# Community Three

## Welcome, Matthew Hayes Eller!

Mrs. Eller has given birth to her bouncing baby boy. He was born Saturday, February 13. Both Matthew and Mrs. Eller are doing well.

## Congratulations, Mrs. Hampton!

Mrs. Hampton was nominated by PRS's PTSA as "Outstanding Educator" and will represent Pike Road Schools for the 2015-2016 school year!

## Coming Next Week...

GRAMMAR

Learners encounter an array of grammar skills based on writing instruction, as well as the learner. While many lessons are intentional, skills are often taught according to the learners.

WRITING

We have seen great improvement in our learners’ writing skills! Sentences have capital letters, end marks, and details! The kids are even doing a better job using various spelling strategies! We appreciate what you are doing at home to support the writing process here at PRS!

LITERACY

Learners are finishing up with point of view and moving towards informational reading. While exploring the reading informational text standard, learners will…

• “Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.”

• “Use text features and search tools to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.”

• “Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.”

FRACTIONS

This week we will continue working on equivalent fractions. In the language of math, there are lots of ways to express the same number, especially when it comes to fractions.

Identifying and generating equivalent fractions is key to the conceptual development of

learners' understanding of fractions. The best way to think about equivalent fractions is

that they are fractions that have the same overall value. Essential vocabulary for this standard includes: equivalent fraction, unit fraction, greater than, and less than.

Note: Grade 3 expectations in this domain are limited to fractions with denominators 2,

3, 4, 6, and 8.

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## Project

This week we began our study of weather. For this phase of the project, our learners will be researching different natural disasters and severe weather events and their potential impacts on a community. We will be working in teams to research and study a particular event and then share that information with the rest of the community. This will prepare learners to collaborate with Community 4 in order to evaluate their design structures based on their ability to withstand natural disasters.

## PRS HEALTH AND WELLNESS EQUIPMENT DRIVE

Suggested Items: Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Footballs, Volleyballs, Kickballs, Yoga Mats, Wiffle Golf Balls, 14 foot jump ropes, Ping Pong Balls, Bean Bags, Hula Hoops, and Stacking Cups.

Donated items can be delivered to Coach Klinger in the gym! - Thanks so much!!!!!

*Don't forget to always wear appropriate footwear to Health and Wellness!

## WISH LIST

Tissues

Clorox Wipes

Wide ruled line paper

Glue sticks

## Book Fair

A book fair will be held at PRS April 5-7. Please mark your calendars!

Monday 2/22

Tuesday 2/23

Beef Tips w/ Rice, Buttered Carrots, Assorted Veggies

Wednesday 2/24

Baked Chicken, Steamed Broccoli, Fresh Roll

Thursday 2/25

CHEESEBURGER THURSDAY

Friday 2/26

TACO BAR

Monday 2/29

Chicken Nuggets, Corn on the Cob, Salad Bar

Have you ever asked your child what he or she did in school that day, only to hear them say: "Nothing," or "I don't know"? The questions below might help your child start a conversation about what he or she is currently learning in school.

• What is the difference between a simple sentence and a compound sentence?
• Share some of the characters from the stories/books that you read this week. Explain his or her point of view in the story.
• What does it mean if two fractions are "equivalent"?
• Can you name or show a fraction that is equivalent to 1/2?