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Week of October 2
Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weekend! If you're anything like me, the minute the calendar changes to October, I immediately begin to get excited that we are finally in Fall (even though the weather may not agree with that)!
This week in math, we will begin Unit 3. This unit is really a continuation of the skills we practiced in Unit 2, which will be nice for all of us! This week we will learn how to add and subtract using the expanded algorithm, add three or more 3-digit numbers, and use models for subtracting. These lessons using the expanded algorithm are simply strategies for kids to be introduced to and use if they like them. I will not be forcing them to use these methods of adding or subtracting if they prefer to simply add or subtract vertically like we have been doing. Please make sure your children are practicing their addition and subtraction math facts a little each week, as I have noticed several are having a hard time recalling their facts in a timely manner. This will be our last unit before we hit multiplication, and having their addition and subtraction facts will be extremely helpful!
In Social Studies we will be finishing up our "Create a Country" map project. These turn out SO cute and are a fun way to practice the map skills they have learned. We will also learn about the seven continents and five oceans and practice describing where we are located geographically. When I asked students which continent we lived in last week, many responded, "Texas!!" Hopefully by the end of the week, we will hear "North America!" :) On Friday, we will begin introducing our last science unit of this nine weeks, Matter. As a reminder, we will switch back and forth between units for science and social studies, so next is science.
Throughout Language Arts this week we will continue wrapping up our Personal Narratives. Most of us are getting finished with editing and will start their final copies sometime this week. In addition to writing, we will also discuss how good readers generate questions when they read. Students will spend some time coming up with questions from their own book to practice this important skill. We will also start learning about how readers make connections to the books they are reading. The three forms of making connections include Text-to-Self (how does this book relate to something I've experienced?), Text-to-Text (how does this book relate to another book I've read?) and Text-to-World (how does this book relate to something in the world?). We will spend a day focusing on each connection at a time. Last but not least, your children began learning all about what nouns are last week! A great conversation on the way to school or at dinner might include, "What is a noun? What's the difference between a common and a proper noun?". I was amazed by how well they did with this skill, so hopefully this transfers to home as well! :)
BPE Family Picnic is this Thursday from 5:30-7:30. There will be lots of food choices, opportunities to meet one another, and just an overall fun night out on the soccer field! Each grade level wears a different color, and third grade gets to wear green! Also on Thursday, you will be able to sign up for Parent Conferences on Skyward starting at noon! Conferences are held October 25-27 (half-days). Please let me know if a time does not work for you when you sign up.
Hope everyone has a wonderful week! As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Week of September 25
This Tuesday we will have an Early Release. Students will be dismissed exactly 2 hours earlier than usual (12:50 pm). Lunch WILL be served and students will have specials like usual. Our lunch time will be adjusted a little. Students will be in the cafeteria from 12:05-12:30 should you be coming to lunch that day or need to pick your child up early. This night will also be a no homework night. Our class will also be having a meet-and-greet at Hat Creek that evening where you can sign up for any remaining volunteer spots and get to know one another better! More information for this event will be coming from our homeroom parents! Some spots that are available at the moment include: Arts Day Helpers, Bingo Night Coordinator, and 3rd Grade Class Party Fundraiser Coordinator.
This week in math we will be wrapping up Unit 2. On Monday and Tuesday, we will work on estimating sums and differences. Our rounding practice from unit 1 will be revisited as students will learn to round before adding or subtracting a given problem. On Wednesday, we will revisit word problem strategies and subtracting across zeros. We will review as a class on Thursday (review sheet will come home for homework that night) and the kids will have their Unit 2 test on Friday.
You may have heard from your kids that we have transitioned from science into SS this past week after we completed our science unit on Force and Energy. This week we will continue our study on map skills and focus on Landforms. Students will apply what they have learned toward the end of the week through a creative and fun project where they will create and design their own country map.
In Language Arts, we started our introduction paragraph for our personal narratives on Friday! We will continue to work on these drafts throughout the week and also begin editing and revising. In addition, we will work on strategies for decoding unfamiliar words when we read, learning how to ask questions when we read, and begin discussing what the author's purpose is in a variety of texts.
Please remember that our field trip money ($8.00) for our trip to Zach Scott on November 2 is due by Tuesday. You can pay for this via Skyward.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead! As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns!
Week of September 18
Here is an update on what this week will entail:
In math tomorrow we will continue to review subtraction with regrouping. We practiced this on Friday and feel the kids could use another day with this challenging skill before moving on. The rest of the week we will spend time relating addition to subtraction, practice using strip diagrams and number lines to solve both addition and subtraction problems, and then spend Friday going over how to tackle word problems that involve adding or subtracting.
This week we will finish up our science unit on Force and Energy. Tomorrow we will learn about our last two forms of energy: light and heat. Tuesday we will review for our test as a class (that review will come home should you like to go over it with your child) and Wednesday we will take our first science test. All science tests this year will be open-notebook. That means, anything we have glued in our science spirals (which is a lot) will be of full access to your child during their test. As a result, there should be little to no need for studying outside of school for these tests. On Thursday we will transition over to Social Studies for a couple weeks. Our first unit will be on map skills. Towards the end of the week, we will introduce our map skill vocabulary and practice working with the compass rose (cardinal directions) and map grids.
In Language Arts, students will be finishing up their, "A Day in the Life" sequencing writing (we started this on Friday). We will then transition into our first writing piece of the year: personal narratives! Students will pick their small idea to write about tomorrow and then begin brainstorming and drafting their ideas for this writing for the remainder of the week. In addition to all our writing, we will also be working on some reading skills. These skills will include retelling stories, having grit while reading, and decoding words while reading. We will also review the story elements we worked on last week.
All of you should have received the information regarding our first field trip to Zach Scott Theatre to see the play The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on November 2. Payment ($8.00) for this field trip is due by September 26. You will pay for this via Skyward. When you login, you will need to click on "Fee Management" on the left-hand side of the screen which will allow you to make an easy payment online this year.
If you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming week, please let me know! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Week of September 11
We have a full-packed week ahead! In addition to all the learning we will do, we will also have our first counselor lesson Wednesday and individual Picture Day and hearing/vision screenings on Thursday. Picture order forms went home in your child's Thursday folder a week ago. If you are interested in purchasing photos, please send in your child's order form and money by Thursday. Many of you may choose to order online too! If you misplaced the order form and need another, please let me know.
Monday we will review unit 1 math skills in class and your child will take that review sheet home to look over with a parent. They will need to return it on Tuesday with a parent signature. On Tuesday, the kids will take their first math test of the year, all on the skills we have covered in Unit 1. This will include ways to represent numbers (standard, expanded, word form), comparing and ordering numbers, counting money, and rounding to the nearest tens, hundreds, and thousands place. On Wednesday we will begin Unit 2, which is a bit of a lighter unit. We will start diving into the different properties of addition as well as work on adding three digit numbers and subtracting with regrouping.
In science we will spend the week learning about the different forms of energy (mechanical, sound, light and heat).
For Language Arts, we are working on story elements (characters, setting, and plot). To practice plot, we will be doing a lot of sequencing activities, both with read alouds and a writing assignment. Next week we will begin working on one of our big writing pieces (personal narratives). In preparation for this writing, we will also spend a good portion of this week doing some read-alouds from Patricia Polacco, which are wonderful examples of what personal narratives look like.
I know this is a lot of information, so if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to reach out! I hope your child is getting back in the groove of school now and enjoying the start of this year! It's been such a pleasure working with each and every one of them!
Have a wonderful week!
Week of September 4
I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day weekend! It was so nice to relax an extra day and get ready for our third week back!
This week in math we will be working on two different skills. Tomorrow we will spend time reviewing how to count money with bills and coins. The rest of the week we will begin rounding to the tens, hundreds, and thousands. This is a difficult skill that we have seen in past years and will spend a good amount of time on it this week. To help ease into rounding, Wednesday we will only work on rounding to the tens place. Thursday we will work on rounding to the hundreds and thousands place. Friday will be spent reviewing both of these skills. Just a heads up--our Envision math book homework for those two nights are not split up the way we are breaking it apart, so we will send home a different homework assignment for Wednesday and Thursday than the book work.
In science this week, we will spend tomorrow exploring the two main sources of force: pushes and pulls. The remainder of the week will be spent learning about simple machines and how they help us in many different ways. We will also have our first visit to the library during part of our science block on Wednesday.
For Language Arts this week, students will learn about parts of a friendly letter. Starting Wednesday, everyone will be writing a thank-you letter to a teacher or staff member at BPE of their choice. We will also do some mini lessons on visualizing and making predictions when reading. The past two weeks we have been talking about the importance of setting goals for ourselves as readers and making reading a part of our daily lives. This involves reading everyday! Please encourage your child to be reading a "Just-Right" book each day (they can explain what this means)-- this will help them tremendously as growing readers!
I hope you all have a wonderful week. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
Week of August 27
Hope you and your families are staying safe and dry in the midst of all this Hurricane Harvey weather! It's made for a crazy first week-- starting with the Solar Eclipse on Monday and wrapping up with the hurricane this weekend! Not sure what the plan will be in regards to weather tomorrow, but I'm sure you all will stay updated with the Eanes ISD alerts should there be any delays or cancellations.
In Language Arts this week, we will be continuing our lessons on setting up a strong reading community. Last week we talked about finding a good spot to read and reading with expression/a positive attitude. This week we will talk about setting goals for our reading lives as well as determining ways we can keep each other accountable for reading at school and at home. In addition to these reading lessons, we will also set up our writer's notebook and begin some short writing prompts to ease into our writing this year.
In Science last week, we learned about some important safety rules when taking part in science experiments as well as the many science tools that are used. This Monday and Tuesday we will spend time exploring many of these tools in science stations. Starting Wednesday we will start diving into our first section of our Force and Motion unit-- Magnetism! By the end of the week students will have had a chance to explore magnets and understand what attracts and repels with magnetic objects.
In Math last week, we spent time reviewing place value concepts and began our first math book lesson on Thursday (writing numbers in word, standard, and expanded form). This week we will continue our unit on place value and focus on writing numbers with hundreds and thousands (i.e. three thousand one-hundred OR thirty one hundred). We will also begin ordering numbers and comparing numbers with three or four digit numbers. Math homework will come home every night except Friday.
We have not started switching for FIT yet, and instead will begin testing each student on their guided reading levels, using our testing assessment Fountas and Pinnell. Those that are in GT will begin with Ms. Osofsky tomorrow however, and I will test them at another time during the day.
Last but not least, as we mentioned in our Back-to-School Morning Presentation on Thursday, your child will come home with a weekly homework tracker each Monday. This tracker is a tool used for your child to keep up with what homework is assigned each night throughout the week. Attached to this tracker, will be your child's two Language Arts homework assignments for the week. One will be a writing homework and the other will be reading homework. We have assigned Tuesday and Thursday for these homework assignments, however, we know that everyone has different schedules and some nights are easier to complete than others. This being said, your child can complete his or her language arts homework any night throughout the week and will be turned in Friday morning.
If you all have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to let me know!
I am so excited to meet all of you at Bobcat Welcome on Friday, August 18 from 8-10 am! If you have not already ordered school supplies (or purchased them on your own), please make sure to do this before school starts on Monday, August 21! It's going to be a fantastic school year!
10/23- Picture Retakes
10/25- Arts Day/Parent Conferences
10/26- Arts Day/Parent Conferences
10/27- Arts Day/Parent Conferences
10/31- No Homework Night
11/2- Field Trip to Zach Scott Theatre
7:40-7:50 Morning Assembly
7:50-8:05 Morning Meeting
8:05-9:35 Math (Snack at 9)
A Day: Art with Mrs. Lee
B Day: Music with Mrs. Jones
C Day: P.E. with Ms. Dean
11:40-12:00 Language Arts
1:45-2:50 Language Arts continued
*Library: Every other Wednesday 10:35-11:05
*We will start September 6!
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