Community Three

February 1, 2016

Coming Next Week...

Writing

We are continuing to navigate through the writing process as we explore different modes of writing. Many of our learners are moving into the drafting stage of their writing pieces. Because of the revisitation of varied sentences, the learners’ writing skills have improved tremendously! Thank you for your support in this area!

The Writing Process

We are working through the steps of the writing process. The writing process works for any type of writing: opinion, explanatory, informative, ANYTHING!

If your child is working on writing at home, remind them of the steps:

1. Brainstorm

2. Organize

3. Draft

4. Peer Review (or Parent Review) J

5. Edit

6. Revise

7. Publish

Literacy

Community 3 is exploring what we are reading to find the character or narrator's point of view. Learners will distinguish their own point of view from the point of view of the narrator or the characters.

Want to start with point of view at home?

· Have friends and family members share their perspective or point of view.

· Discuss the point of view of a certain character as you read.

· Ask your child how the story may be different if it was told from a different point of view or if the main character “viewed” things differently.

Fractions

This week we will explore fractions as a number on the number line. Fractions can be represented as part of a whole. Fractions can also be represented as points on a number line. Representing fractions on a number line illustrates the value of fractions. It helps learners see which fractions are close to 0, 1/2, and 1. Essential vocabulary for this standard includes: fraction, unit fraction, and number line.
Note: Grade 3 expectations in this domain are limited to fractions with denominators 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8.

Here are some resources to help your learner practice:

https://learnzillion.com/resources/72502-fractions-on-number-lines

http://www.fractionmonkeys.co.uk/activity/

https://www.explorelearning.com/index.cfm?method=cResource.dspDetail&ResourceID=1004

Ask Me About...

Have you ever asked your child what he or she did in school that day, only to hear them say: "Nothing," or "I don't know"? The questions below might help your child start a conversation about what he or she is currently learning in school.

-What is your favorite part of the writing process?

-Describe some of the book characters you read about this week.

- What are the numerator and the denominator of a fraction?

-If a pizza was cut into 8 slices, and you ate 3 slices, what fraction of the pizza is left?

-If you were to add one thing to the town of Pike Road, what would it be and why?

PRS HEALTH AND WELLNESS EQUIPMENT DRIVE

Suggested Items: Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Footballs, Volleyballs, Kickballs, Yoga Mats, Wiffle Golf Balls, 14 foot jump ropes, Ping Pong Balls, Bean Bags, Hula Hoops, and Stacking Cups.


Donated items can be delivered to Coach Klinger in the gym! - Thanks so much!!!!!


*Don't forget to always wear appropriate footwear to Health and Wellness!

Future Patriot on the way

Dear Parents,

I would like to happily inform you of my pregnancy and that I will consequently be going on maternity leave February 12. Barring any complications, I am planning to return to the classroom six weeks after the baby arrives. I will miss each one of my learners while I am away on maternity leave, but trust that they will continue to thrive under the guidance of my substitute and the rest of the lead learners in community three.

In my absence, Kacie Baggett will be teaching my class. Mrs. Baggett is a certified teacher who has been in the classroom since 2006. She has experience teaching many ages from preschool to fifth grade. As a current paraprofessional in Community 3, she already knows my learners and has had the benefit of being a part of the projects and learning experiences we have completed this year. I feel confident that she will be a good fit for the needs of my students and that this will be a seamless transition. She will also have my contact information, if any help with the class is needed while I am gone.

During my time on maternity leave, I will be happy to continue to answer emails from parents. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me at erica.eller@pikeroadschools.org. You will also be able to reach Mrs. Baggett directly at kacie.baggett@pikeroadschools.org. I look forward to seeing you all again when I return to the classroom to work with your sweet children.


-Mrs. Eller

Meet our interns!

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My name is Genise Cooper, and I am interning with Mrs. Hampton. I attend Auburn University at Montgomery and am completing my Education degree. I currently live in Montgomery and have two children of my own. It has been a life long dream of mine to teach children, and I am looking forward to spending the next several weeks at Pike Road Schools teaching and learning along side YOUR Terrific Third Graders!
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Hello! My name is Ander Helms. I am so excited to be interning under Mrs. Tucker until March 4. I am a senior at Troy University majoring in Elementary Education K-6. I am anticipating graduation this coming May! I was born and raised in Andalusia, AL and graduated from Andalusia High School in 2012. I grew up dancing, and I still enjoy teaching at the Andalusia Academy of Ballet. The next few weeks are going to be a blast in 3rd grade! I have already fallen in love with Mrs. Tucker’s class, and I can’t wait for the upcoming days filled with lots of learning and laughter!

Scholastics

Check out the scholastics packet your child brought home this week!


Log onto scholastics.com/readingclub

Enter the C3 Class activation code: H8F73

Shop for your books and submit your order!


Please have this done by February 5, 2016

WISH LIST

Tissues

Clorox Wipes

Wide ruled line paper

Glue sticks

Community Three - Pike Road Schools

Our Mission: To create a culture of intellectual curiosity where all students have ownership over their learning and are inspired to think, innovate, and create.

Our Vision: Our students are lifelong learners who use their knowledge, skills, and influence to make the world a better place.