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Week of March 19
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break!! It always flies by so quickly, but it was so nice to have some time to relax and rest. I am so looking forward to seeing all these sweet kiddos tomorrow- I have missed them! Coming back from Spring Break is always bittersweet. It's exciting and sad all at the same time-- a reminder that we only have one more nine weeks left and then the year will come to a close! How did the year go by this fast? I am so proud of how far these kids have come and how much happiness they bring to our classroom each and every day! I surely will treasure these last nine weeks with them!
This week in math we will be revisiting our capacity and weight unit, by focusing on the metric units. Mid-week, we will begin Unit 10 which will be on balancing equations using addition and subtraction. On Friday (March 23) , the third grade students will be practicing the Math STAAR test first thing in the morning. This practice test serves two purposes for us. First, it's a good way to demystify the format of the test, and will in all likelihood alleviate some tension for those students who are worried about the real thing in May. Secondly, this test also provides us (the teachers) with some valuable information for planning instruction for the remainder of the year. There are no special instructions for this day, but I wanted to give you a heads up so you can mark your calendar for this important date. I know the golf tournament is taking place this week, but it is really helpful having your student present for this practice test if at all possible. The actual STAAR tests will be on Monday, May 14th and Tuesday, May 15th. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
In language arts, we will continue our character unit study for another week. We will introduce a new read aloud called Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel. This is a very quick read and will be used to compare/contrast to the main character in Because of Winn Dixie, which we read before Spring Break. This Wednesday we will also have library.
Prior to Spring Break, we spent a couple of weeks learning about all the eight planets in the solar system. This week, we will transition into learning more about the Sun, Earth, and Moon. We will discuss how rotations and revolutions occur, how the Sun is the center of the Water Cycle, and introduce the different phases that the moon cycles through.
Last, but certainly not least, we have exciting news! We will be having a new student join us tomorrow for the remainder of the school year! Her name is Alexis and many of your kids will remember her from spending K-2nd grade here at BPE before taking some time to travel the world with her family this year! We are so thrilled to have her join our class!!
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to let me know! Best wishes for a smooth transition back from spring break!
Week of March 5
Good Morning, Parents!
We have one more full week and then it is officially Spring Break! The anticipation is certainly in the air. While it is the last week before break, we do have a lot going on this week.
In math, we will spend Monday and Tuesday reviewing all the skills we have covered in math this nine weeks (fractions, area/perimeter, capacity/weight, and elapsed time). On Wednesday, the kids will take their Quarter 3 assessment covering all the material from the past quarter. Thursday and Friday we will end with a fun math project. If you know in advance that your child will be out on Wednesday, please let me know so I can ensure they take this assessment beforehand.
In language arts, we will be wrapping up our character unit study with Because of Winn Dixie. We will finish up the book this week and then celebrate it all by watching the movie on Friday. Many thanks to all of you who sent back permission slips. If you haven't done this and you would like for your child to be able to watch this movie, please have those sent in before Friday.
In science, we are going to do a very fun hands-on project which entails creating a model of the solar system using Model Magic clay! We will also have our counselor lesson on Thursday during science.
This Thursday is also our class Kite Day! If you are interested in joining your child out on the soccer field, they will be out there from 9:45-10:35. Kites will go home early this week with anyone who will miss Kite Day.
I hope everyone is staying well! There seems to be a bad stomach-bug going around and the kids seem to be dropping like flies! :( We've been wiping down our desks and reminding the kids to wash their hands lots. I've even stocked up on grape juice myself (no idea if it actually works), just to be extra safe! :)
Best wishes for a great and healthy week ahead,
Week of February 26
Hope everyone is staying dry this morning! I know we are all so ready to see some sunshine soon!
This week in math we will begin measurement of capacity (customary units), weight, and elapsed time. Before we jump into elapsed time, we will take a day to review just telling time.
In language arts, we will be continuing our character unit study using the book, Because of Winn Dixie. The kids are loving this book (and it is one of my personal favorites too)! This week we will practice making predictions about characters, review how to plot a story on a "story mountain", analyze character's reactions to problems they face, and talk about how the supporting characters play a role in the the main character's journey. We will also finish wrapping up our imaginative stories this week and share them with one another at the end of the week.
If you came to Open House on Friday, you should have found a permission slip to watch the movie, Because of Winn Dixie. Many thanks to so many of you who took the time to fill that form in while at Open House. If you haven't yet had a chance to fill this form in, please ask your child to give that to you. Most of them put it in their backpacks on Friday if they were not taken home. We will watch this movie right before Spring Break.
In science, we will learn some interesting facts about the gas giants: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Towards the end of the week, students will get to select one of the eight planets and complete a research project on it. This is a fun project that the kids really enjoy.
Last, our exciting field trip to Reunion Ranch is not too far away. We will be headed there on May 10 and payment of $12 is due on Skyward by Thursday, March 8. This payment covers lunch while we are there. If you misplaced the flyer that was at Open House, I sent a copy via email..
I will be at a 2-day workshop in San Marcos learning about Brain-Friendly teaching tools tomorrow and Tuesday, however, the kids will be in great hands with our substitutes Mrs. Clay and Mrs. Root. Of course, Mrs. DeWitt will be there too!
If you have any questions about the upcoming week, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Week of February 19
Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! Too bad it's not a three day weekend like originally planned, but at least Spring Break is just around the corner! :)
In your child's Thursday folder last week you should have gotten a flyer about Kite Day, which will be coming up in just a few weeks! For those that have never experienced a BPE kite day, it is a lot of fun for the kids (and parents). I wanted you all to get the date as soon as we got the schedule so that you could mark it on your calendars if you're interested in joining your child out on the soccer field.
In math this week, we will be wrapping up our study of perimeter and area. The only new skill that we will be introduced this week will be how to find the area of irregular shapes. Thursday we will review as a class and Friday we will test on Unit 13.
In language arts, we will begin our Character Study unit, using the book Because of Winn Dixie. For those that have never read this book, it is one of my very favorites! We will read aloud a couple chapters each day and discuss how the characters develop over time and how they play a different role in the story. We are also working on wrapping up our rough drafts for our imaginative stories this week. Hopefully you all will get a good glimpse at their stories on Friday at Open House.
We will spend tomorrow finishing up some President's Day activities and then jump back into science on Tuesday. We will begin our unit on the solar system!
Friday is Open House from 7:30-8:45 am! Please join your child anytime between that time frame to come take a look at the work they have been doing as well as get a glimpse at their classroom or other favorite parts of the building.
Is it both with excitement and sadness that I share with you all that Mrs. DeWitt will be finishing her last day with us next Tuesday, Feb 27. She will be having her sweet baby girl, Eva-Lynn, that last day in February. We will miss her dearly during this time while she is away, however, she will be back in May to finish off the year with us! During the time she is gone, we will have Ms. Bell with us, who the kids have already met and adored.
If you have any questions about the upcoming week, please don't hesitate to reach out! Have a wonderful week!
Week of February 12
This week we have Valentines Day to look forward to! Just a reminder, students will need to bring in their Valentine cards (for each student) on Wednesday. We will celebrate with ice cream sundaes from 2:00-2:30 in our classroom that afternoon. Any food related items that come along with your child's card (if you choose), must have an ingredient list provided. If your child has misplaced the class list/letter that was sent home a few weeks ago, I have sent a copy via email.
In math this week, we will be transitioning into perimeter and area. We will start with perimeter of common shapes and then move into area mid-week.
In language arts, we will be starting our rough drafts for our imaginative stories. Last week, the kids brainstormed and created an organizer for the outline of their story. Students had the option of fracturing a fairy tale or following one of Chis Van Allsburg books that we have read together. It will be fun to see their imagination run wild through these stories! In addition to writing our stories, we will also work on making inferences. This is a challenging reading skill that we will practice a lot throughout the week.
The kids took their science test last Friday so this week we will be transitioning over to a week of social studies! With President's Day coming up next Monday, we will learn about some important American leaders as well as two of our most well-recognized presidents, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.
Wednesday (Valentines Day) we will have library as well as a counselor lesson before our party that afternoon.
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to reach out!
Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!
Week of February 5
Good Morning Parents!
Hope everyone is having a great Superbowl weekend! If you missed the celebration on Friday morning, check out these videos that were taken! Pretty neat that Nick Foles is a BPE alum, Westlake grad, and in the Superbowl!
On Friday, we finished our unit on fractions. This week we will be moving into geometry, focusing on 2D quadrilaterals and 3D solid shapes. We will spend two days learning about characteristics of quadrilaterals and then move into attributes of 3D shapes (faces, edges, and vertices) for the rest of the week.
In language arts, we will read a few fairy tales and discuss elements that make up this genre. Students will use what they know about fantasy and fairy tales and begin brainstorming for their own Imaginative Story this week! In small groups, we will also begin practicing strategies for STAAR reading passages. Getting the kids exposed to what these passages look like early on is always helpful.
In science, we will be continuing to learn about different fast land changes that occur on Earth's surface. Last week we looked at volcanoes and this week we will study landslides, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Thursday we will review together in class and then Friday the kids will take their assessment on this unit (both slow and fast land changes).
Your child should have come home with a letter and class list for Valentines Day in their Thursday Folder two weeks ago. Please make sure you have emptied your child's folder, as some are brining back folders full of papers (and information like this). Students will be decorating their very own Valentines Day bags in the classroom soon so no need to decorate anything at home. Our party will be on Wednesday, Feb 14 at the end of the day (2-:2:30) and anyone is welcome to join!
Let me know if you have any questions at all!
Have a great rest of your weekend,
Week of January 29
Good Afternoon Parents!
Hope you all are enjoying your weekend! We've made it to the last week in January and are heading into February already- hard to believe!
This week in math we will be wrapping up our unit on fractions. Tomorrow we will continue equivalent fractions, but practice them specifically on number lines. Tuesday and Wednesday we will practice all the skills we've been working on and Thursday we will review together as a class. Our math test will be on Friday.
In language arts we will be working on learning how to revise our writing. On Tuesday we will read a book called A Chair for My Mother and spend some time learning how to describe the chair (or any object we write about) in great detail. We will do some revising practice a little each day to help the kids feel confident doing this on their own papers. We decided to push forward the imaginative story one week to get this revising practice in before jump starting our writing prompt. In addition, we will finish up reading three more books by Chris Van Allsburg, discussing elements that make each story fantasy. I think the kids are really enjoying these books and are getting some great ideas for how to write using their imagination!
In science this week we will spend tomorrow reviewing weathering, erosion, and deposition and then move into some fast land changes on Wednesday. The first fast land change we will learn about this week are volcanoes. Next week we will dive into earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides.
I will be out all day tomorrow for a district language arts meeting, however the kids will be in great hands with our sub Mrs. Clay! Just a reminder- Tuesday is an Early Release and No Homework Night and kids will be dismissed at 12:50.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, send them my way!
Week of January 22
Hope everyone enjoyed all the sunshine we had yesterday (can't believe we were back to nearly 70 degrees!) and the rainy day we have today. Looks like we will be back to a normal week after last week's holiday and crazy weather!
This week in math we will be working on some more challenging topics related to fractions. Tomorrow we will spend time learning how to divide objects up among a group of people and write a fraction for how much of that object each person could have (example: six children want to share 5 breakfast bars, what fraction of a breakfast bar does each child get?) On Tuesday and Wednesday we will learn how to compare fractions with the same denominators and then the same numerators. We will wrap up on Thursday with equivalent fractions.
In language arts, we are continuing our Chris Van Allsburg read alouds and discussing elements that make his stories imaginative/fantasy. We will read a few more of his books this week in preparation for beginning our own imaginative stories next week. One of his books, which we will read tomorrow, contains many metaphors. We will learn what metaphors are and how to interpret what they mean this week as well.
Finally, in science, we will continue to learn more about the components that make up earth materials (specifically soil) and how weathering, erosion, and deposition of rocks occur.
STEAM Day is this Friday!! The kids are so excited for a fun-packed morning learning all about some science, technology, engineering, arts, and math! If you are interested in volunteering, I believe there are 20 more volunteers needed to make this day run as smoothly as it always does. If you're interested, you can sign up on the Booster Club website.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, let me know!
Week of January 15
I hope you all are enjoying your extra day for the MLK weekend! It looks like it is certainly possible this three-day weekend could extend into a four-day weekend with this crazy winter storm coming through tonight! Looks like we will all be tuning into the news as it approaches Austin.
Hopefully you have had a chance to view your child's report card on Skyward. These were put out on Thursday last week. If you have any questions at all about the report card, please don't hesitate to reach out.
This week in math, we will be continuing our study on fractions. We will continue practicing locating fractions on a number line (this was introduced on Friday) as well as learn how to break apart fractions with addition.
In language arts, we will begin our unit on imaginative stories. Your kids will be learning about the elements that make up an imaginative story through many read alouds of Chis Van Allsburg books. Each day we will read a different story of his and discuss the elements that make these imaginative stories. There will be a creative writing prompt each day as well to get the kids practicing how to create their very own imaginative story in a few weeks!
In science, we will begin our next unit on Earth Changes (both slow and fast). We will start by taking a look at the components that make up soil and then dive into weathering, erosion, and deposition of rocks and earth materials. In preparation for our exploration of soil on Thursday, we are asking that each student bring in a small snack-size bag of soil from your backyard, neighborhood playground, or any other area where your child can scoop up a sample of soil. There is no need to go out and buy any soil for this. The more twigs, bugs, leaves, etc that are found in the natural soil, the better! :)
We will have both library and a counselor lesson this Wednesday.
I hope you all stay warm tonight enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend! Let me know if you have any questions about the upcoming week.
Week of January 8
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing break with your families! I had a wonderful break myself and am well rested and ready to start off the new year! Can you believe your kids are officially half way to becoming 4th graders? Wow!
This week in math we will begin our unit on fractions. Tomorrow we will ease in and learn some important vocabulary for this unit as well as get an idea of what fractions are. The rest of the week we will practice identifying fractions within a whole, within a set, and on a number line. Students will not have math homework tomorrow and instead begin math homework on Wednesday.
In language arts we will work on a 2018 goal writing as well as begin learning about author's purpose within a variety of texts. Students will be able to identify whether a text is written to persuade, inform, or entertain a reader (also remembered with the acronym PIE). Next week we will begin our study on imaginative stories which will be a fun transition from our past study with nonfiction text.
Finally, in social studies, we will learn all about Martin Luther King, Jr. We will learn about his life, why he is recognized and celebrated today, and a little bit about his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Kids will even begin thinking about some dreams of their own! This will be a nice way to prepare for our three day weekend and understand why we have off for MLK. :)
I hope everyone has a wonderful transition back to school this week! I am so looking forward to seeing all your sweet kids tomorrow and hearing all about their winter break. I sure have missed them!
Last, I want to welcome our new student, Isaac! He will be joining us tomorrow (coming from Forest Trail Elementary) and I know the kids are all excited to meet him.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
Week of December 18
We have officially made it to the last week of the semester! Just five days and you all will have your sweet kiddos home for the holidays! I know the anticipation is surely here and the kids (and teachers) are ready! :)
This week in math we will be taking our district quarter assessment for the second nine weeks. We will review some of the skills tomorrow and then take the assessment on Tuesday. The rest of the week we will do some fun holiday math.
In social studies, we will continue some study on cultures. We will learn about three of the common winter holidays: Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa. We will also begin thinking of some goals for the New Year!
In Language Arts, we will share our expository animal writings that the kids worked incredibly hard on these nine weeks. We will also review synonyms and antonyms, parts of speech, and do some editing and cursive practice.
Your kids have been busy bees with a project for you all and are so excited to take them home and give them to you over the holidays! Be on the look out for a wrapped package coming home this week. We hope you enjoy it!
Just as a reminder-- our Winter Party will take place on Thursday from 12-1 in our classroom. Students will be having a pizza party along with a special winter treat while playing a holiday game. Following our party, we will head down to the cafeteria for our special school-wide performance from the African Children's Choir! You all are certainly welcome to attend both of these exciting events!
You should have received information about next week's Bully-Free Dress Up attire. If you didn't, here is the day-by-day dress up schedule:
Monday- Dress as your favorite super hero
Tuesday- Silly socks, hat, and hair day
Wednesday- Match with a buddy or several buddies
Thursday- Wear your plaid
Friday- Pajama Day
I hope everyone has a wonderful winter break full of fun, relaxation, and family time! For those traveling, best wishes for safe travels! If I don't see you before then, see you all in the new year, 2018!
Week of December 11
Good Morning Parents!
Hope everyone had a restful weekend and enjoyed that extra day off school for a "Snow Day"! Pretty exciting to see some snow here in Austin-- it's certainly a rare thing to see! Unfortunately, my day off was spent getting confirmed for strep throat and resting up at home.:( It's that time of year-- lots of things going around. Hope you all are staying healthy!
With Friday being an unexpected day off, we have a few things to catch up on when we come back tomorrow. We will take our 12's timed quiz along with the comprehension quiz that would have been on Friday.
In math this week, we will wrap up Unit 7 learning about even/odd numbers and how to tell whether a number can be divided, strip diagrams for division, and word problems among all operations. We will review key words for determining whether a word problem is asking us to add, subtract, multiply, or divide. After we take our 12's quiz tomorrow, we will spend some time doing redo practice quizzes (for those that have them).
We wrapped up our science unit on Ecosystems on Thursday and will be switching over to some social studies for the rest of the semester. This week we will begin diving into our unit on cultures. We will learn about what culture consists of (dance, art, music, religion, clothing, language, recreational activities), as well as what the arts are, and different holidays and celebrations celebrated around the world. In preparation for a fun culture project we will start on Thursday, a questionnaire about your child's cultural background will be coming home on Monday. This needs to be completed and sent back by Wednesday. We will be using this to help create our "Family Crests".
In language arts, we will continue finishing up our expository writing. These final copies should hopefully be finished by the end of the week so we can spend time next week sharing our books with one another. In addition, we will also continue reading some narrative nonfiction pieces (biographies, autobiographies) and annotating on a variety of nonfiction articles. Last but not least, we will review how to summarize a non-fiction piece.
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to reach out. With only a couple weeks left, if you happen to know whether your child will be out next week, it would be extra helpful to know so we can plan the work missed in advance.
Best wishes for a wonderful week,
Week of December 4
I hope everyone had a restful weekend! December has finally arrived and it won't be long until we are celebrating the holidays again!
I wanted to let everyone know that our Winter Party is scheduled for Thursday, December 21 from 12-1 in the classroom. We will be having a pizza party with a winter treat while playing a fun holiday game. You all are welcome to join us in the fun before we set off for winter break the following day!
In math this week, we will be continuing to practice our division facts. Each day we will spend time working on specific divisors (0-9). We will also continue to take our timed multiplication quizzes. This Tuesday kids will do their 11's quiz, Wednesday their 8's, and Friday their 12's quiz. Please continue having your kids practice these facts a little each night before they take these quizzes as it will help boost their confidence and have them come prepared. After this week, we will have some time to do redo quizzes and will officially be finished with timed practice! I am so proud of their hard work with memorizing their facts!
In science, we will spend Monday and Tuesday learning about/reviewing migration and hibernation. Wednesday we will review this unit as a class. The review will come home that night should your child like to review it again. On Thursday, we will take our open-notebook test on Ecosystems and Habitats. Friday we will spend some time working on our Expository research paper.
In Language Arts, students are busy working on finishing up their research paper in rough draft form. We will revise and edit this week and begin moving into our final copy! In addition to writing, we will also learn about pronouns and how these are used throughout narrative nonfiction (biographies, autobiographies). We spent some time last week learning about how good readers think while they are reading nonfiction, which involves labeling text features, thinking about main idea, and making notes in the margins when something strikes them as interesting or where they have a question. We will do some more practice with this throughout the week.
I will be out tomorrow morning for a district meeting but will be back at lunch time. The kids will have an excellent substitute for the morning and I will look forward to seeing them at noon! If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to let me know!
Week of November 27
I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying this last day of break before the routine settles back in. Only 4 more weeks before our anticipated Winter Break-- it will go by quickly I'm sure! I'm looking forward to hearing about everyone's break and seeing all your sweet kids tomorrow.
This week in math we will be transitioning into division! Students will learn some different strategies they can use to solve division problems such as separating into groups, using repeated subtraction, and drawing arrays. We will still be continuing our timed practice on multiplication facts, so please continue having your child practice his or her facts at home each night. Wednesday-Friday we will take timed quizzes for 6's, 7's, and 8's.
In science, we will be continuing our study on ecosystems, specifically diving into physical and behavioral adaptations that animals have to help them survive in their given habitat. We will take a look at camouflage and hibernation this week as some examples of adaptations. The kids have one more page left of their animal research to finish as well, so we will wrap that up early this week too so they can begin writing their expository piece.
In Language Arts, we will be continuing to discuss how readers approach nonfiction texts. We will do some more practice with main idea and supporting details as well since this is a hard skill that requires a lot of practice! In addition to nonfiction, students will begin to write some of their rough draft for their expository text and begin finding nonfiction text features to include with their writing. Finally, we will also begin learning about verbs and how we can use more exciting action words within our writing.
I hope everyone enjoys this beautiful day and time with family before heading back tomorrow. As always, let me know if you have any questions at all!
Week of November 20
With this two day week, I will keep this short. In Language Arts we are still working on Main Idea and Supporting Details within a nonfiction passage. We will also do a writing on someone we are thankful for in preparation for Thanksgiving this week. In math, we will continue working on multiplying a two-digit number by a one-digit number. Last week we worked on multiplying with the standard algorithm and this week I will be introducing another method that some students like using and others do not prefer. It is called partial products, which is breaking apart a number by place value (Ex: 25 x 5 can be done 20 x 5 and 5 x 5 and add the two products together). Students will learn how to use this method and then be able to decide which one they prefer to use. In science/social studies, we will spend some time doing some Thanksgiving related activities as well as continue our animal research.
There will be no homework these two days other than reading. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy this special time together. I have so much to be thankful for and 19 reasons are these wonderful students I am blessed to work with each day. It is truly such a blessing. Thank YOU for all your support and partnership as well- your kids are as amazing as they are because of you! Best wishes for safe travels and a healthy break.
Week of November 13
Thank you so much to all of you who were able to join us for our Veteran's Day celebration on Friday! It was such a special morning and the kids did a fantastic job sharing all that they worked so hard on. Many thanks to Tracy Armstrong and Amber Heisner for helping out with our lovely breakfast!
It's hard to believe this is our last full week before the Thanksgiving holidays! With that said, we have a lot going on!
In math this week, we will wrap up our units on multiplication with practicing strip diagrams and then review on Tuesday. We covered both units 4 and 5 during this time, so the kids will take a combined test over both units on Wednesday. As always, the review will come home on Tuesday so your child can review their skills with you at home if needed. Beginning Thursday, we will introduce how to multiply 2 digit numbers by 1 digit (Ex: 25 x 5). We will introduce this first with a strategy called partial products and then spend the rest of the days before break learning the standard algorithm for multiplying. Because we will be moving into larger digits, it is essential for your child to have their facts memorized. Please continue to have your child practice his/her math facts at home each night. Last week we did timed practice on 0's, 1's, 2's and 5's. This week we will do timed practice on 10's, 9's, 3's, and 4's (in that order).
Now that we have wrapped up our social studies unit on Veteran's Day, we will begin our next science unit this Monday on Ecosystems! This week the kids will be introduced to what producers and consumers are, how a food chain is represented, the difference between carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores, and how to recognize what a learned behavior vs an instinct is.
In Language Arts, we will be practicing heavily on determining the main idea and supporting details within a variety of nonfiction passages. We will be applying this with an organizer called "Boxes and Bullets" which will help the kids organize the main idea and details in an easier fashion. In addition, tomorrow the kids will be introduced to our next writing piece- an animal research project that will be turned into a nonfiction writing. This week students will select their animal they want to learn about and begin the research stage.
Last, but not least, your child should have shared with you that we began switching for FIT recently! Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays your child is working on a specific spelling pattern, within our phonics curriculum called Words Their Way. Please ask your child which FIT teacher they have and what rule they are learning. You can also find this information here under More--->Curriculum at a Glance--> FIT.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week and a great rest of your weekend! Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
Week of November 6
I hope everyone enjoyed their extra hour of sleep this weekend with Daylight Savings Time! I am looking forward to having more sunlight in the mornings, and I am sure you all are too! :)
This week we have two things to take note of. First, Tuesday is an Early Release Day. Students will eat lunch at school like normal and then be dismissed at 12:50. Next, Friday is our big Veteran's Day Celebration. This is really such a special morning and the kids do such a phenomenal job demonstrating their understanding of this important day. The celebration will first start off in morning assembly. All third grade students will be sitting on the steps of the cafeteria stage and will share with you a very sweet song they have been practicing in music. Those of you who have older siblings that went through third grade, you will recognize this song! After some time in assembly, students will come up to our individual classrooms and enjoy a nice breakfast prepared by the Veteran's Day volunteers. The kids will then present a variety of poems and letters to our guests. We are lucky enough to have two Veterans coming to our classroom and several students who will share photos of special family members or friends that have served in the armed forces. If you are available to attend on Friday, we would love to have you!! It really is very sweet celebration that you don't want to miss. Times for this will be 7:40 in morning assembly until approximately 9:30 in the classroom.
In Language Arts this week we will be continuing our study of nonfiction texts. Last week we spent a good portion of the week reviewing text features used in nonfiction (headings, table of contents, glossary, index, photographs, captions, diagrams, maps, charts, bold print, etc). We will continue to practice recognizing these text features this week while we also jump into specific skills that students will use as they read nonfiction. We will discuss the importance of previewing a nonfiction text before reading it, as well as reviewing the glossary before jumping into the actual text. Towards the end of the week we will begin learning how to determine what the main idea and supporting details are within a nonfiction passage or book. This is a challenging skill and requires a lot of practice!
In Social Studies, we will be busy preparing for our Veterans' Day Celebration. The kids are working hard to recite poems and letters, and will also learn about each specific branch of the armed forces this week. We hope you will join us on Friday!
In math, we are finishing up our study of specific factors in multiplication. This week our focus will be on 8's, 9's and 10's as well as how to write their own multiplication stories. I mentioned to the kids last week that this coming week we will begin doing some timed practice on each factor. These will not be taken for a grade but the kids do need to know these facts with fluency and be able to recall them within a timely manner. Students will have one minute to complete 12 questions. This week we will do timed practice on 0's (Monday), 1's (Wednesday), 2's (Thursday) and 5's (Friday). Please have your child practice his or her facts a little each night in preparation for these! '
If you have any questions about this coming week, please don't hesitate to let me know! Hope you all have a wonderful week!
Week of October 30
It was such a joy to get to meet with all of you for our Parent Conferences last week. As always, I take such a pleasure in sharing with you all how your child is doing both academically, socially, and emotionally. Your kids are so very special and I absolutely loved getting to sit down with you to discuss their progress and growth this first nine weeks. While these are the only "designated" conference times throughout the year, please know that my door is always open and I am more than happy to meet with you at any time.
In math this week, we will jump into Unit 5 (spending days on specific factors) and return to the rest of unit 4 afterwards. This week we will practice multiplying by factors of 0-7. Please make sure your child is practicing his/her facts a little each week to ensure they begin memorizing their multiplication tables, which will help them feel more confident throughout this unit.
Last Thursday, we reviewed for our science test on states of matter and mixtures/solutions. The review did not go home as the test will be this Monday and we felt that they will do just fine given they are open notebook. After we test on Monday, we will begin our next Social Studies unit on Veteran's Day! This is one of my personal favorites of the year! By now you should have all seen a letter go home with a slip at the bottom regarding guests or people your child would like to recognize at our Veteran's Day celebration on November 10. If you have not done so already, please send that bottom portion back so that I can give our volunteers a heads up of how many guests/presentations we will have by November 3.
In Language Arts we will be starting our unit on Non-fiction! This week we will review and learn all about the many text features that are seen within non-fiction texts as well as talk about the differences between fiction and non-fiction.
This week will surely be an exciting one-- Halloween on Tuesday and our field trip to Zach Scott Theatre to see The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on Thursday! Please remember the send in a packed lunch that day as we will be eating around 10:45 before we head on the buses at 11:15. We will be back around 2 pm.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Thanks again for sharing your time with me last week.
Week of October 23
This week will be a little different for everyone, as it is Parent Conference week and Arts Days for the kids! I am so looking forward to meeting with all of you this week to discuss your child's progress this first nine weeks and share with you how wonderful they have all been! Please remember that each conference is scheduled for 30 minutes. That time goes by quickly, so to ensure you get the full amount of time, please make sure to arrive on time and bring any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss. It will be wonderful to meet with all of you!
This week in math, we will be continuing our introduction unit on multiplication. Last week the kids were introduced to arrays. We even took a tour around BPE to look for arrays in the hallways, on the bulletin boards, etc and I was so blown away with their eye for arrays everywhere! Tomorrow we will continue to practice some more with arrays as well as introduce how skip counting is a helpful tool in solving multiplication problems. Tuesday we will work on skip counting on a number line and then Wednesday we will learn about the Commutative property of multiplication! Thursday and Friday we will not have any math due to Arts Day.
Throughout science this week, we will be learning about mixtures and solutions. The kids will do two experiments to learn about how we can separate mixtures and how solutions are made. We will review this unit on Thursday and then test next Monday (no science on Friday). I will still send the review home on Thursday however, like all science tests, they will be open notebook and shouldn't need a lot of reviewing.
In Language Arts, we will continue another four days of summarizing practice with our strategy, "Somebody Wanted But So Then". Students will continue practicing summarizing some STAAR passages by filling in a graphic organizer and then writing a five-sentence summary. In addition to summarizing, we will also do a variety of Halloween writing prompts to gear up for the excitement of Halloween next week!
Please remember that Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are all half-days. That means students will be dismissed at 11:50. No lunch will be served on these days, so please make sure your child eats a filling breakfast and packs a snack! It has also been advised that on Friday students do not wear some of their favorite/nicest clothing, as they tend to get a little messy in those art rotations.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out! Have a wonderful week and I look forward to meeting with you all soon!
Week of October 16
Hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend! This marks the last week of the first nine-weeks and will be a busy one! I'm looking forward to meeting with all of you next week during Parent Conferences!
Last week we wrapped up Unit 3 in math. Instead of taking a test on Unit 3, we will be taking a Quarter Assessment, covering all the skills we learned this first nine weeks (Units 1-3). Tomorrow we will review as a class the material from this quarter and then on Tuesday the students will take this assessment. There will not be a review that will go home like usual review/test days. In addition, I will have these assessments to look over with you during Parent Conferences, but they will not be taken as a numerical grade. Starting on Wednesday, we will jump into Unit 4, which is the introduction to multiplication! This week we will learn how repeated addition is related to multiplication as well as how to read and draw multiplication arrays. This first unit is really an introduction to what multiplication is and Unit 5 will be focusing on memorizing facts.
In Science this week, we will be doing a lot of exploring and hands-on investigations! Tomorrow we will discuss the different units of measurement within the metric system and all the different ways we can observe properties of matter. Starting Tuesday the kids will do a different investigation each day with length/distance, mass, volume, and temperature. Just as a reminder, this science unit will extend a bit into the second nine-weeks, as we still have mixtures and solutions to cover.
In Language Arts, we will be working on how to summarize fiction texts. We will first discuss the importance of including plot in our summaries (beginning, rising action, climax, and resolution) and then move into a specific strategy called, "Somebody Wanted But So Then" to help organize our thoughts into a summary. In addition to summarizing, we will also begin learning about adjectives. Students will be writing a short descriptive piece about themselves for a Halloween writing activity and will be encouraged to use lots of adjectives to describe themselves! Finally, we will spend some time this week sharing our personal narratives that the students worked so hard on!
I hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead! As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Week of October 9
I hope you all are enjoying this wonderful three-day weekend!! I wanted to go ahead and send out a little info about this coming week.
In math this week we will be focusing on how to subtract across zeros (with regrouping) as well as how to solve 2-step word problems. Supplemental homework for Wednesday and Thursday will come home so that students get practice with these 2-step word problems that the Envision curriculum does not provide. Please encourage your child to continue using the "CUBE" strategy for when they solve all word problems. as well as including a unit behind each answer (i.e. 529 cats, rather than just 529).
In science, we will continue learning about the three states of matter as well as begin introducing how states can change through evaporation, condensation, freezing, and melting. Just a heads up, this unit is quite extensive, and thus we will continue this unit into the second nine weeks.
For Language Arts, we will be wrapping up our Personal Narratives. Everyone is on their final copy (or finished), so after everyone is done we will enjoy sharing one another's papers with each other. They have worked SO hard on them and I know you all are anxious to see their final product. You all will get to read them at your parent conferences! In addition to finishing up their writing, we will be diving into making inferences when we read in order to find the theme of various texts. Theme is a challenging skill and certainly requires more critical thinking skills than they may have used before. This being said, we will be practicing this skill a little each day! Finally, your child may have come home mentioning that we have officially started learning cursive! Last week we completed five letters of the alphabet in their cursive books. Most of them are very excited about it!
Thank you to all of you that were able to schedule your conference time on Skyward this past week! I'm looking forward to meeting with all of you in just a couple of weeks!
Enjoy the rest of your long weekend and as always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
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!
3/22- Quarter 3 Report Cards can be viewed on Skyward
3/23- Practice Math STAAR test
3/27- Early Release, No Homework
3/29- Class Photos
3/30- Good Friday, No School
4/6- Bobcat Fest 5:00-8:00
4/24- Early Release, No Homework
4/30- No School
5/4- May Madness
5/10- Field Trip to Reunion Ranch
5/14- STAAR Math
5/15- STAAR Reading
5/25- Last Day of School (Half Day)
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
10:35-12:00 Language Arts
*Library: Every other Wednesday 10:35-11:05
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