• 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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  • Weekly News 9/13

    Posted by Emily Parker on 9/13/2019 5:00:00 PM

    MAPs testing is complete and we have all successfully finished our first five day week of the school year. Routines are becoming more automatic and everyone is settling in to expectations of a new teacher and grade level. We appreciate your support at home with making sure the computers are charged and brought to school each day. Per the email from Mr. Davis- All computers need to be reimaged and updated and will not be coming home with students again until Tuesday. The students are aware and we promised we would tell you they didn't forget them at school!

    Math- The learning and understanding of place value is well underway. Ask your child to show you and explain the difference between standard, written, and expanded form. Students are connecting that expanded form is a decomposition of numbers. Next week we will focus on other ways numbers can be decomposed. Students are also learning that the value of a number changes depending on its place in the number. We appreciate you supporting these concepts at home through discussions and real world examples!

    Reading and Writing Workshop- We have been making progress in both reader's and writer's workshops. Students have continued to build reading stamina in class while applying deeper thinking strategies such as visualizing and predicting. In writing, students have learned strategies for brainstorming narrative story ideas. Then they have been choosing one idea to expand into a story. We are continuing to complete DRA and PALs testing over the next few weeks. That information will be shared during fall conferences. 

    Word Study-  All students received their word study lists this past Monday. Thank you for practicing the spelling and sorting at home. Students will need to be proficient in both of these for the Friday assessment.

    Content- All students have continued to explore the scientific method this week. They have planned and conducted experiments to test their hypothesis. Talk to your children about what they have discovered! Next week we head into citizenship and government.

    Coding- Everyone is in the middle of creating their pole position game as a kick-off for our Epic Build. Most children will have games near completion next week. Log on at home to see their amazing work.

    Important Dates and Info-

    PTA-  All third grade teachers are excited to be teaching classes for our first ASEP program. See today's flyer for more information and registration information. We hope to see many of you there!

     

     Every Thursday- Wear your house color!

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  • Weekly Wrap Up 9/6

    Posted by Emily Parker on 9/6/2019 12:00:00 PM

    We are glad to have our MAPs testing behind us and look forward to our first five day week next week. We are moving full swing into content and in our normal routine. Please read below to find out what your child is learning and working on in each subject.

    Math- Each day our math workshop blocks starts with a number talk. Students are challenged to dive deeper into their "why" and their thinking behind the answer. A or 154 isn't the simple answer. They have to explain their thinking and prove their answer. Students have been and will continue to be challenged to dig deeper. This builds on math concepts and takes it beyond understanding steps to memorize to solve a problem. Next week all classes will be working on place value. This is a foundational understanding that is the essential for all other math skills that follow. We appreciate your support at home in discussing and reinforcing this concept with your child.

    Reading and Writing Workshop- Students are deep into the reading workshop model. They are working on building reading stamina and setting reading goals. They are challenged to become aware of themselves as readers and make reading the best it can be for them. Students are asked to read an average of 20 minutes each night. We want to build positive reading habits early in the school year. Over the next few weeks we will be assessing students through the DRA and PALs. This will help us better understand each child and their strengths and weaknesses around reading and spelling.

    Every student has completed a beginning of the year writing sample about a personal narrative. Next week we will dive into our writer's workshop with our personal narrative unit. Students will learn step by step how to turn a small moment into a powerful story. Students are always encouraged to write outside of school on their own. It is a great outlet and any topic is a great topic.

    Word Study-  Next Monday, September 9th students will get their firsts word study lists. All students have been assessed and placed into groups. While word study is not formally assigned as homework, students are expected to review their words at home. Students will be working in class on sorting words and learning their spelling patterns. Words may seem on the easier side at first, but remember we are working on application and use in writing. Assessments will be given every two weeks, so the first one will be on Friday, September 13th. For the assessment students need to know how to spell and sort the words.

    Content- Ask your child about the steps to scientific investigation. This week students are learning about the different steps and applying them through some simple experiments. This is a great discussion topic at home! After this unit students will continue to learn about citizenship and understanding the role of government.

    Coding- We are happy to report that all students have a Scratch account and have started coding instruction and investigation. Students will create a pole position game as a review over the next two weeks. After that we will move into a project tied to our math curriculum. 

    Important Dates-

    Tuesday, September 10- Vacation Shirt Day

     Thursday, September 12- House Color Day- wear your house color

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  • Weekly News 8/30

    Posted by Emily Parker on 8/31/2019
    Parents,
     
    We are excited to wrap up a wonderful four days in third grade. We spent a lot of time this week working on routines and expectations. We have also jumped right in with reading and math. Students are building reading stamina and we appreciate your support. Please have your children read each evening for 20 minutes. Have them tell you about what they are reading! Make sure they don't read like curmudgeons (have them explain that to you).
     
    As we all enjoy a four day weekend and get ready for another four day week, we have a few announcements to share.
     
    MAP Testing- Each fall, winter, and spring 2nd-5th graders at RHL take MAP testing. This measures their growth on a continuum in both reading and math. This is great data as we tailor our instruction to better meet their needs. All 3rd grade classes will take the tests on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Testing will begin soon after announcements, so please have your children fed and to school on time with their fully charged computer.
     
    Picture Day- Thursday, September 5th is Picture Day. This is usually House Color Day, but we will skip it just this once for picture day. Picture forms were sent home this week. If you would like to purchase, please do so online or send in money in the envelope provided.
     
    House Sorting Assembly and First House Meeting- Our house color system is back and better than ever. All returning students rejoined their houses today and welcomed kindergarteners and new students. Ask your child to tell you all about it!
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  • 8-23 News

    Posted by Emily Parker on 8/23/2019

    Parents- We have had a fabulous first two days working to build classroom community and relationships as well as establish routines and procedures. 

    This week we just have a few reminders for next week. Friday, August 30th and Monday, September 2nd are holidays. Enjoy the long weekend.

    Indoor recess: When it is raining or there are extreme temperatures we will be inside for recess. If you have any games to donate they would be greatly appreciated. Ideally they would be games or activities that can be completed in ten to fifteen minutes.

    Sweatshirts: Even though it is hot outside, our classrooms can get quite chilly. Your child may want to consider keeping a sweatshirt in the backpack.

    Earbuds: If you haven't sent it earbuds, please do so as soon as possible. These will be important as we begin using computers next week.

    Simple Snacks: An optional snack is combined with morning recess. Please send something you child can eat quickly and with little mess. We are allergy aware and prefer that you send in snacks without nuts.

    Forms: Thank you to filling out and returning the four technology usage forms. There is one more for Digital Readworks being sent today to return on Monday.

    Computers: Your child will be bringing a computer home starting on Tuesday. These computers should be charged each evening and returned to school each day. If you would like to purchase a case for your child’s laptop, it is the Lenovo ThinkPad 11e fifth generation. This is completely optional but some parents have been asking for this information.

     

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  • Thank you for a fabulous year!

    Posted by EMILY PARKER on 6/11/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Parents,

    We just want to thank you for an amazing end to our 2018-2019 school year. This past week was a fun week filled with reflection and continued learning.

    All students finished their Summer Slide PBLs and found creative ways to share their information with others to persuade them to read over the summer. Ask your child about their project if you haven't heard already!

    A huge thank you to the room parents who organized a wonderful end-of-year cookout. We were glad to see so  many of you in attendance and hope you enjoyed yourselves.

    Just a reminder that report cards will be live in ParentVue this Friday. Hard copies are no longer being mailed. Please call the main office if you have any trouble logging into your account. SOL scores are found in ParentVue as well.

    We hope you and your child(ren) have some good family time over the summer. We hope everyone is active and works to create and use their thinking keys. Daily reading will help prevent that Summer Slide (which your child should be very familar with). Practicing real world math application is extremely valuable. Puzzles are a great way to stretch your brain! Enjoy the gift of time and chance to do or try something different.

    A letter from the 4th grade teachers was sent home on the last day of school. A copy is also posted on their webpage for your reference.

    It has been a pleasure working with you and your children these year. Please come visit next fall.

    Have a great summer, 
    The Third Grade Team

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  • 5/24 Weekly News

    Posted by EMILY PARKER on 5/24/2019 8:00:00 PM

    We are excited to announce that we have completed SOL Testing for this year. We are so proud of our third graders and all of their hard work and preparing for and taking this test. As a whole, students really tried hard and utilized the strategies we practiced in class. The third grade team wants to thank you for all of your support at home! 

    Students have speculated that since the SOLs are over, we are done. That is very far from the truth. Read below to see what fun and educational things will be happening over the next two weeks.

    We want to thank our amazing room parents for planning our end of the year cookout/party. It is going to be a great time! If you haven't already sent in your $3, please do so ASAP!!

    Performance Based Assessments:

     

    Not everyone is aware, but when the state stopped administering science and social science SOLs in third grade, the county replaced them with PBAs. These assessments are given quarterly in science and twice each year in social studies. 

    Over the past few weeks students have been learning a lot about soil and the importance of conservation. They studied the Swamp Pink plant found in Virginia and learned all about this endangered plant. They learned about interdependence and the role that humans play in the conservation of soil. 

    During the same time period students have been reviewing and digger deeper into economics. Students identified natural, capital, and human resources that were used in ancient civilizations. After learning about Virginia and their specialization in coal and ship building, they researched an ancient civilization and had to specialize in a specific good. After choosing their good, they researched and found another civilization to trade goods. The next step was planning their trade route and deciding which geographic features they would have to cross and navigate. After deciding how they would cross the terrain (desert, mountains, river/ocean) they created their trade map. Ask your child about their choices during this process!

     

    Coding- Students are still hard at work on Coding, only this time with a little more choice. Students chose one area of the curriculum and are creating a game or review to teach/practice that concept. Some students are creating book reports in Scratch while others are extending and coming up with their own ideas.

    Reading/Writing- Reading and writing continue to be very much a part of our daily instruction. Classes are enjoying plenty of time for independent reading as well as time for class read alouds each day. This week students wrote letters to veterans to be distributed by a local women's club on Memorial Day. They also wrote book recommendations that will be displayed for our upcoming third graders in the fall. In guidance, they wrote letters to their fourth grade teachers letting them know a little more about themselves.

    Preventing the Summer Slide- We look forward to our final PBL project of the school year. Next week students will begin working on ways to prevent the summer slide. After kicking off our PBL with our resident Reading Specialist, students will begin brainstorming ways to create products to encourage others to read over the summer! We look forward to seeing what their amazing brains will create.

    Important Dates- 

    Monday, June 3rd- House Day
    Students will enjoy rotating with their houses through activities all day!

    Tuesday, June 4th- Field Day

    Wednesday, June 5th- Field Day Rain Date

    Friday, June 7th- End of Year Party 11:30-1:00

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