Mrs. McDaniel's Memo

Friday, December 4th

Volunteers Still Needed for Winter Party

Please click the link below to sign up.

Thank you in advance for helping.

Otis Lennon Testing

Next week student in third grade will take the Otis Lennon Ability Test. Our class will practice the test on Monday at 10:15 and then take the test on Wednesday at 10:15. The test is just one morning and will be on the computer. Please try to refrain from having appointments on this morning if possible.

Home Writing Journals

Due to the short month, we will not have a December Home Writing Journal. I will send home January's entries prior to break, but it will not be due until January 29th.


Reading- This week we read the myth King Midas and the Golden Touch. During small group time, we answered questions as we retold the story. We also learned about idioms for figurative language. Next week, we will not have Daily 5, so we will work on a review activity for reading.

*** On Tuesday, December 8th, we will have a reading test over folktales. This will include fairy tales, fables, legends, and myths.

Writing- We read "If you give..." books and then wrote our own "If you give..." story to demonstrate examples of cause-and-effect scenarios. Next week, we will work continue to practice cause-and-effect scenarios and problem-and-solution scenarios.

Grammar- We defined pronouns this week and labeled parts of speech that we've covered thus far (subject nouns, verb, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns). Next week, we will continue to work on correcting sentences (capitalization and punctuation), and then label the parts of speech.


We worked on place values this week, covering the ten-thousands place and the millions place. We are continuing to work with graphs and maps as well. We need to practice conversions (minutes to hours, hours to days, days to years, etc.).

We will continue to learn and work more on decimals, place value, and measurement in the following weeks.

As always, we will take a multiplication quiz Tuesday/Thursday. Students need to miss no more than 2 to move to the next set. If they miss 3 or more they will retake the quiz again.

We will take the tests in the following order: 2, 10, 3, 11, 4, 5, 6, 9, 7, 8, and 12.

Classroom Help

Please consider signing up to help out in the classroom after the new year. I am looking for gym teachers and volunteers to make my weekly copies . Please click the link and sign up today before all the good slots are taken.

Dates to Remember


Monday the 7th- Otis Lennon practice test at 10:15

Wednesday the 9th- Otis Lennon test at 10:15

Friday the 11th- Pizza party money due - $2.00

Wednesday the 16th- Specialty Gift Exchange books are due

Friday the 18th- Winter party


Monday the 4th- School resumes

Friday the 15th- Specialty Fair

Monday the 18th- No School - MLK Day

Specialties Update

Students are working on their slides here at school on Friday afternoons. Please make sure that you are inserting pictures at home. Students should know how to find their presentation in Google Slides.

We are also almost finished with our binders. Next week students will be getting a checklist of all pages that have been assigned with the exception of the last four. Students are to see what pages they don't have complete. If they are missing a page they are to highlight the missing page and return the checklist back to me before January 4th. I will then make additional copies.

A table of contents will be sent home at the beginning of January for student to organize their binder. The complete and organized binder will be due to me on January 13th.

Please let me know if you have any questions.