3D News

December 2015

Super Students

Thank you to all our surprise Guest Readers!

3D students joined 1A and made bracelets that helped tell the story of Thanksgiving.

We are Mathematicians!

We wrapped up Unit 5!


In this unit we learned how to:


  • read and write whole numbers through the ten-thousands
  • read and write decimals through the thousandths
  • identify place values and values of digits in those places
  • compare and order whole numbers
  • compare and order decimals
  • make ballpark estimates
  • use decimal notation for metric measurements (millimeters, centimeters, decimeters)
  • find fractional parts of a region using a meter stick, longs, and cubes
  • find area and perimeter


What's Next?

Unit 4: Multiplication and Division

Please look for the Unit 4 Parent Letter in your child's take home folder. We will begin learning about multiplication and division.


Fact Quiz Update

Starting this week, the students will take a multiplication quiz each Friday. These quizzes will not be timed. Important information about the quizzes and schedule was sent home Monday night. Please look for the letter and resources in your child's Take Home Folder.'


Our first multiplication quiz will be Friday, Dec. 4th. The students should practice x0, x1, x2 facts at home this week.

We are Readers!

Please find the Journeys Home Connection Letter attached to the email.


In Lesson 7, we will learn about


  • informational texts
  • text and graphic features
  • verb tenses
  • synonyms

We are Authors and Illustrators!

We analyzed and evaluated Karen Hesse's ending in Come On, Rain in order to make our endings powerful and reflective! We know writers try including powerful images, actions, feelings, dialogue, and reflections in their endings to leave the reader feeling satisfied.


We cannot wait to use technology to publish our small moment stories.

We are Scientists

  • We labeled diagrams to learn about the parts of the flower.
  • We observed the seed pods that began to grow once the bees pollinated the flowers.


Our plants are in the last stage of their life cycle now. We cannot wait to harvest the seed pods. We wonder how many seeds are in each pod!

Student-Led Conferences

Your child is working hard to prepare for his or her conference this month. We are reflecting upon our habits in reading, progress as writers, goals in math, and much, much more. We cannot wait to share our learning and growth with you!


Dec.16- afternoon conferences (1/2 day)

Dec.17- evening conferences (regular day)

Dec. 18- morning conferences (school closed)

Dec. 21- evening conferences (1/2 day)


* Report Cards will be available on Genesis on December 15th.

December Reminders

  • Secret Shop: Friday, December 4!
  • Student Council Toy Drive! Donate new or gently used toys now through December 18!


  • December 23: 1/2 day
  • Winter Recess: December 24- January 1

New Strings Schedule


Strings will continue to meet every Day 4


  • Group A will meet from 1:20 - 1:50
  • Group B will meet from 2:35-3:05