This week we “Raced to Zero” using dice and regrouping skills. The students love playing games to help practice newly learned skills. We also revisited subtraction bowling, subtracting all pins from 1,000 using both paper/pencil and calculators.
Math Homework FYI
On Friday students brought home their Chapter 5 Math Review. This review homework assignment is due on Tuesday, the day on which we will have our chapter 5 math test.
St. Nick Day
On Wednesday we decorated paper shoes to leave out for St. Nick in observance of the day of his death. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers, and students in various cities and countries around Europe. He has a legendary habit of secret gift-giving which gave rise to the traditional model of Santa Claus (“Saint Nick”) through Sinterklaas. When students arrived on Thursday morning they found their shoes filled with small gifts.
This week we concluded our unit on government and turned it over to the students. Students will now have class time to create a poster, song, or brochure in which they teach their audience about one topic from our unit. All work will be done in class and we will begin presenting on Monday, December 17th. It might be a good idea to check in with your third grader. You can ask them which product they chose to create (song, brochure, or poster) and which topic they are going to teach about. All products must include five or more true facts.
In writing, students have begun working on a fiction narrative. We have provided them with a setting (inside of a snowglobe) but they must create the characters, a problem, and a solution. Students will have to use past skills, such as character development, leads, sequencing, dialogue, strong verbs, paragraphing, and transitions. New skills that we will be learning about in our writing include plot (problem and solution), with rising action, a climax, and falling action.
This week and the upcoming weeks we will take a closer look at the meaning of Advent. We will discuss and impress upon the third graders that Advent is the weeks before Christmas in which we wait and prepare for His coming. Advent is a time to draw close to God and think about all that He has done for us. Advent is a time to make room in our hearts and lives for Christ to come and be with us. Don’t forget we are encouraging the third graders to complete the Advent calendar on the back on their December reading logs.
Please do not forget to send in permission slips for our trip to Solomon Schechter Day School on Wednesday, December 19th. All students will need a lunch from home on Wednesday, December 19. Students should wear their normal SFX uniform and add a “fan item”. This will help encourage conversations with our new friends. Fan items could be a pair of Notre Dame socks, a horse necklace, a Cubs shirt, a soccer headband….
We would like to take the time to stress the importance of reading every night. Students should be reading, anything they want, every night for 20 or more minutes. (Sometimes they do have reading homework that they could complete during this 20 minutes.) We understand that several students have other obligations, but reading is important. Reading helps build fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. Students are at the age where we are moving from “learning to read” to “reading to learn”. Practicing this is so important.
A big part of third grade reading is building endurance. Students have an opportunity to read in class everyday where we are available to conference with kids. We are encouraging students to bring pillows from home so they can make a comfy spot in which to read. It would be ideal to send in a pillow, small blanket, or towel they can leave in their locker and pull out when they want to create a cozy spot.
From the students
One of our new behavior ticket prizes is writing a blurb for the blog. Here is this week’s blurb! 🙂
This week we are learning about the government and started a project about it. Here are some other fun things that we did this week:
- On Monday we had Art. Our other special was Mass.
- Tuesday we had PE, Music and Spanish.
- Wednesday we had PE and Library and the class made shoes for St. Nicholas Day.
- Thursday we had Music and Art. It was St. Nicholas Day and the whole class received a peppermint, a pencil, an eraser and a stamp.
- Friday we have Spanish.
Have a great weekend everyone!
December 12th – December Birthday Celebration
December 19th – Poetry Pals field trip to Solomon Schechter Day School
December 20th – Follow The Star, 1:45 Dismissal
January 7th – Return from Christmas Break
January 7th – Pizza Day
January 9th – Box Top Dress Down Day
January 21st – No School, MLK Day
January 22nd – 3rd Quarter Starts
January 23rd – Birthday Celebration
January 28th – February 1st – Catholic Schools Week
Blog title submissions
- Mr. Blog
- Blogy Blog Blogger
- 3rd Graders from SFX!
- Ticket Cricket Week
- Start of 14 days of Christmas
- Super Awesome third grade class!
- School Madness
- The awesomest third graders ever!
- Third grade smarties
- Merry Christmas
- I love Santa
- Crickets of tickets