## May 2, 2016

STAR Testing This Week!

Students will take the Math Star Test Tuesday afternoon and the Reading Star Test Thursday morning.

I was so amazed and impressed with the 3rd grade musical. The entire class worked so hard and they gave an awesome performance. We have a talented group of 3rd graders!

## ELA- (English/Language Arts)

Unit 3 Module A

We will be doing the Performance Based Assessment (PBA) for this module Monday and Tuesday. Kids will write an opinion paper about which text, Storm in the Night or Knots on a Counting Rope has a more powerful central message.

We will do the next module over these last weeks of school.

Unit 3 Module B

Reading Essential Question: How do readers use text structures and features to better comprehend texts?

Writing Essential Question: How do writers introduce and develop a topic with facts, details, and linking words?

Focus This Week:

• We will read the book, Weather and determine main ideas and details. This book has a lot of new factual information about weather.
• See how cause and effect is used in scientific texts.
• Use illustrations and words to understand text.

Foundational Skills:

• Syllable Pattern VCCCV- con/trast, dis/trict, back/yard

Writing:

• Kids will take notes on information that they are learning through the Weather book we are reading. They will convey ideas and information.
• Decide which details to use to explain a topic.

Grammar

• Functions of adverbs in a sentence.

## Math

Lessons this week:

• Hands-on lesson to learn about angles
• Polygons
• Hands-on lesson to explore triangles and their angles

Homework This Week

Monday 5/2- 14.1

Tuesday 5/3- 14.2

Wednesday 5/4- 14.3

Thursday 5/5 14.4

Below is a link to a good website with a lot of math games! We are currently working on geometry, but they should continue to work on multiplication/division and fractions too!

## Science

Breaking the Force

• We will see what the force of attraction is between 2 magnets. The greatest difference between 2 magnets, the weaker the force of attraction.
• Kids will record their data on a graph..

## Social Studies

Geography and Regions

• This week we will begin to study regions in the United States. We will learn about all the regions but will concentrate on the Midwest.
• We will talk about the study of geography and why it is important.

## Important Dates

• May 2- Wear your favorite baseball hat

• May 3- PJ Day and kids can bring a stuffed animal

• May 3- Math Star Test

• May 4- Ride Your Bike to School!

• May 5- Dress Up Day

• May 5- Reading Star Test

• May 6- Reading Lounge Poster Contest Entry Due

• May 6- Book Order Due

• May 9- Field Trip- Little White Schoolhouse

• May 9-11- Book Fair