## Happy New Year!

We are off to a fabulous new year in third grade! We kicked off 2015 by discussing New Year's resolutions. We set realistic goals for ourselves and discussed how we can achieve them in 2015. I look forward to working with all of your children to monitor and achieve their goals they set for the New Year. This newsletter is packed with a lot of valuable information as we continue to learn and grow in third grade. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Have a safe and fun three day weekend!

In Reader's Workshop we have learned how good readers use connections to text, the world, and themselves to understand characters and events. We learned to combine our background knowledge with textual evidence to identify character traits and make inferences in our reading. We are continuing to enjoy our read aloud, "Diary of Hattie Campbell" and love hearing her daily adventures as she travels to Oregon - she's so funny! We will learn how to construct theories that explain how characters behave or how plot unfolds, how to form understanding of what is not stated in text but implied, and the difference between cause and effect.

## Writing

In Writer's Workshop we read mentor texts, "Bigmamas" and "Shortcut" by Donald Crews, to learn how to generate ideas for personal narratives. We began our unit on creative writing and studied realistic fiction short stories. We have started publishing our own realistic fiction short stories! We will explore fairy tales and learn to adapt and write our own!

## Math

Unit 6 focused on geometry concepts. We have been exploring the differences between rays, lines and segments, determining congruent figures, drawing lines of symmetry, measuring angles, and identifying shapes based on their attributes. Our unit 6 math test will be on Friday January 23rd. I sent home a unit 6 test review on Thursday January 15th. Unit 7 will cover multiplication and division again, but this time we will use our knowledge of facts to identify patterns, use number models with parentheses, estimate products and costs using money, extend products of ten, and explore ratios and geometric figures. Keep using Reflex Math to practice multiplication and division facts!

## Social Studies & Science

In Social Studies we are actively researching the Oregon Trail, its forts, challenges, and rewards! We are also documenting our adventures in our Oregon Trail Journals. We will complete our research project of the Oregon Trail, and begin our class read aloud "Mr. Tucket"!

In Science, we are investigating how pioneers accomplished hard work on the trail through simple machines. We have been faced with two STEM Challenges on the Oregon Trail! Our first challenge was to design a shelter for pioneers and our second was to create a covered wagon that could hold weight. Stay tuned for more challenges as we continue to travel and learn about the Oregon Trail!

## Career Day in the Making

Third graders recently met with their Primer Pals to brainstorm possible careers that they would be interested in pursuing in the future. These careers have been put into a Google Form for grades 1-4 to rank during Computer class. Third grade and Primer students will analyze the data from this survey to determine what careers are most desired by Lower School students. They will then invite people who have these careers to present at the Lower School's first Career Day in May! We will make sure to keep you up to date on details and information about our first Lower School Career Day!

On Friday January 16th our Head of School, Mrs. Meredyth Cole, joined us in Room 216 as our very special guest reader. Mrs. Cole read us "Ruth and the Green Book" by Calvin Alexander Ramsey. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday Mrs. Cole discussed the importance of social justice and equality with our class. We enjoyed talking to and interacting with Mrs. Cole in a small group setting. This was such a special treat for our third class!

## Cross and Candles

Third graders will carry the cross and candles on the following dates. If you have a conflict with your child's assigned date, please switch with someone and keep me informed of the change. Thank you!

Monday February 9th

Kieran Awbrey - candles

Harrison Cates - candles

Tuesday February 10th

Lawsyn Clements - cross

Kristin Doebele - candles

McKenna Duncan - candles

Wednesday February 11th

Grant Francis - cross

Nicholas Inglis - candles

Frazer Knodel - candles

Thursday February 12th

Livia Lange - cross

Katie Martineau -candles

Tuesday February 17th

Kiana Mollabashy- cross

Alexander Nelson - candles

Hunt Sands - candles

Wednesday February 18th

Amelia Schoellkopf - cross

Wheeler Wood - candles

## Third Grade Valentine's Day Party

Our class Valentine's Day party will be on Thursday February 12th. Parents are welcome to join us. This is an early dismissal day. Children will be dismissed at 12:00.

Children should decorate a shoe box or paper bag at home and bring it to school the week of February 10th. This box or bag will hold the treats and cards they receive at our class party. Students are welcome to bring in a Valentine card and treat for their classmates. All treats should be nut free and store bought. We have 17 students in our class. Please make sure to bring something for everyone if your child chooses to bring cards and/or treats! As always, thank you to my wonderful Room Moms who are also providing a treat, juice, and fun activity for our class Valentine's Day party!

## February Birthday

Happy Birthday Lawsyn! - February 23rd

## Important Dates

Monday January 19th - No School (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Tuesday January 20th - Spirit Dress Day!

Friday January 23rd - Jump Rope for Heart ~ Wear Red! (1:50-2:20)

Friday January 30th - Field Trip to Wolf Run

Thursday February 12th - Class Valentine's Party (11:00) & Early Dismissal (12:00)

February 13-16 - Winter Break

Wednesday March 4th - Third Grade Musical 1:30-2:30

Thursday March 5th - Third Grade Musical 10:00-11:00 AND 1:30-2:30