Update September 17, 2017

Dear Third Grade Families,

Great job getting kids to school last week!  I heard that our attendance numbers were up from last year.

Housekeeping:  We don’t have any items to review this week.  But check back next week!

Academics this week:

Literacy:  In Readers’ Workshop we will spend use American Tall Tales to teach the CAFE strategies.  We will read about Paul Bunyan, Slue Foot Sue, Annie Oakley, John Henry, and Davy Crockett.  The kids are really looking forward to this mini unit.  Guided reading groups are meeting regularly, each group working on literature selections at their own instructional reading level. Please check your child’s assignment notebook for the core and content words.  In Writers’ Workshop students will practice cursive letters u, y, and i.  We will still focus on paragraph writing; stressing proper format and supporting the topic sentence with details.  Toward the end of the week I will review dictionary skills and time order words that they will be able to use when we begin narrative writing next week.

Math:  In math we are wrapping up Unit One this week and will test out on addition and subtraction strategies on Tuesday.  We will then begin Unit Two, multiplication strategies.  I sent home a parent letter in the Friday folder that will help you understand how Bridges approaches this concept.  On Wednesday we begin our investigation with a Pet Store scenario.  Students will access a drawing of a pet store and find examples of multiplication.  Students will also take a pre-assessment and complete a self-reflection on Friday.  There will be homework only on Thursday. Keep practicing multiplication facts.

Science:  In Science we will learn about how the ear receives sound waves and passes information to the brain.  We will go to the tunnel under route 45 to learn about how sound is reflected, absorbed, and amplified.  On Wednesday we will look at musical instruments how vibrations create music.  Naomi will visit the classroom on Thursday for a lesson on sounds in the natural world.  On Friday we will investigate volume: loud and soft; and compare to the pitch lessons earlier in this unit.

Specials:  Next week promises to be warm and students should be prepared to have outdoor PE.  Be sure your child has outdoor gym shoes that can be used for running. There is also a Spanish test on Tuesday the 19th.  Please see the Spanish webpage for updated information and vocabulary lists.

Wednesday is Early Release.  Plan accordingly.

Dates to Remember:

9/18:  Hearing screening for third grade

9/20 – 9/23:  Textile Drive

9/29:  Field Trip: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Looks like it will be a quiet couple of weeks.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Cynthia McG