Newsletter 10/16/17 and 10/23/17

Third Grade Newsletter

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dear Families,

Here is your classroom update:

 

Reading:  This week students will read and make meaning from My Rows and Piles of Coins by Tololwa M. Mollel.  Students will focus on genre, setting, character traits, and vocabulary.  Reading this week will also include the current Scholastic News (Paw Prints).   We’ll focus on problem and solution.  We will also continue reading, discussing, and writing poetry.

Spelling: This week’s spelling words include vowel sounds in out and toy.   The word list is on the back of this sheet, and is on the school’s website. The spelling test is scheduled for Friday, October 20, 2017.

 Science: We are continuing to work with our school’s new science program on our first unit: weather. This week we will continue to work on our simulations of floods and wind and how to best protect houses from these weather events.  This week we will also be taking a quiz on what we’ve learned so far.

Writing: This week, students will be writing their stories with an autumnal setting.  Students will be using the Writing Diamond to help them set up their stories.  Students will then be given a chance to continue to work on their “choice” writing and to write and share poetry.

Math: In math this week we’ll continue to work on multiplication and division.  This week we’ll be taking a few quizzes to show what we’ve learned.  Remember, the timed math multiplication test won’t count in your child’s math grade until next marking period, we’re just looking for improvement.  Related math homework will be given M, Tu, W, and Th.

 

Be sure to ask your student about each of these areas of academic focus.  Your child is encouraged to do independent reading (about 20 minutes an evening) and to write in their Writer’s Notebook (directions are on the website for each of these activities).  Please contact me if you have concerns – and thanks for your support!

 

Sincerely,

Meg Bakken

 

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Third Grade Newsletter

Monday, October 23, 2017

Dear Families,

Here is your classroom update:

Remember: Friday is WILD WEST SPIRIT DAY!

Reading:  This week students will read and make meaning from Penguin Chick by Betty Tatham.  Students will focus on genre, context clues, main idea/supporting details, and vocabulary.  Reading this week will also include the current Scholastic News.  We will also continue reading, discussing, and writing poetry.

Spelling: This week’s spelling words include words containing the syllable pattern V/CV and VC/V.   The word list is on the back of this sheet, and is on the school’s website. The spelling test is scheduled for Friday, October 27, 2017.

 Science: We are continuing to work with our school’s new science program on our first unit: weather. This week we will continue to work on our simulations of wind and how to best protect houses from these weather events.  This week we will also be taking a quiz on what we’ve learned so far.

Writing: This week, students will be working on their stories with a fall setting.  We are hoping to share them on October 31, and then send them home to share with you. Students are using the Writing Diamond to help them set up their stories.  Students will then be given a chance to continue to work on their “choice” writing and to write and share poetry.

Math: In math this week we’ll continue to work on multiplication and division.   We’ll introduce different properties this week (commutative property of addition, commutative property of multiplication, associative property of addition, associative property of multiplication, identity property of addition, identity property of multiplication, and the zero property of multiplication) , try some tricky and more complicated math problems, and take the unit 1 test.  Our next unit will be measurement (including time, distance, volume).  Remember, the monthly timed math multiplication test won’t count in your child’s math grade until next marking period, we’re just looking for improvement.  Students should be studying their multiplication facts at home a little each evening.  Related math homework will be given M, Tu, W, and Th.

Be sure to ask your student about each of these areas of academic focus.  Your child is encouraged to do independent reading (about 20 minutes an evening) and to write in their Writer’s Notebook (directions are on the website for each of these activities).  Please contact me if you have concerns – and thanks for your support!

 

Sincerely,

Meg Bakken