Mrs. Reynolds' 3rd Grade Newsletter

November 4, 2014

Week 11

The kiddos survived Halloween and the party was a great success! Thanks to all of you who sent food and especially to our room moms for helping organize and run the party. Reminder- all field trip money is due this Friday November 7th. The cost is $10 for students and so far, we only have 5 students who have returned forms with money. I only one chaperon signed up and we can take up to 7 parents. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Silent auction - just a quick reminder that our silent auction basket items are needed by November 14th. Our class theme is Bookworm. Items needed will revolve around that theme and some suggested things are book marks, kid and or adult books, book lights, and gift cards to Half Price Books or Barnes and Noble stores. Lastly, we are still collecting canned goods and we are currently in last place. We would love anything you can send. : )

Up Coming Events at Dodd

Wednesday - November 5th - Early Dismissal @ 12:30 pm

Friday - November 7th - Field Trip Money due

Reading and writing

This week we are reading an autobiography called Author a True Story. Students are working with the following vocabulary words: talented, single, proper, excitement, acceptance, and useful. The skills in the story cover context clues, author's purpose and details within the story.

In writing, students will write pumpkin persuasive papers. The papers will be written from the pumpkins perspective and voice and the point is to persuade the reader to pick them from the pumpkin patch. Persuasive is a hard topic, but the kids enjoy writing from the pumpkins point of view.

Social Studies

This week students will discuss how choices made by important people have effected our community. We discussed the importance of Ruby bridges and how brave she was to be the first African American student to attend a desegregated school in 1960. We will look at other key people from our vocabulary 12 unit and discuss how they helped to contribute to the community. Students enjoyed voting in a mock election day in class. See the link below for more information on voting.

Spelling and CUPS

Unit 11 will focus on the long o sound. The pattern is spelled with o and oa. The students will complete activities using synonyms, alliterations, riddles, and write their words and recognize if the pattern is o or oa. In grammar, student will work with commas in a series, and learn when to add commas with coordinating conjunctions. See the link about FANBOYS - an acronym for coordinating conjunctions for, and, but, or, yet, and so.