3rd Grade's a HOOT!

September 28 - October 2, 2015

3rd Grade Update

I am looking forward to meeting with many of you at the end of this week. Please feel free to bring your child to the conference with you. I strongly believe that they are the one who sits in the class and can be a valuable part of our discussion. If you would still like to schedule a conference, I have a few spots left. Be sure to return your form with your child. Confirmation sheets were sent home today with your assigned time.

Have you picked up your LexConnect codes yet?

Reading

We are currently reading aloud - Muggie Maggie This book talks about the trials of a 3rd grader learning how to write in cursive and the importance of taking pride in her work. Have you heard we are working on our lower case cursive letters?


Current Skill Focus - Asking and Answering Questions, Character Traits


Grammar Focus - Types of Sentences, Subjects and Predicates


Writing - Narrative Writing - Crafting new leads


Don't forget to participate in the "Read Your Way to The Big Game" reading contest. Students have received information on this program. Be sure the books they are writing down are on their reading level.

Math

This week students will be working in Unit 2, Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers. We are working on different strategies for adding and subtracting. Subtraction with regrouping is a very difficult task. I plan to be in the classroom Tuesday morning by 7:00 for any students who would like to come in to get some extra help with this concept. The Unit 2 assessment is planned for Oct. 6. A study guide will be sent home this week.


Students are encouraged to login and play on First in Math. This site provides a variety of opportunities to work on basic skills. Logins and passwords can be found on their password page in their homework binder.

South Carolina History

This week we will be will continue to learn about the river systems of South Carolina and elements of maps. We will also revisit human features and natural features. If you have lived in Lexington a long time, be sure to point out to your child how much the town has changed. We are discussing changes in response to human needs (thus the construction of Meadow Glen).

Science

This week we will be learning about fast changes on the Earth's surface. This will include looking at volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides and floods. Students will bring home their science book to read information that supports what we are learning in class.


Has your child told you about Steve Spangler? This is a scientist in Colorado who does all types of different video science experiments. Each Friday we watch some of his experiments. You can check him out at stevespangler.com or Google The Spangler Effect. He does some really awesome science!

Other Notes

Don't forget to check and sign your child's agenda each night. Encourage them to write neatly so you can read what they should be doing. Every child should be able to communicate what they are doing in class.


Purple folders come home on Wednesday. Please make sure you are reviewing the papers and signing the folder each week. The folders are due back to school by Friday.