbal Battery (30 Minutes- Three 10 minute Sessions)

IOWA– (Testing Time is broken down in sections with mini stretch breaks each day)

·       Thursday, September, September 13th

·       Reading & Vocabulary (75 Minutes)

·       Friday, September, September 14th

·       Written Expression, Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation (70 Minutes)

·       Monday, September 17th

·       Math & Computation (80 Minutes)

·       Tuesday, September 18th

·       Science/Social Studies (70 minutes

No homework will be assigned for the month of September and no spelling tests will be given due to testing and Fall Break. Please encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each day. In addition, DreamBox is available so that students can practice their math skills. Lexia is also available so that students can practice their reading skills. If your child does Lexia, please make sure they are meeting their required weekly minutes.

 

 

Week of Aug. 27 – 31

Happy Sunday! I hope you all have enjoyed this beautiful weekend!

Dream Box logins are taped in the front of your child’s agenda. This is a great website for students to review math concepts being taught in class.

Weekly Reminders:

August 29 – Early Release (12:30 dismissal) – NO After School Activities

August 31 – Spelling Test

August 31 – Homework is Due

September 3 – Labor Day (NO SCHOOL)

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead…

Writing: Students will continue writing personal narratives – My Summer Vacation

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).

Our mentor text for this unit is Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner. We will start the book on Wednesday of this week.  If you would like to reread Stone Fox at home with your child, this author will not let you down. It’s a great story!

Grammar: We will focus on possessive nouns and unit 3 vocabulary.

Math: We are working on adding 3-digit numbers. Please encourage your child to study their basic addition and subtraction facts – timed tests are on Monday and Wednesday.

Science: We will learn about the different types of fossils.

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday: Music

Tuesday: Art

Wednesday: PE

Thursday: PE

Friday: Music & STEM Lab

I’m looking forward to another great week in 3rd grade!

-Ms. Gow

 

 

Week of Aug. 20-24

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for donating to our classroom treasure box and for purchasing items from the Amazon wish list. I think most items have been purchased, but I will continue to add more to the list when additional items are needed. I appreciate ALL of you!

Weekly Reminders:

Picture Day Tuesday, August 21st (lunch in the classroom)

Target Day Tuesday, August 21st

California Pizza Kitchen Spirit Days Wednesday and Thursday

Super Specials Thursday, August 23rd

Homework Due Friday, August 24th

Spelling Test Friday, August 24th

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead…

Writing: Students will continue writing personal narratives – My Summer Vacation

Reading: We will continue our focus on a fiction reading passage this week and discuss all the elements in a story. Reading focus skills: making predictions, sequencing and identifying new vocabulary using context clues. “Stone Fox” by John Reynolds Gardiner, will be our new read aloud mentor text. This story will help guide us through as we work to build our comprehension strategies.

Grammar: We will learn about plural nouns.

Math: We are finishing up with rounding, place value work, and will begin addition up to 1,000. We will first look at the properties of addition.

Science: We will learn about weathering & erosion and finish up our study on the different types of soil.

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday: PE

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: No Specials

Thursday: Super Specials (PE & Art)

Friday: PE & STEM LAB

We are VERY busy this week! As always, please reach out to me for ANY questions/inquiries you may have!

Ms. Gow

 

Week of August 13-17

Thank you to everyone who came to Open House! Just a reminder, if you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me!

Please be sure to return your child’s Class T-Shirt order form with the payment as soon as possible.  

Thank you to those parents who have donated to our classroom treasure box and those who have purchased items from the Amazon wish list. I appreciate ALL of you!

The Parent Volunteer Training will be taking place Friday, 8/17 at 10:00 am.

Homework: We will be beginning homework on Friday, 8/17 and it will be due on the following Friday, 8/24.

-Math sheet (front & back)

-Practice typing

-Study for spelling test (words will be posted on blog)

Here’s what we’ll be learning this week:

Writing: Students will begin writing personal narratives – My Summer Vacation

Reading: We will continue our focus on a fiction reading passage this week and discuss all the elements in a story. Reading focus skills: making predictions, sequencing and identifying new vocabulary using context clues.

Grammar: We will continue to review nouns, prefixes and suffixes

Math: Our first unit in math will be in place value and number sense. We have been looking at place value through the thousands, place value vs. value of the digit (for example: the number 2,345 …. the 2 is in the thousands place, but the value is 2,000), number forms (standard form, word form, and expanded form), and rounding to the nearest ten and hundred for numbers up the thousands place.

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Science: We will continue our investigation on rocks and minerals and learn about different types of soils.

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Specials:

Monday: PE

Tuesday: PE

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: Art

Friday: PE & STEM  LAB

I’m looking forward to a great week! Ms. Gow

 

 

Open House

Open House will be from 6:30pm – 8:00pm on Thursday.

I have posted my presentation here for you in advance. At Open House, I plan on going through my TOP TEN things you need to know for 3rd grade. I hope that this allows us more individual time for questions at the end of my presentation. I would love to have an opportunity to speak with all of you.

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See you Thursday!

Sincerely,

Ms. Gow

 

News and Notes – First Day of Third Grade

I can’t wait for a great first day!  I just wanted to send a few notes and reminders for tomorrow.

THIRD GRADE INFORMATION FORM – Please fill out the electronic form below if you have not done so already. Thank you so much!

Third Grade Information Form

SNACK – Please send a HEALTHY snack to school each day.  Please keep sugar to a minimum with snack and no drink other than WATER can be consumed in the classroom.

WATER – You are welcome to send a water bottle to school.  Please make sure you child’s name is clearly labeled on the water bottle.

CCSD FOLDER – On the first day of school, a Cobb County School District folder is sent home with each student.  Please take some time Wednesday night to go through the folder and sign and return the forms inside as soon as possible.

LUNCH will be from 12:02-12:32. If your child will be purchasing a school lunch, the menu and meal payment can be found on the CCSD website. Here is the link: http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/FoodServices/indexMenus.aspx

SPECIALS will be from 10:00-10:45. This week: Wednesday is PE, Thursday is PE and Friday is MUSIC. Please refer to the “SPECIALS” page on my blog to know the specials for the week. We are Group A. Don’t forget to wear tennis shoes for PE!

BLOG: You will se a “SUBSCRIBE” button located on my blog. Once you click the button, it requires you to enter your email address.

REMIND TEXTS: Please join our REMIND text group by going to: https://www.remind.com/join/gow3

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

  • Open House (3-5) – August 9th from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

I am looking forward to a great year!

Sincerely,

Ms. Gow

 

 

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