Mrs. Solis' 3rd Grade Class

November 16- 20, 2015

What we are learning next week:

Math – We will continue learning about fractions this week with our focus on fractions as sets and using fractions as comparisons in problem situations. Ask your child to find fractions in the real world such as cutting their sandwich or pizza into equal parts.


Reading- We will be learning about cause and effect events in the text we read. We will also learn about identifying and writing the main idea of stories. Ask your child to talk to you about cause and effect events as well as the main idea of the book they are reading each night. This is a great opportunity for you to talk to your child about their nightly reading.


Science- We will be learning about how soil changes with weathering, erosion, and deposition. Ask your child if there has been any erosion or deposition in the yard or garden after our rains. If so, locate the area and talk about the changes in the yard or garden.


Social Studies- We will be learning about the three levels of government: local, state, and national. Ask your child for the title and name of each leader of the three levels of government.


Writing- Expository: All students are completing and turning in their expository writing. We also have an expository district sample to complete in one sitting. Then students will work on expository pieces with Thanksgiving as the theme: Things I am thankful for, Directions for cooking a turkey, Persuade the farmer not to make you (the turkey) the main dish on Thanksgiving. Ask your child: What have you finished this week and what are you working on next?

Message from the 3rd Grade Team:

Parents and students are not allowed to return to classrooms after 2:40pm unless they are escorted by their teacher. Teachers have confidential information about students in their room and this is protect the privacy of all students.

Homework

Homework is different this week. Homework this week is due on Thursday 11/19 by 7:45 am. It is not on Google Classroom this week. The students are bringing home their independent study packets. They must complete these pages and ONLY these pages:
1. What I already know
2. What I want to know
3. Developing and Writing Questions (make sure you are using types of questions page to guide you). We only want quality open ended questions.
Parents may help with questions. DO NOT start research! We will start that Friday 11/20 and continue the week after Thanksgiving Break. Students are only allowed to use certain sources (not Google).

Library Time

Our library time is Tuesday from 2:00 - 2:30pm.

Reminders

Library: Every Tuesday

We have P.E. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Please make sure your child has tennis shoes.

Running Club every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:15am.

Please initial your child’s planner every night.


Transportation:

Do not rely on an email or phone call to the classroom for transportation changes. Teachers are busy working with students during the day and often times don’t get an opportunity to check email until the end of the day. Please call the office during the school day so that they can get a message to the classroom.

Wish List

If you would like to help our classroom with the gift of a donation, we could use these items:

Prizes for the treasure box

Books for classroom library (send in books your child has read & is finished with)

Upcoming dates:

Nov. 13 Math Superstars worksheet 7 due

Nov. 17 Thanksgiving Meal for 1st, 3rd, & 5th grades-See information in E-backpack

Nov. 19 Progress Reports go home; Our class visits the mobile Planetarium

Nov. 20 Friday Assembly for Grades 3-5

Nov. 23 - 27 Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Dec. 1 - Author Visit

Dec. 10 - Field trip to The Nutcracker

Dec. 18 - Jan. 4 - Winter Break

Jan. 5 - Student's first day back to school