Each Sunday evening, I will post important news, reminders, assessment dates and daily homework for your convenience.
Week of April 23-27
Hey Parents! This week's news will be short and sweet. We have so much work to do on our PBL projects to have them ready for you on Thursday! That will be much of our focus for the week. That and preparing for the jungle musical for Tuesday evening. I look forward to seeing you Tuesday night at 5:45 in the gym for student drop off and on Thursday morning at 9:15 for the PBL Wetlands Expo. If you have returned your blue RSVP, your visitor badge will be ready. If not, you will need to see the office staff for a security badge. Students will need to do Word Study homework each evening to prepare for their Word Study test on Friday. We are starting a new math unit on probability, but we will not have a summative on probability until next Wednesday. We will have a multiplication test on the nines times table on this Wednesday. We will have a three week checkpoint this week, as well. Don't forget to access the digital SOL materials on your student's Google Classroom account. It will be a good idea for the kids to practice skills to prepare for the upcoming SOL tests. As well, the post below explains how to access the digital resources that allow students to prepare for testing from home. Thanks for your support!
Week of April 16-20
Greetings third grade parents! Hope you all had a great weekend. The weather was so nice!
This week in math, we have a a short unit about area and perimter. We will have a formative on Thursday and a summative on Friday.
In science, we are right in the middle of our PBL unit about conservation of Virginia's wetlands. The students have had many experiences over the last few weeks to enance their understanding of wetlands: a wetland scientist came to speak to the children, employees from Maymont came and provided three hands-on, minds-on learning experiences about wetlands, we did a science experiment to teach us about how oil spills effect the environment, and we have a Maymont field trip this week. We will have our wetlands/conservation/natural disasters summative this Friday. It will be a digital assessment and students should study the notes and file folder activity that they have in their binders.
In language arts, we will be reviewing everything that we have learned all year. There will be no new language arts skills for the remainder of the year. We will be enhancing and refining all that we have learned for the past months.
Starting tomorrow morning, we will begin our daily SOL review sessions. I have loaded a variety of activities on to the students' Google Classroom. Each morning, we will use Chromebooks to access the activities and review skills and knowledge. Our SOL schedule is as follows: Tuesday, May 15 is the math SOL day #1 and Wednesday, May 16 is the math SOL day #2. Tuesday,May 29 is language arts SOL day #1 and Wednesday, May 30th is SOL day #2.
If you want to access the activities that we are doing at school for further practice at home, have your students access their Google Classroom account on the computer and show you all that they have learned! It is amazing how much they have accomplished and the SOL's are a chance "Show Off that Learning!"
I have mentioned this before, but I think it is worth saying again. There are some good digital resources that students can access that will help them feel confident and prepared for the SOL tests. One is SOLPass. Simply Google SOLPass.org and navigate to third grade reading. Here students will have access to old SOL tests for practice. The school is Winterpock ES and the password is wolfpack.
A second resource is Jefferson Labs to help with math preparation. Simply Google Jefferson Labs and navigate to math for third grade. There are released SOL test items for the students to use.
Don't forget that we have our Maymont field trip on Thursday. The students need comfortable walking shoes, a water bottle, a snack, and a lunch to eat in the classroom once we return.
We will not have Word Study this week.
For homework, students will have a math sheet each evening. They should prepare for a science summative on Friday, a math summative on Friday, and a math formative on Thursday.
Week of April 9-13
Hello parents! I hope everyone has had a wonderful spring break. I was in Austin Texas where the weather was warm. I can not believe that here in Virginia we had snow last night! As you know, this is the last week of the third quarter. We will be taking our final assessments for the nine weeks and grades will be pretty much set by this weekend. Be sure to check Synergy so that you know where your child stands in terms of grades for this nine weeks.
In math, we will be completing our unit on measurement. The students will have a quiz on Tuesday that covers volume, ounces and pounds, and temperature. There will be a summative on Wednesday that covers the customary and the metric system. The students have learned how to use both when measuring length, volume (liquids), temperature, and weight. As I shared a couple of weeks ago, the 8's multiplication quiz will be this Wednesday, as well.
In science, we are in the middle of our PBL unit about conserving Virginia's wetlands. This week, we will do several activities to learn about pollution and conservation. We will have a graded science experiment on Tuesday. There will be a digital formative on Friday about wetlands, pollution, and conservation
We will have no new skills to learn in language arts. We will be reviewing and we will have a digital nine week checkpoint on Thursday.
Have a great week!
Monday - 1 word study menu item, math sheet on measuring weight with the customary system, measuring formative tomorrow
Tuesday - 1 word study menu item, study for measuring summative tomorrow, study for 8's multiplication quiz tomorrow
Wednesday - 1 word study menu item
Thursday - spelling test tomorrow, digital quiz on wetlands, pollution, and conservation tomorrow
Week of March 26-30
Good evening third grade parents! I hope you had a nice weekend. Here is what you need to know for the week!
We will not be having Word Study this week. No homework or test to study for. YEAH!
We are starting a new math unit on Monday morning all about measurement. The students will learn about the customary and the metric systems of measurement. This unit will last until after spring break. We will have a formative on measuring length this Wednesday.
We are finishing up our social studies unit on European exploration and will have the summative on Tuesday. The students have a packet full of items to study. There are articles about Ponce De Leon, Columbus, Cartier, and Newport, four quizzes, and maps to help students prepare for the test.
We will have our 7's multiplication test this Wednesday. Since we are a little behind, we will have the 8's test on the Wednesday after spring break.
We will have a formative on word analysis this Thursday. It will cover a variety of things like suffixes, prefixes and vowel patterns. These are all review skills that the students have been learning about all year. As well, there will be a digital reading comprehension summative this week.
Just to let you now, the students will be doing most of their tests on the Chromebooks for the remainder of the year. I will note on Synergy that it was a "digital" test so that you know that you will not be seeing the test come home in the white envelope of graded papers. All third grade teachers are doing this for two reasons: we use a lot less paper and helps the environment and it prepares the students for having their own Chromebook next year in fourth grade.
Hope you all have a great spring break!
MONDAY - study for social studies summative tomorrow, activity on inches and feet
TUESDAY - study for 7's multiplication quiz tomorrow, Measuring Penny activity, formative on measuring length tomorrow
WEDNESDAY - measuring sheet (front and back)
THURSDAY - measuring sheet (front and back)
Week of March 19-23
Good evening third grade parents! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Here is the week!
We finished our beastly unit on fractions and now we have a little bit more to do with fractions. This week only, we will learn how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. There will be a quiz on Thursday and a summative on Friday. Not too bad!
We are continuing to learn about the European explorers De Leon, Christopher Columbus, Jaques Cartier, and Christopher Newport. We will have mini quizes through the week but these will all be open notes and open book. The summative will be next Tuesday. The students are busy doing digital research about an explorer of their choice which they will use to write a short report next week.
In language arts, we are basically reviewing all of the skills that have already been taught since September. This week, we will have a quick review Author's Purpose and a formative on Wednesday. We will review making plurals and have a formative on plural nouns on Friday.
MONDAY - 1 spelling menu item, adding fractions sheet
TUESDAY - 1 spelling menu item, Author's Purpose quiz tonorrow, adding fractions page
WEDNESDAY - 1 spelling menu item, subtracting fractions problems, quiz on adding and subtraction fractions tomorrow
THURSDAY-spelling test tomorrow, summative on adding and subtracting fractions tomorrow, formative on plural nouns tomorrow
Week of March 12- 16
Hello third grade parents! Sorry I am posting this a day late. I wanted to make sure that we were not going to miss school on Monday. Obviously, we did not but we will see what Tuesday morning brings! This week in math, we continue our unit on fractions. On Monday and Tuesday, we will focus on comparing fractions and determining greater than, less than, or equal to. On Tuesday, we will have a fraction formative that focuses mainly on mixed numbers and improper fractions. There will be a fractions summative that focuses on all aspects of fractions - fractions of a shape, fractions of a set, fractions on a number line, equivalent fractions, mixed numbers, improper fractions, and comparing fractions. There are loads of materials in the students' binders.
In science, we are finishing our unit on cycles in nature. Students will have a science summative on Wednesday that includes cycles of the moon, the cycle of the tides, the cycle of the seasons, animal life cycles, and plant life cycles.
In language arts, students will have a formative on Tuesday on context clues. We have worked on this skill several times this year. On Friday, they will have a formative on possessive nouns. There will be a six-week checkpoint in the later part of the week, as well.
The Moon Tracker sheet is due on Wednesday. It is no problem to use the Internet to complete days that you could not see anything or you did not have time to do the homework. Students will get a 100% for a science formative simply for turning it in.
Have a great week!!
MONDAY - 1 word study menu item, study for fraction quiz tomorrow on mixed numbers and improper fractions, study for science summative on Wednesday, formative tomorrow on context clues
TUESDAY - 1 word study menu item, fraction review packet, study for science summative tomorrow on cycles in nature
WEDNESDAY - 1 word study menu item, study for fraction test on Friday
THURSDAY - spelling test tomorrow, fraction summative tomorrow, possessive nouns formative tomorrow
Week of Mar. 5-9
Good Evening Third Grade Parents! I can not believe it is March. Wow! The year is flying by. This week in math, we will continue with week 2 of our three week fraction unit. We will have another day of equivalent fractions. Then we move on to mixed numbers, then improper fractions, and then comparing fractions. This Wednesday, we will have a multiplication formative on the 0-6 tables.
We finished our social studies unit and we are starting a new science unit - cycles in nature. This unit will cover all sorts of cycles: the moon cycle, the cycle of the seasons, the tide cycle, plants life cycles, and animal life cycles. We will have a formative this Wednesday on rotation and revolution and the phases of the moon. On Tuesday, the students will get a "Moon Tracker" sheet. Each evening for one week, they need to glance at the night sky and record what the moon looks like. This will be a formative grade so students need to be careful not to loose it.
In language arts, we will focus on drawing conclusions. We will have a formative on fiction comprehension, as well.
Have a wonderful week and thank you for your support!
MONDAY- 1 word study menu item, equivalent fraction problems
TUESDAY - 1 word stud menu item, Moon Tracker sheet, mixed numbers sheet (front and back), study for multiplication quiz 0-6's, study for formative on rotation and revolution and moon phases
WEDNESDAY - 1 word study menu item, Moon Tracker sheet, mixed numbers sheet (front and back)
THURSDAY - spelling test tomorrow, look over improper fractions sheet (no written homework for math)
Week of Feb. 26 - Mar. 2
Good evening third grade parents! I trust everyone had a nice weekend. The warm weather was nice. I wanted to let you know that tomorrow night is Chik-Fil-A night for Winterpock and all of the proceeds go to third grade. YEAH! I will be there from 6:00 - 7:00 if that fits into your evening schedule. Please come into the restaurant and let your child spin the prize wheel and get cheered on by the third-grade teachers. Thank you for your support! (It is the Chik-Fil-A near Lowes onHull Street.)
It is also Read Across America week. Here is the list of events for each day:
Monday - Wear as many colors as you can.
Tuesday - Wear your favorite college t-shirt or vacation t-shirt.
Wednesday - Wacky Sock Day
Thursday - Wear a Hat Day- Pin a card to your hat that tells your favorite Dr. Seuss book.
Frida - Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character.
This week in math, we continue our unit on fractions. We will continue to study fractions until the middle of March. It is a big unit. On Monday, we will continue to learn about fractions of a set. Then we move on to fractions on a number line and finish the week with equivalent fractions. We will have a formative on Tuesday on fractions of a whole and fractions of a set.
In social studies, the students are continuing to do research on famous Americans. On Tuesday, they will be making a Google Slides presentation that they will share with the whole class so that we can all learn from one another. There will be a summative test on Friday that will cover all of the following: principles of a republican government, diversity in America, and the famous Americans Thurgood Marshall, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr, and Cesar Chavez. The students have been directed to bring their social studies books home each evening. These topics are covered extensively in the social studies book. There are some notes and a study guide in their binders, as well.
In language arts, we are comparing and contrasting fairy tales from different cultures. The students will have a reading formative at the end of the week.
MONDAY - 1 word study menu item, fractions of a set worksheet, formative tomorrow on fractions of a whole and of a set
TUESDAY - 1 word study menu item, fractions on a number line worksheet
WEDNESDAY - 1 word study menu item, cut and paste fractions on a number line sheet
THURSDAY - spelling test tomorrow, social studies summative tomorrow on diversity, principles of a republican government and famous Americans
Week of Feb. 19-23
Good afternoon third grade parents! Hope you all had a nice weekend. This week, we will finish up our math unit on properties and equality. We will have a formative on Tuesday and a summative on Wednesday. Our next math unit will be fractions and this unit will last three weeks. Continue to study multiplication facts. There will be a quiz on 0-5's on Wednesday.
In language arts, we will be focusing on nonfiction, with an emphasis on main idea and recipes. There will be a three-week reading checkpoint on Friday that will count as a formative. As well, we will review prefixes and suffixes. There will be a quiz on both on Thursday.
In social studies, we will continue our study of the principles of the American government and diversity. We will have a formative on these concepts on Tuesday and a summative on Thursday. Then we will begin a unit on famous Americans.
MONDAY - 1 word study menu item, study for a formative on properties and equality, equality practice sheet, study notes for a formative on principles of American government and diversity
TUESDAY - 1 word study menu item, study for math summative on properties and equality tomorrow, study for multiplication quiz on 0-5's tomorrow
WEDNESDAY - 1 word study menu item, fractions sheet, study for social studies summative on principles of American government and diversity, quiz on prefixes and suffixes tomorrow
THURSDAY - study for spelling test tomorrow, reading checkpoint tomorrow, fraction homework
Happy Soggy Sunday! Wow! I need to go to the grocery store but keep putting that off.
Tomorrow is our PBL trip to Spring Arbor. The students are very excited to sing to, read to, and share their art projects with the residents. It promises to be a special day.
Wednesday is Valentine's Day and I sent a note earlier with a class list. Students are invited to bring a "mailbox" and Valentine's for everyone in the class. We will have an exciting afternoon doing Valentine STEAM activities, as well!
On Monday, we will finish our division strategies math unit and have a summative on Tuesday, Feb. 12. On Tuesday after the test, we are going to have a quick review of division properties and a little formative on Wednesday, Feb. 13. This is a review of material taught earlier this year so we will not need to spend much time on it. On Thursday, we will start a new math unit - equality and inequality with more addition and multiplication properties thrown in. This is a short unit and we will have a summative next Wednesday, Feb. 21.
Students should be studying the 5's multiplications tables. We will have a quiz on 0-5's next Wednesday, Feb. 21.
We finished our science unit on the water cycle and will begin a social studies unit about diversity and equality in America tomorrow. We will have a summative on these topics next Tuesday, Feb. 20.
In language arts, we will review parts of speech, inferencing, and story elements. There will be a fiction summative on Friday, Feb. 16. The summative includes comprehension of a poem.
MONDAY - 1 word study menu item, study for division strategies summative test tomorrow
TUESDAY - 1 word study menu item, look over properties for formative tomorrow
WEDNESDAY - 1 word study menu item
THURSDAY - spelling test tomorrow, Identity and Commutative Properties of Addition sheet, fiction summative tomorrow
Week of Feb. 5-9
Good Afternoon Third Grade Parents!
What a yucky, rainy Sunday. Maybe watching some football this evening will lighten the mood of the day!
I wanted you to know about several resources that are now available to our Winterpock families. Please use them as they are quite beneficial! The first is Dreambox. You know about this, but you may have been forgetting to ask your child to do activities on Dreambox. It is an awesome way to teach number sense and conceptual understanding of math concepts. The second is Tumblebooks. It is a database that the students can access from their my.ccpsnet.net dashboard. Students go to Macinvia, scroll down to databases, then select Tumblebooks. It has loads of great books for the students to read and interact with. They have been using Tumblebooks in class and should know how to access the database. A new addition that we are so excited about is MyOn. It is another reading resource that the students have already started using in class. It has leveled books with comprehension quizzes. It is very good! Again, students access MyOn from their my.ccpsnet.net dashboard. A fourth resource is a website that can help students prepare for the upcoming reading and math SOLs. Simply use your computer to go to Solpass.org. Scroll down until you find our school - Winterpock. Our school password is wolfpack. All of these are great, FREE to you resources that I hope the students will take advantage of.
In math this week, we start a new unit - division strategies. The students will learn the following models of division - arrays, repeated subtraction, number line, and grouping model. There is a comprehensive study guide in the students' binders for them to use. There will be a formative on division models this Friday, Feb. 9th and a summative on Tuesday, Feb. 13th.
In science, we start a new unit on the water cycle. The students will have detailed study guides and notes to study each night. Because this is a review and students have learned about the water cycle in previous years, the unit will be short. There will be an open notes formative on Wednesday, Feb. 7th and a summative on Friday, Feb. 9th. Students should study a little every night.
In shared reading, we will review inflected endings - adding ER or EST to adjectives. There will be a simple formative in this on Thursday, Feb. 8th.
Continue to study multiplication tables. The 0-4's multiplication formative will be this Wednesday, Feb. 7th.
The students took the Developmental Spelling Assessment (DSA) earlier in January. The third-grade teachers used the results to form new word study groups. You received a letter about your child's new group last week. The new groups start tomorrow.
Thank you for your support and have a great week!
MONDAY - 1 Word Study menu item, division using arrays math sheet
TUESDAY - 1 Word Study menu item, division with equal groups sheet, study for 0-4's multiplication test, open notes water cycle formative tomorrow
WEDNESDAY - 1 Word Study menu item, inflected endings formative tomorrow, repeated subtraction division model sheet
THURSDAY - study for spelling test tomorrow, study for water cycle summative tomorrow, study for division models formative tomorrow, division models checkup activity
Week of Jan. 29 - Feb. 2
Good Evening Third Grade Parents!
It is going to be a great week with loads of fun things planned. As you know, Thursday is Ancients' Day. Students will be doing activities all afternoon! The children can wear a costume if they wish. Monday, tomorrow, is our day to go to the Book Fair. Send money tomorrow if you wish for your child to purchase books. Everything will be loaded up come Monday afternoon and there will be no more books available. Friday is "Favorite Jersey" day. Students can wear a jersey of their favorite football team. Go Stellers! Just kidding!
I have made a few changes in assessment dates since I posted last week. I want to lessen the load for you and the kids in any way possible. With that being said, we will not have the 4's times table quiz this week. Let's put that off until next Wednesday, February 7th. As well, I have decided to have the telling time summative on Thursday. We simply need more days to learn elapsed time. There will be a telling time and elapsed time formative on Tuesday to check for understanding of those concepts. As well, we will have the matter science summative on Friday. We have loads of scientific investigations yet to do and we are going to make some Oobleck on Wednesday to help us learn the properties of matter. I do not want to rush these learning experiences.
This week in language arts, the students will be learning synonyms and antonyms. There will be a synonym and antonym formative on Wednesday.
Please make sure that students turn in the ancient civilizations research grid that they received last Tuesday. I explained how to complete it in last week's post. It is due on Tuesday, January 30th and will count as a formative grade in reading.
As you know, third grade will be traveling to visit the elderly as part of our PBL "Winterpock Wolves Warm Hearts." Spring Arbor and Brookdale can always use the following items for the residents: puzzles with 500 pieces or less, adult coloring books, crossword puzzle books, Brain Teaser books, and DVD's. These items can be used or new. This is a totally optional opportunity. The third grade teachers will take any items on Friday, February 16th . If you want to donate, send in items before that date.
MONDAY - 1 word study menu item, study for telling time and elapsed time formative tomorrow, telling time to the nearest minute practice sheet
TUESDAY - 1 word study meny item, study for synonyms and antonyms formative tomorrow, complete elapsed time word problems
WEDNESDAY - 1 word study menu item, study for matter formative tomorrow, study for telling time to the nearest minute and elapsed time to an hour summative tomorrow - students will have a time study packet in their binder to help prepare for the test
THURSDAY - study for spelling test, study for matter summative tomorrow
Week of January 22-26
Greetings third-grade parents!
Well, it looks like we might be in school for five days in a row. Thank goodness! With that being said, thank you for your patience as we get back on track.
I will need your help a bit as we are simply running out of time for this quarter. On this Tuesday, we will have the Chromebooks and I am going to teach the students how to access a "digital research board" on Discovery Education. The students will use these digital research materials to complete a grid about the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, and Mali. The students will be given class time to work on this grid, but anything that is not finished will become homework. The students can access Discovery Education from their CCPS dashboard. This assignment will be due on Tuesday, January 30. It will count as a formative reading grade.
In math, we are finishing up our study of counting money and making change. The students did a great job on their quiz given last Friday. We will continue to practice and review Monday and Tuesday and the money summative will be given on Wednesday, January 24th. Next, we start a unit on telling time and elapsed time. The time summative will be next Thursday, February 1.
In reading, we are reviewing syllables and will be having a quiz on Wednesday. We will also be reviewing reference resources: thesaurus, dictionary, encyclopedia, and atlas. There will be a formative on reference resources on Friday.
In science, we finished up simple machines and we moving on to physical properties of matter starting Monday. We will have a summative on physical properties on Wednesday, January 31st.
Hopefully, you saw the two parent notes that came home last Friday. One is about our upcoming PBL project titled "Winterpock Wolves Warm Hearts". We look forward to our community expert this Wednesday morning!
The second was about Ancients' Day which will be held on Thursday, February 1st. Please sign and return the bottom portion if you want your child to get a chance to sample foods from these regions.
Have a great, sunny week!!!
MONDAY - 1 word study menu item, money homework
TUESDAY - 1 word study menu item, study for money summative test tomorrow, study for syllable formative tomorrow - begin working on research grid that is due next Tuesday for a grade
WEDNESDAY - 1 word study menu item, telling time homework
THURSDAY - study for spelling test tomorrow, study for reference materials formative tomorrow, telling time homework
Hello Third Grade Parents! Sorry for the delay in getting this information up. Since we have missed so much school, I have had to shift and change short and long-range planning goals a bit. I am giving you information today with the assumption that we will not have school tomorrow, Wednesday. I explained to the students today that they should study and be prepared for the simple machines summative on Friday, the 0-3's multiplication quiz Thursday, an Author's Purpose and flyer nonfiction summative Friday, and the Word Study test on Friday. We are continuing to work on counting money and making change and will have a formative this week and the summative next Tuesday, January 23rd. There are materials to accompany all of these topics in the students' binders.
All of the reading groups have been assigned novels and the students should be reading their assigned novel, as well.
There will be a Book Fair Night this Friday, January 19 starting at 5:00 in the gym. Hope to see you there!
Students should continue to work on their simple machines summative projects that are due next week.
We are having Ancient's Day on Thursday, February 1. There is an informational flyer being sent home later this week. I am mentioning it now because the students are allowed to wear a costume if they desire. If the snow keeps us home, they may want to spend some time creating a simple costume to represent Ancient China, Ancient Mali, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome.
Have a great week and stay warm!
TUESDAY - 1 Word Study Menu Item, Snowman On A Budget money activity, review Author's purpose (PIE), study 3's times tables for quiz, study simple machines notes
THURSDAY - Word Study Menu item and study for spelling test tomorrow, review flyers and Author's Purpose for summative test tomorrow, study simple machines notes for summative test tomorrow
Week of Jan. 2-5
Greetings and a Happy New Year! I am excited to see the students once again and look forward to the second half of third grade.
This week in math, we continue the pattern unit that we began back in December. We will have a small formative on Tuesday on repeating and growing patterns - things that we learned before the holiday break. On Thursday, we will have a summative test on all types of patterns. Students will need to know repeating, growing, number, and shape patterns. As well, they need to understand patterns in a chart - in and out boxes. The students have several activities with all of these types of patterns in their notes.
In reading, we continue to practice nonfiction reading, specifically flyers and informational text. We will practice Tuesday and Wednesday and have a formative on a flyer on Thursday. We will also be reviewing verb tenses and we will have a short formative on Thursday on regular and irregular past tense verbs.
This week we are learning about the civilization of Mali. We will have a summative test on Mali on Friday.
We are starting to learn our multiplication tables this week. I will send a detailed informational letter this week so please look in your student's gray folder for a schedule of quizzes.
There will be no Word Study this week.
Tuesday - pattern homework, study Mali notes
Wednesday - use patterns study guide to prepare for pattern summative tomorrow, past tense verb formative tomorrow
Thursday - study for Mali test tomorrow
This will be the last post of 2017. I can't believe that another year has gone by. I wish you all the happiest of holidays!
This week in math, we will finish multiplication concepts. The students will have a summative on all of the concepts on Tuesday - making groups, arrays and area models, and jumps on a number line. There will be word problems on the test, as well. On Wednesday, we begin a new unit on patterns. We will continue to study patterns once we return in January. There will be a pattern summative on Thursday, January 4, 2018.
We are taking a break from our study of ancient civilizations and we will focus on some holiday science this week. We will do some festive holiday experiments. We will learn a little about circuits as we light Christmas lights with a battery and we will revisit the scientific process as we determine which liquids melt candy canes the fastest.
The holiday rotation party is Thursday afternoon. The students will have "SNOW" much fun as they rotate to 4 classrooms to do a variety of snowy crafts and games.
Friday is Pajama Day. YEAH! As well, we will be having holiday STEAM activities. The students will be involved in 4 different STEAM activities in our classroom. What fun!
On Thursday, we will have a little formative on vowel patterns. We will practice through the week to prepare.
Have a safe and happy break. Thank you for all you do to make teaching your children such a pleasure. I feel truly blessed!
MONDAY - 1 word study menu item, complete math sheet about multiplication models, study for math summative test tomorrow
TUESDAY - 1 word study menu item
WEDNESDAY - 1 word study menu item, study for formative on vowel patterns tomorrow, math patterns sheet
THURSDAY - study for word study test tomorrow, math patterns sheet
Week of Dec. 4 - 8
Holiday Greetings Third Grade Parents!
This week in math we start a new concept - multiplication concepts/strategies. Students will learn how to model multiplication using repeated addition, groups, arrays, and jumps on a number line. We will be learning our multiplication facts and will have quizzes on the multiplication tables starting after the holidays. I strongly recommend getting a set of multiplication flashcards so the students can study independently. There will be a formative quiz on all 4 multiplication models this Friday, December 8. There will be a summative test on all multiplication models Tuesday, December 12.
We are starting to learn about Ancient Rome today. There will be a Rome summative test this Friday, December 8. Students should study their notes a little each night to prepare for the test this Friday.
We will resume Word Study groups today. Students should do nightly menu items and prepare for a test on Friday.
During shared reading, we will be reviewing regular and irregular plural nouns. We will have a formative on plural nouns this Friday.
As always, we are practicing strategies for how to comprehend nonfiction text. There will be a nonfiction reading comprehension test on Thursday, December 7.
Wishing you a wonderful week! As always, thank you for your support at home.
MONDAY - math - repeated addition activities (both sides), Word Study menu item, study Rome notes
TUESDAY - math - group model activities (both sides), Word Study menu item, study Rome notes
WEDNESDAY - math - array activities, Word Study menu item, study Rome notes
THURSDAY - math - array activities, study for math formative, study for Word Study test, study for Rome summative
Hello Third Grade Parents! I hope you enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving with your families. I look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 for the Gift of Writing Showcase. The students are looking forward to reading a piece of their fall writing to you!
There will be no word study sorts this week because the Gift of Writing events are being held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in the various classes making it difficult to hold groups.
In math, we continue our unit on graphing. We have already covered bar graphs. We will learn about pictographs and line plots in the coming days. There will be a graphing formative on Wednesday and a graphing summative on Friday. Next week, we will start multiplication strategies.
The students have gotten study guides and vocabulary flash cards about Ancient Greece. We will continue to learn more about Greece all of this week. There will be a sumative test on Friday.
COGAT testing will be this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings starting at 8:45.
Monday - pictograph sheet - two sides
Tuesday - pictograph sheet- 1 side, study for quiz tomorrow on bar graphs and pictographs
Wednesday - line plot sheet
Thursday - study for Greece summative tomorrow, study for graphing summative by completing the graphing study guide (all pages)
Week of Nov. 20-22
Wow! It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is here. This will be a short but busy week for us.
On Monday morning, the students have a play - Pinocchio.
We start a new unit in math - graphing. The graphing unit is paced by the County's math departement to be a short one. There will be a graphing formative on Tuesday, Nov. 28 and a graphing summative on Friday, Dec. 1.
We are starting a new unit in social studies, as well. We are learning about the Ancient Greeks. There will be a summative test the week we get back. Not sure of the exact date yet.
The students are hard at work on their Fall Writing Booklet. They can not wait to read one of their pieces to you at the Gift of Writing Showcase on Wednesday, Nov. 29. If you have returned your RSVP slip and you have been registered in our security system, you will have your security sticker waiting for you at the front door on Wednesday. Put it on and proceed directly to the classroom. If you have never had a security tag made at Winterpock, you will need to stop into the office and get one made. This will take time as there will be lines.
There will be no spelling this week as it is a 2 day week. There will be no spelling the week of Nov. 27 - Dec. 1 as students will be hosting parents for the Gift of Writing Showcase and spelling groups can not be held.
For homework tonight, students will have a graphing sheet. As well, they should look over Greece in the Our World social studies book and take a look at the study guide.
Have a joyous holiday!
Week of Nov. 13 - 17
Good Evening All! Hope you stayed warm and cozy this weekend. It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here.
This week in math, we will continue our unit of multi-digit addition and subtraction, multi-step word problems, and estimation. There will be a formative on Tuesday and a summative on Friday.
In science, we will continue to learn about animal habitats. The students will continue to work on their habitat booklets. There will be a summative on Friday.
In reading, we will continue to work on comprehension of fiction and nonfiction. As well, we will focus on homophones. There will be a reading summative on Thursday and a homophone formative on Friday.
We will be practicing for the upcoming Cogat tests this week.
Students are invited to wear a shirt/sweatshirt of their favorite sports team on Friday.
Report cards will be coming home this Friday.
We have Young Scientists this Wednesday. The students will be learning about food chains.
MONDAY - 1 word study menu item, word problems and computation problesm, study for math quiz tomorrow
TUESDAY - 1 word study menu item, estimation problems
WEDNESDAY - 1 word study menu item, word problems
THURSDAY - study for spelling test, study for homophone quiz, study for math summative
Have a great week!!
Week of November 8-10
Hello Third Grade Parents! It was wonderful getting to meet and talk with you all for Parent and Teacher Conferences!
Well, we now have the first quarter of third grade behind us. That is no small feat. I frequently hear parents say that the transition from second to third is a big one. But we did it! Thank you for your support at home.
This week in math, we will continue to work on multi-digit addition and subtraction, multi-step word problems, and estimation. There will be a formative quiz on adding and subtracting 3 and 4 digit numbers on Friday. There will be a formative next Tuesday, Nov. 14 on adding and subtracting 3 and 4 digit numbers, multi-step word problems, and estimation. The summative test on the entire unit is next Friday, Nov. 17. A quick note about math homework. Chesterfield County does not build in time in the math block to go over homework problem-by-problem. Students need to ask questions about specific examples that they did not understand the night before. I will happily go over any specific examples that were troublesome, but I do not review all homework examples. This makes the students responsible for their learning and understanding of concepts.
In science, we will continue to work on animal habitats. The students are making a Habitat Book and they have vocabulary flashcards and study guides, as well. These items should be reviewed nightly so that it is not overwhelming when it is time for the summative. We will have a formative on habitats this Friday. Next Friday, Nov. 17 we will have a habitat summative.
The students are busy writing fall poetry and fall stories for our annual third grade Gift of Writing Showcase. Details about the event and the date and time will be provided to you this Friday. Look for the invitation in your child's gray folder.
Word study groups are going well. We will have word study next week, but we will not have word study the week of Thanksgiving as it is a 2 day week.
Stay warm today!
Week of Oct 30 - Nov 3
Hello Third Grade Parents!
I want to express my sincere appreciation for all of my many birthday wishes! Friday was such a lovely day. I got loads of Snickers, flowers, some Stein Mart gift cards and other gifts. Can't wait to go shopping!
As you may know, I was not at school today - Monday. We went out of town for the weekend to attend a Clemson game on Saturday and then went to my grandmother's 90th birthday party in Burlington on Sunday. The kids were in great hands with a trusted substitute.
In math this week, we continue our study of word problems, multi-digit addition and subtraction, and estimation. There are many math concepts to master in this unit so we will be taking our time. There will be a summative on this unit probably on November 14th. Students should be prepared for a formative on single step word problems this Friday.
We are finishing up our unit on food chains today. There will be a food chain sumative test tomorrow - Tuesday. Students should study all of the items in their binder - the SOL study guide and the food chain interactive booklet will be very helpful. On Wednesday, we will begin our study of animal habitats.
During shared reading time, we will be reviewing vowel patterns. On Thursday, there will be a formative on vowel patterns.
Friday is an early release day.
On next Monday and Tuesday, there is no school as you already know. I look forward to talking to you all at Parent Teacher Conferences.
This Friday, teachers and students are invited to celebrate College Month by wearing a t-shirt or sweatshirt with a college logo on it.
Have a great week!