3rd Grade Newsletter

January 22, 2018

What are we going to learn about this week?

Reading/Writing: Folktales

Over the next few weeks students will begin to explore different types of traditional literature such as fairy tales, folktales and myths.

- Analyze and draw conclusions about themes

- Listen to stories and read stories that reflect the different origins(different versions of Cinderella for example)

- Compare and contrast the settings and identify the author's purpose

- Explain how the character changes in the story

Please feel welcome to bring your favorite tall tale, folktale, etc. This is a very engaging unit and the students seem to enjoy it every year!

Aesop's Fables

Babe the Blue Ox-Tall Tale

Science: "Machines Matter" In this unit students will learn that forces cause change and that energy exists in many forms. Students are introduced to mechanical energy and build on their understanding of light, sound, and heat energy in everyday life. Students demonstrate how pushing and pulling can change the position and motion of objects. Students observe forces, such as magnetism and gravity, acting on objects.

Machines Matter -Student Site They will need their Google login.


Math: This week we will continue Unit 4: Measurement and Fractions

Unit Overview

This week we will move on from measurement and focus on fractions.This week we will delve further into the world of fractions! We have done some with fractions in our daily number corner and we are looking to dig deeper. This week we will discuss fractions as parts of wholes and start explore fractions on a number line.

Family Newsletter

Unit Fractions

LISD Student Math Games

Fraction Flig

Shading Shapes

Pattern Blocks Shading Game

Fractions on a Number Line

Hickory Clock Game

Stop the Clock

Solving Elapsed Time

The Leader in Me

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

This month your student will be learning about Habit 4: “Think Win-Win”.

In the win-win mind-set, people opt for “we” instead of “I.” The goal is to cooperate and seek solutions so both parties can walk away winners. If you come to the table thinking only one person can win (win-lose), there won’t be an effort to cooperate or problem solve. By the same token, if you come to the table expecting to lose (lose-win), you play the martyr and resentment builds. The principle of the win-win mind-set is this: “What is important to another person must be as important as the other person is to you.”

Truly, thinking Win-Win, or always thinking about another as well as yourself is one of the great mental habits we can teach our kids. After all, life isn’t just about me, and it’s not just about you-- It’s about both of us.

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




Unit 15- Spelling City

Unit 15 Words: paper, near, better, hard, sentence, place, now, something, because, don't, what, through, until, think, without, your, their, were

Math: Grasshopper Math

PACE: Grasshopper Math

Practice Multiplication Facts

Important Dates

Wednesday January 24 Report cards go home

Friday January 26 LIM Assembly

Wednesday February 14th Valentine's Party @ 10

Friday February 16th Fun Run Kick Off