# December News from Room 40

## December At a Glance

I apologize for the delay in this newsletter; it has been a busy month for all of us! I cannot believe we are almost halfway through third grade!

In Math, we have been working on mastering our multiplication and division facts which learning fractions. In reading, we have been working on coming up with our own questions and finding the main idea in non-fiction texts. In Social Studies and Science, Ms. Nunley has taught us about ancient Greece & Rome and soil.

Right before Thanksgiving break, we had STEM day where the students build a 3-D creature out of various objects (cereal boxes, straws, bottle tops, etc) with a small group.

On December 1 our classroom elf, Chandler, came to visit. He checks to make sure the students are making good choices in the classroom and tells Santa at night.

Please see the rest of the newsletter to see what is coming up when we return from from and more details about what has happened this month!

Happy Holidays,

Ms. Gorski

## Creating a Creature

The Friday before Thanksgiving, the students were given the following STEM challenge. They had 1 hour to complete the assignment with their group:

Background: We have/will learn about geometric figures in math. Some examples of figures include; circles, triangles,ovals, cones, cylinders, spheres, and cubes.

Design Challenge: Design and build an imaginary geometric creature using both plane and solid geometric figures. Your geometric creature must stand by itself and have at least two moving parts.

4 out of 5 groups successfully build their creature to meet all the criteria! See pictures below for a great preview of their creations!

### Thursday, Dec. 17th, 11:15am

#### Louisa, VA

Come join your child for lunch on Thursday for a special meal! Lunch will be from 11:15-11:55 for this special event :)

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

## What we'll be learning in January!

Math 3.8: The student will determine, by counting, the value of a collection of bills and coins whose total value is \$5.00 or less, compare the value of the bills and coins, and make change.

Math 3.9: The student will estimate and use U.S. Customary and metric units to measure

a) length to the nearest 1/2 inch, inch, foot, yard, centimeter, and meter;
b) liquid volume in cups, pints, quarts, gallons, and liters;
c) weight/mass in ounces, pounds, grams, and kilograms; and
d) area and perimeter.

History 3.10: Government

The student will recognize the importance of government in the community, Virginia, and the United States of America by
a) explaining the purpose of rules and laws;
b) explaining that the basic purposes of government are to make laws, carry out laws, and decide if laws have been broken;
c) explaining that government protects the rights and property of individuals.

The student will investigate and understand that adaptations allow animals to satisfy life needs and respond to the environment

We will begin studying poetry, fairy tales and folk tales. Look for a guide below for how to help your child understand what they're reading at home!

## Classroom Wish List

We are running low on a few supplies in our classroom! If you are able, we would love a donation from the list below to help us learn in our classroom!

• color pencils
• Expo markers (thin and thick)
• pencils