Mrs. Majetic - Winterpock Elementary
Welcome to Mrs. Majetic's Third Grade Class!
WEEKLY NEWS AND HOMEWORK!

#### Each Sunday evening, I will post important news, reminders, assessment dates and daily homework for your convenience.

Week of March 9-13
Hello Parents! I hope you all are having a nice weekend!
Maymont Field Trip – The money and the permission slip for the field trip are due by this Friday. As well, if you want to be considered as a chaperone, I need to know before the end of the week. On Friday, I will put the names of all the parents that would like to be a chaperone in a “hat” and a student will draw seven names. I will let the seven chaperones know by the afternoon.
Math – This will be our last week of fractions. We have already learned fractions of a shape, fractions of a set, fractions on a number line, mixed numbers, and improper fractions. Next week, the focus will be on equivalent fractions and comparing fractions. There are several Google Classroom activities that the students should complete this week to prepare for the test: Equivalent Fractions Number 1, Equivalent Fractions Number 2, Comparing Fractions Number 1 and Comparing Fractions Number 2. There will be a formative on ALL fraction concepts on Wednesday and a summative on Friday. The students will have the graded formative and a test review packet to study on Thursday night. These two items will help narrow down the things to study and know for Friday’s test.
Science – We will continue our study of Patterns in Nature. Students have a study guide, notes, and flash cards to study. There will be an open notes formative on the moon and the seasons on Wednesday. There will be a digital summative on Friday.
Spelling – This week’s spelling pattern are gh, ph, and f.
Writing – As you know, we have been working on our Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome short reports for three weeks. The kids did awesome!
This week, we switch gears and will write comical stories about a Leprechaun.
Reading - This week, we will focus on nonfiction texts. We will read books that support our study of Patterns in Nature. We will also review word reference resources like the dictionary, glossary, and thesaurus. There will be a digital word reference formative on Thursday.
STEAM – Friday steam will be a fun one. The students will read a digital article about the real Saint Patrick. Then, they will use various materials to create a “boat” that can float with a “pot of gold”.
HOMEWORK
Monday – study spelling as needed, work on Equivalent Fractions Number 1 and Number 2 on Google Classroom, study science notes
Tuesday – study spelling as needed, work on Comparing Fractions Number 1 and 2, fractions formative tomorrow, study science notes, open notes science formative tomorrow
Wednesday – study spelling as needed, study fraction concepts as needed, study science notes, digital word reference resources formative tomorrow
Thursday – spelling test tomorrow, fractions test tomorrow, digital science test tomorrow

Week of March 2-6
Don’t forget – there is no school on Tuesday!
Ancient’s Day – I want to thank you for making Ancient’s Day such a success. The kids looked fantastic! We had some fearsome gladiators and some glamorous Egyptian queens, just to name a few. The kids had a good time doing the activities and wearing the costumes.
Read Across America Day – Monday is Read Across America Day! Mrs. Dubiel and the literacy committee have planned a few things:
· The students are invited to wear a hat tomorrow. They need to have a card or some sort of tag attached to the hat with the title of their favorite book written on it.
· The students will watch a video of Mrs. Dubiel reading a favorite book called Be Kind.
· We will have 20 minutes of quiet reading after lunch.
Field Trip to Maymont- Last Thursday, I sent home a sheet about our upcoming field trip. All the details are explained. It is on green paper, in case you missed it.
Spelling – This week’s spelling words have various beginnings – spr, shr, scr, spl, and thr.
Math – As explained in an earlier post, the fractions unit is long and covers many difficult concepts. The kids are doing great and I am so proud of their hard work! We had two formatives already – fractions of a shape and fractions of a set. On Monday, we will have a formative on fractions on a number line. I want to closely monitor if the students are mastering the material and they are!
This week, we will cover mixed numbers, improper fractions, equivalent fractions, and comparing fractions with like denominators. (In third grade, we do not compare fractions with unlike denominators.)
On Google Classroom, students should work on the following activities: Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions, Equivalent Fractions Number 1, Equivalent Fractions Number 2, and Comparing Fractions. I will give them as much time as I can in class, but they may need to do some work for homework.
We will review all the fraction concepts next week and have a formative and a summative toward the end of next week.
Reading – This week, we will be reading the story One Riddle, One Answer in our orange reading book. We will focus on plot and setting. There will be a vocabulary formative and a comprehension formative on Friday with One Riddle, One Answer. Students will be bringing their books home and are encouraged to read the story for homework.
We will also have a digital reading comprehension summative this week.
Writing – The kids have been hard at work on their Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece short reports. The final copies will be due on Friday and will count as a summative grade in writing. The digital research recording paper will count as a formative grade in writing.
We will be reviewing apostrophes in contractions and in possessives. There will be a simple formative on Friday.
Science - We are leaving social studies behind for a while and we will focus on science for the next several weeks. This week, we begin a unit on Patterns in Nature. We will start by learning about the moon phases. Then we move on to the pattern of the tides, seasonal patterns, and next week we review animal and plant life cycles which have a pattern that repeats itself. There will be a Patterns in Nature formative and a summative next week.

HOMEWORK
Monday – study spelling as needed, work on Google Classroom fraction activities, read One Riddle, One Answer
Wednesday – study spelling as needed, work on Google Classroom fraction activities, read One Riddle, One Answer
Thursday – spelling test tomorrow, short report due tomorrow, One Riddle, One Answer vocabulary and comprehension formative tomorrow, apostrophe formative tomorrow, work on Google Classroom fraction activities

Week of February 24-28

Hey Parents! Here is the week!
Spelling – This week’s spelling patterns are words that end in ch and tch. There will be a spelling test on Friday.
Ancient’s Day – A couple of week’s ago, I sent home a letter explaining Ancient’s Day. That will be this Friday! Students are invited to wear a costume depicting the traditional dress of the Ancient Romans, Ancient Greeks, Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Chinese, or Ancient Malians. Throughout the day, students will do some great activities to celebrate those civilizations: a mosaic tile art activity, an Egyptian sarcophagus with a mummy, a Chinese Dragon mask, make and play a game from Mali, and a STEAM activity that involves making a Roman catapult that works! It will be a nice way to end the week.
Writing – Last Wednesday in library, Mrs. Witham and Mrs. Robertson taught the kids how to access videos and articles about Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. These materials are accessed on the my.ccpsnet.net dashboard under the Discovery Education app. Students were asked to finish their research on one of the two civilizations as we begin writing a short report this Monday. (They have a research grid to fill out.) For the next two weeks, we will be working on a multiparagraph report. I will be modeling how to write the report one paragraph at a time. The report will be due on Friday, March 6.
Reading – As shared last quarter, we will be transitioning to all digital reading assessments. The SOLs and MAPS are digital, and we want to make certain that the children have plenty of practice testing reading comprehension on the Chromebooks using digital passages – no paper. We will have a digital formative cold read this Friday with a fiction passage.
As well, we will have a word analysis formative on Wednesday. This quiz covers prefixes, suffixes, syllables, homophones, synonyms, vowel sounds, and dictionary skills. These are skills assessed on the reading SOL and the kids are expected to know them. We do many activities with these concepts in literacy stations.
We will be reading an amusing story called Wolf! in the orange reading anthology. Our focus will be conflict/resolution and vocabulary development. We will explore how characters solve problems as we complete a collaborative project in class. Students will have a vocabulary formative on Friday. The orange books will be in bookbags and students are encouraged to read Wolf! at home. They should focus on highlighted vocabulary words.
Social Studies – We continue to discuss Ancient Rome. Students have several notes pages and their social studies books to help them prepare for the Rome summative on Thursday. Also, there is an Ancient Rome slideshow in Google Classroom that is due on Friday and will count as a formative grade for social studies. There will be an open notes formative on Tuesday.
Math – We are continuing our work with fractions. This week, we will focus on fractions of a set and fractions on a number line. There are two activities on Google Classroom that need to be completed this week to help reinforce these concepts: Fractions of a Set and Fractions on a Number Line. There will be a summative on fractions at the end of next week.
HOMEWORK
Monday – study spelling as needed, Google Classroom – Fractions of a Set, study Ancient Rome notes, read Wolf!
Tuesday – study spelling as needed, finish Google Classroom – Fractions of a Set, study Ancient Rome notes, word analysis formative tomorrow, read Wolf!
Wednesday – study spelling as needed, Google Classroom – Fractions on a Number line, Ancient Rome summative tomorrow (study book, study guide, and graded quiz), read Wolf!
Thursday – spelling test tomorrow, complete Google Classroom – Fractions on a Number Line, Wolf! vocabulary formative tomorrow, Ancient Rome slideshow due tomorrow, Ancient’s Day tomorrow!

Week of Feb. 18-21

Hello Third Grade Parents! I hope everyone is enjoying this Monday off!
Report Cards and Reports – If anyone would like to schedule a conference after receiving the reports and grades this past Friday, please let me know. I will be happy to discuss scores or help you interpret the results of the testing.
Wednesday PJ Day! Mrs. Dubiel is making Wednesday, February 19 a “Snow Day” without snow. Students are invited to wear pajamas and there will be activities throughout the day.
Spelling – Because it is a short week, there will be no spelling words this week. Instead, we will work on Fact and Opinion activities in class and have a Fact and Opinion formative on Friday.
Reading – This week, we will be working on Drawing Conclusions and vocabulary development. We will enjoy the story Seven Spools of Thread in our orange anthology. Students will be binging the book home and are encouraged to practice the story at home. There will be a vocabulary formative on Thursday. Students should know the meanings of any highlighted words in the story.
We will have our first fiction reading summative of the nine weeks on Thursday and Friday. This will be a digital assessment. It will have two fiction passages and a poem.
Social Studies - On Tuesday, we are starting a new unit on Ancient Rome. As with Ancient Greece, there will be notes pages and a Google Classroom Slideshow to complete. The Google Classroom slideshow will be a formative grade, but it is not due for a couple of weeks. Students may want to look at the notes a little each evening so that they do not have so much to study at one time. There will be a formative and a summative next week.
Math – We will finish equality/inequality on Wednesday. There will be a formative on Tuesday and a summative on Wednesday. On Wednesday, we start our fraction unit. Fractions is a beast of a unit with multiple concepts: fractions of a whole, fractions of a set, equivalent fractions, improper fractions, and comparing fractions. It will take over two weeks to get through all the material. I am encouraging the students to do their homework each night and to complete the provided Google Classroom activities because the unit is so massive. Students need lots of exposure and practice to master this material. Because I have added about 10 Google Classroom activities under the “math” section that all pertain to fractions, I will help you know which ones the kids should focus on first. This week, they should look at “Beginning Fractions”, “Fractions (Parts of Shapes)”, and “Understanding Fractions”. I will give the kids time in class to work on their Google Classroom materials, but they will need to put in time at home, as well.
Writing – This week in library, students will be doing digital research on either Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome. (Student choice.) Over the next three weeks, we will be working on a multiparagraph digital research report exactly like the one we did earlier this year on Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. Once completed, the report will count as a summative grade in writing.
Thank you for all your support at home! The kids are awesome and are learning so much!

February 9-14
Hello Winterpock Parents! Here is the week!
Valentine’s Day – I shared in the previous post that students are welcome to provide cards for their classmates. They can bring in whatever sort of Valentine box you want. Children can make something creative or simply bring in a gift bag or box. Please do not send those until Friday because we do not have room to store them. A class list was provided with graded papers on last Thursday.
We will be doing all sorts of Valentine’s science experiments and STEAM projects. It will be a “lovely” week!
Kindness Week – This is Kindness Week at Winterpock. The Guidance Department has prepared activities for the students that promote kindness. We are looking forward to a collaborative project in which students prepare a card for someone to show gratitude and a caring spirit.
Ancient’s Day – Much of the third grade social studies curriculum centers around the study of ancient civilizations. We already learned about China and Egypt. We are currently learning about Ancient Greece and will learn about Ancient Rome and Ancient Mali soon. To culminate, we will have Ancient’s Day on February 28. Students can dress in a costume and we will do some fun activities here at school. I sent home a letter with the specifics. Check the gray folder if you have not seen that letter yet.
Friday is an early release day. Students will eat lunch in the classroom and be home with their second quarter report cards three hours early.
Second Quarter Testing Data – I wanted to make you aware that the report card envelope will be chock full of reports and testing results. You will have a pretty good profile of your child’s “glows and grows”. Here are some specifics that can help you understand the tests and what they tell you.
· The results of the CoGat test will be provided. There is a nice cover letter that will help you interpret the results. Please read that.
· The MAPS scores will be included, as well. You will see your child’s growth in math and reading since May of second grade and a percentile ranking that compares your child with other third grade students.
· Earlier in January, I gave the NSGRA to all students. (I also gave this test in September to provide a baseline.) The NSGRA is a reading assessment in which students read aloud leveled text to me and answer oral comprehension questions. There is no written component to the NSGRA. On the report card, there is a strand labeled “Reads on Benchmark” in the Reading section. Students reading above grade level earned a 4, on grade level earned a 3, and below grade level earned a 2.
· Obviously, the content area report card grades provide still another piece of data in your child’s learning profile.
The nice thing about all these tests and reports is that they provide “multiple data points”. Students were tested on many different days and with different types of assessments.
Writing – This week, we will be working on simple abbreviations. There will be a formative on Thursday.
Spelling – We will have another week of different word endings. There will be a spelling test on Friday.
Math – On Monday, we will focus on division models word problems. There will be a division models summative on Tuesday. For the summative, students will need to be able to identify the division problem that matches a given division model (array, groups, number line, repeated subtraction), write the multiplication problem that matches a division problem, and answer three division word problems. In the red folders, students have activities for all these concepts, they have a graded formative, and there is a Google Classroom activity.
On Wednesday, we start the equality and inequality unit. The County has this paced for 4 days. There will be a summative next Wednesday.
Reading – We will continue small group guided reading with literacy stations. We will also look at superlatives – adding er or est to words to show degress of intensity. No formative.
Social Studies – We will finish our unit on Ancient Greece on Wednesday. There will be a summative on Thursday. Next, we will be learning about Ancient Rome.

HOMEWORK

Monday – study spelling, study Ancient Greece notes, division models summative tomorrow
Tuesday - study spelling, study Ancient Greece notes, open notes formative on Greece tomorrow
Wednesday - study spelling, study Ancient Greece notes for summative tomorrow, equality homework, abbreviations formative tomorrow
Thursday – spelling test tomorrow, bring Valentine’s tomorrow
Week of Feb. 3-7
Friday, February 13 is a Teacher Workday and the students will be coming home three hours early. We will have a Valentine Exchange that morning and the students are welcome to bring in a Valentine’s mailbox and Valentine cards for all classmates. The box can be whatever you chose – a plastic bag or if your child is crafty, something more decorative. I will send home a list of student names this week.
Math – We finished our money unit last week and we will start division models this week. There will be a division models formative this Friday and a summative next Tuesday.
Social Studies – Last week, we finished simple machines and started our unit on Ancient Greece. This is a pretty long unit with a good bit of material. I am encouraging the students to look over the notes each evening rather than waiting until the last night. There will be a formative and a summative next week.
Spelling – After a nice two week break from spelling, we are starting up again. This week’s spelling focus will be word endings.
Writing – This week, the writing focus will be on “How To” writing. Students will learn how to write steps in a process with the appropriate transition words. We will write a “How to make a snowman” story that will be due Friday and will count as a summative grade in writing.
Reading – We will continue our focus on the nonfiction form of writing – recipes. We will practice comprehension of recipes and have a simple formative on Thursday.
Have a great week!
HOMEWORK
MONDAY – study spelling words as needed, look over notes on Ancient Greece, array homework
TUESDAY - study spelling words as needed, look over notes on Ancient Greece, equal groups homework
WEDNESDAY - study spelling words as needed, look over notes on Ancient Greece, comprehension of recipes formative tomorrow, repeated subtraction is division homework
THURSDAY – spelling test tomorrow, look over notes on Ancient Greece, formative on all division models tomorrow

Week of January 27-31
I hope you all are having a nice weekend.
Just a reminder that this Friday is an early release day. Students will be eating lunch in the classroom. You can send a lunch, or the kids can get bagged food in the cafeteria.
This is the last week of the second report card marking period. There will be no more social studies or reading grades. The grades seen in Parent Vue are the final grades for this quarter in those two subjects. We still have a formative and summative in math, a summative and a project in science, and 3 formatives in writing. Those grades should be in by Thursday night and that will be the end of all grades for this quarter.
Math – We will continue our unit on money for this entire week. There will be a money formative on Wednesday and a money summative on Thursday. Students have been having a great time using coin manipulatives in their math stations to give them exposure to “concrete” manipulatives. They have three Google Classroom activities and a multitude of practice worksheets to study. I will quickly grade the formative on Wednesday and get it back to the kids so that they know what to review on Wednesday night. Also, on Wednesday, I am giving them a comprehensive study packet. Students should complete this so that they feel confident on Thursday. For the money summative, students should know: 1) how to count a collection of coins, 2) how to count bills and a collection of coins, 3) how to determine which collection of coins is greater than or less than, 4) when given an amount, how to draw bills and coins to equal that amount, 5) how to make change.
Science – The simple machines projects are due tomorrow. I can’t wait to see those presented!
There will be a digital science summative on simple machines on Tuesday. Students have two books, notes, flash cards, and a Google Classroom activity to help them prepare.
Social Studies – On Wednesday, we start a unit on Ancient Greece.
Spelling – No words until next week.
Reading – We are going to have some fun with comprehension of recipes as we read the story Cook-A-Doodle Do in our orange reading books.
Writing – We are almost done with our Winter Writing Booklets. These will count as a formative grade in writing. As well, we are going to review transition words and irregular verbs and have simple formatives on both.
Novels are due Friday. Students will meet with their Literature Circle groups to discuss the books.

Have a great week!

January 21-24
Hello Parents!
Hope you enjoyed the three day weekend!
The second quarter marking period is coming to a close. Next Friday, January 31, will be the last day of the quarter.
Wish List – At the beginning of the year, many of you asked me about classroom donations. I didn’t need anything at the time, but I have a request now. There are lots of germs floating around and I will happily clean the desks each afternoon to keep us from spreading sickness. If you want to donate some cleaning wipes – any brand – it would be a huge help to us all. Of course, this is entirely optional! Thank you so much in advance!!
Math – We completed our unit on 4 digit addition and subtraction and word problems and we are moving on to money concepts. For the money unit, students are expected to: a) recognize the names and values of coins,
b) count a mixture of bills and coins up to \$5.00, c) compare two collections of money as greater than or less than, and d) make change up to a \$5.00 value.
I have loaded three Google Classroom activities to help the students practice these skills. We will have a money formative this Friday and a money summative next Thursday, Jan. 30.
Also, on Wednesday, we will have our final multiplication formative. Students will be assessed on the 10’s multiplication facts.
Science – We are continuing to work on simple machines. The students will have notes and flashcards, two science books, simple machines activities done in class, and a Google Classroom activity to help them learn about simple machines. There will be an open book/open notes formative on Wednesday. The simple machines summative will be next Tuesday, January 28. This will be a digital summative assessment.
The simple machines “At Home” project is due next week and will count as a summative grade.
Writing – From now until the end of the nine weeks, we will work on our Winter Writing Booklet. This will count as a formative grade.
Spelling – Back in September, the students took the Developmental Spelling Inventory to provide a baseline of the children’s spelling strengths and weaknesses. We will be taking the Inventory again this week to ascertain the students’ progress in spelling. Some kids may change spelling groups. There will be no spelling words for the next two weeks. We will start spelling groups again on Feb. 3.
Reading – Back in September, I tested all the students with the NSGRA reading assessment to determine reading ability and level. Students are currently being tested again to ascertain their reading progress since the beginning of the year.
During our shared reading block, we will be working on understanding the author’s meaning when it is not explicitly stated in the text by inferring and by using context clues. There is an Inferencing Slide Show on Google Classroom that we will review in class. Students may want to reference this at home, as well. We will have a context clues formative on Thursday.
On Friday, we will have the final reading summative of the second nine weeks. It will have 2 fiction passages and a poem. On the summative, students will be assessed on the following: comprehension of fiction, inferencing, context clues, problem and solution, genres, comprehension of poetry, dictionary guide words and syllables. All these skills have been taught and practiced extensively in shared reading and literacy stations.
Have a wonderful week!

HOMEWORK
Tuesday - money sheet, open notes simple machine sort formative tomorrow
Wednesday - money sheet, context clues formative tomorrow
Thursday – money sheet, money formative tomorrow, comprehension of fiction reading summative tomorrow

Week of January 13-17
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.
Math – We continue to work on estimation, 4 digit addition and subtraction, and multistep word problems. On Monday, we will work on 4 digit subtraction and then on Tuesday, we review word problems. The students will pull out the U-P-S Check mats that we used earlier this year. They are a great tool for attacking word problems which can be ever so tricky! There will be a formative on Tuesday and a summative on Thursday. For both tests, students need to have a firm grasp of estimation, adding and subtracting three and four digit numbers, single step word problems and multistep word problems. Two of the word problems on the summative have the information presented on a table/chart. We will practice these types of problems in class and there will be a couple on the formative, as well. On Friday, we will start learning about money.
As discussed earlier, the students are expected to know their 0’s, 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s multiplication tables. We will have a quick formative on the 5’s multiplication table on Wednesday. The 10’s will be next week.
Science – Last week, we had a great time learning about matter. We made some Oobleck and experimented with properties of matter as we examined various objects to determine hardness, mass, elasticity, buoyancy, etc. In their green science folders, the students have a matter book, a matter article with questions, matter notes, and a graded matter formative. Students should use these items to study for the matter summative on Tuesday. This will be a digital test.
On Wednesday, we begin discussing simple machines. This unit has an “At Home” project. This project will count as a summative science grade. I will send the paper directions home on Monday so that you have plenty of time to complete it. Be sure to check the gray folder. Thanks in advance for working on this with your child.
Reading – In shared reading, we will be working on sequencing. On the SOL’s and other tests, the students are expected to put the events of a story in order. We will be reading a story in our reading books called What Do Illustrator’s Do? Students will practice putting story events in order. There will be a sequencing formative on Friday.
Writing – During the writing block, we will be reviewing comma usage. Students will work with using comas for items in a series and have a coma formative on Friday. As well, we will have some fun making a winter writing booklet. It seems a little wrong to write about snow when it is so warm out!
Spelling - This week’s spelling pattern is pr, sh, th, and sl.
Have a wonderful week!

HOMEWORK
Monday - study spelling words, matter summative tomorrow, 4 digit subtraction problems, math formative tomorrow
Tuesday – study spelling words, 5’s multiplication formative tomorrow, word problems sheet
Wednesday – study spelling words, estimation, 4 digit addition and subtraction, and word problem summative tomorrow
Thursday – spelling test tomorrow, comma formative tomorrow, sequencing formative tomorrow

Week of Jan 6-10
Hello Parents! Happy 2020! Hope you all had a restful and joyous holiday.
Math – To start the new year, we will spiral back to concepts that we touched on earlier this year – multidigit addition and subtraction and word problems. The County prefers to teach this hefty unit in two parts. Over the next week and a half, students will learn to add and subtract 4 digit numbers, learn when to estimate and when an exact number is required, and complete multistep word problems. There will be a formative and a summative next week.
Writing – This week, the kids will be focusing on biographies. Each child will choose a person that they would like to learn more about. Using either library books or digital resources, they will complete research questions. Later in the week, we will work on a biography project packet that is due on Friday. The packet will count as a summative grade in writing. As well, on Friday students will have an opportunity to share what they learned about their person with members of the class.
Science – For the next several days, we will be learning about the states of matter and properties of matter. Students will receive a study guide, notes pages, interactive activities, and will complete two scientific investigations. There will be a matter formative on Friday and a matter summative next week.
Reading – We will continue to have literacy stations and guided reading groups several times per week. In whole group reading, we will all be working on a nonfiction story in our orange reading anthology called The Planets in our Solar System. There will be a focus on using context clues to figure out unknown vocabulary words. Also, students should complete their novels and bring them back on Tuesday. We will have our novel study groups and students will receive a new novel that day.
On Friday, we will have our third reading summative of the quarter. There will be four summatives in total. This summative will focus on nonfiction comprehension. Students will be tested on all of the skills that we have been working on all year: main idea, dictionary definitions, suffixes, antonyms, contractions, setting, rhyming, and comprehension of fliers.
Spelling – This week, we will focus on words with the ore, oar, air, are and ure spelling patterns.

HOMEWORK
Monday – study spelling words as needed, review science notes, estimation word problems, bring novel tomorrow
Tuesday - study spelling words as needed, review science notes, multidigit word problems
Wednesday - study spelling words as needed, review science notes, 4 digit word problems
Thursday – biography packet due tomorrow, spelling test tomorrow, review science notes for matter formative tomorrow, math sheet, nonfiction reading summative tomorrow

Week of December 16-20

It is going to be a very merry week for us. We have many festive and exciting things planned!
MAPS Testing – The students took their Reading MAPS test on Wednesday of last week. We will take the Math MAPS this Tuesday. Parents will receive the scores and official reports for both the MAPS and the COGATS with the second quarter report card. This is issued in early February.
Science – We are going to have some merriment as we learn our Science Investigation SOL’s. We will do two experiments that enhance our understanding of the Scientific Method. One experiment involves lighting a Christmas bulb with a battery. The other involves testing how quickly a candy cane dissolves in cold water, hot water, oil, and vinegar. On Friday, we will delve deeper into circuits as work with some circuit kits.
Reading – Students can finish their novels over the winter break.
This week, we will be reviewing main idea and detail. We will do two passages in class for practice and have a main idea formative on Thursday.
Math - Students had their one’s times table test last Wednesday. So easy! This Wednesday, they will have the two’s times tables quiz. We will practice our doubles facts in class to prepare for this.
We will continue our study of patterns for the rest of the week. Students have a study guide and various activities in their red folders. As well, they have two activities on Google Classroom to help with patterns. On Tuesday, we will do a comprehensive “Pattern Review” packet in class. On Wednesday, students will have a patterns formative. (Use this to study.) On Friday, we will have a pattern summative.
Social Studies – We are continuing our study of Ancient Egypt. Students have a study guide and notes in the blue folder. Also, they have an awesome Google Classroom slideshow about Ancient Egypt that we are completing in class. It will be a helpful study tool. There will be an Ancient Egypt open notes formative on Tuesday and a summative on Thursday.
Spelling – There will be no spelling words this week. Instead, we will be practicing the two sounds of OO words. The sound you hear in “pool” and the sound heard in “blood”.
Writing – By the end of this week, we will have spent three weeks on our Ancient Egypt and Ancient China research reports. The librarians made some fabulous “boards” on Discovery Ed with all the information the kids need to write their reports. Students can access the “boards” through the my.ccpsnet.net accounts. Click on the Discovery Ed button and they have many videos and articles at their disposal. Each day I am modeling how to write a 4 or 5 sentence paragraph about the topic at hand. Monday we still need to do “architecture” and Tuesday we will write the conclusion. Wednesday and Thursday the students will edit and make a final copy of their report. The final research report is due Friday and will count as a summative writing grade.
Holiday Party – Thank you to all who have sent in craft items for our holiday festivities. This week, we will make Gingerbread ornaments with student pictures and do a snowflake STEAM project. On Friday, students are invited to bring two snacks. One will be eaten in the morning like normal. The second will be for eating during our holiday movie in the afternoon!
I am wishing you all a wonderful holiday! Enjoy two weeks off and I will see you in 2020!

HOMEWORK
Monday – In and Out Boxes sheet
Tuesday – two’s times tables quiz tomorrow, look over “Pattern Practice” packet – Pattern formative tomorrow
Wednesday – Ancient Egypt summative tomorrow, main idea formative tomorrow
Thursday – research report due tomorrow, pattern summative tomorrow, bring two snacks tomorrow

Week of December 9-13
Greetings Third Grade Parents! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Here is what to expect for the week!
Spelling - Everyone will be doing the same word list this week. To reinforce last week’s instruction on contractions, students have a list of commonly used contractions to master.
Math – We finished up our study of multiplication models on Friday. Just so you know, the Department of Education only requires that third grade students learn some of their multiplication tables. Third graders must memorize the zeros, ones, twos, fives and tens. Not too bad! With that being said, we will have simple math formative on Wednesday of zeros and ones multiplication problems. The kids will not even need to study!
On Monday, we are moving to our next unit – patterns. Students will learn about shape patterns, number patterns and patterns represented in tables. (These are called Input and Output Tables.) I have linked two Google Classroom activities to help with tables and shape patterns. There will be a patterns quiz and summative next week.
Reading – To support our study of Ancient China, we will be reading the Chines version of a beloved fable, Stone Soup. On Thursday, students will have a vocabulary formative on the words in the story. Students will be bringing their orange reading books home on Tuesday and Wednesday. Students should practice reading Stone Soup and focus on the yellow highlighted vocabulary words to prepare for Thursday’s vocabulary quiz.
We will practice using our comprehension of fiction strategies, our “Shadow Rules”, as we read another fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. The students know the “Shadow Rules” for reading comprehension and will be expected to use them on assessments. We will have a comprehension of fiction summative on Friday. The summative will consist of three fables.
Social Studies – The children seem to be enjoying learning about Ancient China. They have a great Google Classroom activity, a study guide, a map, and a graded quiz in their social studies folders. As well, we will compare and contrast Chinese fairy tales with the traditional stories of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. There will be an Ancient China summative test on Wednesday.
Writing – Students have been hard at work researching Ancient China or Ancient Egypt to gather material for our second quarter short report. The librarians have prepared research “packs” with articles and videos. Students can access these packs through their “my.ccpsnet.net account”. They have a research recording sheet, which most have finished already. On Monday, we start the report writing process. Students have a detailed organizer for writing the report, an editing checklist, and a rubric. These reports will be due next week and will count as a writing summative.
Have a holly, jolly week! Thanks for all of your at home support.
HOMEWORK
Monday – study spelling as needed, patterns math page
Tuesday – study spelling as needed, Ancient China test tomorrow, patterns page, read Stone Soup
Wednesday - study spelling as needed, patterns page, Stone Soup vocabulary formative tomorrow
Thursday – spelling test tomorrow, reading summative tomorrow, patterns page

December 2-6
Greetings Third Grade Parents! I look forward to seeing many of you in the next couple of days for conferences.
Here is what we have going on for the first week of December.
Spelling – We will learn words that have UR and IR spelling patterns. There will be a test on Friday, December 6.
Reading – Novels are due on Wednesday, December 4. Students will meet with their Book Clubs and get a new novel!
We finished up a very enjoyable poetry unit last week. Now we are moving on to a type of text that is not as fun, but critical - fliers. We will be studying many examples of this functional text. We will practice how to find the pertinent information presented on a flier. There will be a formative on comprehension of fliers on Thursday, December 7.
Also, I wanted to make you aware that we are going to be transitioning to more and more digital assessments. The SOLs are digital, as are the MAPS assessments. When the students rise to fourth and fifth grade, they will see more and more digital testing. We need to prepare the kids for this inevitable reality now. With that being said, the reading formatives will be given digitally on the Chromebooks for the rest of the year. Parents will need to check Parent Vue for grades as you will no longer receive paper copies on Thursdays. Eventually, we will move to only digital reading summatives, but we will wait a bit yet. This week, the students will take a digital Reading Checkpoint formative with a fiction and a nonfiction passage.
We will also be doing a quick review of contractions. There will be simple contractions formative Thursday, December 5. Students have a Google Classroom activity and an activity to use to prepare, if needed.
Science – As stated in last week’s post, there will be a water cycle summative on Monday, December 2. This test will be digital. Students have many materials to review – a water cycle activity on Google Classroom, a study guide, a packet of articles with comprehension questions, and a graded water cycle formative.
Social Studies – On Tuesday, we are starting our unit on the civilization of Ancient China. Students will learn about the geography, culture, and contributions of Ancient China. Students will work on a Google Classroom activity, have notes and a study guide to refer to, and our Friday STEAM activities will focus Ancient China.
Math – We have been working hard learning about multiplication models. We have already covered the grouping model and arrays. This week, we will learn about repeated addition and jumps on a number line. We will also learn about multiplication story problems. Students have loads of activities and a good study guide to help them prepare for multiplication model assessments. There will be a multiplication models formative on Tuesday, December 3. There will be a multiplication story problems formative on Thursday, December 5. There will be a multiplication models and story problems summative test on Friday, December 6. For the test, students will need to know the following: 1) how to chose the multiplication number sentence that goes with a multiplication model, 2) how to read a story problem and draw a model that explains that story, 3) how to draw an array, a grouping model, and make jumps on a number line when given a multiplication sentence.
Writing – We have been hard at work on our persuasive writing. We will continue to work on this writing piece for the first part of the week. The persuasive writing project will be due on Thursday, December 5. Students have been given topics, a graphic organizer, an editing checklist and a rubric to guide them through the writing process.
Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving. I will miss the kids and look forward to seeing them again in December!
HOMEWORK
Monday – study spelling as needed, repeated addition sheet, multiplication models formative tomorrow
Tuesday - study spelling as needed, contraction formative tomorrow, novels due tomorrow, jumps on number line sheet
Wednesday - study spelling as needed, multiplication models sheet, multiplication story problem formative tomorrow, fliers formative tomorrow, persuasive writing piece due tomorrow
Thursday – spelling test tomorrow, multiplication models summative tomorrow

Week of November 18-22
Boosterthon Update - Wow! Our class made it to \$51.00 per lap for the Boosterthon Fun Run. Thank you so much for your generous support. With that being said, the kids have earned several “Class Incentive Awards”. We are going to do all of them tomorrow! Why not! Tomorrow, Monday November 18, the kids can wear a hat, bring a stuffed animal, watch a movie and have 10 extra minutes of recess. The kids are going to love it. Not sure that I will. Sigh!
STEAM – STEAM Fridays have been a huge success. The students have shown their creative thinking, cooperation, and collaboration as they have completed the following STEAM Challenges since September: Tallest Pencil Tower, Strongest Table, Hinged Treasure Chest, Strongest Bridge, Most Effective Parachute, Strongest Spider Web, Bat That Hangs Upside Down and Strongest Pilgrim Shelter. This week, we will be doing a schoolwide challenge as we learn about the design of the huge balloons used in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. On Friday, students will work to make their own balloons. A great way to kick off Thanksgiving break!
Spelling – This week’s words will focus on ER and OR at the end of words. The test is Friday.
Reading – We finished our novels and met with our Book Clubs on Wednesday. The students had some great discussions using question stems and question prompts that I provided. They have their new novels and those will be due after Thanksgiving break on Wednesday, December 4.
This week we will be practicing comprehension of poetry. We have already been reading poetry during our shared reading block and tried our hands at writing a poem. The kids love the Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky poems as they are super silly. We will practice answering poetry comprehension questions this week and we will have a comprehension of poetry formative on Thursday, November 21.
In guided reading groups, we will continue to practice comprehension of nonfiction texts. We will use our strategies to answer text dependent questions. There will be a nonfiction comprehension summative on Friday, November 22. Students will see questions about Author’s Purpose, main idea, context clues, syllables, homophones, and vowel sounds. These are all things we have worked on this year. I am so proud of them!
Math – As you know, the place value “phase 2” summative is tomorrow. I sent an email earlier letting you know of the many place value resources that are posted on Google Classroom to help prepare for the place value test. Students have many activities and a graded quiz in their red math folder, as well. We spent several days at math stations working with math manipulatives and math games to help the kids with place value concepts. On the test, the kids will see the following: 1) rounding large numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, and thousand, 2) ordering numbers greatest to least and least to greatest, 3) a Mystery Number problem, 4) greater than, less than, and equal to examples, 5) provide standard form when given word form, and 6) when given 4 numbers, what is the smallest and largest number that one can make with those digits.
On Tuesday, we start multiplication models.
Science – We are leaving social studies behind for a bit and we will be doing a science unit this week – the water cycle. Students will be given a packet of nonfiction articles about the water cycle which will help with comprehension of nonfiction material. They will watch several videos and complete many activities, including an open notes formative. The water cycle summative will be given when we return from break – Monday, December 2.
Writing - So far this nine weeks period, we have done two writing projects that celebrate the season – a fall letter and a fall poem. Next, the students will be writing a piece of persuasive writing. On Monday, they will get a packet with the topics, a graphic organizer, an editing checklist, and a grading rubric. This piece will count as a summative and will be due when we get back from Thanksgiving break. We will see how it goes.
Sorry for the lengthy post. Next week you will not hear from me!
HOMEWORK
Monday – study spelling, look over water cycle notes
Tuesday – study spelling, look over water cycle notes, multiplication homework
Wednesday – study spelling, look over water cycle notes, comprehension of poetry formative tomorrow
Thursday – spelling test tomorrow, comprehension of nonfiction summative tomorrow

Week of November 11-15
Dear Parents,
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Booster Thon is going great! Thank you so much for your contributions. We have a few more days to get pledges. The Fun Run is Friday.
On Thursday, we will have Movie Day! The students earned four wolves during the first quarter, so we are going to celebrate. Tomorrow we will vote to see which movie we will view.
CoGat testing will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week starting promptly at 9:30. You will get the results of the testing in a few weeks. Students need working headphones in order to take the test online.
Math – We finished our time unit last week and we are spiraling back to place value this week. We will review greater than, less than, ordering numbers, and rounding. There will be Google Classroom activities to practice. There will be a quiz on Wednesday and a summative on next Monday, November 18.
Social Studies – The students have really enjoyed learning about the countries that their family originally came from. The Diversity Quilts are due Tuesday and will count as a summative grade. The Diversity and Principles of America summative will be Tuesday.
On Monday, we will discuss Veteran’s Day. Then, we move on to land and water features of South America. We will have a simple summative on South America on Thursday. Students will have a study guide and a map to help them prepare.
Reading – We are continuing to practice reading comprehension. This week, we will focus on a story called Penguin Chick. This is a nonfiction story and we will practice comprehension strategies as we read. As well, we will be learning about regular and irregular plural nouns. We will do several activities to practice plural nouns and have a formative on Friday.
The students should finish their novels and bring them Wednesday. We will have Book Clubs on Wednesday and get new novels.
Wishing you a great week!!

HOMEWORK

Monday – study spelling, place value homework, Diversity Quilt due tomorrow, Diversty summative tomorrow
Tuesday – study spelling, finish novel and bring tomorrow, place value homework, place value formative tomorrow
Wednesday – study spelling, South America test tomorrow, place value homework
Thursday – spelling test tomorrow, place value homework, place value test on Monday, plural nouns formative tomorrow

Week of November 4-8
Remember that Tuesday is a student holiday for the kids!
Math – We will continue our study of telling time to the nearest minute, elapsed time in hour increments, and elapsed time on a calendar. I have loaded three good activities on to Google Classroom. These will help the students practice and prepare for their assessments. We will have a time to the nearest minute formative on Wednesday, November 6. We will have the telling time summative on Friday, November 8. For the summative, students should know the following: telling time to the nearest minute on an analog clock, elapsed time in hour increments, elapsed time on the calendar (week and months), and how many hours in a day and weeks in a year. Next week, we will start place value part 2.
Spelling – No spelling this week!
Social Studies – Last Friday, the students were given an information sheet about our next unit of study – diversity in America. We will be doing some research about our countries of origin and making a class quilt. The information sheet is asking you to share with your child what country your ancestors came from so that the students can begin to do research about the holidays and traditions of that country. Students need this information by Wednesday.
Reading – This week, we will be talking about literary genres. Students will learn about the characteristics of fairy tales, folk tales, science fiction, biographies, etc. There will be a genres formative on Friday, November 8.
I will send a link to a Sign Up Genius for Parent Teacher Conference Days this week.

Homework
Monday - telling time homework
Tuesday – no school – Complete “Diversity Quilt” class project questions with parents.
Wednesday – telling time homework
Thursday – math summative tomorrow, genre formative tomorrow

Week of October 28 – November 1
Hope you all are doing well. Hang on! The first quarter of third grade is almost over. This week will be the last assessments for this nine week period except one telling time quiz next week. YEAH!
Math – We are almost finished with our geometry unit. The students have had loads of experiences with concrete manipulatives to help conceptualize these ideas. We have used Tangram pieces to make larger shapes from smaller shapes, used marshmallows and toothpicks to make lines and angles, used Geoboards and rubber bands to experiment with making many types of polygons, and used clay and straws to build shapes. Our geometry summative will be on Tuesday, October 29. For the test, students should know the following:
1. all the polygons – triangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, and decagon
2. know right angle
3. know vertex
4. know line, line segment and ray
5. congruent and noncongruent
6. know polygon or not a polygon
7. be able to draw angles, rays, and lines and label them.
Students have notes and activities in their math folders illustrating all these concepts. As well, I have loaded several activities on to Google Classroom that will help with these concepts. On Wednesday, we start our telling time unit.
Reading – This week, we will be reviewing the irregular spelling patterns of OI and OY like in “boy” and “boil”. Our spelling words will have these patterns, as well. On Wednesday, Oct. 30, we will have a word analysis formative that covers all the word analysis skills for the quarter: rhyming, prefix and suffix, base words, syllables, and vowel sounds.
On Thursday, October 31, we will have our final reading summative of the quarter. There will be two fiction passages. Students should use all the comprehension strategies that we have been working on to answer text dependent comprehension questions. As well, there will be questions about main idea, compound words, synonym and antonym, homophones, context clues, and the dictionary. These are all the things that we have already learned this year. WOW! There is so much content in third grade, but the kids are doing great and I am so proud!
Social Studies – We finished up our review of continents and oceans, maps and globes. This week, we will narrow the focus to just North America. Third grade students need to know the land and water features of North America. On Thursday, October 31, there will be a simple social studies summative. The students will need to identify on a map of America the following: Rocky Mountains, Appalachian Mountains, Mississippi River, Rio Grande, and the Great Lakes.
Hope you all have a great week and a Happy Halloween!

HOMEWORK
Monday – study spelling words, study for geometry summative tomorrow
Tuesday – study spelling words, word analysis formative tomorrow
Wednesday – study spelling words, reading summative tomorrow, telling time homework
Thursday – spelling test tomorrow – Happy Halloween!

Week of Oct. 21-25

Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Math – As you know, we finished our graphing unit with a summative test last Monday. We are now in the middle of the geometry unit. We will have a geometry formative on Tuesday, October 22. To prepare for the quiz, students should know the following: how to sort a shape as a “polygon” and “not a polygon”, know what a quadrilateral is, know what a right angle is, know the different quadrilaterals (square, rectangle, parallelogram, trapezoid, and rhombus). For the rest of the week, we will continue to work on lines, angles, various shapes, and congruent and noncongruent shapes. The geometry summative will be next Tuesday, October 29.
Reading – This week in shared reading, we will be working on synonyms and antonyms and word reference resources like the thesaurus, the glossary, and the dictionary. We will have a simple formative on synonyms and antonyms on Wednesday, October 23. There is a Google Classroom activity to practice synonyms and antonyms. We are going to be making “Dictionary People” as we discover all the information provided in a dictionary entry like the definition, synonyms and antonyms, syllable breaks, parts of speech, and guide words.
We will have our final reading summative next week. There will be two fiction passages with comprehension questions. We will do several reading comprehension activities this week to continue to practice strategies that help us become better readers.
Science – Science is done for this quarter. The grades noted on Parent Vue are the final science grades for quarter one.
Social Studies - This week, we will review maps and globes. Students will be working on a project that involves making a globe that includes the world’s continents and oceans. This project will be due Thursday, October 24 and counts as a summative grade in social studies. There is a rubric with specific directions and expectations for the project. There will be a digital formative on Thursday, October 24. Students will need to label the continents and oceans of the world through a “Drag and Drop” format on the Chromebooks. Students will not need to know how to spell these land features.
Writing – We have been hard at work learning about “Awesome Adjectives” and “Vivacious Verbs”. We are reading various monster stories to see examples of how writers use descriptive language to create images in the reader’s mind. There is a great story called I Need My Monster linked in Google Classroom that has been a great deal of fun for the kids. We have a writing packet that contains different prewriting activities and supports for this writing piece. The students will start the rough draft of their own monster stories on Monday. The final copy of the monster stories is due on Thursday, October 24 and it will count as a summative grade in writing. There is a rubric to help the students as they prepare the final copy.
Spelling – We have done all the long vowels. Now we move to short vowels. This week we will focus on short a and short e.
Friday is “Dress like your favorite book character” day. Students need to bring a copy of the book with them, if possible.

HOMEWORK
Monday – study for spelling as needed, geometry sheet, geometry formative tomorrow
Tuesday - study for spelling as needed, geometry sheet, synonyms and antonyms formative tomorrow
Wednesday - study for spelling as needed, geometry sheet, continents and oceans digital formative tomorrow, monster story due tomorrow, globe project due tomorrow
Thursday – geometry sheet, spelling test tomorrow

Week of October 14-18
Students are enjoying their various chocolate-themed novels. We will need to have those completed by next Monday, October 21.
Math – As you know, we are finishing up our graphing unit. There will be a summative test on Monday, October 14. Students need to understand “TAILS” ( Titles, Axis, Intervals, and Labels), data charts, tally charts, bar graphs, and pictographs. Students need to be able to analyze graphs and answer questions. Please be sure to study the graphing formative that I graded and returned on last Thursday. It will be a helpful study tool.
We will spend a day finishing our in class assignment, “The Great Graphing Project”. This is due on Tuesday, October 15 and will count as a summative math grade.
We will start our next math unit on Wednesday – geometry.
Spelling – This week we are working on long U spelling patterns.
Shared Reading – For shared reading, we will be working on prefixes and suffixes and Problem and Resolution. There will be a prefixes and suffixes formative on Wednesday, October 16. Of course, we are always working on reading comprehension. We will have a fiction/nonfiction comprehension formative on Thursday, October 17.
Science – We are still hard at work on our final animal unit – animal habitats. We will have a couple of open notes formatives this week and an animal habitats summative on Friday, October 18. To prepare for the science summative, students should study their vocabulary notes pages, the study guide, the notes pages, and the open notes quizzes.
Have a wonderful week!

HOMEWORK
Monday - study spelling words, study science materials
Tuesday – study spelling words, study science materials, prefix and suffix formative tomorrow
Wednesday – study spelling word, study science materials, geometry activity, fiction and nonfiction formative tomorrow
Thursday – spelling test tomorrow, habitats summative tomorrow, geometry activity
Finish chocolate novels this weekend. Return books on Monday, October 21.

Week of Oct. 7-11
Remember that this Friday is an early release day. Students will be coming home three hours early. The children are invited to bring lunch or to buy a simple bagged lunch from the cafeteria. We will eat in the classrooms.
Hopefully you have seen your child reading their chocolate book! Everyone in the class has a novel with a chocolate theme. The kids are loving those!
Math – Last week we wrapped up our three digit addition and subtraction and word problem unit. On Monday, we will start to learn about graphing. Students will be leaning about survey questions, data tables, pictographs, and bar graphs. There will be a graphing quiz on Thursday, Oct. 10 and a summative on graphing next Monday, October 14. For the summative, students must interpret graphs, understand a data table, and be able to understand pictographs and bar graphs. As well, we will be working on The Great Graphing Project. This is a project based activity that will count as a summative grade in math.
Shared Reading – Last week, we practiced reading some fiction stories to prepare for the fiction comprehension summative that we will have on Thursday, October 10. Students will need to use the reading comprehension strategies that we have been practicing in order to answer comprehension questions. As well, we will be studying main idea, reviewing prediction, and discussing Author’s Purpose.
Spelling – We will be learning spellings of long O.
Science – The students did a great job with animal food chains last week. We played Kahoot! and they loved that! We will have our science summative on food chains this Tuesday, October 8. Students should study their flash cards, the study guide, the animal article, and most importantly, the Essential Questions to prepare for this summative test. On Tuesday, we start our final animal unit – animal habitats.
Writing – In writing, the kids are going to have a blast as we read a story about a boy who has a monster living under his bed. Then, we will be writing our own monster stories. We will work on our stories for two weeks and the final copy will count as a summative grade in writing.
HOMEWORK

Monday – study spelling words, pictograph sheet, science test tomorrow
Tuesday – study spelling words, bar graph sheet
Wednesday – study spelling words, graphing formative tomorrow, graphing activity
Thursday – spelling test tomorrow, graphing activity

Week of September 30 - October 4
I hope you all are having a nice weekend. I can’t believe it is October! If only October would bring us some cooler weather.
This week, we have an article about tree frogs and another article about mammals to help us practice. On Thursday, we will have a fiction and nonfiction formative cold read.
Shared Reading – In addition to reading comprehension, we will focus a bit on word analysis. That is when we use our knowledge of phonics and rhyme to decode a word that we do not know how to read. There will be a simple word analysis formative on Wednesday.
Math – In math, we will continue to practice three digit addition and subtraction. We will also start to work on single step word problems. The students will learn how to use a U P S Check mat to help answer word problems. They should use that on Wednesday and Thursday night as they do word problems for homework. There will be a math formative on Friday, October 4. Students will need to answer five word problems and complete five three digit addition and subtraction with regrouping.
Science – We have been talking about animal adaptations for the past week. The students will have their animal adaptations summative on Tuesday, October 1. In their green science folders, the students have flash cards, a study guide, and highlighted notes to help them prepare. As well, there is a page called “Essential Questions”. The students should use these questions to help them study for the County science test. I had them bring their green folders home to you for the weekend in case some would like to take a look Sunday night. On Tuesday, we will begin our next science unit – animal food chains. There will be a summative on animal food chains next Tuesday, October 8.
Spelling - This week’s developmental spelling groups will all focus on different spellings of Long I. There will be a test on Friday.
Writing – Last Wednesday, the students learned how to use the Chromebooks to complete digital research on a topic during library resource. Then, they chose an animal and completed a research grid about that animal. On Monday, we will start to write a short report based on the facts they gathered. We will spend time going through all the steps of the report writing process to write a short report paragraph about the chosen animal. The final report will be due this Friday, October 4 and will count as a summative grade in writing. Have a great week and thank you for all do at home!
HOMEWORK:
Monday – study spelling as needed, study for science test tomorrow focusing on Essential Questions, 3 digit practice sheet
Tuesday – study spelling as needed, 3 digit practice sheet
Wednesday – study spelling as needed, complete page 2 of word problem packet using UPS Check mat
Thursday – spelling test tomorrow, animal short report due tomorrow, math formative on 3 digit addition and subtraction and single step word problems tomorrow
Week of Sept 23-27
Greetings Parents! I hope everyone had a great weekend. The weather was so nice!!
This week is “Start with Hello!” week at Winterpock. The idea is to promote kindness and inclusion. Last week, our Morning Meeting time was devoted to activities that allowed the kids to practice and learn about ways to show kindness to others.
Shared Reading – In reading, we will spend the week discussing theme in fiction stories. Overarching ideas like honesty, be yourself, friendship, loss, sacrifice, etc. can be identified when we read. Also, we will be working on identifying the narrator of a selection or work of writing. I will be reading several stories aloud and we will work on both skills in a whole group setting.
On Friday, we will have a nonfiction reading summative. The reading summative will cover these skills: comprehension of nonfiction, dictionary definitions, table of contents, and picking the correct word meaning based on the text.
Math – On Friday, we had our place value summative. Grades have been posted in Parent Vue and you will receive your child’s test on Thursday when I send home graded papers. Our next math unit deals with 3-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping and word problems. There is not a summative test with this unit. The students will have a formative next week.
Writing – On Monday, students will be completing their personal narratives about a day that they will never forget. The students will have a rubric so that they know exactly what writing conventions and writing skills will be assessed. The personal narrative will be a summative grade.
On Tuesday, we start a research report. Students will learn how to research a topic in the library. Then we will go through the steps of the writing process to complete a short report. This will take about two weeks to complete and will count as a writing summative grade.
We will also be learning about the articles a, an and the. Students will learn which to use in a sentence. There will be a simple Articles Formative on Wednesday.
Spelling – This week, students will be learning Long E spelling words. We will have no written spelling homework, but there will be a spelling test on Friday.
Science – We are leaving behind social studies for a few weeks. We are going to focus on animals which the kids always love to learn about! Our first unit is animal adaptations. The students will have a study guide, flash cards, and notes in their science folder that they can use to study. The animal adaptations summative test is on Tuesday, October 1.
I hope you have a wonderful week!

HOMEWORK
MONDAY – 3-digit addition exercises, study spelling as needed
TUESDAY - 3-digit addition exercises, study spelling as needed, articles quiz tomorrow
WEDNESDAY – 3-digit subtraction exercises, study spelling as needed
THURSDAY - 3-digit subtraction exercises, spelling test tomorrow, nonfiction summative tomorrow

Week of September 9-13
School got off to a fantastic start last week.  Your children are simply delightful! It was such  a pleasure to get to know them. We had a lot of fun building a pencil tower, making a volcano, filling buckets, and so much more!

Math - This week in math, we are starting our place value unit.  There will be a study guide in the math folder if you need a refresher on place value terminology.  The kids will learn about the following:
1.  Making numbers with base ten blocks,
2. Writing numbers in standard form,
3. Writing numbers in expanded form,
4. Writing numbers in word form,
5. Mystery Numbers, and
6. Rounding.

We will do activities each day in class and students will have math homework each evening that reinforces the classwork.  There will be a place value quiz on Friday.

Reading - For shared reading, we are switching from fiction to nonfiction.  We will be learning all about nonfiction text features this week. Features like the glossary, photographs, captions, bold words, etc. help us better comprehend what we read.  Students will be completing an Interactive Notes Packet that they should review each evening. This packet will be in their Reading folder. They will have Google Classroom activities to complete in class and an in class text features project.  Next Monday, September 16th, students will complete a digital formative in which they will be shown a picture of a text feature and they have to identify the feature.  This is a multiple choice quiz. The in class project will count as a summative reading grade.

Social Studies - In social studies, we are learning about Laws and our Government.  Students will watch several videos and complete various in class activities throughout  the week. There will be a Rules and Government summative on Friday.  To prepare, students should review their notes, the study guide, and flash cards.  These items will be in their social studies folder.

Writing - For writing, the students will be composing a personal narrative.  We will be discussing the steps of the writing process - brainstorming, rough draft, editing, and final copy.  We will work on this piece all week and possibly into next week. Once completed, the personal narrative will be a summative grade for writing.

STEAM - We will be doing a STEAM project each Friday.  This week, we will be constructing a table made of paper that can hold a book for 30 seconds.  That will be fun!!

This Thursday, September 12th is Back to School Night.  I hope you can make it. It starts at 6:15 in my class. I am room 204.

We will have MAPS testing on Wednesday.  See the letter from the school administration that is in the students’ gray folder for specific details about this test.

I will instruct the students to write the homework in their homework agenda each morning, but in case that gets overlooked…...Here you go!  Have a great week!

HOMEWORK

Monday - place value math sheet, review social studies notes, review nonfiction text features notes

Tuesday - What Number Am I ? math sheet, review social studies notes and social studies flashcards, review nonfiction text  features notes

Wednesday - Expanding Numbers  math sheet, review social studies notes and flash cards, review nonfiction text features notes

Thursday - study place value study guide to prepare for place value formative tomorrow, study flash cards and all Rules and Government notes to prepare for social studies summative test tomorrow

Week of September 3-6
It was so FANTASTIC to meet you last Thursday at Open House. It is going to be a great year! Third grade is a special time in that the children begin to develop independence and take responsibility for their learning and their grades. It is my goal to help them with this process by providing clear expectations and predictable routines. I will post an entry each Sunday night so that all of us – the teacher, the parent, and the students – know what is coming and how to prepare. Anytime you have a question, let me know. I am so happy to help!
This week we will be getting to know one another, discussing school rules and class rules, and negotiating our new routines and schedules. Below is the daily schedule and the resource schedule.

Our Resource Schedule

Monday - art with Ms. Nixon
Tuesday - STEAM with Mrs. Prymak
Wednesday - library with Mrs. Robinson
Thursday - music with Mr. Smalls
Friday - PE with Mr. Baytop

Our Daily Schedule

9:30 - 9:45 - Pack Time
9:45 - 10:30 - science or social studies – snack at 10:15
10:30 - 11:15 - resource
11:15 - 12:30 - math
12:31 - 12:56 - lunch (table 5, line
1:00 - 1:15 - silent reading
1:15 - 1:35 - shared reading
1:35 - 2:45 - Guided Reading
2:45 - 3:15 - recess
3:15 - 3:50 - writing and word study

Please send a peanut free, tree nut free snack each day.

This week in math, we are reviewing strategies for addition and subtraction. Many of these strategies the students have been exposed to since kindergarten! Some examples include Making 10, Counting Up by 1, 2, or 3, Doubles, Doubles Plus 1, etc. Since this is review material, we will spend four days on this topic. We will play loads of partner games in class and have a simple formative on Friday. The formative will be an activity in which the students determine if a given problem should be solved with the Doubles Strategy, the Near Doubles Strategy, the Making 10 Strategy, or the Bridging Through 10 Strategy. I will send the Chesterfield County math newsletter that explains addition and subtracton strategies through email.

This week for shared reading, we will all be reading the story First Day Jitters in our reading books. Each student has their own copy of the anthology and will read the story independently and with a partner. As we explore the story, we will discuss critical vocabulary words, make connections to the story, and review story elements like beginning, middle, and end. There will be a reading formative on Friday. For the formative, the students will write about the beginning, middle, and end of the story and identify a personal connection to an event in the story.

The students’ summer reading was a Magic Treehouse book called Vacation Under the Volcano. If you did not know about this, no worries! I am going to read the book aloud this week in class. The story has loads of social studies content as it takes place in Pompeii and we learn about Ancient Rome later in the year. We will connect the reading to our science curriculum by doing a science experiment. Yes, we are making a simple volcano with baking soda and vinegar! The students will learn about the Scientific Method and complete a simple science lab sheet that will count as a science formative grade.

For writing instruction, we will be watching an interview with Mary Pope Osborne, the author of the Magic Treehouse series of books. She discusses the writing process and how she comes up with ideas to use in her stories. The students will write a simple paragraph about a day that they will never forget. This will count as a writing formative grade.

There is no homework this week. YEAH!

We have Back to School Night on Thursday, September 12. At that time, I will provide more detailed explanations about homework, grading policies, spelling instruction, etc. I look forward to sharing with you at that time.

Anything below this post was for last year so do not worry about that.

Again, I can not express enough how thrilled I am to be your child’s teacher. It is going to be a great year!