# Reach for the Stars!

## ELA

This week we will kick off our next unit in which we’ll be working with nonfiction text. Students will be exploring the text structure of comparing and contrasting as both readers and authors. From US regions to animals species, students will focus on thinking analytically to find similarities and differences, utilizing a variety of text support. Students will also continue to focus on identifying the main idea & key details, working with nonliteral and literal meanings, using context clues to determine the meaning of academic and domain-specific words and asking questions to check understanding of information presented. We look forward to using the mentor text, City Homes and Deep Down and Other Extreme Places to Live, to help us enhance our reading.

## Grammar

In grammar, conventions & vocabulary, we’ll be taking a close look at prefixes & suffixes, multiple meaning words, both the soft and hard sounds of the letters c & j, and using context clues to determine meanings of unfamiliar words.

## Math

In our new unit, students will review telling time, starting with the hour, the half- hour, and then to 5-minute increments. Next, they will be practicing with reading and writing time to the minute on both analog and digital clocks. They will be introduced to a new Work Place game, Tic-Tac-Tock. During one session this week, we will record landmark times on a timeline for students to get a sense of how the time in a day fits together. Students will learn to use a number line to determine the elapsed time of common daily activities and then move into solving problems involving elapsed time.

The 3rd graders will also be introduced to scale and referents while reading and discussing the book Biggest, Strongest, Fastest. Students will dive into understanding the difference between the metric and U.S. customary systems of measurement and then work with metric measures of grams, kilograms, milliliters, and liters.

Please feel free to reference the Unit #4 Bridges Family Unit Overview that will be sent home with students on Monday. It includes the vocabulary, concepts and standards addressed in this new unit.

## Our Place in the World (Social Studies)

In social studies your children are showing great understanding of our world and will soon be creating their own country! They'll be brainstorming with partners in order to develop a wonderful place to live...and be asked to design their own country map and flag, too! After our project, we’ll be exploring other forms of geography such as physical geography, climate, landforms and natural resources.

## Family Photo!

We will soon be starting a very special holiday gift! Thank you to those that have already shared your fabulous family photos with me! At your convenience please either send in or email a family photo of your choice! We are hoping to have these by Wednesday, December 11th. Any photos sent in will be returned! Thank you!

## Hour of Code

We look forward to using inquiry time next week to take on the Hour of Code! Be sure to check in with your kiddos about this special endeavor! Usernames and passwords will be shared with students next week!

## Panda Jar Celebration!

Wow! The amazing stars of 3K filled the Panda Jar again!

In honor of this great success, students have chosen to take part in a “mathternoon” filled with fun & engaging math games and activities! We look forward to this special opportunity next Wednesday, December 11th.

We’re looking forward to this special celebration! Kudos, kiddos!

## Winter MAP Testing

Students in District 112 will soon be taking the Winter MAP assessments. Third grade is scheduled to take the assessments in the afternoon on the following dates:

Tuesday December 10th-ELA

Friday, December 13th-Math

*Our stars will truly shine during their music show, scheduled for this upcoming Thursday, December 12th at 2:00 pm. We will be performing for the school on Thursday morning at 9:45! Students are asked to consider wearing a black shirt and black pants, leggings or skirts. If interested, they are welcome to wear a splash of red such as a red headband, red belt, red bracelet, red scarf, red earrings, a red tank top layered under black shirt, etc.)We are looking forward to watching the students shine! They are not just adorable...but extremely talented, too!

## Permission Slip

Be on the lookout for the permission slip being sent home on Monday, December 9th. We are excited to take our, "You Belong Here," show on the road and spread smiles in our community on Thursday, December 19th! We look forward to showing the residents at The Auberge that they “belong here” too!

## Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity Knocks (extra learning opportunities) are a hit! Kudos to the kiddos that opted to take part in this optional opportunity! Please remember that these activities are completely OPTIONAL. Students can access these opportunities on our Reach for the Stars Google Site! If your child is looking for something fun to do this weekend, these just may be the answer your looking for!

## Thank You!

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, suggestions and feedback. I really appreciate your support!