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Mrs. Chalk & Mrs. Oduyoye's 3rd Grade Newsletter Apr. 22

Writing Workshop

Using Resourses

Learning Targets

L3.4d: I can use glossaries or beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.

Boys and girls are working hard finishing up their work on "The Findlay Project"!

Reading Workshop

Reading Nonfiction: Using Nonfiction Text Features

Our focus for the past two weeks has been using non-fiction text while reading nonfiction.

Nonfiction text features help the reader more easily navigate the text and often provide additional information to help students comprehend the content.

Learning Targets:

I can ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

I can determine the main idea of a text.

I can recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

I can describe what happened and why in information or historical text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

I can determine the meaning of academic and content-specific words and phrases relevant to grade 3.

I can use text features and search tools to locate information relevant to a given topic effectively.

Nonfiction Text Features Books

Students have been busy reading nonfiction selections and finding examples of text features and adding them to their text features books. Check out the work they've done below.

Snapshots of our Learning

Using Scholastic News to find nonfiction text features.

Let's go full "STEAM" to stay on the Green!

Staying on the green takes responsibility, effort, kindness & perseverance! As a reward to students on the green, Mrs. Chalk is hosting a weekly STEAM club. During our intervention block, students that stayed on the green for the week have the opportunity to join a FUN learning opportunity. Here are some pictures from last week.

Unit 11 - Analyzing Shapes

This unit focuses on analyzing two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes. In the first part of the unit, students explore the properties of the tangram pieces by composing and decomposing shapes with the pieces. Students also measure and analyze the area and perimeter of shapes made with the tans. During the second part of the unit, students describe, construct, and classify three-dimensional shapes using their properties: edges, vertices, faces.

Key Concepts and Expectations

  • Describe and analyze two-dimensional shapes using their properties (e.g., number of sides, length of sides, vertices, number and size of angles, number of right angles, and relationships between sides).
  • Describe and analyze three-dimensional shapes using their properties (e.g., number and shape of sides, number of edges, and number of corners).
  • Identify and construct two- and three-dimensional shapes using their properties.
  • Classify 2- and 3-dimensional shapes using their properties.
  • Identify congruent shapes.
  • Identify lines of symmetry.
  • Justify conclusions using geometric properties.
  • Recognize that shapes can have the same area but different perimeters.
  • Measure the area and perimeter of two-dimensional shapes.

Sequence of Units in Trailblazers

If you would like to review work or see what is coming, you are always welcome to log into the website and access the digital lessons or ask your child to bring home their text book. Vocabulary should be reviewed and is located in the math journal. The DPPs (Daily Practice Problems) can also be reviewed and brought home after completion in class.

Unit 10: Exploring Multiplication and Division

Unit 13: Multiplication, Division, and Volume

Unit 12: Measurement and Patterns

Math Munchin'

Two-three days a week your child will have the opportunity to take a Math Munchin’ multiplication test on the fact families. The goal is to answer 30 problems in 2 minutes (with 96% accuracy). Each time they pass a fact family, they earn part of the ice cream sundae. They will be keeping track of their progress here at school, but will need to practice flashcards, online games, XtraMath and/or strategies at home. Many students have already tested out of multiplication on XtraMath, so this will be an opportunity to build on their successes, and secure fast fact recall!

**Please note** This is available to ALL of my students, but it is also an optional reward. If you would prefer your child NOT participate, please contact me and they will work on flashcard practice during this time.

By the end of 3rd quarter, students should be working in division. If you are not working in division yet, please place additional nightly effort in practicing your facts. 4th grade is just around the corner...

Earth Science - MATTER

Content Statement

This topic focuses on the relationship between matter and energy. Matter has specific properties and is found in all substances on Earth. Heat is a familiar form of energy that can change the states of matter.


Prior Concepts Related to Energy from Earth’s Resources PreK-2:

Vibrations are associated with sound. An object is in motion when its position is changing. Forces change the motion of an object. Sunlight is the principal source of energy on Earth and warms Earth’s land, air and water (ESS). Weather changes occur due to changes in energy (ESS). Living things require energy (LS). Plants get energy from sunlight (LS). Materials can be sorted by properties. The physical properties of water change as observed in weather (ESS).Objects are things that can be seen or felt. Properties of objects may be described, measured and sorted. The physical properties of water change as observed in weather. Air has mass* and takes up space (ESS).


Grade 3 Concepts

All objects and substances in the natural world are composed of matter.

  • Matter takes up space and has mass* .

Matter exists in different states, each of which has different properties.

  • The most common states of matter are solids, liquids and gases.

  • Shape and compressibility are properties that can distinguish between the states of matter.

  • One way to change matter from one state to another is by heating or cooling.

Heat, electrical energy, light, sound and magnetic energy are forms of energy.

  • There are many different forms of energy.

  • Energy is the ability to cause motion or create change.


Future Application of Concepts

Grades 4-5: The mass* and total amount of matter remains the same when it undergoes a change, including phase changes. The sum of the mass* of the parts of an object is equal to the weight (mass) of the entire object. The amount of mass* and matter remains the same during phase changes. Processes of energy transfer and transformation are introduced. Heat, electrical energy, light and sound are explored in more detail.

Grades 6-8: The atomic model is introduced. Properties are explained by the arrangement of particles. Atomic theory is introduced. Properties of solids, liquids and gases are related to the spacing and motion of particles. Thermal energy and temperature are related to the motion of particles. Energy is classified as kinetic or potential. The concepts of conservation of energy and thermal energy as it relates to particle motion are introduced.

Mrs. Oduyoye

Megan and her soccer team had a clean sweep in Vegas the weekend before Spring Break. They won all three games, scoring 14 goals total with no goals against. Her team finished in 2nd place in her division (5-1-1), and this qualifies them (US) to play for the National Championship in Dallas this summer. Super proud of Megan and her teammates.
I have to also congratulate my daughter Maya. She is running track for the first time at the Junior High. She and her 4 x 400 team came in first this past week at the Lebanon Invitational! Super proud of Maya and her relay team.

Mrs. Chalk

Penelope has her first tractor ride on her Uncle Cody and Aunt Ashley's farm in West Virginia over spring break. She screamed and cried at first, but once they started moving she discovered that it wasn't so scary after all.


You don't want to miss International night...check out the video to see a past year's celebration of culture.

Upcoming Events


13th Math AIR test

14th Math AIR test

15th No school -professional day

20th UC Blue Ash Field Trip- permission slips went home in Thursday folder (4/7)

22nd EARTH DAY- wear blues and greens for spirit day

25th Earth Day assembly

29th International Night 6:30 to 8:30 (if you get a chance...I HIGHLY recommend this free event)


12th Volunteer appreciation brunch (Please come and enjoy goodies as a small token of our gratitude)

13th Sawyer Point Field Trip (wear appropriate clothing and gym shoes)

18th Poetry Cafe

20th Steel Drum Band Assembly for students

24th 3rd Grade END OF YEAR PARTY at Montgomery Park (be on the lookout for email on how you can help out on this day...many hands make light work)

25th 3rd Grade End of year party (RAIN DATE)

26th Last day of School

Do You Know Your City? (click the name to go to website)

**If you plan on going to Makerspace, be sure to log into the website below to sign up for a time to use certain equipment. Some technologies have to be scheduled as far as 3 weeks out.
Makerspace - Cincinnati Public Library

A makerspace is a place where creative people can gather, create, invent, and learn. access to 3D printers, audio and visual equipment, laser cutters and engravers, sewing machines, cameras, hardware/software tools and it is FREE PEOPLE!

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Brady and Claire visit MakerSpace!

Check it out...they shrunk their Findlay to button size and now can wear him/her all around town! If you have any questions,you can ask our new experts. Thanks Mr. Queenan for taking them to the MakerSpace!
Cincinnati Nature Center - EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

Celebrate Earth Day with Cincinnati Nature Center! Bring your friends and family as admission will be free Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Explore the trails or participate in one of the following activities offered throughout the weekend.

Trailside Nature Center - SPRING FEST IN THE WOODS

Join us for wild edible cooking demonstrations, crafts, vendors, live animals and more! Live music and face painting on site. Learn about Ohio’s native plants and wildflowers and how you can help with habitat restoration.

Lolipops FAMILY Concerts - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Bring the family to celebrate Earth Day through song and music, including "Circle of Life" from The Lion King and Debussy's La mer ("The Sea"). Stunning visuals will play above the stage to help bring nature center stage at Music Hall.