Short Week Coming Up

It was another week of good moments.  The students did a terrific job singing their Thanksgiving songs and reciting their poetic lines as a part of Tuesday’s PTA performance.  We have all enjoyed participating in Spirit Week as we dressed in crazy outfits or walked around with messy hair.  More importantly, the students have shown a lot of generosity collecting toiletry items for the homeless as we support this month’s SCA benevolent project.  Our novel studies have started off with a bang, and the students seem to be enjoying the change of pace.  They also enjoyed our Dome Theater movie treat on Friday as well.

In Your Child’s Bookbag this Week:

  • The PTA has sent out a half sheet explaining a month-long fund raiser going on until December 14th.
  • The bright yellow slip explains our Encore Presentation of “A Turkey of a Tale” on Tuesday, November 25th at 1:30 pm.
  • Rubber-banded together, your student should be bringing home their graded papers from the first nine weeks.  On Friday, the students enjoyed looking back at activities we completed during the first quarter.  They then selected three of their best pieces of evidence to start their 3rd grade portfolio.  Each student completed a Self-Evaluation looking back on areas where they did well as we started the year and areas where they hope to make improvement in the coming marking period.  All of these papers are now yours to do with what you wish.

Quick Look at Next Week

  • We only have two days…Monday and Tuesday…before Thanksgiving Break!
  • We will continue with our novel studies and take a word study test on Tuesday.  In science, we will review life cycles covered in previous grades, and in math, we will continue practicing with length, weight, and temperature.  And in light of the impending holiday, we will, of course, enjoy a few holiday themed activities.

Happy Weekend!!!


Proud Teacher!

I was very impressed with the work the students did this week as they worked cross-curriculum to hone their research and reporting skills as they wrapped up our study of habitats and animal adaptations.  Thanks to Mrs. Hedrick for her assistance as the students explored One Search and collaborated on Google Drive.  I’m looking forward to hearing the students present on Monday!  The students also did a nice job with our flexible schedule this week and showed excellent behavior during our Veterans Day Assembly.  And to top it off, our class received great reports from all resource teachers this week!  Let’s keep it up!

Looking ahead:

  • NOVEL STUDIES:  Starting on Monday, all third grade students will be split into four different groups for our first novel study.  Each third grade teacher will lead students through one of four books: Henry and Ribsy, The War with Grandpa, The Cricket in Times Square, or The Landry News.  During the three-week study, students should expect daily classwork, four comprehension quizzes, and a final test.
  • MATH: Our measurement unit will continue as we look at customary and metric units for weight and mass.  Students can expect to work with vocabulary such as pound, ounce, grams, and kilograms.
  • WRITING: Students will continue working through their word study lists, and we will talk about persuasive writing as students put themselves in a turkey’s talons during the Thanksgiving season.  We will also take another look at The Lost Kitten story that students struggled to punctuate last week.
  • SCIENCE:  We will begin another science unit looking at earth’s resources as well as plant and animal cycles.

And finally, we are looking forward to entertaining you with our Thanksgiving Musical Tuesday night at the PTA Meeting.  Please join us in the MPR at 7:00 pm on November 18th.

Happy Friday!

It was a nice four-day week with productive parent-teacher conferences, a wonderful community service and career enrichment, and continued progress as we worked through the curriculum.  I was very proud of the students who were awarded the Golden Shoe for the first nine weeks, showing responsibility of wearing their tennis shoes regularly on PE days.  After running a combined 18 miles during Success Week, our class brought in 174 items for the food bank collection.  Students in room 19 were also very proud to donate several gallon-sized bags of candy for the troops.  All in all, it was a great week of community service, one that I hope the students remember not for the prizes or title they might earn, but for the people they are helping.

Coming home today:

  • Square One Art: Please read over the packet that came home with your student if you are interested in ordering items with your child’s artwork.
  • Gator Gobbler Walk/Run: Check out the yellow flyer about a fun exercise opportunity coming up toward the end of the month.
  • Graded papers include book report rubrics, money tests, and several editing sheets.  The students were given some time on Thursday to make corrections on their money tests in order to earn points back on their final grade.  The two practice editing stories are to be reviewed over the weekend.  Students will be given a similar story on Monday for a grade.

The plan for next week:

  • Our Veteran’s Day Assembly is Tuesday, November 11th at 8:30 am.  Please feel free to join us for a special speaker, sing-along, and slideshow of the many veteran’s in our lives.
  • We will begin our math unit on measurement.  As we will be working with both customary and metric units, the more you can make measurement connections in daily conversation, the more confident your child will feel in class.
  • Students will be put into groups of three as they put their new knowledge of ecosystem vocabulary into practice.  We will spend time in the library researching the various organisms that live around the world and the adaptations they use to hunt, hide, and survive.
  • We will wrap up our work with “Wild Shots” and other animal texts before our Novel Study Unit that will begin November 17th.  Students should expect a quiz on Thursday.

Happy Pumpkin Day!

The students have worked hard all week on their book report mobiles.  Each day, we read a seasonal short story to highlight the different sections of their book reports and demonstrate how they should be writing about their own book selections.  I was very pleased with the way that many of the students came to school prepared to type, used their time wisely on the computers, and creatively illustrated the setting, main character, and favorite scenes.  They were all eager to complete their projects and hang the mobiles above their desks.  We have also spent a good portion of the week continuing to practice counting coins and making change.  Students worked through math stations and were challenged by a couple of Math Maven Mysteries.  Delving into our animal unit, students have been introduced to a lot of new vocabulary this week as we lay the foundation for an upcoming science research project.  We continue to have busy days, and I hope the students are finding them interesting and exciting as well!

Coming home today:

  • MAPS Scores - Each child is receiving a sealed envelope in which you will find a letter explaining the test taken back in the first few weeks of school as well as your child’s scores.  I will be happy to discuss any questions you might have at conferences next week.
  • Move Your Feet Slips - These half sheets of paper are to inform you of your child’s participation in the Success Week Run.  You are encouraged to make a donation to our Can Food Drive next week.  Thanks to those families who have already sent in several items.
  • Veterans’ Day Assembly - Mrs. Roye is looking to see if any family members will be in attendance at our Assembly in a couple weeks.  Please see her blue letter for more details.
  • PICTURES - Those of you who pre-ordered fall pictures will be receiving a package.  For anyone who was absent or would like to retake their pictures, make-ups will be on Thursday, November 13th.  If you are not pleased with the original pictures, you will need to return the package in order to have them retaken.

Looking ahead to next week:

  • We will return to our READING textbook, looking at a non-fiction selection, “Wild Shots,” as a supplement to our current work in science.
  • I have decided to bump our MATH Money Test back to Wednesday.  We will wrap up our review on Monday, take our assessment on the 5th, and then spend some time looking at patterns.
  • Our SCIENCE unit on animals will continue as we begin discussing structural adaptations, make a distinction between instincts and learned behaviors, and discuss defense mechanisms.
  • We will continue to press forward with our WORD STUDY units.  With next week’s holiday, students will take their tests on Wednesday and receive new words on Thursday.  The following week will return to our regular schedule.
  • CONFERENCES are next Tuesday, November 4th (also a student holiday).  Many of you have already signed up for a time slot, and I look forward to meeting with you.  If you would still like to schedule a conference, please use Sign-Up Genius to do so.

Happy Friday!

The students did a phenomenal job this week of dressing up in the spirit of “Color My Plate!”  It was so much fun to see the creativity of outfits as we dressed in a different color each day.  I took some pictures that I hope to have uploaded along with many other shots from the classroom soon.  This week, students also worked hard on several new concepts as we have reviewed money values and begun counting change.  I even challenged the students with some higher amounts on Friday.  We also began our review of animal habitats as we move into our larger science unit that will deal with animal environments, adaptations, and roles in food webs.  Students did a nice job showing what they know on the Geography Test and we have had several discussions about diversity and appreciating our differences.

Coming home today in the red folders are just the graded papers from the week…no extra flyers or announcements.  Of course, if you have red bricks from last week, please feel free to still send them in for our Veteran’s Day Assembly in a couple of weeks.

Looking ahead to next week, here’s what to expect:

  • In Reading, we will be assembling our Fiction Mobiles.  Each student should bring in a coat hanger on Monday.  We will discuss in detail the week’s homework as we partner together to create the reports.  Students will be assigned one paragraph a night to write.  Then, at school the next day, they will be able to type and check for spelling, as well as illustrate each section.  On Thursday, we will put all the pieces together, and on Friday, students will share their mobiles with the class.  For extra fun, they are encouraged to dress up as the main character on Friday as well.
  • In Science, we will continue to look at animal populations with some further reading in the textbook and exploration activities.
  • We will continue working with money in Math, practicing adding, subtracting, making change, and solving word problems.  Students can expect the Money Test the following Monday, November 3rd.
  • As we wrap up the last week in October, students will also complete a few seasonal activities which allow them to share a bit more of their creative side.

Hope everyone enjoys the weekend…I know I’m hoping the pretty weather keeps up!

Happy Friday!

We have made it through another week in third grade!!  The students earned some pretty high praises from their special guests this week.  Mrs. Young was very impressed with their behavior and willingness to explore as they talked about food chains and dissected owl pellets. Students were very excited to find whole skulls and other bone fragments that I hope they shared with you on Wednesday.  A link is now available on the Helpful Links page for students to show you a virtual demonstration of what we did in class. Mr. Favale was also pleased with their ability to follow directions and be creative as the students practiced labeling hemispheres on their Pixie Pumpkins.  We are working to upload them all into a slideshow to share soon.  Gayton resource teachers also had nice things to say each day when I picked the students up.  All in all, I would say it was a successful week!

In Today’s Red Folder:

  • A letter from Mrs. Roye about our Veterans’ Bricks Tradition where we line the hallway with pictures of family members that have served our country proudly.  Please let me know if you need additional bricks.
  • A bright yellow note from Mrs. Wright highlighting information about next week’s success week.  In the spirit of eating right, students are encouraged to wear a different color of their “food plate” each day next week.  Monday is Blue, Tuesday is Green, Wednesday is Orange, Thursday is Purple, and Friday is Red.

Looking Ahead to Next Week:

  • Students will read Pepita Talks Twice and complete activities both in reading comprehension and exploration of diversity.  Along the lines of reading, students should also be wrapping up their book report selections and filling out the orange chart, as we will be creating our book reports the week of Oct. 27th!
  • Our social studies unit on Geography will close with a Unit Test on Tuesday.  Midweek, we will begin our next science unit on Living Systems which includes animal adaptations, food webs, and ecosystems.
  • Word Study will continue as normal.  Students are to choose three activities through the course of the week to practice their words and sorts at home.  A test will be given on Tuesday and new words distributed on Wednesday.
  • In Math, students will have a quick review of money values as we move into purchasing and making changes for values of $5 or less.  Anyone who has an extra set of ads from the newspaper and is willing to send them in, I will gladly take them on Monday.  Thanks!

Thanks also to those that responded about our first Enrichment.  Someone from the third grade team will be in touch soon.  Also, if you still have that yellow form from our Room Parents, please send that in by Monday.  Hope that you all enjoy the weekend! The weather looks beautiful today!

Un a Dix!

We’ve made it to another Friday and we have finished counting to 10 in French on the 10th day of the 10th month!  Students enjoyed our trip to the Math Science Innovation Center where they examined bones as well as several preserved animals.  Many of them really enjoyed the “Touch Tank” where they could actually hold a number of sea invertebrates.  We have spent some time this week looking at the vocabulary associated with maps and globes and we discussed author’s purpose as it relates to our story Turtle Bay. Students had the opportunity to play several rounding and place value games on the computer in stations this week.  Feel free to check the post below for some of the links.  Next week promises to have a few more new adventures as we continue our way toward the end of the first marking period…can you believe we’re already more than half way there?

Coming home today:

  • There is a yellow flyer from our room parents.  Please make note of the dates included and return the form by next Friday.  Thanks so much to our three moms who have volunteered to help organize the fun this year!
  • A flyer previewing the Book Fair came home.  It will begin toward the end of next week.  Students can expect to pay a visit once it is all set up.

Looking ahead to next week:

  • Monday is a Student Holiday!
  • Tuesday, students should be prepared for their Word Study test.  Three activities are also due.  Some time was given Friday morning for work on the third activity.  I told the students today that they will receive multiple choice boards throughout the year with varying activities.  They have the choice of which activities to complete, as the point of these activities is to help the students study.  I simply ask that there are three separate activities each week.
  • Wednesday, we will experience our first Young Scientist lesson on Animals Adaptations.  It will be a great connection between our MSiC lesson this past week and our upcoming science unit in a couple weeks.
  • Thursday, students will take their place value test.  I have been stretching them a bit in our class practice and rotations.  The test will cover the two typed pages of notes in their journals, identifying place values in six-digit numbers, writing numbers in their three forms, rounding to the nearest tens, hundreds, and thousands, and comparing numbers using >,<, or =.
  • We will continue our social studies unit on geography (test the following week), work on a few seasonal writing assignments, and practice more with the author’s purpose in several texts relating to Turtle Bay.  Students should also be working on reading their fictional stories and completing the story element chart in preparation for their October Book Report.  Please check out the Documents tab for more information.

Please enjoy the long weekend!