Thinking in 3rd

Hughes, Rhine & Simmons Newsletter- Volume 9

Pony Express Tuesday

A Peek at the Week


Read Aloud: Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

  • We Question Why Characters React as They Do
  • Flexibility Matters in Reading We Expect Ourselves to Revise Theories
  • When Characters Act Out of Character We Take Notice
  • Readers Anticipate that Characters Will Struggle and Grow

Writing :

  • Inquiry : Descriptive sentences
  • HWT: p & e


  • Fluency- Mixed Addition and Subtraction Facts through 20. Test on Friday!
  • Bundle 3 Summarize Data and Problem Solve with Graphs and Tables - We will continue our Project Based Learning activity this week. Students chose a problem or scenario and created a survey question and choices. Then they surveyed 1-3 other classes and combined all the data into one frequency table. Most have begun working on their first and second graphs. This week they will work on finishing their 3 graphs, summarizing their data in a written conclusion, and writing 4 problem solving questions for other students to solve. We will present the projects next Thursday and Friday. This is an Assessment Grade for Math.
  • Bundle 2 Retest this week.


Working in our fall garden. We're tracking our tomato plants growth and attending to our other vegetables (curly kale, broccoli, and green onions).

Social Studies:

Communities Project



Addition & Subtraction Fluency due Thursday, October 20.

Writing- Your student is invited to write in his/her Writer's Notebook. This is an invitation, not an assignment.

Handwriting- p & e (Due Friday- Please leave HWT book workbook in your child's backpack. We will be using the workbook in class as well. )

Social Studies Project


Next week, all of my social studies classes will be doing a project researching a community to learn more about how communities are alike, different, formed, and survive. I would like for this research project to have meaning to the students, in addition to the skills they will learn and practice while doing it. Therefore, I am asking that you and your student discuss different communities (cities, towns, etc.) that your family is familiar with this weekend and select one to have him/her research next week. Select an actual city or town that can be researched online. Please keep in mind that the students do not know the details of this project yet.

Please take a moment to let me know what community you and your child have decided upon by completing this (SUPER!) short form. This will help me to know what resources I need to organize for them to use in their research.

I'm excited to see what the kids come up with! We will be incorporating technology in several ways and will share more about that this week.

This weekend, please:

1) have a conversation about communities important to your child/family

2) decide on a community your child would like to research

3) fill out the digital form (Community Research Project Form) for me

4) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Chemistry Road Show (All permission slips should be turned in)

THIRD GRADE is going to the Chemistry Road Show

at the George Bush Library and Museum!!!

When: Thursday, October 20th

We will be leaving school at 10:30 and returning at 2:00. The show will be from 12:30- 1:30.
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Bands have been banned

Third graders are no longer allowed to bring rubber bands to school. The rubber bands are sometimes being used inappropriately and in an unsafe way. Therefore they are no longer allowed. Thank you for your help and support in this matter.
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Chess Club Starts this week!

If your child would like to participate in Chess Club please return the permission slip before Wednesday.

Chess Club will meet after school from 3:00- 4:00 in the enrichment room. No experience necessary!

UIL- Permission Slips Due October 18th

UIL is an academic competition for elementary students. Third graders may participate in:

  • Spelling
  • Story Telling
  • Ready Writing
  • Music Memory

Interested students need to turn in their permission slips by October 18th, in order to try out. There is a limit of 3 members per event. Students may try out for more than 1 event. The meet will be during the regular school day on Thursday, January 12th.

S.T.E.M. Club starting November 1st! More info coming soon

Upcoming Events:

October 17-21

Book Fair Week

Tuesday- STEM Night

Wednesday- Sing-a-Long 8:30

Thursday- Chemistry Road Show Field Trip

Friday- End of 1st 9-weeks

October 24- 28

Wednesday- 3rd grade Musical 8:30 & 2:00

Thursday- Mighty Mustangs Award Ceremony 2:00

Friday- CSFD visit during CAMP

October 31- November 4th

Monday- Book Character Dress- Up Day

Report Cards go home in Monday folders

Tuesday- STEM Club 3:15- 4:00

November 7-11

Thursday- BRAVE 3:15- 4:15

November 14- 18

Wednesday- Houston Museum of Natural History Field Trip (more info coming soon)

Thursday- Picture Retakes

November 21-25

Tuesday- Grandparent's Day @ 1:00

Wednesday- Friday Thanksgiving Holiday

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All For Books

Dear Families:

Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon. We hope you can visit the Fair during the week of Oct. 17th -21st and/or on Family Fun Night, Tuesday, Oct. 18 th .

We have an opportunity to bring more library books to our students. We call it All for Books. Donate $1 (or any other amount) and sign the Book Slip below with your child’s name so we can display it at our Book Fair. All of the money you give goes directly to purchase books for our school.

Scholastic Book Fairs will match the All for Books dollars we raise with a donation of up to a million books to non-profit programs devoted to improving reading skills among children: Kids in Distressed Situations and Kids in Need Foundation. Please send back with your child your donation and signed cut out BOOK by Oct. 18th . Thank you for your participation!

Heather Jankowski,


Greens Prairie/Pebble Creek

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Storybook Pumpkin Patch

Please help celebrate the fall season by joining the 4th Annual Greens Prairie Storybook Pumpkin Patch! If you would like to participate, please decorate a pumpkin as your favorite book character and bring it to the Greens Prairie Pumpkin Patch (located in the library) during our Fall Book Fair.


You can use a real or plastic pumpkin in a size that is easy to carry by your student. The pumpkin must fit into your student’s backpack or a small plastic grocery bag.

 Please do not cut or carve the pumpkin, as cut/carved pumpkins do not last very long.

 Use paint, markers, glue, sequins, material, props, etc. to decorate your pumpkin.

 Complete the form below and bring it with your pumpkin for display.

Students can bring their pumpkin to the library anytime the week of Book Fair. You may also bring the pumpkin during Family Dinner Night (Tuesday, Oct. 18th.) Pumpkins will be sent home with students on or around Friday, Oct. 21st so that you can enjoy them at home.

Teacher Contact Information

Sally Hughes (Science/ SS) -

Sarah Rhine (Math) -

Amanda Simmons (Reading/ Language Arts)-