• Weekly News 11/22

    Posted by Emily Parker on 11/24/2019 11:30:00 AM

    We just wrapped up our last full week in November, and December will be here before we know it. Our team would like to let each of you know how thankful we are for the partnership this year with you and your children. We appreciate the support you provide at home to piggyback what we are working on in the classroom. It truly takes a village!

     

    Just a few logistical notes. All of third grade now has a snack and movement break in the morning with a longer recess in the afternoons. The playground side of the school can get mighty windy and as the temperature continues to drop, it will be pretty chilly. We plan to go outside as long as we are able, so some days your child will want to bundle up. We also recommend labeling your child’s belongings. We are the last classes out to recess so we always do a sweep of the playground and bring in any misc items we see. Even still, some items don’t seem to make it back to their rightful home!

     

    Math- This week we started expanding our knowledge of money. Students reviewed the coins and their values, and began using strategies to count them accurately and quickly. Children don’t “use” paper/coin money as much as we did growing up, so it is becoming more and more abstract to them. The more experience you can give them using actual money in real life situations, the better. Students are extending this application into word problems and relating it back to our computation unit. 

     

    DreamBox/Xtramath/ixL- Does your child ask for screen time in the evenings? Looking for ways for them to use devices for educational purposes? Your child has logins to all three and all are great tools for practice and review at home. ixL has some great strands to practice counting coins and making change.

     

    Reading and Writing Workshop- The students are hooked on Dyamonde. They enjoy her personality and the way she interacts with others and stands up for those she cares out. Now that we have gotten to know two main characters in their unit (Dyamonde and Opal), students have learned to compare and contrast these characters. What do they have in common? How are they different? How do those similarities and differences impact their personalities? Who would make a better friend? Who is more loyal? If you could choose any character in your personal reading book to be a friend, who would it be and why? Students have learned to find evidence from their books to support this thinking. Some have even had a chance to debate with others! We are excited to begin our nonfiction unit after fall break.

     

    We will continue our gratitude writing challenge through Thanksgiving. Many letters have been completed and delivered. Ask your child who they have written to. What did they say? Students are perfecting their paragraph and letter writing skills as they work to show gratitude towards important yet ordinary people in their lives. When was the last time you thought to thank the sanitation worker for reliably picking up your trash and recycling every week? How about thanking a politician that makes a difference in your community? Students are given dozens of options and will each compose a handful of letters over the next week. Ask your child who they chose to write to and why! Is there someone you can write to as a family? Extend this gratitude challenge at home!

     

    Word Study-  New words will be given after Thanksgiving break.

     

    Content and Coding- This week students continued their discovery of the 7 continents, focusing on major geographic features of 5. Ask your child where the Amazon Rainforest is located. How about the Sahara Desert? Students are polishing up their map skills before they dive deeper into some of the features. They are assuming the role of travel agents as they eventually become experts and persuade others to travel to their continent!

     

    Robot making is in full force. This unit always comes with great excitement as our second Epic Build centers around the WeDo Robots. Stay tuned for more information after fall break. 

     

    Important Dates:

     

    Every Thursday- wear your house color

    11/27-11/29- Thanksgiving Break

    12/6- Career Day

    Week of 12/9- midyear MAPS testing (reading and math)

    1/28- Epic Build #2

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  • Weekly News 11/15

    Posted by Emily Parker on 11/15/2019 12:00:00 PM

    These week started off on a high note! The Veteran’s Day program was the perfect culmination of our PBL. It was heart-warming to see all of the veterans in attendance and touched by the efforts of our students to honor them. Even though that part of our PBL is behind us, stay tuned for more to come early next year!

     

    Another highlight this week was Innovation Lab. Each class went for an introduction to Makey Makey circuits. Students coded their Makey Makeys in Scratch and programmed them to teach others about the different types of coins. Ask your child to show you their Scratch code at home. Makey Makey circuits have endless possibilities! 

     

    Math- This week we wrapped up instruction on subtraction and estimation. However, both of these skills will be cyclically practiced and retaught in the coming weeks. Next week we move into learning about money. Students will review the value of coins and will count collections of money. Students also need to learn to make change (bringing in those subtraction skills) from up to $5.00 Money is such a practical unit and you can help your child by having them count money at home. Spare change? How much change is in your wallet? Can they count it? The more “real world” experience the better!

     

    DreamBox- Does your child ask for screen time in the evenings? Looking for ways for them to use devices for educational purposes? DreamBox or Xtramath are both great programs kids love and can use to extend and enrich their learning.

     

    Reading and Writing Workshop- Well, Winn-Dixie has come to an end. As we sadly leave Opal, we are excited to start Dyanmonde’s (pronounced Diamond) adventure. Students will learn to compare and contrast the main characters from two different books. Characters continue to be the focus as we wrap up our fiction unit between now and break. The more you can have your child share about the characters in their books, the better!

     

    We are so excited to be working on our Gratitude Challenge as our writing focus over the next two weeks. Check Twitter for some pictures! Students are perfecting their paragraph and letter writing skills as they work to show gratitude towards important yet ordinary people in their lives. When was the last time you thought to thank the sanitation worker for reliably picking up your trash and recycling every week? How about thanking a politician that makes a difference in your community? Students are given dozens of options and will each compose a handful of letters over the next week. Ask your child who they chose to write to and why! Is there someone you can write to as a family? Extend this gratitude challenge at home!

     

    Word Study-  New words will be given after Thanksgiving break.

     

    Important Dates:

    11/18- Third Grade Chat N Chew

    11/27-11/29- Thanksgiving Break

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  • Weekly News 11/8

    Posted by Emily Parker on 11/8/2019 12:00:00 PM

    The last three days have been jam packed! We are all looking forward to seeing many of you on Monday for our Veteran’s Day program at 9am. Because of the magnitude of this program, we will just be having the daytime performance. The students will have their memorials and monuments on display so please plan to spend some time looking before or after the program. We also recommend arriving early as it will be crowded. Please have your child wear as much red, white, and blue as possible for our program on Monday!

     

    Report cards will be live Monday afternoon. You will be able to view them through the parent portal. Please email your child’s teacher if you need a paper copy sent home. All third graders took the NNAT in early October. Scores will be sent home in a sealed envelope on Monday. If you have any questions please reach out to our Search teacher, Shirley Fortenbaugh. Many questions can also be answered on the Search website, access through the school webpage.

     

    Math- This week we have continued working with computation and building our strategy bank for subtraction. Students have learned multiple ways to subtract across zeros. Next week we will focus on estimation and problem solving. Students are learning to visualize a problem to figure out what is happening in the problem. They are also focusing on ways to check their work using inverse operations. The more you can support this learning with real life problems outside of school, the better.

     

    DreamBox- This week all third graders had their DreamBox accounts updated and they began working on assignments tailored to their specific skill needs and level. Does your child ask for screen time in the evenings? Looking for ways for them to use devices for educational purposes? DreamBox or Xtramath are both great programs kids love and can use to extend and enrich their learning.

     

    Reading and Writing Workshop- We are wrapping up the final pieces of our PBL in writing this week. Groups finished their paragraphs explaining the significance of their memorials and have begun writing letters to veterans to thank them for their service. These letters will be passed out at the performance on Monday..

     

    This week we finally reached the climax in our story, the height of our story mountain. Ask your child to share the details of a story mountain and how it applies to Winn-Dixie. Opal has been through a lot in the story and we have seen her inner strength. We are all making predictions about how this will all end! This makes great dinner or car conversation!

     

    Word Study-  New words came home this week and will be assessed on Friday, November 15.

     

    Important Dates:

    11/11- Veteran’s Day Assembly and 3rd Grade Performance- 9:00am

    Book Fair Begins, Spirit Day (wear red, white, and blue)

    NNAT scores sent home, report cards LIVE in ParentVue

    11/12- Picture Day Make Up, Last Tuesday ASEP, Family Night at the Book Fair, Family Bowling Night

    11/18- Third Grade Chat N Chew

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  • Weekly News 11/1

    Posted by Emily Parker on 11/1/2019 2:30:00 PM

    It is hard to believe we are sending the final update of the first quarter. Today marks the end of the first nine weeks and Monday and Tuesday will be used as teacher workdays so we can finish report cards and prepare for an even better second quarter.

    A huge THANK YOU to all of the parents and volunteers that made today’s fall parties fun for all. It was a great way to end the week!

    To say third grade has been busy is an understatement. But, we couldn’t be more proud of how our Veteran’s Day PBL is all coming together. This week third graders led their house meetings and each house made poppies to be handed out at our Veteran’s Day Assembly on November 11th. Other staff and teachers had nothing but positive things to say about our third graders as leaders, and were very proud of what the school came together to create. 

    The memorials have been created and are in their final stages. If you haven’t already, ask your child what they created and why?! All memorials will be on display during our program on November 11th. This week groups wrote a paragraph explaining the significance behind their memorial and how they chose that particular representation.

    As the weather turns cooler, please make sure to send sweatshirts and jackets as we will be going outside for recess most days. Our area tends to be on the windier side, so feel free to send additional items to stay warm. We also recommend labeling the inside tag on jackets so when items are left outside they can be returned to their rightful owner.

    Math- This week has been full of subtraction fun! Students have been challenged to extend their skills, while other students have received more basic instruction working on support strategies for fact recall and reviewing the steps to accurately subtract. Can your child create a word problem to support a subtraction fact like 523 - 198? Can they then accurately solve the problem? We always appreciate real world support and practice at home.

    DreamBox- This week all third graders had their DreamBox accounts updated and they began working on assignments tailored to their specific skill needs and level. Does your child ask for screen time in the evenings? Looking for ways for them to use devices for educational purposes? DreamBox or Xtramath are both great programs kids love and can use to extend and enrich their learning.

    Reading and Writing Workshop- Our reading and writing has been integrated in all of our PBL work this week. Students have created invitations, written paragraphs about their memorials, and are in the midst of writing letters to veterans. We love writing for a purpose in the real world.

    Students continue to develop their insight into the characters in their books. Have you asked about Opal lately? She has made some new friends that are going through some tough situations. She is learning that you can’t judge people at face value and people have life events that have shaped them. Ask your child to share some of her struggles. Can they relate? What can they connect to in the real world?

    Science-  DISSOLVE! Dissolve has been the word of the week. I hope your child has told you all they have discovered around this powerful word. Each student was part of a team that designed an experiment to investigate the impact the temperature of the water has on the time that it takes lemonade to dissolve. They planned and executed the experiment independently with their teams. Many students were surprised to learn that liquids also dissolved in other liquids. But, some do not. Ask them to share this discovery with you!

    Word Study-  All students were assessed today and new words will come home on Wednesday. Thank you for your support in reviewing words at home.

    Important Dates:

    11/1- 3rd grade Fall Party 1-2pm

    11/1- Spooky Sock Hop 

    11/4-5- Teacher Workdays (student holidays)

    11-6- Last day of Wednesday ASEP Classes/ Movable Monday

    11/11- Veteran’s Day Assembly and 3rd Grade Performance- 9:00am

    Book Fair Begins, Spirit Day (wear red, white, and blue)

    11/12- Picture Day Make Up, Last Tuesday ASEP, Family Night at the Book Fair, Family Bowling Night

    11/18- Third Grade Chat N Chew

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  • Weekly News 10/25

    Posted by Emily Parker on 10/25/2019 12:00:00 PM

    This has been a big month for third grade. The Epic Build was nothing short of EPIC! A huge thank you to all of the families that supported not only your child, but other children in the school as well. The students were so excited to show off their hard work with their Scratch projects. We hope you enjoyed the sneak peek to the memorials as well. If you were unable to make it, we totally understand. Ask your child to log in at home and show you their masterpiece.

    Another high this week was our field trip to Morven Park. The clouds parted and the day was nothing short of beautiful. The students had a great introductory lesson to our soil unit that will take place in the spring. Ask your child to share their magic soil mixture. They learned about the pros and cons of clay, sand, and rocky soil as well as the benefits of adding humus on top. Get your child involved with any planting you do at home. They are the experts! Does anyone compost? This would be a great family project to get some top soil ready for the spring

    As the weather turns cooler, please make sure to send sweatshirts and jackets as we will be going outside for recess most days. Our area tends to be on the windier side, so feel free to send additional items to stay warm. We also recommend labeling the inside tag on jackets so when items are left outside they can be returned to their rightful owner.

    Math- This week students added subtraction with regrouping to their skillbank. This has been a challenging skill for many students and one that requires a lot of teacher support and continued practice. Students will continue to refine these skills while reviewing place value, rounding, and addition as we wrap up the quarter in the next week. The more you can do to bring these skills into real life situations at home, the more your child can see the value and importance of them.

    Xtramath.org- Students spend 2-3 minutes in class daily building up their fact base. It is a quick and easy “no frills” program. If your child routinely spends time on their devices in the evening, we would love for you to add this to their nightly routine. 

    Reading and Writing Workshop- Students continued to investigate traits of the main and supporting characters. They dig deep into the motives and this week were introduced to the story mountain, which is a predictable story element for all fiction stories. Students have been practicing this thinking while reading picture books with themes and complex thoughts. Your child should be reading for part of their nightly homework. Have them read aloud to you and then talk about their understanding from the story! Have them share and practice their knowledge.

    This week in writing we are working on a paragraph about the significance behind our veteran memorials. Students are going back to basics working on sentence writing and understanding correct capitalization and punctuation. These are important skills that are sometimes lost when they get into longer story writing. Next week they will write letters to veterans to thank them for their service. Do you have any opportunities for your child to write at home? Even a grocery list or a letter to a family member gives them a reason and real life purpose for writing.

    Word Study-  New words were sent home this week. The assessment will be next Friday. We appreciate you practicing and sorting at home.

    Important Dates:

    10/28- Staff Development Day (student holiday)

    10/31- Crazy Hair Day (moveable Monday schedule)

    11/1- 3rd grade Fall Party 1-2pm

    11/1- Spooky Sock Hop 

    11/4-5- Teacher Workdays (student holidays)

    11-6- Last day of Wednesday ASEP Classes

    11/11- Veteran’s Day Assembly and 3rd Grade Performance- 9:00am

    Book Fair Begins, Spirit Day (wear red, white, and blue)

    11/12- Picture Day Make Up, Last Tuesday ASEP, Family Night at the Book Fair, Family Bowling Night

    11/18- Third Grade Chat N Chew

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  • Weekly News 10/18

    Posted by Emily Parker on 10/19/2019 8:40:00 AM

     

    This week was another amazing week as most of the PBL projects and veteran memorials are nearing completion. See Twitter for pics of students in action as well as our amazing Boulder Crest veteran visit. She answered dozens of questions and was a perfect mid-project guest. Next week students will officially name their memorials and write a paragraph explaining their significance. We can’t wait for you to see the project in its entirety on November 11th, but hope to give you a sneak peek at the Epic Build (see detailed information below).

    As the weather turns cooler, please make sure to send sweatshirts and jackets as we will be going outside for recess most days. Our area tends to be on the windier side, so feel free to send additional items to stay warm. We also recommend labeling the inside tag on jackets so when items are left outside they can be returned to their rightful owner.

    Tuesday, October 22- 9:15-10:00- THIRD GRADE OPEN HOUSE FOR EPIC BUILD

    The third graders will be attending the opening ceremony at 8:30 and all are welcome to attend. After the opening, we will be helping Kindergarten students log into their devices. We will be in our rooms and set up for guests from 9:15-10:00. We hope you are able to come by and see our poll position games. You will even be able to see a sneak peek of our memorials!

    Wednesday, October 23- 9:15-1:00- FIELD TRIP TO MORVEN PARK

    Third graders will be departing the school around 9:15. We will enjoy a two hour interactive soil program from 10-12. Students will eat lunch at Morven Park and return to school around 1:00. If your child needs a lunch from the cafeteria please let their teacher know by Monday. Otherwise, all students are expected to bring a lunch box or bagged lunch. Chaperones, please report to school at 9:10am. The field trip will be outside so everyone needs to dress accordingly.

    Math- This week students solidified their addition skills in straight computation and word problems. Students created and manipulated numbers, with support from teachers to review steps and accuracy. Next week we head into subtraction. As always, we really care about the common sense side of math. Does it really make sense that adding two 3-digit numbers could possibly equal 8,000? Hmm.. something should tell your brain to take another look at that. Our daily number talks and spiral review of concepts help keep this at the forefront of our teaching.

    Xtramath.org- Students spend 2-3 minutes in class daily building up their fact base. It is a quick and easy “no frills” program. If your child routinely spends time on their devices in the evening, we would love for you to add this to their nightly routine. 

    Reading and Writing Workshop- Our character unit is in full swing as students take a much closer look examining the characters within their books. Our common read aloud, Winn-Dixie provides a great shared experience as we look at both Opal and Preacher. We discuss their traits, look for evidence in the story to support our thinking, and build ideas around those traits. We even use what we know about the characters to predict  how they will react in a certain situation. Deep stuff! Ask your child to share. And, if you have made it to this lengthy part of the email, thank you. Email your child’s teacher to let them know! We always wonders who reads these anyway!

    Word Study-  All students were assessed today and new words come out on Monday. Thank you for your support in reviewing words and patterns at home.

    Important Dates:

    10/21- Chat N Chew 3rd grade

    10/22- Code to the Future Showcase #1

    10/23- Third Grade Field Trip- Morven Park

    10/28- Staff Development Day (student holiday)

    11/1- 3rd grade Fall Party 1-2pm

    11/1- Spooky Sock Hop 

    11/4-5- Teacher Workdays (student holidays)

    11/11- Veteran’s Day Assembly and 3rd Grade Performance- 9:00am

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  • Weekly News 10/11

    Posted by Emily Parker on 10/12/2019 8:10:00 AM

    The highlight of our week was 100% our Veteran Visit on Tuesday. Please see the weekly Bear Bytes or Twitter for some great pictures. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended or contacted us about a veteran in their family. The students created thoughtful questions ahead of time and really listened as the veterans enlightened us all. It was better than anything we imagined when we were in the planning stages. All students wrote Thank You notes that were shared (or are being shared) with the veterans. If you connected us with a family member or friend please make sure they know about our assembly on the 11th. We would love to have them attend!

    Speaking of veterans, our PBL is well underway. Students have been answering the question- How can we, as third graders, honor veterans? Each student is part of a group that is creating their own memorial to honor veterans. Students came up with the ideas of clay models, 3D printed models using the program Tinker Cad, recycled material models, or a drawing model. The excitement level is high as students have researched about veterans and memorials and are now entering the design phase. We look forward to students starting the actual model creation as well as a visit from Boulder Crest retreat next week. Please ask your child to share specifics about their project with you!

    On another note- thank you for your incredible support of the Bear Crawl! As a third grade group, we had the highest percentage of students participate. To celebrate, we are having Pajama Day on Tuesday. Please wear school appropriate pajamas as well as regular school shoes as we will be having regular specials and recess that day.

    Math- This week we have transitioned into computation with a focus on addition. Students were familiar with two digit addition from second grade and were able to extend this knowledge further. We are focusing on using math vocabulary to explain the process and steps. Can your child explain why we regroup a ten when they add the ones digits and get a two digit number? Or do they simply say that the one goes up top? Reinforcing the why behind these steps helps build this number sense knowledge. Over the next week we will compare addition and subtraction and move into subtraction computation. Fact fluency is beneficial to students as it simplifies the time it takes for them to complete problems. All students have started using Xtra Math this week in class. Students spend 2-3 minutes daily building up their fact base. It is a quick and easy “no frills” program. If your child routinely spends time on their devices in the evening, we would love for you to add this to their nightly routine. 

    Reading and Writing Workshop- This week we have started our Character Unit in reader’s workshop. All students should be reading a book appropriate for their reading level, and really focusing on getting to know the characters in the book. For our class read aloud we are working through Winn-Dixie. This week we looked at the idea that Opal (the main character) is big-hearted. Students were challenged to think back through what we have read and find examples that support our theory about Opal. Students are also using a list of character traits to help them build their vocabulary when looking for traits from their character. Ask your child to tell you about the main character in their book. 

    In writing, students have their first story drafted and have been taking it bit by bit through the revision process. This can be challenging as students are often happy with the first words they have written and think it is great just the way it is. We talk about how authors revise and are always looking for ways to improve their story. Do you know what small moment your child is writing about it class? Ask them!

    Word Study-  Students are continuing to practice their words and will be assessed on Friday, October 18th. 

    Field Trip- Thank you to everyone who has filled out the permission slip using Permission Click with the link sent last week. If you have not, please do so as soon as possible (and let your child’s teacher know if you prefer a paper copy). Additional information about the field trip will be sent out in next week’s memo.

    Important Dates:

    10/14- Columbus Day- no school

    10/15- PAJAMA Day- Third Grade Only

    10/16- Movable Monday (Monday specials on Wednesday)

    10/21- Chat N Chew 3rd grade

    10/22- Code to the Future Showcase #1

    10/23- Third Grade Field Trip- Morven Park

    11/1- 3rd grade Fall Party 1pm-

    11/11- Veteran’s Day Assembly and 3rd Grade Performance- 9:00am

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  • Weekly News 10/4

    Posted by Emily Parker on 10/4/2019 12:00:00 PM

    We hope to see many of you at the Bear Crawl event this evening. We would like to thank our amazing PTO crew who has been working around the clock to make this event a success. Please read below for important field trip information!

    Math- This week students have extended their place value knowledge to rounding. When would we need to round in real life? What rules do we know that help us? How can a number line help us? Some students need a lot of extra support in rounding numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, and thousand. This is a skill we will continue to refine, even as we move on to computation next week.

    Reading and Writing Workshop- We are excited to announce that we have finished our first reading unit of the year. Students have been hard at work “Building A Reading Life” as they have learned and reviewed important strategies We are excited to begin our next unit on characters next week. Students are really doing some deep thinking working as they look for character changes and find evidence to support their thinking. The past few days we have spent some extra time learning about veterans and following up on our Stone Fox book.

    In writing all students have chosen their “piece” and are finishing their drafts. They will then examine these drafts and with the support of mini lessons, improve their lead, find the heart of the story, and work on a strong ending. After editing and revising they will have a final piece to share. Ask your child to share their story idea with you!

    Word Study-  Everyone was assessed today. Look for new words on Monday. Thank you for your support in practicing at home.

    Veteran’s Day PBL- Tuesday we kicked off our first quarter PBL in preparation for Veteran’s Day. (see our pictures on Twitter) Students began by making connections of pictures and important holidays. This led them to Veteran’s Day and they were very knowledgeable about the day along with the meaning and understanding all that veterans have done and continue to do for our country and our freedom. This week they are digging deeper and learning about veterans as they answer the question- How can we, as third graders, come up with a way to honor veterans? We look forward to our guest speakers next Tuesday as well as a visit from Boulder Crest the following week. Check Twitter to see how our project progresses and mark your calendars for our music program on Veteran’s Day as well!

    Coding/iLab- Students are still debugging and problem solving their pole position games. They will extend their knowledge and skills from their first game to create another project retelling Stone Fox. They look forward to sharing these projects (along with another special one) for the Epic Build. This week in iLab each class spent more time in Tinkercad. Students are learning how to combine shapes and create their own 3D models. Have your child log on and show you what they have learned!

    Field Trip- We are excited for our first field trip this year. Students will get messy while investigating types of soil and working to create the perfect blend. This is an excellent extension of our soil unit. The link for the permission slip is pasted above. If you have trouble or prefer a paper copy, please ask. Each class will need 3 chaperones for the field trip. Chaperones need to be prepared to be plugged in and supporting soil discovery. If you are interested, please let your child’s teacher know by Tuesday evening. Names will be chosen on Wednesday and teachers will notify those that were picked. We appreciate your interest and involvement!

    Important Dates:

    10/1-10/2- First Session of ASEP begins

    10/2- National Walk to School Day

    10/4- Bear Crawl Event https://runsignup.com/roundhillbearcrawl

    10/7 and 10/9- NNAT will be administered during Search class. A letter was sent home a few weeks ago. Additional information can be found on the Round Hill website under Search.

    10/14- Columbus Day- no school

    10/16- Movable Monday (Monday specials on Wednesday)

    10/21- Chat N Chew 3rd grade

    10/22- Code to the Future Showcase #1

    10/23- Third Grade Field Trip- Morven Park

    11/1- 3rd grade Fall Party 1pm-

    11/11- Veteran’s Day Assembly and 3rd Grade Performance- 9:00am

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  • Weekly News 9/27

    Posted by Emily Parker on 9/28/2019 6:05:00 AM

     

    We look forward to seeing many of you at the Bear Crawl next Friday. We would love to see 3rd grade with the highest number of students participating. Please sign up if you haven't already. Even if you aren't able to make it to the actual event, you can still raise money to support our PTO. https://runsignup.com/roundhillbearcrawl

    Math- This week has been a continuation of place value concepts. Students have been introduced to rounding in addition to building on the previously taught concepts. When rounding to the nearest ten, students have learned how to place a number of the number line and decide which way it would round. Building the number sense behind the "rounding rules" is important. We encourage you to have conversations with your children to dig deeper into their understanding. Can they name the numbers before and after 238 when counting by tens? Can they illustrate that on a number line? If not, can you support their understanding and reinforce those concepts at home?

    Reading and Writing Workshop- DRA and PALs assessments have ended and we are excited to be conferencing and working with small groups within our workshop model. Talk to your child about what they have been reading. Have them read a paragraph out loud to you. Can they read fluently? Are there a lot of challenging words? Is this a book they can comprehend without support? These are some of the things we look for when conferencing in class. We want all children to have a "just right" book so they can do the thinking work that is necessary to grow as a reader. In writing, students have worked on mastering their leads, starting with either action or dialogue. They have started their first discovery draft and are working on exploding those small moments. Ask your child what they are writing about. What memorable stories has their teacher shared? What are they working on as a writer? All of these questions will give you a chance to connect with your child.

    Word Study-  New words were given this week and the assessment will be next Friday, October 4th. Thank you for reviewing the words and reinforcing the patterns at home during the week.

    Content- This week we are wrapping up our unit on Citizenship and Government. Why do we need rules and laws? What would our country be like without them? We are excited to kick off our next unit, our Veterans Day PBL, next Tuesday!

    Coding- Students are adding the final touches to their pole position games. They are working on adding the lag effect and the lap counters. The second project is in the works and will be introduced soon.

    Important Dates:

    10/1-10/2- First Session of ASEP begins

    10/2- National Walk to School Day

    10/4- Bear Crawl Event https://runsignup.com/roundhillbearcrawl

    10/7 and 10/9- NNAT will be administered during Search class. A letter was sent home a few weeks ago. Additional information can be found on the Round Hill website under Search.

    10/14- Columbus Day- no school

    10/16- Movable Monday (Monday specials on Wednesday)

    10/22- Code to the Future Showcase #1

    10/23- Third Grade Field Trip- Morven Park

    11/1- 3rd grade Fall Party 1pm

    11/11- Veteran’s Day Assembly and 3rd Grade Performance- 9:00am

     

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  • Weekly News 9/20

    Posted by Emily Parker on 9/22/2019 6:45:00 PM

    We are excited to wrap up another wonderful week in third grade. Make sure to check out important PTO Updates at the bottom on the email. Just a reminder that students should charge laptops each evening and bring them to school fully charged. We appreciate your help in setting up these routines.

    Math- This week students deepened their understanding of place value while learning to compare numbers. Number talks have been powerful tools to deepen vocabulary and number sense. The more you can engage in these discussions with your child, the more than realize math isn't just sixty minutes of a school subkect. Ex: 182 > 112 Is this true? How do you know? Many students "just know" but struggle to explain why. Students articulating that they each have one in the hundreds place, but 182 has 8 tens which is more than 1 ten in the other number. Since 80/8 tens is more than 10/1 ten, 182 the larger number.

    Reading and Writing Workshop- We are thankful to be wrapping up our DRA and PALs assessments in the next few days. This information will be shared during conferences. Students are building stamina while working on prediction and retelling skills. Students learned to take "big steps" through their story when talking about their book with a partner. The big focus in writing is using the voice of a storyteller voice instead of a news reporter. They are learning and practicing specific strategies to enhance these skills in their writing.

    Word Study-  Students were assessed today and will receive new words on Monday. Thank you for reviewing words at home with your child.

    Content- This week students began our citizenship unit by looking deeper into the Preamble of the Constitution. Students have learned about rights and responsibilities that come with being a citizen. We will continue to go deeper into citizenship next week.

    Coding- The pole position games are coming along. Students have made their three tracks and are working to revise their code. Students are collaborating and helping each other with these challenging steps.

    Important Dates and Info-

    PTO-  All third grade teachers are excited to be teaching classes for our first ASEP program. Registration closes Monday. Please don't wait to sign up!

    Bear Crawl- Today is the official kick off for the Bear Crawl. We hope to see all of you there. Sign up!

     Every Thursday- Wear your house color!

    This week is also Bring Your Parent to PE week. We hope to see many of you there.

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