3rd Grade Newsletter

April 17, 2017

What are we learning about this week?

*** Important- The field trip will be next Tuesday April 25th at the Austin Science and Nature Center.

Field Trip Information and Volunteer Slip- If you do volunteer you must be a registered volunteer with the school.


Parent Waiver- Please return by April 19th


Science: Stayin' Alive - In this last and final science unit, we are going to dive right into different habitats and the animals that live in them. We start the unit by assessing what we already know about this topic, and then learn about a species in our neck of the woods. This particular species is called the Barton Springs Salamander. Please take a look below to learn more about this critter. We will start and end the unit with this little guy.


More here: http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/species/bartonspringssalamander/

http://www.austintexas.gov/department/salamanders



Math: Unit 6

Geometry

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In this unit your child will:

❚ Describe and classify two-dimensional shapes, especially quadrilaterals

❚ Calculate area and perimeter

❚ Represent fractions as parts of a whole shape Your child will learn and practice these skills by solving problems like those shown below. Keep this sheet for reference when you’re helping with homework.

Concentration Game

Tangram Puzzels

Airlines Builder

Quadrilateral Song

Quadrilateral Quest


* Test will be this Friday the 21st


Language Arts: I'm sad to say that we wrapped up our poetry unit last week. The students( and teachers) really enjoyed this unit, but the great news is that hopefully they will have a new love of poetry.


This week we will delve into persuasive writing.

Biographies- We will begin to read different biographies and your child will pick one person that they are interested in researching further.


Persuasive writing attempts to convince the reader that a point of view is valid, or to persuade the reader to take action.

We will immerse students in a variety of persuasive texts (ex. persuasive essays, persuasive letters, reviews, speeches, advertisements, commercials) in which they make inferences and draw conclusions about the persuasive text and identify what the author is trying to persuade the reader (or viewer) to think or do. Students analyze various forms of media to analyze how words, images, graphics, and sounds work together to impact meaning.


Leader in Me- I encourage you to partner with us in teaching your student to practice The Seven Habits at home. To learn more about The Seven Habits and how they can be used at home, visit "Parent's Place" at http://www.theleaderinme.org/parents/

Homework

Reading- Read 80 Minutes and record in your planner.

Words- there, first, only, too, between, something, always, school, important, hand, second, white, it's, example, turn face, door, cut, done, group

Unit 25 Spelling City

Math - Unit 6 Review and answer sheet- We completed page 1-2 in class. Please have them complete page three, as the other two will be optional.

PACE- Unit 6 Review- We completed page 1-2 in class. Please have them complete page three, as the other two will be optional.

Area and Perimeter Practice


Practice your math facts!!!!

Important Dates

April 21- SRE Spring Photos

April 21- SRE Family Garden Night 6-8 PM

April 24- No SCHOOL- Bad Weather Make-up


Field Trip at Austin Science Nature Center April 25th- Pencil this in and let us know if you would like to join us on this day!


STAAR Camp- STAAR camp is coming around the corner and will begin on May 1st. Everyday your student will rotate to different teachers who will be responsible for reviewing material in both math and reading. The teachers and the students dress up depending on the theme for the day and we all have a blast.

Please check out the themes below, as there are some great ones!


May 1st- Saddle Up to STAAR

May 2nd- 50's Day Jive on over to the STAAR diner

May 3th- 70's Peace, Love and STAAR

May 4th- Rock the STAAR Day

May 5th- Students will prep for STAAR in their homeroom classes



STAAR Newsletter - Here is a STAAR newsletter with information about the upcoming tests and some tips on how to help prepare your child for them.