3rd Grade Newsletter

Week of 11/18-11/22

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 21: Hawk Awards Assembly (you will be notified if your child is receiving an award) // Thanksgiving Lunch (3rd grade 11:30-12:00)// Parent-Teacher Conferences 4 pm - 8 pm

Friday, November 22: Parent-Teacher Conferences 8 am - 12 pm

November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break

Monday, December 2: Math PBL DUE - see information below

Wednesday, December 11: Grinch Day - Wear green

Friday, December 13: Polar Express Day - Wear school appropriate pajamas

No Math Homework This Week!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

If your child is in Ramirez/Webster/Aitken for homeroom, please click this link to schedule your parent-teacher conference.

If your child is in Garcia's homeroom, please click here.

If your child is in Inman's homeroom, please click here.

For Inman/Garcia, if you'd like to schedule a conference with both teachers, you can use the links above to get the same time slot for both sign up sheets. OR you can let us know you want the conference together, and we can let you know other days/times where we can meet with you together.

Our goal is to meet with 100% of our parents during the month of November. If the 21st/22nd doesn't work for you, please let us know and we will work out a different time to meet before Thanksgiving break.

Math, Math, and Math!

For the grading of math homework, students who complete the homework each week will be given 10 points on their lowest daily grade for homework being completed. We feel that the extra practice of homework has been very helpful for the students completing the work and we want to reward the students for all their hard work.

When we are preparing for a Unit Assessment or Curriculum Based Assessment (CBA), we will continue sending home a review beforehand. For students who complete the test review and turn it in on test day each time, they will receive 10 points toward their test grade. The test review must be complete and work must be shown in order for the credit to be given.

Lastly, for the 3rd 6 weeks, we are assigning an at-home math project that will be used as a TEST GRADE. Project Based Learning is proven by research to be a helpful tool for students and teachers. It allows students to show their mastery/understanding of a topic without taking "another boring test." It can be fun to do and allows students to use their creativity. In this newsletter, we have included a PDF with all the information about the project as well as a PDF with the grading rubric we will be using. You will know exactly what we as the teachers are looking for from the project.

FOCUS of the Week

ELAR: I can interact with sources in meaningful ways such as annotating. I can engage my ideas with relevant details.

Math: I can recall facts to multiply up to 10 by 10 with automaticity and recall the corresponding division facts. I can determine the number of objects in each group when a set of objects is partitioned equally. I can determine a quotient using the relationship between multiplication and division. I can determine if a number is even or odd using divisibility rules.

Social Studies: I can discuss what makes a community and why people form communities. I can describe and explain variations in the physical environment (climate) and interpret a climate map of Texas.

Science: I can explore and record how soils are formed by weathering of rock and the decomposition of plant and animal remains.