# December News

## Spelling Bee

Each 3rd grade class will hold their spelling bee on December 11th with the words sent home with your child on the yellow paper and also copied on the back of their December HW Calendar.

The winner from each 3rd grade class will advance to the school-wide spelling bee. Students will receive the new list of words for the January spelling bee upon finishing first in their class.

## Winter Break Work

MUST DO

-Practice Multiplication Facts Everyday

*Goal: Come back with all these facts memorized (can recall within 10 seconds)- 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 10s, 11s,

MAY DO

-Visit these sites:

• Multiplication.com
• Xtramath.org
• AbcYa.com
• (More sites are listed on the "Ways to Practice Multiplication" insert located in the plastic sleeve in your child's homework binder.)

## Assessments This Month

Dec 4th: Soil Unit Test

Dec 4th: November Spelling Test

Dec 11th: Spelling Bee

Dec 15th: Multiplication/Division Unit Test

Dec 16th: Main Idea Unit Test

Dec 16th: Test on all 2015 Spelling Words

## What We Are Learning This Month

Math

• Multiplication Facts Through 12
• Multiplying a 2 digit number (99 and below) by a one digit number (5 and below)
• Division Facts Through 12
• Solving Word Problems (distinguishing between multiplication and division word problems)
• Properties of Multiplication
• Related Facts (Mult/Div)
• Patterns Represented in Tables

• Main Idea & Details
• Sequencing
• Author's Purpose
• Reading Comprehension (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Functional Texts)
• Test Prep Strategies & QAR (question-answer-relationship)

Science

• Soil (layers, components, conservation, erosion)