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Mrs. Chalk & Mrs. Oduyoye's 3rd Grade Newsletter Nov. 13


Please join us in welcoming Adam Veotte to Mrs. Chalk's Homeroom. Adam and his family relocated from Denville, NJ. We, here at Montgomery, are looking forward to getting to know Adam and his family.

Writing Workshop

Grammar Review

Workshop review: Ask your child if they can...

  • name the 5 parts of a complete sentence.
  • produce a simple and compound sentence.
  • use coordinating conjunctions in a compound sentence.
  • explain the function of nouns in a sentence.
  • use abstract nouns in a sentence.
  • form and use regular and irregular plural nouns.
  • explain the function of pronouns in a sentence.
  • explain the function of a verb in a sentence.
  • form and use regular and irregular verbs.
  • form and use simple verb tenses.
  • produce sentences where the subject and the verb agree.
  • explain the function of adjectives in a sentence.
  • form and use comparative and superlative adjectives.
  • use the articles a, an and, the correctly
  • explain the function of adverbs in a sentence.
  • form and use comparative and superlative adverbs.

Getting ready for Paragraph Writing!

In order to get ready to start writing paragraphs, we reviewed the four types of sentences.
Four Kinds of Sentences Song, Four Types of Sentences by Melissa

Because of Winn Dixie

Our first novel study is almost over. We will finish reading Because of Winn-Dixie next week. This is one of my favorites and the boys and girls have learned a lot and applied many reading strategies while enjoying this great book.
  • I can refer to parts of a story and describe how each chapter of the story builds upon on another.

  • I can explain my point of view and how it might be different from the narrator's or character's point of view.

  • I can distinguish between first and third person narrations.

  • I can use sentence level context clues to find the meaning of a word or phrase.

  • I can describe major characters in a story and explain how what they do effects what happens in the story.

  • I can identify the time, place, and environment and how it could effect what happens in the story.

  • I can explain an author's purpose for writing a story or passage. It is as easy as P.I.E.

  • I can explain the main events that happen in a story.

  • I can determine the lesson or moral (theme) of a story.

Reading Notebooks

Check out some of the work we've been doing in our reading notebooks.

Readers use clues to help identify the author's purpose.

Cooperative Learning

What is cooperative learning?

1. Students are working together to complete tasks collectively toward academic goals. Unlike individual learning, which can be competitive in nature, students learning cooperatively can capitalize on one another’s resources and skills (asking one another for information, evaluating one another’s ideas, monitoring one another’s work,).

2. The teacher's role changes from giving information to facilitating students' learning.

Five essential elements of cooperative learning in the classroom.

  • The first and most important element is Positive Interdependence. (Students must fully participate and put forth effort within their group)
  • The second element is individual and group accountability. (Members promote each other's success)
  • The third element is face to face interaction. (Each student has an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the content being studied)
  • The fourth element is teaching the students the required interpersonal and small group skills. (Social skills that must be taught in order for successful cooperative learning to occur.)
  • The fifth element is group processing. (Group processing occurs when group members (a) reflect on which member actions were helpful and (b) make decision about which actions to continue or change.)
Cooperative Learning


Our wonderful students were given the opportunity to start a "Book Club" with the books they received on Halloween. There was an overwhelming response. Students have been making great choices and using their reading strategies as they read one of Mrs. Chalk's childhood favorites!
Oduyoye's Groovy Book Club


Key Learning:

  • Physical and political maps have distinctive characteristics and purposes.
  • Places can be located on a map by using the title, key, alphanumeric grid and cardinal directions.
  • Local communities change over time
  • Primary sources such as artifacts, maps and photographs can be used to show change over time.

Unit 3 - Exploring Multiplication

Students build on what they know about addition and subtraction to solve and represent multiplication and division stories. Students use drawings and number sentences to represent solution strategies and reasoning.

  • Complete open number sentences involving multiplication (e.g., × 4 = 4 + 4 + 4 and
    × 4 = 4 × 3; × 4 + 1 = 13 ). (Algebra 3)
  • Represent multiplication and division problems in stories, drawings, and number sentences.
  • Multiply and divide using mental math strategies (e.g., reasoning, repeated addition).
  • Solve two-step word problems involving multiplication and division.
  • Represent solution strategies for problems involving the multiplication facts using number sentences and drawings. (Algebra 4)
  • Represent solution strategies for problems involving multiplication facts for the 5s and 10s using number sentences and drawings.

**After lesson 3 in Unit 3, we will be taking a break from the daily Trailblazer lessons to dive deeper in our understanding of multiplication. We will work 2 days on each fact family 2-12. We are doing this because multiplication is a key concept of 3rd grade mathematical learning. We want students to be able to demonstrate mathematical understanding, as well as, procedural skills.

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 3: Exploring Multiplication

Unit 8: Exploring Multiplication Patterns

Unit 10: Exploring Multiplication and Division

Unit 13: Multiplication, Division, and Volume

Unit 9: Parts and Wholes

Unit 11: Analyzing Shapes

Unit 12: Measurement and Patterns


FYI***I will be resetting all of my math student accounts to multiplication so their fact practice will be directly reflecting the class work. If your child is already working in or passed multiplication, their account will NOT be reset.

Snapshots of our Learning


During intervention block, students had a Countdown tournament. Countdown is a mathematical game in which students roll the dice and can choose any operation to create a combination. The person who creates the combination that flips up all of the numbers first, wins.

Typing Pal

Great news parents, the district's typing program is up and running. Students were introduced to the program during writing class this week. Your children will get in school practice at least once a week. As Third Grade teachers we are asking that you encourage your child to practice at home every week. This will help prepare them for typing expectations on the state standardized tests. Students will be expected to type their answers for extended response questions in both reading and math, as well as, type paragraphs(s) as part of the writing section.

Upcoming Events


17th Art Museum Field Trip

20th Interim Reports Distributed

25th-27th Happy Thanksgiving (NO SCHOOL)


4th COSI

15th Holiday Breakfast (more details coming soon)

17th Holiday Party

18th All Star Lunch

Winter Break- December 21-January 3rd

School Resumes January 4th

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

Fountain Square Events

Skate for FREE this sunday from 6pm-9...Be sure to wear your ORANGE and BLACK to make this offer valid!

Cincinnati Cyclones

The Cincinnati Cyclones are Cincinnati's Kelly Cup Championship winning Hockey Team and ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Nashville Predators. Cincinnati Cyclones hockey games are more than just a game!

Art of the Brick

The Art of the Brick presents LEGO® bricks in a whole new light, demonstrating the potential of creativity and the power of imagination. The Art of the Brick features over 100 works of art by contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya.

Charlie Brown's Christmas

Bring your family and celebrate Christmas with our live rendition of your favorite holiday special! Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us all about what’s most important during this Yuletide season.

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