Build – A – Plant Project
This past week your child should have brought home a packet explaining their very first 3rd grade project, Build – A – Plant. This project will help students gain a deeper understanding of plant parts as well as the plant life cycle. In this project students will design their very own plant. This plant can be simple as a candy bush or as complex as an interactive jungle slide tree that grows water balloons.
It is easiest to think of this project in four parts; a 3-D model, a colorful labeled picture, a life cycle, and a fact sheet. Your botanist will have to create a 3-D model of their plant. Students are encouraged to use things found around the house, such as modeling clay, construction paper and glue or items from the recycling bin. Be as creative as you like! (But we do request that all models be able to fit on a school desk.) The colored and labeled picture will be completed on a 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper that was provided in the packet. This picture must have all plant parts labeled. (See rubric for specific directions.) Your child must also include a life cycle of their plant that is colorful and clearly labeled with a complete sentence. The last thing to be included is a simple fact sheet that includes information such as name, location, and an interesting fact about the newly discovered plant.
Please feel free to reach out if you or your botanist have any questions. We will have a lighter homework load the week of October 7th to help provided time to complete this project. The project should be brought to school the morning of Friday, October 11th.
Students are currently working on adding numbers within 10,000. We have been learning addition properties and rules, as well as some mental math strategies. In this chapter we will work on the basic algorithm of addition with and without regrouping. Towards the end of the chapter we will focus on solving real life problems. To solve these problems, the bar model will be introduced. We will be having a chapter 2 math test within the next week or so.
A bar model is a pictorial representation of a number in the form of bars used to solve number problems. A bar model helps the student understand what operations, whether addition, subtraction, multiplication or/and division should be used to solve a word problem. This concept is woven throughout our Math in Focus curriculum, so that students can use this problem solving strategy for many years to come.
On Monday, your student will be bringing home a rosary log. October is the month of the Holy Rosary. We are encouraging all third graders and their families to pray the rosary as a family this month. Students can color each bead as they pray the rosary on the attached log.
We are suggesting one decade per night, so each rosary would take five days to pray. There are four sets of mysteries to pray, so one set could be completed each week. Our hope is that each set of mysteries is prayed once over the four weeks. We have included a page with all of the prayers for the rosary and a list of the different mysteries to assist you. We have also included some of the prayers in Latin if you would like to pray in another language.
All Saints Day
Next week, in class, we will begin working on our All Saints Day Mass. For this Mass, presented by the third grade, all students will dress as a saint they have picked and researched. In class we will help your child pick an appropriate saint and begin basic research. The majority of research will be conducted at home. We will turn the research into a short report here at school. At home we are asking families to provide a costume they can wear on November 1st, as all of our saints march into church and then participate in the third grade Saints Wax Museum. In the past costumes have been ordered online and/or made at home with a bathrobe and props. A packet with more details and deadline dates will be sent home on Monday, October 7th.
GO GREEN & GOLD
October 7th – Pizza Day
October 10th – Wear Pink for $1 donation to the
Colleen Pope Vitu Memorial Fund in honor of breast cancer
October 11th – Build – A – Plant project due
October 11th – Saint Project Checklist Due
October 14th – No School, Columbus Day
October 18th – Saint Outline/Research Due
October 21st – Wear “Brier the Brave” Shirt, or purple
October 23rd – October Birthday Celebration
October 25th – Saint Costume due in class (in a bag to hang in locker)
October 31st – Halloween Parade, 10:00
November 1st – All Saints Day Mass