• 3/22/19

    We are excited to wrap up another great week. Look for the field trip reminder coming home with your child today. Next week all classes will be completing MAPS testing between Tuesday and Thursday. Thanks for making sure your child gets a good night of sleep and eats a healthy breakfast!

    Camp STEAMovation- Camp has been given a face lift and ready for more fun than ever. Copy and paste the link to register or email Mrs. Condon (melanie.condon@lcps.org) with any questions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfDVcKm5iLmHjFKcNE-3Bchnbjbq5WOeQUVFeq57dIZOr6yQ/viewform

    Math- The students are now experts in geometry, so challenge them to identify shapes you see when you are out! Next week, we will be moving into measurement. We are excited to begin our exploration of length, capacity, area, perimeter, and volume. 

    Reading and Writing Workshop- This week, students have been diving into traditional literature by reading folktales, fables, and fairytales. We have had so much fun reading the classic stories such as Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, and Little Red Riding Hood. We have learned how to spot the elements in this genre that makes it different from the fiction we are used to reading. In the coming weeks, the students will be incorporating these elements into their own writing as they write a spin on a classic tale. 

    Word Study-  There will be no word study the week of March 25th.

    Content- Students are finished researching health, and they are polishing the fine details on their boards. We are so proud of all of their dedication to this project, and we look forward to seeing you at the Epic Build on April 9th. 

    Coding- Students have been working hard to complete their Scratch game as an extension of their PBL Health Project. This week in Innovation Lab, the students planned out their interactive display for the Makey Makey component of their PBL, and it has been exciting to see the Makey Makeys in action! Ask your student about the unusual objects they are using as conductors to complete their circuits. 

    Important Dates-

    Monday, March 25th- Third grade field trip to Morven Park

    Tuesday, March 26th-28th- MAPS testing for all 3rd grade students (reading and math)

    Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 1st- Teacher Workday and Staff Development/ Student Holiday

    Tuesday, April 9th- Epic Build and Third Grade PBL Showcase

    3/8/19

    Thank you so much for coming out and supporting our third grade program last night! We are so proud of all of their hard work.

    We want to extend a huge thank you to Dr. Lins, Karyn Norton, Emily Ledford, and Dr. and Dr. Shah! You provided a wealth of information for our students during their research. We can't wait to see their finished products!

    Camp STEAMovation- Camp has been given a face lift and ready for more fun than ever. Copy and paste the link to register or email Mrs. Condon (melanie.condon@lcps.org) with any questions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfDVcKm5iLmHjFKcNE-3Bchnbjbq5WOeQUVFeq57dIZOr6yQ/viewform

    Math- This week, we focused on collecting and graphing data using bar graphs and pictographs. We talked at length about the different labels on a graph and the differences and similarities between the two. Next week, we will be moving into geometry where we will focus on the names of different shapes, the different kinds of lines, and area and perimeter. Home extension: Have your child use a ruler or measuring tape to find the perimeter of a surface. Try finding the perimeter of two different surfaces and compare them!

    Reading and Writing Workshop- We discussed and applied several different nonfiction tools to help us get the most important information from our nonfiction books. Students will continue to learn new skills to add to their nonfiction toolbox, and will apply those skills while they proceed with their animals and health research. 

    Word Study-  The students had their word study test today, and they will be given new words on Monday. Thank you for your continued support at home as you practice the words with your child.

    Content- The students have been working hard on creating their ecosystem poster. So far, they have drawn their habitat and have learned about the different parts of the food chain as well as adaptations. Next week, we will focus on populations and communities, and the students will finish their posters by attaching their animals that pop out.

    Coding- Students have finished their Minecraft games, and began brainstorming their games for their PBL extension activity. Their challenge is to create a game that will teach others about their health topics. 

    Important Dates-

    TONIGHT...Friday, Mar 8th- Volleyball game against Emerick at Loudoun Valley 

    Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 1st- Teacher Workday and Staff Development/ Student Holiday

    Tuesday, April 9th- Epic Build and Third Grade PBL Showcase

    3/1/19

    Yay for a five day week! It was great to get in a full week (minus a few hours) of learning and fun. 

    Thursday, March 7th- 3rd Grade Music Program 1:30 and 6:30

    Tuesday, April 9th- Epic Build and Third Grade PBL Showcase (THIS IS A NEW DATE)

    ASEP Sign Up ENDS TODAY- All of your favorite third grade teachers are offering sessions and would love to see your children there. Please sign up at https://rhes.ptboard.com/
    Camp STEAMovation- Camp has been given a face lift and ready for more fun than ever. Copy and paste the link to register or email Mrs. Condon (melanie.condon@lcps.org) with any questions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfDVcKm5iLmHjFKcNE-3Bchnbjbq5WOeQUVFeq57dIZOr6yQ/viewform

    Math- We have had a productive week learning about probability. Students had fun finding out which events were more likely. Although sometimes our outcomes aren't always what we predict. Next week we head into graphing, focusing mainly on bar graphs and pictographs. Students will learn to create and analyze graphs. Home extension: Have your child survey their friends and family and draw their own graph. Then have them create questions based on the data.

    Reading and Writing Workshop- Students are digging deep into the world of nonfiction while learning important research skills. Reading and writing are all connected to our science unit on animals as well as our health PBL. They are researching in books and using databases to find information about their ecosystems and their health topics. Your child is becoming an expert and should have information to share with you about what they are learning.

    Word Study-  Students received new words this past Monday. The assessment will be Friday, March 8th. Thank you for your support in reviewing the words at home.

    Content- Students are focusing on researching a specific ecosystem. Within that ecosystem they are learning about the animals focusing on a food chain. Students are creating their own ecosystem, complete with pop-out animals, to demonstrate their understanding. 

    Coding- Students are finishing up their Minecraft games and preparing for their PBL extension activity. In their research groups, students are challenged with creating a game to teach others about their health topics.

    Important Dates-

    Thur, Mar 7th-  3rd grade music program- 1:30 assembly/ 6:30 program

    Fri, Mar 8th- Volleyball game against Emerick at Loudoun Valley (flier coming soon)

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    We have learned to be very flexible with the weather and scheduling lately. We are thankful we could all be back in school together today! We have updated the curriculum information below but with only two days in school this week, it is very similar to the last week's news.

    A few important dates to highlight:
    Tonight is BINGO- Please come and have fun with your family! Doors open at 6:00 and the first game starts at 6:30.
    Program date change- Our third grade program has been pushed back one week with a new date of Thursday, March 7th with show times at 1:30 and 6:30. We hope to see all of you there.

    ASEP Sign Up- Session 3 is rapidly approaching. All of your favorite third grade teachers are offering sessions and would love to see your children there. Please sign up at https://rhes.ptboard.com/
    Camp STEAMovation- Camp has been given a face lift and ready for more fun than ever. Copy and paste the link to register or email Mrs. Condon (mcondon@lcps.org) with any questions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfDVcKm5iLmHjFKcNE-3Bchnbjbq5WOeQUVFeq57dIZOr6yQ/viewform

     

     

     

    2/22/19

    Math- Given our weather this week all classes will be assessing fractions early next week before moving on to probability. Students should be able to explain the difference between numerator and denominator. They should also be able to draw and explain the area, set, and measurement model when given a fraction. Students have learned to add and subtract fractions with like denominators and compare fractions when models are present. We are always working to make real world connections and appreciate your support in this area. 

    Reading and Writing Workshop- All classes have started digging into Research in reading. Students are in groups and researching a specific animal. Ask your child to share what they are learning through this research. Students will directly apply their research skills during our exciting PBL unit (with the kick off postponed to next week). Mark your calendars for March 26th as we plan to combine the 3rd and final Epic Build with our PBL Showcase. More information will be sent as the event draws nearer!

    Word Study-  Words were assessed today and new words will be sent on Monday. Thank you for your support in helping your child review at home.

    Content- Students are finishing up their research on their civilizations. All students tackled some big questions. How has my civilization changed over time? What did the civilization invent that still impacts our lives today? How did humans adapt to life in their civilization? Talk to your child about what they have learned through this process.

    Coding- Our Epic Build is well underway. Students are learning how to mimic Minecraft movement in Scratch. Students will be introduced to a new project that will be integrated with their upcoming PBL. More to come!

    Important Dates-

     

    Fri, Feb 22nd- BINGO night (see flier coming home in today's Friday folder- we hope to see you there)

    Thur, Feb 28th- Chat N Chew

    Thur, Mar 7th-  3rd grade music program- 1:30 assembly/ 6:30 program

    Fri, Mar 8th- Volleyball game against Emerick at Loudoun Valley (flier coming soon)

    2/8/19

    We accomplished a lot with five full days of school! It was great to get back into our routine and make a lot of forward progress in our curriculum. Make sure you mark your calendars for our third grade program on February 28th. Your children will perform for the school at 1:30 with another community program that evening at 6:30. Ms. Jones will be in touch with more information as we get closer to the event!

    Math- This week all students wrapped up patterns and began learning about fractions. Students have had time to explore with fraction blocks, helping them draw conclusions and test their thinking. We will continue to learn about area, set, and measurement models in the coming weeks. Anytime you have a chance to work in real-life use of fractions into conversation would be beneficial. Are you using a recipe? Can you talk about what fraction of something exists in your house?  

    Reading and Writing Workshop- We are using the next few days to finish up both our reading and writing mystery units. Students have become excellent detectives as they track suspects while looking for motives and trying not to be distracted by red herring clues. (Ask your child to tell you all about red herring clues!) 

    Next week we will begin our research unit as we gear up for our next PBL Unit. Stay tuned for more information as well as our expo date!

    Word Study-  Assessments were given today and new words will be sent home on Monday. The next assessment is Friday, February 22nd.

    Content- Thank you for sending in pictures and work samples from younger years. We had a great time looking for similarities and differences from then and now. Students then transferred their knowledge to analyze maps of the United Sates over time. In the coming week they will work in groups to research China, Egypt, Greece, Mali, and Rome. They will focus on how the civilizations have changed, but how their contributions have impacted our lives today. 

    Coding- This week all students began work on their third Epic Build program. Ask your child to explain how we are combining Minecraft and Scratch!

    Important Dates-

    Tues, Feb 12th- 9:30- Assembly: Draw Your Destiny

    Thur, Feb 14th- Heart Healthy Run after school (send a note if you would like your child to stay after and attend)

    Mon, Feb 18th- President's Day- no school

    Thur, Feb 21st- Moveable Monday

    Fri, Feb 22nd- BINGO night (see flier coming home in today's Friday folder- we hope to see you there)

    Thur, Feb 28th- Chat N Chew/ 1:30 assembly/ 6:30 program

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    1/25/19

    We are excited to wrap up another great week in third grade. We hope you have a great weekend and look to see many of you at the PTA dance tonight.

    Math- This week all students began exploring patterns. Students are analyzing and creating growing and repeating patterns along with in/out boxes. Please help your child find patterns in real life. This is a powerful connection when they realize this isn't something that just exists inside the math classroom. We will continue to extend patterns next week. Having your child continue to practice math facts is particularly important as they need to be able to apply these facts quickly to complete number patterns. 

    Reading and Writing Workshop- The energy level is high as we continue with mystery reading and head into mystery writing. All students are learning to be good detectives in their personal mystery books. They are tracking suspects along with their actions and possible motivations. To connect with reading, students are beginning to write their own mysteries. They are planning them out step by step and will begin drafting next week. Please add this into your dialogue at home.

    Word Study-  Assessments were given today and new words will be sent home on Monday. The next assessment is Friday, February 8th.

    Content- This week students have learned all about energy. Have your child explain the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources and examples of each. Next week students will start exploring ancient civilizations.

    Ask your child about Innovation Lab this week. All students created a wind turbine using Strawbees or K'nex. There was design, redesign, and a lot of problem solving in between. Have your child explain their creation.

    Important Dates-

    January 25th: PTA Snowball Family Dance 

    January 31st: House Lunch and Color Day

    February 1st: T-shirt order forms due

    1-11-19

    We had a great full week and are excited to see many of you at our Epic Build next Tuesday. The 5th graders will lead a great opening in the gym at 8:30. Third grade classrooms will be open from 9:50-10:10. We hope to see you there!

    Math- We have spent time reviewing all operations, focusing hard on being good problem solvers. When your child reads a word problem do they visualize what is happening in the problem? Can they choose the correct operation and explain why? What related facts do they know that would support them in solving this problem quicker? Please remember that Reflex is a great tool for students to practice fact recall and improve fluency. our next unit will be patterns.

    Reading and Writing Workshop- This week we dove right into mystery book clubs. Each class is enjoying a whole class read aloud as well as individual mysteries and book clubs books. We are really learning what it means to be good detectives. Our goal is always to solve the mystery prior to the detective in the book. Mystery writing is coming soon, but right now we are finishing up opinion writing. It is great to have an opinion, but do you have supporting evidence? Do you have examples to support your opinion? Ask your child to share their opinion with you!

    Word Study-  New words will come home on Monday and the assessment will be Friday, January 25th.

    Content- Wixie projects have been presented. This has been a great learning experience for teachers and students alike. Students were exposed to Rand McNally online Atlas. Have them to show you how to use it and look up a fun place you would like to visit. Students all had experience presenting their project to their peers in class.

    Ask your child about Innovation Lab this week. Students are creating a tool using one or more simple machines. This tool is supposed to make life easier at home or at school. Students had an opportunity to create the tool using K'nex and other materials in the Innovation Lab. They will make modifications or changes to their design and have a final one made for next time. Students will then create an advertisement for their product.

    Important Dates-

    January 15th: Epic Build Showcase (begins at 8:30- third grade time 9:50-10:10)

    January 18th: Student holiday/ teacher workday

    January 21st: Student holiday/ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Welcome back and Happy New Year! We have had a very productive three days jumping right back into learning. We hope all of you had a restful break and some much needed family time. 

    Math- This week and next we are wrapping up our unit on multiplication and division. While we do encourage students to work on memorizing facts, we are focusing more on their conceptual foundation. If given a word problem or real life scenario, can your child tell you whether you should add, subtract, multiply, or divide? Students will be working on strategies to solve and eventually create their own problems illustrating their knowledge of these concepts. Students have also learned multiple ways to illustrate and solve each problem. These ways include a number line, set, area model, and array. Ask them to demonstrate for you!

    Reading and Writing Workshop- This week we are building excitement as students prepare to enter our mystery book club units. Next week all students will be reading a mystery book with their book clubs. They are also finding a "just right" book in the same genre to be reading in their free time. Next week students will also begin opinion writing, which will be a short unit before they begin writing their OWN mysteries. Stay tuned for more information! 

    Word Study-  Word study words came home this Wednesday. The next assessment will be Friday, January 11th. We appreciate your support in practicing these words at home.

    Content- All groups are working on presenting their Wixie projects in class over the next few days. Ask your child to log on to Wixie at home to show you their project. (Find Wixie through go.lcps.org) Throughout this project students have also learned to use the Rand McNally online atlas. This is a great resource for learning more about areas of interest in our world.

    Next week all classes will begin learning about simple machines. They also have an exciting project/invention coming. This will be a joint effort between science class and Innovation Lab. More information will be shared next week.

    Important Dates-

    January 4th: LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR ASEP programs

    January 7th: PTA Meeting

    January 9th/10th: Donuts with Dads

    January 15th: Epic Build Showcase (begins at 8:30- third grade time will be announced soon)

    January 18th: Student holiday/ teacher workday

    January 21st: Student holiday/ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    December 14, 2018

    A big thank you to all of our amazing parents who came in to volunteer their time and talents during Career Day today! Ask your child what they learned from this awesome opportunity.

    With 4 days left before winter break we are still hard at work! Please take a minute to read the update from this week and next. 

    Math- This week and next week students are building their conceptual knowledge and connection between multiplication and division. If given a number, can they break it up into equal groups? How can we use our understanding of multiplication to turn it around and make a division fact? We appreciate your support in continue to build these connections at home and in real life situations. 

    Parent Hints: Students have been taught many ways to visually represent a problem. If students have the problem 3 X 5, they have learned to draw an array or area model (3 rows of 5) or draw a picture (3 groups of 5). The commutative property tells us that 3 X 5 is the same as 5 X 3. However, the picture for 5 X 3 would look different (5 rows of 3, or 5 groups of 3). We are teaching the students this distinction and wanted to make sure you were aware as well.

    Reading and Writing Workshop- This week all students have finished a draft of their information writing "expert" piece. Over the next week students will edit, revise, and write their final drafts. We look forward to sharing these amazing stories with others. We continue to practice reading nonfiction as we learn skills to apply to deepen our comprehension.

    Word Study-  Word study words were sent this past Monday. The word study assessment is WEDNESDAY next week. This is due to our holiday party Thursday and day off on Friday.

    Content- This week students have taken on the role of a travel agent. They have spent time researching and learning all about their continent. Through the next week they will create a group presentation in Wixie. Ask your child about this fun and educational project!

    December 20th: Third Grade Class Parties (9am) and Winter Sing-A-Long (1:30)

    December 21st-January 1: Winter break

    January 2: Classes resume