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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Week of 10/1/18

It is hard to believe we are able to start October already!

I wanted to clarify the expectations on homework. There is nightly reading and then there is usually a worksheet for math and reading each night.

Don’t forget that the fundraiser is due October 5th.

Fall after school enrichment clubs start October 3rd, if your child was selected don’t forget to arrange transportation.

This week in reading we will continue to work on asking and answering questions about the texts they are reading. Students will also learn about  prefixes and suffixes. 

In math last week, we slowed down to really focus on strengthening the student’s place value skills so we didn’t start comparing numbers. We will be comparing numbers this week as well as putting three numbers in order from least to greatest. Then students will begin practicing rounding. We do not have a rounding rhyme we use, we talk about rounding using a number line. This is how it will be explained Gr 3 Rounding Strategies. They will have a test on place value, comparing and rounding on October 10th.

In writing, we are still working on personal narratives. Students have reviewed that sentence starts with a capital letter and different punctuation marks can be used for different kinds of sentences. This week, students will learn how to answer questions in a complete sentence by restating part of the question.

In social studies, students will review the names and locations of the 7 continents and 5 oceans  (on the map below, there should be the Southern Ocean above Antarctica) as well as the equator, prime meridian and hemispheres.

 

Enjoy your weekend and have a great week!

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Week of 9/24/18

Hello families!

Some important dates this week include the reading MAPs test on Wednesday and the math MAPs test on Friday. There was a letter that went home explaining these tests.

If you haven’t done so already, please send in the $8.00 for the magazines that the students will use this year.

Sign up for November conferences to discuss your child’s progress, if you’d prefer a phone conference just let me know.

The homework packets will be given on Mondays and won’t be due until Friday. In addition to the packets, encourage your child to read for 20 minutes.

Make sure you are checking your child’s folders for graded assignments on Fridays. You can use PowerSchool to check your child’s grades. There is also a checklist in their folders that will be updated on Friday with areas of behavior and performance concerns.

In reading this week, students will work on asking and answering questions about the books they are reading. 

In math, we will continue to explore place value by reading and writing 6 digit numbers in standard form, word form base ten block and expanded form. Here is a game that your child can use to practice. Then students will begin comparing numbers. Here is a game to practice comparing numbers.

In science, students will explore the relationship between plants and animals in a food chain. They will be able to identify which animals are herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Enjoy your week!

 

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Week of 9/17/18

I hope you are enjoying your unexpected three day weekend.

Don’t forget that Wednesday is a half day. Dismissal will start at 11. If there are any changes to your child’s transportation, please send a written note.

Sign up for November conferences to discuss your child’s progress, if you’d prefer a phone conference just let me know.

In reading this week students will learn about making connections to texts. This includes text to self, other books and the world around them. Encourage your child to relate to their own books they are reading at home.

In math, we will be reviewing graphing in preparation for the test on Tuesday. If you would like to have your child practice their bar graph or pictograph skills they can by following the links.  On Thursday, the students will learn how to read and write 3 and 4 digit numbers. They will also be able to name the places and identify the value in each place. Below is a chart we will be using in class.

We will be starting Science this week. Students will learn different animal adaptations. They will learn the physical adaptations like camouflage and mimicry as well as behavioral adaptions like migration and hibernation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

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Week of 9/10/18

We made it through our first week! I am so grateful to have met all of these wonderful students.

Please join us at Back to School Night on Tuesday September 11th from either 6:00-6:40 OR 6:50-7:30.

I wanted to make sure you knew our daily schedule.

7:20-7:40 Morning Routine and Math Journal
7:40-7:45- Announcements
7:45-8:00 Morning Meeting
8:00-8:30- Reading Whole Group
8:30-9:30- Reading Small Group
9:30-10:00- Word Work
10:00-10:30-Writing
10:30-11:00 Recess
11:00-12:00 Math
12:00-12:30 I/E
12:35-1:05- Lunch
1:00-1:30- Social Studies OR Science
1:35-2:05- Resource (Mondays-Music; Tuesday- Art; Wednesday-Library; Thursday and Friday-PE)
2:05-2:20 Dismissal

Next week in math, we are continuing to talk graphing.  They will have a graphing test on Friday. Please review with them the notes they have in their notebooks.

In reading, we will be talking about making predictions about the story before reading, during reading and after reading. Students will practice confirming and revising their predictions as well.

In Social Studies, we will continue to discuss citizenship, as well as learn about the president. Students will have a citizenship test on Thursday. Please review the vocabulary words they have in their journals. They will also learn about being a digital citizen on the computer.

In writing we will focus on writing in complete sentences and writing a paragraph about one topic.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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