Anderson's 3rd Grade Class

Newsletter: February 16, 2016

Math Workshop:

For the past two weeks, we have been working on identifying fractions within a set. Students have practiced by using hands-on manipulatives, pictures, and even classmates to create fractions with various numerators and denominators. There will be a fraction unit test on Wednesday, Feb. 17th. For homework, students received a brief fraction review practice sheet to help them prepare for their test.

Reading Workshop:

This week, students will practice a close reading activity about the life of Cesar Chavez. Close reading is a thoughtful process which helps students to analyze a text and develop a deep understanding of the text's form, craft and meaning. During this close reading activity, students will read an informational text about Cesar Chavez and practice citing evidence from the reading passage to explicitly answer various questions about the text. They will also have the opportunity to look for key ideas, themes, and the author's purpose of the text. Cesar Chavez is also one of our American Hero's that we will study later on in social studies. So, this will be a great preview for the students.

Writing Workshop:

Over the past two weeks, students have been working on their unguided narrative stories about their "best moment". This week, students will revise and edit their stories with a partner. Then, they will need to write their final draft for a grade. Students will be graded in the areas of ideas, style, organization and convention.


Students will be working on using commas with coordinating conjunctions (For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So---FANBOYS).

Here are some examples:

I will be late to the party, for I am working until seven.

I wanted to ride my bike, but the tire was flat.

I love chocolate, yet I do not eat chocolate ice cream.


We will have a unit test on Heat Energy this Friday. Students have received a study guide, a vocabulary list and a practice homework sheet to help them prepare for their test. Students are also encouraged to use their notes from class, their science textbook and any online resources to also help them study for Friday's test.

Word Study:

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

neither, deceit, receive, deceive, perceive, deceivers, perceiving, receipt, either, deceiving

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will begin next week. Students will be released from school at 12:15pm on February 24th and 25th.

Please be sure to schedule a conference time if you haven't done so already. To pick a time slot, enter this link in your Internet browser:

At this link, you will be asked for your Entry Code. The code for our class is:


Thank you so much!

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