Bennett Third Grade Newsletter
January 15th, 2016 - January 22nd, 2016
Great Things Going On In Third Grade
January is back in full swing and the students are working very hard! We are so proud of the growth and progress that we are seeing! We are hoping that everyone enjoys their three day weekend in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
Please do not forget to mark your calendar for PTO Bingo this coming Friday, January 22nd from 6:30 to 8:00pm, in the Bennett Cafeteria! This a fun-filled evening for the entire family, so please come out and join us! Also, permission slips are due this Wednesday, January 20th for those students that would like to participate in the variety show. Screenings will take place at 3:15pm right after school.
This week in Math, our study will spiral back again to fractions. Students will practice ordering fractions on a number line and finding equivalent fractions on a number line. This can be a fun activity to practice at home! You can have students take a whole item (such as a pizza, pan of brownies, etc.) and divide it into equal pieces. They may then create a number line to represent the fractional pieces. Working with concrete objects can really help a child understand fractions! Students will also learn to add fractions with common denominators. We are attaching a great powerpoint to this newsletter, that is a very helpful fraction overview to reference.
In Reading, we will continue our study of finding 'themes' in literature. Students will explore folktales, myths and legends. Students will continue to explore universal themes commonly found in literature such as love, compassion, friendship, good overcoming evil, perseverance, etc., and learn how to identify themes in their reading using text evidence.
In Writing, students will take a Irish folktale and use it as inspiration to create their own folk tale with a prevailing theme.
In Science, students will complete their ELM over forces of motion and simple machines. Students will be working in the 'create/critique' protocol to design and build a compound machine (using at least two simple machines) that can launch a marshmallow into a mug from a distance of 6 feet. We can not wait to see the amazing machines that students will invent!
There will be no school on Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Annual Bennett Variety Show Screenings
On January 20th, permission slips to participate in the Bennett Variety Show are due. Screenings will take place at 3:15 pm in the cafeteria.
PTO Bingo Night
Please join us for PTO Bingo night on Friday, January 22nd, from 6:30 to 8pm in the Bennett Cafeteria.
Annual Bennett Variety Show Screenings
Spelling Lists for January 15th - 22nd
WW - girl, fire, drier, third, flier, tire, whirl, pliers, chirp, their, first, wire
SA - nervous, thirty, sturdy, firmly, person, purpose, perfect, further, dirty, hurry, birthday, Thursday
MAV Words - demonstrate, reflect, primary
Breakfast with Benny
Valentine's Day is Around the Corner!!!!
Valentine's Day Boxes
Six Flags Read to Succeed
We are so excited to participate in the Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club!
This exciting program encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Read to Succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before the school’s deadline noted below is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at one participating Six Flags Theme Park. Students will develop a greater appreciation for books when they see that you think reading is important too. You are sure to have fun as you investigate the world of reading together!
Here’s what you need to know:
- Only students in grades K through 6 are eligible to participate.
- Review the attached reading log. Your child should use this sheet to record what and
how long he/she reads.
- Your child must complete 6 hours, or 360 minutes, of recreational reading.
- Please initial each entry and then sign the reading log to verify that the 6 hours of
reading has been completed.
- Your child can read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books (digital or hard
copy). Reading for homework or a class assignment does NOT count.
- Students can read silently, aloud, or with an adult—you can read to your child, or your
child can read to you.
- Remind your child to return the reading log to his/her teacher by the date on the log.
-Your child’s school will submit your child’s information and minutes read.
- Late entries will NOT be accepted.
Each child that completes the Read to Succeed Program will receive a ticket to Six Flags. All Read to Succeed forms are due to your child's teacher by February 29th, 2016. Please see attached parent letter and reading log for more information.
Important Upcoming Events
Tuesday, January 19th: Taste It Tuesday
Wednesday, January 20th: Variety Show Permission Slips Due, Variety Show Screenings 3:15pm
Friday, January 22nd: PTO Bingo 6:30 - 8:00pm
Monday, January 25th: Bluebonnet Book Review Due
Friday, January 30th: Mrs. Recker's birthday
Tuesday, February 2nd: Variety Show Practice 3:15pm
Tuesday, February 3rd: Variety Show Practice 3:15pm
Friday, February 5th: Mandatory Variety Show Dress Rehearsal 3:15pm
Monday, February 8th: Bennett Variety Show 8:30 & 9:30am
Friday, February 12th: Valentine's Day Class Parties 1:45 - 2:30pm
Saturday, February 20th: Breakfast With Benny the Bear at Applebee's 8 - 10am
Monday, February 29th: Six Flags Read to Succeed Forms Due
Tuesday, March 1st: Bennett Open House 6pm
Friday, March 4th: Bennett Color Run