The Groovy Mon-STAR Times
Mrs. Chalk & Mrs. Oduyoye's 3rd Grade Newsletter Jan. 8
Findlay comes to Montgomery Elementary
Students listening as Mrs. Scribner describes the process of creating a children's book.
Mrs. Scribner tells the boys and girls that it took five years to complete, Findlay: A Cincinnati Pig Tale.
We were so excited that Mrs. Scribner came to visit Montgomery. We presented her with a basket of goodies from our part of town. Who knows, maybe it will inspire her to write another Findlay book!
STUDENT EMAIL****PLEASE NOTE*****
We have encouraged ALL students to refrain from emailing each other at this time, and to leave emailing between teacher and student. Using the Sycamore email, students will ONLY be able to email other Sycamore email addresses, and will NOT be able to receive emails from outside web addresses. So if you try emailing your child, it SHOULD block your mail, and will NOT show in their mailbox. This will help eliminate any outside companies or people having the ability to contact our children. This restriction will not be lifted until they move beyond elementary school. We encourage parents to write down their child's email and check periodically, as needed. Their email is their student firstname.lastname@example.org, and their password is listed in their planner (mt####).
Here are some websites for additional digital citizenship content; http://www.digizen.org/kids/
What is a Stoplight Paragraph?
- Introductory/topic sentences are green sentences. When we think of a stoplight, GREEN means "GO"! The introductory sentence is going to tell us what the paragraph is going to be about.
- The next few sentences are example sentences, which are YELLOW. When we think of the stoplight, yellow means "SLOW DOWN!" When writing example sentences, slow down and think "Why?" Why is the introductory sentence true?**
- The conclusion sentence is a RED sentence. When we think of a stoplight, red means "STOP!" The conclusion restates the main idea of the paragraph, and ties the whole thing together.
Working in our Writing Notebooks: Parts of a Paragraph
What are Topic Sentences?
A topic sentence tells you the main idea or what the entire paragraph is about.
Types of Topic Sentences
What are Supporting Details?
Supporting details include information that backs up or supports the main idea.
Sorting Topic Sentences & Details
Students had to sort sentences into the correct catargories.
Within a paragraph, writers need to stick to the TOPIC! This means that everything in the paragraph is related to the topic sentence.
What are Closing Sentences?
A closing sentence sums up the paragraph and restates the main idea using different words.
Students found evidence that supported Because of Winn Dixie was Realistic Fiction.
Students found evidence that supported Saving Strawberry Farm was Historical Fiction.
This story is set in the 1890s, and is an example of Historical Fiction.
Students are still using note taking skill while reading Sarah, Plain, and Tall. These notes can always be used while completing comprehension checks.
Text to World Connections
In the story Sarah, Plain, and Tall Papa put in ad in the paper looking for a wife and a mother. Students were able to connect to this event to the fact that sometimes today people use websites to find a date.
Text to Text Connection
Students were able to make the connection between Sarah, Plain, and Tall to Because of Winn Dixie because Caleb and Anna (SPT) and Opal (BWD) both lost their mothers at an early age.
Text to World Connections
Mrs. Oduyoye's HR brainstormed ideas about advice to give Caleb and Anna about their upcoming visit from Sarah.
Mrs. Chalk's HR brainstormed ideas about advice to give Caleb and Anna about their upcoming visit from Sarah.
Check out the advice Lila has given so far to Caleb and Anna about how to get ready the Sarah's visit.
Students did a great job on 1890s projects, check out the video below.
WE NOW HAVE A "LITTLE FREE LIBRARY!"
The Little Free Library is now accepting donations!
Our Little Free Library is accepting donations of any new or gently used books that your family no longer reads. Please send them in with your child to school. They can be dropped off outside of Mrs. Barrometti's Room (212). In order for this to be a success, we need plenty of donations for the children to choose from. Remember, once it is up and running, your child will be able to choose books to take home and keep. We will be accepting donations all school year to keep the library replenished.
Thank you so much for your support in keeping every child reading!
Students had a chance to participate in the Hour of Code.
Snapshots of Our Learning
Students working to add a closing sentence to each paragraph.
Students were given topic sentences and had to create supporting details.
Students hard at work completing comprehension check on chapters 3 & 4.
Students were working on finding the sentence that didn't support the topic sentence.
Students worked together to identify who wearing the "Ugly Christmas Sweater"!
Discovering Map Features
Students worked in teams to discover the features of a map.
Working together makes learning more meaningful.
Students compare differences between types of maps.
Unit 3- Exploring Multiplication
Students build on what they know about addition and subtraction to solve and represent multiplication and division stories. Students use drawings and number sentences to represent solution strategies and reasoning.
- Complete open number sentences involving multiplication (e.g., × 4 = 4 + 4 + 4 and
× 4 = 4 × 3; × 4 + 1 = 13 ). (Algebra 3)
- Represent multiplication and division problems in stories, drawings, and number sentences.
- Multiply and divide using mental math strategies (e.g., reasoning, repeated addition).
- Solve two-step word problems involving multiplication and division.
- Represent solution strategies for problems involving the multiplication facts using number sentences and drawings. (Algebra 4)
- Represent solution strategies for problems involving multiplication facts for the 5s and 10s using number sentences and drawings.
We will resume our lessons in trailblazers next week. We will start with "Making Teams" and work through to the "Multiplication and Division Stories Workshop." Please continue practicing flashcards and/or using www.xtramath.com.
Sequence of Units in Trailblazers
If you would like to review work or see what is coming, you are always welcome to log into the website and access the digital lessons or ask your child to bring home their text book. Vocabulary should be reviewed and is located in the math journal. The DPPs (Daily Practice Problems) can also be reviewed and brought home after completion in class.
Unit 8: Exploring Multiplication Patterns
Unit 10: Exploring Multiplication and Division
Unit 13: Multiplication, Division, and Volume
Unit 9: Parts and Wholes
Unit 11: Analyzing Shapes
Unit 12: Measurement and Patterns
No Fact Practice Needed for these 3! They mastered multiplication/division fact fluency!
All students have been promoted to multiplication. They should be using XtraMath.com to practice at least 3 days per week. If your child needs a paper copy of multiplication facts because you don't have internet access, please contact Mrs. C.
Students discover the impact of using nonrenewable resources on our environment, and how THEY may be the next inventor/engineer of new technologies to harness energy.
Why are these energies resting in a hand?
Using maps and pie charts to discuss and relate information into our working knowledge about the use of energy and its demand in our growing world.
Earth Science - EARTH's RESOURCES
Earth’s resources can be used for energy. Many of Earth’s resources can be used for the energy they contain. Renewable energy is an energy resource, such as wind, water or solar energy, that is replenished within a short amount of time by natural processes. Nonrenewable energy is an energy resource, such as coal or oil, that is a finite energy source that cannot be replenished in a short amount of time.
WHAT HAVE WE ALREADY LEARNED?
Prior Concepts Related to Energy from Earth’s Resources PreK-2:
Wind is moving air, water and wind have measurable properties, and sunlight warms the air and water.
WHAT WILL WE DISCOVER?
Grade 3 Concepts
- Distinguishing between renewable and nonrenewable resources through observation and investigation is the emphasis for this content statement.
- Different forms of energy
- Wind turbines, electrical circuit or solar panel models can be used to demonstrate different forms of energy and the source of the energy.
- The conservation of energy-Some of Earth’s resources are limited.
- Specific energy sources in Ohio are introduced, such as fossil fuels found in Ohio, new energy technologies, and the development of renewable energy sources within Ohio.
- Ohio must be compared to other states regarding energy sources.
WHERE ARE WE HEADED IN OUR LEARNING?
Future Application of Concepts
Grades 4-5: Energy is explored through electrical energy, magnetic energy, heat, light and sound.
Grades 6-8: The formation of coal, oil and gas, kinetic and potential energy, thermal energy, energy conservation, energy transfer (includes renewable energy systems) and additional examination of nonrenewable resources are studied.
HOLIDAY PARTY ROCKED!
A Big Thank You to Mrs. Willis for coming in to teach the boys and girls about the many winter celebrations are that observed by our Montgomery families.
8th-Second quarter ends
11th- Teachers' Records Day-No school
12th MAP Reading Test-starts at 10:50
BAT(Basic Aid Training) Chalk- 1:30-2:30 Oduyoye 2:30-3:30
13th MAP Math Test-starts at 10:50
BAT(Basic Aid Training with Fire Department) Chalk- 1:30-2:30 Oduyoye 2:30-3:30
14th- PTO Meeting
BAT(Basic Aid Training) Chalk- 11:00-12:30 Oduyoye 1:30-3:00
15th- Report cards are Distributed
18th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-No School
29th- Carnival 5:30 to 9:00
29th-Second emailed picture and graphic organizer #2 is due at school (Findlay Project)
12th-Valentine's Day-class card exchange
15th-President's Day-No School
26th-Third emailed picture and graphic organizer #3 is due at school (Findlay Project)
16th-Spring Picture Day
17th-3rd grade Music Performance-details to come
18th-end of 3rd quarter
31st-Fourth emailed picture and graphic organizer #4 is due at school (Findlay Project)
Do You Know Your City? (click the name to go to website)
The Taft Museum of Art is one of the finest small art museums in America. A National Historic Landmark built in 1820, the Taft is home to an extensive art collection.
First, oldest, largest, longest - read on to see how Cincinnati USA sets records.