Week of October 23rd, 2017

We enter our first full week of Quarter 2 ready to learn about:

  • Ancient Rome in History.
  • The human body in Science.
  • Multiplication and Division (facts only) in Math.
  • Little House on the Prairie, The Wind in the Willows, writing summaries and learning new vocabulary words in Literature.

Coming up:

  • The Tree poem recitation will be on October 31st. Please ensure your scholar is practicing reciting the poem.
  • Dress Like Your Favorite Literary Character Day on October 31st. The goal is for the students to dress up like a character from literature.  No pop culture (Harry Potter, Star Wars) is permitted.  We will be sending home those approved permission slips beginning Monday.

Recess:

We still have two recess breaks for the hard working scholars.  The only change that has occurred is that now two days a week, each class (in their 2 class groups) have access to the playground equipment after lunch.  This means that the morning recess for 3C and 3D has changed times.  3A and 3B remain the same.  All classes have recess together on Wednesdays on the field.

Participation:

Our team is now grading participation using the SLANT rubric.  These evaluations will go home every two weeks in the Black Graded Work folder.

CATEGORY 5 4 3 2 1
Sit up Student consistently sits in the scholarly position,  demonstrating all four requirements. (Head High, Feet Flat, Back Straight, Hands folded)

 

Student sits in the scholarly position, demonstrating at least three of the four parts. (Head High, Feet Flat, Back Straight, Hands Folded) Student sits in the scholarly position, but only demonstrates two of the four requirements.  (Head High, Feet Flat, Back Straight, Hands Folded) Student inconsistently sits in the scholarly position.

(Head High, Feet Flat, Back Straight, Hands Folded)

Student does not sit in the scholarly position.

(Head High, Feet Flat, Back Straight, Hands Folded)

Listen Politely Student listens carefully to others, waits patiently for a turn to speak, and is respectful of other points of view. Student listens to others, does not interrupt and generally accepts other points of view. Student listens to others, rarely interrupts, but does not indicate if they agree or disagree with a point of view. Student typically does not listen to others, interrupts frequently and/or is rude and intolerant of other points of view. Student is off task when others are speaking, including drawing, playing in desk.
Ask and Answer Questions Student takes an active role, (without prompting), in classroom discussions, contributing relevant and insightful comments as well as posing thoughtful questions. Student willingly participates in classroom discussions, offering useful and relevant comments. Student responds to teacher prompts during classroom discussions, but seldom volunteers. Comments are sometimes not relevant to the discussion. Student comments indicate little understanding of the topic being discussed. Student may or may not willingly respond to teacher prompts during classroom discussions, and never volunteers. Comments are seldom relevant to the discussion.
Nods for Understanding Student consistently demonstrates understanding (nodding, agreement signals) Student sometimes demonstrates understanding (nodding, agreement signals) Student is inconsistent about demonstrating understanding. Student demonstrates understanding only a fraction of the time. Student does not demonstrate understanding during class.
Track the Speaker Student maintains eye contact with whomever is speaking during classroom conversations. Student mostly maintains eye contact with whomever is speaking during classroom conversations. Student sometimes maintains eye contact with whomever is speaking during classroom conversations. Student rarely maintains eye contact with whomever is speaking during classroom conversations. Student does not maintain eye contact with whomever is speaking during classroom conversations.

Week of September 25, 2017

Week of September 25, 2017

Early Release on Friday

We have an early release for Teacher In Service on Friday of this week.

Absences and Missed Work

If you know that your child is going to miss instruction time in the classroom, we appreciate it when you let us know via email. However, it is not always possible for us to compile work that your child will miss. Sometimes this is due to the type of lesson, but sometimes it is due to the time constraints of the day.

If your child’s teacher does compile work for your child, it is purely courtesy, as this is not required by our school policies. If your child’s teacher is unable to compile the work, your child may catch up on the work upon his return to school, with the appropriate deductions made in the case of an unexcused absence. In the case of an excused absence, as many days of grace will be given as there were days of absence.

Please note:

  • Receipt of advance work does not necessarily constitute an excused absence.
  • Excused absences are given for sickness or bereavement and can be granted only by our administrative staff, not teachers.
  • Parents who are volunteering on campus may not come to their child’s classroom to request work in advance of an absence.

For more information about absences and requests for missed work, please refer to our Family Handbook.

English Language Arts

Literature: We will be learning about making connections in a text using the following models:  text to text, text to world, text to self.

Writing: This week we are learning how to edit a peer’s writing.  This includes how to give compliments and how to criticize another’s work constructively.

Grammar: We will discuss simple and complete subjects, simple and complete predicates.

History

In History, we begin our study of Rome.  This begins with the myth of Romulus and Remus.  This is a very important unit for 3rd Grade.  The Rome unit culminates during Project Week with student presentations.

Math

This week in Math we will be continuing with bar models by applying them to word problems.  We will be reviewing this unit for the rest of the week and completing an assessment late in the week.

Science

This week in Science we will continue our study of classification of animals and vertebrates.  Specifically, we will be exploring the characteristics of birds.

Week of September 18th, 2017

Please remember that if your child received a progress report last week, the signed copy is due back to school as soon as possible.

English Language Arts

Literature: We will continue working on character traits.  There will be a test on Friday with a study guide going home tomorrow.

Writing: We continue with WA: 1 this week.  We will be learning how to edit a rough draft and what the difference is between revision and editing.

Grammar: We will complete our grammar test on Monday.  The rest of the week we will discuss helping verbs.

History

In history, we will be completing our study of world rivers.  For this first unit, there will not be a formal assessment.  We will complete the unit by learning about European rivers and enjoying a Playdoh activity about landforms.

Math

This week in Math we will be continuing with bar models by applying them to word problems.  We will also be revisiting the addition and subtraction standard algorithm, adding the thousands place to our vertical calculation skills.

Science

This week in Science we will continue our study of classification of animals and vertebrates.  Specifically, we will be exploring the characteristics of birds.

Week of September 11th, 2017

Progress reports will be coming out on Monday.  If your child does not bring one home, there is no need to be concerned.  If you feel your child has been struggling and did not bring home a report, please contact us.  We will be emailing the reports as well as sending a hard copy home with your scholar.

English Language Arts

Literature: We will continue working with character traits.  Please use the reading log in accordance with this skill.  You will find the expectations on the cover page of the reading log that was sent home on Friday.  The cover page shows examples of how each particular day should look.  All work should be written on the actual reading log.

Writing: We continue with WA: 1 this week.  We will be learning about how to revise a rough draft.

Grammar: Reviewing for test on Friday.  Please complete study guide, which will go home on Monday,  with your child.  We will go over the answers in class on Thursday.

History

In history, we will be continuing our exploration of the rivers of the world.  This week, we learn about how rivers affect wildlife and how rapids and waterfalls affect river travel.

Math

This week in Math we will be continuing with your exploration of bar models by applying them to word problems.  We will also be revisiting the addition and subtraction standard algorithm, adding the thousands place to our vertical calculation skills.

Science

This week we will continue our exploration of animal classification focusing on mammals.

Week of September 5th, 2017

We hope everyone enjoyed the three day weekend.  A couple of announcements:

The black “graded work” folders will now be going home on the first day of the week.  We have found that our team really needs the weekend to thoughtfully grade student work.

Singapore/Spalding night for parents will be on Tuesday evening.  Please see the school website for more details.  If you are new to Great Hearts schools please plan to attend this very informative evening.

English Language Arts

Literature: we will describe character traits in a literary story.

Spalding: Section n

Writing: we will discuss rough draft and rough draft checklist, examine a rough draft, consider an effective title, and complete WA 1: Rough Draft

Grammar: we will classify practice sentences, review seven parts of speech, and review complex sentences

History

In history, we will be exploring what it was like on rivers in the past.  Specifically, we will be reading about life on the Mississippi with a reading by Mark Twain.

Math

This week in Math we will be learning how to represent mathematical statements with pictorial models.  We will be introducing bar models as a way to represent information provided in a problem, giving students an additional strategy for problem solving.  This is a new skill for all 3rd graders, including those already familiar with Singapore Math, and we are excited to share this valuable tool with our scholars.

Science

This week we will continue our exploration of animal classification–discovering the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates and warm- and cold blooded animals.

Week of August 28th, 2017

There may again be some indoor recess days this week, due to the excessive heat.  We continue to encourage students to take their water bottle when we go outside.

Students should be reciting Eletelephony from memory in class on Tuesday.

My tutoring hours are Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:15. Tutoring is by invitation only and is skill based.  For example, if your scholar struggled with concepts on the math test, I will be inviting you to bring them to tutoring during the next two weeks.  If you have concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

English Language Arts

Spalding: Continuing Ayers list section N

Grammar: Focusing on parts of speech and classifying sentences.

Writing: We will be creating descriptive paragraphs using transition words and complete sentences with power words.

Literature: Emphasis on Cause and Effect, with an assessment on Friday. Tuesday, students will be reciting Eletelephony for the class.

History

In history, we will continue our study of world rivers.  This week we learn about the source and mouth of rivers as well as what dangers are faced along rivers.

Math

This week in math, we will begin working on our mental math strategies for adding and subtracting.

Science

This week we will continue our exploration of animal classification–discovering the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates and warm- and cold blooded animals.

Week of August 21st, 2017 

This week we have two exciting events:   

  1.  The solar eclipse is on Monday morning.  A letter was sent out on green paper last week regarding how the solar eclipse is going to be run.  Please make sure that you check that document if you would like to view the eclipse with your scholar.  We will be having indoor recess that day in the hopes that our curious scholars won’t be tempted to look directly at the sun. 
  1. Curriculum night is on Tuesday from 6:00 – 7:30. Please plan to attend this parent only event.  Our team will be going over the structure of the year, classroom procedures, grading procedures and much more.   

There may again be some indoor recess days this week, due to the excessive heat.  If you would like to send a deck of cards or a board game with your scholar (we could keep a few in the classroom until it cools off), that would be wonderful.  We want them to have a chance to socialize and relax, but it’s been very hot outside.  

Graded work was sent home on Friday in the black folder (a couple of students have a manilla folder), please check this folder and return it on Monday.

English Language Arts 

Spalding: Beginning Ayers list section n. First spelling test will be this Friday. 

Grammar: Focusing on parts of speech and classifying sentences.  

Writing: We will be creating descriptive paragraphs using transition words and complete sentences with power words.  

Literature: Emphasis on reading comprehension (limited time due to MAP testing) no assessment this week. Please sign and return Ask and Answer Questions assessment on Tuesday. Assessment will be handed back on Monday.  

History 

In history this week, we will begin our study of the rivers of the world.  This week we will be focusing on the Nile and the Yellow Rivers. 

Math 

This week in Math we will begin with our Assessment of Rounding.  Next, we will begin working on our mental math strategies for adding and subtracting. 

Science 

This week we will begin with the Solar Eclipse.  We will have Science on Monday (instead of Tuesday) because of the eclipse.  After that, we will return to our study of Animal Classification. 

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Week of August 14th, 2017

 

Our first week was very busy.  We are still working on learning classroom expectations and procedures as we go into our second week.  It was so busy last week, we decided to hold off on beginning History and Science until this week.   

There may be some indoor recess days this week, due to the excessive heat.  If you would like to send a deck of cards or a board game with your scholar (we could keep a few in the classroom until it cools off), that would be wonderful.  We want them to have a chance to socialize and relax, but it’s been very hot outside. 

School pictures are this week on Tuesday, August 15th.   

We will soon be implementing “Graded Work Folders” that will go home every Friday.  Please be sure to be checking your student’s agenda each day. 

English Language Arts 

Spalding: Students will practice cursive handwriting and begin intermediate notebooks (only done in class) 

Literature: Students will continue reading Pinocchio with a focus on asking and answering questions. Assessment for this skill will be on Friday. Wednesday we will also complete our first classroom seminar using the Touchpebbles curriculum.  

Grammar: Students will classify practice sentences, review seven parts of speech, review clauses, study simple, compound, and complex sentences, comma splices, run on sentences, and fragments. 

Writing: Students will examine steps in the writing process, discuss writing traits, and figures of speech.  

History 

In history this week, we will be brushing up on our map skills.  Students should be able to find information on a map by the end of the week. 

Math 

This week in Maths we will be learning about rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.  We will finish the week with a review of Unit 1 concepts: (4 digit numbers, number place value, comparing numbers to 10,000, and number patterns), and taking our first assessment on these topics on Friday, August 18th. 

Science 

In Science, we are starting the year with Animal Classification.  We will be discussing how we classify organisms and learning about taxonomy.  For taxonomy, we like to use a mnemonic device to aid in remembering the different levels:  King Philip Came Over For Good Spaghetti = Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species.

Week of August 7th

 

Parents, thank you so much for helping to make the first day of school a smooth transition from summer break.  The 3rd Grade Team had a blast on the first day of school with all our scholars.  We are sure that this will be filled with learning and laughter. 

Please be sure to read the Headmaster Updates each week.  They always have important information about upcoming events.  This week featured information about drop off and pick up.  If you are not receiving the Headmaster Updates, please contact Richelle Petersen (rpetersen@archwaylincoln.org). 

Students should have brought home their agendas and their yellow homework folder.  If these items were not brought home, please contact me so I can make sure it makes it in their backpack on Monday.   

Snack Time is directly before our 10:05 recess in the morning.  Please make sure your child’s snack is nut free and healthy.  No candy is allowed as a snack in the classroom.  Snacks that are not covered in cheese dust (Cheetos, Doritos, etc.) are preferred as they become very messy.

English Language Arts 

Literature: we will begin reading Pinocchio.  As we read, we will be practicing the skill of asking and answering questions.  For this first week, we will be reading up through chapter three of Pinocchio. We will not be doing a reading log this year, but please expect literature homework every night! Every Friday we will be having an assessment on the skill taught that week.

Grammar: we will be reviewing parts of speech.

Writing: we begin with the writing traits of ideas and organization.  We will also be looking at the writing process and what makes a paragraph.

Spalding: we will be introducing how a Spalding lesson works, including: the scholarly position, correct pencil grip, reviewing manuscript writing and introducing cursive writing. We will start the Ayers list for spelling words the week of August 21st.

History 

In history this week, we will be brushing up on our map skills.  Students should be able to find information on a map by the end of the week. 

Math 

In math, we begin Singapore math with relating 4-digit numbers, place value, comparing numbers within 10,000, number patterns and rounding to the nearest 10.  Rounding has traditionally been a tricky topic for third graders.  One way to support your scholar would be to ask them to round numbers to the nearest ten.  For example, while in the car you could ask “What is 47 rounded to the nearest ten?”  Rounding will begin on Friday of this week. 

Science 

In Science, we are starting the year with Animal Classification.  We will be discussing how we classify organisms and learning about taxonomy.  For taxonomy, we like to use a mnemonic device to aid in remembering the different levels:  King Philip Came Over For Good Spaghetti = Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species. 

 

Questions?