## Welcome Back Everyone!

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope that your child's time off was relaxing and well spent. We look forward to the 2nd half of 3rd grade, as well as the wonderful adventures we will go on in this new year!

Supplies: It's that time of year where we start to run low on supplies. If you can, we are asking for Expo markers(fat and skinny), paper towels, hand sanitizer, and clorox wipes.

Math: This week we will continue Unit 4: Measurement and Fractions

Unit Overview

This week we will focus on measurement while exploring mass, volume and capacity. The past few days we have experimented with mass and explored the metric system.

Math Games/ Activities:

Capacity

Mostly Postie- Grams/Kilograms

In reading we will read nonfiction text and focus on writing a summary of the information we read. We will revisit the importance of nonfiction text features and how they are used to help the reader better comprehend the subject matter.

In writing the students will start to work on their expository writing pieces. An expository piece writes to explain or inform the reader of a topic. They will work on organizing thoughts and selecting the important details to include include in their pieces.

Social Studies: We will continue on our unit Economics by talking about the importance of money and how to budget wisely.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

This month your student will be learning about Habit 4: “Think Win-Win”.

In the win-win mind-set, people opt for “we” instead of “I.” The goal is to cooperate and seek solutions so both parties can walk away winners. If you come to the table thinking only one person can win (win-lose), there won’t be an effort to cooperate or problem solve. By the same token, if you come to the table expecting to lose (lose-win), you play the martyr and resentment builds. The principle of the win-win mind-set is this: “What is important to another person must be as important as the other person is to you.”

Truly, thinking Win-Win, or always thinking about another as well as yourself is one of the great mental habits we can teach our kids. After all, life isn’t just about me, and it’s not just about you-- It’s about both of us.

I encourage you to partner with us in teaching your student to practice The Seven Habits at home. To learn more about The Seven Habits and how they can be used at home, visit "Parent's Place" at

## Homework

Spelling:

Unit 13 Words: there, first, new, around, off, house, don't, second, world, people, without, night, picture, being, study, almost, light, earth

Social Studies: On Friday your student should have come home with a newspaper to complete for homework. Studies Weekly week 19 is to be read and questions answered. This activity can count as part of their reading minutes.

Reading: With a new year comes new goals. With that said, the 60 minute required reading will be changing to 80 minutes for the rest of your student's school year. Please remember to sign your child's planner at least once a week.

Practice Multiplication Math Facts

PACE: Writing Time in Different Ways and Annie's School day

Practice Multiplication Math Facts

* We will continue weekly multiplication facts checks, with your child working to have all facts mastered by March.

## Important Dates

Friday January 12th Spelling Bee in MPR

Monday, January 15 Student Holiday/MLK day

Friday, January 19 End of the Second 9 Weeks