Bennett Third Grade Newsletter

January 15th, 2016 - January 22nd, 2016

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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!

Spelling Lists for January 15th - 22nd

LN - went, hand, pink, send, wink, land, bank, ant, junk, wind, drink, trunk

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

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Each year, we have a fun-filled, two week Star Wars themed review to help us get ready for the STAAR test. The students LOVE these two weeks, as it is a review of the important concepts that they have studied during the year. Our rooms are transformed in Star Wars themed decorations, and students become Jedi's as they work through daily missions. This year, our Star Wars review will take place during the last two weeks in April. Each year, parents have been so gracious to send in fun trinkets and prizes for the students. We have had several moms already asking about picking up items for the review. We also have had several moms that have sent in Star Wars/space themed stickers, pencils, etc. that they have picked up on sale or in the dollar bins. We will put out a SignUp Genius towards the end of March asking for donations, but parents are welcome to pick up items that they find on sale before that time. With the movie out in theaters, there is an abundance of really great things available. Thank you to all of the wonderful moms and dads that are already on the lookout for items to help make our review a huge success! We appreciate you!

Breakfast with Benny

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 20th, for our PTO sponsored Breakfast with Benny!!! Please join us for a scrumptious breakfast buffett at Applebee's and have a wonderful breakfast with our very own Benny the Bear, the Bennett school mascot! Proceeds will go directly to Bennett Elementary! Please see the attached flyer with details and ticket order forms. This is sure to be a huge hit with the kids, so order your tickets today!!!

Valentine's Day is Around the Corner!!!!

Valentine's Day Boxes

Students will need to bring a class set of valentines and one decorated Valentine's Day box for our Valentine's Day class party on Friday, February 12th. We can not wait to see all of the creative designs that they come up with! If you are in need of valentines, or supplies for making a valentine box, please let your child's teacher know and she will be happy to help!
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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

Monday, January 18th: Holiday, No School

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