February 7, 2016 Update

Dear Third Grade Families,

We have the BEST families as part of our PCCS community!  YOU all made the Trivia Night a huge success this year. Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 80’s Themed Trivia Night.  We have nearly outgrown the PC barn! Thank you, thank you!

2017 Trivia Night

2017 Trivia Night

This week we were busy with our new Eureka Math unit on measurement.  This week we practiced measuring classroom items in grams and kilograms.

Weights and measures

Weights and measures

Hard at work

Hard at work


In Social Studies we experienced our first Town Crier who brought news (albeit two months late!) from England on the Sugar tax that the citizens of Boston must pay on their precious sugar imported from the Caribbean.  Students learned the background behind Britain’s taxation of the American colonists and assessed the impact on their “business” and “homelife” in Boston.  Each student reflected in their Patriot Journal on the current news.
Patriot Journal

Patriot Journal

Patriot Journal

Patriot Journal

Patriot Journal

Patriot Journal

Academics this week:

ELA:  This week in Readers’ Workshop we are going to begin our whole-class novel study:  Five Smooth Stones.  This is a historical fiction selection that is presented in the format of a diary.  It chronicles the life of a young girl living in Philadelphia, PA just prior to the reading of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  Students will be given a assignments with vocabulary, comprehension, and writing activities.  Although this is a whole-group novel study, I plan to meet with small groups to provide support to all readers.  Students may have to complete activities at home and be asked to read with parents for comprehension support.  Spelling:  core words are:  across, during, today, however, sure, knew, it’s, try, told, young…content words are;  debt, privacy, smuggle, tyranny, representative. Writers’ Workshop:  Students will continue to work on their final writing assignment associated with the Homestead Project.  They are working to complete a five paragraph essay on the changes that colonists (settlers) made to the natural environment.

Math:  Students continue to succeed with Rocket Math multiplication.  I would like to congratulate Shrishant for successfully completing multiplication!  Students worked on measurement of weight and mass using metric units.  Next week we are measuring volume with metric units.  I use Eureka math for this unit, so expect the same type of homework “packets” each night.

Social Studies:  We continue our immersion approach to the causes of the American Revolution by engaging in daily meetings with the Town Crier, studying background information on the “Act” or event, and then journaling in our diaries.  This week we will hear about the Stamp Act, the Townshend Act, and the Boston Massacre.  We will also watch some Liberty’s Kids and Johnny Tremain, the ones I watched  when I was a kid!   

Valentine’s Day:  Students are hard at work to earn a PJ privilege day for Thursday.  If they earn it, we will let you know.  We will make Valentine card holders on Thursday am.  Send cards ready to hand out.  The party begins at 2:00 ish and you are welcome to come and help out.  Please let me know if you are planning to drop in.  

Upcoming Field Trip:  On February 19, we will travel to Waukegan Public Library (WPL) for a Book Buddy Library Day.  Our students are paired with younger students from a Waukegan elementary school.  They began a pen pal relationship this week and we get the chance to meet them on the 19th.  Our students will serve as the older “buddy” and mentor the younger students during a two-hour program on Fairy Tales at the library.  We will leave around 9:15 and return around 1:30.  Students will eat lunch at the library, so they will need to bring a cold lunch.  

Dates to Remember:
2/11:  Valentine’s Day Party:  Friendship Theme
2/12:  No school for students:  Teacher Institute Day
2/15:  No school:  President’s Day
2/17:  Farm to Table
2/19:  WPL Book Buddy field trip