April & May Newsletter

Ms. Looney

Summer Is Right Around the Corner

Wow, I cannot believe we are heading into our last month of third grade! This has been an incredible school year and the learning and fun is not over yet! We still have so much to accomplish before the end of the school year. Your children are working hard on their social studies and science projects, writing research papers, building solar powered dioramas, creating presentations, and the list goes on. I continue to enjoy each day I spend with your children and feel blessed to be their teacher. Their laughter, smiles, positive attitudes, and eagerness to learn is contagious!

Reading

In reader's workshop, we finished our read aloud Tiger Rising and learned many valuable strategies to grow ideas about characters. Students are working together reading in their book club groups. They create goals each day and continue to monitor their predictions, connections, and ideas about their reading with sticky notes. Some students have moved onto reading biographies about a famous person in history. Students will create a slideshow presentation using Google Slides on the biography they chose to read and present it in class.

Writing

In writer's workshop, we have been exploring non-fiction text features. We published animal research reports and are working to gather facts and information for our state reports. We will learn how to use authentic details, how to compare and contrast two topics, how to relate information within a similar topic, how to use subtitles in our writing, how to transition between ideas, and how to have conversations about non-fiction books.

Math

We will begin Unit 11 Probability on Monday May 4th. Students will revisit the length of day project, explore national high/low temperature summaries, conduct spinner experiments, design spinners, and learn how to use data to predict outcomes. Our Unit 11 math test will be on Monday May 11th. Please continue to encourage your child to complete 15-20 minutes of Reflex Math each night. They should continue their session until they reach the green light.

Social Studies & Science

In social studies, we will continue to study the regions of the U.S. We began our study of tall tales and how they relate to each region. Each child has chosen a state to research and will be writing a research report on their state. We will have a Southwest and Pacific States quiz on Friday May 8th. Our 50 States test will be on Friday May 15th.


In science, we continue to learn about climate change, carbon footprint, energy conservation and different forms of renewable energy. We will build a solar powered community by the end of our "Energy and Our Environment" unit. We have been fortunate to have wonderful guest speakers visit the Lower School and share their knowledge about environmental issues and discuss ways we can take care of our environment. Mr. Dan Northcut, an ESD parent and environmental science teacher at St. Mark's, presented about energy and electricity. On Earth Day we had a guest speaker from The City of Dallas EEI present on landfills and the benefits of recycling. On May 5th we welcome Tania Homayoun, Ph.D., Senior Conservation Biologist from Audubon Texas. She will present to all third grade students on bird/nature friendly communities and how our ecological footprint makes a difference. Stay tuned for more information about our Third Grade Conservation Convention!

Learning & the Brain Conference

I am excited to share that I will be attending the Learning & the Brain Conference: Educating World Class Minds in New York City May 7-9. This professional growth opportunity will provide me with strategies to improve thinking, learning and STEM education within the classroom and how to best teach students in a complex, changing, globalized world. I am eager to share all that I learn from this conference with you and my colleagues at the Lower School when I return.
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May & Summer Birthdays

Happy Birthday Kieran! - May 22nd

Happy Birthday Ms. Looney! - May 27th

Happy Birthday Hunt! - July 23rd

Happy Birthday Kristin! - August 6th

Important Dates

Friday May 15th - Lower School Honors Assembly @ 8:30 am

Wednesday May 20th - End of Year Pizza Party & Class Awards @ 2:00, Parents Welcome!

Thursday May 21st - Field Day

Friday May 29th - Lower School Report Cards Available Online