THE THREE HOOTS

CLASSROOM UPDATE

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MATH

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In Math, we are working through the place value unit. We have covered and will continue work with identifying numbers up to the ten-thousands place, comparing, and ordering numbers. We have spent the last few days on rounding to the nearest ten and hundred. This is a tricky concept, especially when they are asked to round larger numbers to the nearest tens place or the nearest hundreds place. Our homework this week includes a lot of practice with rounding to help reinforce this concepts.

REMEMBER TO PRACTICE MATH FACTS DAILY WITH YOUR CHILD

Thank you so much for helping your child master their addition math facts. Most nights you should expect to see the quiz from the day come home in their daily folder. They will either need to practice the facts from that days’ quiz or start practicing to pass the next level. If they passed, they will be bringing home a copy of the next level to study.

WRITING

Our focus for writing has been on complete, compound, and complex sentences. The third graders have been recognizing and writing their own complete, compound, and complex sentences! Next we will take time to focus on a strong paragraph. By third grade, many children understand how to create an idea or choose a topic for a story, use punctuation appropriately and spell most sight words correctly. Third grade students can use these skills to recognize parts of paragraphs and write their own simple paragraphs. There are many components to a paragraph, so we will be breaking it down to help with understanding.

SCIENCE

In science we are continuing to learn about forces. This week we went out to the playground and found evidence of predictable patterns in motion. For example, we can predict the motion a swing will take given the amount of force acted on it. Next week are are going to focus on non-contact forces (gravity, electrical and magnetism). We will explore these forces and then use then design a problem that can be solved using magnets.

READING

At the beginning of the month we read a humorous story about a character named Sarah Jane. Sarah Jane is worried about going to a new school. She refuses to get out of bed because she keeps imagining all the bad things that can happen. It is a great story to start off the school year because our third graders can understand and sympathize with Sarah's feelings and laugh when they discover the surprise ending to this delightful story. Next, we are reading an informational story about a green school in Michigan. The school utilizes nature for many of their everyday needs.

HOMEWORK

Homework will be handed out every Friday and due back on the following Wednesday. Homework will consist of a review of the weekly work completed in class. Parents will be required to look over and sign their child's homework weekly. This week's homework will be completed in class with your child's homeroom teacher. This will allow your child to get used to our format and expectations. We will eventually have our homework on the iPad when they are distributed by our Tech Director. However, until then we will maintain paper/pencil homework.


In addition to weekly homework, we will also require a monthly reading calendar. Reading calendars will be due at the beginning of each month. Each month your child will be required to read a set amount of minutes. October calendars went home on the first and reading goal for this month is 120 minutes! Reading calendars will be due on or before November 2nd.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Charlevoix Elementary School Calendar 2015-2016

Oct. 09 Grandfriends' Day

Nov. 04 No School - Char-Em professional development day

Nov. 12 School picture re-take day

Nov. 12 Half day for students - K-12 Parent/Teacher conferences

Nov. 25 No school - Thanksgiving break Nov 25-27

Dec. 21 No school - Christmas break Dec 21-Jan 01

BOX TOPS AND OLESON'S SLIPS

We collect Box Tops and Oleson's Slips all year long to help with purchasing classroom supplies!

Book Sale

There will be a book sale in the library next week! It will run Monday, October 5 through Grandfriend Day on Friday. Hardcovers will be $1 and paperbacks fifty cents! With over 25 boxes of books this will be the biggest selection ever, especially for chapter books!

CES's Annual Grandfriends' Day!

Friday, Oct. 9th, 11:45am

13513 Division Street

Charlevoix, MI

Our lunch time for third grade is 11:50 on that day. Grandfriends are welcome to visit their child's classroom shortly before or after his/her lunch period.

REMINDERS FROM OUR SPECIALS' TEACHERS

  • Don't forget tennis shoes for gym day! Your child may bring in shoes that can be kept in their cubby all year to be worn for PE class.

  • Library books are due back on your child's scheduled library day.