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Mrs. Chalk & Mrs. Oduyoye's 3rd Grade Newsletter Feb.19


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We would like to welcome two new students to our Montgomery family. Jingyi (Betty) Zhan joins Mrs. Oduyoye's homeroom. She and her family are from Beijing, China. Vermoni Dawson joins Mrs. Chalk's homeroom. He and his family relocated from the Princeton School District. We look forward to getting to know both Betty and Vermoni.

Guest Reader February 9, 2016

Mrs. Overbeck came to our class to discuss the character trait


A trustworthy person keeps promises, tells the truth, and will

not hurt anyone with unkind actions or words.

TRUSTWORTHINESS means being reliable.

The Empty Pot

Listen to the story Mrs. Overbeck read to the students that demonstrated "Trustworthiness"!
The Empty Pot

Writing Workshop

Fact and Opinion

Students will be writing opinion pieces soon in writing workshop. We completed several mini lessons on distinguishing between facts and opinions to get ready for this workshop.

Learning Targets

W3.1: Opinion: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.

I can introduce a topic or text, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.

I can provide reasons that support the opinion.

i can uselinking words and phrases(e.g., because, therefore, since, for example) to connect opinions and reasons.

i can provided a concluding statement or section.

Book Club

Students had a great time during book club. We hope to do it again soon.

Reading Workshop

We finished reading Sarah, Plain, and Tall! Students did a great job on their wheels.

Reading Nonfiction:What is a Biography?

Learning Targets:

I can ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

I can determine the main idea of a text.

I can recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

I can describe what happened and why in information or historical text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

I can determine the meaning of academic and content-specific words and phrases relevant to grade 3.

I can use text features and search tools to locate information relevant to a given topic effectively.

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Reading Notebooks

Check out the work we've done so far in our reading notebooks!

Valentine's Day Fun!

Thank you so much for all the wonderful Valentine's Day treats your wonderful children shared with us!
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Unit 8- Multiplication Patterns

Please see previous newsletter for Unit 8 expectations and rationale. We will be wrapping up unit 8 and starting Unit 9 next week. Use previous work samples, text, vocabulary in journal, and expectations to review.

Please continue practicing flashcards and/or using

fractions-fractions song

Unit 9 - Parts and Wholes (FRACTIONS)

Students use multiple representations and real-world contexts to support their development of the concepts related to fractions. Students start by representing fractions as part of a set with circle pieces, then fraction strips, drawings, and as points on a number line. Tasks focus on fractions that are easily represented with these models to develop number sense and the ability to visualize fractional parts. Students then make connections and translate between these representations to compare, order, and find equivalent fractions.

Key Concepts and Expectations

  • Represent fractions using objects, area models (e.g., circle pieces, fraction strips, drawings) and number lines.
  • Use words and numbers to name fractions.
  • Recognize that fractional parts of a unit whole may be different shapes but must be the same size.
  • Recognize that the same fractional parts of different-size unit wholes are not equal.
  • Identify a fractional part of a set.
  • Partition a shape by a given unit fraction.
  • Identify the unit whole given a fractional part of a whole.
  • Make connections among representations of fractions including symbols, words, area models, and number lines.
  • Find equivalent fractions using models (e.g., circle pieces, fraction strips, number lines, drawings).
  • Compare and order fractions using area models, number lines, and one-half as a benchmark.
  • Demonstrate fluency with the multiplication facts for the 2s and 3s.
  • Determine the unknown number in multiplication and division sentences relating three whole numbers for the 2s and 3s.

Sequence of Units in Trailblazers

If you would like to review work or see what is coming, you are always welcome to log into the website and access the digital lessons or ask your child to bring home their text book. Vocabulary should be reviewed and is located in the math journal. The DPPs (Daily Practice Problems) can also be reviewed and brought home after completion in class.

Unit 11: Analyzing Shapes

Unit 10: Exploring Multiplication and Division

Unit 13: Multiplication, Division, and Volume

Unit 12: Measurement and Patterns


All students have been promoted to multiplication. They should be using to practice at least 3 days per week. If your child needs a paper copy of multiplication facts because you don't have internet access, please contact Mrs. C.

Beautiful Junk Video


What Can We Do To Spark More Interest in STEaM!?

STEaM- integrating science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Women make up 47% of the total U.S. workforce, but are much less represented in particular science and engineering occupations (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Women in the Labor Force: A Databook, 2014). For example:
  • 39% of chemists and material scientists are women;
  • 27.9% of environmental scientists and geoscientists are women;
  • 15.6% of chemical engineers are women;
  • 12.1% of civil engineers are women;
  • 8.3% of electrical and electronics engineers are women;
  • 17.2% of industrial engineers are women; and
  • 7.2% of mechanical engineers are women.

Do plants need soil to grow? Learning through a debate.


Earth Science - EARTH's RESOURCES

Content Statement

Earth’s nonliving resources have specific properties. Soil is composed of pieces of rock, organic material, water and air and has characteristics that can be measured and observed. Rocks have unique characteristics that allow them to be sorted and classified. Rocks form in different ways. Air and water are nonliving resources.


Prior Concepts Related to Energy from Earth’s Resources PreK-2:

Objects and materials can be sorted and described by their properties. Living things are different than nonliving things. Properties of objects and materials can change. Water and air have specific properties that can be observed and measured.


Grade 3 Concepts

  • Air and water are present within rocks and soil.
  • Air and water also play an important role in the formation of rocks and soil.
  • The characteristics of rocks and soil must be studied through sampling, observation and testing.
  • This testing includes the ability of water to pass through samples of rock or soil and the determination of color, texture, composition and moisture level of soil.
  • Measurable and observable characteristics of rocks include size and shape of the particles or grains (if present) within the rock, texture and color.
  • Age-appropriate tools used to test and measure the properties.
  • The characteristics of the rock can help determine the environment in which it formed.
  • Technology can be used to analyze and compare test results, connect to other classrooms to compare data or share samples, and document the findings.
Note: It is important to use the term “soil,” not “dirt.” Dirt and soil are not synonymous.


Future Application of Concepts Grades 4-5: The characteristics of both soil and rock are related to the weathering and erosion of soil and rock, which result in changes on Earth’s surface. The general characteristics of Earth are studied.

Grades 6-8: Further exploration of soil and rock classification is found with the expansion of instruction to minerals and mineral properties.

It's not to early to think about summer camps...

Being the science teacher, I want to keep you informed about some summer camp opportunities. Please note***I am not endorsing nor promoting, just informing.

Mrs. Oduyoye

Congratulations to my daughter, Maya, on being named MVP and leading her team in points scored during the 2015-16 Lady Aves 7th grade basketball season. I am so proud of all of her hard work.

Upcoming Events


26th-Third emailed picture and graphic organizer #3 is due at school (Findlay Project)


10th-PTO Meeting

16th-Spring Picture Day

17th-3rd grade Music Performance-details to come

18th-end of 3rd quarter

21st-25th-Spring Break

31st-Fourth emailed picture and graphic organizer #4 is due at school (Findlay Project)

Do You Know Your City? (click the name to go to website)

Makerspace - Cincinnati Public Library

A makerspace is a place where creative people can gather, create, invent, and learn. access to 3D printers, audio and visual equipment, laser cutters and engravers, sewing machines, cameras, hardware/software tools and it is FREE PEOPLE!

Maple Syrup Making and Hike (Jan. 31)

Learn process of making syrup and participate in interactive hike.

Cincinnati Treasure Hunts

Groupon -


Check out this website to find up-to-date information on the highlights and happenings in our GREAT city!