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Week of February 20
With this being a 4-day week and third grade students taking the Reading Benchmark (Practice STAAR test) on Wednesday, we will have quite a short week ahead in Language Arts. We will be working on writing our final copies of our Animal Expository Piece as well as taking a look at Author's Purpose in a variety of non-fiction pieces. As a continuation of our skills we have been working on the past two weeks, we will also continue practicing main idea/details of a non-fiction text.
We will be wrapping up on study of adaptations and ecosystems on Tuesday, by finishing up with Migration. Wednesday we will not have Science/SS due to the Reading Benchmark. Thursday and Friday we will focus on President's Day (comparing Abraham Lincoln to George Washington).
In math this week, the students will be designing their very own "dream house" (floorplan of a house) and calculating the area of all the rooms. On Thursday we will review for our Unit 13 Test on Perimeter and Area. Since Thursday night will be a No Homework Night (Bingo Night), I will still have the kids bring home their review, however, they are not required to look over it/send back. The test will be on Friday.
I hope many of you will join BPE for our annual Bingo Night on Thursday evening!
Enjoy the rest of your long weekend and let me know if you have any questions!
Week of February 13
This week in Language Arts, we will be focusing on fact and opinion in non-fiction text. Students will learn two different strategies to apply when reading non-fiction this week. One will be called "Boxes and Bullets" and another will be called "Topic/Subtopic/Facts". These strategies focus on determining the main idea and supporting FACTS rather than just details in a non-fiction passage or book. We will also be working on finishing up our drafts for our animal expository writing this week. I am so impressed with their hard work on this research-based writing!
In science this week, we will spend time diving into some specific animal adaptations: camouflage, hibernation, and migration. We will also have our counselor SEL lesson on Thursday.
In math, students will be wrapping up our unit on Perimeter and Area this week. All the lessons this week will continue to be focused on area, particularly on area of irregular shapes, how fractions tie into area, as well as how to use the distributive property to break apart a big area and solve in smaller parts. We will do a fun culminating area and perimeter activity next Tuesday and Wednesday and the review and test on this unit on Friday next week.
I know the kids are looking forward to Valentine's Day this week! As a friendly reminder, our class will be having a party from 12:30-1:15 in the classroom following lunch. We will be making delicious ice cream sundaes, passing out Valentine Cards (to be opened at home), and playing a few games of Valentine Bingo! If you are available to join us, we would love to have you there!
Tomorrow we will be decorating Valentine Bags to use on Tuesday. If you have any stickers, doilies, foamy hearts, etc that you would like to send in with your child tomorrow, feel free to do so!
As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns! I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday afternoon!
Week of February 6
Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and enjoys the excitement of the Super Bowl this evening!
This week in Language Arts, we will be transitioning from summarizing fiction passages to non-fiction passages. The kids will be applying what we have learned about main idea and details to write strong non-fiction summaries. In addition to summarizing, we will be finishing up our animal research and moving into writing our rough drafts of our expository piece. The kids have completed a thorough research packet on their chosen animal and will use this throughout the week to help with their writing.
Tomorrow in science we will talk about the different animals in a food chain- omnivores, carnivores, and herbivores. The rest of the week, we will focus on specific animal adaptations that are both physical and behavioral for an animal to survive in their different environments. Throughout this week and next, we will take a look at camouflage, hibernation, and migration in particular.
Finally, in math, we will be moving from perimeter to area this week. The kids seemed to grasp the concept of perimeter very well, however, as we move into area, it is not uncommon for them to get the two mixed up. We will be heavily focusing on the difference between perimeter and area and how to tell the two apart when solving a problem.
A Valentines Party letter with our class list attached should have come home with your child two weeks ago in their Thursday folder. If you have any questions about the party or details about Valentines, please don't hesitate to ask. I know with each year there are new rules and changes being made, so feel free to let me know if you are unsure about any of it! Our party will be the afternoon of Valentines Day (12:30-1:15) and you are all more than welcome to join us if you can!
Hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead!
Week of January 30
What a blast Science Day was on Friday! The kids had such a wonderful time and it was a joy hearing all about their favorite sessions when they returned back to our classroom.
This week in Language Arts, we will be working on summarizing. Tomorrow we will spend some time comparing and contrasting how to summarize a fiction text vs. a non-fiction text, as the summarizing is quite different for those different genres. Most of this week we will be reviewing how to summarize fiction passages, while next week we will focus on summarizing non-fiction primarily. If you are reading at home with your child, asking them to summarize the chapter or book is a wonderful way to apply what we are working on in the classroom! In addition to summarizing, we will also begin researching for our Expository Writing piece on an endangered animal. Your child picked his/her animal a week ago, however, this week we will begin researching all about that animal to prepare for our expository writing piece this nine weeks. This project will tie in perfectly with our upcoming science unit this week on Ecosystems and Habitats.
In Science, we will review for our Solar System test tomorrow and then test on Tuesday. Like all science tests, this will be open-notebook, so the kids will be able to flip back to any notes we did throughout the unit to help them on the test. The review will come home tomorrow in their homework folder should you like to look that over with them. On Wednesday, we will introduce our Ecosystem Unit and begin diving in to different habitats (deserts, grasslands, oceans, ponds, forests, etc). We will also learn about food chains (producers, consumers, decomposers) this week.
Our math unit on geometry is very short and quick (a total of 4 lessons). This being said, we will be being said we will wrap up this unit on Tuesday and spend Wednesday reviewing everything. We will take a quiz on this unit, but not a unit test given we just took one this past week. Instead, we will move into Unit 13 on Thursday, which is on Perimeter and Area.
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Hope you all have a wonderful week!
Week of January 23
Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend! Saturday could not have been any more beautiful- you would have thought we were in the middle of summer!
This week in Language Arts, we will continue practicing/reviewing Main Idea/Details. We will practice this skill with both fiction and non-fiction texts as well as in small reading groups. This kids are also going to be working on a cute Valentines Day writing, called, "Guess Who Loves You?" If you remember back in October when we did "Guess Who is Under the Pumpkin Patch?", this writing is very similar. Students will be writing a descriptive piece about themselves using more adjectives and detail then they were expected to do so in October. These are always fun for the kids to guess as well as anyone else who passes by in the hallway!
Tomorrow we will have our Guidance Lesson (SEL) with one of our counselors during science/ss time. The rest of the week, we will wrap up our solar system unit with focusing in on the moon (both how it is related to our Earth and Sun and the different Moon Phases). The kids will learn about the different moon phases on Wednesday and we will culminate this by doing a fun hands-on activity with Oreos to demonstrate their understanding of each phase! We will review for our test next Monday and take our test on Tuesday. A review will come home with your child that Monday.
We will be wrapping up our unit on fractions tomorrow with an in-class review. That review will come home tomorrow night for your child's homework (to look it over and return with a parent signature). We will test on Tuesday and begin our next unit, Geometry, on Wednesday. The two lessons we will cover will include Quadrilaterals and Solid Figures.
Science Day is this Friday! Please remind your child not to wear his or her nicest/favorite clothes that day, as they tend to get a little messy while having lots of fun! With Science Day taking up most of Friday, we will go ahead and take our weekly comprehension quiz on Thursday this week.
As always, let me know if you have any questions!
Week of January 16
Hope everyone enjoyed their three-day weekend!!
In Language Arts, we are going to begin an expository writing piece that will tie in nicely with our next science unit on Ecosystems. While we are still covering another two weeks of the Solar System, the kids will be mostly spending this week choosing an endangered animal to research and how to effectively write an expository piece, rather than actually begin writing their paper. Now that we have spent two weeks learning about Non-fiction text features, the kids will be expected to use some of them in their writing piece. Unlike most of their previous writings, this one will be formed into a small book with features such as a table of contents, maps, photographs, and headings. In addition to discussing expository writing, we will also revisit Main Idea and Details of a passage.
We wrapped up our study of all eight planets with a research project last week. The kids did a wonderful job researching their planet of choice and then watercoloring a picture to go along with their final research packet. These will be hanging up in the hallway before sending home. This week, we will transition over to the study of the Sun, Moon, and Earth and how rotations/revolutions occur. We will also learn about the different moon phases before taking a test on this unit next Monday.
In Math, we will be wrapping up the last few lessons within our unit on fractions, focusing on comparing fractions with the same numerator and finding equivalent fractions both in standard form and using a number line.
All third grade students will begin their new FIT groups this week, focusing on different skills related to our unit on fractions.
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to let me know! Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend and has a wonderful week ahead!
Week of January 9
Your kids did an amazing job making it through the first week back after break! It was so good getting to see all their sweet smiles and hear about everyone's fun adventures. As you probably heard from your child, we also welcomed a new student to our class! Her name is London and she came to us from Georgetown! What fun it has been watching the kids help her ease into the classroom routines and being so kind to one another.
This week in Language Arts, we will be continuing our study of Non-fiction text features and more on how to read this difficult genre. We will have a Reading Street story which involves vocabulary words like in the past. This week's comprehension quiz will a non-fiction passage with questions related to the features of non-fiction. I will also begin assessing everyone's reading level once again (we do a beginning of year and mid-year) which will most likely take a few weeks to get to everyone. It's always a joy to see the progress the kids are making mid-year!
In Science, we will wrap up our study of each of the 8 planets and then dive into a research project on a given planet of each child's choice. We will also take a close look at the Sun, Moon, moon phases. Due to Friday being an early release day, we will not have a science lesson, but instead discuss a little about Martin Luther King (we will continue this on Tuesday after the three day weekend).
In Math, we have been busy learning all about fractions and how to represent fractions of a set, on a number line, and through shading parts of a whole. This coming week, we will look at fractions and length, how to break apart fractions, and how division is related to fractions.
As a friendly reminder, this Friday will be an Early Release (12:55 pm). Lunch will be served as normal. Monday, the 16th is a school holiday for MLK Day. I hope you all have a wonderful week and fantastic 3-day weekend ahead!!
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out!
Week of January 2
Hope everyone has a restful and exciting Winter Break! I know I sure enjoyed every minute of mine but I am excited and ready to be back! Hard to believe we are embarking on the second half of the year now!
In Language Arts this week, we will begin studying Non-Fiction text features. We will take a look at how fiction is much different from non-fiction and how good readers approach this type of genre. Students will learn all about glossaries, table of contents, an index, captions, photographs, headings, graphs, and many more exciting features over the next several weeks. While fiction is certainly a favorite among most of your children, I will be encouraging them to try out some non-fiction pieces as well. We will ease into this first week back and only have reading comprehension homework instead of both writing and comprehension. There will be no weekly comprehension quiz on Friday this week either.
In Science, we will be jumping into our Solar System Unit! This is a favorite among many and will be exciting to learn about all the planets, and our Sun and Moon. We will study a couple planets each day and then the students will pick one planet of choice to research later next week.
In math, we are moving into fractions this week. This can be a challenging unit, however this first week is mostly introducing the concepts of what fractions are, the different components of a fraction, and how to represent fractions on a number line and in a set.
Finally, we have decided to spend this week and next focusing on word problem practice within our homerooms for FIT. Next week, our third grade teachers will meet to form new FIT groups for the following week.
I hope everyone is enjoying their last day of break and the beautiful sunshine we have today! Looking forward to seeing the kids tomorrow and hearing all about their winter break!
As a reminder, report cards for the last nine weeks will be available to view on Skyward on Thursday afternoon this week. A letter that supplements the report card (detailing what was covered) will come home in your child's Thursday folder as well.
Week of November 28
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families near and far. I certainly enjoyed spending some good time with my family and of course indulging in some scrumptious food! With three weeks left before we head off for the Winter Break, we have a lot of learning left to do!
This week in Language Arts, we will be continuing another week of Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions. These are such challenging comprehension skills that we feel the kids could continue practicing them for another week before moving on. In addition, we will be close to wrapping up our class novel, Charlotte's Web, just in time for the play next week! Finally, we will discuss how to include dialogue effectively in our Imaginative Stories and then begin writing our rough drafts this week.
In Science, we will review Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition for another two days and then transition into Fast Land Changes (volcanoes, earthquakes, and landslides). Our assessment over this unit will not take place until next week.
In Math, we will begin learning how to multiply 2 digits by 1 digit. The kids will learn the standard way of multiplying, which we will spend two days practicing. We will also practice some multiplication word problems this week as well. On Friday, we will move into the introduction of division. All the homework this week will look a little different that usual- not from our math books, but rather supplemental practice sheets. Please continue having your child practice his/her multiplication facts, as we will have fluency quick checks over 3's and 4's this week (Wednesday and Friday).
I hope you all have a great week transitioning back from the holidays. As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
Week of November 21
Hard to believe we have made it to Thanksgiving Break! This Monday and Tuesday are normal full school days, which will be full of lots of activities and learning before heading off on break.
In Language Arts, we will review how to go back through a reading passage to find evidence. This is a skill that is so important when students are completing comprehension assessments as well as reading independently. The key is going back to find the answer in the story! In addition, we will be reflecting and writing about someone we are thankful for. Students will select one person and explain in detail why they are thankful for them. We will wrap up one more chapter in Charlotte's Web on Monday before break, which puts us a little over half-way through the novel. The kids are doing great with it and it is my personal favorite! Finally, we are in the middle of planning our story outline for our Imaginative Stories. The kids will have some time to continue working on their planning for this so that when they return from break they can begin writing their rough drafts.
In Science, we will learn about Erosion and Deposition. Last week, we focused primarily on weathering. By putting these final two components together, students will be able to understand the full cycle of how rocks break down, move to a new location, and finally are deposited. We will review these three understandings when we return from break before moving into Fast Land Changes (volcanoes, earthquakes, and landslides).
We wrapped up Unit 5 with our test on Friday, and the kids did great! I am so proud with how well they grasped multiplication. Please continue encouraging your child to practice his/her facts in preparation for our timed fact practices as well as our next unit. We will begin Unit 8 which involves multiplying 2 digits x 1 digit. With a two-day week, we will only do one lesson on Monday. We will look at how to multiply with multiples of 10 (i.e. 6 x 20, 6 x 200).
We will not have any homework for these two days. Enjoy getting ready for Thanksgiving and I wish you all a wonderful holiday! I am truly SO thankful for all of your sweet kids and your partnership this year.
Week of November 14
Thank you so much for joining us this morning for such a special celebration to honor our Veterans who has served our country and have given us the freedom we are so lucky to have today. The kids worked incredibly hard to prepare for this special day and I know it meant so much to them to have you there! Many thanks to Aimee Condon and Michelle Touchet for helping arrange our breakfast and roses. We could not have done it without their help!
With our Veteran's Day unit coming to a close, we will be jumping back into science next week. This unit will focus on Earth Changes (both slow and fast land changes). We will spend some time exploring soil next Tuesday and Wednesday and then do an experiment on Weathering toward the end of the week. The students will learn about weathering, erosion, and deposition, as well as all the fast land changes, such as, volcanoes, earthquakes, and landslides. Because Thanksgiving break is just around the corner, we will continue this unit when we return from break. In preparation for our soil exploration, students will need to bring in a small ziplock bag (snack size is perfect) of soil on Monday. You can find soil in your backyard or neighborhood-- no need to go purchase anything! The idea is we will have a variety of soils to explore.
In Language Arts next week, we will be transitioning into some very challenging comprehension skills...Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions. Due to these skills being rather difficult, we will spend about two weeks on them. Applying these skills at home with books your child is reading for pleasure is always encouraged. In addition to these comprehension skills, we will also begin brainstorming and creating an outline for writing our Imaginative Stories.
In math, we will wrap up Unit 5 with factors of 6, 7, 8, and 9. You may have heard that the kids are being quizzed on all their factors, however, they are not graded. These quizzes are designed to help them know what factors to work on and where they need to build their fluency. We took a quiz on 0's and 1's last week. This coming week we will take one on 10's (Mon) and 2's (Wed). On Thursday, we will review together for our test (which will come home that night to review) and Friday we will test on Unit 5.
Hope you have a wonderful week!
Week of November 7
Hope everyone is enjoying their Daylight Savings Time with the extra hour of sleep! If you haven't already, make sure to change your clocks back an hour in preparation for tomorrow. There's quite a lot in this email (in regards to Veteran's Day), so I apologize in advance for a lengthy one!
This week in Language Arts we will be continuing another week of our Chris Allsburg book study, focusing on the elements of imaginative stories. Next week we will begin brainstorming and writing our very own imaginative stories. There are just so many of his books that I felt we could use another week before jumping into the writing! Our reading skill this week will be focusing on making predictions (before, during, and after a text). Learning how to make a prediction based on the pictures and title of a story is part of the "before stage". Stopping in the middle of a book and making predictions for what will come next is part of the "during stage". Finally, taking time to confirm or adjust our predictions after reading a text is the "after stage". We will do a variety of read alouds to model how good readers make predictions, and then students will have many opportunities to apply this skill with their own reading. We've read five chapters of Charlotte's Web already and the students are loving it!
In Social Studies, we will be busy wrapping up our Veteran's Day unit and preparing for our special celebration on Friday. The students will be working on writing letters to Veterans, practicing their group poems, and designing flags with watercolors. As a reminder, our special celebration will take place Friday morning. Students will be encouraged to wear some form of red, white, or blue and will meet on the stage in the cafeteria at the start of morning assembly. Their backpacks will be placed outside in the courtyard, which they will leave out there until we go to specials. All third grade students will sing a sweet song they have been learning in music and then the school will watch a short video on Veteran's Day. The boy scouts will carry the flags and we Mrs. Meek will give a short talk to the school about this special day. There will be chairs at the back of the cafeteria for Veterans to sit during assembly. It will surely be a packed assembly, so I encourage you to get there a bit early! Following morning assembly, students and parents will head up to our classroom to enjoy a light breakfast and present the letters and poems they have worked very hard on. Our Veterans that are attending as guests will have an opportunity to talk with the class about their experiences as a Veteran. Students who have Veterans in their family, but are not able to have them with us, will also have some time to share pictures, medals, etc. that they have brought to share. Our celebration usually wraps up about 9:30 (sometimes a little earlier). You are welcome to come and go, or stay for the whole thing-- it truly is a very sweet morning!
As of right now, I have received slips from 4 people who will have a Veteran attend our class celebration and will have an opportunity to talk for a few minutes to the class. Please let me know if I am missing anyone!
1. Sabrina (Dan Sharphorn)
2. Tyson (Marc Adamski)
3. Cade (John Hoover)
4. Ella (Jose Guerra)
Here are the students I have who will be sharing pictures/medals:
In math this week, we will be working on learning our factors of 10, 2, 5, 3, and 4. We have organized our lessons to learn the easiest-hardest factors, so as a reminder the number of lessons are out of order for that reason. Students will be expected to practice their multiplication facts 5 minutes every night (Monday-Thursday) for a total of 20 min a week. They can either do 5 min each night or do it all on one day, etc. They can practice with flashcards, a math app, pencil and paper test, calling out facts orally, etc. Anyway that gets them practicing is all that I am hoping for!
I hope everyone has a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing many of you on Friday morning!!
Week of October 31
This week in Language Arts, we will be focusing on Cause and Effect and Imaginative Stories. We will be doing a mini author's study on Chris Van Allsburg for our unit on Imaginative Stories- he has such wonderful stories to use as examples before we begin writing our own stories. Our class will also begin our first whole-group novel (which I will read aloud to them), Charlotte's Web, this week. I always enjoy this shared reading experience and know the kids will too! Since we are going to see the play at Zach Scott Theater in December, I figured what a better novel to start out with! Hopefully we can wrap up the novel around the same time as the play.
We wrapped up our unit on Matter on Friday. Tests from last week will go home in your child's Thursday folder this week. Most of the class did very well! As a reminder, any test that is a score less than a 70 may be corrected at home and sent back with a parent signature for a maximum of a 70. Beginning this week, we will turn back over to Social Studies. We will be learning all about who Veterans are, what the different armed forces are, and be creating many wonderful pieces for our Veteran's Day celebration next Friday (the 11th). Please remember to send in your child's slip by this coming Friday, November 4.
In Math, we will do some fun Halloween activities on Monday. Tuesday, we will review for our Unit 4 Test, which will be sent home to review that night. Wednesday, the kids will take their Unit 4 Test and work on a fun culminating activity with arrays. On Thursday, we will begin Unit 5. This unit is a continuation of Unit 4, focusing on specific factors. We will be jumping around and not necessarily going in order, because we want the kids to learn the factors in a more orderly manner. We will start with Lesson 5-3 on Thursday, which is multiplying by 0 and 1. On Friday, we will review our unit test and the skills from the week.
As a reminder, tomorrow night is a No Homework Night. I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween! Please remember that costumes are not allowed at school tomorrow. We will also be reinforcing that candy be left at home rather than brought to school, particularly at snack time. Thank you so much for your help with this!
Week of October 24
I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weekend! I was in an outdoor wedding on Saturday and it truly could not have been a more perfect day! Hopefully this fall weather sticks and we can start to enjoy more days like that!
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with all of you for your Parent Conferences last week! It is always such a joy getting to talk with you about your child's progress as well as showcase many of the neat projects your child has been busy working on lately. For a couple of you who have a conference scheduled for this week, I am looking forward to meeting with you then! As always, if you come across any questions that you may have forgotten to ask during your conference, please do not hesitate to let me know!
In Language Arts, we will be finishing up our Haunted House writing as well as diving back into Author's Purpose. This skill is quite a challenging one, so the more practice the better! Monday-Wednesday we will focus on the characteristics of one specific purpose and then spend Thursday and Friday reviewing all three (Persuade, Inform, Entertain). Anytime your child is reading a book at home, a great question to ask them is, "What is the author's purpose for this book and how do you know?" Is the author persuading you to do something, believe something, or think one way or another? Is the author entertaining you with a fictional story and some humor? Or is the author informing you of facts? For this week's comprehension quiz, the students will have some vocabulary words they will be tested on like earlier in the year. Those words can be found on my website under Monday's homework.
We will be wrapping up our science unit on matter this week after going through Mixtures and Solutions (both solids and liquids). We will also take a close look at Physical and Chemical changes. On Thursday we will review as a class, and then Friday the students will have their unit test. As always, a review will come home with them on Thursday should you like to review this with them the night before the test.
In math, we will be wrapping up Unit 4 (introduction to multiplication). Monday we will take a look at how multiplication can be shown on a number line through skip counting. Tuesday, we will explore the Commutative Property of Multiplication. Wednesday we will learn how to write multiplication stories and then Thursday we will practice solving two-step word problems with multiplication. Given that these lessons are all quite different, we will review all these skills a little each day through math stations and review time on Friday. Next week, we will review as a class and test on Wednesday. Unit 5 will be a continuation of multiplication, but will focus on specific facts rather than multiplication concepts (i.e. one day will be spent learning 0's and 1's, another day will be 2's and 5's).
Picture retakes are this Thursday! All of you who ordered pictures received those back a few weeks ago. Those of you who did not order, will be receiving your pictures tomorrow (the company was late in giving those to our school) and then you can decide whether to place an order or go through retakes. Just as a reminder, if you choose to have your child retake their picture, you must send the original ones back on retake day.
This week, I will be out Monday and Tuesday. Ms. Kelly Herrin will be our substitute and she is a former BPE teacher and knows the school very well! Should you have any transportation changes, it would be best to call the office to ensure your child goes home the correct way. I will available by email but any message that needs to get to your child will need to go through the office.
Last but not least, Veteran's Day is just around the corner!! For those of you who are new to BPE, or just have not heard, third grade does a huge unit on Veteran's Day and will have a morning dedicated to celebrating this special day. We encourage any family member to attend, but also any that are Veterans! While many may live out of town and cannot make it, we would love for you to invite anyone who could join us. It truly is a morning you will not want to miss! A letter will be coming home with your child tomorrow in their homework folder. Please make sure they show this to you and return the bottom slip with your child as soon as you can.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week! Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
Week of October 17
This week is an exciting one, both for the students and myself! I'm so looking forward to meeting with each of you for our parent conference and getting to share how wonderful your child has been doing this first nine weeks. Thank you to almost everyone who was able to find a time to schedule a conference throughout the busy week. You can view the schedule times on Skyward. Please make sure to come with any questions you might have, as our conference schedule is tight and goes by quickly! We are on a 30-minute back-to-back schedule for most days, so please ensure you arrive on time so we can make the very most of our time together. If you arrive a little early, please feel free to take a look at your child's work displayed in the hallway outside our classroom. There are some wonderful projects that your child has been working very hard on!
Just as a reminder, Monday and Tuesday are normal school days. Wednesday-Friday are Half Days as well as Arts Days. The big difference between our Early Release Days and these Half Days are the dismissal time! Half day dismissal is at 11:55 and there will be NO lunch served. Please send a snack like usual, but lunch will not occur during these days. The students have some wonderful performances scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday which will be about an hour long. Friday, will be very different. Students will rotate through three different stations and will be learning many neat things in relation to art! As many of you know, this year's Arts Day is the same theme as we had last year: "Color Our World". Each grade level is divided into a continent and will learn about different forms of art used within that Continent. Third grade students will be learning all about South America!
In Language Arts this week, we will begin a fun and exciting writing project. Students will be writing a persuasive advertisement for a Haunted House. They will apply their understanding of sensory details as well as learn some skills in relation to persuasion. These are always so creative and lots of fun for the kids to write and design! Due to the limited schedule with arts days, we will spend the majority of our language arts time writing these this week.
In Science, we will do a couple labs in which we will learn how to measure mass, volume, and temperature. The students are doing a wonderful job with this unit on Matter. We will finish up this unit next week after we take a look at mixtures and solutions and changes in states of matter.
The students did a remarkable job with their First Nine Weeks Assessment we took last week. These will be shown to you during our Parent Conferences. This week we will begin Unit 4 (Multiplication). We will only have two formal lessons this week due to Arts Days. Lesson 1 introduces Multiplication in relation to repeated addition. Lesson 2 will introduce arrays. We will practice these skills on Wednesday and Thursday to ensure a strong grasp of these concepts. As we are jumping into Multiplication, please have your child begin practicing these facts at home a little each night.
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'm looking forward to seeing most of you this week!
Week of October 10
I hope you all enjoyed this beautiful three-day weekend; I know I sure did! It's hard to believe we are full-in-swing with the month of October and the first nine weeks has almost come to an end. I am so looking forward to meeting with all of you for our parent conferences and getting to talk with you about your precious children!
This week in Language Arts, we will be taking time to review all the skills we have covered this first quarter. Tuesday we will review story elements and theme, Wednesday we will review sequencing of events, and Thursday we will review making connections (text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world). Friday's comprehension quiz will be a little longer than usual as we will assess on all these skills. In addition to our review of skills this week, the students will begin peer editing one another's personal narratives as well as begin writing their final drafts! They have done such a great job working on adding details and writing in a three-paragraph (or more) format. The kids are looking forward to showcasing their work for you to see at your parent conferences next week!
In Science, we will be continuing our study on the three states of matter as well as diving into how to measure length, volume, and mass with the metric system. Thursday we will have another Guidance lesson lead by our counselors, and Friday we will do a mini lab with measuring length and distance.
We have officially covered three full units in Math this quarter and will taking our First Nine Weeks Assessment this week. Tuesday we will review all the skills together as a class and then Wednesday the kids will take this assessment. Due to all of third grade taking the same assessment, the students will have a scantron to fill in for a quicker turn around in their scores, which will be shared with you at our conferences. Since most of the kids have never filled in a scantron before, we will spend Thursday learning how to properly fill in a scantron sheet and transfer their answers from their test. Next week, we will review and take our Unit 3 test before Arts Day begins.
With Tuesday night being a No Homework Night, and our Nine Weeks Assessment taking a lot from the kids, our third grade team has decided to focus on reading only for homework this week. We are busy trying to get all unfished work completed and turned in this week as well, so your child may choose to bring some of that work home to complete if they don't have time in class to complete.
Finally, our librarian, Mrs. Ricter, has asked us to share this flyer with you regarding a Pumpkin Decorating event for the library. Please view the PDF file below for more information.
Hope you all have a wonderful week! As always, please let me know if there are any questions or concerns!
Week of October 3
In Language Arts, we will be continuing our work on our personal narrative writing. Students spent a lot of time brainstorming, jotting down details, and even learning different ways to start off their paper in an exciting manner last week. We will also be focusing on how good readers ask questions and make connections when they read. There are three main connections that we will dive into- Text-to-Self (how readers connect to characters or events in a book), Text-to-Text (how a book can relate to another book), and Text-to-World (how readers can connect events in a story to real-world events). We will spend one day on each of these so that they become easier to apply and understand. Last Thursday we started off reading groups and LA stations and I was so impressed with how well they are grasping how to rotate and work independently. It is so much fun getting to hear each of them read and enjoy a book that is truly on their level. Be sure to ask your child all about what book they are reading!
After spending two weeks on Map Skills in Social Studies, we are heading back into Science! This week we will be jumping into our Matter Unit. We will spend the week focusing on the three states of matter as well as distinguishing properties of each. We might get a chance to fit in a mini lab on measuring length, mass, and volume as well. Due to our Early Release Day on Friday, we will have four days of science this week.
Last week's math test on Unit 2 was quite a challenge and I will admit, very heavy on word problems! We began Unit 3 on Thursday, which will be a continuation of Unit 2- adding and subtracting with three digits or more. Third grade teachers are working on creating a test for this unit that will reflect their understanding of these skills without being intertwined with so many word problems. It is really beneficial for your child to continue practicing his or her addition and subtraction facts, so that they are ready for multiplication when we jump into Unit 4.
This Wednesday is BPE's Family Picnic! This will take place from 5:30-7:30 on the soccer field. All families are invited to attend and enjoy a fun and relaxing evening with one another! There will be food trucks from PTerry's, Chick-fil-A, and Austin's Pizza. You are more than welcome to bring your own picnic as well. Students are encouraged to wear their class color both to school and the picnic. Third grade's class color is green!
Friday is an early release (12:55 pm). Lunch will be served, but as I mentioned on the previous early release, it is highly recommended that your child bring their lunch on that day, rather than buy due to the lines.
Many thanks for all of you that have sent in $8 CASH for the upcoming field trip in December. A flyer went home in your child's Thursday folder. Please try to ensure that it is exactly $8, as this will make it easier for collecting. This field trip money is due by Thursday.
Finally, I will be out on Monday for a technology conference and Thursday for a Language Arts meeting for our third grade team. Mrs. Clay will be our substitute on both days-- she is a former BPE teacher and is such a joy to be around. The kids will be so lucky to have her for those two days that I am out. If you have any transportation changes on either of those days, please email the front office to ensure that message gets to your child.
As always, please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions at all! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!
Week of September 26
This past week, the students did an incredible job grasping the challenging skill of Author's Purpose! While we will continue to review this skill throughout the year, I encourage you to ask your child if they can share the three main purposes an author might have for writing (PIE- Persuade, Inform, Entertain). The more they can explain it, the more they will remember it! :) We also worked on comparing and contrasting, which they did a great job with as well. Since we spent most of the week reviewing author's purpose, comparing and contrasting, and parts of speech, we didn't get around to Fact/Opinion much last week, so we will be doing more of that this week!
In Language Arts, we will be taking a break from our Weekly Reading Street Story this week and instead dive into a variety of read-alouds that show a theme. During our week on story elements, we touched on characters, setting, plot, and theme, but because theme is such a challenging concept that needs a lot of practice and modeling, we will focus entirely on theme as our reading skill this week. In addition to Theme, we will also begin introducing the genre of writing, called Personal Narratives. Students will be exposed to a variety of examples and we will discuss what a personal narrative looks like, sounds like, and ultimately entails. This particular writing will be completed in steps and therefore continue into the next week.
In Social Studies, we are continuing our unit on map skills and will take a close look at different landforms. As a culminating project to this unit, we will begin a cute project called, "Create Your Own Country" which will take place over two-three days. The students will pick a theme and design their own country using a variety of landforms, map symbols, map key, compass rose, and many other features they have learned about that are included in maps! This is certainly a project you will enjoy keeping after we showcase them in the hallway! After this week, we will head back into science, focusing on the three states of matter.
We have almost completed all of Unit 2 in Math! On Monday, we will finish up with problem solving using strip diagrams and then complete our unit review in class on Tuesday. This review will come home with your child that night to review and bring back with a parent signature. Wednesday the students will take their test, and then Thursday we will jump into our first lesson of Unit 3. Both units 2 and 3 are very similar and more of a continuation of one other. As we are continuing to build upon these addition and subtraction skills, it would be extremely beneficial for your child to practice his or her math facts for 5-10 minutes each night. Great ways to practice these facts include, but are certainly not limited to, using math apps on electronic devices, math websites focusing on math facts, flash cards (store bought OR homemade), orally calling out math facts to your child, or writing facts down on paper. By being fluent with their addition and subtraction facts, this will help them tremendously when we approach Unit 4 which introduces multiplication.
Finally, our third grade team has scheduled an exciting field trip in December to Zachary Scott Theatre to see E.B White's Charlotte's Web! Due to the popularity of this show, we have split our third grade classes into two different days. On December 7, our class along with Mrs. Matus and Ms. Leavitt's class, will attend the show. A flyer will come home with your child on Monday, but until then, here is some important info that you will find on there.
We will eat lunch in our classrooms right before we leave for the show, so students will need to bring a sack lunch on this day. Our show time is at noon, so we will leave BPE around 11:00 AM. There is very limited seating in the theatre, so unfortunately parents won’t be able to attend. We will return to BPE around 1:30 PM.
Please send $8.00 CASH to cover the cost of admission by Thursday, October 6th.
I hope you all enjoy your weekend! Let me know if you have any questions!
Week of September 19
I hope you all had a terrific weekend! Here is a little info regarding our busy week ahead!
In Language Arts, we will be focusing on determining the Author's Purpose in a variety of texts (Persuade, Inform, or Entertain). In addition to author's purpose, we will also practice compare and contrast and fact and opinion. Most of you are familiar with the classic story, Little Red Riding Hood. We will be reading the Chinese tale of this well-known classic story, Lon Po Po on Tuesday, and will compare and contrast the two stories after reading Little Red Riding Hood on Wednesday. Both of these stories are excellent to compare and contrast as well as discuss the author's purpose for each of these stories. Fact and Opinion are skills that the students are usually very strong in, but we will take this week to review. In addition to these reading skills, we will also be reviewing the basic parts of speech- Nouns, Adjectives, and Verbs.
The students did a wonderful job on their science test last week! As I mentioned at Back-to-School Morning, we will be alternating between science and social studies and now that we have completed our first unit of science, we will roll over to social studies for this week. Our first unit will focus on map skills- particularly looking at map grids, the compass rose, lines of latitude and longitude, our continents and oceans, and being able to describe where we live in terms of location.
In math, we will continue applying our understanding of addition and subtraction, by jumping into estimating with both sums and differences. We will also take a close look at how addition and subtraction are related and how to show adding and subtracting on a number line. Of course we will continue to review the three addition properties and regrouping a little each day to ensure we master those concepts!
For those of you who might be wondering, we will begin switching for FIT within the next week or so (GT has already began switching). All third grade teachers (as well as many of the other grade levels) are spending these few weeks assessing each student on their reading level and fluency. As you can imagine, this is a lengthy process, however provides us with some very helpful information so that we can effectively form reading groups hopefully starting next Monday!
Many of you sent back Flu Shot forms indicating either a yes or no in regards to the flu shot offered on Friday, September 23. For those of you who indicated you would like for your child to receive the flu shot, this will take place on Friday during school hours.
As always, if you come across any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out at any time!
Week of September 12
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Before the new week starts, I wanted to email you all and give you a glimpse of what we will be learning and some important events to be aware of.
First off, Tuesday is our first Early Release of the year. Dismissal will be at 12:55 pm and lunch WILL be served on that day. By fitting a lunch in for all the grade levels, it will be a little shorter than normal and also back to back with little time in between for the line to slow down. This being said, it is HIGHLY recommended that you send a lunch with your child that day, rather than have them go through the line. Of course, lunch will be served, however it just a recommendation to pack a lunch.
Second, this Thursday is individual picture day! Our class will go to the cafeteria to take pictures at 9:30, right before specials. Please make sure your child is dressed for the occasion as this picture will be the one used in the yearbook.
In Language Arts this week, we will continue reviewing sequencing of events. We will also take a close look at visualizing- a skill that students will apply when reading text and painting a picture in their mind. For writing, we will be learning the components of a friendly letter. Students will be composing a thank you letter to a teacher of their choice here at BPE. They will write the letter and address an envelope before it is delivered to that particular teacher (or principal)! Finally, we will also spend some time learning about two different types of sentences- Declarative and Interrogative. The other two types of sentences (Exclamatory and Imperative) will be taught next week.
In Science, we will be wrapping up our unit on Energy, Force, and Motion. On Monday, we will review the six basic simple machines that we learned about last week. With Tuesday being an early dismissal, we will do any science that day. Wednesday we will review for our test, and Thursday the students will take their first Open-Spiral Test! As a reminder, students will be allowed to use their Interactive Science Spiral on all science tests. Everything that is on the tests is almost certain to be found in their spiral, so no studying at home should be necessary. The review will come home, similar to the math test review, however that is optional to look over. On Friday, we will begin some map skills within our first unit for Social Studies.
I was so impressed with how well the students did on their first math test they took on Friday! This week, we will begin Unit 2 which will focus on addition properties, subtraction with regrouping, and estimating sums and differences.
As always, if you come across any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out! I hope you have a wonderful week ahead! Can't believe we are already in mid-September!
What an incredible first two weeks we have had! I've really enjoyed getting to know everyone and can already tell that this is one amazing group of students!
In Language Arts this week, we focused on story elements (character, setting, plot, and theme). We enjoyed reading a cute story called Charlie McButton and were able to apply our understanding of story elements. Next week, we will read "What About Me?" and focus on sequencing of events in a story and in our own writing. Students will create a flipbook sequencing their day-to-day life which will help them apply their understanding of time order words.
In Science, we have been busy learning all about the elements of energy, force, and motion. We explored magnets as well as other forces of motion (pushing and pulling). Next week, we will dive into simple machines and explore the many different sources of energy (sound, heat, light, mechanical). The students have been actively building their own Interactive Science Notebook which contains data collections from our science experiements, as well as important vocabulary and notes from the unit. The students will be allowed to use their notebooks on their unit tests (open notebook tests).
In Math, we have continued to dive into our unit on place value. Students were introduced to three ways to name numbers: standard form, expanded form, and word form. We also learned how to write and speak numbers in different ways (i.e. two thousand five hundred OR twenty five hundred). The students learned how to compare numbers using less than, greater than, and equal to, as well as ordering those numbers from greatest to least or least to greatest. On Thursday, we reviewed how to count money. Next week, we will wrap up Unit 1 with rounding on a number line, our unit review, and take our test on Thursday, September 8. The review we complete in class on Wednesday will come home to look over and study that night. We also officially began our math station groups this week. The kids were very excited to get started! Monday-Thursday during math time, students will rotate through four stations: math facts, at your desk, teacher's choice, and hands-on. Friday's will then primarily consist of review and reteach from the week's skills taught, followed by time for some math games.
As you saw this week, your child will come home with a Weekly Homework Tracker at the start of every week. This tracker is designed to help your child stay organized, take responsibility for their nightly homework, as well as include some important upcoming dates and their weekly vocabulary words. These vocabulary words are reviewed in class each week, however are helpful to review at home before Friday's weekly reading/vocabulary quiz.
Finally, please review our third grade homework policy below, as some changes have been made.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know! I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing three-day weekend!
Updated Homework Policy (PLEASE READ):
We wanted to update you on a change to our homework policy that we feel will help reinforce the skills your children are learning throughout the school year. In order to help maximize the impact of each week’s lessons students will be receiving homework every night. Monday through Thursday the students will have math homework. Tuesdays and Thursdays are planned for language arts homework. However, we know the school year is busy and we want to give your family as much flexibility as possible. We will, therefore, be sending home both language arts assignments on Monday. This will give your child the option to finish the assignments when it is most convenient for them. Math will still be turned in daily while the two language arts assignments will be turned in on Friday.
We do not want your child to spend over 40 minutes per night on homework, including the amount of time spent reading. If you are noticing that it takes your child more than 40 minutes to complete the assignments please touch base with your child’s teacher.
The Third Grade Team.
Third Grade Back-to-School Morning is this Thursday, August 25 in our classroom (Rm 400) from 7:45-8:45. I hope to see all of you there- your kids have been working hard and can't wait for you to visit their classroom to take a peek! During this time together, we will cover third grade policies and the year at a glance as well as answer any questions you might have about the year ahead.
**Many of the bus routes (names, pick up, and drop off times) were changed over the summer. To ensure your kids get on the right bus Monday afternoon, please check the link below to find your current route and bus name. Let me know if any changes have been made!
2/28- Early Release (12:55)
3/3- Open House (7:30-8:45)
3/10- Kite Day (9:45-10:35)
3/13-3/17- Spring Break
3/30- Class Pictures
4/8- Bobcat Fest
4/14- Good Friday, No School
4/19- Early Release (12:55)
5/5- May Madness
5/8- STAAR Math
5/9- STAAR Reading
5/15- No School
5/17- Reunion Ranch Field Trip
5/25- Last Day of School
7:45-8:00 Morning Assembly
8:00-9:45 Language Arts (Snack at 9)
A Day: PE with Mrs. Rose
B Day: Art with Mrs. Lee
C Day: Music with Ms. Jones
10:35-11:30 Social Studies/Science
12:25-1:15 FIT (Focused Instructional Time)
*Library: Every other Tuesday 9:00-9:30
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