# Week of 11/27

Important Dates. Please mark your calendars. It is a busy time of year.

11/27-12/1-PTSA Holiday Shop open from 7:15-7:50 a.m.

12/18-Morning Market Day & Third Grade Holiday Parties

12/19-Early Release Day   12:30 dismissal

12/20-Early Release Day   12:30 dismissal

12/20-Winter Break Begins

Math:

We will continue with our multiplication timed tests. New lists are in your child’s binder.  If there is no new list, please review the previous list (List one…doubles, ones and zeros). They are also found under the Multiplication Time Tests link at the top of this page. Practice…practice…practice!

MGSE3.OA.2 Interpret whole number quotients of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 56 ÷ 8 as the number of objects in each share when 56 objects are partitioned equally into 8 shares (How many in each group?), or as a number of shares when 56 objects are partitioned into equal shares of 8 objects each
(How many groups can you make?). For example, describe a context in which a number of shares or a number of groups can be expressed as 56 ÷ 8.

MGSE3.OA.3 Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol
for the unknown number to represent the problem.

MGSE3.OA.4 Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers using the inverse relationship of multiplication and division. For example, determine the unknown number that makes the equation true in each of the equations, 8 × ? = 48, 5 = □÷ 3, 6 × 6 = ?.

MGSE3.OA.7 Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.

Science:

S3E1. Determine how water and wind can change rocks and soil over time using observation and research. (Erosion and weathering)

S3E2. a&b Students will investigate fossils as evidence of organisms that lived long ago.  Investigate fossils by observing authentic fossils or models of fossils or view information resources about fossils as evidence of organisms that lived long ago. Describe how a fossil is formed.

ELA:

Please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Feast *on November 15th.  If at all possible, please prepay for you and your guests. This makes the line run smoothly. We look forward to good food and fellowship.  See you then.

Nikin 12:00

Willis 12:10

*Please note that we will have sack lunches on Tuesday and Thursday of next week to accommodate feasts for other grade levels.  Sack lunches will be the only option, so please bring a lunch from home if you prefer.  Also, we will be eating in our classrooms on these days.

As a reminder there are three days of Feasts this year:

1/14 – 2nd & 5th Grade     Feast Day

11/15 – 1st & 3rd Grade     Feast Day

11/16 – K & 4th Grade       Feast Day

11/20-11/24 – Thanksgiving Break

MATH: We will start our weekly multiplication tests this week.  MGSE.OA.7 states that by the end of third grade, students will know for memory all products of two one-digit numbers. We will try to reach that goal this year but I need your support at home with this one.  Study…study…study. A small study guide was sent home with the facts needed ones, zeros and doubles. Next week it will be a different group.  This is on the blog under math if you need a reference. We modeled this after Mathematical Facts in Seven Days and changed it to seven weeks. Please feel free to google this if needed or even buy the book to follow along with us!  Multiplication Facts in Seven Days Success ISBN 1583242759

We also will also move on to division and continue to work on the standards for mathematical practice. MGSE3OA.3,7-9. Solving two step word problems and dividing within 100 will be the focus standards.  There will be some new strategies introduced for this standard as well. The standard algorithm (the way your learned division) will need to wait for a bit..sorry parents… so that we may deepen your child’s understanding of what division really means.  Feel free to look at the state website to see the standards and know where we are going with this!

SOCIAL STUDIES: Where are the important rivers of the USA? SS3G1a is our focus this week which will strengthen our geographic understand. One a map of the USA, your child will need to locate major topographical features such as the Mississippi River, Ohio River, Rio Grande River, Colorado River, Hudson River & Saint Lawrence River. Our earlier map skills will come into play here while we study a map again 🙂 We also have our quiz this week on Economics. A study guide went home last week.

Market Day is scheduled for December 18th. Please help your child on their product proposal and get that approved prior to making your items.  Mrs. Willis’ class will get their information MONDAY. Mrs. Nikin’s class has all of theirs in their note section for their binder.  (We are a day off of the other class)

ELA:

# Thanksgiving Feast

Please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Feast *on November 15th.  If at all possible, please prepay for you and your guests. We look forward to good food and fellowship.  See you then.

Nikin 12:00

Willis 12:10

*Please note that we will have sack lunches on Tuesday and Thursday of next week to accommodate feasts for other grade levels.  Sack lunches will be the only option, so please bring a lunch from home if you prefer.  Also, we will be eating in our classrooms on these days.

# Week of Nov 6th

Our fabulous field trip to the Tellus Museum is on MONDAY. Please make sure you pack a disposable lunch for your child or remind them to purchase on from the school. We will stop at the gift shop as well. See you there!

Math: Continue with multiplication and introduce division. Now that we know the properties we will be ready to tackle some harder problems!

MGSE3.OA.2 Interpret division MGSE3.OA.3 Solve word problems with multiplication/ division MGSE3.OA.4 Unknown number in multiplication/ division

Nightly homework will be our math spiral page. Please complete one column each night and make sure your child returns their homework each day. No homework = time subtracted at recess. I hope the word problems for the week were helpful.  Sometimes I will vary from the spiral page if I feel there is a need for practice on a specific skill, such a problem solving. Please make sure you are working on math facts as well. Your kiddos need to know their multiplication tables and we will have “timed” tests in a friendly competition mode starting next week! Good old-fashioned flashcards are the best way to practice but there are also some IPAD apps as well. MGSE3.OA.7 states:  “By the end of Grade 3, know from memory, all the products of two one digit numbers.

Social Studies: Here are the standards for our ECONOMICS unit. This is our next unit in social studies.

SS3E1Define and give examples of the four types of productive resources

a. Natural (land) b. Human (labor) c. Capital (capital goods) Entrepreneurship (risk-taking and combining natural, human, and capital resources in an attempt to make a profit)

SS3E3Give examples of interdependence and trade and explain the benefits of voluntary exchange.

Explain that most countries create their own currency for use as money.

ELA: Students are beginning to publish their research and informational writing on thunderstorms. We will begin researching our own self selected natural disaster to write about over the next week. In Grammar, students have learned about the parts of a sentence: subject, verb, and predicate. We are identifying the parts this week in preparation for studying subject-verb agreement next week.

# Week of 10/30

On Tuesday (10/31), your child may dress as their favorite character. No masks, make up or pretend weapons. Please bring appropriate shoes for PE and recess.  A \$5.00 donation will go to Relay for Life’s cancer research.

Math: We will continue with our standards that will help your child understand the properties of multiplication and division and the relationship it has to multiplication and division. MGSE3.OA.3 & 4.  We will also work with multiplication of one digit whole numbers by multiples of 10 using strategies based on place value and properties. The distributive property will be worked with and be used as a strategy to multiply.

Ex:  8 X 7 as 8 X (5 +2) = (8 X 5) + (8 X 2) = 40 + 16 = 56

They will continually evaluate to see if this makes sense and attend to the standards for mathematical practice.  Again, breaking down a problem into parts more manageable by adding and multiplying. Also working on refining their mathematically communication skills  (oral and written) by explaining their thinking such as “How did you get that?” and “Why is that true?” See the balanced math curriculum handout for more detail.

Nightly homework will be our math spiral page. Please complete one column each night and make sure your child returns their homework each day. No homework = time subtracted at recess. I hope the word problems for the week were helpful.  Sometimes I will vary from the spiral page if I feel there is a need for practice on a specific skill, such a problem solving. Please make sure you are working on math facts as well. Your kiddos need to know their multiplication tables and we will have “timed” tests in a friendly competition mode starting soon! Good old-fashioned flashcards are the best way to practice but there are also some IPAD apps as well. MGSE3.OA.7 states:  “By the end of Grade 3, know from memory, all the products of two one digit numbers.

Social Studies: We will finish our European Explorers unit this week. As a unit finale, we will write as if we were an explorer during this Age of Exploration, identify our route on a map, and look at specific information to fill out a graphic organizer in an “organized way.”  Where will we find that information? In our notes of course! They are in our Interactive Journals. I am sure you have heard your child retell stories about the explorers.  If not…ask them to give you some important details.  We will have our quiz this week as well (Nov 1).  Be an expert on two explorers….obstacles, conflicts, accomplishments and a fun fact.  SS3H2

Science: STEM Lab this week on Thursday 11/2. Wear your STEM shirt or FREY spirit wear.

# Week of October 23

We will be following a regular schedule this week. Three big “shout-outs” to all of (1) our parents who attended their child’s conference either in person or by phone, (2) our PTSA lunches all week and (3) our special guests/presentations for Career Week planned by our Guidance Department.  We do have the BEST SCHOOL IN THE NATION.

Math: Our Array City is finished. Construction ended Friday. What a great job your child did on this three day project. Standards of Mathematical Practice were in place for this activity. When you have a chance, come check out all of the team display’s in the third grade hall.  We added S.T.E.A.M. science, technology, engineering, art and math this time! We move on to the properties of multiplication and mix in some word problems this week. Homework this week will be four word problems and not the spiral math review, Monday through Thursday. Please guide your child with each of these two step problems, but make sure they understand why they are doing the operation so that they can explain it when they are done. We will continue to be able to explain all answers and show evidence that the answer made sense.

Social Studies: After much planning, we have decided for Team A to study all explorers, but only have your child become an expert on two.  This graphic organizer will show all six. Please have your child pick two. We will have a quiz November 2, 2017. After creating an explorer poster, they will have to know the explorer’s reason for exploration (purpose), obstacles (conflict), accomplishments (achievements) which includes how they cooperated with the Native Americans, and a fun fact. I totally understand the level of understanding and factual information is challenging for a third grader so we will be discussing this in detail in class.  This unit was handed down from fourth grade and it does come with a higher level of difficulty. Your child will have extra information in their interactive journal as well. They will be reminded to take these home as we add information to them. With that being said, draw a light bulb in your child’s agenda if you are reading this and encourage more parent friends to log on and read our blog posts. House points and tickets will be given!

ELA:  We are all so excited to be back on a regular, full day schedule! We have started our non-fiction reading and writing unit with a focus on natural disasters. The students already have great schema on thunderstorms and tornadoes. They are expanding their schema daily as we read and research. This week will be reviewing how to use the Cobb Digital Library/Mackinvia for online research with Mrs. Sherman. We are also discussing the importance of knowing the main idea of our text and how the details support the main idea. We have discussed the analogy of a table. The main idea is the table top and the details are the legs of the table. If the details are random and don’t match the main idea, it makes for a wobbly table.

The fourth annual Frey Day on a Saturday clean-up day will be November 4th from 8:00-11:30 A.M. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. We hope to have an abundance of volunteers to help beautify our school campus. Please click the link below to sign-up. Thank you for AIMing HIGH!

# Parent Survey

Parents,

Please take a moment and fill out this quick survey to let the state know how we are doing.  Your feedback is an important part of our CCRPI score. Thank you!

# Conference Week is Here!

Starting MONDAY, 10/16, we will begin conferences. Thank you all who signed up and we look forward to meeting with you.  If you are unable to attend your scheduled conference, please call the office so that they may let us know.  We will send all report cards and conference forms home Friday if you are unable to attend due to other commitments that might pop up. With that being said, your children will be getting out 2 hours early all week. We will not have math homework all week so please practice fact fluency this week.

Our curriculum focus this week will be:

Social Studies: SS3H2

Describe European exploration in North America.

Describe the reasons for and obstacles to the exploration of North America. Describe the accomplishments of: John Cabot (England), Vasco Núñez de Balboa (Spain), Hernando de Soto (Spain), Christopher Columbus (Spain), Henry Hudson (The Netherlands), and Jacques Cartier (France).Describe examples of cooperation and conflict between Europe explorers and American Indians.

Math: MGSE3.OA.3

Use multiplication within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.  Our final project will be creating an array city using pictures and equations.

MGSE.OA.7 Multiply (and divide) within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations.

If you, parents, read this post, please draw a red apple in your child’s agenda before Wednesday.  They will receive house points and a CaUgHt YoU BeInG GoOd ticket!

ELA

In this unit, students will use literacy skills to become experts—people who use reading, writing, listening, and speaking to build and share deep knowledge about a topic.

ELAGSE3 RL.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from non-literal language.

ELAGSE3RI.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

ELAGSE3RI.2 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

Writing:

ELAGSE3W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

• Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.
• Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.
• Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information.
• Provide a concluding statement or section.

ELAGSE3W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

• Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
• Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.
• Use temporal words and phrases to signal event order.
• Provide a sense of closure.

# Building Words (-ful) due 10/18

New words for the next week. Several students decided that they could complete the chart at home, as homework. Here is the completed version just in case they come home and aren’t sure what to do. 🙂