Feb. 15-19, 2016

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Year Book Sales

Yearbooks are on sale now through March 16th and can only be purchased online. Directions on how to purchase your child's yearbook is on the flyer that went home with your child.

Calling All Dragons: It's Time to Jump Rope for Heart

You child recently brought home or will bring home this week information about how he/she can participate in our school's Jump Rope for Heart campaign. This annual event supports the American Heart Association, and reminds our children that "it takes heart to be a hero"!

Third Grade Student Resources

This Week's Learning Topics:

Math Topics:

3.NF.1 Understand a fraction 1/b as the quantity formed by 1 part when a whole is partitioned into b equal parts; understand a fraction a/b as the quantity formed by a parts of size 1/b.


3.NF.2 Understand a fraction as a number on the number line; represent fractions on a number line diagram.


3.NF.3 Explain equivalence of fractions in special cases, and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.

I Can:

I can order and compare fractions using a number line and models.

What will we learn?

Last week, your child learned about unit fractions, which are formed by partitioning a whole into equal parts and reasoning about one part of a whole. He/she also learned to identify a fraction using a model and a number line.


This week, your child is learning to compare two different fractions using the greater than, less than, and equal to symbols. Once he/she can compare fractions, then putting fractions in order from greatest to least or from least to greatest will be quite easy.

Reading Topics

RL 3.5 - Analyze the structure of texts, including specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text.


RL 3.9 - Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.


RL.3.1 - Ask and Answer Questions (using poems and dramas)

I Can:

I can use poetry and dramas to demonstrate deeper understanding of a text.

What Will We Learn?

Students are continuing to discuss how the literary elements in poems and dramas contribute to their understanding of these texts. Elements include lines, stanzas, rhyme, scenes, mood, tone, and voice. This week, your child is delving deeper by comparing and contrasting poems and dramas of similar topics and/or by the same author.

Science Topics

3.E.1 - Recognize the major components and patterns observed in the earth/moon/sun system.

I Can:

I can describe the patterns and shadows created through investigations and text.

What Will We Learn?

Students are learning this week that the Sun and stars in the sky move in patterns and that shadows are created by objects blocking the light of the sun. Through hands-on investigations, your child will explore the connections between the Sun changing its position in the sky and the resulting changes to the shadows created by these object. He/she will also observe what happens as the Earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the sun and the connection this has to night and day, and to our four seasons around the world.