Week of January 14th 2019

Ms. Smith and I  wanted to share some exciting news! We are lucky to have a third teacher join our classroom. Ms. Holden joined our class after winter break.

Stay tuned for information about PAW achievement coming home soon.

Important dates:
Math summative test- 11/17
No school 1/21- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Reading Benchmark- 1/23 and 1/24 it will be taken over the course of two days
1/25 End of the 2nd marking period
1/28 No school
Math Benchmark- 2/7 and 2/8 it will be taken over the course of two days.
2/11- Report Cards sent home

In math this week, students will learn how to calculate elapsed time. They will also learn some rules for multiplication (times zero and times one)

In reading, students will continue to work on comprehension of fiction and nonfiction texts.

In writing, students will work on writing an informational letter.

In social studies, students will finish studying Ancient Mali and will have a test on Wednesday.

Comments

January 3rd

I hope everyone had a safe and fun winter break.

Student’s homework this week is just to read, the weekly packet will continue next week as usual.

In reading, students will review reference material and when to use each.

 They will also practice a summarizing technique called Somebody, wanted, but, so, then This helps students come up with a concise summary without adding too much detail.

In writing, students will think about their purpose of their writing; to entertain or inform. They will review homophones, synonyms, and antonyms.

In math, students will review area and perimeter using cheese-its and by creating a minecraft or robot and calculating the area and perimeter of their own design.

In social studies, students will continue to learn about the contributions of Ancient Greece and Rome. They will take a quiz on this on Monday of next week.

Have a great short week and weekend!

Comments

December update

It is hard to believe we have made it to December.

Today, students are taking their NWEA MAPS test for reading. Next week, they will take their NWEA MAPs test for math.

Winter Break is from December 20th-Jan 2nd – Enjoy this time off with family. Encourage your child to still read. They can still use Moby Max at home.

In reading this month, students are continuing to work on finding the main idea and supporting details of fiction and nonfiction texts. This is a difficult skill for students, have your child practice this at home by discussing their nightly reading.

In math, students are working on the measurement unit. They have already explored and measured the length of objects using inches, feet, yards as well as meters and centimeters. They will work on estimating the amount of liquid different containers can hold using cups, pints, quarts, gallons as well as liters and milliliters. Next week they will explore the idea of area and perimeter.

Check out our YouTube channel with videos on how to do third grade math: Math Videos

In writing, students are continuing to work on writing complete paragraphs on one topic. They are asked to include transition words, correct punctuation, and details.

In science students have explored the interdependency of living things (the relationship between plants and animals and how they help each other survive).

Next week in social studies, students will learn about the contributions of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Students will learn about how Greece influenced how we run our government with democracy, created column(Parthenon), pottery and the Olympics. Students will learn how Rome influenced government through having representatives, created arches (Colosseum and aqueducts-water pipes), and mosaic art.

Have a wonderful few weeks before break!

 

Comments

November Update

This update is for the rest of November

Monday, November 19th, is picture day. Students will take their picture around 11:30/

Awards ceremony is Tuesday November 20th at 1:10.

Report cards will be distributed on Tuesday November 20.

Fall Break is November 21st-November 25th. Enjoy your time off!

Wednesday November 28th is our field trip to the Science Museum. Make sure you have sent in your child’s permission slip and $17.

In reading, students will work on identifying the main idea and details for the next few weeks. This is tricky for students to do. Encourage them to using supporting details to defend the main idea of the fiction or nonfiction story.

This week in math, students will more about division. Division is very visual, just like multiplication.

The week after students will work on measuring length with yards, feet, inches, meters and centimeters. 

In writing, students are working on revising and editing their own work. They will practice adding transition words to make their writing flow better. They will also practice editing using commas and contractions.

In social studies, students will learn about the first Thanksgiving and why Americans celebrate it.

In science, students will learn about the negative effects humans have on the quality of air, water, and habitats. They will have a quiz on Friday November 30th.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Comments

week of November 12th

Important dates:

PAW achievement field trip- November 12th
Fall Picture Day-Nov 19
Classroom award ceremony November 20th 1:30-2
Report Card Distribution-Nov 20
Thanksgiving Holiday-Nov 21-23
Field Trip to Science Museum- Nov 28th

In reading, students will identify the problem and solution of fiction stories. Encourage your child to discuss the characters, problem and solution of the books they are reading daily.

In math, students will continue to investigate the models of multiplication. They will solve real life word problems. Students will also learn that multiplication and division are inversely related.

In writing, students will continue to write in complete sentences with capitals at the beginning of sentences and proper punctuation. They will work on writing narrative stories using proper verb agreement, commas in a series as well as incorporating irregular vowel patterns.

In social studies, students will learn about the contributions of Ancient Egypt. They will have a test on Friday about Ancient China and Egypt. Here is the study guide.

Comments

Week of November 5th

Today is the last day of the first marking period.

Don’t forget to Sign up for November conferences You can look at grades on Power School Parent Portal to keep up with your child’s performance.

Here are some friendly reminders about upcoming dates: Student Holiday-Nov 6
Book Fair-Nov 2-9
Veteran’s Day Program-Nov 13
Fall Picture Day-Nov 19
Report Card Distribution-Nov 20
PTO Meeting and Evening Veteran’s Day Performance-Nov 27
Thanksgiving Holiday-Nov 21-23

In reading, students will be reading and comprehending fiction texts. They will think about predictions, the author’s purpose and comparing and contrasting the characters.

In math, students will be beginning multiplication. In third grade we use visuals to build the foundation of what multiplication means. We do not memorize facts or do the traditional algorithm.

In social studies, students will learn about the contributions of Ancient China and Ancient Egypt. These include the Great Wall, kites, fireworks, silk and compass from China and the pyramids, calendar, clock, papyrus and hieroglyphics.

Comments

Week of 10/29/18

Don’t forget to Sign up for November conferences You can look at grades on Power School Parent Portalto keep up with your child’s performance.

Homework packets are due by Friday.

Remember snacks sent in should be healthy and not messy.

Here are some friendly reminders about upcoming dates: Student Holiday-Nov 6
Book Fair-Nov 2-9
Veteran’s Day Program-Nov 13
Fall Picture Day-Nov 19
Report Card Distribution-Nov 20
PTO Meeting and Evening Veteran’s Day Performance-Nov 27
Thanksgiving Holiday-Nov 21-23

In reading this week students will investigate the differences between nonfiction and fiction. They will determine the difference between fact and opinion. Encourage your child to think about whether their book is fiction or nonfiction and have them describe how they know.

In math, students will be learning about repeating and growing patterns. This includes patterns with pictures and with numbers. Students will need to determine what the rule is for a pattern as well as extend the patterns. 

In science, students will continue working on their ecosystem research projects as well as where different ecosystems are found on a map.

In writing, students will continue to work on writing in complete sentences and forming paragraphs. They will also continue to work on ABC order. Students will learn about synonyms (words with similar meanings) and antonyms (words with opposite meanings).

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Enjoy your week!

Comments

Week of 10/22/18

Don’t forget to Sign up for November conferences You can look at grades on Power School Parent Portal to keep up with your child’s performance.

There is a flyer that came home about College and Career Awareness Week, have your child participate by doing the things on the flyer.

In reading, students will continue to read and comprehend nonfiction books. Encourage your child to think about whether their nightly reading is fiction or nonfiction. Make sure if they are reading nonfiction, you have them preview the text features to prepare their brain to learn new information. Students will work on putting words in ABC order to help understand guide words in a dictionary.

In math, students will continue to add and subtract. They will check to see if their answer makes sense by using estimation. You can have your child practice skills on their Moby Max accounts (login information was sent home a couple weeks ago).

In science, students will explore the relationships between plants and animals in deserts, grasslands, rain forests, forests, oceans, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, marshes and swamps. Each child will become an expert on one of those ecosystems and will present their knowledge to the class.

As always, let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for all that you do!

Comments

Week of 10/15/18

Tuesday, October 23rd is international night.

This week students are encouraged to wear their exercise clothes for heath and PE success week.

Students have their math test on place value, comparing and rounding tomorrow since we missed it last week.

In reading, students are continuing to look at nonfiction texts. They will use text features to preview information and they will answer various comprehension questions about what they have read.

In math, students will work on estimating the reasonableness of their answer. They will do this by rounding then solving the addition or subtraction problem. They will then work on figuring out if a word problem is asking them to add or subtract. We stay away from key words and rely more on visualizing what the problem is asking us to do. When it comes to actually solving addition and subtraction problems, we use multiple strategies to solve. Look for a video coming soon to show how we talk about solving problems.

In social studies, students will be identifying the location of continents, oceans and geographical features.

In writing, students are continuing to write in complete sentences about their made up animal with adaptations.

Enjoy your week!

Comments

Weekly update 10/8/18

Remember we do not have school this Monday October 8th.

Don’t forget to Sign up for November conferences.

This week in reading, students will be reading nonfiction texts. They will learn the purpose of different text features(headings, table of contents, index, glossary, body words, photographs). They will read and answer questions about functional formatted texts (directions, flyers, recipes). Encourage your child to read recipes with you and read the flyers that come home.

In writing they will be exposed to various homophones. They will also continue to practice writing in complete sentences.

In math, we will be reviewing place value, comparing numbers and rounding to prepare for the test on Friday. Please have your child study for this test.

In social studies, students will learn about the important geographical features on different continents. The picture below are the ones we will be studying.

 

Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning October 9 to October 26, 2018. As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates.  No referrals will be accepted after October 26.  Subject line of email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

Have a great weekend!

Comments

« Previous entries