Anderson's 3rd Grade Class

Newsletter: February 8, 2016

Math Workshop:

Last week, we began our unit on Fractions. Students explored and drew models of unit fractions such as 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, and 1/5. This week, students will practice placing fractions on a number line, such as 1/6, 2/6, 3/6, 4/6, 5/6 and 6/6. They will also practice matching fraction models with what they have been representing on the number lines. There will be a fraction unit test next week. Students will receive a study guide to help them practice for their unit test.

Reading Workshop:

Last week, students practiced finding the main idea and supporting details within a passage. This week, students will learn how to compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented within two texts on the same topic. Students should be able to explain both the similarities and differences from the two texts presented.

Writing Workshop:

Last week, students began their unguided narrative stories. Students brainstormed a list of their best moments and then chose their favorite "best moment" to write a story about. This week, students will add on to their "best moment" stories by adding sensory details, vivid verbs, and dialogue within their stories. Students will be graded in the areas of ideas, style, organization and convention.


This week, students will be working on their dictionary skills. They will practice looking up words in the dictionary to find the definition or meaning of words. Students will be taught that if a word has more than one meaning, the definitions will be numbered. They will need to be able to match the appropriate definition to the meaning of a particular word.


We will begin our unit on Heat Energy. This week, students will explore how heat is produced. Students will need to know that heat is a form of energy that makes matter warmer. When heat is applied to objects, the heat makes the particles in matter move faster. Heat is produced by radiation (sun), electricity, rubbing (friction), burning, or mixing one thing with another. As a hands on activity, we will explore how friction, mixing, and the sun's radiation produces heat.

Word Study:

We will practice using sight words with the "-ea" pattern correctly in our daily writing. Here are some examples:

head, ready, steady, lead, deaf, bread, health, instead, feather, spread, sweater

"Special Friends and Family Luncheon"

Our special friends lunch is this Wednesday, February 10th from 11:25am - 11:55am.

Please note that we will have lunch in the classroom on Wednesday, February 17th due to the other grade levels' Special Friends Luncheon.

“A Night at Disney” Talent Show 2016

The Gwin Oaks Talent Show will be this Thursday, February 11 at 6:00 PM. This year’s Talent Show has a theme of “A Night at Disney.” On the evening of the Talent Show, donations will be accepted in order to raise money for the Gwin Oaks Family Legacy Resource Center.

Valentine's Day Treat Exchange

On Friday, February 12th at 12:15pm, we will have a brief Valentine's exchange that is completely optional. If your child chooses to participate, then please be sure that he/she brings enough cards and/or treats for everyone. We do not want to hurt anyone's feelings. We have twenty-seven kids in our class. If you would like to send in treats for the class, such as candy, cupcakes, cookies, donuts or juice, then please feel free to do so. Here is a list of the names of students in our class:

Boys: Faraz, Neel, Cesar, Michael, Caleb, Ryan, Aidan, Martin, Aaqib, Kenneth A., Coby, Alex L., Mahid, Kenneth J., Alex E., Mason

Girls: Mariela, Evangelia, Sophie, Ivana, Nimisha, Hadia, Grechyl, Isabel, Gabby, Angel, Olivia

Valentine’s Candy Grams

Valentine's Grams will be on sale this week (Tuesday - Friday) for $1 each. Proceeds will go towards Relay for Life. Students may pick up Valentine's Grams from the station near the cafeteria.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

The time is drawing near for our early release days to allow for parent-teacher conferences. The next early release dates for conferences are February 24th and 25th. Students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. on these days.

We have the convenience of online conference scheduling for parents. This allows you to make and change your conference appointments more easily and choose times that best match your family’s schedule.

To pick a time slot, enter this link in your Internet browser:

At this link, you will be asked for your Entry Code. The code for our class is:


If you have other children attending Gwin Oaks, they will have their own class entry codes.

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