3rd Grade's a HOOT!

March 21 - 25, 2016

3rd Grade Update

This week will be very busy as we close out the 3rd 9 weeks and get ready for Spring Break. Check out the information below.


Our class is in need of a few supplies:



  • Tissues
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Glue sticks



If you are able to donate any of these items to our class, we would greatly appreciate it.

Reading

We finished reading Peter Pan and have begun The Lemonade War. Students were given a copy of this book back in December so everyone should have their own copy. Some students have brought theirs in already. Please check with your child to see if they have located their copy and brought it to school so they can follow along while we are reading. This is a fun book about a brother and sister rivalry.


We are continuing to read aloud, The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk. This is a sequel to the book Rump that we enjoyed so much. The students have made so many connections to Rump it is amazing. This has led to great discussions about reading books in a series. By the way, The Lemonade War is the first in that series. I have read that entire series and I think that some of the students would definitely enjoy reading the others to see what Evan and Jessie are up to next.


Current Skill Focus - Comparing and contrasting two texts, Venn diagrams, asking and answering questions, showing evidence from a text to support our answer


Writing - Opinion writing - We will be completing our district writing assessment on opinion writing this week. Then we will be doing some poetry.


Encourage your child to complete their independent reading each night.

Math

We have been working hard learning all about fractions in Chapter 8. This is a short unit so our test will be Wednesday, March 23. Students received their study guide last week. This way when we come back from Spring Break, we will be able to start something fresh and new. Chapter 9 will take us into more challenging multiplication.

Science

I hope you have heard about our peas. They seem to really be doing well. We have also planted a potato and I have found some bulbs to show the kids and plant. Several students have shared with me that they have been starting some plants at home as well. One said they were trying some chocolate mint, so of course I had to go to Lowe's to get some of my own. I have never grown that so we will see how it grows!


We will be checking in with the Eagles more this week. Last year, the first egg hatched right around April 1st. So it should not be very long. I hope they will wait until after we get back from Spring Break, but if I hear something while we are out, I will send you an update. Links for the Eagles:


http://www.decoraheaglecamalerts.com/

(You can also see this one through UStream.) They have 3 eggs!


http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/

This one is in Georgia.


Be sure to check in on these two nests.

SC History

Our test for Chapter 7 will be Friday, March 25. Students will get their study guide early this week. I will have a study session Friday morning for anyone who wants to come in early.

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.