Bennett Third Grade Newsletter

January 22nd - January 29th, 2016

Great Things Going On In Third Grade

We can not believe this is the last week in January; 2016 is already flying by! Please help us in wishing Mrs. Recker a very happy birthday this Saturday, January 30th!

We are so proud of all the third graders who have been 'Reading to Succeed'! Students should continue to read, and fill out their 'Six Flags Read to Succeed Log' to earn a free Six Flags ticket. Please see more details below.

This week in Math, we will continue our study on fractions. Students will be working on comparing fractions with the same denominator, by building custom candy bars! We will continue to use the candy bar theme as we study fractions with different denominators and learn how to compare equivalent fractions. Students will work on ordering equivalent fractions on a number line, and relate fractions on a number line to a ruler. We are attaching a great powerpoint to this newsletter. It is a very helpful fraction overview to reference.

In Reading, students will begin a unit over the study of poetry. They will relate finding theme to determining the theme in a poem. They will explore figurative language and imagery that is used in poetry. Students will begin writing a poetry book. This week they will add a cinquain poem and a concrete poem to their books.

In Writing, students will continue to write their own imaginative folktale with a prevalent theme. Students will work on finishing their rough drafts and begin the editing process.

In Science, students will take their district assessment over Forces of Motion and Simple Machines, on Wednesday, January 27th. Please be on the lookout for a study guide to come home on Monday. Students will begin a new ELM over Light and Sound. Students will learn how to use Google Docs as they prepare a slideshow to highlight a famous invention that employs light and sound.

Spelling Lists for January 25th - 29th

SA - mercy, early, nearby, career, severe, earthquake, spearmint, sermon,appear, learner, sincere, hermit

WW - board, work, four, horn, store, roar, north, world floor, fork, oar, worm

LN - for, corn, work, rock, trot, your, pond, fox, drop, short, sport, storm

MAV Words - quantity, clarify, concept

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Each year, we have a fun-filled, two week Star Wars themed review to help us get ready for the STAAR test. The students LOVE these two weeks, as it is a review of the important concepts that they have studied during the year. Our rooms are transformed in Star Wars themed decorations, and students become Jedi's as they work through daily missions. This year, our Star Wars review will take place during the last two weeks in April. Each year, parents have been so gracious to send in fun trinkets and prizes for the students. We have had several moms already asking about picking up items for the review. We also have had several moms that have sent in Star Wars/space themed stickers, pencils, etc. that they have picked up on sale or in the dollar bins. We will put out a SignUp Genius towards the end of March asking for donations, but parents are welcome to pick up items that they find on sale before that time. With the movie out in theaters, there is an abundance of really great things available. Thank you to all of the wonderful moms and dads that are already on the lookout for items to help make our review a huge success! We appreciate you!

Breakfast with Benny

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 20th, for our PTO sponsored Breakfast with Benny!!! Please join us for a scrumptious breakfast buffett at Applebee's and have a wonderful breakfast with our very own Benny the Bear, the Bennett school mascot! Proceeds will go directly to Bennett Elementary! Please see the attached flyer with details and ticket order forms. This is sure to be a huge hit with the kids, so order your tickets today!!!

Valentine's Day is Around the Corner!!!!

Valentine's Day Boxes

Students will need to bring a class set of valentines and one decorated Valentine's Day box for our Valentine's Day class party, on Friday, February 12th. Please start collecting and saving tissues boxes, cereal boxes, packing boxes, etc., as students will need to create and decorate a Valentine's Day card holder box at home. Above, please see some very cute and creative ideas, there are hundreds of great ideas online as well! We can not wait to see all of the creative boxes the students bring in for the party! If you are in need of valentines, or supplies for making a valentine box, please let your child's teacher know and she will be happy to help!
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Six Flags Read to Succeed

We are so excited to participate in the Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club!

This exciting program encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Read to Succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before the school’s deadline noted below is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at one participating Six Flags Theme Park. Students will develop a greater appreciation for books when they see that you think reading is important too. You are sure to have fun as you investigate the world of reading together!

Here’s what you need to know:

-Only students in grades K through 6 are eligible to participate.

-Review the attached reading log. Your child should use this sheet to record what and

how long he/she reads.

-Your child must complete 6 hours, or 360 minutes, of recreational reading.

-Please initial each entry and then sign the reading log to verify that the 6 hours of

reading has been completed.

-Your child can read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books (digital or hard

copy). Reading for homework or a class assignment does NOT count.

-Students can read silently, aloud, or with an adult—you can read to your child, or your

child can read to you.

-Remind your child to return the reading log to his/her teacher by the date on the log.

-Your child’s school will submit your child’s information and minutes read.

-Late entries will NOT be accepted.

Each child that completes the Read to Succeed Program will receive a ticket to Six Flags. All Read to Succeed forms are due to your child's teacher by February 29th, 2016. Please see attached parent letter and reading log for more information.

Important Upcoming Events

Monday, January 25th: Bluebonnet Book Review Due

Wednesday, January 27th: Science DA Forces of Motion/Simple Machines

Saturday, January 30th: Mrs. Recker's birthday

Monday, February 1st: Fire Drill 9am, Creed Lunch 12:30pm

Tuesday, February 2nd: Variety Show Practice 3:15pm

Wednesday, February 3rd: Variety Show Practice 3:15pm, Mrs. Douglas's Birthday

Friday, February 5th: Mandatory Variety Show Dress Rehearsal 3:15pm

Monday, February 8th: Bennett Variety Show 8:30 & 9:30am

Tuesday, February 9th: Mrs. Kasper's Birthday

Wednesday, February 10th: Progress Reports Go Home

Friday, February 12th: Valentine's Day Class Parties 1:45 - 2:30pm

Tuesday, February 16th: Mrs. Covey's Birthday

Friday, February 19th: Mrs. Sullivan's Birthday

Saturday, February 20th: Breakfast With Benny the Bear at Applebee's 8 - 10am

Tuesday, February 23rd: Mrs. Fanning's Birthday

Thursday, February 25th: Mrs. Barne's Birthday

Monday, February 29th: Six Flags Read to Succeed Forms Due

Tuesday, March 1st: Bennett Open House 6pm

Friday, March 4th: Bennett Color Run