Atkinson Gazette

Room 203's Weekly Newsletter

What's UP in Room 203?

I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyed your time at the auction if you were there! The costumes were great! We've got a busy week ahead!

Pawsitive Panther for November: Grace Heiss

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Academic News for the Upcoming Week


This week we will continue with our study of multiplication. Your students have learned two strategies of multiplications and we will continue to add to our list. Multiplication quizzes will continue and as usual, we ran out of time Friday, so we will be taking it tomorrow!

Students are responsible for a multiplication log each week. I've explained with them that they don't have to do 10 minutes each night, as long as they have all 40 minutes by the end of the week. I want to instill responsibility in your children and so far, they have done great! I explained how if they know they have a busy night, they can work ahead or double up the next night.

Keep in mind, students will continue to have math homework to reinforce skills learned in class as well as Daily 6 Review on Thursday nights. Students will also be asked to study multiplication facts for at least 40 minutes every week.


Last week we broke down the fiction genre and what fiction texts have (tell a story, has characters, has a beginning, middle, and end...). This week we will take that information more in depth and teach the fiction plot structure. Students must learn that ALL fiction texts have a problem and a solution. We will practice the fiction plot structure on various picture books this week.

Students should be reading 25 minutes per night. We have upped it from the usual 20 minutes.

Science/Social Studies

We will continue working on their inherited traits project! Students have been loving this project. Most of our kids have researched their two animals, created a new name for its offspring, and started to create their new creature. Our task this week we will be to find 3 inherited traits from its parents and to write about this new creature. We plan to take this piece of writing through the entire writing process.

If you are interested in seeing the rubric, it is on my webpage under "Inherited Traits Project Based Learning".


Since the beginning of school, your children have been learning pre-writing strategies, drafting, and now we are learning revision strategies. This week students will finish drawing their creature in Google Drawings and begin drafting a description. Then, we will take their description through a couple of revision strategies before we peer-edit. We hope to have our final monster description ready to be sent to Armstrong by Friday.


We will still be practicing homophones this week. Students are welcomed to practice from any of the three homophones list on I give them time in class to practice these as well.

Rule: Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings.

Example: there/they're/their or pair/pear

Non-negotiables: different, below, important, life, year

Dash and Dot Robotics

We are moving fast through our last few missions. Most groups have moved onto mission #4, with the exception of other groups moving onto mission #5. We're so close to finishing!! They have finally released mission #7. In that mission, students will be creating a short video to share with other teams - global connections!

We plan to finish the majority of all missions during those two days next week before Thanksgiving break.

Again, a special thank you to our video helpers!!! We couldn't do this without you!!!

Friday Reader

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A special thank you to Mrs. Jennifer Houghton for being our Friday Reader! Our students loved your book!

Important Dates

Picture Retakes

Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 8-10am

3505 Amherst Avenue

Dallas, TX

Book Fair

Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 8am to Friday, Nov. 20th, 3:30pm

3505 Amherst Avenue

Dallas, TX

Book Character Dress Up Day!

Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 8am

3505 Amherst Avenue

Dallas, TX

3rd Grade Musical

Tuesday, Dec. 1st, 6pm

3505 Amherst Avenue

Dallas, TX