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?