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Mrs. Chalk & Mrs. Oduyoye's 3rd Grade Newsletter Apr. 22
Boys and girls are working hard finishing up their work on "The Findlay Project"!
Reading Nonfiction: Using Nonfiction Text Features
Nonfiction text features help the reader more easily navigate the text and often provide additional information to help students comprehend the content.
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
Colored print is type that is a different color than black.
A Map is a picture or drawing that shows the location of something.
Key Words are found in the text and may be bold, italics, or colored.
A Table of Contents gives you section titles and page numbers on which to find the sections.
A Diagram is a drawing that shows the parts of something.
A Fact Box is a special section that gives you more information than the text.
A graph is a visual representation of data. It might be a bar graph, a line graph, or a picture graph.A graph is a visual representation of data. It might be a bar graph, a line graph, or a picture graph.
A Table is a chart showing additional information.
A Subheading is a smaller title within a text.
A Glossary is an alphabetical list of important words from the text and their meanings.
Italic Print is type that is slanted.
A Photograph is a picture created with a camera.
A Label is a word or phrase that identifies something.
Parentheses are curved marks in a sentence that set apart certain words.
A Title is the name of a text, chapter, or section.
A Timeline is a chart that shows the reader events in a specific order.
A Caption is words used to explain an illustration, drawing, or photograph.
Bullets are marks, like a dot, that call attention to a certain word or words.
A Pronunciation Guide shows you the proper way to say a word.
A Cross Section is a drawing or diagram that shows an inside view of something.
The Index is an alphabetical listing of items, people, places, or subjects found in a text.
Snapshots of our Learning
Let's go full "STEAM" to stay on the Green!
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
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!
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
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.
WHAT HAVE WE ALREADY LEARNED?
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).
WHAT WILL WE DISCOVER?
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.
WHERE ARE WE HEADED IN OUR LEARNING?
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.
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)
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!
Brady and Claire visit MakerSpace!
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.
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.
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.