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.