Anderson's 3rd Grade Class

Newsletter: March 14, 2016

Math Workshop:

This week, we will explore, estimate, and compare the liquid volume of various household and classroom containers. The students will need to predict if each container holds more than, less than, or the same as one liter. They will investigate their predictions by pouring liquid into each container and confirming if each container's liquid amount fills a one liter container. This is a very exciting activity as students realize that some containers have liquid capacities that are larger or smaller than they appear. Finally, students will practice estimating and measuring the masses of objects using standard units of grams(g) and kilograms(kg).

Reading Workshop:

We have been working on describing how characters' actions affect events within a story. This week, we are going to use text illustrations as evidence to support what is also happening within a story. Students will need to understand how illustrations help us understand more complex texts. For example, illustrations are more than just pictures. They help us to understand the characters' actions and feelings, the setting and the plot. Illustrations also help explain the mood of the text.

Writing Workshop:

This week, we will revisit opinion writing. We will read a story called "Shells" and form an opinion on which character changed the most. Students will gather evidence about both of the main characters and how they changed throughout the story. Afterwards, students will split up into teams who share their same opinions. They will work together to develop strong points or arguments from the text that supports their opinion. Finally, students will use these points to debate with their classmates who have opposite opinions. They will practice carefully listening to someone else's opinion (about who changed the most during the story) and then provide counterpoints from the texts that help support their own opinions. There will be lots of debating going on this week, and it will help students as they prepare to write an opinion writing paper on this very topic.


Students will be learning about how to use comparative adjectives correctly in their daily writing. Comparative adjectives are used to compare a noun to another noun.

For example:

This truck uses more gas than this car.

Sally is taller than Cindy.

Social Studies

We will study the life of Cesar Chavez. He is known for his efforts to gain better working conditions for the thousands of Mexican American workers who labored on farms for low wages and under severe conditions. Chavez and his United Farm Workers union battled California grape farmers by holding nonviolent protests.

Word Study:

We will practice using homophones correctly within our daily writing. Here are some examples:

ball, bawl, blue, blew, break, brake, bored, board, chews, choose

More Online Testing (Extra Practice)
  • This link provides access to the tools available to students in the GA Milestones online testing format.
  • Login = guest
  • Password = guest
  • Access Code = guest

This Thursday!

On March 17th Gwin Oaks will host STEAM Night. During STEAM Night different presentations related to science, technology, engineering, art, or math will be offered to students. This is a great way for students to see how the curriculum they are learning now applies to a broader context. Students have also worked hard on their own technology projects and these will also be showcased on STEAM Night. Don’t miss the chance to see the wonderful student projects and presentations at STEAM Night. The book fair will also be opened during STEAM Night.

Parking shuttles from Nam Dae Mun will run starting at 5:30 to Gwin Oaks.

Bruster’s will be selling ice cream for $2.00 and PTA will be selling donuts for $

The schedule for the Night is:

5:45-6:15- Book Fair and Student projects
6:30-7:00- Session 1
7:10-7:40- Session 2

Gwin Oaks Elementary's Buckaroo