• Weekly News

    Posted by MELANIE CONDON on 1/11/2019

    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 assessement 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

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  • Weekly News Jan. 4, 2019

    Posted by MELANIE CONDON on 1/4/2019

    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

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  • Weekly News 12-14

    Posted by MELANIE CONDON on 12/14/2018

    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

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  • Weekly News 12-7

    Posted by MELANIE CONDON on 12/7/2018

    We are excited to have our midyear MAPs assessments behind us. Looking forward to another great week!

    Math- All students have now learned many ways to represent a multiplication sentence. We are taking our knowledge and solving real world word problems. Students are encouraged to use a variety of visual representations to prove their thinking as to how they came to their answer. This will continue to be our focus between now and winter break.

    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- Students continue to work on nonfiction in both reading and writing. We are reading nonfiction daily and students are working on ways to explain and share their knowledge and ideas with others. This week students are finishing up the draft of their informational writing. Over the next few weeks students will edit and revise before making their final copy. Ask your child to tell you what he/she is writing about!

    Word Study- New word study words will be sent home on Monday. The test will be given Wednesday, December 19th.

    Content- This week students have finished up learning about 5 of the 7 continents. (North American, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia) Next week students will begin in-depth research on one of the continents. After researching important geographical features, climate, precipitation, and important tourist destinations, students will create a travel brochure to persuade others to visit. We are looking forward to students learning in a fun and engaging way.

    Upcoming Dates:

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

    December 21st-January 1: Winter break

    January 2: Classes resume

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  • Weekly News 11-9

    Posted by MELANIE CONDON on 11/9/2018

    This was a short but productive week! Please read thoroughly as there is important report card information to share.

    Report Cards- The parent portal will have report cards loaded by Monday afternoon at 3pm. This is earlier than in the past (when they have been sent home on Wednesdays). A paper copy of the report card will NOT be sent unless it is requested through your child's teacher. Please make sure you can log in to the parent portal this weekend so you will be able to access the report cards on Monday.

    PBL- This week we had a visti from "The Poppy Lady," who shared a wonderful and heartwarming story with all of us. Please ask your child to tell you all about our special visitors and the message behind the poppy flower. In connection with our PBL, each student is making cards and writing notes to be given to veterans both at Boulder Crest retreat and in the hospital. 

    Food Drive Incentive- Great news! The food drive has been extended until Monday. The winning "house" will be able to tape Mr. Davis to the wall in the front hallway of the school. This is for a great cause. Please bring in items on Monday. They can be dropped in the front foyer.

    Math- This week we have continued our spiral review in math. This really gives us a chance to fill in the gaps with students who need extra support and gives us time to provide extension and enrichment for those who need it.

    Reading and Writing Workshop- This week everyone is wrapping up book clubs and our fiction unit as we prepare to enter nonfiction next week. All students have reviewed the parts of a friendly letter and used that knowledge to write a letter to veterans. 

    Word Study- There will be NO word study until after Thanksgiving. Enjoy the break!

    Content- Over the next week every class will begin our geograpy unit and we work to understand more about our 7 continents.

     

    Upcoming Dates:

     

    November 12th- Library Book Fair begins

    November 13th- Last Tues ASEP Session

    November 21st-23rd- Thanksgiving Holiday

    November 30- Picture Make Up Day *NEW DATE

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  • Weekly News 11-2

    Posted by MELANIE CONDON on 11/2/2018

    Our first quarter has officially come to an end. It's hard to believe we are 1/4 of the way through the school year. Please remember that Monday and Tuesday are student holidays and teacher workdays. 

    We had an amazing field trip to the National Building Museum this week. We appreciate the chaperones coming and engaging with all of our students in completing the planning of our cities. All of the students were incredibly well behaved. If your child hasn't already shared the experience please ask them about it.

    Food Drive- Great news! The food drive has been extended until November 9th. Food can be brought in daily next week!

    Math- This week we have continued to work on adding up items for purchase and making change. Many students are creating or shopping from a "menu" and creating problems for others to solve. Any time you can make a real world extension at home is greatly beneficial and directly supports our efforts at school. 

    Reading and Writing Workshop- Over the next week we are wrapping up our fiction reading and writing units before we move into nonfiction. Students are comparing characters across stories through classroom read alouds. They are also working to finish up their book club book and engage in meaningful discussions with their book club members. This has been an area of high engagement and excitement. We continue to work on writing narratives about a small moment in time. They are working to add dialogue and action to tell the story bit by bit.

    Word Study- Just a reminder that the next word study assessment will be on Friday, November 9th.

    Content- Students have wrapped up our unit on cycles. After the long weekend we look forward to heading into our geography unit.

     

    Upcoming Dates:

     

    November 5th/6th- Teacher Workday/ No School for Students

    November 7th- Last Wed ASEP Session

    November 8th- Picture Make Up Day

    November 8th- Moveable Monday

    November 12th- Library Book Fair begins

    November 13th- Last Tues ASEP Session

    November 21st-23rd- Thanksgiving Holiday

     

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  • Weekly News 10-26

    Posted by MELANIE CONDON on 10/26/2018

    A HUGE thank you to everyone who came for our Epic Build on Tuesday. Your children loved showing off their projects and showcasing their amazing coding skills. We start preparation for our next Epic Build on Monday. If you were unable to attend last Tuesday, please have your child show you their project on a computer at home.

    Field Trip- All of us are excited about our third grade field trip to the National Building Museum next Wednesday. Students should dress comfortably and wear appropriate shoes. No electronic devices will be permitted on the bus and money is not necessary for the trip. Please bring a disposable lunch (feel free to use a Target bag) as we will eating in the museum. We are looking forward to a fun, educational, and interactive day.
    IF YOUR CHILD NEEDS A BAGGED LUNCH FROM THE CAFETERIA PLEASE LET YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER KNOW TODAY!

    Math- This week we have continued our work on counting and comparing money. Students have solved problems both in isolation and through word problems. They are learning to make change from a designated amount. This is a real world skill and can be very applicable when you are out and about. Your support at home in greatly appreciated as this can be challenging for some students. 

    Reading Workshop- This week we have all finished up Winn-Dixie and will spend another week finshing up our unit on characters before we head into nonfiction. Students are thoroughly enjoying book clubs and working through diving deeper into understanding their character.

    Writing Workshop- This week students are finishing their first piece of writing. Ask them about the small moment they chose to write about.

    Word Study- All students were assessed today. New words will come home Monday with the next assessment on November 9th. Thank you for reviewing these words at home with your child.

    Content- Students have learned all of the moon phases. Begin observing the moon each night with your child to watch it change.

     

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    October 26th-  PTA Sock Hop

    October 29th- Fall Food Drive Begins

    October 31st - 3rd Grade Field Trip to National Building Museum

    November 5th/6th- Teacher Workday/ No School for Students

    November 8th- Picture Make Up Day

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  • Weekly News 10-19

    Posted by MELANIE CONDON on 10/19/2018

    We are excited about our Epic Build next Tuesday. Mr. Davis sent the entire schedule in the Weekly Bear Bytes. Third grade classrooms will welcome parents and community members between 9:50 and 10:10am. If you are unable to attend, your child can show you their Scratch project from home. 

    Math- This week students have worked hard counting groups of money. They are also learning to add and subtract money in isolation and through word problems. Some children would benefit from additional time counting money at home. Reflex is a great at-home tool for improving recall.

    Reading Workshop- The excitement has been huge as every student began their first third grade book club. Groups have created their names and club rules. Students will be reading a "just right" book at the same speed and discussing with their club members. Ask your child about thier book! Please continue to read nightly and record it in the reading log.

    Writing Workshop- This week we really dug into the heart of our story. Students examined their drafts to find the heart or main point of their story. They are revising to add detail to that piece. Revisions will continue over the next few weeks. 

    Word Study- New word study words were glued in this week. The assessment will be next Friday, October 26th. 

    Content- October is all about the cycles. We have covered the water cycle and are currently covering earth cycles and will be moving into the phases of the moon soon. Begin observing the moon each night with your child to watch it change.

    Homework Update - Homework will continue to be sent weekly and is due each Friday.

    Reminder that Monday is a STUDENT HOLIDAY! 

    PTA Wreath and Orginal Works orders are both due next Friday, October 26th.

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    October 23rd- Epic Build - 3rd grade 9:50-10:10

    October 26th- Orginial Works orders due, PTA fundraiser due, PTA Sock Hop

    October 29th- Fall Food Drive Begins

    October 31st - 3rd Grade Field Trip to National Building Museum

    November 5th/6th- Teacher Workday/ No School for Students

    November 8th- Picture Make Up Day

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  • Weekly News 10-12

    Posted by MELANIE CONDON on 10/12/2018

    Fall in finally here! We will be going out for recess daily. Please make sure your child dresses appropriately for the weather.

    Math- Next week we are moving on to counting money and making change. Students will continue to practice addition and subtraction with regrouping and may require additional practice at home to master this skill.
    Basic fact knowledge is very beneficial and will help students succeed in this unit and in the future. Reflex is a great at-home tool for improving recall.

    Reading Workshop- Ask your child to tell you about our current read aloud. We have been looking at Opal, Winn-Dixie, and the preacher. We continue to work on our deeper understanding of characters. Please continue to read nightly and record it in the reading log.

    Writing Workshop- Our revisions are off to a great start. Using our mentor text, Comie On Rain, we are observing ways authors tell a story bit by bit and working to translate those strategies into our own writing.

    Word Study- Everyone will receive new words on Monday. The next assessment will be Friday, October 26th. Please consider reviewing words at home.

    Content- This week we began the water cycle and will continue with other cycles throughout the month. 

    Innovation Lab- Ask your child about their experience with Strawbees in Innovation Lab this week. They had a great time with a lot of problem solving.

    Homework Update - Homework will continue to be sent weekly and is due each Friday.

    PBL- 3rd grade kicked off our PBL dedicated to our veterans.  A guest from the American Legion spoke with third graders earlier this week. We are all excited to begin our Blanket Project. Ask your child to share more information.

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    October 12th- Color Run 5:30pm

    October 22nd- Professional Development Day/ No school for students

    October 23rd- Epic Build (times will be sent as soon as the scheduled is set)

    October 29th- Fall Food Drive Begins

    October 31st - 3rd Grade Field Trip to National Building Museum

    November 5th/6th- Teacher Workday/ No School for Students

    November 8th- Picture Make Up Day

     

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  • Weekly News 10/5

    Posted by MELANIE CONDON on 10/5/2018

    October is off to a great start!

    Math- All students have learned addition and subtraction with regrouping. We will continue practicing over the coming weeks as we work on our estimation and problem solving skills.
    Basic fact knowledge is very beneficial and will help students succeed in this unit and in the future. Reflex is a great at-home tool for improving recall.

    Reading Workshop- We have started our new character unit with our mentor text as Winn-Dixie. Students are challenged to look deeper into their character's actions and create theories as to "why" a character is the way he/she is. Please continue to read nightly and record it in the reading log.

    Writing Workshop- Students have selected a piece of writing and are ready to work through the revision process. This week students tried on different leads using action, dialogue, and setting. 

    Word Study- Everyone will be assessed on Friday, October 12th. Please consider reviewing words at home.

    Content- We are beginning our month long unit on cycles. Next week we will start with the water cycle. 

    Innovation Lab- The third grade team is excited about all of the fun Innovation Lab learning experiences we have planned in the coming months. Next week students will learn about Strawbees. Ask them to share this with you.

    Homework Update - Homework will continue to be sent weekly and is due each Friday.

    PBL- 3rd grade will be kicking off a PBL dedicated to our veterans on October 11th.  We will be working with the American Legion and connecting with Boulder Crest.

    PTA- Please sign up for the Color Run. Your child is able to sign up even if they are unable to attend. T-shirts will be given out next week. See the PTA page for more information. 

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    October 12th- Color Run

    October 31st - 3rd Grade Field Trip to National Building Museum

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