Third Grade Times

October 14, 2016

Important Upcoming Dates & Notes


  • Monday, October 17....FIELD PERMISSION SLIPS and MONEY IS DUE MONDAY
  • Wednesday, October 19 Report Cards posted in Skyward
  • Thursday, October 20 BES Spirit Night at Kendra Scott (5-8pm)
  • Friday, October 21 "Lego" Silent Auction Items Due
  • Thursday, October 27 3rd Grade "Bugz" Musical
  • October 24-28 RED RIBBON WEEK
  • Monday, October 31 Field Trip to Dallas Arboretum HAVE YOU COMPLETED YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK IN CASE YOU WANT TO JOIN US AS A CHAPERONE?
  • Thursday, November 3 Student-led Conferences (See note below)



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Reading and Math IStation Reports

In your child's Friday folder, you will each receive an envelope which is a report on current data collected thus far using IStation Reading and IStation Math. Keep in mind that your child will be assessed in various ways, and this is just one tool we are using. In the envelope you'll also find a parent portal letter which tells you to how to access your child's progress from home.

WRITING/GRAMMAR

We have some "published" authors amongst us! Several students have completed the process of writing a nonfiction "book" with a few "chapters," and some authors had an opportunity to share their success. All writers have learned a great deal in the process. By writing a nonfiction book, students are more aware of nonfiction text features which are typically used: bold text, photos w/captions, subtitles, etc.

SPELLING/WORD WORK

Students completed sorts to notice patterns for two new concepts this week.

Some students will be working with the short e and long e words which we are calling Get Bread & Sweet Peas. In this concept, there are two ways to make the "short e" sound and two ways to make the "long e" sound (thus the name).


Others will be working with adding "ing" vowel suffix to words that either have a vowel digraph or a final e. This concept is called E-drop or Nothing.


Following are examples:

sail ----- sailing (just add the ing ---- -change nothing)

rake ----- raking (drop the final e before adding ing)

Science News

This week in science we continued our exploration of life sciences. Students explored various animals from the whistling rat who lives in the desert to the shark living in the ocean. We analyzed the adaptations these animals have that allow them to survive in their environments. In the science lab, our tadpoles are beginning to grow their back legs! We are loving getting to experience their life cycle first hand!

MATH NEWS

Our mathematicians are working on the properties of addition and subtraction. Please help your student develop automaticity with their math facts through 20. Working on word problems becomes increasingly difficult when too much energy is needed to first figure out the answer to 17 minus 9. Ask your child which APP helps them the most with this. Of course, good old-fashioned flashcards are also an option.


We are working on regrouping as it relates to our base ten system. It is our goal that students understand that 58 (five tens and eight ones) = (four tens and 18 ones). This is the answer to "Why?" when we regroup to add or subtract. It's important that students know we are simply renaming the number in order to complete the two or three-digit addition/subtraction problem......we are NOT changing the value of the number. You can help your child by practicing some of these types of problems at home. Tell at story while you're at it to add to the fun (make up a pretend word problem using your child's name).


Some examples:

56 + 29 (requires regrouping)

82 - 45 (requires regrouping)

Humanities/Reading

Our students have been learning how to use context clues to determine word meaning for unfamiliar words. They know that they can use the surrounding text. The text will often include information about the setting that is helpful. Sometimes there is a synonym nearby. If the information shows contrast, there may be an antonym in the sentence that helps us with the unfamiliar word.


Our humanitarians did some exploring this week to compare the past communities of Grapevine and Colleyville to the present. They noticed a lot of interesting things about community life, transportation, and buildings. They participated in a debate as to whether these changes are positive or negative.