McDaniel Memo

Friday, December 5th

Specialty Fair

The students have worked very hard on their animal project since August, please come next Friday from 2:00-3:15 to enjoy the research.

On Monday a page will be coming home about drop off/set up procedures for students. The fair is an open house type setting so you can come anytime during that hour and fifteen minutes. Students will need to bring their board, binder, and anything else they would like for their display. Please know that they will have a little more than the size of a desk for their items. All of the items will be going home that day as well.

The students' power points will be on the classroom screen for you to watch. They will all be linked together so that you can enjoy them all. Parents are also welcome to visit other third grade classrooms too. If you still have any questions,after reading the paper coming home on Monday, please don't hesitate to ask.

Words Their Way

Next week our spelling test will be on Thursday, due to the specialty fair on Friday.


Reading- This week we worked on nonfiction text and analyzing details. Next week we will discuss sequence.

Grammar- We have started adjectives, or purple words. These are so much fun to use in our writing.

Writing- We are writing a holiday/specialty themed persuasive writing that will be hanging in the hallway for the specialty fair. Be sure to check them out!


We are in the heart of chapter 5, which is place value. We have been practicing reading numbers up to the millions place. We have also started discussing decimals. Our chapter 5 test will be next Thursday. We will review on Wednesday.

Science/Social Studies

We have finished our Pioneer/Native American unit and will begin Simple Machines next week. This unit will take us up to winter break. They have already done a little bit of simple machines with Mr. LaPlante, we will expand upon his introductory lesson.

Students below are making log lean-to shelters out of graham crackers, icing, and pretzels during Zionsville History. Lean-to shelters were the first thing that a pioneer would build to live in while building their larger permanent structure.

Dates to Remember


Tuesday the 9th- Digi Lab in the gym

Wednesday the 10th- Hour of Code in the computer lab

Friday the 12th- Specialty Fair starting at 2:00 for family guests.

Friday the 19th- Winter Party and Specialty book exchange

Winter Break- 22nd-January 4th

Winter Party

Please remember to send in $2.00 for our Winter Party pizza lunch. If students don't like pizza they are welcome to bring their own lunch. We will eat in our classroom and not in the cafeteria.

Also don't forget your specialty book. This can be brought in at any time!!!

Classroom Ban

I have put a classroom ban on all mechanical pencils in my classroom. These have become a major distraction away from working. Students are trading, losing, playing with lead, etc. Please let me know if you have any more questions about this classroom ban. Hopefully the class will be able to earn this back after winter break.