As we wrap up place value, we are moving onto addition within 10,000. In this second chapter we will review regrouping as well as learn new strategies for dissecting and solving word problems. A strategy that will be new to third grades and is used throughout the Math In Focus curriculum is creating and using a bar model. Remember to continue practicing addition and subtraction facts for speed and accuracy. Flash cards, even though they are old school, are a great way to review facts. You can also find lots of great games and apps, that are often free, just by doing a quick search.
This week we started our Plant & Animal unit with an I Wonder chart. Students had the chance to share knowledge they already had, but then also come up with some I Wonder questions that they hope to get answered over the next several weeks.
James wonders, “How does an alligator know how to survive on both land and water?”
Maeve wonders, “What adaptations does my dog Oliver have to live the life of a pet?”
Carter wonders, “How many habitats are in the jungle?”
Maggie wonders, “How do animals stay alive in hurricanes, tornados, and tsunamis?”
This past week we also did a short nature walk, observing the plants around our SFX campus. Next week we will start to label these plants with the appropriate plant parts. All of this will be leading up to our first project, Build-A-Plant. In this project students will have the opportunity to design and build a 3-D model of their very own, newly created, plant. Students have fun making trees that grow Skittles or trees or even a tree that grow basketball hoops right in your own backyard! Look for details to come home later next week.
All Saints Day Mass
Mark your calendars! All 3rd grade classes will continue the tradition to lead Mass on Friday, November 1st, All Saints Day. Students will choose a Saint they would like to know more about. We encourage students to pick their patron Saint or a Saint that has special meaning to their families. Students will then complete research and write a brief report about their chosen Saint. Students will lead Mass and present their reports while dressed as their Saints. We will present the reports in a “Wax Museum” setting, immediately following Mass in the school atrium. Our Saints will stand, frozen like wax statues, while guests roam the museum. Visitors to our museum are then encouraged to “unfreeze” the statues for them to recite their brief report. This Wax Museum will only be open to parents of our third grade students. Please continue to read the blog for more information for this project as November 1st approaches.
Starting this past week, we are asking students not to bring balls and toys from home to use during recess. We will have plenty of equipment to share and play a variety of games. This will ensure our students are taking care of our equipment, picking up the equipment, and returning equipment after each recess.
Students have really enjoyed having a daily working snack every morning. Please be sure to send in a healthy and non-messy snack (should not include a fork or spoon). It would be helpful if your child knows what is meant for lunch and what is meant for snack. We recommend including your child in the discussion of which is which to help foster independence when grabbing a snack from their lunchbox.
Sidekicks and Planners
Please remember to sign your child’s planner every night. You signing their planner signifies that your child has completed his/her homework for the evening. If your child did not complete their homework for the evening, please include a brief note in the planner. Signing the planner also sets good habitats of checking in with you each night while still encouraging and developing responsibility for ensuring they have what they need each day.
Forgot Something At School?
If your child forgets something at school, we are asking that you make it a learning moment and not return to the classroom to retrieve it. Children are given plenty of time to pack up at the end of the day and are given several reminders to grab all necessary things, including their planner and sidekick. While we know it is tempting to make a quick trip back to school “just this once”, remember items is another important piece of developing personal responsibility each day. Thank you for your support!
This past Thursday our school librarian, Linda Sawyer, set up another amazing author visit with author Matt Tavares. Mr. Tavares walked us through his process of writing and illustrating a book. It was great to hear that he goes through SEVERAL drafts for both the words and pictures before a book is published. He wrapped up the talk with some great drawing tips for all artists.
September 30th – Picture Day – Dress Up
October 2nd – 1:45 Dismissal Day
October 7th – Pizza Day
October 11th – Design – A – Plant project due
October 14th – No School, Columbus Day
October 21st – October Birthday Celebration
October 31st – Halloween Parade, 10:00
November 1st – All Saint Day Mass