3H Class Newsletter

March 6, 2015

Third Grade Water Ice Fundraiser

The third grade classes will be hosting a water ice fundraiser on March 27, the same day as the Central School Playground Ceremony! Please make sure you sign your child up to join in our lunchtime meetings using the link here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0448aca82fa7f58-fourth

Our first lunchtime meeting, scheduled for the snow day we had this past Thursday (3/5), will be rescheduled soon.

To help our class get excited about the event, representatives from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) came into our classroom to discuss marketing, our class's assigned task. Through their presentation, we learned about the three things you can do with money (buy, donate, or save), the two terms that relate to budgeting (income and expenses), and even different ways to fund our ideas (loan from the PTA!). Students also brainstormed some ideas for marketing their water ice sale including posters, announcements, costumes, feature flavors, and word-of-mouth. It looks like they'll be having a lot of fun planning this event!

Check Out What We've Been Learning!

Writers Workshop: We've been working on a new type of writing, persuasive writing. We started the unit by writing some persuasive speeches about problems children saw around the school and solutions to fix them. Then we wrote speeches thinking about things around us that need more recognition. Children collected a multitude of persuasive speech entries and eventually chose one entry to work on taking to publication. Children having been working for weeks on their persuasive speeches and have learned some tactics of persuasion including using a brave and bold thesis statement, speaking directly to the audience, including real life examples, using specific nouns and verbs, and touching on the emotions of the intended audience.

Readers Workshop: We've practiced three new skills in reading over the past few weeks. Children identified story structure in The Science Fair, they compared and contrasted character choices in the Native American folktale, Yonder Mountain, and they determined author's purpose in Aero and Officer Mike. For our study of author's purpose, we looked at the intended purpose of commercials and we realized that sometimes authors entertain us while they are trying to persuade or inform us. Children were then challenged to work in small groups and create a foldable on the author's purpose for a set of picture books. In each of the Journeys texts, children have been working to think deeply about the stories and use their writing skills to respond to open ended questions that we call "Digging Deeps". Children have learned to formulate an opinion and support their ideas with quotes from the text.

Math: We conquered learning about geometry in Unit 6. Children learned to find area and perimeter of irregular shapes, identify lines, line segments, and rays, find lines of symmetry, and identify properties of different geometric shapes. They also reviewed their understanding of decimals and multiplication word problems. In some ways, the Unit 6 test may have been our most challenging test yet, partially because of the multi-step directions. Children were completely responsible for reading directions and checking over their own work on this test! After Unit 6, we jumped to Unit 8 to expose students to fractions. Children have been learning to think of fractions like decimals, as part of a total. We've been learning to identify fractions on a number line and finding the fractional part of a total. Next we'll be learning about fractions greater than one!

Science: We're almost finished our study of chemistry. Children have tested our five unknown white chemicals by adding water, iodine, vinegar, and red cabbage juice. We've been working on recording our observations as chemists by using our four senses and only descriptive words. We've also been adjusting our predictions of what they five unknown chemicals are based on our observations. Soon we'll be heating our chemicals to see how they react!

Social Studies: Children have continued to work on their "Me on the Map" project by identifying different parts of their location in the world.

Important Dates and Information!

  • Friday, March 13 - Mom's March Madness Event
  • Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20 - PARCC PBA Testing
  • Wednesday, March 18 - CS PTA Meeting
  • Friday, March 27 - Playground Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Water Ice Sale!
  • Monday, March 30 - Water Ice rain date
  • Friday, April 3 - Make-Up Snow Day (Early dismissal)
  • Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 10 - No School - Spring Break
  • Friday, April 17 - Central School Spirit Day
  • Thursday, April 23 - Central School Expo Night

Upcoming Student of the Week and Poet of the Week Dates!

  • Week of March 9: Owen - Student of the Week
  • Friday, March 13: Max - Poet of the Week
  • Week of March 16: Marcus - Student of the Week
  • Wednesday, March 18: Clementine - Poet of the Week
  • Friday, March 20: Catherine - Poet of the Week
  • Week of March 23: Abby - Student of the Week
  • Friday, March 27 : Will - Poet of the Week
  • Week of April 13: Andrew - Student of the Week
  • Friday, April 17: Noa - Poet of the Week
  • Week of April 20: Hannah - Student of the Week
  • Friday, April 24: Darren - Poet of the Week

Last Call for Scholastic Book Orders!

I will be placing Scholastic Book Orders this Friday, March 13. Orders can be placed online following the steps here:

  • Ordering online is fast and easy - VISIT scholastic.com/readingclub
  • ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code: HG4VD
  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  • SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
  • All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!

Online Resources Reminder!

There are many amazing resources for you to use on the computer at home. Included here is information for logging onto Typing Agent, Haiku Deck and Moby Max. Directions to these websites and Think Central (Journeys) and Everyday Math can also always be found on my e-board.

Typing Agent:

  • Children can log on through this link:
  • Username: Student ID number (used to log on to computers at school)
  • Password: "password

Haiku Deck:

Moby Max:

  • Click here to work log onto Moby Max: http://www.mobymax.com/signin
  • Username: student ID number; Password: "password"
  • Practice third grade math skills with "Math" icon
  • Practice reading and answering questions with the "Stories - Reading Fiction and Nonfiction" icon
  • Practice your facts! Use the "Fact Master" icon to practice your addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Students will start with a placement test which will assess which facts students need to work on most. Fact practice will then be based on individual student's current knowledge. Children have a limited about of time to answer each fact, which is excellent for practicing speed. When children answer a fact incorrectly, the correct answer will be explained to them.