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Welcome 2018!

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to 2018!  We’re halfway through the year (WOW!), and I can’t believe how much progress each student has made this year!  I am so proud of their hard work, and anticipate wonderful things for the rest of the year!  Here’s what we have going on in our classroom in the next few weeks:

Please, please, PLEASE practice multiplication facts daily!  These should be coming more automatically for students, and they should be relying less on the strategies (repeated addition, drawing models, etc.) for basic facts (0-10).  The better students understand their facts, the easier the new material will be for them.  You will see their progress on their individual data sheets that came with their report cards.

We’re embarking on a novel study of one of my favorite stories, but I’m withholding the title until the students complete an activity and receive their books on Monday!  Students will be expected to do some reading and activities at home.  More information will be coming home on Monday (1/8), so please be on the lookout.  Students will continue working on asking and answering questions about a text, and referring back to the text for evidence in their answers.  We will also work to describe the characters in a story (their traits, motivations, and feelings), and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

We have been wrapping up our Bullfrog books, and are excited to share them with you at an Author’s Tea on January 26th.  More information about the tea will be sent home soon.  Students are going to complete a second informational piece on one of the six explorers of their choice.  This will involve some research completed at home.  They’ve also begun a creative writing piece, and each student has chosen his or her own, exciting story to write!  I can’t wait for all of us to read them!

Economics is our next social studies topic we’ll be covering.  With this, we are giving third grade students the opportunity to become entrepreneurs!  More information is being sent home today regarding the Third Grade Shark Tank!  We will then move on to animal habitats and classification.

Report cards are coming home today.  Please sign the white envelope, and return to school on Monday.  The contents of the envelope are yours to keep.  There are also graded papers coming home which need to be signed and returned. F

Here are some upcoming dates to note:

Monday, January 15th:  MLK Holiday (no school)

Friday, January 26th:  Author’s Tea (10:30 – 11:30)

Thank you for all you do to help with your child’s success!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank You,

Sarah Brown ([email protected])


**  Here are all of the third grade quarter 3 standards!

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Science Fair!

I know brains are in winter break mode already, but here’s some information on the Science Fair.

The Science Fair is open to all students in grades K-5.  This year, we not printing the information to send home with every student. Please print the forms from my blog, or interested students can pick up a copy from the STEM or Technology labs. Entry forms are due January 8. With the holidays, the turnaround will be quick!

We’re looking forward to seeing some great projects this year that will wow our special judges!

Science Fair Letter/Information

Science Fair Entry Form

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Next Friday, December 15th, we will have a test on all 6 early explorers (Christopher Columbus, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Hernando de Soto, Jacques Cartier, John Cabot, and Henry Hudson).  A study guide will be sent home this Friday.  Here is a great website with information:


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December Update

Dear Parents and Students,

We’re flying into December, and the end of the 2nd 9 weeks is nearly here!  It’s hard to believe that half of the year is already over!  What a fun and adventurous year it’s been!  Here’s what is going on in our classroom:

Please, please, PLEASE practice multiplication facts daily!  These should be coming more automatically for students, and they should be relying less on the strategies (repeated addition, drawing models, etc.) for basic facts (0-10).  We are using these skills to solve word problems, and will begin finding area.  The better students understand their facts, the easier the new material will be for them.

We’re continuing to explore frogs in both reading and writing.  In reading, we’re looking at text features, vocabulary (both from a glossary and determining meaning through context clues), and looking to the text to provide evidence in our answers.  We will also look at some plays and poetry to learn about stanzas, scenes, etc.

I have loved seeing their reading logs each week, and seeing that the students are remembering how to correctly write the titles of books.  I also am impressed by how many of them not only choose a variety of genres, but also seem to stick with a book until the end!  What great reading habits!

Frogs are carrying over into our informational writing, as students are creating their own books about frogs.  They are researching, taking notes, creating chapters, and writing their books.  We are walking step-by-step through this process, and then will change to writing about explorers, using the knowledge we have learned from writing our frog books.

This week, we have learned about Christopher Columbus and Vasco Nunez de Balboa.  We will then learn about Hernando de Soto (including a visit from him!), Jacques Cartier, Henry Hudson, and John Cabot.  We’re moving quickly through each explorer, and, so far, the students are really understanding their reasons for exploration, their relationships with the natives, their obstacles, and their accomplishments.

Please note, we will be taking the Reading Inventory and the Math Inventory assessments on the 11th and 12th.   These are important tests, which help us gauge a student’s reading growth, comprehension, and understanding.  Please encourage your child to do their best!

Here are some upcoming dates to note:

Wednesday, December 6:  In-House Field Trip with Tattling Tales (Hernando de Soto visits!)

Monday, December 11:  Reading Inventory Assessment

Tuesday, December 12:  Math Inventory Assessment

Monday, December 18:  Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 19:  STEM Day, Third Grade Store, Early Release

Wednesday, December 20:  Early Release, End of 2nd 9 Weeks (report cards go out January 5th)

Thursday, December 7 – Wednesday, January 3rd:  Winter Break

Thank you for all you do to help with your child’s success!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank You,

Sarah Brown ([email protected])

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November Update

Dear Parents and Students,

November is here, and we’ll soon be into the Thanksgiving and holidays!  This year sure is flying by!  Here’s what is going on in our classroom:

We are finishing learning the different strategies for multiplying products, so ask your child what strategy they can use to multiply!  Also, please continue to practice multiplication facts at home.  The strategies are helpful, but students also need to memorize their facts.  Feel free to memorize and help them understand the relationship between multiplication and division.  We’re continuously discussing how multiplication and division are fact families.

In reading, students are working on thoroughly reading and analyzing illustrations to determine main ideas.  We have been using the book Bullfrog at Magnolia Manor to determine the adaptations of a bullfrog, while locating details and explaining by using evidence from the text.  I’m so proud that reading logs continue to be filled, and that students are taking the time to correctly capitalize their book titles (as this is a third grade standard)!

We are finishing up our narrative writing unit, and have taken our narrative post-assessment.  For the next couple of weeks, we will be using our narrative writing strategies to analyze and respond to narrative prompts, which will be similar to how the Milestones presents narrative writing.  In addition, we are learning about verb tenses, including irregular verbs.

We have finished our investigations of fossils and soils, and will now move on to weathering and erosion.  There will be a test, only covering weathering and erosion, next Wednesday (November 15th).  See if your child can find examples of weathering and/or erosion around your neighborhood.  We will be moving on to early explorers next!

Here are some upcoming dates to note:

Thursday, November 9th:  Mid-Quarter

Friday, November 10th – Friday, November 17th:  Bookfair (Information sent home 11/6)

Thursday, November 16th:  Thanksgiving Lunch (Our lunch time will be 11:10)

Monday, November 20th – Friday, November 24th:  Thanksgiving Break

Thank you for all you do to help with your child’s success!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank You,

Sarah Brown ([email protected])

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Cobb Digital Library

It seems that some students are having difficulty logging in to Cobb Digital Library.  Here are the directions to help you!

How to Access the Cobb Digital Library-1sreu3l

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STEMscopes Login Information

This year, we are using STEMscopes to help supplement our science standards.  Click here for the website.  Your username and password are your student ID numbers (lunch number).

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Games to Practice Linking Verbs and Helping Verbs

Here are some games to help practice and understand linking verbs and helping verbs.  Remember, helping verbs are paired with an action verb!  Here’s a great website with information and practice.

Turtle Diary  Practice Linking Verbs – Watch a video and practice in sentences

Linking Verb Jeopardy



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Thanksgiving Lunches

We will have Thanksgiving lunch on November 16.  Ticket order forms went home yesterday, and tickets will be sold October 16-November 8.  We will NOT be selling tickets on the day of the lunch.  Please turn in the bottom portion of the form with your payment.  The window to purchase tickets closes on November 8.  We will send tickets home shortly thereafter.

Please note that our lunch will be at 11:10 on that day.


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GA Parent Survey

Please see Dr. Garriss’s letter regarding the Georgia Parent Survey, which directly impacts our school.  Thank you!


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