Week of 11/27

Dear 3rd Grade Families:

We hope you have had a festive and restful Thanksgiving Break. We have a – few more weeks before Winter Break – it is coming up fast! Here are a few curriculum updates for the coming week:

ELA – This week we will be continuing our reading of Wind in the Willows. The vocabulary test based on words from the text will be taking place a week from this Tuesday, on 12/5 – we apologize for the confusion on this test – it was postponed due to timing issues. We are also continuing with our reading of Little House on the Prairie. Our November Poem recitation will also be taking place this week.

Maths – We will be wrapping up our introduction to long division. We will be ending the unit on Friday with a test.

History – This week we will be continuing with our Study of Ancient Rome. We will be gearing up for our first History test coming up Monday 12/4. A study guide will be going home this Monday.

Science – We will be starting our look at the Skeletal System this week.

Please be in touch should you have any questions or concerns – have a great week!

The 3rd Grade Team

Week of 11/20/2017

Dear 3rd Grade Parents:

We hope you have had a pleasant weekend, and got all your Thanksgiving shopping done!  As you know, this will be a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, and we will only have school Monday and Tuesday.  This will be an R & R weekend, so no homework will be assigned over the break – Happy Thanksgiving!!

Things to know for this week:

ELA: The in-class Spelling Bee is this week!  Third Grade classes will be holding their Bee over the next two days.  We will also be finishing up Chapter 12 of Little House on the Prairie

Maths:  We are continuing to learn strategies for Long Division this shortened week.  We will continue review after the break.

Science: We will be concluding our study of the Muscular System with a short quiz.

History: We will be taking a short pause from our Rome studies to take a look at the historical aspects of the Thanksgiving holiday.

If you are looking for something fun to do over the holiday weekend, the Arizona Science Centre has a Pompeii exhibit that would be a great (and fun!) curriculum enriching activity for your third grader!

Our top Read-A-Thon earners will be participating in the Student/Teacher kickball game on Tuesday, congratulations readers!!  Of course, we are rooting for the Student team 😊

As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns – have a pleasant and safe Holiday Weekend – The 3rd Grade Team.

Week of November 13th

Good morning! We hope everyone enjoyed the three day weekend. Only 1 1/2 more weeks before our Thanksgiving Break.

We have one very important event this week: The Winter Music Concert! Mrs. Rockmaker, Mrs. Boswell and our students have been working very hard to put on great show. This year, our concert will be held at Higley Center for the Arts. An information sheet was sent out, but please contact us if you have any questions.

In math, we continue to work on multiplication, division and word problems. This week, we begin long division.

In ELA, we continue to read Little House on the Prairie and The Wind and the Willows.

In Science, we continue our exploration of the muscles in the human body.

In History, we are learning more about Rome. Please ensure that your student is staying aware of all due dates for the Rome Project. Please see the bright green handout for more information.

Growth Mindset and Math

Good morning!

I know there were some concerns about the homework last night.  It did come directly from the Singapore curriculum.  This homework was intended for them to practice the valuable math skill of trial and error.  Problems like these encourage the training of a growth mindset.  We are only collecting this as a “you tried” grade.  We are not grading it for accuracy. Don’t worry, though, we won’t put problems like this on an assessment.

 

One final note, they did have time (as long as they weren’t picked up right away) during dismissal to work on this.  At least one scholar did and asked me questions and I was able to help her figure out a strategy.

 

Week of October 30, 2017

Important reminders:

Monday:  Vocabulary Quiz

Tuesday:  Dress Like Your Favorite Literary Character Day – Please ensure that you have turned in your request.  If a student attends school in an unapproved costume, they may be required to call home for a change of clothes.  Reminder, costumes should be literary in nature and pop culture is not allowed.

Wednesday:  Early release – normal clubs and Athanaeum.

Thursday:  Normal day

Friday:  Early release – no clubs only Athanaeum.  Teachers will be attending an In-Service training.

Language arts:  In ELA we will continue working on the Wind in the Willows, Little House on the Prairie, and will focus on writing complete sentences with an emphasis on parts of speech.

Vocabulary will be tested every Monday. Please study the words and definitions daily. On Thursday’s we will have specific vocabulary homework in regard to taking apart the vocabulary for specific context.

Math:  In Math, we continue to review math facts and relate multiplication to division.  We are also exploring one step and two step problems.

Science:  This week in Science we will continue our study of body systems with the muscular system.

History:  This week in History we will be exploring pre-Christian Roman religion.  We will be looking at how the daily lives of the Ancient Romans was shaped by their belief systems.

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.