learning as a community

November 2 - 16

Did you know that we only have 9 more weeks of school???


Friday, March 25

Field Trip to Elachee Nature Center. Please be sure to pay online using your MyPaymentsPlus account by March 19th!!! You can also send in a check for $18.

Friday, April 1 - April 10

Spring Break is around the corner. April 1st is our first day - the Friday before the full week.


Did your child tell you that we are raising chicks in our classroom? Ben Freeman's mom brought in eggs and an incubator last week. We are having fun, as we nurture them from egg to chick. We are on day 9; on day 20 or 21 we will see some feathers!

IMPORTANT!!! If your child has a device you will allow them to bring to school (iPad, mini iPad, or tablet - NO cellphones):

  • complete a BYOD form - can be found on the school website. (disregard if you already sent one in)
  • download the following apps onto their device:
  • Thinking Blocks App (only on Apple products right now)
  • Kindle Reader App (available for all tablets/iPads)
  • Other tablets or laptops - you can go to the website and bookmark it:
  • a voice recording/ voice memo app (anything that is easy and free)
  • Stopwatch - free in the Apple Store
  • RSE app - directions are on the school website

Start sending devices everyday in the backpack - I may or may not use them, depending on the day and how the class is being. I would rather they have the device, than not. Also, please make sure your child can log on to the apps listed above. I cannot spend the time setting them up if I am in the middle of a small group lesson. That has taken up too much time in the past.

Please feel free to contact me - anytime. I do not check my email during the day (if I do, it is a rare occasion.) So, please call the office if you need me right away (770-932-7474).

Scroll & read below for more important information.

Content Map for the next two weeks


Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes.

Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes; represent the problem on a number line diagram.

I Can Statements:

I can write and tell time to the nearest minute.

I can measure elapsed time to the nearest minute (using clock models and number lines).



Essential Questions/Ideas:

investigate magnets and their effect on common objects and other magnets

investigate to find common objects that are attracted to magnets

investigate how magnets attract and repel each other

demonstrate that size and shape of a magnet do not determine strength

distinguish between magnetic and nonmagnetic metals

construct a temporary magnet and describe the process

Social Studies

Essential Questions/Ideas:

Cesar Chavez

- character traits

- actions that show these traits

- contributions to society

Mentor Text

We will continue to explore mentor texts (sentences from literature that we read together) for grammar and writing structures. Your child is expected to maintain a notebook as we explore and share. This will be their study guide. I will post the activities that we do throughout the week on the eCLASS course page for studying.


Homework will be posted on eCLASS daily. Please habitually check our course page - 2016 Collins.T Third Grade Core.

Continue to search our course page for study materials and extra practice materials.

See eCLASS instructions for more information.

Important Information

Rock Springs Elementary Website

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Quizlet Files

Vocabulary and study files

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My Payments Plus

All families are required to open an account on . All purchases for the school [lunch money, field trips, etc.] will need to be paid through your account on . No cash will be accepted. If you do not have a credit card, you can purchase a prepaid credit card to have on the account; you can also link payments to your checking account.

Contact Information

Pictures of Ms. Collins

Fun Fireworks of the Past

Field trip - Elachee Nature Center

Friday, March 25th, 9am

2125 Elachee Drive

Gainesville, GA

We will be hiking and learning about Georgia habitats!

March 4, 2016

Dear Parents,

To coordinate with our study of habitats, we are excited to announce that 3rd grade is planning a field trip to the Elachee Nature Science Center! During this visit, students will explore four major habitats of Georgia and learn about the unique animals and plants found in each area. Habitat stations will provide an active environment to learn about these Georgia plants and animals and their needs for survival. The students will enjoy searching out plant and animal habitats during a guided hike through the Chicopee Woods.


1. Students will be able to identify four main components that make up a habitat.

2. Students will be able to identify four different habitats in Georgia.

3. Students will be able to identify features of plants and animals that allow them to live and thrive in different regions of Georgia.

4. Students will be able to explain how pollution and other changes in habitat can affect plants and animals.

All 3rd grade classes will be visiting the Elachee Nature Science Center on Friday, March 25, 2016. The fieldtrip buses will depart from Rock Springs at 9:30 a.m. and return at 1:30 p.m. We will take sack lunches with us on our trip and will eat them while at the Nature Center.

The cost of the fieldtrip will be $18.00 for each student. No student will be denied an opportunity to participate because of failure to contribute; however if enough funds are not secured, the field trip will be cancelled. Fieldtrip payments can be made online. Please pay for the fieldtrip by accessing your child’s account on and search for activity ID: 77337. If your child does not have a MPP account please set the account up at your earliest convenience. The deadline for paying for the fieldtrip is March 19, 2016.

Please return the form below as soon as possible.

Thank you!


Third Grade Teachers

Please check the appropriate line, sign and return this form no later than March 19, 2016.

My child, _____________________________________ has permission to attend the fieldtrip to the Elachee Nature Science Center. I have paid for the fieldtrip on

____ My child will bring a lunch and drink from home.

____ My child will order a sack lunch from the cafeteria.

Parent Signature __________________________________________

Date ____________________________________________________