Reminder for This Evening

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Good Morning:)  Please remember to dress your child in their class tee for this evening:)  Thank you for all of your patience!!  We will have our only practice time this morning due to the days off, but I know we will be ready… hope you can attend tonight!  Please remember to have your child come up to the classroom at 5:45 p.m. and you can make your way to the cafeteria to find a seat:) We are very hopeful for a five day week this week!


STEM Night Reminder

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Dear Parents,  I sent this in our January 5th weekly update, but with all of the days off just wanted to send another reminder…:) Hope to see you there!!

East Side’s Annual Family STEM Night:
Please join us for our annual Family STEM Night this January 23rd from 6:00-7:30! Cheer your child on as they make paperclips fly, build roller coasters, play with robots, and much more!
Mark your calendars and bring your whole family for this fun-filled STEM Night! We look forward to seeing you there!

Please make note that this is not a “drop-off” event:)


Third Grade Winter Musical Reminder

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As a reminder, our Third Grade music performance is still on for Monday night at 6:00pm. Students should be in their classroom between 5:40-5:45pm. Students with speaking parts should bring their costumes to school Monday morning for our dress rehearsal. We will also perform Tuesday morning at 8:00am for the school, so please make sure students have their costumes then, as well. Thank you for your patience!


Update for the Week of January 15th

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Dear Parents,  

This Thursday, January 18th, we will have our dress rehearsal for our winter musical at 8:00 a.m.  Please have your child wear their class tee, and if they have a speaking part these children will need to bring their costumes.  Hope you are staying warm this weekend… We have computer lab on Monday, and I will list the remainder of our specials Monday morning.  

Our homework packet will look a little different this week in terms of language/word work, so please don’t hesitate to email me should you have any questions.  The children are working very hard on their opinion drafts and have selected topics they feel very passionate about.  If you would like to help your child do a little online research this weekend on their topic, this would be a great weekend activity.  Please remember that our 7’s multiplication checkup will be this Friday, January 19th:)  

Curriculum Highlights for our Upcoming Week:   

Reading Workshop:  This week we will be looking closely at our characters’ actions, dialogue, and motives as we grow new ideas and discover theories we believe to be true about them.  We will practice strategies for isolating that important dialogue that holds deep meaning, along with noting important actions that help us to infer our characters’ motives/goals. Growing new theories about our characters that are accurate is dependent on successful isolation of these key story elements.  We will continue to read Because Of Winn Dixie as our anchor text, and the children really love this book!  It is the perfect anchor text for applying our new strategies!  

Writing Workshop:  The children initially selected three topics for their persuasive speeches that they felt very passionate about.  Now we are looking at one topic that is our favorite, and have identified specific problems and possible solutions that directly relate.  This week we will look closely at anchor examples of persuasive hooks as we begin to draft our speech.  Transition words and phrases will also be an integral component of our week, as we reference anchor charts specific to hook/beginnings and also our beginning body paragraphs. Our daily workshop time will be balanced between daily mini lessons with isolation of one relevant skill, guided/independent writing time, partner share, and our daily closing time.  Partner share time is an especially valuable opportunity for children to gather new ideas and provide feedback to their classmates:) 

Math: This week we will continue our fractions unit as we begin to discover patterns we see in fractions such as 1/2, 2/4, 3/6, 4/8, etc.  These fractions are equivalent!  We will discover the strategies needed for identifying fractions that are equivalent and will also order fractions with unlike denominators on number lines.  Human number lines are the most fun when each child gets to be a fraction and they join their friends on a line in the room.  We will have opportunities to construct number lines on strips and in stations as well:)  Homework this week will provide practice opportunities for these skills:)  

Science: We have finished up our initial study of the Blue Ridge Mountain and Piedmont regions, and will begin our study of the Coastal Plain region and significance of the Fall Line.  This is my favorite region, and it is fascinating to me that this entire region was once the ocean floor!  On Friday, I will be sharing information for our habitat dioramas that we will begin the following week:)  You can go ahead and set a shoebox aside for this activity and I will be sending additional information home next week.  

Cursive and Grammar:  We will finish up our lowercase letters this week and will begin to practice copying famous quotes.  In grammar we will practice correct use of commas and quotation marks in our writing.  

Have A Wonderful Weekend:)  

Ms. Henson  

(Several of you have requested a picture… here is my new family member, Gracie:)

 

 

 

 


Update for the Week of January 9th

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Dear Parents,  

I decided to postpone our 7’s checkup until one week from this Friday (January 19th) due to our four-day week. Fact family triangles are a great way to practice our 7’s multiplication and division facts simultaneously:)  Thank you so much for taking the time to discuss second quarter report card comments with your child.  Both you and your child greatly benefit from discussing comments I have written that reflect areas of strength and opportunities for growth:)  Please see curriculum highlights for the week below, and note the new specials schedule in our pages section:)     

Writing Workshop:  We are officially launching our persuasive writing unit this week as we brainstorm persuasive topics that hold special meaning to us. We will create organizers this week that allow us to prepare to draft our reasons and examples that support our opinion idea statements. Third graders really enjoy this unit, and place great value on the opportunity to share their opinions as they construct arguments through inclusion of reasons and examples in their writing.  As we engage in daily minilessons, we will closely examine our word choice as we focus on signal words that provide clear cues for our reader.  Organization of our introductory paragraphs and reason/example paragraphs will also be a very important focus during the next few weeks.  I am so proud of everyone for their accomplishments on their informational expert/how-to pieces and will be sending these home soon!  The children took so much pride in publishing these very special informational books as they included glossaries, indexes, and diagrams/charts.    

Reading Workshop:  The third quarter Unit of Study for reading is “Character Study”. As a class, we will be beginning a new anchor text called “Because of Winn Dixie”. We will be reading this book over the next six weeks, and will use it to anchor our discussion of characters and story elements. This unit of study is my favorite because the children just LOVE discovering character changes, plot, lessons learned, and our problem-resolution story mountain. This week, we will be discussing how readers notice important character actions and dialogue, and how to apply this information to character mapping. 

Math: This week we will begin our fractions and measurement unit!!:)  We will enjoy learning about the principals of measurement using inches as they related to unit fractions, and will begin to construct line plot graphs that visually represent fractional measurement information taken from tally and bar graphs.   

Orton Gillingham, Grammar, and Cursive:  This week we will review all suffixes we have previously learned.  In grammar, we will practice using commas within an address and will practice use of subordinating conjunctions.  We will learn cursive letters p, q, and r this week:)  

Science:  We will discover characteristics of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountain regions as we study the plants and animals that thrive in these areas through adaptations. 

 

 

 

 


Weekly Update for Friday, January 5th

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Happy Friday and please stay warm during this frigid weather!!

Please take the time this weekend to review your child’s report card with your child:)  I am very proud of my students for all of their hard work for the first half of our year together.  Everyone has worked very hard, and I am very proud of the many gains made and goals reached during our second quarter!  Other important letters or reports may be included with your child’s report card. The contents inside the envelopes are yours to keep, however, please send the white report card envelope back to school on Monday signed.  Thank you so much!!

Ms. Henson


Third Grade Winter Musical

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Please join us for our Annual Third Grade Winter Musical on January 22nd at 6PM in our Cafe.

Students will need to arrive at 5:40 PM and come up to our classroom to prepare:)
Actors need to wear their costumes and chorus members will need to wear class tee shirts.

Our dress rehearsal is this same date at 8 AM….actors will need their full costumes then as well.

Hope to see you then:)  


STEM Night

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East Side’s Annual Family STEM Night

Please join us for our annual Family STEM Night this January 23rd from 6:00-7:30! Cheer your child on as they make paperclips fly, build roller coasters, play with robots, and much more!
Mark your calendars and bring your whole family for this fun-filled STEM Night!   We look forward to seeing you there!  

Please make note that this is not a “drop-off” event:)


Have A Very Happy Holiday!

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Dear Parents,

I just wanted to thank you again for your kindness and generosity yesterday:)  Your time helping with party preparations and stations and your thoughtfulness really do mean so much!!  I am very blessed to have such caring, kind families this year!  Thank you too for remembering my birthday that comes at such a busy time of year:)  We enjoyed treats today during The Polar Express:)

All of the gift cards and treats will definitely brighten up my time off!!!!  I will miss my explorers and wish each and everyone a fun-filled, memorable, and safe holiday vacation:)  I hope that you and your family will have time to make special memories and celebrate the joy of this very special time of year!!!  Safe travels if you plan to travel, and I will definitely look forward to seeing everyone in 2018!  

Love, Ms. Henson


Our STEM Insulated Snowman Houses!

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Today, the children had the privilege of engaging in each step of the engineering design process as they designed their very own insulated snowman house to protect their snowman from melting!!:)  We discussed our knowledge of insulators, conductors, and heat transfer, and studied the effectiveness of the awesome materials that you so generously donated!!!  Teams drew formal design plans and then modified… Snowmen saved!!!:)