Anderson's 3rd Grade Class

Newsletter: January 11, 2016


We will begin our Geometry Unit by reviewing 2D and 3D shapes and classifying them into different categories such as rhombuses, rectangles, triangles, pentagons, hexagons, etc. Students must understand that shapes share attributes (sides, angles, vertices) and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (such as quadrilaterals or polygons). This week, we will practice identifying and creating shapes on geoboards. Students will use Venn Diagrams to compare and contrast the attributes of various shapes.


In reading workshop, we will compare and contrast two stories called "A Days Work" and "How Many Days to America". Students will identify the themes, settings, and plots within each story. Then, we will use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast their differences and similarities. As an extension, students will complete the same type of activity with their "just right books" both independently and within their small reading groups.


Last semester, we studied four American Heroes: Paul Revere, Susan B. Anthony, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Frederick Douglass. This week, students will get into groups and review these heroes by using their social studies biography books and journal notes. Students will jot down at least three facts about each American hero's life. Finally, students will select one of these heroes to write an informational report as a writing grade. Students will need to write about their American hero's early life, accomplishments, and character traits. Students' informational reports will be graded in the areas of ideas, style, organization and conventions.


We will practice using conjunctions correctly in our daily writing. Some examples of conjunctions are: for, and, neither, nor, but, or, yet, so.


We have been investigating fossils as evidence of organisms that lived long ago. This week, students will review the three types of fossils (casts, molds and imprints) and discuss how these fossils are made. We will make fossil models to demonstrate our understanding of how fossils are formed in either layered rocks or in hardened tree sap called amber.

Word Study:

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

belong, song, tongs, throng, along, bong, gong, among, strong, wrong

“A Night at Disney” Talent Show 2016

Gwin Oaks will have its annual Talent Show on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM. This year’s Talent Show has a theme of “A Night at Disney.” Talent Show acts with a Disney theme (Disney characters, Star Wars, Marvel, etc.) are encouraged, but using the theme is not a requirement. Students will need to audition for the Talent Show on Tuesday, January 26 or Wednesday, January 27. Information about auditions will be sent home in Friday folders on Friday, January 15. Individual students, groups of students or families, classes, and staff members are invited to audition for our evening of fun. All Gwin Oaks students (K-5) are invited to participate. Even if you don’t audition, be sure to come and be a part of the audience to support those who will be performing their talents. Remember my rules: no fire, no pets or live animals, and all lyrics have to be appropriate for school. On the evening of the Talent Show, donations will be accepted in order to raise money for the Gwin Oaks Family Legacy Resource Center. Stay tuned for more information!

J Mrs. Collins


Attendance at school is an important part of student success and achievement. Too many absences disrupt learning, not just for the absent student but for the entire classroom. Reinforcing the pride our students feel by being a part of our Gwin Oaks family every day will increase the motivation to attend school. Here at Gwin Oaks we are introducing: GALAXY



L-Leads, to

A-An, eXtraordinary


Beginning in January, grade levels attendance percentages will be monitored. While occasional absences are necessary, the goal is to have every grade level increase student attendance. Thank you for working with the school to encourage, motivate and support your child. Together we can improve your child’s attendance and his or her academic success.

-Natalie Pugh, Counselor

Awards Day

Gwin Oaks Elementary will only be doing year-long awards this year. Therefore, our Awards Day Ceremony will take place in May. We look forward to everyone coming and celebrating our students' accomplishments at the end of the school year. I will provide more specifics on the date and time as we get closer to May.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

This is a friendly reminder that we will have a student/teacher holiday to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be no school on Monday, January 18th.

Gwin Oaks Elementary's Buckaroo