• Weekly News

    Posted by Kathy Childs on 11/22/2019

    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 Diamonde. 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 (Diamonde 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

    Posted by Kathy Childs on 11/15/2019

    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

    Posted by Kathy Childs on 11/1/2019

    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 to we can finish report cards and prepare for an even better second quarter.

     

    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, which 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

    Posted by Kathy Childs on 10/25/2019

    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

    Posted by Kathy Childs on 10/4/2019

    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.

     

    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

    Posted by Kathy Childs on 9/20/2019

    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 game. 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-

    PTA-  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!

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by Kathy Childs on 9/15/2019

    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!

     

    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 log in. We hope to see many of you there!

     

     Thursday, September 19- House Color Day- wear your house color

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by Kathy Childs on 9/6/2019

    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

    Posted by Kathy Childs on 8/30/2019
    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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    Posted by Kathy Childs 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.

     

    Indoor recess: When it is raining or 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. You 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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