Week of January 28th

Dear 3rd Grade Parents:

This week we have our Poem Recitation (Dream Variations).

Great Hearts Day: In February, we have our Great Hearts Day celebration coming up on February 14th. At Great Hearts, we do not have a Valentine’s Day celebration. Instead, we choose to celebrate the virtues that are the foundation for our core beliefs. We will be celebrating friendship in our classroom. The following are some reminders:

We will have a celebration in the classroom that will last approximately an hour.
We do not allow distribution of “Valentines.” Please do not send Valentines with your student to school.
Please contact the Classroom Parents for your classroom if you have questions about the celebration in your classroom. We will be having individual celebrations for this event, so the details may vary from classroom to classroom.

A Look at this Week:

ELA: Literature: We will focus on literal vs nonliteral language usage.

Grammar: We will continue focusing on sentence diagramming with nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.

We will have a Vocabulary Quick Check on Monday.

Math: In Maths this week we will continue exploring measurement. This week we switch to US. Customary Measurement and add Inches, Yards and Feet. There will be a quick check assessment on Friday.

History: In History we will continue our unit on Vikings.

Science: In science we will continue to explore our eyes and vision, learning about the eye and the brain work together.

The 3rd Grade Team

Week of January 22nd

Dear 3rd Grade Parents:
This week we have Class Pictures on the Thursday, the 25th.  This is the picture that is taken with the entire class.  Students should have brought home an order form from Lifetouch last week.  Should you be interested in ordering a class photo for this year, you must pay online before Thursday.
A Look at this Week:
ELA: In Literature we will continue reading The Wind in the Willows with a focus on the central message or theme. 
In Grammar we will continue focusing on diagramming a sentence with nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. 
We will have a Vocabulary Quick Check on Monday.
Math: In Maths this week we will continue exploring measurement.  This week we add kilometers to meters and centimeters.  There will be a quick check assessment on Friday.
History: In History we will begin our unit on Vikings, beginning with general facts about the Viking Age, and the pressures that drove Nordic peoples to raiding and occupying new lands.
Science: In science we will continue to explore our eyes and vision, learning about the parts of the eye and how we see.
The 3rd Grade Team

Week of January 15th

Dear 3rd Grade Parents:

Welcome back after our long weekend – we have an abbreviated Spalding load this week, with 10 words each  Tue/Wed, with the usual pre-test Thursday and actual test Friday.  Here is a look at the curriculum for this week:

Rome Project:

Presentations are completed – your student should have taken home their project – they will be receiving their graded rubric and essays back in their take-home folders within the next week, along with the notes they took whilst their fellow-students were presenting.  Hopefully they learned a little from each presentation they witnessed.

A Look at this Week:

ELA: Literature: We will focus on character traits as we continue reading our Wind in the Willows story.  In grammar, we will use sentence diagramming to focus on parts of speech (nouns and verbs).  In writing we will be practicing organizing our thoughts in preparation for writing a paragraph, focusing on the structure of paragraphs.  Our Vocab Quiz will be given on our first day back (Tuesday, 1/16).  We will go back to administering the Vocab Quiz on Mondays next week.

Math: In Maths this week we will begin exploring measurement, beginning with the metric system.  During this unit, there will be a mini assessment every Friday.

History: In History we will begin our unit on Vikings, beginning with general facts about the Viking Age, and the pressures that drove Nordic peoples to raiding and occupying new lands.

Science: In science we will continue to explore our eyes and vision, learning about the parts of the eye and how we see.

Extra Credit:

Over winter break, some students brought home an extra credit packet that was provided on the last day of school.  Please take note: This is not required. The packet will be due anytime during 3rd quarter. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Have a great (short) week!

The 3rd Grade Team

 

 

Week of January 8th, 2017

Dear 3rd Grade Parents:

Welcome back to school!  We are anticipating that teachers, students, and especially parents, are ready for a return to some semblance of a routine!

On that note…. Please note that next Monday, January 15th, is a Federal Holiday observing Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights he strove to achieve for this country.

We hope you have had a restful and fulfilling Holiday Season, and wish all the Happiest of New Years!  Here is information for the week of 1/8-1-1/12 2018:

Rome Project:

Presentations for our Rome Project begin on Monday and will continue Tuesday and Wednesday, with probable (but not guaranteed) completion by end of day Wednesday.  Hopefully your scholars are ready to present – we look forward to seeing the fruition of all the hard work!

Parent Teacher Conferences:

Hopefully we have had an opportunity to touch base with all our Parental Units – if we missed you for any reason, please do be in touch so that we may get your conference scheduled – we aim to see all our students’ parents/guardians during this period.

A Look at this Week:

ELA: We will continue working on Wind in the Willows.  There will be no Spalding this week, but we will be tackling our usual load of 5 new vocabulary words to be tested next week (on Tuesday rather than Monday, due to the holiday next week).  We will also be reviewing parts of speech, and preparing to start our next book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which we will start at the beginning of February.  If you have not yet procured your student with a copy, please do so by the end of this month.

Math: This week in Math we will be reviewing multiplication and division, focusing on multiplying by 8s and 9s.  Reviewing Math Facts is highly recommended for all students – Rocket Math has an IOS app for practicing math facts, and flash cards are widely available online for printing (or even better, easily homemade!)

History: We will use some of our history time this week to present our Rome Projects, and finish the week with a lesson on Archeology.

Science: In science we will be exploring the relationship between our nervous system and our senses, focusing on vision and the eye.

 

Have a wonderful week!

The 3rd Grade Team