March 6, 2016 Update

Dear Third Grade Families,

Our students filled the marble jar last week!  For their treat, Mrs. Krissek and I will provide breakfast on Friday morning!  I am planning to make a French Toast casserole, which has been a perennial favorite at our Boy Scout troop breakfasts.  I anticipate the our Girl Scouts will concur!  We will also provide fresh fruit, yogurt, and juice.  

Last week we were busy preparing the portfolios for Student Led Conferences and creating new nature posters with a message for the hallway. 

Riley is attaching reflections to his work.

Riley is attaching reflections to his work.

Kaylee and Reese hard at work on their portfolios.

Kaylee and Reese hard at work on their portfolios.

Here is a sample of the new hallway posters!

Let Nature Be Your Teacher

Let Nature Be Your Teacher

Let Nature Be Your Teacher

Let Nature Be Your Teacher

Let Nature Be Your Teacher

Let Nature Be Your Teacher

Academics this week:

ELA:  In Readers Workshop we will support our March Green Challenge and read opinion articles on water and how humans use it.  We will first read an article on bottled water and later in the week we will read one about American perceptions on how much water we really consume.  We will then write an opinion essay about water consumption. Spelling words:  Core:  family, later, turn, move, face, door, cut, done, group, true.  Content: pattern, motion, friction, system, axle.  Writers’ Workshop:  This week we will work on finishing up our Compare and Contrast essay from our group novels, Five Smooth Stones and Sam the Minuteman.  I will embed minilessons on sentence fragments all week long.  And, in an effort to review grammar and language arts skills, we will be adding a grammar review page to the math packet.  This week our focus will be nouns.

Math:  FRACTION ACTION this week!!  We had a really strong foundation lessons in fractions last week.  This week we will continue with fractions on number lines and fractional parts of different wholes.  Please help your child understand how a circular whole, partitioned into parts, is different from a rectangular whole.  I guess a pizza party with two pizzas, one pie cut and one square cut would be a great way to demonstrate the difference.  The kids are really zipping through multiplication facts.  Several students moved to division last week, and I anticipate several more this week.  Please support your student in his or her efforts to master the facts.

Science:  We leave the American Revolution behind this week and will begin a new unit on Motion and Matter.  This unit includes simple machines and mixtures.  Students will be performing daily experiments in order to understand the concepts.  I will offer recess make-ups of missed experiments for those who are absent, at band, or with other teachers during science times.  

BOOK PROJECT:  Students brought home a Cereal Box Book Project that they will complete at home, with a minimum of parent involvement.  Please support and coach your children, but allow them to do the real work on this.  I use an analogy of a coach supporting her players, but the athletes need to play the game and score the goals. The project is due on March 18, 2016.  If you are leaving early for spring break, it is due before your family leaves.   

Student Led Conferences:  We still have a few families that have not signed up.  Please do so by going to SignUpGenius:   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4eaca92ba7ff2-mcgovern.  

Book Fair:  The Scholastic Book Fair will be held during the conferences.  Be sure to stop by and take a gander!

Dates to Remember:

3/10 – 3/11 Early Release and Student Led Conferences
3/13 Change your Clocks: Spring Forward
3/21 – 3/25 Spring Break