December News from Room 40
Ms. Gorski's 3rd grade class
December At a Glance
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.
Additionally in reading, we had our mid-year reading assessment and every student has made progress in reading this year!
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!
Creating a Creature
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
2055 Courthouse Road
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
What we'll be learning in January!
Math 3.9: The student will estimate and use U.S. Customary and metric units to measurea) 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.
Science 3.4: Adaptations
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
- color pencils
- Expo markers (thin and thick)
3rd Grade Polar Express Celebration
Friday, Dec. 18th, 8am-3pm
2055 Courthouse Road
This is a day of fun, literature, games and crafts. We will begin with our "Mr. Conductor" (Mr. Allen) reading the story to our group in the atrium. The rest of the day, we will rotate between the classrooms playing a game of charades using vocabulary words from the book (You try to act out "nouget"!); making a craft, writing a letter to Santa; snacking on "snowflakes" and hot cocoa; carol sing-a-longs and even some Polar Express Math thrown in for good measure! Our celebration will end with a viewing (or partial) of the released "Polar Express" movie.
Children may wear PJs to school but we will have time to change into our jammies prior to the celebration. The kids may bring their blankie, favorite stuffed animal, and/or bathrobe along with their pjs. Shoes must be worn to help keep them safe as they travel through the day. The suggested attired follows along with the story of The Polar Express where the children take the '5-minutes-before-midnight' train ride to Santa's village. There will also be a school-wide celebration theme of Holidays Around the World on the 18th).
Chandler the Elf has returned!
He makes sure the children are making good choices during a crazy time of the year!
and he hopes your child will continue to read over the break!
He's also very silly!
Much like a third grader