3S Sensations

Week of 11.9

A Note From Ms. Salazar

It's here! The time has arrived. This week's Smore has been written by the reporters of 3S. Their job is to fill you in on the skills and activities we worked on this week in a way that is clear and interesting! :) Enjoy!

A few pieces of information from me:


Last week we wrapped up the first unit of our Reading program so this week we took a break from our regular Reading Workshop to review and assess skills. Your child has been practicing test taking skills for multiple choice answers since September. This week they applied what they've learned as they read short selections and answered questions.

We also taught how to write Short Constructed Responses using the RACE acronym: Restate the question, Answer the question, Cite evidence from the text, Explain in your own words. Your child is bringing home their Benchmarks and RACE practices to share with you. Please sign and return so we can keep them to refer to later.

The Benchmarks are designed as a reading comprehension assessment. The cover sheet details the skill/strategy each question assess. That said, the Benchmark is not necessarily a measure of your child's reading comprehension abilities. Focus/attention to detail can greatly impact a student's ability to complete this type of activity. This was the first Benchmark set of the year and Ms. Weber and I ask that you take that into consideration when reviewing it this weekend. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Math Test

Our Unit 4 Math Test will be next Friday. We will focus on multiplication and division concepts and strategies. We will be reviewing next week.

Typing Agent HW will begin next week. I completely forgot to get it started this week! Log On info is taped inside HW books. Please let me know if your child experiences any difficulty logging on. We are asking third graders to practice 20-30 minutes per week at home.

Math facts will continue to be important as we move into using multiplication and division strategies. Drawing arrays is a great strategy as we first learn concepts but soon math facts will help students complete problems efficiently and accurately.

Important Upcoming Dates

11/20: Picture Day Makeups, 1 PM

11/25: School Community Meeting, 9 AM

11/25: Half Day For Students, 1230 PM Dismissal

11/26 and 11/27: School Closed, Thanksgiving Recess

12/1-12/3: Holiday Shop, Stage

12/6: Barnes and Noble Fundraiser 11 AM-3 PM

12/15: Report Cards Available in Genesis 330 PM. Grades 1-5

12/16: Afternoon Conferences, 1230 PM Dismissal For Students

12/17: Evening Conferences, Regular School Day for Students

12/17: School Store, 1150 AM-1240 PM

12/18: Morning Conferences, No School For Students

12/21: Evening Conferences, 1230 PM Dismissal For Students

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Writing our Smore Articles!


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Social Studies

By Ainsley, Luke, Robert, and Ryan

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 blast off!

This week we are learning geography in social studies. When we were first started it we blasted off into space. We lied on our backs head to head with someone else. We also put our knees up and positioned our arms like we were holding on to something.

Then we lost radio control and had to use our geography skills to get back.

We learned about the hemispheres. There are 4. It’s like the Earth is cut up into 4 pieces.There is the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western hemispheres. The Prime Meridian splits the Earth from North to South and makes the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. The Equator splits the Earth from West to East and makes the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. We had an earth-shaped blow up ball. We put rubber bands around the equator and around the prime meridian. One way we learned to remember North, East, South, and West is Never Eat Soggy Watermelon. We also learned that the US is located in the Western and Northern hemispheres. We had a “BLAST!”.


By Cleo, Margo, Jason, and Leo

Did you know with fact power you can know your multiplication facts as fast as you can pronounce your name? Fact power can help you memorize any fact anyone gives you. Turn around facts can be much easier when you’re trying to answer facts. For example, if you have 5x9 it might be easier to do 9x5 and still get the right answer(product). It might also be easier to think of your 0 and 1 facts. For example 1x15=15 and 0x3,879=0.

Arrays are another big help in math to organize your thoughts. Arrays help you with multiplication and division. There are things called rows and columns that make up arrays and help you with math. For example, to draw an array for 3x4 you would draw a 3 by 4 array like this:

x x x x

x x x x

x x x x

To use an array for division it would look like this if the number model was 8 divided by 4 = ? (s)

x x

x x

x x

x x

We loved Math this week!


By Lila, Matthew, and Liam

Do you know what multiple meaning words are? They’re words sound the same. They mean different things. Do you know what homophones are to? They’re kind of the same thing as multiple meaning words except that they’re spelled differently. For example, there, they’re and their are homophones because they sound the same but they’re spelled differently. You use other words that are in the sentence to know which word to use. I hope you liked learning about multiple meaning words and homophones!
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Reading Workshop

By Isabella, Courtney, Daniel

Do you know what Benchmarking is? Come on and read this article to find out!

Benchmarking is kind of like a small test where you read a short story and answer questions. This is the order: First read the title and take a quick picture walk. Second read the questions. Then read the text. Finally answer the questions. We also learned RACE responses. RACE helps us write a paragraph for a question. R stands for Restate the question. A stands for Answer the question. C stands for Cite the evidence for your answer from the text. And e stands for Explain your thinking.

Writing Workshop

By Enya, Elise, Eleanor, and Aviva

Do you like writing?

Well 3S likes writing!

This week in school we worked on revising our stories. We learned that revising is not just adding juicer words you might even have to AH start a whole story or part over! It might seem devastating but it's true. We looked at 3rd and 4th grade writing checklists so we could make our writing even better. We all think our stories were more on the 4th grade side. And last but not least we learned to hook our reader. Here is an example:

It was a sizzling hot car ride.

Everybody had really good hook beginnings. That's all for this week!

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