# Atkinson Gazette

## What's UP in Room 203?

We have been creating fun little gifts for Grandfriend's Day this Friday. Your children are so excited to have their grandfriends in their classroom!

We will also be taking MAPS this week. Please make sure your children are here on Tuesday and Thursday. We will take Math on Tuesday and Reading on Thursday.

We are finally starting our biography projects! Be on the lookout for important information coming home this week.

Pawsitive Panther for Caring/Friendship: Jackson McGinley

## Math

We have started our fractions unit and students are doing a great job! So far children have learned the vocabulary of a numerator, denominator, and a unit fraction (a fraction with a numerator of one). Our study of fractions will take us through the entire month of February. Students will be learning how to put fractional values on a number line, compare fractions with the same denominator and with different denominators, and find equivalent fractions. In third grade, students will be given models with each fractional value when comparing and finding equivalent fractions. However, I will also teach them strategies for the future when they won't have models to help them.

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.

We are starting our Biography Project this week!

Students will slowly be transitioning from fiction to literary non-fiction and other types of non-fiction. Our focus this week is to expose the students to the different types of non-fiction genres there are. I will model this with Malala Yousafzai. We will read a literary non-fiction picture book, a non-fiction book, and a piece of her novel. We will end the week by showing the differences between biographies and autobiographies.

## Science/Social Studies

Locker posters are due tomorrow! I'm so excited to see how creative your little ones were.

During our social studies time, I will be exposing your children to important American historical figures to help broaden their picks for Biography Day. Students will be exploring different individuals through BrainPOP and books in the classroom.

## Spelling

Spelling homework will go home on Tuesday and the test will be this coming Thursday.

Rule: Some words are spelled with three letter ending blends (-nch, -tch, -rch)

Example: marched, Dutch, crunch, lunch, watch

Non-negotiables: above, father, ever, young, answer

I have added a new list on Spelling City. Students will have 3 activities to complete in the next two weeks. I also added the 5 non-negotiable words to that list so students get a little more exposure to them.

## Important Dates

### 3505 Amherst Avenue

#### Dallas, TX

More details to come!