3L Weekly News

Week Ending: March 14, 2014

This Week In…..

Writing: we began our newest unit on persuasion! Our first lesson began by writing flash draft speeches. A flash draft speech is a piece of writing where students jot all of their ideas down fast and furiously. The thesis for our speech was why Central School's library needs eBooks. Students stated their opinion and supported it with reasons why they felt we needed these books keeping in mind the audience: Mrs. Miller. We will be sharing these pieces with Mrs. Miller tomorrow! We certainly have some persuasive students in our class!! :-) Additionally, we spent time writing beautiful poetry with our Poet in Residence. I was very impressed with the depth and feeling each student created in their poetry! Be sure to keep an eye out for these on Expo Night!

Reading: we read an information text titled The Albertosaurus Mystery by T.V. Padma. The story is about how difficult it is to find clues that assist in the understanding of how meat-eating dinosaurs, like the Albertosaurus once lived. During this story, we reviewed vocabulary terms and worked on the target skill: drawing conclusions and the strategy: visualize. Please continue to reinforce the concept of drawing conclusions with your child. In class, we reviewed drawing conclusions using text details to support our conclusions. Students quickly realized that drawing conclusions is just like inferring! We also spent time visualizing the words we read in our heads by reading and discussing our visualizations from our anthology, guided reading, and in our independent readings selections. At home, encourage your child to drawing conclusions in their personal readings. Please continue discuss how to draw conclusions and identify text details that support each conclusion!

Math: we continued to practice multiplication facts. This week we used parentheses to find different ways to score 10 points in a basketball game. We quickly learned there were many different combinations! We also practiced working with extended facts and products of tens with multiplication/division. We practiced identify the basic facts to assist in solving extended facts. We reviewed estimating and discussed different strategies to solve these types of problems. Please remind your child to show his or her work on ALL math homework

Cursive: we learned how to create the cursive k and practiced the formation of all the letters we’ve learned: c, a, d, g, h, t, p, e, l, f, u, y, i, and j.

Social Studies: this week we read Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles. This story is about a young Navajo girl who learns that she can’t stop time. Annie also learns how to weave in this story and we are also learning to weave in our class! Annie and the Old One introduces us to our Native American Unit we will begin next week. In addition to learning about the Native Americans in class, we will have the opportunity to view a presentation about the Leni Lenape Native Americans next week.


Poet in Residence!

  • This week we will have a poet named Therese Halscheid visiting our class!! Therese will spend 3 days with all of the third grade classes helping students create poetry. For families who have had a third grader already, I'm sure you remember the incredible poetry the students write! We will have some of these poems on display during this year's Expo!!

Homework Access:
  • If students forget their Journeys Textbook, it can be accessed through think central.com. Students have logins and passwords in the front of their Agendas. EDM Home Links can be accessed through everydaymathonline.com. The login information is also in the front of your child's Agenda book. My eBoard has additional information on logging in under the Language Arts and Math tabs.

  • Please check our eBoard and contact me if your child would like to celebrate his/her birthday in school.

Important Dates for 3L:

Happy Birthday to:

  • Ava!

Poet of the Week:

  • Isabel Friday, March 21, 2014
  • Poems must be submitted for teacher approval before a student presents

Star of the Week:

  • Grant: Monday, March 17, 2014

Guest Reader:

  • Barbara Anderson: Friday, March 21st @ 8:45

*Click the link below to my eBoard for additional details!

Central Events

March 19 CS PTA Meeting @ 7:30

March 21 Family Fun Night

March 24 Report Cards Open

Specials Next Week:

Monday is a Day 5:

  • Library

Tuesday is a Day 6:

  • Health

Wednesday is a Day 1:

  • Gym and Spanish

Thursday is a Day 2:

  • Gym and Music

Friday is a Day 3:

  • Art and Strings

A Word From Third

#17 March 10, 2014

Dear Miss Lipski,

I loved doing poetry during our Poet in Residence!! I also liked math. I loved learning parentheses today!! It was so fun. I also liked starting our concrete poems for science!!! A lot of my results lead up to the same things. I can't believe we had so many days off. I'm so happy we're back in school -or else no Spring Break. And the fact that I love seeing Miss Lipski - because she's so naturally awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!