Mrs. Hawker's Newsletter

February 28, 2014

Language Arts

Researching the Olympics

As a part of third grade, students need to be able to research a topic, using multiple sources, cite their sources and synthesize the information gathered into a final product. This is extremely difficult for third graders. Our first research project will be on the Winter Olympics. Students have chosen something that interests them and have written questions they want answered. Some of the websites we have used are listed below. Check them out!

http://www.nbcolympics.com/results-schedule

http://www.timeforkids.com/news/winter-olympic-events/137746


Dr. Seuss

We are studying the works of Theodor Seuss Geisel who was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children's books written and illustrated as Dr. Seuss. Students are going to be able to compare and contrast themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters. A theme is a lesson the author is revealing. For example...Honesty is the best policy. Setting is the time and place of the story. Plot is the sequence of events in a story. Oh the places we'll go!

MATH

Students need to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 and to the nearest 100. Students will be able to add and subtract within 1000 using a strategy based on place value (collecting the hundreds, collecting the tens, and collecting the ones, and when necessary, composing ten ones to make a ten or composing ten tens to make a hundred.) http://mrnussbaum.com/draggablemain/index2/

This week we will start to have weekly graded timed tests on basic multiplication and division facts. To meet the standard students are expected to be able to solve a basic fact in 3 seconds. That's 1 minute for 20 problems. Click below for more practice!!

http://mrnussbaum.com/mathcode/

http://www.sowashco.k12.mn.us/ro/pages/studentlinks/map/

If you have an iPad there are a few great apps to practice math fact fluency.

Bubble Pop and Math Bingo. Check them out!

Social Studies

The town of Hawkerville is up and running! We have discussed incomes, applied and received jobs and have gotten our first paycheck. We have discussed our personal budget and also a little bit on banking. We have had a town hall meeting and voted to bring ball chairs into the classroom! Check out the link below for fun games to practice these concepts!

http://handsonbanking.org/htdocs/en/k/

UPCOMING EVENTS AND NOTES


  • Students are running low on pencils, markers, dry erase markers and glue sticks! Ask your son/daughter if they are running low on any items!
  • March 14 K‐4 Early Release Day ‐1:20 PM
  • March 14 Spring Carnival
  • March 24‐28 No School ‐ (Spring Break)
  • If you have any great pictures of field trips or classroom activities please share them with us. We would love to use them in the Forest Glen memory book! You can send your digital photos to ForestGlenPTOHistorian@gmail.com .


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