# News From the Nest

## Weekly Highlights

For our weekly challenge this week, students were asked to build the highest free-standing structure that could hold up a marshmallow. Material used included spaghetti, 1 yard of string, and 1 yard of masking tape. Students had to work together to solve the problem. We will continue to have these challenges as the year goes on to help students discover how to work with others, problem solve, and be creative. I saw a nice improvement from our "Apple Tower"!

## LITERACY

We are wrapping up our unit on Fiction literature. This week we continued discussing plot and characters. Next week we will be reading mysteries and comparing the characters and problems in each of the stories. We will also be working on completing a reader's response to prepare for testing. I plan on giving the end of unit assessment on Monday, October 24th.

Students should be taking AR tests on their own books, as well as the books we've read together as a class. Many students have already reached their AR goal for the quarter. They have an updated graph of these goals in their binders.

In writing this week students worked on adding adjectives and paragraphs to their narratives. Hopefully next week these will be ready to be made into published books. We will then begin our final narrative piece and the students will be choosing a new small moment to write about.

## MATH

We continued practicing subtracting across zero, solving addition adn subtraction word problems, and telling time to the closest 5 minutes. Next week we will focus on two-step word problems and elapsed time. I plan on giving the unit assessment on Friday.

The following topics on IXL will help with adding and subtracting.

C1, C2, C3, C4 D1, D2, D3, D4

For students still struggling with rounding, the following topics on IXL will help...

P1, P2, P3, P5, P6, P7

The following topics will help with telling time on digital and analog clocks...

T.1, T.2, T.3

## SOCIAL STUDIES

We have been reading and discussing our place in this world. We have learned the 7 continents and the major oceans. Next week we will be talking about using a compass rose and studying maps. In order for us to complete our "Me on a Map" booklets, all students need to know their home address. If your child has this paper in their binder, I would appreciate it if you will help them fill out their street address (building number, street name, and city).

## STUDENT COUNCIL

On Tuesday, the third graders had their first experience with Student Council as we were able to listen to the speeches of the prospective candidates for the Student Council offices. There were several siblings of third graders which made voting even more troublesome for some. We discussed privacy in voting, as well as the freedom and responsibility that all Americans over the age of 18 have.

Third graders will have the opportunity to become one of the class representatives for the Student Council. Unfortunately I neglected to tell them that they needed to have a short speech ready for Monday. I do apologize for not informing them. If any student is interested in becoming a class representative, Student Council meetings will be held after school on Tuesdays from 3:00-3:30 while the after school buses are in session. They can write a short paragraph telling the class why they believe they would be a good choice for a class rep. Students will have the opportunity to speak to the class and then we will vote for two class representatives. If you have any questions, please email me any time and I can call you to discuss our process.

## A Few Reminders...

• Weekly reading log and math fluency due Monday.
• Friday Folders went home today. Be sure to go through them at home, then sign and return them on Tuesday.
• NO SCHOOL - Monday, October 31st - Teacher Institute