Week of November 20th

We are so thankful for all of the support you have given us! Third grade is such a big year on many levels, and the students have already grown so much. Thank you for your help and encouragement as we continue to traverse this journey together! We hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving break and are surrounded by family and friends. It is so important to have some time to take a moment and appreciate all we have.

This week we will be doing third grade rotations, Thanksgiving style! Students will participate in some language arts activities with Mrs. Black, math activities with Mrs. Fosberg, STEM activities with Mrs. Maria, and activities to show our gratitude with Mrs. Bagley. In addition, we will administer alternative assessments for the county, finish up our habitats and animal research, and take our science test on animals and habitats on Tuesday.


Now that we have completed reviewing parts of speech and grammar rules, we will begin a spelling program to help improve student writing. This will include the third grade level skills necessary to understand long vowel blends, ambiguous vowels, consonant blends, double consonants, affixes, homophones, plural nouns, contractions, r-controlled vowels, silent consonants, and multiple syllables. Review words and challenge words will also be included each week. Students will be given their lists on Mondays and tested on Fridays.
The students have been doing a great job with their nightly “stop and jots”. This week students will continue to compare and contrast main characters, settings, plots, etc. These can be in reference to text or real world. For example, students might compare a character to another character or to themselves, a friend, or a family member. In addition, please help them remember to record the title and author of the books once they have finished. These should be written in the front of their readers’ response journal underneath the appropriate genre heading.


Reading
:
Main Idea

English:
Finishing our “Feature Creature” poster

Math:
Students must know the 0s, 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s,  5s, 6s, and 10s multiplication facts (along with addition and subtraction to 20)

Science:
Test on Animal Habitats on Tuesday, November 21st

NOVEMBER
21        Habitat Test
21        Cafeteria Signal Blue Drill
21        Report Cards go home
22-24 Thanksgiving Break

30        MAP testing – Reading

DECEMBER    
1         Make-up Picture Day
1          MAP Testing – Math
1         Spelling Test (short and long a)
5         PTA Spirit Night at Longhorn Steakhouse
5         PTA board meeting in KES library @ 6:30 pm
8         Spelling Test (short and long e)
11       Young Scientists: Matter

14      KES Jack Frost Day and class winter parties
15       Spelling Test (short and long i)
18-29 School Closed for Winter Break (students return on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018)

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Week of November 13 th


This week we will be busy finishing up our habitats and working on our animal research. We will use the information we find to fill out “Creature Feature” posters. Congratulations to Lucy for being the winner of our class spelling bee. We are excited to have her represent us in the school-wide bee on November 28th. If he is not able to participate, Ryan will step up as our the runner up.

As we begin the second nine weeks, we will be reviewing rules and expectations in 3rd grade. Students will be reminded of the importance of double-checking their work. If problems are left blank, they will be marked as incorrect. However we will continue to return papers with sections or whole pages blank. When names are left off, students will receive a tally marks for following directions. At this point, everyone should know that writing their name and number should be the first thing they do on any assignment. In addition, we will begin taking PA assessments for grades. These will count as quizzes; during the second half of the year, they will be counted as a test. As always, please let us know if you have any questions.

In language arts, we will finish up compare and contrast and move on to main idea. We will be learning about technology safety as well. Our focus in math will be six time tables, as well as moving on to 2 digit by single digit multiplication. For homework on Monday, students will get a practice test to help prepare for out test on Tuesday.  In science, we will move into animal relationships as we finish up our habitat and animal projects.


The students have been doing a great job with their nightly “stop and jots”. This week students will be expected to compare and contrast main characters, settings, plots, etc. These can be in reference to text or real world. For example, students might compare a character to another character or to themselves, a friend, or a family member. In addition,please help them remember to record the title and author of the books once they have finished. These should be written in the back of their readers’ response journal underneath the appropriate genre heading.


Scholastic book orders will be due on November 14th in order to receive books before the Thanksgiving break. You can order online at Scholastic.com/bookclubs. Be sure to sure our class code: QK2P7

 


Reading
:
Compare and Contrast
Main Idea
Habitat & Animal Research and Comprehension

English:
Writing Friendly Letters
Reporting research findings

Math:
Multiplication (2 digit by 1 digit)
Multiplication Test on Tuesday, November 14th
Students must know the 0s, 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s,  5s, 10s and 6s multiplication facts (along with addition and subtraction to 20)
Quiz on 6s on Friday, November 17th

Science:
Animal Relationships (food chains,
Quiz on Adaptations on Tuesday, November 14th

NOVEMBER

14        Multiplication Test
14        Adaptation Quiz
16       PTA Meeting in the KES Library @ 6:00 PM regarding the plans for the outdoor classroom
17        College Day- Wear a college t-shirt, jersey or school colors
21        Cafeteria Signal Blue Drill
21        Report Cards go home
22-24 Thanksgiving Break

DECEMBER
1         Make-up Picture Day
5         PTA Spirit Night at Longhorn Steakhouse
5         PTA board meeting in KES library @ 6:30 pm
11       Young Scientists: Matter

14      KES Jack Frost Day and class winter parties
18-29 School Closed for Winter Break (students return on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018)

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Week of November 7th


I hope you made the most of your extra hour this weekend and are adjusting to the change in time. This week we will be busy working on our habitats. The students are excited about collaborating with their peers to create these dioramas. Students may be coming home looking for items outside or in your craft boxes to help enhance their ecosystems. Thank you to those who have already sent in supplies to help with these creative projects!

In language arts, we will using Venn Diagrams to support understanding of comparing and contrasting in fiction and nonfiction. We will also be choosing animals from out habitats to research further into our ecosystems. During our writing time, we will learn about writing friendly letters and will write letters to those serving in the military. Our focus in math will be four time tables, as well as continuing to explore ways to represent multiplication and division. We are looking forward to our first lesson with Young Scientists on Thursday. This will be a great enhancement to our unit on ecosystems.
Saturday, November 11th is Veterans Day, and KES students, teachers, staff and parents would like to invite all men and women who are currently serving or who have served in the Armed Forces to join us for an assembly on Friday, November 10th from 8:30-9:30 AM. This annual event is special for our school as we honor, recognize and celebrate all those who have made a difference in our lives. If you are a veteran and are able to attend our assembly, then we ask that you complete a registration form located on our school’s website (click on Veterans Day Registration) or visit the site directly athttps://goo.gl/forms/y0KVH2HZa2QesYb83Please register as soon as possible but no later than Wednesday, November 8th. During the assembly each guest veteran will be introduced and asked to stand to be recognized.  Guest veterans are encouraged, but not required, to wear their uniforms for the assembly. KES students and staff will be wearing red, white and blue. All veteran guests will have reserved seating and sit with their KES student. All veterans should report to the front foyer of the school to check in before the assembly. Our assembly will begin promptly at 8:30 AM.

In addition to recognizing guest veterans during our assembly, our school will participate in three other experiences to honor and support our veterans. First, we will create a visual representation in our school’s hallway to honor men and women who have served our country in the past or who are currently serving but may not be able to attend our assembly. Second, our students will be writing letters to be sent to current military personnel. Finally, our KES community will partner with Blue Star Families and the USO to collect items to be sent to our deployed troops. The collection period ends on Friday, November 10th. Following are suggestions of items to be sent in:

Personal items:
deodorant/antiperspirant, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, Gold Bond foot powder, socks, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, Q-tips

Snacks:
powdered drink mixes, coffee, Kool-aid, Crystal Light, power bars, instant oatmeal, pop tarts, crackers, cookies, tuna/chicken in foil packages, individual snack packs such as nuts, dried fruit, beef jerky, trail mix

Reading material:
crossword puzzles, magazines


The students have been doing a great job with their nightly “stop and jots”. Please help them remember to record the title and author of the books once they have finished. These should be written in the front of their readers’ response journal underneath the appropriate genre heading.


Scholastic book orders will be sent home on Wednesday. These will be due on November 14th. You can order online at Scholastic.com/bookclubs. Be sure to sure our class code: QK2P7   

Reading:
Compare and Contrast
Habitat & Animal Research and Comprehension

English:
Writing Friendly Letters

Math:
Multiplication (Number Lines, Division, Properties)
Test on Tuesday, November 14th
Students must know the 0s, 1s, 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s and 4s multiplication facts (along with addition and subtraction to 20)
Quiz on 4s on Friday, November 10th

Science:
Animal Habitats (ecosystems, population, communities)
Animal Adaptations (behavioral and physical)
Quiz on Adaptations on Tuesday, November 14th

NOVEMBER
7         Student Holiday
7         Parent Conferences; 7:30 AM-11:00 AM
9         Young Scientists: Ecosystems
10       Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus; 8:30 AM
14       Multiplication Test
21       Cafeteria Signal Blue Drill
22-24 Thanksgiving Break

DECEMBER
1         Make-up Picture Day
5         PTA Spirit Night at Longhorn Steakhouse  & 6:30 PTA board in KES library
11       Young Scientists: Matter
14        KES Jack Frost Day and class winter parties
18-29 School Closed for Winter Break (students return on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018)

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Week of October 30th


We have so much planned to make this a fun week! In anticipation of such a busy week, we have decided to only assign Stop & Jots along with multiplication fact practice for homework. Between Spooktacular, Maymont, Trick or Treating and animal habitats, we will squeeze in as much “normal” learning as possible.

In language arts, we will be finishing up our nonfiction text features and references study to help us as we begin to research habitats and animals. During our writing time, we will review pronouns and learn about writing friendly letters.  Our focus in math will be three time tables, as we explore ways to represent multiplication. The students are excited about collaborating with their peers to build animal habitats. An nList has been created requesting supplies to help the students accurately portray their ecosystems. Please click here to get the link.

The students have been doing a great job with their nightly “stop and jots”. Please help them remember to record the title and author of the books once they have finished. These should be written in the back of their readers’ response journal underneath the appropriate genre heading.


We will have our class spelling bees this week sometime before Thursday. Teachers will make sure that everyone is here in order for all to be able to participate. We will use the Spelling Bee Notes and Classroom Pronouncer Guide to administer our class bee. Each class will have one participant qualify for the school-wide bee on November 28th. We will also have a runner up in case the winner is not available on that day.

Reading:
NonFiction Text Features and Reference materials
Habitat & Animal Research and Comprehension

English:
Vocabulary
Pronouns
Friendly Letters

Math:
Multiplication (Repeated Addition, Groups, Arrays)
Test on Tuesday, November 14th
Students must know the 0s, 1s, 2, 5s, 10s and 3s multiplication facts (along with addition and subtraction to 20)

Science:
Animal Habitats (ecosystems, population, communities)
Animal Adaptations (behavioral and physical)

NOVEMBER
6          Parent Conferences; 2:30-6:00 PM
7          Student Holiday
7          Parent Conferences; 7:30 AM-11:00 AM
9          Young Scientists: Ecosystems
10       Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus; 8:30 AM

14       Multiplication Test
21       Cafeteria Signal Blue Drill
22-24 Thanksgiving Break

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Week of October 23rd

     

This week during reading, we will explore the dictionary and thesaurus. We will use these resources to find definitions, synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, etc. In English, we will continue to look at different types of verbs and compose a “How to” writing assignment. Our focus in math will be a review of addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. There will be an assessment this Friday to be sure that all students have mastered this skill. It is vital that all students have mastered addition and subtraction facts to 20, in order to move into more in depth math concepts and processes. The geography test will be tomorrow, October 24th. On Wednesday, we will start up science again by looking at various habitats. Soon we will begin a collaborative project in class in which small groups of students will create diorama of these habitats. An nlist will be coming soon to ask for supplies to help the students accurately portray their ecosystems.

The students have been doing a great job with their nightly “stop and jots”. Please help them remember to record the title and author of the books once they have finished. These should be written in the front of their Mission READ journals underneath the appropriate genre heading.

Chaperones will be chosen on Tuesday, October 24th for our field trip to Maymont on October 31st. We will contact everyone who has let us know they are interested in chaperoning to let them know who are the lucky winners! If you are chosen, please send in $12 to cover your cost either with exact cash or a check.

On Tuesday afternoon, the students will be treated to a musical performance based on best practices in bullying prevention, focusing on the benefits of positive, thoughtful behavior rather than the downsides of abusive behavior. Research has shown that telling children who exhibit bullying behavior what they must not do actually has the opposite effect. This play focuses only on the positives, relaying the joys of friendship and compassion for both the receiver and the giver.

Author Gigi Priebe is visiting Kaechele on Thursday, October 26th to speak to our 3rd grade students! She is the author of The Adventures of Henry Whiskers series. She will talk about her writing process and the real life inspiration for her stories.

We will have our class spelling bees next week sometime between Monday and Thursday. Teachers will make sure that everyone is here in order for all to be able to participate. We will use the Spelling Bee Notes and Classroom Pronouncer Guide to administer our class bee. Each class will have one participant qualify for the school-wide bee on November 28th. We will also have a runner up in case the winner is not available on that day.

Reading:
Non-Fiction Text Features (dictionaries and thesauruses)

English:
Verbs (past and present tense)
“How to” Writing

Math:
Addition and Subtraction with and without regrouping
Test on October 27th  

Students must know the 0s, 1s, 2, 5s and 10s multiplication facts along with addition and subtraction to 20.

Social Studies:
Maps & Globes (continents, oceans, Equator, Prime Meridian, hemispheres)
Test on Tuesday, October 24th

Science:
Animal Habitats (ecosystems, population, communities)

OCTOBER
24     Geography Test
24     “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” Musical Performance at 1:00
25     PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle; 2:00-9:00 PM
26     Author Visit: Gigi Priebe (Adventures of Henry Whiskers)
27     Addition and Subtraction Test
30    Spooktacular!
31    Field Trip to Maymont

NOVEMBER
6    Parent Conferences; 2:30-6:00 PM
7    Student Holiday
7    Parent Conferences; 7:30 AM-11:00 AM
9    Young Scientists: Ecosystems
10  Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus; 8:30 AM
21  Cafeteria Signal Blue Drill
22-24 Thanksgiving Break

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Week of October 16th

      This week during reading, we will continue looking at nonfiction text features. We will use encyclopedias to understand how they are used differently than dictionaries. We will also practice getting information from recipes, invitations, diagrams, written directions, etc. Our focus skill for English will be verbs. In math, we will test on place value and rounding on Wednesday, October 18th. Don’t forget to continue practice multiplication facts; students should be working on memorizing 0s, 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. In social studies, we will continue to explore maps and globes and look forward to seeing everyone’s “fantasy island” this Friday! These will be hung in the hall for all to enjoy. Each year we are impressed with the level of creativity, so we are looking forward to seeing what each student designs!

          

Author Gigi Priebe is visiting Kaechele on Thursday, October 26th to speak to our 3rd grade students! She is the author of The Adventures of Henry Whiskers series. She will talk about her writing process and the real life inspiration for her stories. You may purchase an autographed book for your child through bbgb books. Order online to pay with a credit card at bbgbbooks.com/book-buzz . We are receiving a 15% discount on the books. When ordering online, use coupon code kes15 to receive this 15% discount. Please place your order by Wednesday, Oct. 18th. The books will be delivered to classes on Thursday, October 26th. You may call bbgb with any questions at (804) 353-5675.


If you have not done so already, please sign and return the permission slip for the poster contest. Students are creating their posters at school, but need your signatures in order to enter them into the contest. If you need another form please let us know.
Last week, permission slips for our first field trip along with Young Scientists went home. If you have not done so already, please send in exact change or a check written out to Kaechele Elementary School to cover the cost of these programs. On Tuesday, October 31stwe will be going to Maymont to learn more about animals, adaptations, and ecosystems. Chaperones will be chosen on Wednesday, October 25th. Please wait until you have be contacted before sending in money to cover that cost. Our in-class lessons from Young Scientists will begin in November.
Do you know your students have many online resources at their fingertips?  Your students have been given their usernames and passwords for the resources that we have begun using.  Please let us know if you have difficulty accessing resources at home or have any questions.  Please support and collaborate with us in teaching your students safe and responsible use of these online resources.  Please feel free to explore our resources with your students, too. Personal password should never be shared and should be only used by you and your student. Online resources that require additional passwords to access can be found on the online resource page of my blog. Please find the link to most of our online resources below. https://sites.google.com/site/kaechelelibrary/ONLINE-RESOURCES


Reading
:
NonFiction Text Features (encyclopedias, recipes, invitations, diagrams, directions, etc.)

English:
Vocabulary
Verbs

Math:
Place Value, Comparing Numbers and Rounding to the nearest tens, hundreds, and thousands
Test on October 18th
Students must know the 0s, 1s, 2, 5s and 10s multiplication facts
Next Unit: Addition and Subtraction with and without regrouping

Social Studies:
Maps & Globes (continents, oceans, Equator, Prime Meridian, hemispheres)
Test on Tuesday, October 24th


OCTOBER

20     Fall Pictures (individual and class pictures)
20     Cartographer’s Challenge Due
24     Geography Test
25     PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle; 2:00-9:00 PM
26     Author Visit: Gigi Priebe (Adventures of Henry Whiskers)
30     Spooktacular!
31     Field Trip to Maymont

NOVEMBER
6       Parent Conferences; 2:30-6:00 PM
7       Student Holiday
7       Parent Conferences; 7:30 AM-11:00 AM
9       Young Scientists: Ecosystems
10     Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus; 8:30 AM
21     Cafeteria Signal Blue Drill
22-24 Thanksgiving Break

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Week of October 9th


It’s hard to believe we are about half way through the first nine weeks of third grade! Time seems to be flying by and we have hit the ground running. The students have been working hard as they become accustomed to the quicker pace of this year’s curriculum. Thank you so much for all your support at home. We realize it is a big adjustment!

During reading, we will also begin looking at nonfiction text features. This is a big unit and will last for a few weeks. Our focus skill for English will be adjectives. In math, we have begun looking at place value and will be using this knowledge to compare and round larger numbers. Don’t forget to continue practice multiplication facts; students should be working on memorizing 0s, 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. In social studies we have moved to geography and are now exploring maps and globes. Students are reviewing the continents and oceans as well as the Equator, Prime Meridian, and four hemispheres. Don’t’ forget, study guides are meant to communicate SOL requirements with parents, while the interactive journals should be used daily to help review for tests.
Cartographer’s Challenge Project 

On Friday, your child brought home an information sheet with details with this project. Please make note that this is an at-home project due Friday, October 20th. These will be hung in the hall for all to enjoy. Each year we are impressed with the level of creativity, so we are looking forward to seeing what each student designs!


If you have not done so already, please sign and return the permission slip for the poster contest. Students are creating their posters at school, but need your signatures in order to enter them into the contest. If you need another form please let us know.On Tuesday, permission slips for our first field trip along with Young Scientist will come home. Please send in exact change or checks written out to Kaechele Elementary School to cover the cost of these programs. On Tuesday, October 31st we will be going to Maymont to learn more about animals, adaptations, and ecosystems. Chaperones will be chosen on Wednesday, October 25th. Please wait until you have be contacted before sending in money to cover that cost. Our in-class lessons from Young Scientists will begin in November.
Do you know your students have many online resources at their fingertips?  Your students have been given their usernames and passwords for the resources that we have begun using.  Please let us know if you have difficulty accessing resources at home or have any questions.  Please support and collaborate with us in teaching your students safe and responsible use of these online resources.  Please feel free to explore our resources with your students, too. Personal password should never be shared and should be only used by you and your student. Online resources that require additional passwords to access can be found on the online resource page of my blog. Please find the link to most of our online resources below. https://sites.google.com/site/kaechelelibrary/ONLINE-RESOURCES

Reading:
NonFiction Text Features (table of contents, glossary, index, Internet)
Global Read Aloud: Point of View and Perspective

English:
Vocabulary
Adjectives

Math:
Place Value (Comparing Numbers and Rounding to the nearest tens, hundreds, and thousands)
Test on October 18th
Students must know the 0s, 1s, 2, 5s and 10s multiplication facts

Social Studies:
Maps & Globes (continents, oceans, Equator, Prime Meridian, hemispheres)


OCTOBER

9        ½ day for students; dismissal at 11:00 AM
10     Wear KES colors to kick of the week of the Book Fair
10-13 Scholastic Book Fair after school; 2:30-6:00 PM
13       Fall Festival and close out for book fair; 4:30-7:00 PM
18       Place Value Math Test
20       Fall Pictures (individual and class picture)
24       Geography Test
25       PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle; 2:00-9:00 PM
30       Spooktacular!
31       Field Trip to Maymont

NOVEMBER
6        Parent Conferences; 2:30-6:00 PM
7        Student Holiday
7        Parent Conferences; 7:30 AM-11:00 AM
9        Young Scientists: Ecosystems
10      Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus; 8:30 AM
21      Cafeteria Signal Blue Drill
22-24 Thanksgiving Break

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Update for October 3rd, 2017

We are excited to start the Global Read Aloud this week. After we read the first three chapters of Fenway and Hattie we will create a Padlet with our partner class in Indiana. This week we will discuss the change in setting from a city to a suburb. We will also learn about making text connections through various books. On Thursday, we will help our preschool buddies choose appropriate books from the Book Fair and on Friday we will have an opportunity to make our own wish lists. In math, we will test our number sense on Tuesday. This will include such things as missing addends, fact families, using these related facts to solve problems, and in/out boxes. Next we will move on to place value in 6 digit numbers. Don’t forget to practice multiplication facts; this week we will focus on 5s and 10s. The times tables are located in the back of the math journals. We have been conducting lots of science experiments in class and will put our scientific skills to work when we test on Thursday. Don’t’ forget, study guides are meant to communicate SOL requirements with parents, while the interactive journals should be used daily to help review for tests. After the scientific investigation test, we will switch back to social studies as we explore maps and globes.

Homework this week will be a little different. For the “stop & jots” students will have a text connection sheet. We will also be sending home “reading and math boxes”. All third graders have been introduced to these in class so they should be familiar with both. These sheets will not be due until Fridays. Families can choose what works best for their schedules in order for these to be completed by then.

Image result for permission slips needed clipartPlease sign and return the permission slip for the poster contest. Students will be creating their posters at school, but need your signatures in order to enter them into the contest. If you need another form please let us know.Look for field trip forms to be coming home soon! Our first field trip will be on Tuesday, October 31st. We will be going to Maymont to learn more about animals, adaptations, and ecosystems. We have also planned for 4 in-class lessons from Young Scientists. These will be spread throughout the year, beginning in November.Do you know your students have many online resources at their fingertips?  Your students have been given thier usernames and passwords for the resources that we have begun using.  Please let us know if you have difficulty accessing resources at home or have any questions.  Please support and collaborate with us in teaching your students safe and responsible use of these online resources.  Please feel free to explore our resources with your students, too. Personal password should never be shared and should be only used by you and your student. Online resources that require additional passwords to access can be found on the online resource page of my blog. Please find the link to most of our online resources below.
https://sites.google.com/site/kaechelelibrary/ONLINE-RESOURCES

Reading:
Making Text Connections (Text to Self, Text to Text, Text to World)
Visiting the Book Fair Preview
Kick off to the Global Read Aloud

English:
Vocabulary
Plural Nouns

Math:
5s and 10s multiplication facts
Quiz on Friday, October 6th
Number Sense (Addition/Subtraction Strategies and Properties)
Test on Tuesday, October 3rd

Science:
Scientific Investigations (making observations, tools, classification, scientific method)
Test on Thursday, October 5th

Social Studies:
Maps & Globes

OCTOBER
3      Number Sense Math Test
3      KES Parent Orientation-What don’t you know about KES? 6:00-6:30
5      Scientific Investigations Test
6      Quiz on 5s and 10s Multiplication Facts
6      Mr. Kaechele Day (wear blue)
9      ½ day for students; dismissal at 11:00 AM
10-13 Scholastic Book Fair after school; 2:30-6:00 PM
13    Fall Festival and close out for book fair; 4:30-7:00 PM
18    Place Value Test      
20    Fall Pictures (individual and class picture)
24    Geography Test
25    PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle; 2:00-9:00 PM
30    Spooktacular!
31    Field Trip to Maymont

NOVEMBER
6      Parent Conferences; 2:30-6:00 PM
7      Student Holiday
7      Parent Conferences; 7:30 AM-11:00 AM
9      Young Scientists: Ecosystems
10    Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus; 8:30 AM
21    Cafeteria Signal Blue Drill
22-24 Thanksgiving Break

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Week of October 2nd

We are excited to start our new read aloud this week, Fenway and Hattie. After we read the first three chapters of Fenway and Hattie.  We will also learn about making text connections through various books. We will have the opportunity to visit the book fair and make wish lists Thursday.   In math, we will test our number sense on Tuesday. This will include such things as missing addends, fact families, using these related facts to solve problems, and in/out boxes. Next we will move on to place value in 6 digit numbers. Don’t forget to practice multiplication facts; this week we will focus on 5s and 10s. The times tables are located in the back of the math journals. We have been conducting lots of science experiments in class and will put our scientific skills to work when we test on Thursday. Don’t’ forget, study guides are meant to communicate SOL requirements with parents, while the interactive journals should be used daily to help review for tests. After the scientific investigation test, we will switch back to social studies as we explore maps and globes.

Homework this week will be a little different. For the “stop & jots” students will have a text connection sheet. We will also be sending home “reading and math boxes”. All third graders have been introduced to these in class so they should be familiar with both. These sheets will not be due until Fridays. Families can choose what works best for their schedules in order for these to be completed by then.

Image result for permission slips needed clipartPlease sign and return the permission slip for the poster contest. Students will be creating their posters at school, but need your signatures in order to enter them into the contest. If you need another form please let us know.Look for field trip forms to be coming home soon! Our first field trip will be on Tuesday, October 31st. We will be going to Maymont to learn more about animals, adaptations, and ecosystems. We have also planned for 4 in-class lessons from Young Scientists. These will be spread throughout the year, beginning in November.Do you know your students have many online resources at their fingertips?  Your students have been given their usernames and passwords for the resources that we have begun using.  Please let us know if you have difficulty accessing resources at home or have any questions.  Please support and collaborate with us in teaching your students safe and responsible use of these online resources.  Please feel free to explore our resources with your students, too. Personal password should never be shared and should be only used by you and your student. Please find the link to most of our online resources below.
https://sites.google.com/site/kaechelelibrary/ONLINE-RESOURCES

Reading:
Making Text Connections (Text to Self, Text to Text, Text to World)
Visiting the Book Fair Preview

English:
Vocabulary
Plural Nouns

Math:
5s and 10s multiplication facts
Quiz on Friday, October 6th
Number Sense (Addition/Subtraction Strategies and Properties)
Test on Tuesday, October 3rd

Science:
Scientific Investigations (making observations, tools, classification, scientific method)
Test on Thursday, October 5th

Social Studies:
Maps & Globes

OCTOBER
3      Number Sense Math Test
3      KES Parent Orientation-What don’t you know about KES? 6:00-6:30
5      Scientific Investigations Test
6      Quiz on 5s and 10s Multiplication Facts
6      Mr. Kaechele Day (wear blue)
9      ½ day for students; dismissal at 11:00 AM
10-13 Scholastic Book Fair after school; 2:30-6:00 PM
13    Fall Festival and close out for book fair; 4:30-7:00 PM

18    Place Value Test      
20    Fall Pictures (individual and class picture)
24    Geography Test
25    PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle; 2:00-9:00 PM
30    Spooktacular!
31    Field Trip to Maymont

NOVEMBER
6      Parent Conferences; 2:30-6:00 PM
7      Student Holiday
7      Parent Conferences; 7:30 AM-11:00 AM
9      Young Scientists: Ecosystems
10    Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus; 8:30 AM
21    Cafeteria Signal Blue Drill
22-24 Thanksgiving Break

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Week of September 25

We are enjoying getting to know our students better personally and academically and hope to be finished with our F&P assessments by the end of the week. On Friday, we will have our first MAPS assessment for reading. These scores, along with our one-on-one results will help to give us a clear picture as to the best reading group placement for your child. In math, we will discuss various strategies in order to improve number sense. Number sense essentially refers to a student’s “fluidity and flexibility with numbers. We are also starting to learn our multiplication facts. Many of our students have an innate ability to take apart and put numbers together, but for those who are still struggling with basic facts, this unit should help to strengthen their mathematical thinking. Last week, we introduced the identity and zero property of multiplication. In the back of our math journals are these times tables. This week we will introduce doubles and the 2-times table. There will be a quiz on 0s, 1s, and 2s multiplication facts on Friday. We have begun to discuss scientific investigation in science and are looking forward to putting these skills to use as we perform some hands on experiments in class.

Image result for swcdOn Monday, September 25th, Lindy Durham came in to speak to all 3rd graders about a national poster contest. The annual Conservation Poster Contest provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The poster contest theme follows the annual National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Stewardship theme. The Stewardship title for this year is “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!” which directly relates to one of our science units of study. Students will be creating their posters at school, but will need your signatures in order to enter them into the contest. We will be sending these forms home to get your permission to enter. Winners at the local level will advance to a state competition. Winners of the state competition are sent to the National Association of Conservation Districts for a national competition.
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As stated earlier, our first MAPS assessment will be this Friday. The math MAPS will be next Monday. Please know that these are used as a measure of individual student growth. The only thing your child needs to do to prepare is get a good night’s sleep and have a nutritious breakfast. If an answer is correct, the questions will become more challenging. When a student misses an answer, the questions will adjust to move down a level. As teachers, our goal will be to pinpoint the areas of your child’s strengths and areas that need improvement. By focusing on these areas, we will be able to guide all students in order to improve upon these skills and show growth via these MAPS assessments. We will be able to share individual information regarding these results when we meet for parent teacher conferences in November.Reading:
Questioning in Fiction
Reading Accuracy and Fluency
Fountas & Pinnell Assessments

English:
Vocabulary
Nouns (common, proper, compound)

Math:
0s, 1s, and 2s multiplication facts
Quiz on Friday, September 29th
Number Sense (Addition/Subtraction Strategies and Properties)
Test on Tuesday, October 3rd

Science:
Scientific Investigations (making observations, tools, classification, scientific method)
Test on Thursday, October 5th

SEPTEMBER

25      Visit from Lindy Durham/Soil Conservation Poster Project
28      Watch DOG Kick-Off Event; 6:00-8:00 PM
29      3rd Grade MAPS Reading Test
29      Quiz on 0s, 1s, and 2s multiplication facts

OCTOBER
2        3rd Grade MAPS Math Test
3        Number Sense Math Test
3        KES Parent Orientation-What don’t you know about KES? 6:00-6:30
5        Scientific Investigations Test
9        ½ day for students; dismissal at 11:00 AM
10-13 Scholastic Book Fair after school; 2:30-6:00 PM
13      Fall Festival and close out for book fair; 4:30-7:00 PM
20      Fall Pictures (individual and class picture)
25      PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle; 2:00-9:00 PM   *This is a change.*
30      Readers’ Theater; 12:45 PM
30      Spooktacular!
31      Field Trip to Maymont

NOVEMBER
6        Parent Conferences; 2:30-6:00 PM
7        Parent Conferences; 7:30 AM-11:00 AM
10     Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus; 8:30 AM

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Week of September 18

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This week we will continue using Fountas and Pinnell to complete one-on-one reading assessments with all of the students. This will give us your students guided reading levels and allow us to differentiate reading groups.  In math, we will move from charts, tally marks, bar graphs and pictographs to line plots. Today we took our first PA assessment to help us get ready for our test tomorrow. Answer sheets were sent home along with a letter explaining this program. This would be a good way to study at home, especially if your child missed some of the answers. Our citizenship and government test is tomorrow, September 19th. Then we will shift to scientific investigation as we learn what it takes to be a good scientist.

If it seems like we’re moving fast, we are! Third grade is full of content that students are expected to master in a short amount of time in preparation for SOLs. Teachers are also required to get ten grades in each subject area. Please know we will not have a test or quiz until we are confident the material has been sufficiently taught. Thanks for your support in helping students review a little each night and get the proper rest and nutritious diet they need to help them succeed. We look forward to a great year working together!

Reading:
Predictions
Questioning in Fiction
Fountas & Pinnell Assessments

English:
Vocabulary
Articles

Math:
Graphing Data (line plots)
Test on Friday, September 22nd

Social Studies:
Citizenship & Government
Test on Tuesday, September 19th

Science:
Scientific Investigations (making observations, tools, classification)

SEPTEMBER
19   Citizenship & Government Test
21   ½ day of school for students; dismissal at 11:00 AM
21   Peace Day assembly; 9:15 AM
22   Graphing Test
22   Classroom Book Orders DUE
28   Watch DOG Kick-Off Event; 6:00-8:00 PM
29   3rd Grade MAPS Reading Test

OCTOBER
2    3rd Grade MAPS Math Test
3    KES Parent Orientation-What don’t you know about KES? 6:00-6:30
9    ½ day for students; dismissal at 11:00 AM
10-13 Scholastic Book Fair after school; 2:30-6:00 PM
13   Fall Festival and close out for book fair; 4:30-7:00 PM
20   Fall Pictures (individual and class picture)
25   PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle; 2:00-9:00 PM   *This is a change

NOVEMBER
6     Parent Conferences; 2:30-6:00 PM
7     Parent Conferences; 7:30 AM-11:00 AM
10   Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus; 8:30 AM

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