Third Grade News
Mark your Calendar!
Monday, Jan 16th - MLK Holiday - NO School
Friday, Jan 20th - Inauguration Day! Wear Red, White and Blue
Friday, Jan 20th - Report Cards Come Home
Tuesday, Jan 24th - Math parent night 5:30 pm
Thursday, Jan 26th - All American Skate Night
Friday, Feb 3rd -PTA Bingo Night 6:30 pm
*One thing to work on at home is building reading stamina. Encourage your child to read the same book from start to finish over a few days.
Writing for Success!
You can help at home, by having your child write you letters for things they might want or not want to do. They must include firm reasons to support their opinion.
The students will begin working on understanding the difference between simple, compound, and complex sentences. Our ultimate goal is to have all students using these different types of sentences in their everyday writing. As you have probably noticed, this is part of each of our writing rubrics under the “style” section.
Below you will find clarification on the types of sentences:
A simple sentence, also called an independent clause, contains a subject and a verb, and it expresses a complete thought. Example: The dog barked.
A compound sentence contains two independent clauses joined by a conjunction. The conjunctions are as follows: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so. Example: The dog barked, and the duck quacked.
A complex sentence has an independent clause joined by one or more dependent clauses. A complex sentence always has a subordinator such as because, since, after, although, or when (and many others) or a relative pronoun such as that, who, or which. Example: The students are studying because they have a test tomorrow.
*Look for information regarding a test for the week of January 23rd.
Fossils will be our next unit. The students will investigate fossils as evidence of organisms that lived long ago and investigate fossils by observing authentic fossils or models/replicas. The students will explain how fossils are formed and uncovered. They will construct fossil models and identify examples of extinct species and how scientists study them.
The Fossils vocabulary words are as follows: amber,cast, excavate, extinct, fern fossil, fossil, imprint, Mastodons and Woolly Mammoths, Megalodon, mold, Paleontologist, petrified, prehistoric and trace fossil.
The quizlet has been created and the link is posted below:
This week we worked strictly on the vocabulary words and the images of each. Each child made their own vocabulary study sheet to use throughout the unit. These should be in their binders. We will use the lab books in class to go over the fossils unit. Once we complete the unit, the lab books will come home to use to study as well.
Social Studies Update
Students will learn the following Historical Figures for the third quarter in this order:
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, Lyndon B. Johnson. Students will focus on each hero for 2 weeks and a quiz will be given on each one. Remember, you can get to any of the american hero books via eclass.
vid, vis - to see
port - to carry
fin, finit - end, limit, term
mov, mot, mobit - move
graph, gram - to write or draw
Please check your child's agenda book for a full list of words for each unit.